Alabama's Gulf Coast: 6 Orange Beach Vacation Rentals That You Will Love

There's much more to this Alabama Gulf Coast city than the beach and it has nothing to do with oranges

I’ve been vacationing in Orange Beach, Alabama, since I was a little kid and have never seen any oranges growing there—the orange groves disappeared a long time ago. What I have experienced is a natural wonderland that extends far beyond the beach to a secondary dune system, a maritime forest, and many back bays and bayous.

Vacation rentals in the form of houses, condos, and apartment-style dwellings far outnumber traditional hotels here. This is a place where families, couples, and large groups take week-long trips or long weekend sojourns to bask in the sun, explore nature along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, and hang out at legendary beach establishments such as the Flora-Bama Lounge.

Unlike hotel rooms, an Orange Beach rental provides the things you’ll need for a beach summer vacation such as a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, lots of living space, and even beach gear in many cases. So, ready to discover the best vacation rentals in the area?

Insider tip in Orange Beach:  In-season rentals are usually for a full week, and the week runs from Saturday to Saturday, so search accordingly. Plus: Free cancellation deals are available to you on trivago, so don’t forget to browse deals and compare prices using our filter.

Reunite the Family in a Beachfront House With Private Pool in Orange Beach

Are all the relatives showing up to your annual family beach vacation? Then Pair O Dice is a standalone Gulf-front home built for your crew. It’s large enough to handle all of them while still allowing for privacy. All six bedrooms in this three-story beachfront gem have private bathrooms, and each floor has its own kitchen. The house can comfortably sleep up to 20 people.

What really makes the house stand out, though, is the private pool deck, a rarity for a beach house in these parts. Above the pool deck, each floor has a wide beach-facing porch. These outdoor spaces were made for grilling out and seafood boils. That’s convenient because one of the area’s best fresh seafood markets is right outside the door.

Lartigue’s Seafood Market has the day’s freshest catch of Gulf shrimp, crabs, fish, and is literally at the end of the driveway. Also near the end of the driveway is a trailhead to the Hugh S. Banyon Backcountry Trail system. Rent some bikes and explore much more than the beach without having to get in the car.

Pair O Dice Beach House on the white sandy beaches of the Gulf with Private Pool

Orange Beach
9.3 Excellent (64 reviews)

Bring the Dogs and Relax at This Pet-Friendly House on Bear Point

Discover the quiet neighborhood charm of Bear Point at the Dream Fisher 5. This two-story pet-friendly house isn’t on the water, but it’s a short walk to the sandy waterfront park on Amica Bay and a short drive to the beach.

The house is built in the traditional raised beach house style with the main living/sleeping area upstairs and a built-out garage area downstairs perfect for kids and teens to have their alone time. The downstairs has its own kitchen and bathroom, as well. There are also a large covered patio area on the ground level and covered deck upstairs for hanging out, grilling out, and taking in the salty sea air of the coastal breezes that waft across the point.

Pets have a large fenced-in backyard to frolic and relieve themselves, and there’s a back deck where you can sit and watch the dogs play. The sleepy streets of the neighborhood make for stress-free dog walking.

This is a good option for those seeking out a less-touristy environment. Bear Point is a less-trafficked area where you’re more likely to run into locals than other tourists. The marina down the street rents boats and jet skis. Directly across the bay from the marina is Pirate’s Cove, a local’s hangout that makes a mean Bushwhacker (an adult milkshake), and is also dog-friendly.

Dream Fisher 5 Pet Friendly 5 Br Home In Bear Point

Orange Beach
9.2 Excellent (18 reviews)

Chase the Sun and Have Some Fun at this Orange Beach Condo

Like most non-hotel beachfront properties in Orange Beach, Sea Chase 1102 C is part of a condo resort. The unit is on the 11th floor with long-range views of the coast from a balcony that’s perfect for watching the sunrise and sunset.

Both bedrooms have king beds, and there are two full bathrooms, so it makes a good choice for two couples. It’s also appealing to small families since there’s a sleeper sofa in the living room and plenty of toys and entertainment options, including three large-screen TVs, a video library, and games, and Wi-Fi set-up for Netflix.

Sea Chase is centrally located and close to everything. Many of Orange Beach’s major shops and restaurants are a short walk or drive away. Two large grocery stores are just across the street. But you won’t need to buy or bring any beach toys or towels as they will be waiting for you in the closet when you arrive.

Sea Chase 1102 C This Ones A Gem 4k Roku Tv Scroll Left On Main Pic For Video

Orange Beach
10.0 Excellent (457 reviews)

Relax in Your Own Balcony Overlooking The Marina

The Wharf at Orange Beach, a large resort and entertainment complex, is a popular off-the-beach waterfront spot. The Wharf by Meyer Real Estate rents out six condos in the main building overlooking a marina full of fishing and pleasure boats on the Intracoastal Waterway. They run the gamut from one-bedroom units suitable for couples and small families with young children to two- and three-bedroom layouts for larger groups. All have balconies overlooking the water and the 208-slip marina. Boat slips are available, so bring your own or rent one to maximize your time on the water.

Attractions at the Wharf include one of the South’s largest Ferris wheels, a palatial pool area with a lazy river, and a zipline course. Live music  is also performed regularly at the open-air bars and restaurants on-site, and there’s a 10,000-seat amphitheater where big-name touring acts make stops.

No boat, no problem. Plenty of day charters are available for fishing or dolphin watching and sunset cruises. I recommend the Dolphin Eco Tour from Cetacean Cruises, a small personalized tour where the guides know the dolphins in the bay by name and can prove it to you.

The Wharf By Meyer Real Estate

Orange Beach
8.6 Excellent (53 reviews)

Stay in One of The Tallest Buildings on Alabama Coast

The view doesn’t get much better in Orange Beach than the one from the 18th-floor balcony of Turquoise Place Unit 1806D. The tower the unit is located in is one of the tallest buildings on this part of the coast. The balcony has a hot tub, a grill, and an outdoor kitchen, and offers a birds-eye perspective of the beach, the Gulf of Mexico, and Perdido Pass where all the boats come and go in and out of the bay.

Space abounds at Turquoise Place. The 2,300-square-foot unit has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. A family of up to 10 will find plenty of room to spread out. Even the large balcony has separate entrances.

This isn’t a place for spring breakers looking to party. They won’t even rent to anyone under 25, the standard for a lot of rentals in the area. This is a place for refined comfort in tastefully decorated environs. And the elevators are fast, so there’s not a long wait time to come down out of the sky and spread out on the sand.

Have an Instagram-Worthy View in a Upscale Condo in Orange Beach

This Waterfront Condo is part of the upscale Bella Luna building, which is prettier than most cookie-cutter condo complexes in Orange Beach with it curved design and shimmering emerald glass. You’ll have an Instagram-worthy view of the Ole River, Ono Island, and the bay. There’s also a marina on the river (which is really more of an inlet from the ocean) where private boat slips are available.

In case you’re wondering where to find the beach, don’t worry, it’s right across the street. The unit faces the bay but Bella Luna has its own private beach access, so you’re steps away from the silky white sand and pounding surf. Another big selling point: It’s within easy walking distance to the renowned Flora-Bama Lounge (Jimmy Buffett has sung about it), the Flora-Bama Yacht Club (where the elite eat in their bare feet), and the Flora-Bama Ole River Grill (a family-friendly seafood favorite).

Guests also have access to four swimming pools, including heated indoor and outdoor pools, for those visiting in the off-season months. This is a place for those seeking the best of both worlds in Orange Beach—the bay and the beach, and a convenient location.

New Listing! Waterfront Condo W/deck, Amazing Bay View & Shared Pool/hot Tub/gym

Orange Beach
9.5 Excellent (46 reviews)