Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a beautiful place to live, work and play.

The Leave Only Footprints program exists to ensure it stays that way for generations to come. Will you join us?

To all who visit and those who choose to make Alabama’s coast their home, Leave Only Footprints says, “Welcome!”

Leave only Footprints

Each year more than 5 million visitors travel from across the nation and the world to enjoy the turquoise water and white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Come, stay, play and enjoy the striking beauty and laid-back lifestyle of our 32 miles of sugar-white sand. We simply ask that you take with you all those happy beach memories . . . and leave only your footprints.

Explore this site to learn more about efforts and resources available to help you and the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach community make informed, responsible choices for a sustainable future.

We know you love our beach!

Each of us is responsible for protecting and preserving it, and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach strive to provide a safe, clean, family-friendly environment for everyone visiting. To help you do your part, here are some tips for enjoying our coast responsibly, along with some rules, regulations and resources.

Beach Rules & Regulations

The following are regulated by local, state or federal laws or ordinances that are enforced on our beaches. Enjoying our coastline responsibly ensures a more positive experience for you and helps ensure the safety of all our visitors and the sustainability of our natural resources.

LOF-icons-02Any structures or equipment left on the beach an hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol (except for permitted beach services).
LOF-icons-03Individual lodging properties and land owners may allow tents and shelters in designated areas during the day. Learn the rules for your stretch of beach.

LOF-icons-04These items are not allowed on our beaches:

  • Glass containers
  • Metal shovels or excessive digging
  • Litter
  • Tents or structures larger than 10’ X 10’
  • Overnight camping
  • Fireworks
  • Loud Music
  • Fires
  • Pets
  • Vehicles
LOF-icons-05Keep off the dunes. Staying off the dunes will help us to preserve our dune system and the habitat it provides. Use beach walkovers and boardwalks where provided.
LOF-icons-06Observe and obey the Beach Warning Flag System. Double red flags mean the waters are closed for your safety.
LOF-icons-07Be respectful of private property beyond the bounds of your lodging property.