As the weather warms up, you might start planning your summer vacation. The beach is always a great choice. Gulf Shores sits on the southeastern corner of Alabama, bordering the Florida Panhandle. With gorgeous beaches, a waterpark, and a local zoo, Gulf Shores offers a variety of exciting summer activities. Staying at a Gulf Shores vacation rental is the perfect way to spend a relaxing beach getaway. From beach cottages to top-floor condos, Gulf Shores features many gorgeous accommodations. Here’s a look at 12 lovely beach rentals tucked away in Gulf Shores.

1. A family-friendly, top-floor condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico

Where: Orange Beach, AL
Sleeps: 8

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Start out each morning with a cup of coffee on the balcony of this top-floor condo, and breathe in the salty air as the waves crash on the beach below. With three bedrooms and two baths, this condo accommodates up to eight guests and welcomes families. The master bath features a jacuzzi tub and massive shower. Take the family down to the beach, or opt to swim in the complex’s pool. In the evenings, watch movies on the 70-inch television, or dance to your favorite tunes using the wireless speaker.

 

2. A seaside condo nestled in Little Lagoon with an exclusive boat launch

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 8

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In the evenings, watch the sky transform into pastel colors as the sun dips below the horizon. From your vacation rental in the Little Lagoon area of Gulf Shores, it’s a short walk to the beach from the private walkway and beach access path. There’s also a private launch for boats and slips available for guests who bring or rent boats. The rental offers three bedrooms and two bedrooms for a family with up to eight people traveling.

 

3. A roomy waterfront duplex located a stone’s throw from the beach

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 16

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Bring the entire family and grandparents as well to this six-bedroom home/duplex. Spend afternoons swimming in the private pool, or walk about 200 yards to the beach. The large backyard provides space for little ones to play while the adults can relax. Each half of the duplex offers three bedrooms, two baths, and a well-equipped kitchen. Feel the fresh air as you sit out on the covered porch every morning. Don’t worry about parking since there are four covered spaces and two additional slots.

 

4. An airy, coastal cottage with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico’s white-sand beaches

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 12

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Located right on the Gulf of Mexico, Marilyn’s Cottage places your family steps from the beach for days filled with sunshine and sandcastles. This single-family home has three bedrooms — each with its own private bath — and sleeps between 10 and 12 people, including a room with multiple bunk beds. Enjoy a private balcony in the upstairs master bedroom. Wash off all the sand and saltwater in the outside shower before coming inside each afternoon.

 

5. A charming beachfront condo featuring tropical-themed decor and a relaxing balcony

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 6

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This three-bedroom apartment has a balcony for amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, making it the perfect spot to catch up on your reading or chill out with family. It offers room for up to six guests; however, pets aren’t allowed. Unwind in the hot tub while the kids splash around in the pool. Play a round of Foosball in the game room, and spend quality time with your family.

 

6. A spacious beach house in Laguna Key with a private golf cart, swimming pool, and big backyard 

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 16

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Let your kids cannonball into the private pool at this five-bedroom and five-bathroom house. Kids will love the room filled with bunk beds on the second floor. Enjoy riding the included golf cart to the nearby white-sand beach or lagoon. This house has room for up to 16 people, and the main master bedroom sits on the bottom floor with a spacious shower and tub. Toss burgers and hot dogs on the outdoor grill for a family meal.

 

7. A luxury condo boasting panoramic views of the coast

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 10

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With views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico from the double balcony with comfy furniture, this condo welcomes large families with up to 10 guests at one time. Settle into the luxurious sheets with high thread counts, and dry off with the extra thick towels. On the beach, your family can play on the beach daily, or take a swim, in the indoor or outdoor pool. Let your little ones play in the zero-entry kiddie pool while you relax in the hot tub.

 

8. A cozy, contemporary condo overlooking the picturesque shoreline

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 4

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Escape for a romantic trip away with your sweetie in this pristine condo on the Gulf of Mexico. On the balcony, the two of you can hold hands as you watch the sunset or sip your morning coffee. This one-bedroom condo sleeps up to four people and is right on the beach. Toast each other with a glass of champagne in the hot tub on the property, or get in an early morning swim.

 

9. A pet-friendly beach house with the sandy coast situated directly across the street

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 8

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Spend your vacation in the middle of the action when you rent this three-bedroom and three-bathroom home. To feel the sand under your feet, all you need to do is cross the street. This pet-friendly home sits two blocks from the main intersection in town, so you’re close to all the best restaurants and activities. Watch the Fourth of July fireworks from one of the two balconies.

 

10. A rustic, dog-friendly cottage just a few steps from the beach

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 8

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Settle in right across the street from the beach for a vacation packed with family fun. This two-bedroom home has three bathrooms and welcomes your pets, so you don’t need to leave your pup at home. This large space has room for eight guests, as well as a large television in each of the rooms and one in the common area. If you grow tired of saltwater, try the community outdoor pool, or walk to the city center for an afternoon of shopping. Under the home is space to park two cars.

 

11. A delightful waterfront house with an outdoor grill and large deck right on West Beach

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 12

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On the Gulf of Mexico on West Beach, Montego looks the part of a beach house, upon stilts with warm, white-sand underneath. Bring your family here and fill the three bedrooms with as many as 12 people. In the bunk room, kids camp out on the two bunk beds while watching DVDs. Spend your downtime on the large back deck listening to the sound of the surf, or catching up on your summer reading list.

 

12. A refreshing condo offering a sauna and scenic waterfront views from the balcony

Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Sleeps: 8

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Nestled on the coast of Gulf Shores, this condo is a great destination for families who want to stay on the beach. With space for eight people, this home away from home offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The spacious balcony offers views of the heated pool, where your family can splash around any time of the year, or head down the short walkway to the beach.

 

 
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