Orange Beach Travel Guide

  • Shipp's Harbour Grill
    Shipp's Harbour Grill
    by TravellerMel
  • Shipp's Harbour Grill
    Shipp's Harbour Grill
    by TravellerMel
  • Shipp's Harbour Grill
    Shipp's Harbour Grill
    by TravellerMel

Orange Beach Things to Do

  • Boat races

    In Oct. every year there are boat races. These boat cost between $300K and $1.5 million dollars. One guy told me it costs $2 million a year to race.The boats range from 800 to 1500 HP and can reach speed of 115 MPH. The boats were in the parking lot just west of Orange Beach where the public parking lot for the beach is located.

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  • Walk the Beach

    It was too windy to really enjoy the water so we decided to take a long walk on the beach. From where we parked, it was about a 1 mile walk to the beach pavillion where there was a boat show (the races were postponed due to wind). Walking barefoot with the waves crashing over your legs..........Had to watch out for the jelly fish being washed up on...

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  • Go Sailing!

    The best day of my trip was spent out on the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico sailing on Wild Hearts catamaran. The crew was lively and had great attitudes. We all tried paddle boarding for the first time....for FREE. We enjoyed watching the sunset and the dolphins over a bottle of wine, free appetizers and good music. Talk about relaxation! Such...

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Orange Beach Hotels

Orange Beach Restaurants

  • Shipp's Harbour Grill for Fresh Local...

    My friends and I had a lovely winter lunch here - it is one of their favorite restaurants. The restaurant is lovely, and as you can see from the photos, it looks out over the boats in the harbor. There is outside seating when the weather is nice, but we opted for the inside, since it was coolish in January. I had the turtle soup as an appetizer,...

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  • Mmmmmm Oysters

    This was just off the highway and my wife really wanted oysters. It was about 2:00 so we had a late lunch. We knew that this is a chain resturant but decided to try it. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Oyster's Rockefeller and shrimp Po'boyThe Po'boy was alright but the oysters were GREAT.

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  • This could just be THE worst restaurant...

    This restaurant has horrible, severely overpriced food and a very rude staff! I can't tell enough people to avoid this place. If you are misfortunate enough to actually complain about the food or service to the staff or "chef" ( if you can call him that), you will be ignored, given excuses, belittled, or called - and I quote : " an A-HOLE". This...

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  • Where to eat in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

    Okay, if you really want to know where to eat in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach check out GulfShores.com and OrangeBeach.com. There is a list of about 85 places to eat ranging from fast food to five star fine dining. Check it out. Some of the restaurants have Web sites of their own and, if you don’t want to search the whole list, you can search for...

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  • Worse customer service, EVER!!!!

    The only thing at sticks out to me is the horrible customer service I received last night at dinner! Both the restaurant manager and the chef actually came to my table to argue with me, the customer!, that I was wrong for sending back a steak which I found to be overcooked! I left very hungry and even more angry. To top it off on our way out of the...

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  • Ok to go here straight from the beach

    We liked this place, but it's really casual and it's pretty much one big open room. We went there on a recommendation for my Mom's birthday and it was too casual for a birthday. But it was really good food. Save it for a night when you don't want to worry about getting cleaned up to go to dinner. They have an all-you-can-eat shrimp special on...

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Orange Beach Nightlife

  • Fun for Groups or Couples or Singles

    The Florabama defines description. Looks (in daylight) like it blew in from the Gulf. But at night, it comes alive with music, dancing, outdoor fun and more. Very low key. Sometimes, it looks like dress is optional. Very casual. Beach attire.

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  • A BAMA Blast!!!!

    I had a blast at the Flora-Bama Lounge (and Oyster Bar, can’t forget that part!)! I went to a beach party for one of my friends. They had like four stages for bands and I hear they always have live music going, like every day. The food wasn’t bad either. It’s worth checking out. Go to the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Web site. There's a link there for...

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Orange Beach Transportation

  • by MadStuff Written Dec 27, 2008

    When the rates are right, Pensacola is closer.

    However, parking is free in Mobile but still cheap in Pensacola.

    Both are smaller airports with friendly people and quick service.

    You can rent cars at either location with or without a GPS.

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Orange Beach Shopping

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    by TravellerMel Written Feb 5, 2014

    Tallulah's Treasures is one of those funky boutique stores that has a little bit of everything you didn't know you needed... Local art and crafts, ladies apparel, beach house decor, jewelry, gifts... you name it! My friends have a beach condo in the area, and after commenting on some of the unique items in their condo, and each time being told "Oh, I got that at Tallulah's", I knew I had to come see for myself. So many cute things there - I could have gone crazy if I wasn't flying home... I limited myself to a lovely pair of seaglass earrings made by a local artist, and a fleur de lis Mardi Gras flag, but already I am thinking ahead to birthdays and Christmas...

    What to pay: I paid $20 for the seaglass earrings, which I thought was very reasonable, and $12 for the flag.

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Orange Beach What to Pack

  • by MadStuff Written Dec 27, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Less is better!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring casual stuff.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anything you need, you can get at the local drug store or walmart

    Photo Equipment: Bring your camera!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach is the word! Also scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, and other water sports!

    Miscellaneous: The suite we stayed in [Room 1015 at the Phoenix X] had a washer and dryer. I'll bring less clothes next time.

    It's all about the beach life
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Orange Beach Off The Beaten Path

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    by always1ontime Written Aug 12, 2008

    Alligator Alley was really neat. My son loved this but it scared the crap out of me. I’m a bit squeamish around 13 foot long alligators named Captain Crunch! The park is actually safe and family friendly and even “scaredy cats” like me can have a great time! I found Alligator Alley by going to the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Web site. They have some other exciting things to do there like historic tours and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, me and my sons next stop! I won’t be as squeamish at during this tour!

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Orange Beach Favorites

  • White sand beaches

    Orange Beach is the perfect spot for relaxing on the beach. Start at the public beach access at Cotton Bayou and walk along the sand. Then head across the pass bridge and stop and Alabama Point for some boat watching. In the mornings the fishing charters head out for adventure and in the late afternoon they come back in with happy and tired...

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  • Best white beaches

    Beautiful white beaches and clear blue water. Has a great family atmosphere and a good nightlife. Stay in condos on the beach for same or less than hotels. Best rental company is Brett-Robinson. They are on internet and have over 1000 condos to rent. Most are gulf front. The only way to go.

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