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Beautiful Family-Friendly Beach House: 4br, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, FREE WIFI


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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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Beautiful Family-Friendly Beach House: 4br, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, FREE WIFI

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Dauphin Island House Rental Photos and Description

East End of Dauphin Island, Gated Neighborhood of Desoto Landing

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bath, FREE WI-FI

Come and experience this wonderful home on Dauphin Island. The home is located on the East End of the Island in DeSoto Landing, the only gated subdivision on the beach with a neighborhood gulf-front pool and tennis court. You can have the benefits of a condo, with the space of a house. The house features multiple open and covered decks which offer gorgeous views of the gulf. The neighborhood boardwalk brings you to a beautiful beach, perfect for long walks, bird-watching, or dolphin spotting. The home includes a collection of books, magazines, chairs, and sand toys; everything you need for a perfect day at the beach. Dine out or cook local seafood in the fully-stocked kitchen. A local attractions guide is provided, including menus, maps and brochures. You will also find games for adults and kids, puzzles, playing cards, movies, and free wireless internet access.

Family-Friendly Vacation Home: The home includes lots of extras for your little travelers. Bedroom 2 contains a television hooked up to a DVD player and a collection of Children's Movies, including several Disney favorites. The room also contains a toy box full of toys, and the adjacent hallway holds a bookcase of Children's Books. A child-size folding table and chair set is provided, which is great for dining, coloring, or games. A drawer in the kitchen holds coloring books and crayons. The bathroom connected to Bedroom 2 (as well as the downstairs half-bath) has a step-stool, so little ones can reach the sink, as well as 2 portable booster seat/high chairs, child-size cups and utensils. A crib-size mattress (and bedding) is available; however a crib is not provided. Under the house is a sandy area for the kids to play, particularly when everyone needs some time in the shade. The neighborhood pool, tennis, and playgrounds are must-haves for a family. (When not needed, the kids items can be stored out-of-sight.

Fun Things to Do Off the Island: If you are looking for sightseeing opportunities beyond Dauphin Island, the area has a lot to offer. With just a short drive, you can visit nearby Bellingrath Gardens and the many attractions of Mobile, including historic homes, the Gulf Coast Exploreum, IMAX Theater, Mobile Medical Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, U.S.S. Alabama, and Mardi Gras Museum, just to name a few. The Mobile Bay Ferry departs the East End of Dauphin Island for Fort Morgan, where you can explore the fort, or drive in to Gulf Shores for more shopping, dining, and golf. A day trip to the Outlet Mall in Foley, Alabama, just north of Gulf Shores, is a popular trip. The Saenger Theater in Mobile is a magnificent theater showcasing national talent. Or, drive over to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to enjoy the casinos, fine dining, and live entertainment.

Relax or Be Active...the Choice is Yours!: Kayak rentals are available on the Island, which allow you to explore the gulf, bay, and waterways surrounding the Island. Leave the car parked and bike to the seafood market, the store, the farmer's market, or the bakery using the Island's extensive bike paths. Take a hike through the trails of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Kids and adults enjoy Historic Fort Gaines and the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Play a game of tennis; swim in the gulf-front pool. Or, curl up with a book in the hammock, on the deck, by the pool, or on the uncrowded beach and just enjoy the peace and quiet. It takes only a few minutes to walk to the private neighborhood beach, pool, or tennis court.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Elizabeth (Owner)
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About Elizabeth

We are a family from Jackson, Mississippi. After years of visiting Dauphin Island and renting various homes, we purchased a lot on the East End. We worked with a wonderful builder (and neighbor in our Dauphin Island neighborhood) and custom built this home. We have twin boys, age 10, and they love to visit the Island. We are fortunate to live close enough to visit the Island 8-10 times a year. We rent the home mostly in the summer months to our guests, but keep at least one week to enjoy ourselves. Our favorite time to visit is the Fall. The temperatures are milder, but the water is still warm enough to swim.

Elizabeth purchased this house in 2007

Why Elizabeth chose Dauphin Island

If you are looking for fast food, go-carts, putt-putts, long lines, and enjoy fighting for a spot on the beach -- Dauphin Island is not for you. But, if you are looking to slow down, spend time with your family and friends, relax, and unplug, we have what you are looking for. Dauphin Island has been referred to as 'Mayberry by the Sea.' It has a low-key, small town atmosphere.

One of the great features of this house is the neighborhood. You have the space of a rental house (rather than a condo), but you still have access to a swimming pool and tennis court. It is a great combination. And because the neighborhood is gated with minimal traffic, we can give our boys room to roam and explore. They can walk on the uncrowded beach, hit the tennis courts, or just ride their bikes. The small-town atmosphere lets them experience a little freedom.

We hope that you will love it as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

Because we were renters before we were owners, we try to incorporate the things we loved about houses that we have stayed in over the years. For example, we have little extras in the kitchen --- two coffeepots, a carafe, an iced tea maker, a mixer, and a crock pot. These things come in handy when you are feeding a family for a week. We also loved it when we stayed in a house with a few kids items --- books, toys, or sand toys. When you are traveling with small children, it's nice to have a way to keep them occupied if you have a rainy day or they need a break from the sun. And my favorite thing to do at the beach is read, so the house is stocked with books and magazines that you are welcome to enjoy and take with you if you don't have time to finish. The lending library on the Island is also a great source for beach reads. It is located in the Welcome Center.

Must Do's at the Salty Dog: 1) take a hot shower in the outdoor shower, don't just use it to rinse off from the beach (it's amazing); 2) read a book and/or take a nap in the hammock under the house; 3) enjoy your morning coffee on the exposed deck; 4) watch the sunset from the top level deck in the afternoon with your favorite cocktail; 5) play a board game on the screened porch; 6) use sidewalk chalk on the huge concrete driveway to play hopscotch or foursquare; 6) steam shrimp for dinner from Skinner's (or let them do it for you!); 7) try pigs in a blanket or a huge cinnamon roll from Lighthouse Bakery; 8) walk west on the beach to the 'cove' and see how many hermit crabs you can find; 9) go out on the beach at night with a flashlight to look for ghost crabs; and 10) relax, unplug, and have fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We took our daughter for her 6th birthday and our two youngest boys ages 22 and 24 the week of July 18 to 25th 2014. We had a great time. Sam and Liz has put a lot of effort into this place. Had two silly questions while we stayed and both questions were answered with in 5 minuets. Anything you could possibly need is already there (except food of course). Best beach I have ever seen, no one wanted to leave and we are already planning a trip back. It says a lot for a 6, 22,and 24 year old to enjoy a place so much they all want to go back!! If you go to Dauphin Island you really need to stay here. It truly is a remarkable place.
Jul 2014
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Beautiful Family-Friendly Beach House: 4br, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, FREE WIFI
average rating of 4.939394 based on 37 reviews
Canton , OH


  • 5 of 5

This house has everything you could want in a family friendly home. We loved all of the bikes that were in the storage unit and beach stuff. All of the bedrooms were great and the kids loved the wii. I know we do not come to the beach to watch TV but it would have been nice to have tvs in all of the bedrooms so everyone could enjoy watching what they wanted. The location was wonderful and the kids rode bikes and played tennis every day. The weather was amazing. We went to the Fort and explored the area. Dauphin Island has great restaurants and you have to get the Hawaiian pizza from the pizza place that has ice cream. Overall fantastic trip!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
New Orleans, LA USA

Like slipping into a favorite pair of pajamas ...

  • 5 of 5

You'll feel comfortable here the moment you arrive! Perfectly located between the dunes and the beach, The Salty Dog is roomy, cheerful and well-equipped for everything you and your family had in mind for a vacation. You'll definitely appreciate the clean and properly-appointed kitchen, as there are limited choices for restaurant dining on the Island (crowded, pricey tourist restaurants are more of a Gulf Shores thing). The "toy room" (ground-level storage room) is chocked full of fun; bikes, beach gear and (our favorite) badminton!

Owner is very friendly and a joy to deal with. Neighbors are great. We loved it all, you'll love it too!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Spacious, clean and kid friendly

  • 5 of 5

We love to stay at the Salty Dog. It is always very clean. It is also very spacious. We love the multiple level decks and the indoor and outdoor porches. We have stayed here a couple of times. It is very kid friendly. We have 4 children and they love the bikes, toys, movies, tvs, and nearby playground and pool. The beach access is close and within walking disance. The outdoor shower is great. I would definitely recommend this rental to a friend and actually I already have.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

relaxing, beautifully appointed house!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house where you can feel at home and on vacation simultaneously! Wonderful property for families or small retreats! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Plenty of Room to Relax

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as pictured. There is plenty of room for two families. Everything was spotless upon arrival. Having the option of the pool or beach was very nice. I will say, honestly, it is not a long walk to the beach, but it can seem longer when you are carrying a cranky toddler in August. I suggest using the strollers, which are also provided by the house. The house does provide a wagon and many sand toys, which were really convenient. The number 1 best thing about the house would be the outdoor shower. When you are trying to get all of the sand off of multiple little ones, the outdoor shower is a dream come true!! I also appreciated the kid friendliness of this rental, like kid size cutlery, step stools in the bathrooms, indoor and outdoor toys, and crafts.

There are plenty of areas to explore on the island. The bird sanctuary is a great hike through nature. We actually spotted an alligator and many various birds.

Restaurants-If you like seafood, you must get it from Skinner's. It is very popular, so you may want to call that morning to make your dinner order. Everything is freshly caught. They will steam it for you or you can take it home to cook it yourself. Also, use the binder in the house with the restaurant information. PLAN AHEAD!! There are not many choices on the island. Some of them close early or are closed multiple days of the week. The Island Rainbow Pizza was also very good, but again, don't expect to show up at 5:00 pm and eat dinner. We ordered our pizza at 6:00 pm and waited until 9:00 pm before it was ready. It's just that crowded due to the limited choices on the island.

Do not miss the public beach at sunset. We drove in about thirty minutes before sunset, and were not charged. Go to the beach on the right. The sunset is perfect over there. There was not another soul on the beach. The only occupants were hermit crabs, and blue herons. The best shells were also at this beach. The whole family had an amazing time!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful Island and a wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Dauphin Island and we LOVED this house! It was perfect! We have 3 young boys and the house was very accommodating with kids. When we first arrived the boys spent the first few hours playing with all the toys in the kids room. The walk to the beach wasn't bad at all. I would recommend a cart to carry all your stuff...especially if you have kids. The beach was very private and most of the time there were only a few families there. I really can't say enough about the house and the island! We will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, The
Fort Gaines
Bellingrath Gardens
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Lighthouse Bakery
Skinner's Seafood
Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Mobile Alabama
Nearest Motorway
26 Miles
Interstate 10
Car: recommended

Once you cross the bridge, you will see the appeal of Dauphin Island goes beyond the beach. The Estuarium, a small aquarium and learning center, and Fort Gaines, a civil war fort, are fun and educational. Audubon Bird Sanctuary offers unmatched bird-watching opportunities and wooded walking trails. A bike path runs the length of the Island; perfect for seeing the sights or running errands. The Ship 'n Shore, a small grocery/hardware store, stocks necessities. If you want to fish, or just see the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, boat charters are available on the Island. Plan a quick stop at the Dauphin Island Welcome Center to pick up maps, brochures, and the Island Newsletter, and be sure to browse the lending library for books to borrow.

The google map location above is slightly off. The home is located on Hernando Place, the circular road just west of Hernando Street. See Yahoo Maps link.


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Dauphin Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2015
Mar 14 2015 - May 23 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
May 24 2015 - Aug 1 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2015
Aug 2 2015 - Sep 5 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2015 - Nov 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2015-2016
Nov 29 2015 - Mar 11 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $10
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Tax and Cleaning Fee will be added to Rental Rate. All rentals require a $300 refundable damage deposit, which is due at booking. Rent is collected in 2 payments -- 50% 60 days in advance and 50% 14 days in advance.
We do allow one dog per stay with prior approval. Pet Fee of $10/night.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Dauphin Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , attached to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , shared by bedroom 2 & 3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , attached to bedroom 4
    Fully enclosed - outdoor shower , ground level, hot/cold
  • Bath Towels are provided for your convenience, located in each guest bathroom. You will love the Outdoor Shower (especially after a long day at the beach); it is fully enclosed and provides both hot and cold water. Bedrooms 1 and 4 are 'master suites' with attached full bathrooms, including a shower/tub combination. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a large bathroom, which includes a shower and two separate sink/vanity areas. Each guest bath provides ample storage space and lots of hooks for hanging towels and wet bathing suits. The half bath is conveniently located off the family room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , private full bath with shower/tub, golf course view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , shared bath with shower, deck access, cable TV, loveseat
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , private full bath with shower/tub, deck access, gulf view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , shared bath with shower & separate vanity, TV with DVD
  • Linens Provided. Bedrooms 1, 3, and 4 contain new Sealy Posturepedic Queen Size Mattress and Box Springs Sets. Bedroom 2 contains two new Corsicana Twin Mattress and Box Spring Sets. Each guest bedroom has ample closet space, with plenty of room to unpack. All bedrooms are located above-ground; the ground level contains only a storage space and outdoor shower area. Bedroom 1 is located on the first elevated level and has a wonderful view of the golf course across the street. Bedrooms 2, 3, and 4 are located on the top level and have views of the beach. Bedrooms 3 and 4 both have access to the top level deck, which provides a gorgeous view of the beach. This deck is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and provides stunning views of the afternoon sunset.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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