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When I have visited my family in the South over the years, I have occasionally found myself in the town of Gulf Shores for some fun in the sun and soft sand between my toes. An especially popular summer vacation destination, this is a fun place for water sports, playing golf, and family-friendly amusement parks. Meanwhile, there are lots of vacation rental properties that you can book to be right on the beach and have a truly relaxing vacation with no stress or hassles. For your next affordable beach trip, consider one of these top Airbnb rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
One of the dreamiest beachfront Airbnbs in the U.S., this beachfront property on the quieter side of West Beach Boulevard can sleep up to 8 people. The rental home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in a space that is one side of a duplex. The two homes here share private beach access. There are lots of bars, restaurants, and shops in this West Beach area when you feel like venturing out. The interior space is 1,663 square feet and has multiple outside seating areas at different levels to give you varying views of the beautiful gulf. You’ll need to bring your own beach equipment to stay here or rent it from a local company.
This Airbnb rental is a first-floor condo at Dolphin Villas in Gulf Shores. It is within 1.5 miles of the beaches and decorated with coastal furnishings. The sleeping arrangements are a king-size bed in one bedroom, a queen-size bed in the second bedroom, and a sectional sofa in the living room. The condo comes with a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and TVs. There are also laundry machines in the unit with some detergent. Meanwhile, the shared amenities in the condo complex include a nice outdoor pool and a communal barbecue area.
Large groups of up to 12 people will feel right at home in this Gulf Shores home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It is a rental Airbnb at Blue Tide in Gulf Shores and a four-minute walk from the beach. Guests can use the community pool shared with other duplexes at this complex, play volleyball, and hang out around the fire pit to have fun. The home has a stocked kitchen, open floor plan living and dining rooms, a back deck overlooking the pool, and a front porch perfect for afternoon lunch.
An option for a budget-friendly beach vacation in Gulf Shores is this 450-square-foot cottage that works well for two people. It is just steps from Little Lagoon and comes with a kayak and charcoal grill. The cottage is five minutes from the beach and has a convenient yet secluded atmosphere. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, a TV, and a kitchen. The Airbnb hosts live next door to this unit if you have any questions during your stay.
With views of Mobile Bay and the Emerald Coast, Halito Oka is an Airbnb rental with beach access five minutes away. It has a boat and kayak launch less than a quarter-mile away. Downtown Gulf Shores, one of the best places to visit in Alabama, is 20 minutes away, but there are still lots of places to eat and enjoy your vacation in this area, too. Halito Oka means “hello water” in the Choctaw Nation’s native language, a nod to the host’s Native American roots. You’ll have two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a north-facing deck when you stay here. The interior living space is 864 square feet, and four people can stay here comfortably because there’s a king-size bed and two twin beds.
With three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, this Gulf Shores home sleeps eight guests and is right across the street from the beach. It features dual master suites with king-size beds, a community pool, and a retro-chic vibe. This is a great rental option for two couples and their kids for a weekend getaway. From the rental home, it’s just 30 steps to the pool, and the front deck overlooks the pool. The Airbnb host provides guests with beach chairs, a beach cart, umbrellas, and an arcade game.
“Low Tide” is a beach cottage that’s a five-minute walk from the beach and one unit in a two-unit home. It has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in the unit. There is a large pool that is shared by both units. The rental unit’s outside area also offers a picnic table, lounge sectional, cornhole game, pool loungers, dining table for four, outdoor shower, and charcoal grill. The Airbnb host provides a beach cart, and the pool can be heated for an extra $40 per day.
Located in the heart of Gulf Shores, here’s a direct beachfront condo with amazing views in all directions. The sunrises and sunsets are magical from the balcony, and the public beach is directly to the east. The condo has a well-appointed kitchen, a large smart TV, floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area, and stacked laundry machines in the unit with detergent. The condo complex has a beachfront pool with lounge chairs, and the building has two elevators and stairs. The host provides guests with beach towels, and lounge chairs and umbrellas are available to rent right in front of the condo.
You can rent this cottage with three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms in Gulf Shores and bring eight total people along. It is at the Blue Pearl and a short walk to one of Alabama’s best beaches. The condo has a stocked kitchen, two balconies with beautiful views, smart TVs, Wi-Fi, an outdoor shower, board games, and beach essentials. This pet-friendly vacation rental provides bowls, leashes, and waste bags. The private beach access area here at Fort Morgan Beach also allows pets and alcohol consumption, unlike Gulf Shores Beach.
Travelers in Gulf Shores will enjoy this studio just steps from the beach that has been freshly painted and professionally cleaned. There is a queen-size bed and pull-out sofa in the living area, a full bathroom, a full kitchen, and stackable laundry machines inside. The unit has Gulf views from the private balcony, a full kitchen, a breakfast bar, and a TV. The Sugar Beach complex has four pools, a tennis court, and horseshoes. There is also a seasonal Sugar Shack with adult beverages, snacks, and a lunch menu. The property has covered parking and 24/7 security, and guests must purchase the $35 parking pass when they arrive, which is good for the duration of the stay.
Wisteria Cottage is an Airbnb rental that features an efficient single room with a queen-size bed, a large private bath, and a walk-in closet. There’s also a love seat, reading chair, kitchen nook, table for two, and bookshelves in the home. Two people can stay here and enjoy the small screened porch with a water view and the private patio under a large oak tree. The cottage has a private entrance and gives guests a tiny house experience with a basic kitchenette area. You’ll be just five minutes from two beautiful beaches when you stay here. There’s a fenced yard that’s great if you want to bring a small dog along, but your pup must get along with the host’s dog and two outdoor cats.
Gulf Shores vacations are enjoyable when you stay in this 1930s cottage that was once part of a small fishing village. It is ideal for couples but can accommodate up to four people. The bedroom has a king-size bed, and there is a futon in the living room area. The home rental includes a bathroom, outdoor shower, and dock that goes to the cottage. This is a place to leave the busy world behind and truly relax.
The Bama Breeze Cottage has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a pull-out sofa to accommodate up to six people. It is five miles west of Highway 59 and gives you easy access to Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. You’ll enjoy not being among the big crowds here and have beach lagoon access. Depending on the water level, you can tie up boats at the dock or anchor them a few feet out into the lagoon.
Here’s a second-floor condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms for your Gulf Shores trip. It is a coastal-themed condo in a 59-unit complex and within walking distance to Gulf State Park and Pier. The Hangout is just 0.6 miles away. You’ll be just 20 yards from the pool when you stay in this complex. There is a monthly discount for non-peak months, which are December through February. Some amenities include high-speed Wi-Fi, a smart TV, a stocked kitchen, and a laundry room on the ground floor.