There are not many campgrounds literally on the beach, but they have beach access. Most are a few minutes' walk from the beach. Some areas are secluded, but the beach can get congested in the summer.
The middle of Gulf Shores is a busy tourist area, filled with RV sites and hotels. Many entertainment options are here as well. A quieter vacation can be had at the western end of the peninsula or on the east side at Gulf State Park.
RV parks offer full hookups--water, sewer and electric--with 30- to 50-amp connections available. They also offer bathrooms, showers, pools, cable TV and Wi-Fi, which are free at most sites.
Many campgrounds offer piers either on the Intercoastal Waterway or on the ocean. Some have private lakes that are stocked. Bait and fishing equipment can be purchased or rented at many ocean front locations.
The state park offers somewhat of a quieter vacation. It has two miles of beach and 6,150 acres of land. There is a pier on the ocean and a 900 acre lake for fishing and boating, as well as an 18-hole golf course.
Gulf State Park's pier opened in July 2009. It is the longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico, at 1,540 feet.
Article Written By James Jordan
James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.