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A Gulf Coast resort destination in Orange Beach, The Wharf offers diverse residential, entertainment, retail, and dining options, and a full service Marina with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway.

112-foot-tall Ferris wheel at The Wharf. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

112-foot-tall Ferris wheel at The Wharf. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether relaxing in a luxury condominium alongside the magnificent marina, enjoying the 9,600-seat capacity Amphitheater, or viewing a movie on one of the 15-screens at the Carmike Cinema, visitors can expect a unique experience.

Live concerts with some of the biggest names in music, a brightly lit, 112-foot-tall Ferris wheel, and boutiques along with casual and fine dining restaurants make The Wharf a Gulf Coast stand-out.

The Alabama Gulf Coast provides a variety of RV resorts and campgrounds. Whether you’re a rustic camper or prefer a high end resort, the options are plentiful.

Located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, white sun-kissed beaches, surging surf, seagulls, and seashells greet you at Gulf State Park.

Consisting of 6,150 acres with two miles of sugar white sand beaches and three fresh water lakes, Gulf State Park has a modern full-service campground, cabins, cottages, back country trails, and the largest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico.

The park also features an interactive nature center, nationally recognized scenic nature trail, new tennis courts, beautiful beach pavilion, 18-hole Refuge Golf Course, and a 900-acre lake for fishing in the picnic area on Lake Shelby.

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Gulf State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Gulf State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Gulf State Park offers a 496-site campground with pull-through, back-in, water front, and ADA accessible sites, and 11 modern bathhouses. All sites are big-rig friendly and have water, sewer, and 50/30/20- amp electric service, a paved camping pad, picnic table, and pedestal grill. Tents are also welcome in the campground.

A laundry facility is located beside the camp store. There are two playgrounds located in the campground.

Gulf State Park’s Pier opened July 23, 2009. The largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico, it is 1,540 feet in length and has an area of 41,800 square feet. The pier boasts features that were not available on the old pier, destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan, such as indoor seating for concession area, indoor retail area for tackle and souvenirs, comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier, and wheelchair accessible rail fishing. The new pier has 2,448 feet of fishing space available along the rails.

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is an upscale Class A motorhome resort community © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is an upscale Class A motorhome resort community © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located a short distance from the Gulf Coast, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is an upscale Class A motorhome resort community. In addition to full ownership RV lots, rentals are available. Owners and guests enjoy their 6,000 square foot Grand Clubhouse, exercise facilities as well as gorgeously designed oversized lots—some as large as 5,000 square feet—with views of a stocked lake and lush foliage.

Resort amenities include a Welcome Center with professional resort and rental management staff, fenced-in dog park, stocked lake, fully-appointed fitness center, infinity-edge pool, Jacuzzi, private movie theatre, business center, and croquet court.

The RV lots offered for both sale and rent include professional landscaping for privacy, concrete pads, built-in patios, utility hook-ups, and optional upgrades including gazebos, outdoor entertainment centers, and storage units.

Lake Osprey RV Country Club, the newest destination Luxury RV Resort destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast is designed for high-end RVs, but not restricted to Class A motorhomes.

Lake Osprey RV Country Club is a destination Luxury RV Resort designed for high-end RVs. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lake Osprey RV Country Club is a destination Luxury RV Resort designed for high-end RVs. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A destination Luxury RV Resort on the North Shore of the Alabama Gulf Coast built for outdoor enthusiasts that boast beautiful, serene settings and a championship golf course.

Lake Osprey is nestled around several spring-fed lakes in a nature preserve and consists of 188 lushly landscaped extra-large RV sites. Each site is accompanied with a Golf membership to the Championship Soldiers Creek Golf Course located within walking distance of your RV.

Please Note: This is Part 3 of a 3-Part series

Part 1: Experience the Magic of the Alabama Gulf Coast

Part 2: Getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast

Worth Pondering…

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet home Alabama

Where the skies are so blue

Sweet home Alabama

Lord, I’m coming home to you

Here I come, Alabama

—lyrics by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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