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Almost everything you can do in the summer near our winter rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you can do in winter months too, only there are fewer people and cooler weather. What could be better? It may be too cool to swim, but you can walk the beach looking for the perfect shells to take home, parasail and jet ski along the coast or gather the family for a beach volleyball game. This is the time to do what you enjoy best at the beach, without the crowds and heat.
When you rent one of our beachfront cottages, you’ll be able to sit on your deck savoring that first cup of coffee while you watch the kids play on the beach or the dolphins frolicking out beyond the surf. When you rent one of our high-rise condos, you’ll be able to enjoy all the amenities that come with it, plus an amazing view. Select a condo with an on-site fitness center or indoor pool; they’re perfect for when the kids want to go swimming while you work on your abs.
Take the kids to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. They’ll love the Animal Encounter Exhibits and getting up-close-and-personal with the animals. The zoo always has some sort of interactive activity planned for kids (of all ages). Ever had a lemur sit on your shoulder? It’s just one of their “animal encounters” that the kids will love!
Winter is the perfect time for hiking or biking in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge or Gulf State Park. Meander along the trails at your own pace, without the crowds or bugs! Trails through the Refuge wind through different coastal habitats including wetlands, maritime forests and both salt-water and fresh-water lagoons. Take one of their guided tours to learn more about this diverse area and the endangered species it protects. The observation tower by Gator Lake offers great views of the surrounding area as well as the lake’s namesake reptiles! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for wildlife; the parks are teaming with alligators, bobcats and coyotes, turtles and migratory birds. The bird watcher in your group will love the refuge!
If you’ll be spending the holidays with us here at the beach, you don’t have to worry about missing your traditional holiday festivities. Enjoy festival of light ceremonies as only the Gulf Coast can do them. Make plans to attend Gulf Shores Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Beach. What could be better than lighted floats, marching bands and Santa? And stay for the annual “snowball drop” with thousands of ping pong balls! Head to Lulu’s (always a good idea) and the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. It’s a great way to start the holidays. And, we have rentals that are boat friendly with dock access, so you can bring your boat down. Won’t the kids love being a part of the lighted boat parade?
Plus, there are more rental options available during the winter. You can take your pick from our properties on the beach or inland on the bay. This is your time to get that perfect Gulf Shores winter rentals you’ve been looking at. Hike nearby nature trails, hit the beach or the golf course, and then head back to your beachside cottage for some refreshing hot chocolate.
Great Food Near Our Gulf Shores Winter Rentals
Oysters! Get your fill of these fresh, delicious treats. Imagine tasting those fresh, right-off-the-boat treats while enjoying an adult beverage on a deck overlooking the beach, all while your friends are battling the cold and snow back home! Head on over to The Royal Oyster, where they have a full-service oyster bar as well as seafood, steak, and amazing cocktails.
When you think you’ve had enough oysters (as if that was possible), don’t worry, there are plenty of other fresh, locally caught seafood choices. Whether you like your seafood fried, blackened or grilled, you can find it at one of our amazing local restaurants. Dress up a bit and head to the nearby Perdido Beach Resort, or just stay comfy and head to back to the beach and Lulu’s or The Hangout. Give our staff a call for more delectable dining choices.
Schedule some time for The Flora-Bama. This famous honkytonk has it all: beach-side bars, entertainment areas, and an oyster bar. If you’re around in February, make sure you attend their annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-off. Test your best chili recipe against the pros or just eat your way through the entries. A visit to this world-famous roadhouse needs to be on your bucket list!
Accommodations & Amenities
Harris Vacation Rentals has rentals throughout Gulf Shores. You can pick a cottage on the beach, a house overlooking the bay, or a condo in a resort. It’s up to you. You select the location and the amenities you want for your winter vacation. Want a smoke-free rental? One with a fire pit or outdoor grill? Want pet-friendly winter rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama? No problem, we have them. Having trouble deciding? Let our knowledgeable staff here at Harris Vacation Rentals help. Give us a call today!