There’s just so much to do at Spectrum Resorts’ Beach Club Resort & Spa that I can’t imagine not at least creating some sort of itinerary, even if rudimentary. This is especially important because many of your options will require a reservation, especially during peak season.
For things like Coast Restaurant, the spa, tennis lessons, and bonfire – reservations are a must. Even the beach chairs could fill up fast depending on the time of the year.
So plan ahead to make your Spectrum Resorts stay as enjoyable as possible. Pro Tip – Start by downloading the Spectrum resorts app. Most reservations can be made in the app well before your visit.
One more thing. Be sure to check the resort’s events calendar before you plan your complete itinerary. We obviously couldn’t include these scheduled activities in our list, but they offer a number of great events like poolside live music, aqua fitness, beach yoga, kids crafts, and much more.
8AM – Take a romantic or family walk on the beach
If it were all up to me I’d do this daily. An early morning walk on the beach with the energy of the gulf waves at your side is a great way to start the day.
We were a bit confused the first time we did this because the adjacent beaches are private property. That would have been quite the short walk! But closer inspection of the sign revealed that you’re permitted to walk the private beach as long as you stay close to the water.
10AM – Beach time
That’s why you’re here, right? Go ahead and reserve two chairs and an umbrella once and a while – or every day! You can reserve your chairs in advance in the app, and all Spectrum Resort guests get 10% off and priority chairs near the water when available.
Why not pack a cooler and lunch on this first day to really extend your beach time. Remember plastic containers-only.
2PM – Relax at the Pool and enjoy the amenities
There are a total of six pools at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. Some are less crowded and closer to your building, but we enjoyed the centrally located Clubhouse pool.
A big reason for this is the poolside Gulfside Bar & Grill. They offer a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Lesli is addicted to the Pina Coladas) and grill-style food like our favorite green bean fries.
There’s plenty of shade available at the pool via numerous umbrellas so you can take a break from the afternoon sun. There’s also a hot tub, kiddie pool, arcade, ping pong and pool.
6PM – Dinner at Food Trucks
The Village Lawn is open in the summer months and a great place to enjoy the evening with your family. We like the variety of food options available and the large open lawn with plenty of games to play.
7PM – Free Ice Cream
Next head to the Village Creamery in the same area where you can enjoy one complimentary ice cream for each family member per stay.
7:30PM – Sunset Walk on Beach
Why not close out the day with another romantic (or family) walk on the beach. On many of our evenings the water was calm, beautiful, and totally relaxing. If your kids are like ours, they’ll probably wind up going in – and that’s just fine.
8AM – Fitness Center/Beach Run
I took advantage of the fitness center in the Club House on many mornings. It’s fairly sizable, and packed with treadmills, bikes, weight machines, and free weights. I usually preceded this with a quick run on the beach.
10AM – The Spa and Salon at the Beach Club
Take a ladies morning out at the spa which offers massages, facials, mani-pedis, and more.
12PM – Lunch in room or by pool
It’s great to save some money and take advantage of the great kitchens in all of the units. Eat out on the balcony, or bring your lunch down to the nearby pool.
1PM – Beach game time
Head back to the beach for game time. We threw around the football and frisbee, and took advantage of the volleyball net with a full 4 on 4 match.
But we also learned a new game from a cool couple nearby. It’s called Tidal Ball, and a lot like Corn Hole. You dig a small hole on each side with a large ditch behind each. The game is scored like Corn Hole with the ditch equivalent to landing it on the board.
3PM – Relax at pool
We always like to cool off at the pool. And by cool off I mean order another Pina Colada or Margarita from the Gulfside Bar & Grill.
5PM Dinner at Village Hideway
The Village Hideaway is located in the Village Lawn area. They’ve got great pizza as well as a variety of other tasty options. (I liked the chicken alfredo)
But they also feature an amazing arcade complete with a golf/baseball simulation.
You’re allowed to enjoy a fire on the beach as long as Spectrum is in charge. Reserve this amazing evening activity which includes the fire and smores, all built and managed by a Spectrum employee.
8AM – Golf for the boys
It’s guy time now, and the guys feel like golf. But you might not win dad of the year award if you spend all day at the course. Enjoy a super quick 9 hole par 3 course at the Orange Beach Golf Center and Driving Range.
11AM – Build a sandcastle
Did you know that you can take a sandcastle building lesson? We did this once at a different beach and it was incredible. We still bring our kit and build sandcastles this way to this day!
At the Beach Club you can reserve an appointment with Sand Castle University.
4PM – Visit Fort Morgan or Gulf Shores
If you’re a history buff check out Fort Morgan which is super close to the resort. The fort is historically significant for its Civil War role in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Or opt for a downtown visit where you can do some shopping, grab a drink at a bar, or take a local tour. The pedestrian-only streets of downtown Gulf Shores are a stress-free way to take in the local scene.
7PM – Dinner at Coast Restaurant
You don’t want to miss out on at least one evening at the highly-reviewed Coast Restaurant which is located right above the Clubhouse. If you’ve got kids in tow you can bring them along, but might also consider a local babysitter. The Gulf Shores CVB lists this one.
The ambience at Coast is fantastic, especially on the large patio area with a view to the gulf. And the food is top notch as well, with a lot of sea fare, raw oysters and other tasty land options.
Dress up a bit for this one (but not too much!) and enjoy the night out.
8AM – Bike Ride
Rent a bike for the day or week and explore the area around and outside of the resort.
12:30PM – Take a Dolphin Cruise
Who doesn’t love dolphins? We saw quite a few right off of our condo balcony. One evening we counted a dozen all in one line. A dolphin cruise will take you right up close to these amazing mammals.
4PM – More Pool or Beach
You guessed it. More pool or beach action, and maybe a cocktail or two to unwind.
7PM – Dinner at Condo
That was quite a day. An easy family dinner at the condo is a great way to top it off. Take those plates out on the balcony and enjoy the calm gulf and sunset.
Didn’t have time to shop for groceries? Spectrum has you covered with a grocery delivery service, as long as you give enough notice.
9AM – Tennis Lessons and a quick game
Spectrum is highly regarded for their racquet clubs and pros. Take advantage of it while you’re here and schedule a lesson with a pro, followed by a game to test out your new skills.
More into that new fangled Pickleball? Multi-use courts are available.
12PM – Lunch By Pool
5PM – Food Trucks
What’s the best thing about food trucks? The variety – there’s something for everybody.
So head back to those trucks and get something different – or maybe a repeat of your favorite.
There’s always lawn games to enjoy, and perhaps some live music.
And then over the Village Creamery again to top off your evening.
7PM – Evening Swim in the Gulf
So peaceful. What a fantastic week.
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