Girlfriend’s Getaways on the Gulf

Affinity Travel, Magazine Features

Enjoy a girlfriend’s getaway to gorgeous sun-drenched Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Alabama where relaxation is mandatory

Imagine stepping onto your beachfront balcony with a refreshing cup of coffee, taking in the serene view of the Gulf of Mexico. Stretching 32 miles from the Florida border to the western tip of Gulf Shores, Alabama’s expansive and serene coastline offers the perfect escape for ladies seeking a stress-free girlfriend’s getaway.


While the beach is undoubtedly the main attraction in the neighboring communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, there are also numerous opportunities for exciting activities. Shopping, sightseeing, staying active, and savoring some of the finest seafood in the country are just a few. Upon arrival, you’ll likely be struck by the warmth of the locals and the absence of chain stores and restaurants. The sight of towering condominiums, some reaching up to 30 stories above the beach, is another iconic site.

Accommodations in the Gulf

To create an ideal sanctuary for your group of ladies, consider renting a condo or beach house with multiple bedrooms and convenient amenities. Condo towers dominate Orange Beach while Gulf Shores is abundant in beach houses, particularly towards its western end. In fact, some vacation homes can accommodate over 20 guests.

Explore The Wharf

Explore The Wharf, an upscale community with a picturesque Main Street lined with palm trees overlooking the Intra-coastal Waterway. It offers plenty of clothing boutiques, invigorating spas, gift shops, bars, and eateries just steps away from your condo. Afterward, drop by the Sugar Shack for delightful ice cream or candy treats. Or perk up with a coffee break at Southern Grind Coffee House.

The unmistakable 112-foot-tall Ferris wheel, the tallest in the Southeast, marks this self-contained village in Orange Beach. Additionally, The Wharf boasts a cinema, mini-golf course, and an amphitheater that hosts renowned performers.

While there, embark on dolphin-watching cruises from The Wharf’s marina or have a blast at the water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river, hammocks, and hot tub. For additional shopping opportunities, Tanger Outlets in Foley is just a 20-minute drive from Gulf Shores.

Girlfriend’s getaway outdoor adventures

If your group of ladies seeks a blend of nature and physical activity, consider hiking the palmetto-lined trails of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. This serene escape takes you through a maritime pine forest where herons, pelicans, ospreys, and over 300 other migratory bird species call home.

If that’s not active enough then try zip-lining or biking in Gulf State Park, kayak on the Bon Secour River, or engage in stand-up paddleboarding. Certainly, what could be more invigorating than practicing yoga on the beach? Arrange a private class for your group with Glow Yoga, who will come to your condo or beach house.

Night out on the Gulf towns

A girlfriend’s getaway isn’t complete without a fun night out. For a memorable evening filled with local charm and libations, a visit to the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar is a must. Accordingly, the lounge is situated right on the Alabama-Florida border and invites visitors to savor its signature rum-based Bushwhacker. At the same time, take in the intriguing graffiti and peculiar memorabilia while enjoying live music.

Just across the street at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club, treat yourself to “five-star, flip-flop dining.” Start with their delectable crab and parmesan hash puppies – deep-fried hashbrowns, local blue crab and mashed potatoes folded with Parmesan and Creole seasoning served with chipotle-bacon ranch dressing.

Authentic Gulf delicacy

In addition to fresh fish, the restaurants in Orange Beach-Gulf Shores take pride in serving steamed royal reds, a cold-water shrimp found in the deep Gulf waters. With their rich red color and delicate, sweet flavor, royal reds are often enjoyed “peel and eat” style, accompanied by melted butter, corn on the cob, and potatoes.

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