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Right on the state line with Florida's Perdido Key to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Orange Beach is one of the Alabama Gulf Coast's most popular attractions, drawing visitors to its eight miles of pure white sands and sparkling blue-green waters.
Orange Beach was named for the actual oranges that were planted there for export until the hard freeze of 1916. The orange groves and export-based economy are now gone, replaced by a growing tourist industry visibly seen in its blended layout of high-rise luxury condominiums, beachfront estates, charming beach cottages, and Intracoastal Waterway. Today, Orange Beach is a picture of indulgent escape yet still makes an ideal base to explore the raw nature that awaits on its shores. Search for an RV in Orange Beach and have a slice of pristine white sand all to yourself with the sunset in the horizon and the sea breeze caressing your face.
With the entire Gulf Coast in front of you, you can look forward to a fun mix of water-based adventures. If you are partial to sport fishing, charter a fishing trip for some deep sea action. Or find a place where the surf is a little rough and cast a line right from the shore. If you'd rather watch wildlife than land them, join a dolphin cruise instead. You can also time your visit between May to October when sea turtles nest in Orange Beach and in the nearby community of Gulf Shores, and you just might stumble into one coming ashore to nest. (If you do, know that turtles have right of way.)
The four Orange Beach Islands beckon kayakers, canoers, and boaters (as the islands can only be accessed by watercraft). Bird and Robinson Islands attract birders while Gilchrist and Walker Islands are more popular among anglers.
For more of nature and less of high-rises, head over to Perdido Key State Park, about 15 minutes away by Orange Beach RV rental. The quality of water and sand is the same but the atmosphere created by rolling dunes covered in sea oats is more relaxed and laid back, in keeping with the area's Spanish name for 'lost island'. The park is open only until sunset, so if you plan to stay the night, take your Orange Beach motorhome rental to Big Lagoon State Park five miles farther along the road. You'll be that much closer to Pensacola where you might catch a show by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. If there are no aerial acrobatics scheduled, consider visiting its forts, museums and historic villages as well as its vibrant downtown.
From Orange Beach, swing west for Gulf Shores, a city as busy as Orange Beach but with fewer condominiums. To escape it all, head to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, about 20 minutes away by Orange Beach travel trailer rental. Bon Secour consists of more than 7,000 acres of coastal barrier habitat and maritime wetland away from the tourist bustle of the Alabama Coast. Birders will be delighted to discover that the refuge is home to 360 species of birds while turtle lovers might want to time their visit around the nesting season of loggerhead and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. There are four hiking trails here ranging in length from one to five miles, with the one-mile Jeff Friend Trail more suitable to visitors with limited mobility. Launch your kayak or canoe from here to view the refuge from Little Lagoon.
There is no better place to park your luxury RV rental in Orange Beach than at one of the many RV campgrounds around the city. Find upscale RV parks within two to five miles of the city center, with many more options of generally good quality parks throughout the city and in nearby Gulf Shores. For a state park camping experience, head east to Big Lagoon State Park and stay at a campground with electric hookup sites along with amenities like potable/pressurized water, showers, flush toilets, dump station, and laundry facilities. Propane, groceries, and ice are available within 10 miles. The closest gas station is two miles away.
Away from the water, Orange Beach bursts with so many recreational opportunities to delight visitors of all ages. Head to The Wharf for abundant shopping and dining options, fun activities, rides, movies and unique entertainment offerings like light and sound shows. If you plan to take the kids to a theme park for their fill of arcades, go-karts, and mini-golf, there’s a Walmart along Perdido Beach Boulevard less than a mile away, where you can park for the day or even stay the night with the Orange Beach camper rental.
Browse unique souvenirs crafted by local and regional artists at Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach. Visit Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum, an old schoolhouse with its original furnishings intact, to learn more about the local history as well as the history of Native American settlement who had used the area around Orange Beach to harvest the bounty of the sea. Today, the Orange Beach community continues to enjoy crab, shrimp, and oysters in their many culinary forms.
Orange Beach is becoming a prime vacation destination internationally so the best time to enjoy what remains untouched is now. Book an RV rental in Orange Beach, AL today and discover what hidden gems the Gulf shores are yet to reveal on your journeys.