Dauphin Island is a sleepy, unspoiled beach destination -- think Destin 30 years ago. At Holiday Isle, however, you get the benefit of a modern resort with all the amenities you expect. If T-shirt shops and go-cart tracks are what you are looking for, this is not the place to be. If a quiet beach experience is what you desire, then look no further.
No traffic jams or hectic crowds, but there is still plenty to do. You can bike to one of the country's premier bird-watching venues, visit historic Fort Gaines, the location of the Battle of Mobile Bay ('Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead'), or take a leisurely walk along deserted Sand Island. Don't miss the Dauphin Island Estuarium, one of our children's favorites, where you can experience a variety of local sea life, from jellyfish to sharks.
If fishing is your game, Dauphin Island and Mobile Bay feature outstanding inshore and offshore fishing. Inshore fishing includes speckled trout and slot redfish. We recommend using a local guide. The offshore artificial reef system provides excellent red snapper and bottom fishing. Offshore species include snapper, cobia, grouper, king mackerel and infamous bull reds on Dixie Bar. Deep-sea charters are available at Dauphin Island Marina.
Area shops and restaurants give you a chance to meet the islanders and sample the local fare. Some of our favorites include steamed seafood at Skinner's, cheeseburgers at Flamingo Fae's, pizza at Island Rainbow and oyster poboys at The Common Loon.
If you left something at home, try Ship & Shore for a unique shopping experience reminiscent of years gone by. You can get everything there, from spark plugs to a good bottle of Cabernet.
Bring the family; leave the worries. Enjoy.
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