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Did you know that May is one of the best months to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast? The weather is warm enough for you to take a dip in the water, but the crowds of summer haven’t arrived yet. To learn how you can have the ultimate vacation in Gulf Shores in May, keep reading!  

Where will you stay during your May getaway? Harris Vacation Rentals offers the best luxury vacation rentals throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and we’d love to host you! All of our properties feature top-notch amenities, such as private pools, beach access, hot tubs, game rooms, covered decks, and more!  

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All About Gulf Shores in May 

The following events/activities might be postponed or altered due to COVID-19. Be sure to check event websites.   

Fantastic Weather 

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You can’t beat the weather in Gulf Shores during this time of year. During May, temperatures hover between 75 and 85 degrees. Plus, the average seawater temperature in May is 76.8 degrees. This is still considered chilly to some people, but swimming isn’t out of the question. If you work up a good sweat playing an exciting game of beach volleyball, you’ll be dying for a refreshing dip in the cool waters.  

Memorial Day Celebrations 

Nothing says “summer is here” like a Memorial Day celebration! If you visit Gulf Shores for Memorial Day this year, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend. One of our favorite activities is packing a picnic and heading to the beach. You can also take a picnic with you to the Fort Morgan Historic Site or Lake Shelby Recreation Area. Saturday evening, head to Downtown OWA and watch their dazzling fireworks display.  

Attractions and Activities  

When it comes to Gulf Shores in May, there’s always something exciting to do. If you want to get out on the water, why not treat yourself to a cruise with Condor Sailing AdventuresYou’ll set sail on their world-class 40-foot Condor racing trimaran and venture through Pensacola Bay. Some other tour companies that we recommend include Lost Bay Helicopter ToursGulf Island Charters Family Adventures, and Dolphins and Wildlife Kayak Tours 

Book One of Our Luxurious Vacation Rentals 

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If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to vacation rentals along the Alabama Gulf Coast, look no further than Harris Vacation RentalsWe dedicate ourselves whole-heartedly to providing you with luxury Gulf Shores vacation rentals in varying sizes so you can find the perfect one for you.  

One of our new homes to our program is Beach Mouse. This property features six bedrooms and five bathrooms and can comfortably accommodate 19 guests (plus two dogs). Beach Mouse is newly renovated and features new tile flooring, a new outdoor shower, and a brand-new hot tub. This beautiful, custom beach home also offers beautiful beachfront views of the white-sand beaches and views of Little Lagoon.  

Our properties are booking up fast! Book your stay with us today and start getting excited about your Gulf Coast getaway!  

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Alabama’s Gulf Coast is known for its 32 miles of pristine, sandy white beaches. During your visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you can enjoy fascinating native wildlife, picturesque scenery, and outdoor adventures. However, none of this would be possible if we didn’t do our part to be environmentally-friendly and “leave only our footprints behind.”  If you’re curious how you can do your part and how you can do the best eco-friendly travel in Gulf Shores, please keep reading! 

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

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Tips and Tricks for Eco-Friendly Travel in Gulf Shores

Eco-Friendly Basics

If you’re new to the idea of being environmentally-conscious, that’s no problem! There are many simple ways to start easing yourself into the lifestyle.

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Eco-Tourism Excursions

Continue to go green during your vacation and participate in fun-filled ventures that don’t leave a carbon footprint. 

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Stay With Harris Vacation Rentals

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Make a Harris Vacation Rentals vacation rental your home away from home during your eco-friendly travel in Gulf Shores. Many of our Gulf Shores properties feature private beach access so that you can walk to the beach! You can also have access to sparkling pools, fitness centers, boat slips, and beautiful piers. With Harris Vacation Rentals, you always feel like you’re in a serene oasis. Browse our vacation homes today and find the perfect one for you!

 

The Gulf of Mexico is home to the most beautiful beaches in the world — it’s no secret. Spanning more than 150 miles, the Gulf Islands National Seashore is known for its dazzling aquamarine waters and sugar-white sand. From swimming and paddling to hiking and waterfront dining, the list of things to do at the Gulf Shores National Seashore is endless! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy a day in paradise.

For more ideas about things to see and do by the Gulf Shores National Seashore, check out our Activities page. It’s full of tips about the best local activities, excursions, tours, and more. And, when you book a Harris Vacation Rentals family vacation rental, you’ll even receive up to $100 0ff local tours and activities through TripShock. Vacation planning has never been easier! 

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Gulf Shores National Seashore: Top 5 Things to Do

1. Dive into the Gulf

With pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water, it’s no wonder so many are drawn to the natural paradise that is Gulf Shores, Alabama. There are endless water activities to enjoy here, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, boating, diving, snorkeling, and more.  Fly high amongst the clouds on a parasailing adventure, dive to colorful underwater reefs, or cast a line into the sparkling Gulf waters. Do you prefer to stay on land? Lounge by the shoreline and soak up the sun, beach comb for shells and other treasures, or simply sink your toes into the sand and relax. The possibilities are endless! 

2. Indulge in Waterfront Dining and Shopping

When you’re ready to take a break from the sun and surf, head indoors for a delicious meal overlooking the Gulf. Some of our favorite waterfront dining spots on the Gulf Shores include Lulu’s, The Hangout Gulf Shores, and the iconic Flora-Bama. The Wharf at Orange Beach also features a wide array of fabulous dining and shopping options. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or a gourmet four-course dinner, there is something for everyone here!

3. Enjoy Exciting Tours and Attractions

Are you searching for the best dolphin excursions? Perhaps you’re interested in taking everyone on a sunset cruise. No matter what your family decides to do, you’ll have a blast exploring the many attractions in Gulf Shores. Play a round of mini-golf, race go-karts at the Track, or take the kids to the Gulf Coast Zoo, or make a splash at Waterville USA. After a fun-filled day of adventure, come rest your head in your comfortable Gulf Shores vacation rental and relax.

4. Take a Step Back in Time

Discover Gulf Shores’ rich and fascinating past! History-buffs will love exploring the local museums, historic forts, and other sites along the Gulf Shores National Seashore. Discover what life was like for this region’s earliest inhabitants at the Gulf Shores Museum or catch a live reenactment at Fort Morgan historic site. And if you’ve never taken a tour of the Swift-Coles Historic Home, you’re in for a very special treat. With incredible architecture and a unique story, it’s easy to envision what life was like during the Gilded Age in the South.

5. Explore the Great Outdoors

Calling all nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts! Beautiful beaches are not all that the Gulf Shores National Seashore has to offer. In fact, this region is home to miles of scenic hiking trails, state parks, and wildlife refuges. Gulf State Park is one of the most beloved landmarks in Alabama filled with great spots for hiking, fishing, or lounging by the shoreline. Are you interested in wildlife-viewing or birding? Make sure to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge to see Alabama wildlife in their natural habitat! Keep an eye out for common and rare animals including bobcats, red foxes, armadillos, alligators, and six-lined race runners. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Book Your Stay in a Harris Property

After an amazing day by the Gulf Shores National Seashore, come kick back and relax in a Harris Property. We offer a wide range of vacation rentals in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Whether you prefer a home with a private pool, a beachfront condo, a pet-friendly accommodation, or a luxury property, we are sure to have the ideal accommodation for your family beach getaway. Plus, you’ll enjoy being just minutes from all of these amazing activities and attractions. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us to start planning your beach vacation today! We can’t wait to welcome you.

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