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Anyone who has fallen in love with the sugar white sand beaches and glimmering waters of Gulf Shores knows there is no bad time to visit. No matter what time of year you choose to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’re sure to enjoy delicious food, excellent fishing, and stunning views. There’s never a dull moment!

Read on to discover the best time to visit Gulf Shores according to what’s most important for your vacation. Then, reserve your stay with Harris Properties. No matter the time of year, our premium vacation rentals are the ideal setting for your getaway. Don’t wait; book your dream vacation today!

We Know the Best Time to Visit Gulf Shores

The best time to visit Gulf Shores is different for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a more quiet getaway or want to plan a vacation for the entire family, we’ve got you covered!


Spring in Gulf Shores often gets overlooked. The weather is beautiful, and the kids are still in school, so the beaches and attractions are much less crowded than in the summer. If you’re an empty nester, spring breaker, or millennial traveler, spring is a great time to visit the Gulf Coast!


From April to May, the weather is terrific. The high temperature hovers around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and by late spring, the ocean is warm enough for swimming. After the sun sets, take a moonlit stroll on the beach and revel in the comfortable climate.

Things to Do

Spring is a great time to experience Gulf Shores’s outdoor activities before it gets too hot. Rent a bike or hike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail and discover six distinct ecosystems along the way. Or, make the 30-minute drive to Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope, AL. You’ll find 300 rolling acres of green pastures and endless things to do. Pack a picnic lunch, go on a horseback ride, and try your hand at skeet shooting. Of course, you can always spend a day relaxing on the beach with a book in hand.


view of white sand beach and chairs

Summer is peak season in Gulf Shores. It’s an exceptional time to bring the whole family on vacation while the kids are out of school. Keep in mind that summer is our most popular season, so you’ll want to reserve your vacation rental before the best units are booked!


In the summertime, the weather in Gulf Shores is hot. High temperatures are around 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit, with the low around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a great time to enjoy dinner outside after the heat of the day has passed.

Things to Do

When you visit Gulf Shores in the summer, you’ll need to plan activities that beat the heat! Orange Beach boat rentals are the perfect way to spend a summer day. Feel the wind and salty air whipping through your hair as you enjoy the picturesque views. Summer is also a wonderful time for watersports. Thrill seekers love renting a jet ski and exploring the back bays of Orange Beach. If you’re looking for a surreal way to see Gulf Shores, parasailing is an experience you’ll never forget.


two people kayaking at sunset

In the fall, the crowds start to dissipate. The kids are back in school and vacation season is over. However, the weather is lovely, and accommodation rates are lower, making fall a remarkable time to visit the Gulf Coast.


Fall in Gulf Shores means warm weather during the day and pleasant breezes at night. The average daily high temperature in September is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the water is still warm enough to swim. Many people overlook the gorgeous autumn weather. If you have the opportunity, save your summer vacation days for the off-season!

Things to Do

September and October bring balmy weather to the Gulf. This means that paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing are perfect fall activities. During your adventures on the water, you may even glimpse dolphins swimming alongside you. You could also spend a day exploring Gulf State Park’s two miles of shoreline. While the leaves may be turning back home, you’ll find nothing but sunshine during autumn in Gulf Shores.


If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat from everyday life, visit Gulf Shores during the winter months. Snowbirds love escaping the frigid temperatures to experience a much more mild climate. Want to know the best part? You’ll have white sand beaches all to yourself and be able to fully appreciate the area’s natural beauty.


Winter brings the most unpredictable weather to Gulf Shores. Some days the skies are sunny and warm, while other days the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to pack a variety of outfits to prepare for your trip!

Things to Do

While the ocean is too cold for swimming, a beach walk on a nice day is never out of the question! Winter is also a terrific time for fishing in Gulf Shores. You’ll have the opportunity to catch redfish, pompano, and sheepshead when you cast your line in colder waters. If you’re visiting during the winter, we also recommend checking out The Wharf at Orange Beach. This entertainment hub is home to some of the Gulf’s best shopping, dining, and live music.

Find Your Spot on the Sand

blue cove view of water

After you’ve decided the best time to visit Gulf Shores, it’s time to find your ideal vacation rental. Harris Properties offers rental homes year-round, so you can determine the right time for you and your loved ones to plan a trip.

When you’re ready to book your accommodations, consider Blue Cove. This one-of-a-kind condo in Perdido Key comfortably sleeps eight in three bedrooms. This elegant unit is located right on the water, so it’s the perfect place to relax and soak up some Gulf Coast sunshine. Blue Cove is only a three-minute walk from the beach and features a fully equipped kitchen and in-unit washer and dryer. Bring your boat along, too, because Blue Cove has its own private boat slip. Your Gulf Coast adventure starts here!

When you stay in Perdido Key, you’ll enjoy all the beauty of the Gulf’s pristine beaches without the crowds. The best part? It’s only a 25-minute drive from downtown Gulf Shores. What are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your vacation rental today!

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