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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 Properties 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:

The classic vacation involves a couple traveling somewhere else with their 1 to 4 kids for a few days, but larger rental properties are changing this tradition. With six-, seven-, and eight-bedroom rentals, the options for a vacation are nearly infinite! If you’re part of the typical 3- to 7-person family, getting such a large place to stay may seem unnecessary. But, there are plenty of perks to these large-group rentals. This is especially true of Gulf Shores.

They’re A Great Deal

As property size goes up, so does cost—but not every company keeps that ratio reasonable. With Gulf Shores, 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!

They Have Unbeatable Beachfront Locations

Our Gulf Shores properties 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?

They’ve Access to Unique Southern Seafood Cuisine

There’s a reason people from the south get homesick so easily: our cuisine can’t be beat! And for a real treat, try seafood southern style. Here you can get southern-fried catfish, shrimp and grits, and more comfort foods that’ll leave you hankering to come back.

They’re Near Great Beaches for Groups

Many of our rental properties are so close to the beach, you could throw a football into the waves from your porch! This is great because beaches are perfect for large groups—there’s plenty of space and you never need a reservation! Plus, there’s something for everyone. The most active people can surf, while the more leisurely minded can tread water in the waves or just sunbathe. Or, grab your party and set up a game of volleyball!

They’re Pet-Friendly

Anyone who has tried renting knows that many lessors are not fond of pets. But at Harris Properties, 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 pet-friendly. Your dog or cat can enjoy your beach palace with you! So, if you have a large party to stay with, choose Harris Properties. Call us at 1-877-446-4853 today to set up your vacation!