Sharing the same jewel-toned waters and powdery white sands as Mexican resort towns like Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Gulf Shores is an Alabama beach haven on the Gulf of Mexico that’s decidedly more focused on togetherness than tequila.
Far from the spring-break style of vacations on the southern side of the Gulf, holidays here are less fueled by raucous pool parties and margarita madness and far more family-friendly, with a waterpark, zoo, and zip lines over sand dunes providing the thrills.
The waters of the Gulf Coast are as entrancingly emerald as the Mexican Riviera, and most itineraries here are packed with ocean adventure – as they should be. Sunset cruises, dolphin watching, and fishing are regular pastimes, and the hotels make waves with aquatic amenities that typically include multiple pools, hot tubs, spas, and even lazy rivers.
We’ve scoured the shoreline to find the best beachfront hotels in Gulf Shores for your next getaway. Whether you’re looking for a no-fuss room for two or a sprawling space for ten, each of these hotels is steps from the shore and you won’t go wrong no matter your choice.