How to Enjoy a Guys Getaway on Alabama’s Beaches in 48 Hours?

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When it comes to the ideal guys getaway destination, what are the most important things to consider? Great golf courses, fishing charters, delicious cuisine and of course, a few spots to enjoy a couple of beers. We all know that Las Vegas may be a popular hotspot because of the glitz and glamor or perhaps Los Angeles for the Hollywood lifestyle but we would argue that another destination should be on your radar – Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach may not be the first spot on the tip of your tongue when considering a place for your guys getaway but after reading this post, I’m convinced that you will be ready to pack your bags and head to the gorgeous beaches along Alabama’s coastline!

guys getaway in gulf shores and orange beach

Golfing, fishing, kayaking, biking and much more…there is one common theme here, ADVENTURE! And that’s what Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is all about. Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks may be popular spots for the thrill-seekers in your life but for the more “relaxed” adventure seekers, GSOB offers a unique blend of opportunities for all the guys to enjoy and perhaps allow their competitive instincts to show.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Mancation

Whether it’s a long weekend getaway to fine-tune your skills on the golf course or perhaps enjoy a fishing excursion to see who can claim the best catch of the day, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is the ultimate mancation destination!

Vacation + guys getaway = mancation

There I said it… Alabama’s Beaches are a “mancation” hotspot. This is a term that I haven’t used frequently but the more I hear about it, the more I feel it’s appropriate when thinking about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Forget the stereotype of guys getaways being associated with drunken bar crawls or late-night partying at casinos and instead, take a moment to think about some of your best guy friends and what you enjoy.

What better way to bond with your best man and groomsmen than by visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and experiencing a fun, relaxing weekend break.

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Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to enjoy Gulf Shores and Orange Beach during a 48-hour guys getaway!

Golfing Paradise

The golf course has long been renowned as one of the best places to relax and also sign future business deals. The myriad of amazing courses on offer throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach means that you can head to this area with your favorite golfing buddies enjoy the perfect golfing getaway.

peninsula golf club

I have first-hand experience at the 27-hole Peninsula Golf Club complex but that’s only the start of the courses available along Alabama’s Beaches.

Long considered one of the Southeast’s best tracks, Kiva Dunes is a links layout hugging the Gulf Coast

guys getaway kiva dunes

Whether you prefer the parkland American style at Craft Farms or perhaps a more British-inspired links layout at Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has a distinctive variety of courses waiting for you to conquer.

guys getaway gulf shores and orange beach
Photo: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.

One of the great benefits to golfing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is that you don’t even need to worry about packing your golf clubs as you can easily rent them at most courses (though if you are like me and enjoy taking your game seriously, you may want to pack them in the back along with your best buddies)!

Fishing Excursions in the Gulf

If you are looking for the ultimate fishing paradise, look no further than the Gulf Coast! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offers a variety of distinctive daily fishing excursions that you and your buddies can enjoy. Both offshore and inshore fishing excursions are available, so regardless of your preference, there is likely to be something that will spark your interests.

guys getaway fishing charter
Photo: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.

After a late night enjoying a few beverages at the 19th hole, surely an early-morning fishing excursion is the perfect way to cure any hangover you may be suffering from! Visit one of the many fishing charter companies and listen to the captains who are the best in the business in finding the perfect spots to enjoy the perfect catch of the day.

Go after elusive blue marlin, yellow fin tuna, amberjack, cobia, red snapper and more!

If you are planning a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this fall, here are some of the fish that are biting in the latter part of the year!

gulf shores and orange beach fish season
Courtesy of Alabama Gulf Seafood

Did you also know that Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is home to a number of “cook your catch” restaurants? Clean your record catch and then head to one of these restaurants to enjoy a dining experience unlike anywhere else!

gulf shores and orange beach guys getaway

If a full-day fishing excursion isn’t feasible for your proposed guys getaway, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach fishing charters offer 4-6 hour trips that are perfect for a 48-hour weekend vacation.

Shopping Without The Girls

Take a moment to consider the topic of shopping…that’s for the girls in your life right? I would argue that a guys getaway is the perfect chance to explore every shop they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to enjoy.

tanger outlets foley

There is nothing wrong or embarrassing about guys heading to the store to expand their closet or perhaps find the latest tech products. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is certainly a destination that has all of your shopping needs covered.

tanger outlet mall foley

Whether you enjoy spending time in Bass Pro Shops or perhaps heading to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley to visit Direct Tools to find the latest power gadgets, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a great place for all the guys to spend a few hours getting their retail therapy fix.


So how would you spend 48 hours in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach with your guys? Hit the links or head on a fishing excursion in the Gulf before spending a few hours at your favorite stores. This definitely sounds like the ideal “mancation” but regardless of your decision to visit Alabama’s coastline, I hope you will at least consider this as a viable option.

guys getaway gulf shores and orange beach

Who needs Vegas or NYC when you can have all of the above in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! It may have sounded crazy when I first recommended this but after seeing all of the attractions that are perfectly suited to a guys getaway, I am convinced that this area of Alabama will be a perfect destination for you and the guys!

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Chris Boothman
Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]



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