Enjoying a girls getaway is always needed, even though I tend to need one about every month. With varying schedules, it’s not always easy to find time to organize these trips and even if you do set aside a few days, the task of choosing a location makes it an incredibly daunting task. Las Vegas and New York City are always going to be popular suggestions but I bet you didn’t think of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Well, you’re in luck because I am going to share why this part of Alabama is the best girls getaway destination. So what are you waiting for? Grab your best girlfriends and let’s hit the beach together!
I have always thought that visiting the beach is a very relaxing experience and it’s the only place that I can remember returning from feeling completely recharged. Only within the past 6 years have I been visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach but it’s quickly become a popular destination that I will recommend to my girlfriends.
The first thing we do when we plan for a girls getaway is to establish what everyone wants to do and then establish an itinerary around that. Some go for adventure while others might go for relaxation and obviously, everyone goes for shopping!
Let’s walk through a couple of options that will cover everyone’s interests but first, here are three awesome accommodation options you should consider as the perfect base for a girlfriends getaway.
Where to Stay
You know you have found a great resort when you always want to return to the same place! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has three awesome resorts that are always at the very top of our list when we head back to Alabama’s beaches for any occasion.
Depending on what kind of amenities you are looking for and of course, your budget will determine exactly which resort is suitable for you.
The Beach Club
The Beach Club by Spectrum Resorts is located just a few minutes from the historic Fort Morgan site, ideally situated for those of you that have a fond interest in history. However, let’s talk about all the on-site amenities.
Guests have full access to a private and secluded beach and the ability to rent beach chairs makes this an ideal option for your girls getaway if beach time is of paramount importance.
Don’t worry about carrying your wallet around either, as they have wristbands so everything goes to the room for your convenience. At the clubhouse, you have access to the spa and the salon, gym, restaurants and even a bike rental. For all the coffee drinkers, be sure to head over to the clubhouse between 7:00-10:00 AM to enjoy a complimentary Cup of Joe!
Caribe Resort has over 30 acres of amenities including pools, slides and a lazy river that occupy 40,000 square feet. There is also a marina that has a full-service jet ski rental and boat rental. Guests at Caribe Resort are encouraged to take to the Gulf in style, with the Caribe Cruiser, a 50ft covered pontoon, available to rent to take a fishing excursion or just relax and spot a dolphin from any seat on the boat.
An on site fitness center (actually 3 of them!) equipped with cardio and weights is available to guests, while tennis and basketball courts are also on the property. Be sure to bring your racket or pick one up at the front desk for a friendly match.
After experiencing all that Caribe has to offer, you will definitely need nourishment. Stop by Cobalt, a restaurant renowned for being “the pinnacle of dining,” located on site where you can enjoy lunch or dinner while admiring the gorgeous panoramic views of the bay.
Turquoise Place has set a standard for luxury that is hard to compete with. Located directly on the beach, Turquoise Place is a one stop resort that leaves nothing to be desired.
When you check into the property you will be greeted with friendly faces and world-class customer service. Simply walking through the door at your condominium is a jaw dropping moment, as you are faced with the reality of having the opportunity to stay in ultimate luxury! A fully equipped kitchen with top of the line appliances, wet bar, private hot tub on the balcony along with a grill and outdoor sink to name just a few.
Turquoise Place prides itself on world class accommodation with outdoor and indoor pools, a lazy river, sauna, fitness center, and even on site grocery delivery directly to your condo. If this luxurious accommodation option doesn’t sound appealing, trust me when I say it’s even better than it sounds.
Things to do
Whether you have a full 7 days or just a long weekend with the girls, there is plenty to experience in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From boutique shops to outlet malls, fishing charters to kayaking, there is something for every type of vacationer.
A girls getaway in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach encompasses three components: relaxation, adventure, and a little retail therapy. If you are ready to start planning the ideal itinerary for a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach girls getaway, perhaps consider the following:
- Enjoy an ultimate spa experience.
- Relax on 32 miles of white-sand beaches.
- Experience a sunset cruise in the Gulf.
- Wine and Dine at an annual festival.
- Partake in a little retail therapy.
Why not start your girls getaway with a relaxing day at the spa? If you are staying at The Beach Club, you are minutes away from having the ultimate pampering experience.
With customized packages available, The Spa at The Beach Club offers a range of massages, body treatments, relaxation room with a soothing whirlpool and a full-service salon. Don’t worry, if you are not staying on site, The Spa at The Beach Club is open to the public.
Pro tip: Be sure to call ahead as reservations are required.
Stroll on the Beach
After a day of pampering, it is always nice to have a beach chair and watch the waves come ashore. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you are sure to have plenty of pristine sand to walk or relax on.
This stretch of coastline consists of 32 miles of white sand, made from quartz grain that washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago. If you are in the mood for relaxing on the Gulf coast, finding a public beach will not be a problem along the Alabama coastline.
Set Sail on a Sunset Cruise
A 53-foot catamaran and the open ocean, and dolphins, who wouldn’t be up for that? Sail Wild Hearts has several cruises, from the Dolphin and Blue Angels Sail that lasts 6 hours to a Sunset Cruise that lasts only 2 hours. Once you are onboard, there are snacks provided and plenty of room for everyone to relax on the open waters. Regardless of the cruise you choose, you will undoubtedly have the time of your life.
Wine and Dine at an Annual Festival
Before heading to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, be sure to check the Calendar of Events for the area as there are a number of awesome annual festivals scheduled. If you are visiting in the fall, The Wharf Uncorked Food and Wine Festival is a 3-day annual event that focuses on delicious local food and a diverse selection of wines.
I am particularly intrigued by this festival because, during my last girls getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we experienced the Waves of Wine Festival which was another awesome experience.
The Wharf Uncorked Festival offers renowned chefs the opportunity to showcase a wide selection of local cuisine options for everyone to enjoy. Wine tastings from over 150 labels is obviously another focal point of this event but regardless of whether you are visiting for cuisine or wine, the overall “Gulf Coast hospitality” will surely create the perfect experience.
Shopping in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is an experience all of your girlfriends are going to love! With a wide variety of boutique stores and outlet malls to choose from, there are a plethora of opportunities for everyone to find some great deals.
The Wharf in Orange Beach is home to a variety of boutique establishments and local shops along with a number of restaurants ensuring that you could easily spend a full day enjoying this attraction.
For those of you that prefer the “outlet” experience, the Tanger Outlet Mall is located in Foley, just a few miles outside of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. With over 120 brand named stores, this is definitely worth the trip to pick up a bargain or perhaps just a souvenir to commemorate the perfect girls getaway.
When planning your next girls getaway, be sure to keep Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in mind and consider experiencing everything the Alabama coast has to offer. If you want a jam packed schedule or prefer to relax on the beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is unequivocally the perfect destination for a girls getaway.
Picking a location is half the battle but now that is taken care of, when are you planning your next trip to Alabama’s beaches?