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Alabama Beaches are scheduled to reopen Thursday, April 30th at 5 pm with visitors subject to social distancing guidelines. Beaches will be open for all activities and no gatherings of 10 persons or more will be permitted. All persons must stay 6 ft apart.

Retail stores may open subject to a 50% occupancy rate and follow all social-distancing and sanitation rules.

Entertainment venues will remain closed.

Restaurants, bars, and breweries are limited to take out, curbside or delivery services.

Athletic facilities and activities will remain closed.

To view our Coronavirus Updates page, click here. 

Please see our FAQs: Safer at Home – Frequently Asked Questions about Beaches

At Harris Vacation Rentals, our first priority is the safety of our guests. In order to keep our guests safe, our home presentation team will be sanitizing all touchpoints of each property prior to each guest arrival. Each property will be sanitized with an EPA approved disinfectant proven to kill the COVID-19 virus.



Vacation planning can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to decide on the best accommodations for a large group. However, it doesn’t have to be! Whether you’re planning a wedding, a family reunion, or a friend’s getaway, there are so many reasons to choose a vacation rental over a hotel. Here are five reasons to book large group rentals in Gulf Shores with Harris Vacation Rentals! 

Take the stress out of vacation planning when you book one of our large group rentals in Gulf Shores. Here at Harris Vacation Rentals, we will ensure that you have everything you need for a memorable gathering. Contact us today to start planning your next unforgettable vacation! 

Top 5 Reasons to Book Large Group Rentals in Gulf Shores

1. Save Money

As property size goes up, so does cost—but not every company keeps that ratio reasonable. With a Harris Property Gulf Shores vacation rental, you can enjoy a gorgeous beach home with room for ten people for just $20 per person per night. If you’ve got a party where everyone can pitch in, this quickly becomes a much better deal than a hotel!

2. Enjoy An Unbeatable Beachfront Location

Our large vacation rentals in Gulf Shores, AL, enjoy phenomenal proximity to the shoreline. For those who have always dreamed of falling asleep to the sound of the waves or waking up to the distant call of gulls, these properties are perfect. The beachfront dream is one many people chase—why not enjoy it yourself, if only for a few days?

3. Walk to the Best Attractions

When you stay in a Harris Property, you’ll enjoy a convenient location near all of the best restaurants, shops, activities, and attractions. Many of our homes are just steps from the Gulf; in fact, many of our rental properties are so close to the beach, you could throw a football into the waves from your porch! Enjoy being just minutes from it all. 

4. You Can Bring Fido!

Anyone who has tried renting knows that many lessors are not fond of pets. But at Harris Vacation Rentals, we know how important our furry friends are, and want to make vacations easier by allowing them. Look for the pawprint in the upper-right of the property’s picture to see if it’s a pet-friendly rental. Your dog or cat can enjoy your beach palace with you! So, if you have a large party to stay with, choose Harris Vacation Rentals. 

5. Experience Gulf Shores to the Fullest

Unlike generic hotels, Harris Property vacation homes offer an experience that simply can’t be beat. It’s so much easier to enjoy quality time together when you’re all underneath the same roof. Gather with family and friends around the dining room table and share great food and conversation. Play games of sand volleyball on the beach. Build sandcastles and build memories to last a lifetime in one of the most beautiful destinations on Earth! Your getaway awaits.

Book Your Stay With Harris Vacation Rentals Today!

Book your stay in Barefoot!If you’re searching for large vacation home rentals in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, or Fort Morgan, we’ve got you covered! With room to comfortably accommodate 28 guests, Barefoot would be an excellent option for your stay. You’ll love the private heated pool, great location, and unbeatable views from nearly every room! Another great home suitable for large groups is Big Blue. There’s room for everyone to spread out in this spacious 4-level,  7-bedroom accommodation with multiple porches and balconies. So, what are you waiting for? Browse all of our large group rentals and book your stay today! We can’t wait to welcome you to paradise.


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!

Book Your Family Vacation Today!

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


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!

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You’ve waited months for your check-in day to arrive. No matter if you’re a planner or you fly by the seat of your board shorts, we’re here to prep you for what to expect when you check in your Gulf Shores rental. White-sand beaches are calling your name, and the sooner your toes hit the sand, the sooner your everyday stress melts away. Sit back, read on and take note of these five things to know when you’re headed to Alabama beaches.

Where do I check in at?

 Fort Morgan beach house When you rent one of our Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Gulf Shores rentals, your check-in location will vary based on the condo or beach house you select. Some units have keypads, allowing you to go directly to your Gulf Shores rental. A code will be emailed to you prior to your check-in day. Some rentals may have a lock box with your keys inside. Just like the units with keypads, a code will be emailed to you prior to your arrival. For condos and beach houses with traditional locks, you’ll pick up your keys at the Harris Vacation Rentals Management rental office. Your welcome email will contain all of these details and put you in the know.

How early can I check in and how late can I check out?

This is the important question! It puts you that much closer to your toes-in-the-sand moment! Check in is at 3:30 p.m. and check out is at 10 a.m. However, if the Gulf Shores rental you select has a vacancy prior to your arrival, there’s the possibility of a check in as early as noon. The day before your departure, you can also request a check out as late as noon. Late check outs depend on several factors, including if a guest is arriving the same day as your check out.

What do I do once I arrive at my Gulf Shores rental?

 Beach house kitchen Relax, of course! However, before you make a beeline for the beach, perform an initial walk through of your beach vacation rental. While we strive for excellence, sometimes things happen. If you notice anything that needs attention, don’t hesitate to report issues to us as soon as you see them! We know how important an Alabama beach vacation is, and want it to be hassle free. We’ve been welcoming many of the same families back to the beach for more than 30 years. Our family wants to ensure your family is taken care of. Call us at 877-446-4853, ext. 2 or email us at [email protected] with any issues during your stay. For after-hours emergencies, including plumbing or A/C issues, call 251-504-7800.

What should I bring to enjoy the Gulf Shores rentals?

Let’s see…floats, beach towels, sunscreen! Your Gulf Shores rental will include a starter supply of paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, bath soap and toilet paper. This should get you through your arrival day on Alabama’s beaches. You should bring additional toiletries, as well as garbage bags, spices for the kitchen, groceries and any additional personal items needed. Also, unlike hotels, there is no daily housekeeping service. Gulf Shores condos and beach houses are cleaned prior to your arrival and after your departure. If you’d like an interim cleaning, this can be arranged for an additional charge for any of our Gulf Shores rentals.

What’s next?

 Gulf Shores beach vacation After you’ve checked all the boxes, it’s time for fun in the sun on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Put your feet up, take a nap, go for a swim or feast on fresh, Gulf seafood. If you need more ideas on what to do or where to eat in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, browse these blogs for details: