Steve's Recommendations:

Free Access:

First, more often than not the beach behind your rental house or condo (or hotel) is best. There are usually a few tourists, but they are generally very supportive and respectful.

Secondly, the beach access at the intersection of West Beach and 13th Street in Gulf Shores is good. Parking is across the street, but it is less crowded in the evening than many public beach spots. The map shows it at 1500 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL. Parking is across the street, but there is usually plenty of it. 

Best Beach Access: 

The State of Alabama will charge you $50 for a permit, but the Gulf State Park Pavillion is best. There will still be a few tourists, but there is more space to spread out. It is at 22250 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. (About 3 miles east on 182 from the Gulf Shores Hangout at the intersection of 182 and Hwy 59.) There is plenty of parking.

A permit may be obtained by telephone Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm (251) 948-7275 

State - The Gulf State Park Pavillion, Alabama Point East and Shell Lot, Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou and all public beach access points in Orange Beach are owned by the State of Alabama and require a $50 permit to be married there regardless of the size of the wedding party or number of guests. Click on the blue button below for a map of those beaches.


Rev. Steve Horn, M.Div., D.Min.

Wedding Minister For Christian or Non-Religious Ceremonies

Ordained and Licensed

A South Alabama/Northwest Florida Wedding Minister in (but not limited to) Gulf Shores, Foley, Fairhope, Fort Morgan or Orange Beach, Alabama and Perdido Key or Johnson Beach, Florida.  Please note: I am unable to travel to Dauphin Island.

There are three types of beach access points for weddings in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area:

  1. Private (free)
  2. City (free)
  3. State ($50 permit).

Private - Beaches behind any condo, hotel or rental home in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are free.

City - Only Gulf Shores has suitable free public beaches and they are on West Beach Blvd and Hwy 180 (Ft. Morgan Road).

If you choose to be married on one of the access points show on the map above, The State of Alabama requires a $50 permit. Please click below for information on how to obtain a permit or call (251) 948-7275 Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.