The powder-sand beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast have long been a favorite vacation destination for America's heartland. Like other popular beaches in the central Gulf region, Orange Beach has ranks of oceanfront condos backed by plenty of shoes-optional eateries and diversions ranging from alligator farms and go-cart tracks to championship golf courses and one of the South's largest outlet malls. What sets this particular beach berg apart is not the sand strand, but the surrounding waterways.
At some point, visiting boaters are likely to find the nearby Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and convey either eastward to Pensacola — home of the National Museum of Naval Aviation — or westward to Mobile, with a waterfront of historic forts, the USS Alabama, and bird-watching and beachcombing at the wildlife sanctuary on Dauphine Island. Closer to home base in Orange Beach, boaters will find numerous waterfront watering holes, 14 marinas and a waterfront resort complex known as The Wharf, which encompasses shopping venues, restaurants, hotel rooms and a marina.
Fishing is big business, with many of the area's 14 marinas lined with rows of gleaming sport-fishing yachts; some can be chartered for forays into the deep blue for tries at trophy catches of marlin or tuna. Nearer shore, small-boat anglers can try for snapper, mackerel, grouper and dolphin, or keep to the inside for trout and redfish. It makes bass fishing on inland lakes seem like small pickins.
We Are Now Offering Hands-On Powerboat Training
Freedom Boat club in partnership with the Recreational Power Boat Association (RPBA) are offering hands on boat training. This is a great way to improve you skills and confidence on the water. We can teach on our boats or yours.
Power Boating Made Easy (4 hours)
The goal of Power Boating Made Easy is to increase boating safety and enjoyment by improving boaters’ nautical knowledge, practical skills and confidence. This program is taught by RPBA certified instructors. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will have learned the information and skills required to safely operate a powerboat in local, waters during daylight hours in good conditions. This class is great for new boaters.
Advanced Docking and Close Quarter Powerboat Handling (6 hours)
If you have been boating for a while and want to improve your skills, this is an outstanding opportunity. RPBA certified instructors will teach the precision boat handling skills required to operate in close quarters and strong winds and currents.
Sell, Trade or Lease your Boat to us & Let us maintain and pay for it!
To determine if your boat fits the club's requirements please call our membership director and ask about our Trade-In Program. We are looking for newer model boats to increase our fleet.
Kellie D'Aunoy-Jones Administrative Assistant Marketing Director (888) 781-7363 email
Welcome to Sportsman Marina, the leading marina, dry storage and service facility along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Serving Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Sportsman’s reputation reflects excellence from the friendly dockside staff to the Master Marine Techs of Sportsman Boat Services. Whether you’re going out Perdido Pass after the big ones or cruising our beautiful back waters make Sportsman Marina your home port.