In the heart of Gulf Shores, Alabama, you’ll find a relatively new resort condo complex called San Carlos, Alabama. A seventeen story high rise sitting directly on 370 feet of sandy beach of the Gulf of Mexico, the San Carlos offers a large beach side pool and a sauna. A fully equipped fitness center overlooks the beach. You can rent wave runners, beach chairs and umbrellas using a service provided directly in front of the condo. Floor plans include spacious two-bedroom/two-bath and three-bedroom/three-bath condominiums.
San Carlos, Alabama also has 1800 square foot of meeting space with a fully equipped kitchen overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, which would be a perfect place for a beach wedding or family reunion.
The Beach Princess snagged a great deal on a short weekend stay, so we had to check it out for ourselves.
- outdoor pool
- outdoor showers
- fitness center
- covered parking
- covered entry
- on-site rental and management to accomodate owners and guests
- boardwalk to the beach
- within walking distance to a number of great restaurants and shops
- smoke-free property
To use the property amenities, we were given bands to wear. This is pretty standard procedure at beach condos during many busy times of the year. It keeps people from sneaking in (trespassing) from the beach to use the amenities, which is illegal actually and carries a stiff fine plus possible jail time.
The property has a roundtrip airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include barbecue grills and laundry facilities.
- tastefully decorated
- flat screen tv’s
- wireless high speed Internet access
- master baths with garden tubs and step-in showers
- private balconies
The kitchen was large and well equipped, situated next to the dining room area and living room
Our unit was a two-bedroom with a large master bedroom and master bath.
Our private balcony had lots of outdoor furniture and a great view of the beach.
San Carlos requires a 3-night stay minimum.
San Carlos Condominiums is located in Gulf Shores, close to Gulf Shores Beach, Waterville USA, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Nearby points of interest also include Gulf State Park. The physical address is 365 East Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Would I suggest you head to the San Carlos during the month of March? Take a look at this picture, taken of a condo next door to the San Carlos on March 15th, 2016.
My suggestion would not be the San Carlos for a stay during Spring Break, but I would suggest a rental at Caribe in Gulf Shores.
Or I would suggest the Wharf in Orange Beach.
You will not be directly on the beach, but unless you plan to bring a lot of beer to party with college kids, this isn’t your Spring Break scene anyway. I’d save my San Carlos money for summer or fall when it’s little more quiet.
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We dined at one of our favorite restaurants at the beach, Cobalt.
The Alabama beaches can be crazy busy during certain times of year, but there are plenty of lodging options to fit every budget.
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you at the beach…
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