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Recent Dauphin Island reviews

  • Improvements have been made

    "This was our 2nd year to stay in Son of a Sailor. It was obvious that the owners are working on the house - new porch furniture, new grill. Hopefully some different living room furniture will be coming soon! The real estate people were extremely friendly and helpful. We had problems with the bathroom door upstairs and they sent someone the next day. We love the view from the porch. It was incredible to watch the fireworks from there again! The kids love the pool, I love the beach and we all love the simplicity of Dauphin Island. The house looked fabulous when we got there. Our only complaint is that the living room furniture is not comfortable at all. The recliner "has a flat" as my husband puts it and the couches are not comfy. But luckily it didn't rain much so we didn't have to spend much time inside!"
    Guest: M M. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014
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  • Best Vacation!

    "My family and I spent a week on Dauphin Island with Buddy and Janie! Their hospitality, generosity, and plain old friendliness made this year's vacation truly memorable. It was like we were visiting long lost relatives, and we can't wait to go back next year!"
    Guest: Cortney P. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 19, 2014
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  • We Found Paradise On Earth

    "This was our first time to vacation on Dauphin Island and all of us agree that this was the BEST VACATION EVER!! This condo was absolutely stunning and the sweet owners thought of everything. No matter what the ages are of your family members, this condo has so many ameneties and extras that you will be well set up for your vacation. This condo was clean and the furnishings were so comfortable. The ocean front balcony is set up with perfect furnishings that we didn't want to go inside even when it was bedtime. How relaxing and peaceful the island is and this condo fits into that atmosphere perfectly. It is very spacious with plenty of room for a large family. Dauphin Island is truly Paradise on Earth and we fell in love with the peace, tranquility and friendliness of this special place. The seafood at JT's was so good. I had one of the best Crab Cake sandwiches that I have ever had there. The Lighthouse Bakery had the best cinnamon rolls and cream cheese danishes and the staff was so friendly. We met several locals and found everyone we came in contact with to be so gracious and kind. The Sea Lab/Estrarium and Fort Gaines was a delight and our 9 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed both. We have decided that Dauphin Island and our vacation destination from now on and this condo is the only place we want to stay while there. The hot tub, indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, tennis court and exercise facility are fantastic and allow you to have a wonderful time even if the weather is not cooperating. Our daughter loved swimming in the beautiful water of the gulf with fish swimming and jumping out of the water all around her. She had plenty of white sand to create sand castles or any other design she wanted. I cannot say enough good things about this condo or Dauphin Island. Thank you so much Susan for your thoughtfulness in the furnishings and extras at this wonderful home away from home. It was such a pleasure meeting you and your husband!! We cannot wait until next year and we want to stay for two weeks because one week just isn't enough when you find Paradise!!"
    Guest: Janetta Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 7, 2014
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    "Outstanding experience from begining to end! Only wish my stay could have been longer. Excellent location, with the marina close by for boat owners. The bay the house sits on is perfect for fishing or swimming. The dock is plenty large enough to keep several boats in the water and have room left over. The house was clean and in excellent condition, as always. This was our second stay at this house and there will be a third! I wouldn't keep coming back if it wasn't worth it."
    Guest: SHAWN Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 24, 2014
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Dauphin Island Travel Tips

If you're planning a trip to the South but not sure where to go, we have an excellent option for you: Dauphin Island. This Alabama destination is filled with an interesting history and stunning natural beauty, making it a top contender for travelers.

There are a selection of outdoor activities to enjoy here throughout the year thanks to hot summers and mild winters. You'll find seven miles of warm, sandy beaches where you can soak up the sun or take an exhilarating hike or bike ride along the numerous trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially the birds! For an aquatic adventure, head out on a canoe or kayak trip under a backdrop of gorgeous natural scenery as you search for the perfect spot to fish. When you work up an appetite, head to any number of local eateries for fresh seafood dishes and other tasty flavors.

Things to Do in Dauphin Island

- Fort Gaines: History buffs definitely need to fit Fort Gaines into their schedule. This is one of the area's most famous landmarks and an architectural masterpiece. The Battle of Mobile was fought at this spot during the Civil War. The fort itself has been built and modified many times since the 1800s and is now maintained by the Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board. You can learn more about U.S. history as well as the fort's past and impressive design. You'll see an anchor from the USS Hartford, original battle cannons, an operational blacksmith shop and tunnel stations, then take a tour of the museum.

- Dauphin Island Sea Lab: If you enjoy all things aquatic, head to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, which is a marine laboratory centered around education, research and teaching the public through the estuarium. You'll see four key habitats of coastal Alabama: Northern Gulf of Mexico, Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Barrier Islands and Mobile Bay. Throughout the lab's 10,000 square feet are the Exhibit Hall and the Living Marsh Boardwalk you'll learn about plants, animals and natural resources. There are variety of interactive displays for hands-on fun, making this an excellent attraction for families.

- Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries: Dauphin Island is one of the best spots for bird watching in the South, and more than 340 different species call the island home. Depending on when you're visiting, you can see different creatures of flight during spring or fall migration. The whole of Dauphin Island is a bird sanctuary where you can observe from parks, dunes, beaches, wetlands and even the streets, so don't forget the binoculars. Since bird watching is so popular, you're bound to find locals who love the hobby and will be happy to share their favorite spots and avian knowledge.

- Indian Mound Park: One great place to go bird watching is Indian Mound Park, also known as Shell Mound Park, which is a bird refuge on the island's north shore. Settle in to see what animals are flying around or explore the different plant species that make for a lovely setting. The site has a rich history too because of the presence of prehistoic Indian shell middens - mounds of discarded oyster shells. The park has been part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.

Dining in Dauphin Island

- Barnacle Bills Marina Grill: If you're looking for seriously good seafood, head to Barnacle Bills Marina Grill, which serves some of the best on the island. The reasonable prices and welcoming atmosphere create an excellent place to take in the stunning views while you eat with your friends or family.

- Southern Lights Restaurant & Bar: Another terrific option for a tasty meal in Dauphin Island is Southern Lights Restaurant & Bar, especially if you're looking to have a romantic night out. You'll be treated to amazing views as you dine on salmon dip, fish tacos, shrimp or other mouthwatering menu options.

- Dauphin Island BBQ: Barbecue is a dining staple in the South, and you can find some delicious food offerings drenched in the tasty sauce at Dauphin Island BBQ. The atmosphere is casual and laid back here, so you can have a relaxing, fun night while enjoying a delicious meal in the company of friends of family. Whether you're stopping in for lunch or dinner, Dauphin Island BBQ is great for groups, and when the weather is nice, take your barbecue outside while breathing in the fresh air. Some favorite menu items here are the nachos, ribs, shrimp, pulled pork and brisket.

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