There’s no shortage of ways to spend your day in Gulf Shores. Relax on the beach, go kayaking, or enjoy a waterfront meal — the choice is yours! No matter what you do during the day, you won’t want to miss the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening. Check out the best places to watch the sunrise and sunset in Gulf Shores and spend every day of your beach vacation with a magnificent view. Read on to discover the Alabama Gulf Coast’s best sunrise and sunset views, and once you’ve had the chance to see one, share your story with us!
Nothing beats, waking up to the sight of a spectacular sunrise! Get up, grab a cup of coffee, and head to the Cotton Bayou beach access point. Here, you’ll be in the perfect spot to watch a glorious sunrise on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Spread out your blanket and sip on your coffee while you wait for nature’s show to begin. Be sure to bring along your camera because chances are this sunrise is one you’ll want to show everyone you meet!
There are plenty of free things to do in Gulf Shores, but enjoying a spectacular sunset after a day of exploring is one of our favorites. Read on to discover the top spots for sunset viewing!
Are you looking for one of the area’s hidden gems? Travel 22 miles west of central Gulf Shores to the tip of Fort Morgan. This secluded, charming beach town is one of the most peaceful places to watch the sunset. Park past the Mobile Bay Ferry terminal and walk down to the beach in the evening. You’ll be able to see Mobile Bay to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Sink your toes in the sand, watch the boats passing by, and enjoy a front-row seat as the sun dips into the water.
Interested in spending more time in this historic town? Check out our guide on the top things to do in Fort Morgan!
There’s nothing better than dinner with a view! When you dine at The Gulf Restaurant, you’ll be treated to great views of the Gulf of Mexico, especially at sunset. The unique outdoor venue, constructed out of repurposed shipping containers, is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Dig into delicious seafood and handcrafted cocktails while enjoying the company of family and friends.
Gulf State Park, a 6,500-acre public recreation area in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, contains plenty of great places to watch the sunset. The park features two miles of beaches, a 1,540-foot-long fishing pier, and multiple launch points for boats and kayaks. Pick your spot on land or on the water, and settle in to watch the sun’s nightly show. As the sun sets, don’t forget to snap a photo to remember the moment!
After spending the day chasing the best sunrise and sunset views in Gulf Shores, retreat to your Harris Vacation Rentals vacation rental for the night. Guests of our Alabama Dreamin’ home love its coastal decor, spacious entertainment areas, outdoor shower, and beachfront location. Every morning, wake up just steps from the ocean. Listen to the waves crash against the shore and watch the sunrise from your own front porch. This 15-person vacation rental unit has everything you need to make your family feel at home, including beach gear, a coffee maker, and a fully equipped kitchen. Don’t wait to book the family vacation of your dreams!