Gulf State Park


Sanderling on the Beach. Photo by Farren Dell
Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Farren Dell
Banded Sea Star. Photo by Farren Dell
Thin Striped Hermit Crap in the Sand. Photo by Farren Dell
Kitten's Paw Shell at Gulf State Park. Photo by Farren Dell
Sunrise on the Beach at Gulf State Park. Photo by Farren Dell

Gulf State Park boasts over 3.5 miles of beautiful white sand beaches available in both our main park area in Gulf Shores at the Beach Pavilion and from our access points in Orange Beach, Alabama.  Our family-friendly beaches are a perfect place to enjoy some much needed time of fun and relaxation.  Whether you are into surf fishing or just laying out and reading a book, you will find our beaches to be a fantastic place to do this and more.

Click on the image below to view all beach access points and amenities.



Beach Access Points


Pier: 20800 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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Beach Pavilion: 22250 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

    +Parking (paid) +Restrooms

Romar Beach: 24450 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach 36561


Cotton Bayou: 25900 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach 36561

    +Parking +Restrooms +Handicap Accessible 

Alabama Point: 27853 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach 36561

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Shell Lot: 28273 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach 36561

    +Parking +Portable Restroom


Paid Parking


Parking Pay Stations (Kiosks) are in place at the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier and the Beach Pavilion in Gulf Shores and at the public beach accesses in Orange Beach - Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach. These Kiosks will accept cash and credit cards, however, they do not issue change.


Daily Parking Rates:

$10.00 - All day for personal vehicle

$15.00 - All day for passenger vans

$30.00 - All day for vehicles with a trailer, buses or large RVs


Annual Parking Decal Rates:

Annual Parking Decal

  • $100.00 per decal
  • Available for purchase at Park Headquarters and Visitor Center
  • Valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)

Orange Beach Resident Parking Decal

  • Free with valid driver's license displaying Orange Beach address
  • Available at Orange Beach City Hall in accordance to Orange Beach Policy
  • Valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)

Veterans Parking Decal

  • Free with valid ID and verification of service
  • Available at Park Headquarters and Visitor Center
  • Decal does not expire


Before heading out to the beach, put the receipt on the dashboard of your car. Annual and Veteran parking decals must be permanently affixed to the front driver's side corner of the windshield so parking enforcement can easily identify relevant information. 

Some beach access points have food & drink available on a seasonal basis.  Please visit the Dining page to see what options you may have.


Commercial Photographers


Commercial Photographers must purchase an annual permit for $100 to use any of the Gulf State Park beach access points listed above as a venue.


Complete the Commercial Photographers Permit Form and email it along with your business license to or call 251-948-7275 ext. 7



Beach Warning Flags
Rip Currents Warning


At each Gulf State Park beach access point, you will see a flag indicating water conditions. Please reference the flyers above to learn more about the beach flags and rip tide warnings.



Leave Only Footprints
Leave a Toy Take a Toy Shark Boxes


Alabama beaches are beautiful and pristine. The Leave Only Footprints program protects our beaches so that we may enjoy the coast for many years to come. You can do your part by following beach ordinances and disposing of trash. You can use our toy boxes found at every beach access to leave toys behind! Take a toy from these boxes as well and enjoy a fun day on the beach! Please help us preserve our beaches while having a relaxing, safe vacation by following the beach regulations.


Visit Leave Only Footprints to learn more about the important conservation initiatives in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.





The Alabama Gulf Coast offers nesting beaches for sea turtles during the summer months. A volunteer program, Share the Beach, devotes time and passion in Gulf State Park and the surrounding beaches in order to protect the sea turtles. Visit the organization's website to learn more about this conservation program and what you can do to help!