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Gulf Shores Spring Break for College Kids

Updated on June 4, 2011

So you want an affordable college spring break on the beach. Gulf Shores, Alabama is the ultimate destination for young spring breakers. Hundreds of Gulf Shores rentals line the beach. And, dividing the cost per week up by person makes the trip extremely affordable. There is beach activity, great seafood, fun night life, and wonderful weather. Keep reading to learn how to make your Gulf Shores spring break a success.

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Planning your Rental

Pick and book a rental as early as September. The homes on the beach book quickly. The condos off the beach do not book as early. Contact a rental company. I have always used Meyer Real Estate. They have the most properties and do a great job. Check out their website and you can see the homes and condos in pictures and get pricing estimates.

In my opinion, if you have eight or more people who want to go, booking a house is worth it. I have paid $180 for a week in a twelve-person house and $245 for a week in a twenty-two person mansion. This is an awesome deal and the more people, the more fun. Plus, from the houses, you walk out the back door onto the beach.

Making the "Spring Break" Experience

Once you get a house booked and a group ready to rage, you need to get other friends from your college on-board to make for a real "Spring Break Experience." From person experience, if you get a house of 15-20 people together, other groups from your college will hear about what a good deal you got and most likely book along the beach as well. Before you know it, twenty houses on the Gulf Shores will be filled with hundreds of college kids from your area. This is what happened to us last year. 200+ people I knew booked Gulf Shores from my college! And, there are tons of students from other colleges too. It is fun to hop from house party to house party along the beach.

Pink Pony Pub
Pink Pony Pub

Once You're There...

I should not have to tell you what to do once you get there. The activities will take care of themselves. But, a few things to note:

  • You must hit Pink Pony Pub. They have decent seafood during the day, but the real party begins after 9pm when it turns into a karaoke bar. There are usually some locals there too which only adds to the hilarity. Some of the most best nights of my life took place at the "Pink Pony." 
  • Trying seafood is a must. Most of the places are pretty good. We really enjoyed Doc's Seafood Shack in particular.
  • Someone bring a video camera. About 10-15 "epic" stories per day are going to happen when you have nothing to do but drink and lay on the beach all day with all your friends. Someone's gotta play Dad and videotape. We did this last trip and all watched the footage together on the last night. You will be glad the memories are captured, trust me.
  • Someone else bring a volleyball net. You'll attract visitors, make new friends, and having something active to do. We played 3-4 hours per day.
  • Don't be stupid. I know plenty of people who have been arrested. The police are out looking for dumb spring-breakers. You're on vacation- just pay for a cab for goodness' sake!

Have you been to Gulf Shores?

If you've taken a college spring break trip to Gulf Shores, share your favorite places, tips, and insights in the comments section below!


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      Courtney L J 13 months ago


      Definitely stay on W Beach Blvd - this is the best - you literally can walk out onto beach from your back door :)

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      isaac 2 years ago

      what street should you attempt to stay on

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      Courtney L J 4 years ago


      No problem - So we paid about $180 each, with 12 people there. The house was really supposed to sleep about 8-10. I realize I should've have written so in the article. We had girls on an air mattress and a pullout. Are you unable to find an 10 person house for ~$2100 or $2200 for a week? Maybe prices have gone up since then - that was in 2010.

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      aaleath 4 years ago

      Thanks for this info!

      You mentioned you once paid $180 for your spring break house... how did you find that?

      I'm having trouble finding one that cheap on the website you listed.

      Please let me know, thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like feenix, I am well past spring break days. In fact in my day and age bracket, it did not exist like it does today. I can attest to the Gulf Shores as being worthy of a visit. It sounds like fun renting houses right on the beach and sharing expenses with your friends. Voted up!

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      feenix 6 years ago

      Courtney L J, very informative hub. I am a little past my spring break days but, perhaps, I will visit Gulf Shores during the "off season" some day. Because I grew up in Los Angeles, I love just about any place that is on a large body of water.

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      Brian Loewer 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great info here. I've never considered vacationing in Alabama, but it seems like it would be an awesome trip. I'll have to add it to my must visit list!