Gulf Highlands, Alabama, United States
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Gulf Highlands Information

About Gulf Highlands

Gulf Highlands, Alabama is an unincorporated community on the southern shores of the state, just west of the Florida state line. Gulf Highlands is located just east of Fort Morgan and just west of Gulf Shores. It is in a great location on the gulf coast with easy access to the beach and is an ideal destination for a beach vacation.

Things to do in Gulf Highlands

In the Gulf Highlands area, you’re going to get a great, authentic beach vacation. Gulf Highlands sits right on the southernmost part of Alabama and has great beaches with access to the Gulf of Mexico. You can spend a lot of time enjoying the beach, whether you want to lay out and bathe in the sun or swim and enjoy the waves rolling in from the Gulf. If you’re visiting in the months of March or April, be wary of the spring break crowds that come rolling in from all over the country. In the other months, though, the beaches aren’t packed and you can enjoy some time relaxing.

Other than sitting on the beach, there are plenty of fun things to do in the area. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking on seven different trails at the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which has beautiful wildlife, freshwater marshes and coastal hardwood swamps. The trails make up more than 15 miles and take you through the Gulf State Park that runs through the Gulf Highlands and Gulf Shores areas. Take a historical tour of Fort Morgan, which has been an on-again off-again military fort since the 1500s. There is a lot of rich history here, as it was instrumental in the Battle of Mobile Bay in the American Civil War. The whole family will have fun at Adventure Island Amusement Park, located a short drive away in Orange Beach. The park has go-karts, bumper boats, laser tag, mini golf and even an erupting volcano replica. If you’re interested in golf, there are many great golf courses all over the Gulf Highlands area including the popular Kiva Dunes Golf Club, Gulf Shores Golf Club, and more.

Day trips in Gulf Highlands

There are many great day trip options from Gulf Highlands. Because it is so close to the Florida border, travelers have a great opportunity to explore Florida. Take a day trip to the beautiful Perdido Key just 45-minutes from Gulf Highlands, which you may find is quieter and more relaxing than the Gulf Highlands area. Here you can enjoy great, soft white sand beaches, the beautiful Big Lagoon State Park, magnificent golf courses, and fishing and boating charters. If you want to go to a bigger city during your stay, a great option is to visit Pensacola, Florida, just an hour from Gulf Highlands. It’s a historic beach city that has a lot of Naval history. You can visit the Naval Air Station Pensacola, which offers great attractions for visitors including shows from the Blue Angels fighter jet pilots who put on great spectacles, the National Museum of Naval Aviation, as well as Fort Barrancas, which is still in stunning condition. Consider visiting the Pensacola Museum of Art, and the beautiful beaches of Pensacola, which have soft, sugar white sand.

Gulf Highlands Accommodations

You can’t really go wrong with vacation rentals in the Gulf Highlands area. Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores is a good place to stay to be near shops and stores. Good streets to stay in Gulf Highlands that are right on the beach include Plantation Road, Beach Shore Dr., Dolphin Lane, Pompano Way and Kiva Way if you want to be near the Kiva Dunes Golf Course.

Transportation in Gulf Highlands

You’ll definitely need your own vehicle in this beach community whether you drive your own car or rent one, so that you can get around surrounding areas easily. Gulf Highlands does not have public transportation, but it is easy to walk to the beaches or ride a bike because the area is so flat. There are also many taxi services in the area including A Better Cab, Beach Buggy Taxi and more.

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Vacation Rentals in Gulf Highlands

Looking for a vacation rental in Gulf Highlands? has 1204 vacation rental homes available in Gulf Highlands. You'll find 29 studios, 403 1-bedroom, 486 2-bedroom and 286 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $37 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.

The average price of a nightly rental in Gulf Highlands is $199 while the average price of a weekly rental is $2162. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Gulf Highlands home is $12706.

Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 21 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Gulf Highlands. In addition to accommodating pets, Gulf Highlands rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 1169 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 1159 have TV and/or cable and 984 have a pool or hot tub.

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