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Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Gulf Shores.

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Around Gulf Shores ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Mobile. It is located about 35 miles [56 km] to the northwest of Gulf Shores. Mobile has a population of 193,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Pensacola (FL). It is located about 30 miles [48 km] to the east of Gulf Shores and has a population of 53,800 people.

For comparison, Gulf Shores has a population of 11,700 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Gulf Shores and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<2>

Community   2016
Bay Minette   [Map]   9,312   N   42 miles [67.6 km]
Chickasaw   [Map]   5,908   NW   41 miles [66 km]
Daphne   [Map]   25,913   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Fairhope   [Map]   19,421   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Foley   [Map]   17,607   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Orange Beach   [Map]   5,981   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Prichard   [Map]   22,185   NW   43 miles [69.2 km]
Robertsdale   [Map]   5,990   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Saraland   [Map]   13,942   NW   45 miles [72.4 km]
Satsuma   [Map]   6,193   NW   45 miles [72.4 km]
Semmes   [Map]   4,155   NW   48 miles [77.2 km]
Spanish Fort   [Map]   ---   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   6,466   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Milton (FL)   [Map]   9,839   NE   46 miles [74 km]
Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   13,570   W   50 miles [80.5 km]

The following is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2016
Bon Secour   [Map]   ---   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
Clay City   [Map]   ---   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Dauphin Island   [Map]   1,261   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Elberta   [Map]   1,679   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Lillian   [Map]   ---   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Loxley   [Map]   2,017   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Magnolia Springs   [Map]   802   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Montrose   [Map]   ---   NW   23 miles [37 km]
Perdido Beach   [Map]   641   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Point Clear   [Map]   ---   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Seminole   [Map]   ---   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Silverhill   [Map]   802   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Summerdale   [Map]   1,244   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   ---   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   ---   E   16 miles [25.7 km]

For more communities neighboring Gulf Shores, please visit our County-by-County Page for Gulf Shores.

Baldwin County ...

Gulf Shores is located in Baldwin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Baldwin County: Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Escambia (FL). Mobile Bay is to the west and the Gulf of Mexico lies to the south.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gulf Shores ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cedar Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West of Gulf Shores   [Map]
Fobbs Ferry   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gulf Highlands   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Josephine   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Magnolia Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Orange Beach   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Oyster Bay   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Swift   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Turkey Branch   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gulf Shores ...

Looking for more information about Gulf Shores? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Gulf Shores, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Gulf Shores.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Gulf Shores.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Gulf Shores. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Gulf Shores. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alabama

    Alabama Tourism
    Parks for Alabama

    Fishing in Alabama
    Hunting in Alabama

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alabama Statewide Tourism
    Gulf Shores Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Gulf Shores

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alabama

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alabama

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alabama

Airports Near Gulf Shores ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Gulf Shores.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Jack Edwards Airport(ICAO: KJKA)   [Map]   JKA   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
Foley Muni.   [Map]   5R4   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport(ICAO: K4R4)   [Map]   4R4   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Fairhope Muni.   [Map]   ---   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Dauphin Island Airport   [Map]   4R9   W   25 miles [40.2 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Gulf Shores.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Gulf Shores. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Pensacola Rgnl. (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]   PNS   ENE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Northwest Florida Rgnl. (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]   VPS   ENE   71 miles [114.3 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Mobile Downtown Airport(ICAO: KBFM)   [Map]   BFM   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Mobile Rgnl. (MOB/KMOB)   [Map]   MOB   NW   43 miles [69.2 km]
Gulfport - Biloxi Intl. (GPT/KGPT)   [Map]   GPT   W   82 miles [132 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Jack Edwards Airport(ICAO: KJKA)   [Map]   JKA   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
Foley Muni.   [Map]   5R4   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport(ICAO: K4R4)   [Map]   4R4   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Fairhope Muni.   [Map]   ---   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Dauphin Island Airport   [Map]   4R9   W   25 miles [40.2 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Pensacola Rgnl.   (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]
        Website for Pensacola Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Northwest Florida Rgnl.   (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Elgin AFB)
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Trent Lott Intl.   (ICAO: KPQL)   [Map]
        Website for Trent Lott International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Mobile Downtown Airport   (ICAO: KBFM)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Mobile Rgnl.   (MOB/KMOB)   [Map]
        Website for Mobile Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Gulfport - Biloxi Intl.   (GPT/KGPT)   [Map]
        Website for Gulfport - Biloxi International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Hattiesburg Muni.   (HBG/KHBG)   [Map]
        Website for Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Jack Edwards Airport   (ICAO: KJKA)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport   (ICAO: K4R4)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gulf Shores:

The official website for Baldwin County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gulf Shores.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Gulf Shores. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gulf Shores) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gulf Shores. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gulf Shores

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gulf Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2703, Longitude: -87.6986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gulf Shores have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Gulf Shores), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gulf Shores.