By Sarah Kuzma
Floating along on my inner tube past the rides and slides on Waterville USA’s Crystal River is my idea of a relaxing time in the sun.
The lush tropical setting of this soothing ride even includes a refreshing waterfall to cool off when a splash is just what I need.
Of course, most of the waterpark visitors are scurrying around to capture the thrills of the 17 water slides, the wave pool, and Flowrider, but I’m perfectly content to relax on the one-third-mile of lazy river that never ends.
But the waterpark is not the only opportunity to relax on a lazy river on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. In fact, there are now eight condominium resorts featuring this family-friendly amenity.
Here’s my guide to your coastal lazy river adventure.
4 GULF FRONT LAZY RIVERS
No doubt the entire family will savor the experience of the peaceful, slow-moving waters overlooking the bright white sands and gorgeous blue waters of the Gulf beach from this unique vantage point.
Phoenix West provides an upscale, spacious backdrop for beachside fun and relaxation with its lazy river that includes an exciting slide and overlooks the sugar-white beach in Orange Beach.
Phoenix West II is the newest addition to coastal condominiums in Alabama and just like its sister property a lazy river with a waterslide is a feature of this luxurious resort. Pools and hot tubs complete the beachfront amenities that provide a world-class view.
No worries about crossing from the condo to the beach since an air-conditioned pedestrian bridge delivers you directly to the pool, hot tub and the largest lazy river on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
At Crystal Tower, you have the views and advantage of gulf-front amenities and your accommodations are priced a little lower than the Gulf-front rental rate.
2 LAZY RIVERS ON THE BAY
Caribe Resort built its 18-inch deep, 980-foot-long lazy river to the upper deck, where you’ll also find more pools and slides for the young and the young at heart.
Located where Ole River intersects with Terry Cove at Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, you have the opportunity to pick your view of the calm, backwaters to the north of the resort or the sand and surf of the Gulf to the south.
In fact, there’s even a shuttle when you are ready to trek over to the Gulf beach. I guess you could say it’s the best of both worlds.
Phoenix on the Bay II is another choice for family fun on the lazy river ride where the waterfront views of picturesque Terry Cove in Orange Beach are never boring.
A LAZY RIVER ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY
The Wharf rises above the Intracoastal Waterway with its bustling marina, boutique shopping, exhilarating nightlife, movie theater, thrilling Ferris wheel, excellent seafood restaurants and an amphitheater bringing popular entertainment to our coast.
A tram conveniently moves you and your family from the condo buildings along the waterfront to the inland Oasis at The Wharf. There, you will not only find the lazy river, complete with a waterslide but also a zero-entry pool, lagoon pool with waterfalls and even a sandy beach at Hammock Island at this charming Orange Beach destination.
Even though the waterpark at Waterville USA closes at the end of summer, the adventures along our beautiful coast extend year-round. I hope this lazy river guide will assist you to find your piece of paradise by searching properties with lazy rivers.
See you at the beach!