Gulf Shores, AL, Oceanfront Camping

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Gulf Shores, Alabama, lies along the Emerald Coast, so called for the color of its waters. The beach town is a popular spot for tourists, who are attracted to the city’s white sand beaches and water sports such as jet skiing and scuba diving. Waterfront camping on the gulf is available at several campgrounds.

Private Campgrounds

A couple of privately owned campgrounds offer oceanfront camping in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Southport Campground has 128 campsites for tent and RV camping, with more than half of them equipped with full hookups and the rest primitive. Amenities include restroom and shower facilities and a 40-foot-long fishing pier. Island Retreat RV park, lying along an oceanfront highway, has 272 sites with full hookups and cable TV and amenities such as a pool, playground and laundry, restroom and shower facilities.

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park has two miles of characteristic Emerald Coast beaches, a pavilion and a boardwalk along the water. The park has a campground with 496 campsites for tent or RV camping, most of which are equipped with full hookups and beach camping, as well as a 900-acre lake available for swimming, water sports and fishing. Amenities include a bathhouse and nature trails.

Water Sports

Water sports abound in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Campers can swim, kayak and canoe, snorkel, scuba dive, fish, ride jet skis and parasail. If you choose not to bring along your own gear, there are plenty of rental shops in the city to supply you with what you need.


Besides water sports, Gulf Shores gives campers the opportunity to get active outdoors on land with hiking trails. Gulf State Park offers nature trails, and hikers can head to the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge for the Jeff Friend Trail. For sightings of alligators in the wild, you can hike the Pine Beach Trail.

When to Go

Gulf Shores, Alabama, experiences hot, humid summers and temperate winters with temperatures in the low 60s Fahrenheit. The city’s highest period of rainfall is the summer, with a peak at 8 inches of precipitation in July, and hurricane season is from the first of June through the end of November. With the summer season so hot, it may be better to visit Gulf Shores during the rest of the year, although campers can enjoy the city and its beaches year-round. Keep abreast of the latest weather developments during hurricane season and make sure to bring protective rain gear during the summer.



About the Author

Based in Florida, Anne Boynton has been writing nonfiction articles since 2008. Her articles appear on various websites. Boynton has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2006.

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