Gulf Shores Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Gulf Shores

The best times to visit Gulf Shores are March through May and September through November. Travelers can take advantage of these sweet spots outside the busy (and more expensive) summertime and enjoy swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, which still offers pleasant temperatures in the late spring and early fall. Plus, there are a variety of events and festivals during these months. Though the city is popular with snowbirds in the winter, you can get a hotel for a steal. If you're interested in a summer visit, know that June, July and August are three of the area's wettest months and also the most popular. You'll also want to book your hotel or vacation rental well in advance if you're visiting in the summer to secure the best price.

Weather in Gulf Shores

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Average Precipitation (in)
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

Temperatures slowly warm from the high 60s in March to the low 80s in May. Take advantage of this balmy weather by hiking in the park or taking in the scenery at Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. Keep in mind, March and April attract both families and college kids on spring break. While it can get rowdy, city-implemented bans on alcohol consumption on the public beach have kept the festivities relatively quiet the last few seasons. If you're visiting in May, the waters of the Gulf will likely be warm enough for swimming.

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June-August

The busy summertime sees plenty of tourists heading to the beach for fun and relaxation. Temperatures reach the high 80s daily. Whether you opt to play in the surf or build a sandcastle, experiencing the beach is a must.

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September-November

As temperatures cool and tourists return to work and school, Gulf Shores slows down. Average temperatures linger in the mid-60s to high 70s. It's a great time to stroll through the parks. Don't forget to hit one of the festivals that roll into town during the fall.

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December-February

Like most beach towns, Gulf Shores is quieter come wintertime. Snowbirds regularly flock here to enjoy temperatures that hover around 60 degrees. Take advantage of the empty shore by going for long walks on the beach. Or, explore the area's history with a daytrip to the USS Alabama.  

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