State Beach Access Parking

Gulf State Park Beach Access Paid Parking

On Friday, April 23, 2021, Gulf State Park began charging for parking at its four beach access points in Orange Beach - Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou Beach, Alabama Point East and Shell Beach. 

Gulf State Park beach access point

Parking Pay Stations (Kiosks) are located in the parking lots. These Kiosks accept cash and credit cards, however, they do not issue change.

  • $3.00 - 2 hours for personal vehicle
  • $5.00 - 4 hours for personal vehicle
  • $10.00 - All day for personal vehicle
  • $15.00 - All day for passenger vans
  • $30.00 - All day for buses or large RVs (Beach Pavilion) 
  • $100.00 - Annual pass parking decal (Purchase annual pass from Park Headquarters, 20115 State Park Road, Gulf Shores. Valid for one calendar year with expiration on December 31st annually.)
  • Veterans - Free parking (Obtain an annual pass parking decal from Park Headquarters. Valid for one calendar year with expiration on December 31st annually.)

Important

Before heading to the beach, put the printed pass or receipt on the dashboard of your vehicle. If you have an annual pass, be sure it is affixed inside of your windshield or it will not be considered valid. The proper location for the annual pass decal is the lower left of the windshield on the driver side of the vehicle.

Find more information, visit https://www.alapark.com/parks/gulf-state-park/beaches
FAQs: Click here to see a full FAQ sheet about Gulf State Park Paid Beach Parking.
UPDATED FAQS - APRIL 24, 2021: Updated Polices and FAQ - Gulf State Park Beach Parking
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Annual Pass

An annual pass for parking at Gulf State Park beach access is $100. The pass can only be purchased and picked up at the Park Headquarters, 20115 State Park Road, Gulf Shores. The office is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached at 251-948-7275.

Resident Pass

Orange Beach residents, as defined by the city, are eligible for no charge year-round passes. A “resident” is an individual with a valid Alabama driver's license with a physical Orange Beach address within the city limits of Orange Beach. (Reference: Reso 21-079 Establish Resident Eligibility Gulf State Park Beach Access Parking Passes.) Residents can receive two passes per household. A third pass can be purchased for $25 at the Gulf State Park Headquarters. Property owners who do not live in Orange Beach as well as Ono Island residents do not qualify for the no charge pass. 

Beginning on Thursday, April 22, Resident Passes can be picked up at Orange Beach City Hall, 4099 Orange Beach Boulevard, during normal business hours - Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 251-981-6979. 

Residents will need to fill out a form to verify eligibility at City Hall. Click here to download the Orange Beach Resident Parking Pass Application or pick one up at City Hall. 

Orange Beach Parking Pass Application, updated May 5, 2021

FAQs 

Where is the Park Office Headquarters located so I can purchase an Annual Pass?  

The Gulf State Park Office Headquarters is located at 20115 State Park Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542. The office can be reached at 251-948-7275 and is open 7 days a week year-round. 

How do Orange Beach residents get a No Charge Resident Beach Parking Pass or additional 3rd Pass?  

In order to qualify for an No Charge Orange Beach Resident Beach Parking Pass, an individual must possess a valid Alabama Driver’s License with a physical address inside the city limits of Orange Beach, Alabama. The “resident pass” can be obtained at Orange Beach City Hall, 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. beginning on April 22, 2021. UP TO TWO RESIDENT PASSES WILL BE ISSUED PER HOUSEHOLD. If a third pass is desired for an additional vehicle, the resident must purchase one for $25 at Park Headquarters.  

Does the Orange Beach Resident Pass apply to Ono Island residents or Gulf Shores residents?

No. The No Charge Parking Passes for Orange Beach residents (as defined by the City of Orange Beach) were part of an agreement signed between the City of Orange Beach and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Due to the value of the passes and the limited number of beach access parking spaces, the City of Orange Beach restricted the distribution quantity of No Charge Parking Passes to two per household with one additional vehicle pass available that can be purchased at Gulf State Park Headquarters. As a result, “Orange Beach resident” is defined by the City of Orange Beach, as individuals who possess a valid Alabama Driver’s License with a physical address inside the city limits of Orange Beach, Alabama. Ono Island is part of unincorporated Baldwin County and is not within the city limits of Orange Beach. Property owners and/or business owners who do not meet the Driver’s License requirements will also not qualify for a No Charge Parking Pass. 

Are there any other options than paying the daily parking rate?  

Yes. The $100 Annual Parking Pass can be purchased at Gulf State Park headquarters. 

If my Annual Pass/Sticker is lost or damaged, where can I get a replacement?  

If the resident brings a damaged decal for exchange, Orange Beach Resident Parking Passes can be replaced at Orange Beach City Hall (e.g., in the situation of a vehicle sale) at no additional charge. If removing the decal from service cannot be verified, a new decal will need to be purchased at Gulf State Park Headquarters in accordance with the fee schedule for additional vehicles at $25. 

Click here to see a full FAQ sheet about Gulf State Park Paid Beach Parking.