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Gulf Shores Alabama Public Beach
30 Apr 2020
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COVID-19 Updates: All public and private beaches along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, including Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the Fort Morgan peninsula will open at 5:00 p.m. on April 30. Anyone using the beach must maintain 6-foot distancing from other people, except those in your own household group. Groups are limited to no more than 10 people. Normal use of the beach – chairs, umbrellas, etc. – is allowed.

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In order to keep the public beaches of Gulf Shores safe and clean, there are some regulations enforced by the city. These simple rules facilitate family-friendly spaces and will help preserve our pristine beaches into the future. We recommend reading these rules before visiting Gulf Shores so there are no surprises during your vacation.

Rules and Regulations

  • Tents and shelters larger than 7 feet by 7 feet and taller than 4 feet are not allowed on public beaches. Individual property owners may allow tents and shelters on private property north of the City of Gulf Shores pole markers provided.
  • Any structures or equipment left on the public beach after 8 p.m. will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol.
  • Please keep off the dunes in order to preserve our dune system and the habitat it provides. Use beach walkover and boardwalks where provided.
  • Observe and obey the Beach Warning Flag System.
  • We encourage you to swim near lifeguard protected waters.
  • Call 251-968-TIDE (8433) for current surf conditions.

The following items are strictly prohibited:


  • No glass or breakable containers
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No pets
  • No tents / canopies larger than 7'x7'x4'
  • No fishing
  • No tobacco and e-cigarettes
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No digging holes deeper than 12 inches
  • No fires, grills or cooking devices
  • No fireworks, sky lanterns, sparklers
  • No drone operation
  • No solicitation

Please contact us for any questions on Gulf Shores beach rules or planning your vacation.