Gulf Shores is the other city on the Alabama Gulf Coast and west of Orange Beach. To the east, Perdido Key, Florida is another similar area and offers gulf-front condos and homes and development opportunities in a variety of forms. These areas of the Florida Gulf Coast are some of the fastest growing in Florida and Baldwin County is the fastest growing county in all of Alabama. The Alabama coast on the Gulf of Mexico stretches around 60 miles of coastline. The shores that border all of the bays, bayous, and rivers accounts for 600 miles of shoreline and Mobile Bay alone accounts for 100 miles of waterfront areas.
Gulf Shores has been at the center of a massive renovation project known as the Small Town, Big Beach Vision 2025 for Sustainability, part of which includes a lot of work being done to improve the quality of the Gulf Place public beach and the economy in the surrounding area known as the Gulf Place Revitalization Project. Improvements include the creation of new green spaces, a massive boardwalk along the beach, renovated parking areas, and improved safety headquarters with renovated public restrooms. Additionally, construction has begun on the Coastal Alabama Center for Educational Excellence, which will include new schools and even a satellite campus from Auburn University.