Fort Morgan, unlike Gulf Shores, is known for less traffic, less noise, and fewer people on the beach – even during the peak summer season. Why spend your vacation packed in like a sardine when the Fort Morgan beaches offer a chance for real peace and quiet? Grocery stores and restaurants are just down the road.
The Playful Pelican is located just twenty minutes from Gulf Shores, and less than five minutes from the Mobile Bay Car Ferry, which offers year round service across the bay to Dauphin Island and Mobile, Alabama. You may want to add a visit to Fort Morgan Historic State Park. It is adjacent to the ferry launch, and is approximately a mile from the Playful Pelican.
In addition, Tacky Jacks restaurant is located just a short distance away with dining, cocktails and Thursday night karaoke. There is also the Sassy Bass Restaurant about five miles away with great 'catch of the week' dining.
The Gulf Shores Yacht Club and Marina is less than a mile away. You can rent boats or charter fishing trips. Speckled trout, white trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, tripletail, bluefish, red snapper, pompano and king mackerel are common in the Gulf Shores area.
Area attractions include:
Gulf State Park
Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail
Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Waterville USA Theme Park
Nearby World-Class Golf Courses
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Ferry to Dauphin Island
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL
Battleship USS Alabama in nearby Mobile, AL
The Track, Family Recreation Center
Gulf Shores Museum
Tanger Outlet Mall (120+ stores and food court) in Foley, AL
Pinnacle Shopping Centre which includes a movie cinema
The Wharf in Orange Beach
San Roc Cay entertainment district in Orange Beach
And, the gorgeous beaches of Ft Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, as well as nearby Perdido Key, Florida.
Sunshine, beaches, swimming, water sports, fishing, boating, dolphin cruises, parasailing, zip lining, marinas, bird watching, hiking, biking, shopping, dining out, and tropical breezes await you.
For the early riser, the breath-taking sunrises can be enjoyed on the covered front deck while sipping your morning coffee. If you prefer watching the sun rise over the gulf waters, it’s only a two minute stroll to the beach. You just might see the dolphins playing close to the shore.
It’s time to get away from it all! The Playful Pelican is located in one of the quieter areas of the Alabama Gulf Coast, and one of the few areas where dogs are welcome. This two bedroom, two bath home is a mere two minute stroll to the sugar white beaches of Fort Morgan with no roads to cross, no traffic to negotiate – the sand and surf await you!
The Playful Pelican features a spacious kitchen with new appliances and granite countertops, a comfortable living room with a flat screen SMART HDTV and lots of satellite channels; the Master bedroom has a king sized bed, its own flat screen HDTV, bath and sitting area. Also, there is wireless Internet and the washer and dryer are located in the house, not underneath.
The large covered porch has views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay - the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach. In addition there is an outdoor shower, picnic table and paved parking under the house.
And you don’t have to leave your house broken and well-behaved dog at home. Bring your dog with you on your vacation! We even have two sizes of canvas dog crates for your convenience.
We use one of Gulf Shores’ top rated concierge services so you will arrive to a clean house with linens, bath towels, toilet paper, and other amenities.
Fort Morgan, unlike Gulf Shores, is known for less traffic, less noise, and fewer people on the beach – even during the peak season. Why spend your vacation packed in like a sardine when the Fort Morgan beaches offer a chance for real peace and quiet? Grocery stores and restaurants are just down the road.
The Playful Pelican is located just twenty minutes from Gulf Shores, and less than five minutes from the Mobile Bay Car Ferry, which offers year round service across the bay to Dauphin Island and Mobile, AL.
In addition, Tacky Jacks restaurant is located just a short distance away with dining, cocktails and Thursday night karaoke. There is also the Sassy Bass Restaurant about two miles away with great 'catch of the week' dining.
There are also two nearby grocery stores.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$200 - $330||$1,400 - $2,100||-||3 Nights||-|
|Summer 2021 15-May-2021 - 10-Sep-2021||-||-||$2,100||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|July 4 03-Jul-2021 - 10-Jul-2021||-||-||$1,950||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Thanksgiving 2021 20-Nov-2021 - 26-Nov-2021||$275||-||$1,700||-||3 Nights||-|
|Late Fall 2021 27-Nov-2021 - 17-Dec-2021||$200||-||$1,400||-||3 Nights||-|
|Christmas 2021 18-Dec-2021 - 07-Jan-2022||$250||-||-||-||3 Nights||-|
|26-Mar-2022 - 10-Sep-2022||$310||-||-||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|28-May-2022 - 04-Jun-2022||$325||-||-||-||7 Nights||-|
|02-Jul-2022 - 07-Aug-2022||$330||-||-||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Alabama Taxes||Required||6%||One time|
|Cleaning Fee||Required||$190||One time|
|Pet Fee||Optional / Seasonal||$150||One time|
|Refundable Damage Fee||Required||$200||One time|
We purchased this home with the dream of someday retiring in Gulf Shores. The sea, the sand, and the sun are the perfect recipe for an Alabama Gulf Coast lifestyle. Lie on the beach, watch a stunning sunrise, or take a dip in the warm Gulf Waters…it’s up to you how you spend your time. Over the years, we have vacationed at many resort style beach communities, but have not found a beach and community as nice as Gulf Shores. VRBO purchased this house in 2014 Why VRBO chose Gulf Shores Located on the west end of Pleasure Island’s peninsula, Fort Morgan offers the same beautiful white sand beaches found within the city limits of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach but without the crowds. The absence of high-rise condos means you can enjoy the sunrises and sunsets from almost anywhere in the area. The beaches in Fort Morgan are pet friendly, and dog owners can bring along “man’s best friend” to enjoy the best nature has to offer as well! (Law requires pets be on a leash) The Marina in Fort Morgan offers charter fishing and dolphin cruises, and the Marina store has beach items and necessities to purchase that you may have forgotten to bring along. Several great restaurants offer fresh seafood, burgers, pizza, as well as Mexican fare. If you feel like heading into the city, Gulf Shores is just a 15-20 minute drive away. What makes this house unique For the early riser, the breath-taking sunrises can be enjoyed on the full front deck while sipping your morning coffee. If you prefer watching the sun come up over the Gulf waters, it’s only a 2-3 minute stroll to the beach. You just might catch the dolphins playing close to the shore. If you dream of getting away from the pressures of everyday life, the nature and serenity of Fort Morgan is just what the doctor ordered. Sitting on the front porch swing and watching the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay at the same time is awesome.
We looked at SOOO many rental options around Gulf Shores before deciding to bring along our 2 very sweet well-behaved canine kids. The Playful Pelican turned out to be the BEST choice for the 4 of us humans (husband & me, 2 youngest sons--ages 23 & 22) + 2 doggies who'd much rather be chillin' with their family & chasing away birds @the beach than stuck at an unfamiliar kennel without us for a whole week. The house was just as described online, very clean, well-organized (w/helpful reminders typed up), nicely updated with gorgeous new grey flooring, coastal colors & decor, & a l-o-n-g granite counter-top with 4 barstools! We also LOVED the very airy & open livingroom-kitchen-dining table area which opened up to the huge wrap-around covered porch w/another dining area & numerous chairs for soaking up sunshine and fresh air! From the porch, we could see the Gulf about 7 houses down the street to our right, and Mobile Bay in the opposite direction. The beds were all SO comfy, and we all slept very well each night! The Master Bath had a cool sliding barn door, showers felt great, had 2 small hooks for our towels (a few larger wall hooks for our clothing would have been ideal), but there was a corner shelving unit with towels & a blowdryer, & we were able to keep various items handy in the baskets provided(& a couple clothing items tossed on top--haha). Our sons had no complaints with their bathroom(maybe some clothing hooks on back of door would have been helpful), and they did well sharing a bedroom the whole week, which they haven't done in many years!ha! We actually brought/purchased anything we happened to need, but the second bathroom closet did have a First-Aid kit, various lotions, sunscreen, etc, as well as beach towels (didn't need) and bathroom towels (needed :) A nice washer & dryer def came in handy!The kitchen is very well stocked with pretty much anything/everything you could possibly need-pots/pans/utensils/measuring cups/cookie sheets/cups/plates/bowls/silverware ETC, and a sweet little dishwasher too! Full-size refrig/freezer came in handy, as well as the Keurig coffee maker!(also had auto-brew coffee maker)Underneath the house was a nice water spicket/shower for washing off excess sand from feet/paws! Really helped! The beautiful beach was a 3min walk and very peaceful, family & dog friendly:)Owners Mike & Brenda VERY welcoming, responsive, helpful, & simply wonderful! Caring, personable & great people! We can't wait to go back!!!
Stayed March, 2021
My husband and I and our small poodle @the_trixie_diaries spent about 5 days at the Playful Pelican and we can't say enough good things about our stay. First of all, my husband was working much of the time on a time-critical project for his job, and the property's 5G internet was very important to him. Secondly, we were grateful for such a nice house that would accept our poodle as a guest, because we love to travel with her and it can be hard to find good places that will allow it. Thirdly, the beach access was great, and the beaches beautiful and very uncrowded (we visited in February). Being able to walk our dog on the beach was such fun! And the sunrises and sunsets spectacular. We wanted privacy and quiet. So the Ft. Morgan area was the perfect choice. If you want the hustle and bustle of town, you can drive in, but we loved being away from it all. About the house, the decor is so thoughtul and cute, you can tell someone with a good eye is behind the interior design. Lots of bright light in the living areas, an incredibly spacious kitchen considering the size of the house, a corner workspace for hubby's computer, and covered deck for eating or sitting with a view of the gulf and bay were highlights for us. We appreciated all the thoughtful little touches in this house. It seems like someone's special hideaway, not just an impersonal rental. Even under the house, instead of a slab of concrete like many other beach houses, there are little sitting areas, cute and colorful decorations, just a party atmostphere everywhere you look. Also, communication with owners was excellent, they were available by phone or text for any question, so that was a bonus. We would definitely come here again. We are grateful to owners of such a sweet property who are willing to share it with others. Thank you!
Stayed February, 2021
We enjoyed staying at Playful Pelican for our annual anniversary trip to Fort Morgan. The weather was a unique experience (bitterly cold) but we found the home to be very cozy with all the comforts of home. We highly recommend this property, the owners kept in touch and did all to ensure our trip was enjoyable.
Stayed February, 2021
Perfect place for a getaway! So close to the beach. The owners are so accommodating and made check in and out an easy process. Very clean and decorated so cute. Cannot wait to go back!!
Stayed February, 2021
Everything about this vacation rental is top-notch! The house is equipped with everything you need. Just bring your food and clothes and be prepared to have a great time. In addition to the beautiful location and house, you can't ask for better hosts than the Courtneys!
Stayed February, 2021
Cute house that was perfectly appointed! We also liked that the instructions were clear and
Everything was labeled. Close to the beach. Quiet dog-friendly beach that was great for walking and shelling.
Stayed January, 2021
We loved the Playful Pelican and Fort Morgan! This is a great property and there was plenty of room for the four of us plus our dogs. We loved the natural light that flowed in. We spent hours on the deck which had a view of the ocean. The kitchen (and entire house) was very clean and was fully equipped with everything that we needed. Beds were comfortable.
We enjoyed the short walk to the beach and appreciated the wagons, beach umbrellas and towels that were supplied. It became a nightly ritual to walk the short distance to watch the sun set over the ocean. We also saw dolphins, the Blue Angels, lots of birds and sparse crowds.
The owners were very easy to deal with and answered all questions quickly. We would definitely stay here again.
Stayed December, 2020
We had a lovely time at this property with our dogs and babies. Very clean and organized - had everything we needed to celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach! Property owners were gracious, responsive and helpful. Absolutely recommend!
Stayed November, 2020
Absolutely lovely cozy and comfortable home, everything you might need! Super clean! Beautiful quiet beach just a short walk away with a cart and beach toys, etc., provided! Quiet neighborhood and beach, exactly what we were looking for! Most definitely on the list for next year!
Stayed August, 2020
It was a great place to stay and would highly recommend. It has everything you can think plus more in how well equipped it is. Would definitely stay here again.
Stayed August, 2020