Orange Beach Islands
The Islands of Perdido Pass are also known as the Orange Beach Islands. Orange Beach, Alabama is quickly becoming a popular vacation destination, with its scenic beaches, attractions, and family-friendly tours. Orange Beach Islands include Bird Island, Gilchrist Island, Robinson Island, and Walker Island. All of these islands are located near one another and are accessible by boat. While these islands are great for beach lounging and watersports, they also provide homes to coastal plant life, marine mammals, and a variety of sea birds.
Bird Island is located in the heart of Perdido Pass and is owned by the state of Alabama. Many boaters post-up here during the summer and holidays such as Labor Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day.
While Bird Island is owned by the state of Alabama, it’s the city of Orange Beach that maintains and manages it. If you’re looking to visit the island, the best place to land watercraft would be the southern tip of the island. And like many of the other Orange Beach Islands, Bird Island is a sanctuary to a plethora of protected flora and fauna, including Terns, Wading Herons, and Uniola Paniculata (Sea Oats).
Gilchrist Island is a private island full of elegant bird species and surrounded by some of the best fishing spots south of the Mason Dixon line. It is also within paddling distance of the three other Orange Beach Islands and is a must-stop location for travelers.
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Just like the other Orange Beach Islands, Gilchrist Island is home to many species of marine animals and birds. If you’re a bird watcher, you’ll definitely want to make this a priority pit stop – it’s the perfect place to anchor down and spot those beautiful feathered creatures.
Gilchrist Island is a privately-owned island, but visitors can still circle the island and appreciate its beauty from the water. The island is visible from the shore in many areas in Orange Beach, but it’s highly recommended to rent a kayak, paddleboard, or watercraft to truly enjoy this stunning view!
Orange Beach purchased Robinson Island back in 2003 when it faced the threat of commercial development. The deal made sure that plant and animal life would be preserved, and the island could be used for recreational purposes by both residents and tourists.
This island is the most popular of all the Orange Beach Islands, and on holidays such as Independence Day and Memorial Day, you can expect to it be packed with hundreds of boaters.
Walker Island was purchased by the city of Orange Beach in 2013 in an effort to preserve the island’s natural flora and fauna. The beach is accessible to the public by boat, kayak, or paddleboard. This island tends to be more of a scenic stop rather than a full day destination, though, as it is much smaller than its neighboring islands.