Cotton Bayou Beach

White sand beach
25900 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561, USA (40 miles from Mobile, AL)
Water quality

Beach amenities

  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

This is a no-dog beach!

Cotton Bayou is a small beach area in Gulf State Park located 6.8 miles east of Alabama Highway 59 at the intersection of Highway 182 and Highway 161.

Cotton Bayou Beach boasts clean soft white sand, warm water, and the minimum standard amenities such as public restrooms, showers, and free parking.

A great place to watch sunsets but often too crowded since this beach is easily accessible and situated between highly popular condos in the area. Nevertheless, This is a proper place for all typical beach activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, strolling, having a family picnic, or building sand castles with the kids.

Picturesque and clean

All the beach areas including restrooms and showers are neat and clean. One can say the same about the white sand and clear water of the Cotton Bayou Beach. You can safely take off your shoes and enjoy walking on the soft warm sand. There is also a wooden walking zone and a pier going into the sea. Why not take a stroll there and watch the sea birds flying over the water? Or if you come later in the evening, take care not to miss the most beautiful spectacle – big red sun crawling down to the horizon and disappearing in the gulf! An unforgettable view!

Easy access

The beach is nestled between heavily populated districts at the intersection of Highway 182 and Highway 161. You can easily access it by car and leave your vehicle on a free parking lot (including special spaces for handicapped drivers). On weekends, though, this place gets quite busy, so if you want to find a free space for your car or motorbike you’d better come to the beach as early as possible.

Dogs prohibited

Unfortunately, dog owners can’t take their pets with them to play with a stick or take a swim on this beach. If you do so, you risk paying a 500$ fine.


Cotton Bayou Beach is a very beautiful and relaxing place to enjoy the sea, nature, and picture-postcard sunsets. At the end of the week, the beach often gets overcrowded, so you’d better arrive early enough not to wait for a vacant parking space. The advantage is that the parking is free! There are restrooms and showers; you can also use some of the sunbeds on the shore to make your stay more comfortable.

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Cotton Bayou Beach videos

Surfing Cotton Bayou, Orange Beach, Alabama.
A video by Hunter Britt
Cotton Bayou Public Beach Access
Video by Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Orange Beach, Alabama 25900 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Cotton Bayou Beach reviews and photos
Photos and descriptions belong to their authors
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Kelley
December 15, 2018
πŸŒ₯🏝 My happy place, even when it’s cold and cloudy 😍😊
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by K R I S πŸ¦‹
September 6, 2018
K R I S πŸ¦‹
Mother Nature is wiiiiiiiiild
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Crystal
January 2, 2019
Sunsets never get old. πŸ’œπŸ’• but you know what does? Not being able to see these beautiful colors because it’s been foggy or rainy for days on end πŸ˜’ oh well, just makes it that much sweeter when the sun is finally out! πŸŒ….
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Crystal
November 3, 2018
One of the most colorful sunsets I’ve seen here so far πŸ˜πŸŒ…πŸ’•
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Sharon Garrick Smith
October 29, 2017
Sharon Garrick Smith
Beach today
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by J
April 29, 2018
#beach #alabama #orangebeach
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Tera Stutesman, Realtor
May 14, 2018
Tera Stutesman, Realtor
It was such a beautiful day on the beach! πŸšβ˜€οΈ
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Andy Sinclair
March 30, 2018
Andy Sinclair
Before the Storm #orangebeach #alabama #cottonbayou
Cotton Bayou Beach photo by Ashlyn Ensor Postell
June 4, 2018
Ashlyn Ensor Postell
Hate saying goodby to this place but it’s been nice having a break tomorrow it’s back home #cottonbayou #orangebeach