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There are few places in the world where you can find high quality, beachside Airbnb rentals at extremely affordable prices. With views of the Gulf, immaculate beaches, and funky coastal communities, Gulf Shores, Alabama is one of those places. Googling “Airbnb Gulf Shores” can yield tons of results, so we’ve done the work and compiled a list of the best vacation rentals in the area on Airbnb.
This adorable little villa located across the street from the beach is a great option if you’re traveling with a furry friend. The interior is tasteful and rustic with a beach-themed decor, a full washing/drying setup, large countertops, and a full kitchen. The house is a stand-alone unit elevated on stilts with access to private parking right underneath. Guests can also enjoy a large outdoor deck, four outdoor grills, a shared pool and hot tub, and a lounge area to socialize with other residents. One of the bedrooms has two queen-sized beds, and the common area has a sofa, meaning the villa can sleep up to six people. For other ideas on where to stay with your four-legged friend, check out the best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Alabama.
Located in the SunChase community in Gulf Shores, this condo is a perfect home-from-home — and it won’t break the bank. It sleeps up to seven guests and starts out around $125 per night, making it great for a family-friendly vacation. The condo sits directly on the beautiful white-sand beaches (for other options nearby, check out the 4 Best Alabama Beaches), and is walking distance from shops and restaurants. Reviews rave about the condo’s cleanliness, seaside decorations, air conditioning, and host Terissa’s responsiveness.
For an intimate and no-frills budget option in a great location, check out this studio. With a full-size bed and a pull-out sofa, it technically sleeps up to four, but that may be a squeeze. As part of the Beachview Condominiums, the studio is a renovated hotel room with a functioning little kitchenette and a full bathroom. At $75 per night, you can’t beat the location. There are delicious dining options nearby, including the famous Hangout Restaurant just across the street that hosts tons of activities and entertainment events.
Perhaps the best part about this condo is the view and being surrounded on three sides by Gulf Shores’ State Park Beach Preserve. The private balcony has an ocean view, and the beautiful white sand beaches are just as easy to walk to as they are to see. This spacious apartment curated for a homey experience: the living room is open and comfortable, the kitchen has large countertops for cooking and bar seating, there’s a large flat screen TV, tons of natural light, and a full-sized fridge. Outside you’ll have access to the Grand Beach Resort’s pool and lounge area, which also has views of the preserve. Rates hover around $130 per night and it sleeps up to six people with four separate beds. For some more inspiration for your next tropical vacation, check out the Best Beach Getaways Around the World.
Top floor, leather sofas, zebra print carpets, intimate lighting, views of the water from your bed — this may very well be one of Gulf Shores’ best spots for a romantic getaway. And, as it’s part of a larger complex, it comes equipped with tons of resort-level amenities. There’s a tropical courtyard, a pool, a surf and racquet club, tennis courts, shuffleboard, a gazebo, and a boardwalk to the beach. This type of place could easily cost three times as much in another location, so consider it a steal. Also, there’s a pullout bed available for a third wheel or your significant other if things happen to turn south.
This last condo is easily one of the best Airbnb rentals in all of Gulf Shores. The unobstructed ocean view from the private outdoor patio is amazing, and the five star amenities don’t hurt either. For an affordable family getaway that sleeps five and costs under $200 per night, you won’t find this kind of quality elsewhere. There’s a pirate-themed waterpark for kids, and a reef just offshore that’s perfect for snorkeling. Hosts Audrey and Eric have an excellent rating and and are extremely accommodating.