There has been an increase in Airbnb reservations, vacation properties, and vacation rentals in Orange Beach, Alabama. And it’s easy to see why. It’s a breathtaking place with warm turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. The only thing that can match its magnificence is the locals’ hospitality. If you haven’t gone to this mesmerizing, kid-friendly vacation spot yet, you’re missing out on a lot.

Live Like a Local

The first thing to remember is that island time works differently than city time. Ask owners of Airbnb houses, vacation properties, and vacation rentals. They’ll tell you — there’s no need to speed in this place. If you’re driving, you’ll typically come across several pedestrians and cyclists at any given time. 

Here are some other reminders.

  • Public beaches typically have parking and bathrooms. The locals are very particular about bathroom accessibility. 
  • If you go to the beach at night, you can see crabs making their way across the sand. Bring a flashlight with a red filter to enjoy this view. 
  • Never feed the seagulls because they might not leave you alone. 
  • Lastly, act responsibly. Respect the area and its people. 

The Beaches

This gorgeous area is all about the beaches — the area has 32 miles of turquoise waters and white sand! It has ten public-access beaches with picnic facilities, restrooms, and showers. 

Beach bums and adventurers alike will enjoy themselves on these pristine beaches. Beach bums can enjoy the natural beauty of Orange Beach while lounging on the shore. Adventurers will find themselves choosing among several exhilarating water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), and jet skiing.  

You can also park your boat to swim in select areas like Ingram’s Bayou, Palmetto Creek, or Soldier’s Creek. 

Top Restaurants 

Whichever restaurant you choose, make sure to try Royal Red shrimp. These are a local delicacy typically served fresh-off-the-boat. 

The Gulf

Located at 27500 Perdido Beach Boulevard, The Gulf is the epitome of seaside dining. It has a casually chic ambiance and a front-row view of the beautiful Orange Beach waters. It always offers the freshest local ingredients. Plus, this famous restaurant has rotating seasonal menus. You can’t go wrong with the shrimp; they’re super fresh and easy to peel. For a complete meal, try the famous Tuna Poke Bowl. The sushi rice, fresh tuna, and signature Spicy Mayo and Ponzu are delicious!

Hurricane Grill and Wings

Also located at Perdido Beach Boulevard, Hurricane Grill and Wings is an institution. With over 25 years in the business, it boasts of American flavors the whole family can enjoy. 

Don’t be surprised with what you see on their menu — calorie information per item! You can’t go to a place named Hurricane Grill and Wings and not order the wings — which is 78–118 calories per piece. If you’re dining with a child, go for a safe flavor like Gold Rush (honey mustard). 

Pair the wings with some chips, salsa, and guacamole. Your whole family will enjoy this combination. 

Cobalt, The Restaurant

Not surprisingly, our last restaurant recommendation is also in Perdido Beach Boulevard. Cobalt is a chic place that boasts of contemporary coastal cuisine. It offers unique food pairings with waterfront dining, live music, and excellent service. It’s a great date place for couples on vacation. 

Try the Pecan Fried Catfish, Cobalt Caviar, and Caesar Salad. These three dishes combined make a palate party you don’t want to miss. Visit Cobalt between 2–6 PM to enjoy happy hour. 

Things to Do

Orange Beach is an exciting place for visitors. You’ll never run out of things to do! Here are some activities locals would recommend. 

Enjoy Shopping and Dining at The Wharf

The Wharf is the most popular shopping and dining destination at Orange Beach. It has a wide range of restaurants, locally-owned boutiques, and boat bars.

Visit an Amusement Park

Adventure Island is an amusement park with a wide range of fun rides and adventures for the whole family. You will see the typical amusement park offerings like go-karts and bumper boats. But you can also enjoy laser tag, 18-hole mini-golf, paddleboat rides, and climbing palm trees. The main attraction is a gigantic five-story volcano that shoots up sparks. 

Dolphin Viewing

Experience two hours of family fun aboard The Fun Boat Dolphin Cruises. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a large family of dolphins. The crew on board will tell you everything you need to know about the local sea life and dolphins. 

After searching for — and hopefully interacting with — dolphins, the kids can enjoy water wars. They’ll get water cannons and squirt guns for water wars with the other kids aboard the boat. Each ride only allows 35 people for a pleasant, personalized experience. 

Safety Reminders

Before finalizing travel plans, make sure you have a TripKitt — a complete set of plant-based cleaning materials and soaps with no harmful chemicals, all in one handy pack. Owners of Airbnb homes, vacation properties, and vacation rentals might be using harsh cleaning detergents. Bring a TripKitt to keep your family safe.  

Travel Locally

The pandemic has been difficult for the country’s tourism industry. If travel restrictions allow it, travel locally. You’ll find so many treasures within the country while helping the economy recover.  And of course, always make sure you take along your TripKitt!!!