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Best Way to Search for Available Condos & A Couple Questions

Olathe, Kansas
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Best Way to Search for Available Condos & A Couple Questions

We have never been to this area and I have several questions to get started.

1. We are wanting to stay at a place on the beach. What is the best place to look for available condos/places to stay? I started with VRBO but curious if there are other options? (Sorry if this is a stupid question I am asking on TA.)

2. We are not dead set on Gulf Shores and we are open to any of the beaches over to maybe Okaloosa Island (flying into Pensacola). We have 3 young girls ages 8, 6 and 3 that just love the beach. Would one area be better than any of the others, any more economical than others?

3. Direct beach access and a good pool area for kids is priority #1. What would your best recommendations be?

Thanks for any feedback you can help us with.

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1. Re: Best Way to Search for Available Condos & A Couple Questions

In addition to VRBO, why not use the Vacation Rentals tab here on TripAdvisor? You can also look at the websites of the major condo rental companies such as Brett-Robinson, Meyer, and Spectrum Resorts. Take a look at the three main areas: Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, & Fort Morgan.

Unlike Destin, most of the condos in the Gulf Shores area are Gulf-front and direct beach access. And most of the larger complexes have both indoor and outdoor pools. Gulf Shores may be a bit less expensive than Orange Beach but it depends on where you look.

Gulf Shores has everything Destin has (and more) but is less crowded and more laid back. For instance you have water parks (Waterville USA), amusement parks (The Track, Adventure Island), mini-golf (Pirate's Cove), and great kids restaurants (LuLu's, the Hangout, Lambert's), but you also have a great small zoo, real civil war forts to explore, and a wonderful State park in the middle of everything with excellent biking trails, and one of the longest fishing piers on the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention some nice municipal playgrounds. We think it's a great place to spend time with younger children.

Edited: 20 March 2017, 23:47
Olathe, Kansas
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2. Re: Best Way to Search for Available Condos & A Couple Questions

Thank you for your information. Very helpful.

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3. Re: Best Way to Search for Available Condos & A Couple Questions

Albeachfan has said it all as usual but I will add the Pensacola Naval Air Museum, free and very very good. Not far away at all.3

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