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Let Us Help You Plan a Trip to Gulf Shores Alabama

Welcome to the Gulf Shores, a coastal community located along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. Known for its beautiful beaches, kid-friendly attractions, pristine nature, and rich culture and history, Gulf Shores is a destination for all. Whether you're hoping to explore the great outdoors or you're planning an exciting trip with the family, you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while you're here. Get out in the beautiful nature of Gulf Shores and view hundreds of bird species, charter a fishing boat through the Alabama coastal waters, or simply relax with the ones you love most.  


If you're looking for an escape from the daily stressors of life, book your stay with us. Martinique on the Gulf is a unique resort community with 600 feet of private beachfront property and 55 acres of lush tropical foliage. Located 20 minutes from the center of Gulf Shores, Martinique is far enough to enjoy the calm but close enough to experience all the great things to do and see. 

Read Our Guides to Help You Plan a Trip to Gulf Shores Alabama

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A Guide to Learning and Working Remotely in Gulf Shores

Learning and working remotely is more commonplace than ever, so why not take your regular routine to a tropical destination? Martinique at the Gulf is the perfect destination for learning and working remotely because the resort is located away from the center of Gulf Shores so you can enjoy peace and quiet. Kids will love hands on learning throughout nearby Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, historic Fort Morgan, and more. Learn more about learning and working remotely in Gulf Shores. 


Read Our Guide to Learning and Working Remotely

A Guide to Being a Snowbird in Gulf Shores

Looking for the perfect place to escape the winter cold and snow? Trade white snow for white sand in Gulf Shores and spend your winter months at Martinique on the Gulf. The Alabama Gulf Coast is the perfect destination for snowbirds looking for affordable rentals, no crowds, and plenty to do. Enjoy the mild temperatures here, which are ideal for walking, golfing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. Find our guide to being a snowbird in Gulf Shores and start planning your winter away. 


Read Our Guide to Snowbirds Along the Alabama Gulf Coast

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A Guide to A Relaxing Beach Vacation in Gulf Shores

While there is plenty to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama, we understand if all you want to do is relax. Let us help you find the best ways to unwind and de-stress at the beach. From sunbathing to fishing to spa going, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself on your Gulf Shores vacation. If you're in need of a getaway with no big agenda, read our guide for some helpful tips to make the most out of your getaway. 


Read Our Guide to Having a Relaxing Beach Vacation

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A Guide to the Best Free Things to do in Gulf Shores

No matter what your budget, it's always a good idea to find the best things to do for free while you're on vacation. Along the Alabama Gulf Coast, you'll find plenty of things to do without spending a dime. Enjoy the beaches, go for a nature walk, go birding, or attend one of the many free events in the region. Read more in our full guide to the best things to do for free in Gulf Shores.  


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A Guide to Getting Out in Nature Along the Alabama Gulf Coast

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the entire coast of Alabama is home to pristine nature, beaches, parks, and native wildlife. No matter what time of the year you visit, you'll love exploring the nature preserves and parks. You can learn about the sea turtles that nest along our shores, how to understand the hazard flags at the beaches, and the best spots to enjoy the great outdoors along the Alabama Coast. 


Read Our Guide to Getting Out in Nature

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A Guide to Getting Off the Beaten Path in Gulf Shores

Looking to get away from the hustle of everyday life? There are plenty of ways to get out into nature and off the beaten path in Gulf Shores. Go explore nearby Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge or walk the trails of the Graham Creek Nature Preserve. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind as well. Have a picnic in the park, go birdwatching, or enjoy a leisurely day on the water kayaking or paddleboarding. There are so many ways to disconnect in Gulf Shores, so read on for more tips and ideas. 


Read Our Guide for Tips to Getting Off the Beaten Path

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A Guide to Rainy Day Activities in Gulf Shores

When you're on vacation, there is bound to be a day or two of rain and that shouldn't stop the fun! While most of our summertime storms come and go quickly, every once and a while the Alabama Gulf Coast experiences a full day of rain. No need to fret, there are tons of rainy day activities in Gulf Shores. Enjoy a day indoors at one of the area's arcades, visit an escape room, or catch a movie. Learn more about the best rainy day activities in Gulf Shores. 


Read Our Guide to the Best Rainy Day Activities

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A Guide to Bird Watching Along the Alabama Gulf Coast

Birding is a hugely popular activity along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and neighboring Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 200 bird species. There are several trails throughout the park ideal for birdwatching, so bring your binoculars and prepare for a quiet and relaxing day in the park. Birding is best from summer to fall when migratory birds are stopping in the region on their way further south for the winter. However, all throughout the year you'll be able to spot a wide variety of aquatic and local birds throughout our parks, beaches, and preserves.  


Read Our Guide to Birding in Gulf Shores and Beyond

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A Guide to Booking a Fishing Charter in Gulf Shores, AL

Fishing is a past time in Gulf Shores, and there are plenty of ways to get out on the water with a guide or charter company. Whether you're interested in deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, freshwater fishing, and more, you'll find a great opportunity to cast a line along the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Our guide shares tips and tricks for choosing the best fishing charter provider as well as what to know if this is your first time getting out. Read our fishing charter guide for more helpful details to plan your vacation.


Read Our Fishing Charters Guide