Vacation rentals in Dauphin Island

Vacation rentals in Dauphin Island

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Highlights Dauphin Island

  • White sand beach
  • Historic sites
  • Bird sanctuary
  • Marine life
  • Fishing charter
  • Ferry ride

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Vacation Rental for 6 Guests in Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay
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Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay
Vacation Rental • 1270 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
9.2
(21 reviews)
Seafari is a great 2 bedroom, 2 bath Gulf-side cottage on Dauphin Island's Gulf of Mexico beach. This cozy beach home is just a few hundred feet from the water, with no busy streets to cross. Very quiet area. No crowds. This beautiful beach home has a partial gulf view. This home is pet-friendly (by prior written arrangement) and will accommodate up to six persons. The master has a king bed. The second bedroom has 2 twins and 1 double bed. The house has plenty of deck space to enjoy the sun and a lower covered deck to relax out of the sun As with all of our Dauphin Island homes, all linens...
from $201 / night
Vacation Rental for 4 Guests in Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay
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Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay
Vacation Rental • 4 Guests • 1 Bedroom
9.9
(106 reviews)
Condo is directly on the beach with a BEAUTIFUL panoramic ocean/beach view. Complex has private beach access, 2 pools, secure gated parking, is well maintained & staff in the lobby office. Condo & patio are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated.Leave the fast-paced lifestyle behind as you cross the bridge to the peacefulness and serenity of Dauphin Island, complete with bicycling, world-class fishing, bird watching, swimming and basic beachcombing activities. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just a boardwalk away when you book this well maintained, beach front, 1 b...
from $268 / night
Vacation Rental for 4 Guests in Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay
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Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay
Vacation Rental • 1195 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
9.9
(52 reviews)
****NOTE: Summer holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day require a 7 night minimum****Beautiful 4th floor unit with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, where you can relax on the balcony and enjoy both the sunrise and sunset. Decorated with original local art and furniture by local craftsmen. Gorgeous kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel full-size appliances, fully stocked with dinnerware, cookware, coffeemaker, blender, toaster, mixer, and crock pot.Large round dining table seats four with seating for four more at the bar. Comfortable, relaxing living area ...
from $334 / night

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Current Vacation rental prices Dauphin Island

$500for 22 Jun - 29 Jun
$365 annual average
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Current vacation rental availability Dauphin Island

6%for 22 Jun - 29 Jun
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Vacation rentals in Dauphin Island

A barrier island paradise in Alabama

Alabama might not be the first place that comes to mind when you envision sparkling turquoise waters and powdery white sand beaches, but you may want to think again! Alabama’s southern coastline hugs the Gulf of Mexico and is home to a beautiful sandy stretch of beaches and barrier islands. Dauphin Island is one of the top beach destinations in Alabama and is known for its world-class beaches, spectacular sunsets, and crystal clear swimmable waters. The barrier island is the perfect place for an uncrowded beach getaway, plenty of sunshine, and unique coastal attractions.

Finding your perfect Dauphin Island vacation rental

Dauphin Island is home to numerous fine vacation rentals which reflect the southern coastal charm of the region. Stay in a vacation rental tucked away in a forested part of the island, with a large private yard space and plenty of trees. Or opt for a rental close to the water’s edge, with a private balcony where you can enjoy stunning views of the sunsets and sea. Oversized rentals are available for large groups and families, while couples can choose from 1- or 2-bedroom rental options. Some rentals come with a private pool to splash around in during the warmer months. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.

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The area and getting around

Arriving in Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island is connected to mainland Alabama via a bridge. The closest town to Dauphin Island is Mobile, which is around 40 minutes, or 35-miles north on the mainland. Mobile is home to the closest airport to Dauphin Island, Mobile Regional Airport, which offers domestic flights and some direct flights to a few major cities.

Getting around Dauphin Island

Having a car is highly recommended for conveniently navigating around Dauphin Island. The island is 17-miles long, so it spans a large area and a car is the best way to see it all. Renting bikes is another practical way of getting around. Certain parts of the island are walkable, most notably on the eastern end of the island.

Travelers and activities

Dauphin Island for families

Dauphin Island is perfect for a laid-back family beach vacation. Be sure to visit The Estuarium where kids and adults alike can see over 100 sea creatures. All the marine life here is native to the local area, and there are plenty of educational exhibits which teach about sea life in the area. Children can peek inside the tanks and enjoy learning about the colorful, interesting sea creatures.

Dauphin Island for nature enthusiasts

If you enjoy nature, head over to Audubon Bird Sanctuary for a fun day of bird watching. The sanctuary houses a wide range of birds from Central and South America. Bird species from the US pass by this sanctuary in the spring months when they are migrating back north after spending the winter down south. There are several wooden pathways that you can walk along as you explore the bird-filled space.

In 1711, when Dauphin Island was a French colony, it was raided by pirates.

Top 5 travel tips in Dauphin Island

1. Spend the day at the beach

Public Beach is the main beach on Dauphin Island. It boasts enormous white sandy shores and calm swimmable waters. Bring your beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and a cooler full of drinks and snacks. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a quintessential beach day on Dauphin Island with your friends, family, or significant other!

2. Visit Shell Mound Park

This historic site is home to shell mounds which were believed to be made from seafood meals eaten by Native Americans who lived here between 1100-1550 AD. You can walk the trails throughout the park and see the various mounds. Keep in mind that the mounds are so old that they are now covered in vegetation, but are still visible if you pay attention. The park is also a great place for bird watching.

3. Visit the historic Fort Gaines

Learn about the local history at Fort Gaines on the eastern tip of the island. The fort is over 150 years old and is considered one of the most endangered historical sites in the U.S.A. since its coastal location makes it prone to wind, erosion, and rough weather conditions. Spend some time walking around the grounds of the fort and visit the on-site museum, a blacksmith shop, and even a gift shop where you can grab a souvenir to bring back home with you.

4. Do a fishing charter

Fishing is a popular activity in and around Dauphin Island. Several companies on the island offer fishing charter trips where you can catch a variety of saltwater fish, including kingfish, catfish, seatrout, snapper, mackerel, ladyfish, and more! You can choose from many different charter packages, including deep sea, offshore, inshore, and more!

5. Ride the Mobile Bay Ferry to Fort Morgan

Take a ride on the Mobile Bay Ferry, which goes to nearby Fort Morgan. The 40-minute ferry ride offers breathtaking views of the Mobile Bay Area. You can spend a few hours exploring the historic sites of Fort Morgan, and then hop back on the ferry to Dauphin Island!

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Dauphin Island

On average, what was the cost for vacation rentals on Dauphin Island last year?

Last year, rentals in this destination had an annual average cost of around $385 per night.

What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices on Dauphin Island?

Those who want to be budget-friendly should travel to Dauphin Island in December, January, or February, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $326, $329, and $333 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

When does the price of vacation rentals on Dauphin Island go up the most?

Following the data observed last year, costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of July ($488), June ($461), and August ($413).

Are there usually many vacation rentals available on Dauphin Island?

If you decide to put Dauphin Island on your bucket list, we suggest planning your vacation well in advance because it tends to be very high in demand, with an annual average of 85% of rentals booked the previous year.

What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?

January, December and November are, in order of highest to lowest, the months that have the largest number of properties free, with an average availability of 37%, 34%, and 32%. However, even during these months, when the availability is the highest, the average is just 34%. So it is still important you always book your vacation early Dauphin Island.

How many rentals are there on Dauphin Island?

On Dauphin Island we have a comprehensive catalog of approximately 300 properties, with options of all kinds, thanks to our 3 local and international providers.

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