With over 30 miles of sparkling white sand beaches, Gulf Shores is a fun-filled resort city and one of the most popular vacation destinations in Alabama. Many visitors come for the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but the city is also brimming with vibrant attractions like music festivals, award-winning restaurants, and fascinating nature preserves. Whatever brings you to Gulf Shores and whether you come alone or with the whole family, the friendly Southern hospitality and scenic seaside atmosphere will keep you coming back for more.
If you’re planning a trip to this unique vacation destination, check out the following list of the best Airbnbs in Gulf Shores. Each of the following listings has received stellar reviews from previous guests, and most are presided over by experienced superhosts – hosts with a proven track record of providing outstanding hospitality. All of the rentals also come with complimentary Wi-Fi and TV, making them well suited to all of your work from home and indoor entertainment needs.
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Luxurious High-Rise Apartment
In addition to being hosted by an experienced superhost, this top-rated beachfront condo in Gulf Shores also boasts Airbnb Plus status – an exclusive status reserved for stylish Airbnbs that have been verified for quality through in-person inspection.
Nestled in the glamorous high-rise building known as Crystal Towers Condominium, the apartment comes with access to three different pools and a lazy river. The tranquil interior is decorated with high-end furnishings and tasteful beach-themed artwork, and the spacious living room is connected to a private balcony overlooking the water. Furnished with one king-size bed and one queen-size bed, the two-bedroom unit can comfortably sleep up to four guests and comes with two luxurious full bathrooms with granite countertops. Next to the living room, you’ll find a formal dining area and a modern full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and additional amenities include a shared gym and a sauna.
Known for its sweeping ocean views, Crystal Towers is just steps away from the beach and offers easy access to a plethora of surrounding restaurants.
Colorful Condo on the Beach in Gulf Shores
Nestled on the ninth floor of a resort-style building, this luxurious Gulf Shores Airbnb offers a homey stay overlooking a pristine white-sand beach.
Furnished with one king-size bed, one set of bunk beds, and one sofa bed, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom rental can sleep up to six guests. In the luxurious master bedroom, you’ll find incredible amenities like a Smart TV, balcony access, and an en suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. The spacious living room is done up in fun beach décor and also comes with a Smart TV and a private connected balcony where you can enjoy lovely beach views and relax in the refreshing breeze that rolls in off of the water. There is also an impressive full kitchen and a convenient laundry closet in the apartment, and the rental comes with shared access to multiple pools, two hot tubs, a gym, and a sauna.
Whether you’re lounging on the beach, dolphin spotting from the balcony, or checking out the fantastic surrounding restaurants, you can’t go wrong with this premium condo rental.
Homey Beachfront Apartment Rental
This spacious one-bedroom apartment offers incredible ocean views and comes with plenty of extra beds for additional guests.
Perfect for families and groups looking for an affordable stay, the rental is furnished with one king-size bed, one set of bunk beds, and a full-size sofa bed. The beachy interior boasts colorful accents and a ton of modern amenities, and sliding glass doors in the living room lead onto a private waterfront balcony. There is one full bathroom in the apartment, and the rental also comes with a convenient full kitchen, perfect for when you don’t feel like eating out. There are two dining tables in the rental, one in the living area and one on the balcony, and guests can also dine at the convenient breakfast bar. The rental comes with access to a beachfront pool, and additional amenities include a Smart TV, a dishwasher, and an in-unit washer and dryer.
With the beach, amusement parks, a zoo, and multiple shopping centers nearby, this Airbnb in Gulf Shores makes an ideal home base for guests interested in checking out all of the fun attractions that this seaside city has to offer.
Beautiful Condo With Gulf Views
Ideal for solo travelers, couples, and small groups, this cozy condo was recently remodeled and offers guests a super-comfy stay in one of the best vacation homes for rent in Gulf Shores.
With two private balconies, the apartment boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and Little Lagoon. The rental features one cozy bedroom with lovely coral accents and a queen-size bed, and there is a sofa bed in the living room for additional guests. The beautifully appointed full bathroom is sparkling clean and finished with granite countertops, and guests can enjoy the convenience of an updated full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and an in-unit washer and dryer. The balcony doors in the living room bring a ton of natural light into the common areas, and when you step outside, you’ll find a lovely outdoor table and a bench swing. In addition to offering private beach access, the condominium comes with a pool, a hot tub, brand-new tennis courts, and a lovely picnic area with outdoor grills.
Also on-site you’ll find two private boat ramps, making this a great choice for anyone interested in outdoor activities like fishing and kayaking. If you prefer dining and shopping, there are countless boutiques and restaurants nearby.
Stylish Beachfront Condo
With super-comfy furnishings, high-end finishes, and brand-new appliances, this stylish rental is one of the best Gulf Shores Airbnbs for a relaxing stay that feels like home.
The interior is decorated with a soft blue color scheme, sophisticated beach-themed artwork, and beautiful white furnishings, and the rental even comes with access to an on-site pool. Up to four guests can stay in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom rental, which comes furnished with one king-size bed and one queen-size bed. The light-filled living area comes with a cozy sofa and a dining table, and glass doors lead onto a private balcony that faces the gulf. Stunning granite finishes and brand-new appliances abound in the full kitchen, and convenient features like a dishwasher and an in-unit washer and dryer make this a great choice for longer stays.
Conveniently located right on the beach, the condo is within walking distance of fun local pubs, bustling markets, and even the Gulf State Park.
Boardwalk Condo With Ocean Views
Soaring high ceilings and spacious sunny bedrooms make this stylish Airbnb in Gulf Shores the perfect choice for a refreshing getaway by the sea.
Suited for up to six guests, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is furnished with one king-size bed, one queen-size bed, and one sofa bed. There is also a large open living area with a stunning wall of mirrors and a bright wall of windows leading onto the private balcony, and the rental comes with an updated full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. Additional amenities include an on-site pool and in-unit laundry facilities.
The perfect location of this beachfront condo makes for some spectacular ocean views, and guests can enjoy easy access to surrounding amenities and attractions.
Ocean Views at Surfside Shores
Another beautiful Gulf Shores Airbnb on the beach, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is set on the fourth floor of a modern hotel-style building known as the MouleDune.
Recently renovated, the chic interior is filled with gorgeous wooden furnishings, sophisticated art pieces, and beachy accents. Up to six guests can stay in the rental, which is furnished with one king-size bed, one queen-size bed, and one sofa bed. Feel free to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee on the lovely oceanfront balcony or lounge in the cozy living room and catch up on some of your favorite shows. The well-equipped full kitchen and convenient dining area make this a good choice for longer stays, and the apartment comes with an in-unit washer and dryer. A lovely wooden walkway leads directly from the on-site pool to the sugar-sand beach, and guests have access to convenient amenities like beach gear, bike racks, vending machines, and free parking.
The MouleDune is located in the center of Gulf Shores just a short walk away from coffee shops, restaurants, surf shops, golf courses, and more.
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Affordable Beach Bungalow
If you’re after a private retreat that delivers a bang for your buck, look no further than this idyllic beach house in Gulf Shores.
The spacious bungalow features one bedroom with one king-size bed and a set of bunk beds, as well a cozy living room with an extra air mattress, making it well suited for up to six guests. The sophisticated interior perfectly combines contemporary finishes with charming rustic features, and the private bathroom and full kitchen are decked out with brand-new facilities and high-end finishes. Pets are allowed in the bungalow, and additional amenities include laundry facilities, an on-site pool, and a hot tub.
When you’re not taking advantage of the property’s luxurious on-site facilities, you can head to the beach just a short walk away.
Romantic Cottage for Two
Another fabulous pet-friendly rental in Gulf Shores, this unique hideaway offers a charming home away from home for solo travelers and couples.
Originally built in the 1930s, this historic guest cottage has been tastefully restored to offer guests a comfortable stay with an enchanting atmosphere. The studio space is furnished with a comfy queen-size bed and a small sofa, and the rental comes with a well-equipped kitchenette and an en suite bathroom. Although the property is shared with the host’s main home, this cozy Gulf Shores Airbnb is completely private and comes with its own entrance and shaded patio. There are also two shared patios on the property that are equipped with an outdoor grill and a relaxing hammock, and guests are welcome to help themselves to the delicious produce growing in the property’s garden.
The convenient cottage is set back in a calm and quiet area off of the main highway and is just five minutes away from two white-sand beaches. Guests can also enjoy easy access to Little Lagoon, where you can launch kayaks and try your hand at fishing.
Relaxing Getaway in a Quiet Area
Set on the quiet end of the city, this calming condo is one of the best Airbnb rentals in Gulf Shores for a peaceful retreat in a desirable neighborhood.
Furnished with one king-size bed and one sofa bed, the one-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom condo is perfect for small families and groups of two couples. The large living room is illuminated by glass balcony doors and offers more than enough space for everyone in the group to hang out and relax together. There is also an updated full kitchen separated by a pastel blue breakfast bar, and the lovely beachy theme makes the entire rental feel light and airy. Guests also have access to an on-site pool and a private pier, and additional amenities include laundry facilities, free parking on the premises, and baby gear upon request.
Located directly across the street from the beach, this elegant condo is also just a short drive away from the popular town of Foley, where you’ll find a fun amusement park and the Tanger Outlets.
Beachfront Apartment on West Beach Boulevard
Located in the low-density condo complex known as Sunrise Village, this quiet two-bedroom apartment is the perfect vacation rental in Gulf Shores for anyone looking to avoid the crowds.
Up to six guests can stay in the two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo, which comes furnished with two queen-size beds and one sofa bed. With desirable modern amenities like a modern full kitchen, an in-unit washer and dryer, and a Smart TV, the condo is well equipped for longer stays, and two brand-new mattresses promise a wonderful night of rest. The interior design is cheery and colorful with a fun beach theme and plenty of eye-catching artwork, and the beachfront location is sure to put you in the vacation spirit.
This relaxing Airbnb in Gulf Shores comes with an on-site pool which, along with the beach, is guaranteed to never be too crowded.
Stunning Cottage Near the Beach
Few short-term rentals in Gulf Shores offer the space and privacy of this newly constructed three-story home.
Furnished with one king-size bed and two queen-size beds, the two-bedroom, three-bathroom house rental can sleep up to six guests with the utmost comfort and privacy. The open-concept common areas are big and bright and consist of a spacious lounge area, a formal dining space, and a gourmet full kitchen with updated appliances and granite countertops. There is also a private balcony that is surrounded by lush green trees and features a spacious outdoor dining table for four, and the rental comes with three Smart TVs, one in the family room and one in each of the bedrooms. Pets are allowed in the apartment, and additional amenities include a washer and dryer and a convenient storage closet filled with beach gear.
Guests of the cottage can walk to the beach in just five minutes, and the rental offers easy access to a nearby nature preserve, Gulf State Park, minigolf courses, amusement parks, and plenty of great restaurants.
Remodeled Beachfront Oasis
Offering guests a convenient stay on the same side of the street as the shore, this private beachfront oasis was recently renovated to add luxurious contemporary features.
Another great option for small families and groups of friends, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo rental is furnished with one queen-size bed, two single beds, and one sofa bed. The sunny living room features a cozy sofa and glass doors that lead onto a private balcony, and the rental comes with an updated full kitchen and a dining table. Each of the bedrooms offers its own TV, and there is a private laundry closet next to the full bathroom. The complex also comes with a heated pool and one free parking space, and guests can enjoy immediate beach access from the property.
Nestled in the quiet West Beach area of the city, this fabulous beachfront rental in Gulf Shores promises a peaceful stay with easy access to bars, restaurants, and ice cream parlors.
Spacious Apartment With Beach Views
A great choice for larger groups, this remodeled two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment can sleep up to eight guests.
Convenience is key in this top-of-the-line Gulf Shores Airbnb, which features a Smart TV in every room and handy appliances like an in-unit washer and dryer and a dishwasher. The spacious apartment features one master bedroom with a king-size bed and one smaller bedroom with two double beds, and there is an extra sofa bed in the living room. Guests can enjoy balcony access from both the spacious living area and the master bedroom, and there is a lovely full kitchen near a dining table for when you feel like eating in. The rental also comes with access to the property’s impressive heated pool, which is the largest in the area, and there are beach towels and beach chairs available in the storage bin on the balcony.
Guests can take just a few steps to the beach and walk to several popular attractions, including the famous restaurant known as the Hangout. Waterville Amusement Park is also just a short drive away, making this rental a great choice for guests traveling with children.
Direct Beachfront Condo With Panoramic Views
Our last Airbnb in Gulf Shores boasts a highly desirable location on the beach and promises to make your dream getaway a reality.
The charming condo is perfectly positioned to offer unrivaled views of the water, and there is a large balcony where guests can feel free to hang out all night or enjoy a cup of coffee as the sun rises. Just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins splashing around in the glistening turquoise waters! Up to four guests can sleep comfortably in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo, which comes furnished with one luxurious king-size bed and one sofa bed. There is also a sunny living area with beach-themed décor and a long granite breakfast bar that separates the lounge area from the updated full kitchen. Each of the bedrooms comes equipped with its own wall-mounted TV, and the rental features an in-unit washer and dryer and shared access to a lovely on-site pool, a playground, and a picnic area.
Nestled right in the heart of Gulf Shores, this top-notch apartment rental boasts one of the best locations in the city and offers easy access to plenty of fun attractions for adults and children alike.
Now that you have a sense of the various rental options available, set yourself up for the perfect trip and book a stay in one of the best Airbnbs in Gulf Shores.