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Are you looking for an experience of a lifetime to enjoy during your next Alabama Gulf Coast vacation? Look no further than Condor Sailing AdventuresThis isn’t your typical sunset cruise. Trips are never over-crowded (the maximum group is six guests), and the boat is a world-class 40-foot Condor racing trimaran. Keep reading to learn how you can have a 5-star cruise with Condor Sailing Adventures 

Are you still looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Gulf Coast getaway? Harris Vacation Rentals has you covered with our Luxury RentalsWith beachfront views, elevators, game rooms, private pools, and spacious decks, you’ll be feeling like royalty when you stay with us.  

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All About Condor Sailing Adventures 

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind sailing expedition, Condor Sailing Adventures is your spot. Whether you’re celebrating a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or just have a desire for fun, you won’t be disappointed!  

Meet the Captain 

One of Condor Sailing Adventures’ best parts is the friendly owner, Michael “Captain” Kirk. Captain Kirk has over 23 years of sailing experience, served in the Coast Guard, and is a happy resident of Pensacola, FL. He assures that when you set sail with him, you’re in for the most amazing, fun, relaxing sailing adventure ever!  

A Ferrari on the Water 

Captain Kirk’s prized possession is his pristine Condor racing trimaran, Dare II. Only twenty-one Condor 40’s were made in the whole world, making them a very rare boat. Condors are the fastest sailboats ever produced and were designed to be stable and safe to survive racing through the ocean. When you take a ride on Dare II, you won’t have to worry about getting seasick.  

Daily Cruises 

Are you ready to set sail through Pensacola BayCondor Sailing Adventures offers daily two-hour cruises during the day and at sunset. During your cruise, you can dangle your feet in the water, relax in comfortable chairs, or safely move around the boat. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other marine life!  

Plan Your Vacation 

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Let’s start planning your Gulf Coast getaway! One of our most popular, luxurious homes is West of EdenThis duplex features 12 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and sleeps 36 guests. This spacious gulf-front home features a heated pool, two balconies, picnic tables, multiple refrigerators, and more. The property is located just across the state line from Orange Beach in Perdido Key, which is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, endless dining and entertainment options, gorgeous national parks, and historic forts. 

Harris Vacation Rentals is happy to offer an impressive collection of Luxury Vacation Rentals. Browse our inventory and find the perfect one for you and your group. We can’t wait to host you!  

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Close your eyes and imagine yourself aboard a pristine boat surrounding by the dazzling blue waters of the Gulf Coast. The salty sea breeze is blowing through your face, and you’re sharing laughs with your closest friends and families. When you book a trip with a private yacht charter, this daydream can become a reality! Keep reading to learn about some of the best private yacht charters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  

The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to a plethora of fun-filled adventures. From parasailing to fishing to hiking, we’ve got it all! Take a look at our Activities Guide to start planning your exciting trip.  

Here Are Private Yacht Charters in Gulf Shores 

Gulf Shores Boat and Paddlesports Rental

Location: 340 Hilltop Dr, Gulf Shores, AL 36542  

With Gulf Shores Boat and Paddlesports Rental, you can treat yourself to an intimate dinner or sunset cruise. If you choose a dinner cruise, you’ll sail along the Intracoastal Waterwayand the crew will drop you off at a restaurant of your choice. This outfitter also offers kayak and paddleboard rentals.   

Orange Beach Sailing Charters & Sunset Cruises 

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Location: 4575 S Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 

From romantic cruises to dolphin sightings to family-friendly day trips, Orange Beach Sailing Charters and Sunset Cruises has it all. When you embark on one of their private charters, you won’t have to worry about being around large rowdy crowds. This company is proud to be eco-friendly, and none of their yachts have motors. They’re all operated solely by their sails! 

Gulf Coast Luxury Yacht Charters, LLC 

Located: Slip B-2, 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 

Why worry over the cost of owning your own yacht when Gulf Coast Luxury Yacht Charters is there to worry about that for you?! They specialize in special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, and proposals. They offer two large boats, one measuring 76 inches and the other 55 inches. They both can accommodate six passengers, and one of them features a spiral staircase 

Cetacean Cruises 

Location: 4673 Wharf Pkwy W, Orange Beach, AL 36561 

Cetacean Cruises offers top-notch sailing adventures aboard their 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran. While you’re on the Gulf of Mexicoyou’ll spot fascinating wildlife, such as pelicans, egrets, heron, osprey, and more. You might even catch a glimpse of a pod of dolphins! Cetacean offers sunset sailsdolphin cruises, and nature cruises 

Book Your Gulf Shores Getaway 

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It’s time to start planning your much-deserved Gulf Shores getaway. When it comes to picking the perfect vacation rental, look no further than Harris Vacation RentalsWe provide luxurious Gulf Coast homes that have all the amenities you need for the ultimate trip.  

When you stay in our Beach Blues Beach House, you can enjoy picturesque Gulf views from two sun decks. The house provides sleeping accommodations for up to eight guests so that the whole family can enjoy their stay. Plus, it’s pet-friendly!  

There’s no time to waste! Check our availability and book your dream vacation today!  

Are you guilty of letting your paid time off go unused? According to the Washington Post, 55 percent of Americans did not use all their paid vacation time last year. You may be busy with work, and you feel that you can’t leave the office for a full week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embark on a partial-week beach vacationDon’t let life get in the way of living and soaking up the sun on Alabama’s whitesand beaches. We’ve got the best ideas on how to spend a three-day vacation in Gulf Shores. 

Don’t forget to book your Gulf Shores vacation home with Harris Vacation Rentals. We’ve got the best properties around!

Your Three-Day Vacation in Gulf Shores 

Day 1 of Your Gulf Shores Vacation 

Morning 

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You’ve arrived in Gulf Shores! Most Gulf Shores vacation rentals have afternoon check-in times, but don’t let that stop you from getting a jump start on your vacation. Call ahead and make arrangements to use your rental home’s amenities like pools and beaches. Nothing will melt away stress like taking a refreshing dip or listening to the waves roll in. 

Afternoon 

If you’re still looking to kill some time, take a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Visitors young and old will have a blast getting up close and personal with an array of fascinating animals. Their family of fascinating species includes kangaroos, tigers, lions, monkeys, amphibians, and more! 

Evening 

After you’ve settled into your home away from home and worked up an appetite, head out for dinner at Luna’s Eat & Drink. You don’t want to miss out on the appetizers at this cherished Orange Beach restaurant. Wet your whistle with one of more than 30 local and regional craft beers and pair it with an order of Luna’s Beer Cheese Dip served with soft pretzel bites. This is the perfect start to your three-day vacation in Gulf Shores.   

Walk off that cheesy delight with a stroll on the beach near your vacation home. Bring your flashlights and watch tiny sand crabs scurry through the sand. When you’re done, enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds from your Gulf Shores vacation rental balcony or deck. 

Day 2 of Your Gulf Shores Vacation 

Morning 

Kickstart your first full day in Gulf Shores by making a homemade breakfast and enjoying it outside while the salty sea breezes flow through your hair. Take in the view and relax. This is YOUR time! (Until the kids get up, that is!) 

Afternoon 

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Explore the backwaters of the Alabama Gulf Coast with Coastal Kayak Excursions, a tour company unlike any other around. Choose their Paddle and Play Tour to be transported from Caribe Marina to Walker Island via pontoon boat and spend the morning paddling around Robinson and Bird Islands at your leisure. You can also take an Eco-Kayak Tour. The captain will motor you to the backwaters of Wolf Bay, where you will be guided through the area. This private kayak tour is perfect for families and provides memories that will last a lifetime.  

After your day exploring the water, you’ll be hungry for a delicious lunch. No Gulf Shores vacation is complete without a visit to LuLu’sThe restaurant owner, Lucy Buffett, is famous in her own right as a creative culinary master and author of several top-selling cookbooksLucy is sister to legendary singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who has been known to drop in and perform an impromptu concert for Lucy’s restaurant guest! Both the young and young-at-heart enjoy a stop at LuLu’s. There’s a large sand area for the kidsa sand volleyball courtand an exciting ropes course. Ask for a table by the water and watch the boats float by on the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Evening 

Tonight is the night to get your seafood fix at one of the area’s longestrunning restaurants in Gulf ShoresOriginal Oyster House. Order up one of the restaurant’s signature dishes like the Shrimper’s Delight, which features fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, stuffed shrimp, fried flounder, and a delicious crab cake! Don’t forget to save room for a mouthwatering dessert like their Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie! This decadent dessert has a hint of Kahlua and is big enough to share (or not). If you just can’t get enough, you can buy a whole pie to go! 

The night doesn’t have to end after dinner. Chase the sunset and set sail on an evening dolphin cruiseWild Hearts offers a dolphin cruise through Orange Beach, where you’ll sail through the Gulf of Mexico in search of resident bottlenose dolphin pods and, of course, a magnificent sunset. 

 Day 3 of Your Gulf Shores Vacation 

Morning 

It may be the last day of your Gulf Shores getaway, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just yet. Have a leisurely morning, and take your time getting packed before checking out of your Gulf Shores rental. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning up dishes in your kitchen, grab your daily cup of Joe at The Southern Grind Coffee House in Orange Beach.  

Afternoon 

biking

After you’re all packed up, rent some bicycles and go on an expedition through the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. There are 27 miles of paved trails and lakeside boardwalks that are ideal for getting a glimpse of beach nature. The kids will also enjoy climbing the rocks at Boulder Park along the trails, as well as the Butterfly Garden. 

Evening 

Before you drive back to your hometown, you’ll want to leave with a full stomach. Feast on deepfried oysters cooked to perfection at Bahama Bob’s, a seafood shack that’s a favorite among locals. Take in the views from this beachside eatery and know that you’ve had three days well spent on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Hopefully, it’ll hold you over until your next weekend getaway. 

Pick Your Perfect Vacation Rental 

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When it comes to picking the perfect vacation home for your group, look no further than Harris Vacation Rentals. We’re happy to offer many homes varying in sizes throughout Gulf ShoresOrange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Whether you’re looking for pet-friendly rentals or beachfront properties, we’ve got you covered.  

Browse our properties and book your dream vacation home today. We can’t wait to welcome you! 

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There’s so much to discover during a trip to Gulf Shores. Whether you prefer lounging on the beach, indulging in local cuisine, or listening to amazing live music, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. If you’re craving unforgettable entertainment, head to The Wharf Gulf Shores. This family-friendly attraction in Orange Beach, AL, features fun events, eclectic shops, and flavorful dining options. You won’t want to leave this hotspot off your next vacation’s itinerary.

When it comes to planning a family beach vacation, you want everything to be perfect, including your accommodation. Explore the top vacation rentals in the area and prepare for this year’s trip to be the best one yet!

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The Top 5 Things to Do at The Wharf Gulf Shores

1. Attend an Event

The Wharf Gulf Shores hosts a variety of can’t-miss activities and events throughout the year. The Wharf Amphitheater is one of the top venues for Gulf Shores concerts, live music, and comedy shows. Past and future performers include Rascal Flatts, Imagine Dragons, and Bryan Adams.

The entertainment district also hosts a nightly Spectra light show, boat shows, and an Independence Day street party.

2. Go Ziplining

If you’re seeking a thrill, look no further than the Hummingbird Zipline Course! The course includes eight zip lines totaling over 6,000 feet and gorgeous views up to 115-feet high. Rides last two-and-a-half hours and the cost starts at $89 per person.

These zip lines are the highest, fastest, and longest ones on the Gulf Coast. A ride on these is the perfect way to get your adrenaline pumping! Make your reservation for an unforgettable adventure today.

3. Set Sail With Sunny Lady Dolphin Cruises

A trip to Gulf Shores would be incomplete without a dolphin tour! The only thing cooler than seeing a dolphin crest the waves from the beach is seeing one of these beautiful creatures up close. Sunny Lady Dolphin Cruise offers two tours per day, one in the afternoon and one at sunset. During the cruise, you can expect to see picturesque scenery and wildlife along the coastline of Orange Beach and Pleasure Island. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

4. Shop and Dine

There’s no shortage of shopping, dining, and entertainment at The Wharf! From boutique shops to national chains, even the most particular shoppers are sure to find something that they’ll love. There are also plenty of dining options, including fresh seafood and upscale Italian fare. Check out the complete directory to view all of The Wharf’s shops and restaurants.

5. Take a Ride on the Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel at The Wharf is a landmark of Gulf Shores. Take a spin on the wheel and enjoy sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Tickets cost $5 per person, per ride. $12 combo tickets are available and include a round of mini golf and a ride on the train.

Continue the Fun at Harris Vacation Rentals

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The Wharf Gulf Shores is a terrific spot to spend the day with family or friends. After you’ve explored this entertainment hotspot, it’s time to return to your Harris Vacation Rentals vacation rental. Our Coastal Retreat lagoon front property sleeps 12 and provides beach access directly across the street. Sip your morning coffee on the front porch, fish off the private pier in the afternoon, and watch the sunset over the water in the evenings. This home has everything you and your loved ones will need to have a memorable trip to Gulf Shores.

Your dream vacation awaits! Browse our available properties and start planning your getaway to the coast today.

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Nothing says “Welcome to Gulf Shores” like seeing a dolphin jump out of the water. During your next beach vacation, put one of the awesome dolphin cruises in Gulf Shores on your to-do list. It’s a unique way to get an up-close look at dolphins in their natural habitat! Read on to discover our top recommendations for dolphin cruises. Then, start planning your Gulf Shores vacation with Harris Vacation Rentals!

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Here Are the Best Dolphin Cruises in Gulf Shores

Thanks to the mild Gulf climate, these breathtaking dolphin cruises are held year-round in Gulf Shores!

The Sunny Lady Dolphin Tours

The Sunny Lady is one of our favorite cruises in Gulf Shores! Explore the scenic bays of Orange Beach on this hour and a half-long dolphin cruise. This is one of the most relaxing dolphin cruises in the area because the ship doesn’t leave the bay. Discover the marvelous shores of Orange Beach Bay throughout the day or at sunset with Sunny Lady dolphin cruises.

Tip: If you don’t want to buy snacks and drinks on the boat, each guest is allowed to bring their own six-pack cooler.

The Fun Boat

The Fun Boat is the perfect dolphin cruise for families with children. Their well-informed staff answers all dolphin, shark, and sea life questions your kids may have during the boat ride.

Not only will you spend two hours on the water observing Bottlenose dolphins, but you’ll also get to experience the Fun Boat water wars! Water cannons and squirt guns are the weapons of choice in this epic boat battle. At the end of the trip, families can examine the boat’s crab traps. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your child holding a crab’s claws in their hands!

Wild Native Tours

Would you like to get even closer to dolphins than you would on a standard dolphin cruise? Then Wild Native Tours is for you! During this 3-hour kayak tour, see Bottlenose dolphins swim next to you and observe native birds of the area. You’ll also learn about the Bottlenose environment, behaviors, and history. The best part? You’ll have a front-row seat to a Gulf Shores sunset.

Bonus: Wild Native Tours has a “leave no trace” policy, and the company is very environmentally conscious. Rest assured that they care about the dolphins you paddle alongside!

Make Harris Vacation Rentals Your Home Away From Home

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After you’ve experienced the thrill of one of the many dolphin cruises Gulf Shores has to offer, enjoy a view of the ocean from your private balcony. Our luxury Dolphin View condominium has floor to ceiling windows with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay, Lake Shelby, Little Lagoon, and Oyster Bay. The stunning water views and sophisticated amenities, like whirlpool tubs and stainless steel appliances, make this the ideal beach rental.

When you stay at Dolphin View at the Mustique Condo, you’ll also have access to the building’s lagoon front pool, fitness center, and sauna. Simply walk across the street to the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores. Don’t wait; check our availability and book your Gulf Shores vacation rental today! Click here to browse our condo rentals now or check out our special deals!