Private Paradise

Hidden Gem on the Gulf Coast

One of the best features of Kiva Dunes Resort is perhaps its most natural, the sugar-white beaches that make up its 3,000 ft of private beachfront.  The unique composition of sand along the Alabama Gulf Coast made-up of millions of tiny granules of white quartz – allows the vacation beaches found at Kiva Dunes to remain soft and pleasant, where other North American vacation hotspots often feature sand that is coarse, rocky, and unpleasant to the skin.

This unique composition found in Gulf Coast sand, also contributes to the bright, crystalline water found all along our beaches. Where the water is clear enough to observe all manner of sea-life mere feet from shore!  Because of this, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico tend to be clearer than that of other North American tourist destinations, where higher concentrations of heavy minerals and shore runoff tend to result in dark, murkier water. These are not the beaches found at Kiva!

Here, the entire length of our beachfront is made of ultra-fine white-quartz sand unique to the Gulf Coast.  At Kiva, the sand glitters in direct sunlight, the length of our private shoreline lapped in a thin sheath of turquoise water.

The natural beauty of the shoreline at Kiva also provides another key feature – complete privacy.  With the entire 3,000 ft length of our beach access lined by hills of rolling white dunes, topped in picturesque expanses of native sea-oats, beach-goers at Kiva can breathe easy, and allow themselves to truly relax.

Enjoying our picturesque beach-front expanse, and awe-inspiring vacation atmosphere are essential to any Kiva experience – so pull up your Kiva lounger, dig your toes in, and experience your Kiva!

Dunes & Walkways

Our half-mile of private beach is nothing short of spectacular. So is the walk to it thanks to the Kiva Dunes Beach Walkover, the grand entrance to our secluded white sand and blue Gulf waters. Anticipation builds with every step along the path, which travels over a towering 30-foot unspoiled sand dune. Along the way you’ll see all the natural beauty the area has to offer, including a variety of indigenous plants and grasses. Depending on the time of day, you may even spot a sea turtle nesting, a beach mouse scurrying about, or even a fox or two.

Leave Only Footprints

A beach vacation is a time for rest and relaxation. Make your trip even more carefree when you know the beach regulations prior to your travels.
Join us in continuing sustainable travel practices and protecting the beaches, marine life and wildlife by removing beach gear by one hour after sunset each day.

Share the Beach: Be Sea Turtle Friendly

Each year, between May and October, thousands of endangered sea turtles are hatched on the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. This is also when thousands of families plan their annual vacations on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

During sea turtle nesting and hatching season, you may be fortunate enough to witness a nest boil. This is when dozens (hopefully hundreds) of hatchlings erupt from the sand and make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Generally, you’ll see Share the Beach volunteers cording off the area and assisting any straying turtles. These volunteers are trained and educated on how to properly handle and care for our nesting neighbors. If you witness a boil or spot a sea turtle nest, Share The Beach asks that you not disturb the area, but encourages you to enjoy this rare event through observation.

Please follow these guidelines during sea turtle nesting season to ensure the greatest chance of survival for our underwater friends:

  • Avoid using flashlights or flash photography on the beach at night, as sea turtles use moonlight as their guide when nesting.
  • After dark, turn off outside patio lights and turn off all lights inside when not in use.
  • Do not disturb sea turtle nests.
  • Leave only your footprints on the beach each night. Female turtles will turn away and go back to the water if obstacles such as chairs, tents and toys are in their way.
  • Do not dig large holes in the sand. Holes are a hazard for turtles and for people. In 2016, Beach Ambassadors filled 2,038 holes to protect people and sea turtles.
  • Should you spot a nest that hasn’t been marked off, or see a sea turtle emergency, report it by calling 866-SEA-TURTLE.