Not what you would consider camping under the stars, Southport Campgrounds is tucked underneath the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge that connects the mainland of Gulf Shores and what is considered Pleasure Island. Within walking distance of Lucy Buffett's LuLu’s Restaurant and Homeport Marina, food and entertainment will never be a problem.
Enjoy spectacular views of the many vessels traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway. A pier and kayak launch allows entry into the water or a place for fishing.
A bathhouse, restrooms, clubroom with kitchen access, and coin operated laundry facilities are available. Southport Campgrounds is a short three mile drive to the public beaches of Gulf Shores.
What Makes It Great
Conveniently located off Highway 59 South, the campgrounds is close to shopping and grocery stores. Tent campsites are not marked and are directly underneath the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. The campgrounds can be a noisy with the Intracoastal Waterway and bridge traffic but it is shaded and sandy giving it a rustic beach feel. A green space on the water’s edge has several picnic tables and sitting areas for groups, adding a nice touch. This campground is more suited for RV camping but does have tent sites. There are no playgrounds or swimming pools. During festivals, the campgrounds can become crowded.
If you are looking for a place to pitch a tent for a couple of nights, this will do. RV'ers will be the ones who most appreciate this spot, especially with a water view site.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Traveling on Highway 59 South/gulf Shores Parkway, turn right at red light before the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge onto East 29th Ave. for 0.2 miles. Continue straight onto County Road 4 for 341 feet, keep right and continue onto Waterway W. Blvd. for 308 feet. Turn right onto West 25th Ave. Campgrounds will be on the left.