Unwrap Paradise: Exploring Gulf Shores, Alabama with Sunset Properties

The Alabama Gulf Coast beckons with the promise of sugar-white sand, turquoise waters, and endless summer fun.  But where do you begin to plan your dream escape? Look no further than Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Sunset Properties, your key to unlocking the magic of this coastal paradise.

A Beach Bliss Oasis:

Imagine sinking your toes into the warm sand, the sound of crashing waves as your soundtrack, and a cool drink sweating in your hand. Gulf Shores boasts some of the most pristine beaches in the country, offering a haven for relaxation and fun in the sun. Whether you’re building sandcastles with your family, chasing seashells with your significant other, or simply soaking up the rays, Sunset Properties has the perfect beach vacation rental to suit your needs.

Beyond the Beach:

While the beach is undoubtedly the star attraction, Gulf Shores offers a plethora of activities for every interest:

  • Adventure Awaits: Explore the diverse ecosystems of Gulf State Park with a kayak adventure or a scenic hike. Immerse yourself in the area’s rich history at Fort Morgan, or tee off for a round of golf on one of Alabama’s top rated courses.
  • Family Fun:  Take a thrilling trip to OWA, a premier amusement park with heart-pounding rides and family-friendly attractions.  Spend an afternoon at Waterville USA, a massive water park offering endless aquatic fun.
  • Foodie Delights:  Indulge in the freshest seafood imaginable. From succulent shrimp and flaky fish to plump oysters and creamy gumbo, the culinary scene in Gulf Shores is a delight for your taste buds.

Sunset Properties: Simplifying Your Dream Vacation

Sunset Properties makes planning your Gulf Shores getaway a breeze. Our user-friendly website allows you to browse their extensive selection of rentals based on your specific needs – from beachfront views and private pools to pet-friendly options and proximity to desired attractions. Our knowledgeable reservation specialists are happy to answer any questions and guide you towards the perfect rental for your dream vacation.

Memories in the Making:

Imagine evenings spent with family on a private balcony as the sun sets over the Gulf, painting the sky in vibrant hues. Or picture laughter-filled days spent building sandcastles and splashing in the waves. Sunset Properties puts you at the heart of it all, where unforgettable memories are made.

Start planning your Gulf Shores escape today!  With Sunset Properties, your perfect beach vacation rental awaits. Let the sunshine, the turquoise waters, and the endless possibilities of Gulf Shores welcome you with open arms. Give us a call at 251-543-1370 or head over to www.SunsetProperties.com to see what we have available. 

Hangout Fest Packing Essentials!

Here are some essentials to pack for Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama, happening May 17-19, 2024:

Essentials for the Sun and Heat:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher): Reapply frequently, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Hat: A wide-brimmed hat will protect your face and neck from the sun.
  • Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses are ideal for reducing glare.
  • Breathable Clothing: Pack light, loose-fitting clothes like t-shirts, shorts, and sundresses. Consider moisture-wicking fabrics to stay cool.
  • Swimsuit: You’ll likely want to cool off in the Gulf between sets!

Hydration and Comfort:

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial. A reusable water bottle helps you avoid single-use plastics and save money on festival drinks.  They also have a water refilling station! Hangout Fest is cashless, so plan accordingly.
  • Comfortable Shoes: You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so choose comfortable shoes that can handle sand, grass, and crowds. Consider bringing flip-flops for the beach.

Protecting Yourself:

  • Cash (Optional): While the festival is cashless, some vendors outside the festival might accept cash.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Festivals can be crowded, so pack hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.
  • Wet Wipes: These can be refreshing for cleaning up after a long day at the festival.
  • Phone Charger: A portable charger will ensure you can stay connected and capture all the memories.

Optional but Useful:

  • Fanny Pack or Small Backpack: A hands-free bag is ideal for carrying essentials like sunscreen, phone, wallet, and sunglasses.
  • Bandana: This multipurpose item can be used for shade, sun protection, or to sit on.

Things to Leave at Home:

  • Glass containers: These are not allowed in the festival.
  • Large bags or backpacks: Only small backpacks and fanny packs are permitted.
  • Professional cameras: Unless you have media credentials, professional cameras are not allowed.
  • Illegal substances: Security checks are in place, so don’t even think about bringing anything illegal. Baldwin County PD takes it very serious!
  • Pets: Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the festival.

Additional Tips:

  • Download the Hangout Fest app: The app has the festival schedule, artist information, maps, and more.
  • Check the weather forecast: Pack accordingly for the expected temperatures and chance of rain.
  • Bring a positive attitude and your dancing shoes! Hangout Fest is all about having fun and enjoying the music.

Get ready for a genre-bending good time at Hangout Fest 2024! The lineup boasts headliners like country music star Zach Bryan, dreamy alternative rock queen Lana Del Rey, and electronic dance music giants ODESZA and The Chainsmokers. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From alt-rock favorites like Cage The Elephant and pop-punk mainstays A Day To Remember to rising hip-hop stars like Dominic Fike and Doechii, Hangout Fest 2024 promises a musical smorgasbord for every taste.  Dance music fans can groove to sets by  established DJs like Alison Wonderland and Dom Dolla, while country enthusiasts will be toe-tapping to Koe Wetzel and Megan Moroney.  This is just a sampling of the incredible artists taking the stage, so be sure to check out the full lineup and plan your festival itinerary! By packing these essentials and following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for a fantastic time at Hangout Fest 2024!

Need a last minute place to stay? Check out properties like Phoenix 1108 for a 3 bedroom unit that sleeps 8! This unit opens up to the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views. Need something a little bigger? USA 2 has openings and has 5 bedrooms. This house is located in Fort Morgan but is a quick drive over to the festival! Check us out online at www.SunsetProperties.com or give us a call/ text to 251-543-1370 and let us help you out. 

Hangout Fest 2024!

Hey Friends! Hangout Fest has announced their lineup for their annual 2024 beach festival. Names like Lana Del Rey, Zach Bryan, and The Chainsmokers are all slated to play this year. The festival rolls into town May 17-19 and is always a great time. Whether you known all the bands coming or just a few, you will have a good time. Not only is hangout just a good time overall but it gives you an opportunity to explore Gulf Shores! Come check out our white sandy beaches, beautiful bright blue waters, and of course our killer seafood! Just make sure to wear your sunscreen and drink your water!!

Don’t know many people on the lineup this year? Come down and meet new people, get to hear new music, and spend three days on the beach! Go ride the Farris Wheel with the best views of the beach or take a lap around the skating rink to your favorite artists. Enjoy your nights under the stars on Alabama’s beautiful beaches.

Looking for a place to stay? Do you want to be in the hustle and bustle of the festival? If so, Beachview 223 is your place. Located just across the street from The Hangout this condo is perfect for 2 festival goers. Boardwalk 1085 or Boardwalk 584 are both located just a short walk away. Give us a call at 251-543-1370 or check us out online at www.sunsetproperties.com for a full list of properties! 

Valentines day on the Gulf Coast

Valentine’s Day on the Gulf is one of the most romantic places you can be. The white sandy beaches, blue water, and the rolling waves paint the perfect scene for a picnic or dinner on the beach! We have a little something for everyone so check out the list below for some options.

For the Fam:

Who doesn’t love The Hangout? They are hosting a Valentine’s Day party with special desserts, family fun games, photo ops, and even a complimentary dessert per meal! Reserve your brownies online and take the whole fam over a family friendly night of fun.

For the Romantic:

Southern Charm Picnic Co. is the perfect company to take your picnic date from good to great. Whether you go the whole 9 yards with their Romantic Picnic for Two or just rent chairs from them you are sure to be thrilled with the outcome.

For the Marathon Lover:

The Hangout will be having a Sea Turtle Half Marathon and a Sweetheart 5k on February 17 for those who are interested! Click here to register.  Get out there with your other half and run (or walk)  your heart out!

For the Wine Lover:

Zeke’s Restaurant will be hosting a Wine Tasting Series with wines from around the world. February 14th is an Italian Wine Dinner. This is a wonderful experience for those who are always interested in trying new things and looking to try wine from countries near and far! Not only will you get to taste them, but they also will be telling you about each wine with facts and tips. This does require a deposit per person, so make sure you call early! If you miss the Valentine’s Day, there are three other themed dinners to choose from throughout the month!

Renew your wedding vows at Lulu’s on February 17th! Couples can pre- register for the event and will receive Certificates of Renewal, champagne toasts, wedding cake, as well as flowers and a photo for the couple! Click here to pre-register.

Looking for a romantic place to stay? Sunset Properties has you covered! Give us a call at 251-543-1370 or check us out at www.sunsetproperties.com! Come down and spend a long weekend with us! Dunes 602, Gulf Shores Plantation 3122, and La De Da are all beautiful places with availability for a long weekend!

Christmas on the Coast

Hi Friends! Santa is coming to town! Here is a list of all the excitement coming to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for the Christmas season.

The Foley Art Center puts on “ Trim-a-Tree” from the second Friday in November until December 23rd at the Tanger Outlets. At Trim-a-Tree you can find unique handmade items like pottery, jewelry, wood carvings, Christmas decorations, and so much more!

Holly Days on Main at The Wharf begins on December 9th and continues through the 10th. Come out and enjoy arts and crafts vendors, a lighted boar parade, and even special performances! The events beings at 10 am each day and goes until 5 pm.

Flora Bama is throwing their annual New Year’s Eve Bash Decemeber 31st beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are required but they include an all you can eat dinner buffet, a breakfast buffet, party favors, and a free champagne split! Live Music will be on all three stages and doesn’t end until the party stops! Click Here to purchase tickets.

To finish off the year The Flora Bama puts on their annual Polar Bear Dip the next day beginning at 12:00 PM. People come out by the thousands to submerge themselves into the Gulf of Mexico. Flora Bama gives out a free draft beer and New Years Lunch to the people who fully submerge! Even if you don’t think you can get in the water its always a great time watching from afar…in your warm coats… with blankets!

Looking for a good Christmas gift? Or a place to spend your Christmas vacation? Sunset Properties has you covered. Whether it’s a vacation for 2, 12, or something in the middle we have it all! Here is one of our newer properties Carousel that sleeps 16. How about a Phoenix I 1108 to give your family unobstructed views of the Gulf? This unit has 3 bedroom 2 bath and sleeps 8. Check us out at www.sunsetproperties.com or give us a call at 251-543-1370 and let us do the hard work for you.

Food Truck Festival in Gulf Shores!

Hey friends! Everything on the Alabama Gulf Coast is winding down and cooling off ( a little anyway!). Now is a great time to come down and visit before it gets chilly in a few months.  Food Truck Festivals of America are back for another year in Gulf Shores. They will be back to the Town Green area on November 11 and 12 from 11-5 pm! They have an amazing lineup this year full of different styles of food like Venezuelan Latin Food, Mediterranean, Roasted Mexican Street Corn, and West African Caribbean. Then of course you have your food truck essentials; gourmet hot dogs, Memphis style BBQ, American Pub Style, and fair foods! This is a great way to get some of your favorite foods but also to try something new. They are planning to have booths set up of artists selling handcrafted goods and food products as well. Plan on bringing your chairs and hanging around to enjoy the atmosphere they are creating. They will have a DJ and lawn games for people to enjoy. While admission is free, they will be preselling a beer package online leading up to the festival. Click the link here to check it out.

Need a place to stay? Sunset Properties has you covered! Check us out online at www.SunsetProperties.com or give us a call/text at 251-543-1370 and let us do the hard work. Come check out our Ocean House I 1301 property that sleeps 8. This property has a beautiful view of the gulf! Do you need pet friendly? Campbell Cottage is a pet friendly 3 bedroom house that would be perfect for you! Give us a call and let us get you booked today!

5 GO TO Ice Cream Stops!

Hi Friends, Happy Labor Day Weekend! We have compiled a list of the 5 BEST ice cream stops here in Gulf Shores. Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think.

  1. Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream

Coming in at number 1 is Matt’s Homemade Ice Cream. This place has got it down… everything from sundaes, banana splits, and fun flavors. Something for everyone to choose from!

If you are looking for a milkshake this place has what you are looking for. Extravagant Milkshakes with 33 flavors to choose from and, of course, you can’t forget the 8 flavors of cookie dough. This months specials are Brown Sugar Blast, Frosted Cake ( this has a WHOLE cupcake on it!), and Peanut Buter and Pop Tarts. They also have normal milkshakes and regular cups of ice cream!

We couldn’t leave out our Scoops! This is one of our favorite spots to grab ice cream from during the summer. Quick, easy, and always sooo good!

Pelican Scoops is located at the Fort Morgan Marina and has Blue Bell Ice Cream. They also have virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, and snowcones!

Spoonz is a hand rolled Ice cream spot! Take the kids to experience something new as they watch their ice cream being made in front of them!

Need a place to stay? Check us out online at www.sunsetproperties.com or give us a call or send us a text to 251-543-1370!

Gulf Shores Seafood Festival 2024!

Hey Friends! Shrimp Fest is back and celebrating their 50th anniversary on October 12-15th, 2023! They have such a good list of things for you to try and experience. Come down and celebrate with 250,000 of people from all over the country. They will have everything from gourmet burgers to (of course) shrimp! Make sure to look for the “Best of the Fest” for the booths that have won awards from previous festivals.

The festival has a wonderful selection of handmade goods and jewelry vendors! They have over 200 arts & crafts and fine arts booths registered that will line the beach. It’s always nice to give back to the locals and support them when you can. Live Music from the Alabama Music Hall of Famer Wet Wille on October 12th to start off the weekend. To see the full lineup click here. There will be plenty for the kids to do as well. Things like a rock wall, bungee jumping, and a rock wall! Miss Shrimp Festival is open to all Baldwin County students and will be located at Erie Meyer Civic Center on September 24th.

Ike’s Beach Service will be sponsoring a Sand Sculpture Contest with the grand prize being $100 for both Family and Adult Categories and $50 Cash prize for the 5-10 yrs old and 11-15 yrs old categories! You can have up to 4 members per team and you will fall into a year category or you can just join the family category. Registration begins Saturday at 11:00 am and judging begins at 3:00 pm.

Need a place to stay? Sunset Properties has you covered! Check us out online at www.SunsetProperties.com or give us a call/text at 251-543-1370 and let us do the hard work. Come check out our Ocean House I 1301 property that sleeps 8. This property has a beautiful view of the gulf! Do you need pet friendly? Campbell Cottage is a pet friendly 3 bedroom house that would be perfect for you! Give us a call and let us get you booked today!

September at the Beach!

Hey Friends! OWA is throwing a Labor Day Weekend party September 1st-3rd. They have quite the lineup with live music, their 6th annual car show, and even a hot dog eating contest! Make sure you bring the kids out to see the fun. They have live music from Stormfolk, Ryan Dyer, and Ben Loftin lined up for the weekend. To register for the hot dog eating contest, click here

Bulls on The Beach is back September 7-9th, 2023! This year they will be having 3 action packed nights of professional cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country come out and compete. Thursday night is for the junior riders on miniature bulls, a coloring contest with two winners, and ending the night with the Professional Riders in the adult competition! Tickets are available for purchase online and are $30 for adults,  15 for children 7-17 years old, and children 6 and under are free! Gates will be opening at 6 PM every night and the rodeo begins at 8 PM. Parking is extremely limited, so they strongly suggest you arrive early. The Flora Bama will be donating a portion of proceeds from Bulls on the Beach to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Need a place to stay? Sunset Properties has you covered from houses for the whole family to condos for two. Come spend the weekend in a fabulous unit at Phoenix West II! This is a 3-bedroom unit that sleeps 12 comfortably.  This unit has tons of amenities for the kiddos to enjoy while you are here as well. Make sure they check out the game room! Don’t need as much room?  Check out our unit at Grand Caribbean! This unit is a 2 bedroom that sleeps 6 and is located directly across from the public beach access. Visit us online at www.sunsetproperties.com or give us a call at 251-543-1370 and let us get you booked! We’ll See Ya at Sunset!

Fun Events coming to Gulf Shores

Hi Friends! With school about to be back in session here are a few fun events you can try to sneak in before… or maybe even on a quick weekend trip!

  1. Paddle and Paint Kayak Excursions

This 2.5 hour excursion gives you the opportunity to not only learn how to kayak, but also gives you the chance to practice your watercolor techniques as you float down Wolf Bay! Starting from Wind & Water Learning Center this activity needs at least 2 participants and is capped at 6. This unique experience is $45 per person and runs from July 7- August 30th  each Wednesday.

  • Make your own Glass or Clay Pottery lessons

The Hot Shop and The Clay Studio have classes at The Coastal Arts Center most weekdays. They are both by appointment only, so make sure you give them a call before heading over.  On most Fridays, they have a flame-working class for beginners. The class uses most of the same tecniques from the hot shop, but really fine tunes it. People that enjoy things that have a high level of detail will enjoy this class. Plus, if a class isn’t your thing, you can hang out in their gallery and browse the makings! 

  • Pickle ball

The Rec Center will be hosting Pickleball for Novice- Advanced players beginning on August 7th and running through December 19th. The schedule will be Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 1:00 with 6 courts available. This would be a fun place for anyone looking to meet new people and get in their exercise for the day! Come check it out for the day or get a membership to play for the whole fall season. 

Need a place to stay? Sunset Properties has you covered! Whether it’s a gorgeous beachfront condo or a house for the whole family we can make it work. Phoenix I 1108 is a 3 bedroom 2 bath that sleeps 8 corner unit that has an unobstructed view of the Gulf! This unit is perfect for the family that wants to sit on the balcony and sip their coffee while listening to the waves crashing. Need a little more room? Shellchase is a 5-bedroom 3.5 bath home that sleeps 12. One of the best things about this house is that its pet friendly! Be sure to give us a call at 251-543-1370 or visit us online at www.sunsetProperties.com