You can fly into nearby airports such as Mobile, Montgomery, or Pensacola. However, it might be cheapest to fly into New Orleans, rent a car and drive the 3 hours over to Gulf Shores
Hwy 59 dead ends at the beach and runs north to catch Interstate 10 and Interstate 65.
Hwy 182 goes east to the Florida State Line. The road becomes 292 and continues to Pensacola, FL.
A ferry service is available from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island.The ferry landing is approximately 25 miles west of Hwy 59 on West Fort Morgan Road.
The best thing to do in Gulf Shores is enjoy the beaches. There are plenty of places to park at most public beaches. Some offer facilities and picnic tables. There are many beach access area that provide pedestrian access only. These are best if you are staying nearby and don't need a car to get to the beach. It is best to be aware of the Beach Warning Flags that tell you whether it is safe to go int othe ocean.
There is an unlimited amount of water sports activities available in Gulf Shores. Take your pick between waverunners, catamarans, parasailing, sailboats, boogie boards etc. at any of the numberous rental places along the beach.
Gulf Shores is filled with souvenir shops that offer classy to trashy gifts to take home. Some idea include seashells, airbrushed shirts, beach towels and various small gifts.
Alcohol sales are now allowed on Sunday in all areas of Gulf Shores.
Gulf Shores is full of rental properties that run from budget to luxury. Most are condominium type places that site overlooking the beaches. Beach houses are also available.
Several RV parks are located in the area. The Gulf State Park,  offers cabin rentals, lakeside cottages and camping.
Martinique on the Gulf, 987 Boulevard Martinique, 800.627.4381.  Experience the ultimate family vacation with beautiful beaches, spectacular views and luxurious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condominiums in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Exquisite water gardens, poolside cafe, fitness center, aromatherapy and steam treatment rooms, and more.
Gulf Shores Plantation, 805 Plantation Road, 800-554-0344.  600 unit resort with 7 pools on 70 acres right on the Gulf
Kaiser Realty - Gulf Shores Office,1557 Gulf Shores Pkwy, 800-225-4853. Enjoy a relaxing beachfront vacation rental on the pristine beaches of Gulf Shores or Orange Beach Alabama. Call the phone number listed above for the Orange Beach or Gulf Shores Office and plan your vacation getaway today!
Alabama State Park, Gulf Shores, offers another alternative for RV, cabin or tent camping. Although ravished by Catrina the campground has come a long way in its journey towards its former spledor. New trees have been planted and you'll see campers water them from the well equpped camp sites that have water, electricity and sewer hook up for your RV. Plenty of shower and rest room facilities in air conditioned buildings all cleam and well cared for. The camp ground has plenty of capacity and is seldom full according to staff. Conveniently located close to the beach, depending on where in this large camp ground you pitch your RV.