Orange Beach Journals

Day trip to Orange Beach Alabama

A June 2003 trip to Orange Beach by haccher

Quote: Orange Beach is an excellent place to take friends who have never been to the Gulf Coast. We made this day trip so that my friends' 6-year-old daughter could take the memory of the beautiful white beach with her when she moved to the St. Louis area.
The Perdido Key Oyster Bar is a local favorite, though it is a little difficult to find (it's east of Perdido Key Drive before you reach the eastern Perdido Key bridge). Don't let the location of the restaurant fool you--it's above the marina sales office. This restaurant has a great beach atmosphere, and its positive reputation is well deserved. The seafood is consistently excellent and the service is usually good. The fried shrimp is my favorite and the seafood platter offers greater proportions than most restaurants.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2003

Perdido Key Oyster Bar
13700 River Road
Pensacola, Florida 32507
(850) 492-5600

This is one of the smaller public beaches in the Gulf State Park. This area was open to the public with no charge. Off street parking was available to about 30 vehicles, so this limited the number of visitors at the beach. The white sand is always a beautiful sight in the Orange Beach area. I even found a small sand dollar which made my friends' 6-year-old daughter very happy.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2003

Cotton Bayou Public Beach
On Hwy 182 at Intersection of Hwy 161
Orange Beach, Alabama

Gulf State Park

Attraction | "Gulf State Park Beach Pavillion"

This is one of the larger public beach areas managed by Gulf State Park. There is a small fee charged for parking at this facility due to the restrooms. A lifeguard is on duty at this beach and flags show water conditions. Another beautiful white beach with interesting small shells washing up on shore.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2003

Gulf State Park
20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores 36542
(251) 948-7275