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. 

Beach Safety in Gulf Shores

Hey Friends! When it comes to enjoying the Alabama Gulf Coast, prioritizing safety ensures a fun and unforgettable experience. Here are some key beach safety tips for Gulf Shores:

  • Respect the Power of the Ocean: The Gulf can have strong currents and always check the beach flags before swimming.
  • Lifeguard the Lifesavers: Swim near guarded beaches with lifeguards on duty during their operating hours (typically March to October in Gulf Shores).
  • Buddy Up: Never swim alone. Always go with a friend or family member, especially if you’re not a strong swimmer.
  • Know the Flags: Gulf Shores uses a beach flag warning system to indicate water conditions. Here’s a quick guide:
  • Double Red Flag: Water closed to the public.
  • Red Flag: High hazard with strong currents and dangerous surf.
  • Yellow Flag: Medium hazard with moderate surf conditions.
  • Purple Flag: Dangerous marine life present (be cautious of jellyfish, stingrays, etc.).
  • Weather Woes: Be aware of approaching storms and avoid swimming during thunderstorms or rough weather.
  • Sun Safety: Pack sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently, especially after swimming. ( Our favorite is Sun Bum!) 
  • Marine Life: Be cautious of jellyfish, stingrays, and other marine life. Shuffle your feet when entering the water to avoid stepping on stingrays. End up stung by a jellyfish? Here are some remedies for you to try out. 
  • Hydration is Key: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially on hot days. Liquid IV is great for replacing electrolytes! 
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out all your trash to keep the beach clean and beautiful for everyone.

For real-time beach conditions in Gulf Shores, you can call 251-968-SURF (7873) or text ALBEACHES to 888777 to receive daily text alerts on beach conditions and flag status.

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable beach experience in Gulf Shores!

Ready to book your escape to paradise? Contact Sunset Properties at 251-543-1370 or find us online at www.sunsetproperties.com to learn more about our properties! Dunes 602 is a 1 bedroom 2 bath that sleeps 6 in Fort Morgan. This quaint spot features a king size bed, sleeper sofa, and the cutest bunk bed hallway ever. Perfect for kids that want their own space! Give us a call so we can get you booked today! 

A Culinary Journey: Must-Try Restaurants in Orange Beach, Alabama

Hey friends! Orange Beach, Alabama, is a haven for beach lovers, but it also boasts a vibrant culinary scene that caters to diverse palates. From fresh seafood caught right off the docks to innovative takes on Southern classics, there’s something delicious waiting to be discovered.

Come with us as we take you on a mouthwatering journey, highlighting some of the must-try restaurants in Orange Beach:

For the Seafood Enthusiast:

  • The Original Oyster House: This iconic restaurant is a local favorite, serving up fresh oysters in various styles, from raw and chargrilled to Rockefeller and fried. Don’t miss their signature gumbo and other seafood specialties. 
  • Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar: This lively beachfront restaurant offers a casual atmosphere and delicious seafood options. Enjoy fresh catches cooked to perfection, from fish tacos and shrimp and grits to mouthwatering po’boys and seafood platters. 
  • Cobalt: This seaside restaurant is always delivering mouthwatering classics. Come enjoy watching the sunset as you dine in or outside of this wonderful restaurant watching the boats dock for the night.

For the Adventurous Foodie:

  • Voyagers Restaurant: Embark on a culinary adventure at Voyagers Restaurant, known for its innovative and globally inspired cuisine. Savor dishes like seared scallops with mango salsa, pan-roasted duck breast with cherry demi-glace, and unique vegetarian and vegan options. 
  • Luna’s Eat & Drink: This local favorite offers a diverse menu with something for everyone. Enjoy delicious takes on Southern classics like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes, alongside innovative dishes like blackened ahi tuna tacos and Korean BBQ lettuce wraps. 
  • The Wharf: This popular entertainment complex offers a variety of restaurants catering to different tastes. From fresh sushi at Ginny Lane to the lively atmosphere and Southern comfort food at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, The Wharf promises a delightful culinary experience. 

For the Casual Diner:

  • The Gulf: This beachfront venue offers a casual atmosphere and delicious food perfect for the whole family. Enjoy fresh seafood baskets, juicy burgers, and refreshing frozen drinks while soaking in the stunning views of the Gulf. 
  • Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar: This lively shack offers a laid-back atmosphere and delicious comfort food. Savor fresh seafood boils, po’boys piled high with fried shrimp or oysters, and refreshing cocktails for a casual and fun dining experience. 
  • Tacky Jack’s: A local legend, Tacky Jack’s offers a fun and family-friendly atmosphere with delicious food and stunning waterfront views. Enjoy fresh seafood platters, juicy steaks, and a wide variety of appetizers perfect for sharing. With three locations you are sure to find one near you!

Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, an adventurous foodie, or a casual diner, Orange Beach has something to tantalize your taste buds. So, embark on your own culinary journey, explore the diverse restaurants and hidden gems, and create lasting memories in this delightful coastal haven. Remember, this is just a starting point – with so many options to choose from, the perfect dining experience awaits you in Orange Beach!

Need a place to stay? Sunset Properties has you covered! Give us a call/ text at 251-543-1370 or visit our website at www.sunsetproperties.com and we will get you taken care of! Check out Dunes 501 for a relaxing and peaceful weekend down the beach! This 2-bedroom 2 bath has a beautiful view of the Gulf and boasts amazing sunsets most nights. Tortuga Bay is a 2-bedroom 1 bath that sleeps 6. This house is your own little haven. The owners have made sure that you have your own small personal beach, so you don’t have to leave the house. The best part? The boat slip included!

Paradise Awaits: Unwind at The Indies in Fort Morgan, Alabama

Dreaming of a beach escape bathed in sunshine and serenity? Look no further than The Indies in Fort Morgan, Alabama. The island promises an unforgettable stay, offering the perfect blend of comfort, stunning views, and easy access to the magic of Fort Morgan. The Indies Condos were constructed in 2006 and are set approximately 300 yards from the beautiful white sand beaches. If the beach isn’t your scene don’t worry, they have a pool and a gym for you to visit!   

The Indies 3 bed/ 3 bath condos are all end units that have spacious wraparound decks with breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf. Stepping inside Indies 510, you’ll be greeted by a spacious and comfortable living area, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring. Curl up on the couch and catch a movie on the big-screen TV. When it’s time to rest, choose from two king-size beds and a queen bed, ensuring a restful sleep for everyone in your group. Indies 510 caters to groups of up to six people, making it ideal for families, friends, or a romantic getaway.

Need something a little smaller? The Indies offers 2 bedroom/ 2 bath’s as well as 1 bedroom/ 1 bath! Indies 702 is located on the top floor of the building and gives you amazing unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico. Spend time with the family listening to the waves crash against the beach all from the privacy of your own balcony. This unit has one king bed, a queen, and a sleeper sofa!

Planning a solo trip? Or just don’t need a bunch of unused space? Indies 405 is a 1 bed/1 bath that sleeps 6. This unit is unique because not only does it have a king bed and a sleeper sofa, but it also has a set of hallway bunk beds. These are great for little ones or kids that do not want to share a bed together!

Beyond the Condo: Adventures Await in Fort Morgan

While lounging on the private deck or relaxing in the condo’s comfortable space is tempting, Fort Morgan offers a plethora of activities to keep you entertained:

  • Embrace the Beach: The sugar-white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just steps away. Spend your days swimming, sunbathing, building sandcastles, or trying your hand at watersports.
  • Explore Fort Morgan’s Rich History: Immerse yourself in the past by visiting the historic Fort Morgan, a Civil War-era fort offering tours and living history demonstrations.
  • Reel in the Fun: Head to the nearby marina and embark on a thrilling fishing expedition. Catch your dinner and enjoy the beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast from a different perspective.
  • Delight Your Taste Buds: Fort Morgan offers a variety of restaurants serving fresh seafood and local fare. Restaurants like Sassy Bass or Tacky Jacks are both great choices. You can also venture to nearby Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for a wider culinary selection.

The Indies provide the perfect launching pad for exploring all that Fort Morgan has to offer. Whether you crave relaxation on the beach, historical exploration, or outdoor adventures, this charming condo and its idyllic location will ensure a memorable vacation.

Ready to book your escape to paradise? Contact Sunset Properties at 251-543-1370 or find us online at www.sunsetproperties.com  to learn more about Indies 510, 702, 405, and start planning your dream vacation in Fort Morgan, Alabama.

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!