You’ve waited months for your check-in day to arrive. No matter if you’re a planner or you fly by the seat of your board shorts, we’re here to prep you for what to expect when you check in your Gulf Shores rental. White-sand beaches are calling your name, and the sooner your toes hit the sand, the sooner your everyday stress melts away. Sit back, read on and take note of these five things to know when you’re headed to Alabama beaches.

Where do I check in at?

 Fort Morgan beach house When you rent a Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Gulf Shores rental from Harris Properties Management, your check-in location will vary based on the condo or beach house you select. Some units have keypads, allowing you to go directly to your Gulf Shores rental. A code will be emailed to you prior to your check-in day. Some rentals may have a lock box with your keys inside. Just like the units with keypads, a code will be emailed to you prior to your arrival. For condos and beach houses with traditional locks, you’ll pick up your keys at the Harris Properties Management rental office. Your welcome email will contain all of these details and put you in the know.

How early can I check in and how late can I check out?

This is the important question! It puts you that much closer to your toes-in-the-sand moment! Check in is at 3:30 p.m. and check out is at 10 a.m. However, if the Gulf Shores rental you select has a vacancy prior to your arrival, there’s the possibility of a check in as early as noon. The day before your departure, you can also request a check out as late as noon. Late check outs depend on several factors, including if a guest is arriving the same day as your check out.

What do I do once I arrive at my Gulf Shores rental?

 Beach house kitchen Relax, of course! However, before you make a beeline for the beach, perform an initial walk through of your beach vacation rental. While we strive for excellence, sometimes things happen. If you notice anything that needs attention, don’t hesitate to report issues to us as soon as you see them! We know how important an Alabama beach vacation is, and want it to be hassle free. We’ve been welcoming many of the same families back to the beach for more than 30 years. Our family wants to ensure your family is taken care of. Call us at 877-446-4853, ext. 2 or email us at [email protected] with any issues during your stay. For after-hours emergencies, including plumbing or A/C issues, call 251-504-7800.

What should I bring to my Gulf Shores rental?

Let’s see…floats, beach towels, sunscreen! Your Gulf Shores rental will include a starter supply of paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, bath soap and toilet paper. This should get you through your arrival day on Alabama’s beaches. You should bring additional toiletries, as well as garbage bags, spices for the kitchen, groceries and any additional personal items needed. Also, unlike hotels, there is no daily housekeeping service. Gulf Shores condos and beach houses are cleaned prior to your arrival and after your departure. If you’d like an interim cleaning, this can be arranged for an additional charge.

What’s next?

 Gulf Shores beach vacation After you’ve checked all the boxes, it’s time for fun in the sun on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Put your feet up, take a nap, go for a swim or feast on fresh, Gulf seafood. If you need more ideas on what to do or where to eat in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, browse these blogs for details: