Explore The Beach & Other Natural Wonders Of Gulf State Park

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Beaches, a lake, a fishing pier, a golf course interwoven into the natural landscape are a few of the things you’ll find at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

While vacationing in your gulf-front condo in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key, make time to explore the beautiful beaches and the other wonders of Gulf State Park.

And, while the park is known for its two miles of white-sand beaches fronting the Gulf of Mexico, it also boasts a new dog pond, a championship golf course, a covered beach pavilion, tennis courts, hiking trails, and a fishing pier that is 20-feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf.

Beach & Fish

The beaches of Gulf State Park are some of the most beautiful ones in the world, boasting sugar-white sand and emerald-green waters. Park at the pavilion for only $5 and enjoy the convenience of restrooms, showers and a covered picnic area.

Nearby, the Gulf State Park Pier is a fishing hotspot for vacationers and local residents. Bring the family and fish from the 20-foot-wide, 1,512-foot long pier. The only thing you need to remember is to make sure that you have your fishing license, which can be purchased at the pier or online before you arrive.

Cotton Bayou Beach is another public beach nearby Gulf State Park. It is 5.1 miles east of Alabama Hwy. 59 and offers a limited amount of free parking. The restrooms, outdoor showers and parking area are conveniently close to the beach, so no need to lug all that heavy beach equipment too far!

Another state park beach option is Alabama/Florida Point, where parking is free, and there are miles of beaches to enjoy the sun and surf. A picnic area, outside showers, and restrooms are located on site.


Combining the natural scenery of Gulf State Park and the design of Earl Stone, Gulf State Park’s 18-hole championship golf course offers an exceptional experience and the natural beauty found only on the Alabama Gulf Coast.Opened in 1974, the Refuge Golf Course, part of the Refuge Golf Club & Grill, boasts 6,593 yards of landscaped courses, a driving range, a putting green, a pro shop, and the convenient Refuge Grill.

Opened in 1974, the Refuge Golf Course, part of the Refuge Golf Club & Grill, boasts 6,593 yards of landscaped courses, a driving range, a putting green, a pro shop, and the convenient Refuge Grill.

Bring The Pup

While most Gulf Coast beaches do not permit dogs, the new Dog Pond at Lake Shelby is a great place for your puppy to stretch his legs.

Enjoy the Dog Pond from 8 a.m. to sunset. If you want to bring your dog along as you explore the nature trails, the park welcomes you to do so as long as he’s on a leash.

Find dog-friendly vacation rentals.

Nature Center & Trails

Snakes, opossum and turtles are just a few of the animals you might see at the Gulf State Park’s Nature Center and also on a hike through the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system.

The Nature Center is a living museum with animals and plants that call the Gulf Coast home and was built to inspire visitors to care about the Gulf Coast environment and its animal residents. The Nature Center also offers fun and interactive programs like guided nature walks.

Kristal from Indiana commented after her stay at Royal Palms that her family enjoyed the location near the state park, condo had everything they were looking for and it wasn’t crowded.

Parker J. of Ashland, Mo., said they visited for a month last February not only to escape the cold but also to “bike the trails at the Gulf State Park.”

Gulf State Park I Do’s

The Gulf Coast is an amazing place to stage weddings, receptions and honeymoons. Gulf State Parkoffers a number of locations suitable for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including the Gulf State Park Pavilion. Suitable for 50 or 200 guests, the pavilion is located directly on the beach and provides a covered venue with tables and plenty of room for celebration.

Meyer Vacation Rentals is a terrific resource for those planning a Gulf Coast wedding. Find a list of wedding-friendly houses, photographers, event planning services, caterers, rental companies and more service providers whose goal is to make your day even more special.

Visit Gulf State Park from your a four-bedroom beach house or a three-bedroom vacation rental condo.


Stay On Top Of Gulf Coast News With Meyer Vacation Rentals


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Stay on top of the latest headlines and issues affecting Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, Fairhope, Perdido Key and the surrounding areas on Meyer Vacation Rentals’ News Page.

Here are a few recent headlines and news snippets from around the area:


Orange Beach Tops List For 2016 Vacations

TripAdvisor reviewers have named Orange Beach No. 2 on its top 10 list for travelers’ choice destinations on the rise. (MORE)


Poseidon’s Playground Gets A Little More Fun

A pyramid, a rocket and a steel structure were deployed at Poseidon’s Playground, an artificial reef located in Orange Beach, giving divers more unique statues to explore. (MORE)


2016 Hangout Fest Tickets On Sale

Want to attend Hangout Fest 2016? Buy your tickets and reserve your preferred accommodations before both run out. (MORE)


Shorts & Flip Flops For The Christmas Tree Lighting At The Wharf

It was a festive—and warm—scene at The Wharf in December as people enjoyed the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Bands played, children sang and wrote letters to Santa, and more. (MORE)


Dune Restoration Underway At State Park

The Gulf State Park Enhancement Project team has begun work to restore the equivalent of more than 50 football fields of dunes flattened in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan. (MORE)


Stay tuned to our News Page for regular updates on local news.

Youth Golf Classes at Kiva Dunes

Young golfers of all abilities have just been given another reason to love coming to the beach this June.

Enroll your child in June golf lessons at Kiva Dunes Golf Course in Fort Morgan, Alabama.

Kiva Dunes Golf Course in Fort Morgan (Gulf Shores), Alabama will host 3-day workshops to encourage and hone the skills of 7- to 15-year-old golfers.

The camp held June 1–3 is for ages 7 through 10, while June 8–10 is geared toward ages 11 through 15. Instruction, lunch and a Kiva Dunes golf hat are included in the $75 three-day fee or $35 individual-day fee. With a class schedule of 9 a.m. until noon each day, this leaves plenty of time for beach fun as well as inland activities.

Enroll your child now for an unforgettable experience of learning and playing on the #1-rated golf course in Alabama, and one of the most enjoyably challenging courses in the United States. Simply call the Kiva Dunes golf shop at 251-540-7000 or e-mail tyler@kivadunes.com.

To make it easy for everyone, stay right by Kiva Dunes Golf Course for your beach vacation. Choose your favorite from the following list of Kiva Dunes properties available for your stay during the golf camp weeks and beyond:


19th Hole – 3BR, gulfside

Alcedonia – 4BR, gulf oriented

Blue Sky at Kiva Dunes – 3BR, gulf oriented

Halekai Kiva – 6BR, gulf oriented

Kiva Seafoam – 4BR, gulf oriented

Lemon Drop – 4BR, course oriented

Seagate – 5BR, gulf-front

Sea-N-Tee – 3BR, gulf oriented


Plantation Palms – choose from fourteen 1BR, 2BR and 3BR units in this gulf-front property

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World’s Top LPGA Players in Mobile

Everybody loves a champion. How much more can you love a group of champions? How about world champions?

World-champion ladies compete in Mobile, Alabama May 10–16, 2010.

That’s exactly who you will see when you attend the 2010 Bell Micro LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Alabama. And yes, this players list includes American superstars Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie along with seven more of the Top Ten LPGA athletes in the world.

The newly renovated Crossings Course where the tournament will be played is one of two championship layouts at this location. Not only does it offer a challenge via the hilly terrain and elevated greens, but the natural beauty of the thick forests makes it easy to peacefully focus on your game. The fact that it is ranked among America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses helps to reinforce your good decision to play there.

Practice rounds begin Monday, May 10, with the final strokes landing approximately 5:00 Sunday. Cheer for these fiercely competitive ladies for just $10 for one day or $40 for the tournament pass. Packages and special 18th-hole seating begins at $125. See the tournament website for details or contact Carrie Pearce at 205-262-2832 or cpearce@brunoeventteam.com.

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What’s a Snowbird?

Escape the cold this winter! Unbundle the snowbird in you and say “ahhh” to the warmer winter temperatures of the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

Avoid having your car buried in the snow this winter. Join us on the Gulf Shores island, where the only white stuff on the ground is sand!

Avoid having your car buried in the snow this winter. Join us on the Gulf Shores island, where the only white stuff on the ground is sand!

Snowbird immigration is a common phenomenon here in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (AL) and Perdido Key (FL). Join us for a month or more during the winter and you, too, will be an official snowbird!

We are especially excited to welcome our winter visitors this year by offering amazing specials of up to 50% off some of our monthly beach house and condo rentals.

In addition, when you become a Meyer Real Estate snowbird, you gain access to our exclusive Winter Guest Activities. You can choose to participate in golf and mini-golf tournaments, casino trips, history exploration and much more – the events are free or require just a nominal fee.

This is the year to leave your parka and snow scraper in storage and head to the beach. We will love having you here, and you’ll be glad you made the decision to enjoy a mild winter in our beautiful location.

The Gift That Fits Every Time

The ideal gift can be difficult to find, but we have a solution!

The ideal gift can be difficult to find, but we have a solution!

It’s time to choose a gift for someone special. But your sibling/parent/best friend/cousin has all the material goods he or she needs. Another knickknack or small kitchen appliance may end up in a closet or cupboard, rarely used in spite of your good intentions.

A gift of experiences and memories, though, will be forever cherished. The honored recipient will immediately understand the special thought that went into choosing it, and you’ll be reminded often of how much it was appreciated.

That is why a gift certificate for accommodations from Meyer Vacation Rentals is the perfect fit. It allows you to present your loved one with something specific, yet offers them a great deal of flexibility. They can choose their preferred dates to stay in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, Alabama, or Perdido Key, Florida. And with nearly 1300 condos and 300 houses located along the Gulf of Mexico, inland waters or golf courses—including virtual tours and photos of all properties—they will enjoy the online shopping experience almost as much as the actual getaway.

Make it a gift from just you, or arrange for your family or a group of friends to chip in together. Your gift certificate can be for any dollar amount you choose, and your recipient can get even greater value when they use it with one of our many specials or Hot Deals. With everything from a romantic 1-bedroom property in Gulf Shores to a 36-person house in Perdido Key perfect for family reunions and weddings, your gift offers a wealth of options.

Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Meyer Vacation Rentals Gift Certificates are available year-round by calling 877-877-5066. Our terrific vacation representatives will be happy to help you and your recipient at any hour of the day or night, whenever it’s most convenient for you.

Historical exploration, water adventures, golf outings, outlet shopping, relaxation . . . No matter how their time is spent, you will feel wonderful knowing you gave someone a lasting gift that will always be treasured.

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