"Best Vacation Rentals Ever" Orange Beach/Gulf Shores Guest Guidebook

Melissa Jones
Melissa Jones
"Best Vacation Rentals Ever" Orange Beach/Gulf Shores Guest Guidebook

Food scene

Here's a few of our family's favorites! If you're like us & have food allergies, we have included some tips for gluten & dairy free diets too! Orange Beach & Gulf Shores have some of the VERY BEST dining options you'll find anywhere & the local seafood is amazing! Bring your appetite!
Lulu's Seafood Restaurant located in Gulf Shores, Alabama just a short drive from Orange Beach has gorgeous water views, outdoor dining, sand play fun for the kids, arcade, large souvenir gift shop, rope's course and some of the best seafood around! Plus, they accommodate special dietary restrictions such as gluten free.
226 locals recommend
LuLu’s Gulf Shores
200 E 25th Ave
226 locals recommend
Lulu's Seafood Restaurant located in Gulf Shores, Alabama just a short drive from Orange Beach has gorgeous water views, outdoor dining, sand play fun for the kids, arcade, large souvenir gift shop, rope's course and some of the best seafood around! Plus, they accommodate special dietary restrictions such as gluten free.
Crico's Pizza & Subs has a yummy pizza buffet & also offers carryout & delivery options. Crico's also offers gluten free pizza.
31 locals recommend
Crico's Pizza & Subs
309 Gulf Shores Pkwy
31 locals recommend
Crico's Pizza & Subs has a yummy pizza buffet & also offers carryout & delivery options. Crico's also offers gluten free pizza.
Cobalt, The Restaurant, waterfront coastal cuisine dining in Orange Beach has some of the most delicious food around! Cobalt's has been a part of the Orange Beach community for many years & continues to be a local & tourist favorite!
223 locals recommend
Cobalt, The Restaurant
28099 Perdido Beach Blvd
223 locals recommend
Cobalt, The Restaurant, waterfront coastal cuisine dining in Orange Beach has some of the most delicious food around! Cobalt's has been a part of the Orange Beach community for many years & continues to be a local & tourist favorite!
Hog Wild BBQ offers delicious BBQ, including some gluten free options. "Frickles" or fried pickles are yummy too!!
40 locals recommend
Hog Wild BBQ
911 Gulf Shores Pkwy
40 locals recommend
Hog Wild BBQ offers delicious BBQ, including some gluten free options. "Frickles" or fried pickles are yummy too!!
We love the fish tacos but all their food looks great! Their gift shop is one of the best around with a huge selection of beach gear & souvenirs for the whole family!
COASTAL RESTAURANT
25722 Gulf Shores Pkwy
We love the fish tacos but all their food looks great! Their gift shop is one of the best around with a huge selection of beach gear & souvenirs for the whole family!
Sunliner Diner is always the right choice! Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This 50's style diner is a great selection for family fun & great food!
44 locals recommend
Sunliner Diner
100 E 2nd Ave
44 locals recommend
Sunliner Diner is always the right choice! Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This 50's style diner is a great selection for family fun & great food!
The Hangout is an exceptionally fun dining experience with beachside dining, unique decor & a large menu of wonderful food! Fun for the whole family & check their calendar for fun events!
401 locals recommend
The Hangout Gulf Shores
101 E Beach Blvd
401 locals recommend
The Hangout is an exceptionally fun dining experience with beachside dining, unique decor & a large menu of wonderful food! Fun for the whole family & check their calendar for fun events!
Woodside is a family-friendly dining option with fast-casual style inside & outside dining options. Outside you will also find ping pong, corn hole & more plus many nights they have live music! Woodside is conveniently located at the Gulf State Park.
18 locals recommend
Woodside Restaurant
20249 State Park Rd
18 locals recommend
Woodside is a family-friendly dining option with fast-casual style inside & outside dining options. Outside you will also find ping pong, corn hole & more plus many nights they have live music! Woodside is conveniently located at the Gulf State Park.
Love this place!!! Great food, fun/unique atmosphere & they will literally bag it up for you picnic style if you want to take away! Very family-friendly!
25 locals recommend
Picnic Beach
128 E 1st Ave
25 locals recommend
Love this place!!! Great food, fun/unique atmosphere & they will literally bag it up for you picnic style if you want to take away! Very family-friendly!
Off the beaten path but worth a stop! Southern food & seafood with great lunch specials!
23 locals recommend
Luna's Eat & Drink
25689 Canal Rd
23 locals recommend
Off the beaten path but worth a stop! Southern food & seafood with great lunch specials!
Beachside dining, walk up & order, kids can play in the sand while you relax & take in the ocean view! Delicious seafood & one of the best beachside dining options around!
262 locals recommend
The Gulf - Orange Beach
27500 Perdido Beach Boulevard
262 locals recommend
Beachside dining, walk up & order, kids can play in the sand while you relax & take in the ocean view! Delicious seafood & one of the best beachside dining options around!
Pete's is located within walking/biking distance of Shipwrecked Orange Beach & has the best ice cream & donuts around & made daily with fresh ingredients/fruit!
Petes Ice Cream and Donuts
Pete's is located within walking/biking distance of Shipwrecked Orange Beach & has the best ice cream & donuts around & made daily with fresh ingredients/fruit!
Lovely restaurant with a salad bar & a full menu of great options! Check their calendar for live music too! Short drive from Shipwrecked Orange Beach!
Wolf Bay Restaurant at Orange Beach
Lovely restaurant with a salad bar & a full menu of great options! Check their calendar for live music too! Short drive from Shipwrecked Orange Beach!
Yummy breakfast/brunch with gluten free options too! They typically close at 2 pm & have an online waitlist.
Ruby Slipper
Yummy breakfast/brunch with gluten free options too! They typically close at 2 pm & have an online waitlist.
You don't have to go on vacation & live without your Starbucks! ;)
Starbucks
You don't have to go on vacation & live without your Starbucks! ;)
Super close to Shipwrecked Orange Beach! Enjoy the atmosphere & the caffeine! :)
24 locals recommend
The Southern Grind Coffee House at the WHARF
4751 Main St
24 locals recommend
Super close to Shipwrecked Orange Beach! Enjoy the atmosphere & the caffeine! :)

Shopping

Here's some of our favorite places to shop. We love Ron Jon's & consider it a must on every visit! It's a great place to pick up beach gear & souvenirs for the whole family. The Orange Beach Store provides our "go to" sweatshirts with the fun Orange Beach logo! And lastly, the Outlet Mall at Foley is full of great stores the whole family can enjoy & it's very likely you'll find a great deal too!
Ron Jon Surf Shop located in Orange Beach, Alabama is about a mile from "Shipwrecked" & conveniently located on Perdido Beach Blvd. Ron Jon's has a superb selection of gear, souvenirs and "all things beach"!
7 locals recommend
Ron Jon Surf Shop - Orange Beach
22723 Perdido Beach Blvd
7 locals recommend
Ron Jon Surf Shop located in Orange Beach, Alabama is about a mile from "Shipwrecked" & conveniently located on Perdido Beach Blvd. Ron Jon's has a superb selection of gear, souvenirs and "all things beach"!
Looking for a great quality & super cute Orange Beach t-shirt or sweatshirt? Look no further than The Orange Beach Store!
The Orange Beach Store
25777 Perdido Beach Blvd
Looking for a great quality & super cute Orange Beach t-shirt or sweatshirt? Look no further than The Orange Beach Store!
Excellent shopping & great deals to be found!
287 locals recommend
Tanger Outlets Foley
2601 S McKenzie St
287 locals recommend
Excellent shopping & great deals to be found!

Nature

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the Gulf State Park!!! Many people come to the area for the beautiful sugar sand beaches & emerald waters but the Gulf State Park is definitely a hidden gem we do not want our guests to miss out on! With direct access to the 25+ miles of walking/running/biking trails, you can take in the beautiful & tranquility only found here! Plus we provide our guests with 8 bikes to use on the trails! (Bring your own helmets please!)
Gulf State Park is an absolutely gorgeous park of lakes & 25+ miles of walking/jogging/trails, 2 miles of beaches, fishing, geocaching, nature center, pier & more! "Shipwrecked" has direct access to the trails of the Gulf State Park & offers guest 8 bikes (helmets not included) for use during their stay!
180 locals recommend
Gulf State Park
20115 State Park Road
180 locals recommend
Gulf State Park is an absolutely gorgeous park of lakes & 25+ miles of walking/jogging/trails, 2 miles of beaches, fishing, geocaching, nature center, pier & more! "Shipwrecked" has direct access to the trails of the Gulf State Park & offers guest 8 bikes (helmets not included) for use during their stay!

Family Fun

When Considering how many nights to book, add a few! ;) You will find that the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area is so much fun your family & friends will not be ready to leave!
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf is a themed miniature golf course located in Gulf Shores, a short drive from "Shipwrecked".
49 locals recommend
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf
3201 Gulf Shores Pkwy
49 locals recommend
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf is a themed miniature golf course located in Gulf Shores, a short drive from "Shipwrecked".
Restaurants, shopping, events, movie theater - the Wharf has it all!
250 locals recommend
The Wharf
23101 Canal Rd
250 locals recommend
Restaurants, shopping, events, movie theater - the Wharf has it all!
Eating, shopping, amusement rides & now a water park too! Family fun can be found at OWA!
232 locals recommend
OWA Entertainment Destination
101 South Owa Boulevard
232 locals recommend
Eating, shopping, amusement rides & now a water park too! Family fun can be found at OWA!
This is an incredible waterpark that the whole family will enjoy!
204 locals recommend
Waterville USA/Escape House
906 Gulf Shores Pkwy
204 locals recommend
This is an incredible waterpark that the whole family will enjoy!
Arcades, golf carts, bumper boats, mini golf & more! Bring on the fun!
160 locals recommend
The Track
3200 Gulf Shores Pkwy
160 locals recommend
Arcades, golf carts, bumper boats, mini golf & more! Bring on the fun!
Beach themed mini golf!
Beachside Mini Golf
24156 Ruby Lane
Beach themed mini golf!
Yes you can go to the beach & the zoo too! Family fun!!
210 locals recommend
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
20499 Oak Rd E
210 locals recommend
Yes you can go to the beach & the zoo too! Family fun!!

Grocery Store/Supermarket

Publix is a great place to stock up on all your grocery needs for your stay at Shipwrecked Orange Beach. They also have many organic & allergy-friendly products!
Publix Super Market at the Shoppes at Palm Pointe is a short drive down Perdido Beach Blvd. The grocery store provides a wide variety of groceries and also has a pharmacy.
55 locals recommend
Publix Super Market at The Shoppes at Palm Pointe
25771 Perdido Beach Blvd
55 locals recommend
Publix Super Market at the Shoppes at Palm Pointe is a short drive down Perdido Beach Blvd. The grocery store provides a wide variety of groceries and also has a pharmacy.

Golf Cart Rental Company

If accessibility is an issue for your group or you just want to save your energy for the good stuff, you may want to book a golf cart rental & Gulf Coast Rental Company has a great reputation for providing top notch rentals & customer service!
Want to skip some steps & rent a golf cart for your stay? Our guests tell us this company provides excellent rentals!
6 locals recommend
Gulf Coast Rental Co
25150 Canal Rd
6 locals recommend
Want to skip some steps & rent a golf cart for your stay? Our guests tell us this company provides excellent rentals!

Traveler advice

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