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Vacationing in Orange Beach, AL. The best places to stay, eat, and things to do.

So you want to vacation in Orange Beach but don't know where to stay, eat, and play? We have a list for you to answer all the questions you may have about our beautiful beach town!

Continue reading for a complete list of recommendations from our locals.

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From the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico to the best dining experiences, Orange Beach Alabama is the best town for a family-friendly vacation or booking your honeymoon.

Orange Beach has 8-plus miles of white sand beaches with 4 public access points. Bring your own or rent bikes to ride through our beautiful Gulf State Park. There are so many things to do outdoors or inside!

Places to Stay

Here are the top favorite places to stay in Orange Beach, straight from the locals! We put the question out on one of the local Facebook groups and here are the top answers we got!

Caribe the Resort

Though the caribe is not located directly on the beach, what it lacks it makes up for in plenty of amenities to keep the whole family busy. Located on the marina with a great view of Robinson Island and within walking distance, to The Pass, this condo has more than any other in Orange Beach. You won’t have to go far to enjoy luxuries you won't get anywhere else.

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This resort has;

On-Site Restaurant

Poolside Deli – Cobalt Cabana

Full-Service Marina


Lazy River

Tiered Outdoor Pools

Heated Indoor Pools

Hot Tubs

Sauna & Steam Rooms

Fitness Centers

Putting Greens

Basketball & Tennis Courts

Bocce Ball

Corn Hole & Ping Pong

Beach Trolley Service

Gift Shop

Want to know where the daily pricing starts? Book online!

Turquoise Place

Located on the beach, this sister property to The Caribe Resort has all you will need for a weekend away. Each unit has a stainless steel grill and a jacuzzi for the perfect sunset moment.

Play a morning tennis match or an afternoon float down the lazy river. Enjoy all. the amenities such as their, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms and saunas, fitness centers, playground, life-sized board games, and more.

Start your reservation online!

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Pheonix on the Bay I & II

If you are wanting something quieter and inland Pheonix on the Bay is the perfect place to stay. Right on the bay, this condo is just a few minute's drive down from one of the recommended restaurants, Playa, as well as OSO, OSO Early (now both at the same bear point location), and Tiki Bar another local favorite for quick drinks and lunch on the water. Enjoy the amenities such as the lazy river, putting green, tennis courts, and multiple outdoor/indoor pools.

BONUS: You also don't have to worry about the beach traffic because Pheonix on the Bay is located on Canal Road!!

Start your reservations online!

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The Best Dinner and Lunch Restaurants in Orange Beach, AL.

What's better than just a good dinner??? A good dinner with, an amazing view, wonderful hospitality, and great drinks!!!

Having eaten and enjoyed each experience at these restaurants, we compiled a list of the 5 best places to eat in town.

Fisher's Dockside and Fisher's Upstairs


Enjoy the fresh air with a delicious cocktail by the water at Fisher's Dockside or take it upstairs for a romantic dinner with a glass of wine or bourbon at Fisher's Upstairs. Each restaurant has its own ambiance, both are family-friendly, and have different but amazing menus.

Bonus: Make a reservation!

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Check out the Menus!

Big Fish Restaurant


Dress to impress at this award-winning restaurant. Big fish is a personal favorite for many reasons. To start, the owners are wonderful long-time locals that are always there to ensure the best dining experience. Their waitstaff is the most friendly you'll have and the food...well, you'll have to try it yourself to understand how delicious it is!

Sip on your favorite glass of wine or favorite cocktail while splitting a sushi roll or enjoy one of the many mouthwatering entrees off the main menu. Big Fish is a family-friendly restaurant with an elegant atmosphere and a menu with food for everyone. Sushi, Steak, Seafood, and a kid's menu.

Note: Big Fish is a first come first serve. You can not make a reservation.

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Check out the Menu!

The Gulf


This uniquely designed restaurant makes for the perfect casual lunch or dinner night or place to grab drinks at the bar. Made out of bright blue shipping containers this spot sits right on The Gulf across from The Pass. Have a fresh cocktail and watch boats drive in and out of Perdido pass while the children run around and play after a delicious meal.

Tip: Dress for the weather! The majority of the restaurant is uncovered and sand or wood planks.

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Check out the Menu!

Playa at Sportsman's Marina

Needing the perfect brunch spot? Sip or chug down endless mimosas or have a bloody mary at Playa! How does "make your own" guacamole or street corn sound? Playa's menu is different from any other brunch, lunch, or dinner menu on the island. Sit by the water on the boardwalk or up on the deck for the most perfect view of Robinson Island.

Bonus: Make a reservation!

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Check out the Menus!

Villaggio Grille

Spending the evening at The Wharf? If shopping and playing made you hungry take a seat at Villaggio's. The dim lighting creates an Intimate ambiance to enjoy a nice steak, seafood, or housemade pizza. The floor-to-ceiling windows give you front-row seating to The Wharf's Spectacular Light Show. Who doesn't love dinner and a show? End the night with a delicious dessert and drinks.

Bonus: Make a reservation!

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Check out the Menus!

*Each menu has a kid's menu!

Things to do in Orange Beach!

Weather in the south can be unpredictable. One minute it's raining and the next we're back to beach weather! Here is a list of things to do when it's sunny or raining!

The Wharf

Shop, play, and eat at The Wharf. There are always things to do for every age.

Hungry? Choose from 16 restaurants and eateries. (

Do some shopping, from a wide variety of stores. Shop pre-loved luxury handbags at Coco Louie, try on some trending pieces at Lucca, get some luxurious bath bombs from High Cotton Bath Co, and grab a new pair of sunglasses and pet some dogs at Shades! There are so many places to shop! (

Ready to get out some energy?? Visit Build-A-Bear Workshop for the littles or play with the family at the Arcade, Outerlimits VR, or The Axe Hole. (

Finish the evening with a sunset walk on the boardwalk down at the marina or watch the Spectacular Light Show!

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Adventure Island

For almost 30 years Adventure Island has been family owned and operated here in Orange Beach. There are multiple indoor and outdoor activities and attractions.

Play around on;

Go Karts,

Bumper Boats,

mini golf,

or in the arcade.

Perfect for a rainy or sunny day!

Check out ticket pricing online!

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Fat Daddy's Arcade

This giant indoor arcade is packed with over 80 games for all ages.

Top games include The Giant, Wizard of Oz, Ticket Catcher, Ticket Time, Prize Cranes, Hyper Shoot, The Walking Dead, Jurassic Park, and more. The arcade was renovated in 2022!

Check pricing and hours online!

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We hope you enjoy your vacation here in Orange Beach, Alabama!!

- 360 Blue Photograpy

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