As temperatures start to warm up here on the Gulf Coast, we can't help but notice the increase in southbound traffic on Hwy 59 and the Foley Beach Express in route to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Although the endless miles of sugar-white beaches draw in the majority of visitors, a large number of vacationers travel down to the area with their boats in tow to fish or sightsee. The Alabama coast is covered in a variety of water bodies and with numerous places to launch from it's easy to explore the local waterways and take in the beautiful scenic views. Orange Beach is famously known as a boater's haven encompassing 20 miles of back bays, bayous, and inlets meandering throughout the city all flowing out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Currently, Orange Beach has just over 40 condominiums offering boat access and onsite facilities such as boat ramps, slips (assigned or first, come first served), fishing piers, trailer parking and storage. These condos are scattered throughout the area nestled along the shorelines of Cotton Bayou, Terry Cove, Old River, Wolf Bay, and Bayou Saint John. One of the first Orange Beach condos with boating access is Grand Caribbean. This family-friendly development sits just across the street from the beach and is adjacent to a large public boat launch with direct access to Cotton Bayou. The complex is walking distance to dining and shopping spots as well as biking and walking trails at Gulf State Park. Condos at Grand Caribbean are available in 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom layouts comfortably accommodating all family sizes. A majority of units offer hallway bunk beds ideal for families with small children and top-floor units feature lofts for additional sleeping arrangements. Other great boating condos in Orange Beach are the Caribe, Wind Drift, Phoenix on the Bay, and The Yacht Club.
The waters of Orange Beach are traversed by hundreds of boaters either heading out to the deep blue waters for big-game fishing or cruising around inshore exploring local swimming holes, great restaurants, or sightseeing the gorgeous waterfront homes along Ono Island. During the warmer months of the year, popular hangout spots, Robinson Island & Bird Island, are fringed with boaters sunbathing on the white sandy beaches or cooling off in the clear shallow waters. When it's time to grab a bite to eat, the area offers plenty of waterfront restaurants with docks making it a breeze to pull the boat up and order a mouthwatering dish like the mahi mahi rueben from Flora-Bama Yacht Club or the delicious firecracker shrimp from Cobalt.