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Fitness on the BeachMarch 9, 2017 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Fitness and health fanatics have plenty to do this spring and summer when vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including yoga retreats, paddleboard competitions and more.


The Happiness Retreat

Date: April 6-9

Location: Halekai III (3173 W. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores)


Phone: 251-968-4569

Admission: Prices vary ($600 discount for guests who register by March 10)

Details: Hosted by several local yoga instructors, this all-inclusive, three-day weekend luxury retreat includes accommodations in a stunning private beach-front home (, healthy spa cuisine, yoga, workshops, and down time to relax and reflect. Workshops will include studies on the joy of connection, purpose of gratitude and much more. Morning and restorative yoga classes will be offered along with guided meditations. Accommodation amenities include pool and hot tub access, lounge areas, two kitchens, 11 bathrooms and a private beach area. The goal of The Happiness Retreat is to give guests time to reconnect and even redefine what happiness is to them. Limited number of spots available.

Awakened Life Yoga Festival

Date: April 21-23

Time: Varies by day

Location: Alabama Gulf State Park (20115 St., AL-135, Gulf Shores)


Phone: 251-752-8790

Admission: Prices vary by packages and days/events attending

Details: Awakened Life is an annual family-friendly yoga retreat held at Gulf State Park ( incorporating a variety of practices including power vinyasa, Buti, acro, restorative, kundalini and much more. The event lineup features several regional stars including Michelle Baker, director and founder of Swan River Yoga in New Orleans, who will perform with her group Bhakti Caravan, and Grayson Capps, award-winning musician based in Mobile, Ala. There will also be an Earth Day relay benefitting the Gulf Coast Youth Mindfulness Project. Several cabin and tent camping packages are available, including the Spa Retreat Package which features a private cabin, all-access festival pass, Swedish massage, Thai massage and one-hour session with spiritual teacher Tracey Owens.

3rd Annual Flora-Bama Gulf Coast Paddle Championship

Date: July 21-23

Time: Times vary by day

Location: Flora-Bama Ole River Bar and Grill (17400 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola)


Phone: 251-550-7235

Admission: Free to spectators. Participant fees vary.

Details: Three courses including one-, four- and nine-mile races. Awards and a post-race party will kick-off upon the end of the competition on Saturday. “Sunday Fun Day” includes sprint and relay races, along with a kid’s clinic beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for specific races.

Come for the Yoga, Na’MaSTAY for the Beer
Date: Once a month; first class held March 21
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Big Beach Brewing Company (300 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores)


Phone: 251-948-2337

Admission: Donations accepted

Details: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach visitors can get some fun with their fitness at Big Beach Brewing Company, the destination’s first brewery. Glow Yoga ( hosts a donation-based yoga class at the brewery once a month. A different charity will be chosen as the recipient for each class. And every Wednesday, runners and walkers alike meet for a four-mile trek down Waterway Village followed by discounted beer.

Beach guests have many other ways to stay in shape and keep up with their daily physical activities while vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. To find out which exercise facilities and studios offer weekly and visitors passes, visit