Destination guide

There's plenty to do, but you don't have to do it

The first thing to do when you arrive at your Dauphin Island vacation rental? Take your watch off and hide it in the bottom of your suitcase. You won't be needing it here. This unbelievably laid-back little town, set on a Gulf island of the same name, is a place for lounging on the beaches, wildlife watching in the nature reserves, and taking long, lazy fishing trips out on the water. There are enough museums and attractions to keep you occupied if you feel the need, but you might struggle to tear yourself away from the sand and those perfect views.

Activities

Get that lovely Gulf sand between your toes

Your Dauphin Island vacation rental is a great base for exploring the gorgeous Gulf beaches. There are a few to choose from, all pretty much pristine. The main public beach is open during the day all year round, with modest fees payable during peak season. And if you'd prefer to be on the water than in it, Dauphin Island offers plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing. Away from the beaches, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary is one of the major activity hotspots on Dauphin Island. A great location for wildlife watching, it also boasts several miles of hiking trails across a 137-acre site.

Weather

Sub-zero temperatures for your vacation? Snow thank you!

Like everything else on Dauphin Island, the climate is pretty simple. Summers are hot and fairly humid, while winters are milder and not quite so close. And if you're not keen on white stuff falling from the skies, then you can rest easy—it's pretty much certain you won't see any. What you might see a fair amount of, though, is rain. It can get wet even in the middle of winter on Dauphin Island, while summer days are prone to short, sharp thunderstorms. Throw an umbrella in your bag, and all will be well.

Natural features

You're not the only ones migrating to Dauphin Island

This handsome island in the Gulf of Mexico offers up a dizzying variety of terrain, including beaches, wetlands, maritime forests, and dunes. And you'd best polish up those binoculars, because you're going to need them for your Dauphin Island vacation rental. The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is one of several such reserves on Dauphin Island, but it's the most famous. It's such a popular spot for birdwatching during the spring migration that it's even been recognized as being of national importance. Oh, and did we mention the sunsets on Dauphin Island? Never mind, you'll soon find out for yourself.

Transport

Transportation to and around Dauphin Island

The nearest airport is in Mobile, AL (MOB-Mobile Regional), located 30.1 mi (48.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Dauphin Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 806 vacation rentals near Dauphin Island. From 520 Houses to 225 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dauphin Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dauphin Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dauphin Island:

  • Audubon Place: 47 vacation rentals
  • Fish Camps: 15 vacation rentals
  • Indian Bay: 27 vacation rentals
  • Silver Cay: 103 vacation rentals
  • Royal Lagoons: 190 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses in Dauphin Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 520 Houses in Dauphin Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dauphin Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 225 rentals available
  • Cottages: 44 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 44 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dauphin Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 408 vacation rentals with pool available in Dauphin Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.