Where to pick up beach fashions, sandals and swimsuits in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores


Forget your swimsuit, sandals or just need a new look for your Alabama beach vacation?  You’re in luck! You can’t throw a rock without hitting a place to pick up beach gear in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Beach shoppingAlvin’s Island, Island Outfitters, Surf Style, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Blonde Johns offer swimwear, sandals and shorts. I usually pick up something at one of these beach shops just ‘cause it’s convenient and not very expensive. Or because we’ve been known to leave Atlanta without packing someone’s swimsuit or water shoes in the suitcase.

My wife and daughter-in-law hit boutiques like Salt Coastal Outfitters, Geez Louise and Too Hot Mamas at San Roc Cay. In fact, it seems like every summer when we make our trek to the beach, there is a new boutique open that they just have to visit!

If I’m looking for a particular brand like AFTCO or Columbia, I head to Sand Dollar Lifestyles at The Wharf.

If you prefer a box retailer, no worries. Target is located at Pelican Place, just north of the Intracoastal Canal and there’s a Walmart in Gulf Shores. So, pretty much whatever you need, you can find – a lot of choices. My crew has even been known to cruise up to the Tanger Outlets in Foley.

So, go ahead and splurge. Get the new pair of Chacos or a souvenir beach T-shirt. It’s your summer vacation, after all.