Where to Stay in Gulf Shores and Enjoy the Best Vacation?

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If you have experienced the stretch of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, you will know that this is an incredible place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. 32 miles of pristine, white sandy beaches should be enough motivation to inspire a visit but don’t worry, if that’s not enough there are plenty more reasons! Once you figure out that the Gulf Coast is the place to be, you will likely want to establish where to stay in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. During our recent visit, we stayed at the incredible San Carlos Condominiums and we think we have found the perfect place for your next visit.

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Whether you are planning a family vacation or perhaps a weekend getaway with the girls, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should definitely be at the top of your bucket list of possible destinations. If you have read our blog over the last few months, you will realize that we are incredibly fond of this part of Alabama and it’s fair to say we have pretty good reasons for it!

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The fall season is undoubtedly the best time to visit and regardless of whether you choose to follow our recommendation in this post of staying at San Carlos Condos, you will realize that the latter part of the year offers cheaper accommodation options, fewer crowds and overall better experience in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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We want to focus solely on what we now consider to be one of the best places to stay in Gulf Shores – San Carlos Condominiums by Young’s Realty and Vacation Rentals! Let’s take a look at what you can expect should you book a vacation at this resort.

Where to Stay in Gulf Shores – San Carlos Condos

Finding the ideal place to stay in Gulf Shores may sound easy given the myriad of amazing condominiums and hotels that are available along this stretch of coastline. However, if you are looking for the perfect location combined with awesome amenities and affordable prices, it may be a little more challenging than you first imagine.

where to stay in gulf shores

We have been fortunate to stay at the amazing Turquoise Place and Beach Club by Spectrum Resorts but for those of you looking for something closer to the heart of Gulf Shores, we think San Carlos Condos is the perfect option.

San Carlos Condos Location

Just a short walk from the Hangout and Gulf Shores Parkway, the San Carlos Condos complex offers the ideal spot for anyone visiting Gulf Shores that wants to be in the real heartbeat of this destination.

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However, despite the perfect location that may sway your judgment and make you think San Carlos will be a little too lively, let us remind you that Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is the perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment so you don’t have to worry that you will be losing sleep because of noise!


365 E Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Tel: (251) 948-1900
Website: San Carlos Condominiums by Young’s Realty and Vacation Rentals

Condo Options

If you are considering San Carlos as a viable option for your next trip to Gulf Shores, you can choose from 2, 3 or 4 bedroom condominiums.

where to stay in gulf shores

These vacation rentals, as you will see below, are fully furnished and offer luxurious comforts that you would associate with your own home. It’s certainly the epitome of a “home away from home” destination that we immediately fell in love with.

san carlos condo

Regardless of which size and the specific unit you choose, it’s inevitable that you will fall in love with San Carlos just as much as we did. If you are still not convinced, keep reading!

Ready to take a look around San Carlos Condominiums by Young’s Realty and Vacation Rentals with us?

San Carlos 701

Basic Information

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1568 Square Feet
  • East Corner Condo with Unobstructed Views of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Jacuzzi Tub in Master Bathroom


As always, these rates are accurate as of the time of publication and be sure to check the website for any updated prices.

If you are planning a visit in September-October, you can expect to pay between $260-$320 per night (plus additional taxes) which for a 3 bedroom condo is a BARGAIN! In the winter months (another great time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach), you can rent this condo for as little as $230 per night (plus additional taxes)!

Even if the middle of peak season (June-August), at $439 per night (plus additional taxes) this is still a very reasonable rate, especially if you are visiting with multiple families and can split the cost.

Enjoy Ultimate Relaxation

The moment we walked inside our San Carlos condo, we realized this was going to be an awesome experience. First impressions will always go a long way to determining your judgment on an accommodation option and it’s fair to say, the “wow” factor was well and truly present throughout San Carlos 701!

where to stay in gulf shores

The amount of light pouring through the floor to ceiling windows was impressive but none of this prepared us for the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you pull back the windows and head out to the spacious balcony/deck area or simply relax in the living room area, the unobstructed views are something that you could never tire of.

where to stay in gulf shores

Did I also mention that the same views could be found in the master bedroom? If you have never stayed at a beachfront property, there is nothing quite like waking up in the morning to the sound of the Gulf and being able to walk outside and watch the sunrise.

where to stay in gulf shores

Even with such a plethora of amazing activities to enjoy throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it was pretty tough getting up in the morning because of how comfortable the bed was.

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For those of you that are ready to enjoy a long weekend of relaxation, why not hop in the jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom. If you love the thought of a pampering experience, this is definitely a great place to enjoy that.

where to stay in gulf shores

A spacious kitchen with appliances ensures that visitors to Gulf Shores can cook meals in-house, though if you read our recent post on the best places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you will know there are a lot of inviting restaurants waiting for you!

Why not just stock the refrigerator and wet bar with your favorite drinks, so that you can wind down your day enjoying the sunset on the amazing Adirondack style patio furniture.

where to stay in gulf shores

San Carlos Amenities

Although it’s understandable that you would likely want to stay inside the condominium, San Carlos is also home to a number of amenities that may convince you otherwise.

san carlos condo pool

The gorgeous zero-entry outdoor pool is an attractive place for all the family to relax while easy access to the breathtaking beaches ensures that guests will always have a desire to stay at the property.

Guests at San Carlos have the option of purchasing daily (or weekly) beach loungers and an umbrella which just enhances the experience and overall comfort.

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For those of you that prefer to bring your own, you won’t be short of space on the immaculate beaches that are maintained on a daily basis.

where to stay in gulf shores

Prefer to stay indoors or catch up on some work? Enjoy the FREE public wi-fi access that you can connect to throughout the San Carlos complex. A sauna and fitness room are further amenities that only add to the overall experience for guests.

where to stay in gulf shores


Visitors planning a visit to the Gulf Coast will always have the tough decision of figuring out where to stay in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. Having recently spent an amazing three days at San Carlos Condos in the heart of Gulf Shores, we are convinced that this is an accommodation option that you should strongly consider.

where to stay in gulf shores

Regardless of your personal needs for a condo or hotel, San Carlos has the perfect blend of luxury and “home away from home” amenities that will surely entice you to consider this as a viable option. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are spoiled for choice in terms of high-rise condominiums and hotel options but we would argue that San Carlos offers everything you need to enjoy the perfect long weekend getaway.

Whether you choose to stay at San Carlos or elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, you can be sure that an amazing vacation awaits when you visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

Disclaimer – We would like to thank Visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and San Carlos Condominiums by Young’s Realty and Vacation Rentals for hosting us for three nights, in exchange for consideration of a blog post review. These are solely our personal opinions/experiences and we were not financially compensated for this post.

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Chris Boothmanhttps://abritandasoutherner.com
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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