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Alabama Point East | Florida Point

Public Beach Access in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Alabama Point East is a small part of the Gulf state park system.  A beautiful beach; it’s certainly worth protecting. This stunning attraction in Orange Beach, AL is a glistening white beach at the edge of beautiful clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t be fooled by those who call it Florida Point—this little slice of relaxation is part of Alabama, and we’re proud of it!

Alabama Point East Public Beach

Alabama Point East Public Beach offers more than 6,000 feet of wide beach, sand dunes, boardwalks, picnic areas, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Parking is free.

The water at Alabama/Florida Point in Orange Beach might make you think you’re in the middle of the Caribbean because of its dazzling turquoise hue.

This beach is located on the East side of the Perdido Pass Bridge and stretches for more than 6,000 feet. Once you arrive at the beach, you can relax on the sand and watch as charter boats make their way in and out of the bay.

Your kids can roam around sand dunes and boardwalks as you prepare the day’s lunch at the picnic area.

Plus, if you want to rinse off before going back to town for dinner, you can use the park’s outdoor showers and get ready without having to go back to your rental. Parking is free here and at the other Orange Beach locations.

Alabama Point East Features 4 Spectacular Board Walks, a Bathhouse and Beautiful Rock Jetties in addition to the traditional White Sugar Sand Dunes and classic sea oats.

Alabama Point East offers more than 6,000 feet of wide beach, sand dunes, boardwalks, picnic areas, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Parking is free.

Having Fun in Alabama Point East

Alabama Point and Perdido Pass is one of my favorite places to go.

This is part of the Gulf State Park and there is a small parking lot close to 2 covered areas with picnic tables and 1 covered area with a plaque showing the wildlife that can be found here.

Alabama Point East Public Beach Access Parking in Orange Beach, Alabama

Alabama Point East Public Beach Access Parking in Orange Beach, Alabama

Additional parking is under the bridge in an area mixed with dirt and gravel which can be a bit of a hike depending on your spot. Rarely, does this overflow but when it does people parallel park next to the lot on the road coming in.

You will hear a little highway noise from the bridge above if your setup off the end of the boardwalk, but there is plenty of room to walk south on the beach toward the jetties and eliminate the traffic noise.

Life Guard Stand at East Alabama Point Public Beach Access in Orange Beach, Alabama

Life Guard Stand at East Alabama Point Public Beach Access

There is one life guard stand here that is stationed from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This is a great place to watch the boats come in and out, and in the early evenings you can catch the occasional dolphins swimming by.  This area has a small shallow area in the water then drops off several feet so that it is deep enough for boats to pass.

Do not go past this shallow stretch of water, it is very dangerous and would be like standing in the middle of Perdido Beach Blvd.  No one wants a trip to the ER on their vacation.

Boardwalks

There are 3 wooden boardwalks off the covered areas from the parking lot.

1st Boardwalk

This one heads west toward the opening of the pass. It is approximately 306 feet long, and then another 130 feet to the shoreline.

2nd Boardwalk

The second boardwalk takes you south and it is approximately 1,370 feet long and then another 250 – 400 feet to the shoreline.  I have tendency to be a little lazy and rarely make the hike.  There are rental chairs and umbrellas setup here (what time of the year) that cost ____ per day.  There are no life guard stands located at the end of this boardwalk.

It is a hot spot for weddings, family photos, and you will see photographers flocking to the beach to take the best sunsets pictures anyone can ask for. There you get a beautiful view of the Gulf. The jetties are off to your right and you can see the beach stretching for miles when you look to the left.

A funny story about the jetties, they are made up of large rocks and you can’t go through them no matter how big or small your boat is.  Recently, we had a man arrested for a DUI who wrecked his boat on the east jetty. Not only did this land the man in jail, but it cost him thousands of dollars to have the eye sore removed.

3rd Boardwalk

3rd boardwalk 1,142 ft

Amenities

Amenities here include an outdoor shower where the 2 boardwalks split.  There is also another shower located outside the building near the parking lot that includes the separate male and female bathrooms for your convenience.

The area here and the boardwalks are handicap accessible being this is a State park.  Water fountains? There are no beach tent restrictions here as far as size, setup, and location, but remember there is no over night camping.

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How to Find It

Alabama Point East is easy to find. From Gulf Shores, just take Beach Boulevard and Perdido Beach Boulevard (both part of Highway 182) to the east. After you cross the bridge over Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, it’ll be to the south. You can also take Fort Morgan Road instead of Beach Boulevard; head east to Alabama’s Coastal Connection, turn when it turns south, and then follow it south until you’re on Highway 182.

If you’re already staying in Orange Beach, just take Alabama’s Coastal Connection (Highway 161) around Cotton Bayou to Perdido Beach Boulevard.

This is located on Perdido Beach Boulevard just under the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach, AL.  This separates Alabama Point from Florida Point connecting Perdido Bay with the Gulf of Mexico.

When you are headed east on Perdido Beach Blvd and turn left onto the beach access road it is approximately 1/4 mile and if you turn right it is approximately 1/4 mile.

Alabama Point East | Florida Point

How to Find It

Alabama Point East is easy to find. From Gulf Shores, just take Beach Boulevard and Perdido Beach Boulevard (both part of Highway 182) to the east. After you cross the bridge over Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, it’ll be to the south. You can also take Fort Morgan Road instead of Beach Boulevard; head east to Alabama’s Coastal Connection, turn when it turns south, and then follow it south until you’re on Highway 182.

If you’re already staying in Orange Beach, just take Alabama’s Coastal Connection (Highway 161) around Cotton Bayou to Perdido Beach Boulevard.

This is located on Perdido Beach Boulevard just under the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach, AL.  This separates Alabama Point from Florida Point connecting Perdido Bay with the Gulf of Mexico.

When you are headed east on Perdido Beach Blvd and turn left onto the beach access road it is approximately 1/4 mile and if you turn right it is approximately 1/4 mile.