Technically a boat is defined as “a vessel for transport by water.” That can mean so many things: a dingy, rowboat, bass boat or runabout, catamaran, cabin cruiser, trawler, or banana boat. There’s also paddle boats, canoes, sloops, schooners or sailboats, a hovercraft, or a gondola! It can also mean a noisy, fun jet ski or sleek and fast cigarette boat.
You could rent them all somewhere along the Gulf Coast (although maybe not the gondola) in your next vacation. If you love to boat, or want to learn, or just want to sit around and let someone else do the work, it’s easy to do it here on the coast with these boat rentals in Gulf Shores AL.
Rent or Bring Your Own
Bring your own boat, rent whatever you desire or charter a boat. Stay in one of our bayside or beachfront rentals with its own private dock. Or, rent a condo in a gated community with a marina. Either will be perfect. Plus, there are many local full service marinas that will keep your boat in dry storage all year, for a week or just for a day. Many offer boat rental services too. In fact, head to the local marina for full service and all the things you’ll need like docking, fuel, equipment, and refreshments.
Fishing, Sightseeing or Just Cruising
This area is one of the world’s best fishing areas and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. You can boat and fish all year long here, along the coastline, in deep water, or in bayous and backwaters. Even if you just want to watch the dolphins, or just sit back and relax on the bright blue water, chartering a boat will mean you can focus on the fishing or sightseeing without worrying about anything else. Let the Captain and his crew share their knowledge of the area with you.
Options for Gulf Shores Boat Rentals
What kind of boating experience are you looking for? The ultimate sailboat excursion? A day long deep sea fishing expedition? A pontoon party cruise? Do you want to rent just the boat, or go the whole way and rent the boat, the captain and crew? With so many choices of activities and boat rentals and charters, it can be hard to decide what to do first! But we can help you narrow it down a bit, and here are a few choices to get you started thinking.
Gulf Shores Boat and Paddlesports Rental has it all – sunset cruises, sailing cruises, dolphin cruises, cocktail or dinner cruises, private “booze” cruises (great for spring break, bachelor parties or when you just want to let go). They also offer paddleboard and kayak rentals for a quieter ride. And a day sailing the high seas on their sailboat will be the highlight of your trip to Gulf Shores!
Orange Beach Boat Rentals is a family owned business offering catamarans for rent. Known for their stability on the water, these Gulf Shores boat rentals are perfect for a leisurely day of fishing, dolphin watching, sightseeing or just cruising along the backwater, bays and bayous.
Happy Harbor Marina in Orange Beach has Jet Ski rentals and guided tours, pontoon boat rentals, and a full service marina with fuel, dry storage, big trailer parking and more. Visit their dock side store to stock up on everything you’ll need.
Another family owned business is Hudson Marina, in Orange Beach. They have fishing charters, dolphin cruises, parasailing, jet skis, and boat rentals (single and double-decker pontoons, with or without slides). And what kid wouldn’t want to go on the Pirate Adventure for swashbuckling fun! Your young pirates will get to act like a pirate for the day, learn local pirate legends and how to talk like a pirate. Ahoy matey!
The most popular family charter at Getaway Charters (at Sportsmans Marina in Orange Beach) is the fun 6-hour bottom fishing and trolling trip. They also offer full day offshore fishing, half day fishing, deep drop fishing (catch some tasty longtail sea bass or grouper in +400 foot depths), shark fishing and Amberjack charters where serious anglers can chase the big ones. Their deckhands will prep your catch and seal it up so you can head to one of the many local restaurants that will cook up your catch.
You can even rent pontoon boats and jet skis at the Flora-Bama Marina in nearby Orange Beach, right across from the world famous Flora-Bama. Spend the day out on the bright Gulf waters, then head back to enjoy the live music, oyster bar and bushwackers at the world famous honkey tonk. Charter a boat complete with experienced captain – deep sea fishing, inshore or close to shore. And if lady luck was fishing with you, bring your catch to one of the Flora-Bama restaurants and let their chefs cook up a delightful meal.
Still undecided? No problem. Just give our knowledgeable staff a call! They’ll help you with your questions about boat rentals in Gulf Shores AL and help you find the perfect Gulf Shores rental too!