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Blue skies, gorgeous scenery, and the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico as far as the eye can see. Gulf Shores is truly a year-round destination. If you want to plan a beach vacation without facing the crowds and searing heat, opt to experience fall in Gulf Shores. A little slice of paradise awaits! Read on to discover why autumn is one of our favorite seasons here. Then, browse our coastal vacation rentals and start planning your trip today!

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Why You Need to Experience Fall in Gulf Shores

Whether you’re in town to have fun with family or for a romantic fall getaway, autumn is the perfect time of the year to vacation in Gulf Shores.

Warm Temperatures

Unlike most other places in the United States, the weather in Gulf Shores stays relatively mild all year long. There’s much less humidity, more cooling breezes, and the water is still warm from the summer. It’s hard to beat the fall weather here! Here are the average temperatures for fall in Gulf Shores:

September – High of 87° / Low of 70°

October – High of 80° / Low of 59°

November – High of 71° / Low of 48°

Fewer Crowds

Rather than trying to find a spot on a beach packed with tourists, experience greater freedom when you visit after summer vacation ends. Fall is the beginning of off-season in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, so you and your loved ones will be able to eat at the area’s best restaurants and enjoy little to no wait at top attractions.

Fun Attractions & Events

There are countless ways to spend a fall day in Gulf Shores. Wake up to a view of the gulf, run on the beach, swim in the picture-perfect water, and golf on one of the area’s pristine courses.

Autumn is also a great time to attend some of Gulf Shores’s most anticipated events. The annual Shrimp Festival in October features delicious shrimp recipes, live music, and hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. Another fantastic festival is the Oyster Cook-off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout. You don’t want to miss this seafood celebration that occurs every November.

Check out some more of our favorite things to do in the fall and get ready to make lasting memories!

Plan the Perfect Autumn Getaway With Harris Properties

barefoot rental pool and beach view

Are you ready to spend the fall in Gulf Shores? Another perk of planning a beach trip in the offseason is that our best vacation rentals have more availability. Barefoot, one of our luxury beachfront homes, features everything you need for a tranquil Gulf Shores vacation. This gorgeous home sleeps 28 people, so it’s perfect for a trip with extended family. Relax by the private heated pool or soak up the sun on the white sand beach — the choice is yours! Other exquisite features of the rental home include a double fridge and oven, bedrooms with gulf views, an outdoor shower, and an elevator.

It’s time to book the getaway of a lifetime. Browse all of our rental options and start planning your trip today!

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Book Your Family Vacation With Harris Properties Today!

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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