Your Fly-In Options for a Gulf Shores Vacation

Eva Faircloth - July 30, 2021

Travelers, both domestic and international, are beginning to uncover one of Alabama’s most beautiful treasures–the Gulf Coast beaches. With several airports within an hour’s drive of Gulf Shores, it’s easier than ever to experience Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

Airports Near Gulf Shores

There are great options for airports near Gulf Shores, but depending on where you are coming from and what airline you choose, pricing can be different. Below are a few choices for consideration.

Jack Edwards Airport

The closest airport to Gulf Shores is Jack Edwards National Airport (JKA) only 2.5 miles from Gulf Shores. JKA is a small airport with less airline options, mostly private flights. However, plans are underway to construct a $10 million terminal to welcome commercial air service by 2023. JKA offers three car rental companies including Hertz and Enterprise, limo and taxi service, as well as ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is an hour away from Gulf Shores (37 miles) via FL-292 W and AL-182 W. Most major airlines fly to Pensacola (and Frontier offers non-stop flights to and from Orlando three days a week), plus you will find 10 rental car companies at PNS including many popular ones like Hertz, U-Save, National and Budget. Also available is the Pensacola Airport Shuttle to or from Gulf Shores for a flat rate of $80.

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) is an hour and 23 minutes from Gulf Shores (70 miles) via I-10 W. American Airlines, Delta and United all fly into MOB, and there are four rental car companies available at this airport.

Another option is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) located almost 200 miles away (3 hours and 6 minutes) via I-10 W. Major airlines fly into MSY and ground transportation is plentiful with taxis, buses, shuttles and major rental car companies (Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz to name a few). Many travelers take advantage of sometimes lower rates to fly into New Orleans and enjoy a little time there before making their way to Gulf Shores.

Before Flying into Gulf Shores

Take the hassle out of your vacation by utilizing the Beach Moms concierge service available to Spectrum Resorts guests. The Beach Moms are well-known in Gulf Shores for their attention to detail. Services they offer include grocery shopping and putting away prior to arrival, and restaurant and excursion reservations. The Beach Moms will act as your personal concierge throughout your trip including making reservations for popular resort activities like  reservations at Coast (onsite restaurant), beach chair rentals, Aqua Fun Tails mermaid/pirate photoshoots and spa reservations.

Getting Around Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores offers big-city amenities when it comes to local transportation. There are ride shares like Uber and Lyft, taxi services and, the most convenient, rental cars at the airport when you fly in.

Beach Club Amenities

The Beach Club Resort and Spa in Gulf Shores (on the Fort Morgan peninsula) offers visitors access to a beautiful 86-acre village with upscale 1- to 5-bedroom beachfront condos and lakeside cottages. Each includes fully appointed kitchens, spacious room designs, washer/dryer units, and lots of on-property perks like restaurants (casual and upscale), tennis courts, pools, hot tubs and a full-service spa. The beach itself is such a gem with five football fields of white-sand beaches juxtaposing amazing turquoise waters. You’ll never want to leave!

Book direct with Spectrum and eliminate the risk factors with the only 100% Satisfaction Guarantee in the area. Visitors can enjoy a no-worry experience creating peace of mind that’s simply irreplaceable.

Search our available Gulf Shores rentals today and see why The Beach Club Resort and Spa continues to be a favorite among travelers.