I was recently invited on a blogger trip to beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama, where I got to experience the white sand beaches, amazing food, water sports and other activities that make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach a perfect place for family vacations.
One of the things that I noticed about Orange Beach was that instead of hotel resorts or beach houses, a majority of the vacation rentals in Orange Beach were condominium resorts. These vacation rentals offer the space and convenience of a vacation home, with the amenities and turnkey services of a hotel.
With plenty of options to choose from, deciding where to stay could be tricky. On our trip, Laura’s Vacation Rentals hooked me up with a perfect family vacation rental at the Caribe Resort in Orange Beach.
I’ve since returned and stayed at the Crystal Tower in Gulf Shores and then my favorite, the Turquoise Place in Orange Beach — luxury living right on the beach!
Caribe Resort Review
The Caribe Resort is located on the Bay at the eastern edge of Orange Beach, just near the Perdido Pass Bridge. The resort has three towers, spread over 30 acres. While the individually owned units can vary in style and amenities, the condos at the Caribe offer large living areas, oversized waterfront balconies, spacious bedrooms, large jacuzzi tubs, and state-of-the-art appliances. Even more impressive than the inside were the exterior amenities.
The Caribe offers 40,000 square feet of pools, with an indoor and outdoor pool in each tower, water slides, a lazy river, exercise rooms, steam rooms, a pool-side deli, tennis courts, putting greens and so much more. While you may not have the maid service or full-service restaurants that you might expect at a hotel, the rest of the amenities are on par with a four-star resort.
While I was there on my own I couldn’t help but imagine the fun we could have at the Caribe on a family vacation, hopping from pool to pool trying out all the water slides and relaxing in the lazy river. If we finally got bored of all the on-site entertainment, we could take the beach shuttle across the street to enjoy the gorgeous white sand beaches, or just drive across the street to the public parking lot as I did during my trip.
During my stay, I was hosted in unit 1214B, a three-bedroom, two full bath luxury condo in the tower closest to the Perdido Pass Bridge, near the famous Cobalt restaurant. I was very impressed with the level of luxury in this unit. From granite countertops, to stainless steel appliances, Jacuzzi tubs and walk in closets, I felt like I was in a place that I could call home. There were no hand-me-down furnishings here, everything was well styled and high quality.
With a king bed in the master bedroom and queen size beds in the other two bedrooms, there was plenty of space for the whole family. The condo also featured a stackable washer and dryer and full-size kitchen appliances to give families the comforts of home. Since it is a vacation rental, you still need to bring the basics — soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, a hairdryer and beach towels — but your linens and bath towels are provided.
One of my favorite things about my condo at the Caribe Resort was the spacious balcony. Outfitted with outdoor furniture that looked like something from a Frontgate catalog, I think you could fit a whole second family on this balcony. It was so relaxing to sit outside and enjoy the views of the beach across the street. It was especially nice to enjoy time outdoors after the terrible winter we had in New England this year.
I enjoyed every moment of my stay at the Caribe Resort and in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama. Next time, I need to bring the family! Thank you to Laura’s Vacation Rentals for hosting my stay at the Caribe.
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Note: My trip to Gulf Shores Orange Beach was hosted by the Gulf Shores Orange Beach Tourism board and my stay was hosted by Laura’s Vacation Rentals.