Dauphin Island is a small barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico just off of the mainland of Alabama, and it provides you with a superior location for a relaxing getaway. While the area has fewer than 1,300 residents to give it a quiet ambiance, it has numerous gorgeous beach vacation homes that have spacious accommodations, a full kitchen, large decks and great beach views or beach access. Altogether, your vacation house on Dauphin Island is the perfect place for you to relax on your getaway.
Visiting the beaches is among the most popular activity to enjoy while visiting Dauphin Island during the summer months as well as on warmer days during the spring and fall. From the comfort of your Alabama beach house, you may be able to enjoy beach access just a few steps away. There is also a Dauphin Island Public Beach with a long wooden walkway and various amenities for you to enjoy. Off the beach, there are deep sea fishing excursions and other types of water-based excursions that add to your fun.
You may want to cook out on the grill on the patio of your vacation home from time to time, but you also may want to sample some of the local fare at top notch restaurants. Popular restaurants that are known for quality food and drinks on the island include Pirate's Pleasure, Skinners Restaurant, JT's Sunset Grill, Islanders Restaurant and Barnacle Bill's Marina Grill, to name a few. Be sure to sample at least a few of the local restaurants while you are visiting Dauphin Island to enjoy the relaxing experience of having someone else cook for you while you are vacationing.
There is much to see and do while visiting Dauphin Island in addition to spending time at the beach. The Dauphin Island See Lab Estuarium and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary are both wonderful places to relax with nature and to learn more about wildlife in the area. You can learn more about the history of the area with a tour of Fort Gaines or with a visit to Indian Shell Mound Park. Check the hours of operation and schedule for these venues before you arrive so that you can plan out your trip.
Like much of the rest of the Gulf Coast region of the United States, Dauphin Island has a humid subtropical climate with warm temperatures throughout most of the year. The area is known for having humid, hot summers with average highs between May and September ranging from the lower to upper 80s. However, record highs reach the 100s during these months. During the winter season, the average high is in the high 50s and low to mid 60s, giving you a mild winter season to enjoy. Snowfall is very rare for Dauphin Island, but the area receives more than 61 inches of rainfall each year. Both the peak of winter as well as the peak of summer seasons have significant rainfall.
Dauphin Island is a very small community, and it does not have a local airport into which travelers can fly. However, both Mobile and Pensacola are a short drive away and have international airports that you can travel into if you are arriving by air. If you are traveling by car, take Interstate 10 into Alabama. Then, take the small county road 193 south from the Interstate to the island. Keep in mind that this road is the only road that crosses the bay for access to the island.