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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Gulf Shores, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Gulf Shores...

Gulf Shores is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Gulf Shores varies dramatically year round. The temperature ranges from 15.1°C (59.2°F) in February up to 30°C (85.9°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 23°C (73°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Gulf Shores is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Gulf Shores?

The current water temperature in the month of March at Gulf Shores is about:
17°C (63°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

There are not too many surf spots in proximity to Gulf Shores. The closest decent spot is The Cross Pensacola Beach, which is roughly 32.9km (21.1miles) away from Gulf Shores. Click here for directions and for more information on The Cross Pensacola Beach and its current water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Gulf Shores are Pensacola Beach Pier, which is roughly 33.9km (21.1miles) away, and Pensacola beach, located approximately 34km (21.1miles) from Gulf Shores.

Are there any other beaches located close to Gulf Shores?

Yes, there are several beautiful beaches near to Gulf Shores. The closest one is Orange Beach, which is 7km (4.3miles) away from Gulf Shores. Another good beach near Gulf Shores is Perdido Key, which is approximately 16.8km (10.4miles) away.

What wetsuit do I need for Gulf Shores?

The water temperature at Gulf Shores is extremely warm, reaching up to 30°C (86°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a wetsuit is usually not needed for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . However, during January, February, and March, sea temperatures come down to approximately 15°C (59°F). In this season, a 3-4mm wetsuit is recommended to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to carry a pair of boots and a hoodie.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Gulf Shores?

Due to comparatively large water temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and diving conditions vary a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 15 to 20°C (59-68°F) during January, February, and March. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions typically change during July, August, and September when temperatures reach 25 to 30°C (77-86°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Bonefish, Permit, Red Drum, and Tarpon.

Directions to Gulf Shores: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Gulf Shores...

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