Retire in Gulf Shores, AL

Livability Score
49
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
10523
Median Househould Income
45777
Median Age
48.1
65 Years and Over
2485
Median Home Value
221600
Unemployed
891
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Flip Flop Deli Shop

Great people, good food, good music. This place was very refreshing for my group of 6 to stumble upon after being treated poorly down the street at Bill's...

2. The Diner

This unassuming place seems to be acting like a regular diner; simple menus, mom & pop atmosphere, tables and booths, low ceilings. But don't let all that...

3. The Cove Bar & Grill

Great little place, nothing fancy but the food is good and the beer is cold. Wife and I tried the cheesesteak and chicken cheesesteak, respectively, both...

4. Flying Harpoon

10 stars!!! This place is a true gem. Small but it makes up for it with the great beer, outrageously delicious food and fantastic service. Many locals come...

5. Hog Wild Beach & BBQ

I consider myself a BBQ snob and this place certainly met my criteria for awesomeness! The Nasty G with pork, rib, and shrimp was worth every penny! My...

Golf
1. Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

This was a great putt putt place. Very clean and the women behind the counter could not have been any nicer. Loved that they had a more challenging course...

2. Kiva Dunes

Golf course recently reconstructed. Greens and fairways in great shape. Lots of 2013 reviews on here not accurate anymore. Ramped up to full capacity this...

3. Kiva Dunes Resort & Golf

Lots of straight fairways to make it easy for the average vacation golfer. Beautiful landscape. It was very peaceful being here. I really like the layout....

4. Cypress Bend At Craft Farms

Nice day to be on the greens! My husband and I had a wonderful experience. The starter was such a wonderful greeter. We purchased a few items at the pro...

5. Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club

The course is in great shape, the greens are true to the feel (play super fast); and the drinks are top notch. Well be coming back to play another round.

Active
1. Paddled By You Kayak Rentals

Amazing spot! Nice equipment, everything you need for a great day on the water and perfect spot to paddle out from. Owners were super nice and helpful! We...

2. Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

This was a great putt putt place. Very clean and the women behind the counter could not have been any nicer. Loved that they had a more challenging course...

3. Gulf Shores Beach

So clean and not overcrowded like miami beach or tybee island. This place is a gem. Abundant parking, security, great places to eat and a peaceful...

4. Dolphin Fun Dolphin Cruises

We were pleasantly surprised enjoyed the narrative Nature adventure with dolphins watching their habits and intelligent behavior. Also the water fight...

5. Gulf State Park

Love the Gulf beaches no matter where it's at, they are all awesome to visit.. can't wait to go further down the coast into Florida more... Definitely...

Arts
1. Hangout Music Festival

This festival location site trumps all! I mean it's on the ocean for cryin' out loud! Nothing was better than dancing shoeless on the white sand, listening...

2. LuLu's Gulf Shores

Plan on waiting, but just proves it is a great place to eat. I was right, waiter was great, food was the best. Great atmosphere for family or friends. The...

3. Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

May be the coolest bar ever! Yes, it's that awesome. Go on a Friday or Saturday night. Live music is great, environment is awesome. It's a local bar with...

4. Waterville USA

Amusement Park: We only did 2 attractions, the roller coaster and the go karts. I poked my head into the bounce house area and it looked great: a large...

5. Foley Museum Archives Railroad Park

This museum has a nice sized running model train that the children enjoyed watching. The volunteers were also friendly and nice for conversation. There...

Shopping
1. Blonde John's Surf & Skate

Don't be fooled by surf style and the other places around that sell cheap shorts and beach accessories. This place is a little more expensive but absolutely...

2. David's Gallery

David's Gallery is a neat little shop that sells everything from pipes to t-shirts to neat hats and scarves. They have really cute jewelry and feature items...

3. Blue Girl Beading Co

Found this on Yelp while visiting from out of town. It was so fun! We came in and they helped us make our own bracelet and anklet. They have a ton of beads...

4. Tanger Outlets

We had good success with deals at more than a few stores at the Tanger outlets. Traffic can be a little of a hassle but for the most part we have good...

5. Retro Road Trip

This is a fun place. It has a lot of old TV show memorabilia. Great place for Old Guys Rule and Peace Frog items. Loved it!

Health
1. Gulf Coast Medical Spa & Salon

Great experience- from out of town and always concerned about getting my hair cut by someone I don't know. Very clean, upscale salon, very happy with my...

2. Family Tree Chiropractic

This is a great chiropractic office that is extremely friendly. They are extremely knowledgable and listen to the patient's concerns. It is a very pleasant...

3. Kelly Couch, LMT - Gulf Shores Massage Therapies

Kelly is intuitive and a gifted massage therapist. She is able to listen and pinpoint problem areas as well as identify strategies for self-care and...

4. Wayne T. Martin, D.D.S, PC

On 9-6-16 I went to Dr Martin in Gulf Shores. A front tooth had broken off at the root. I was devastated. I couldn't sleep the night before going in as I...

5. Rejuvenation Med Spa

I've never been to a spa before coming here but I decided to try it out because I desperately needed a massage and a tan and I don't really care for tanning...

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