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Dauphin Island Travel Tips

Beach Relaxation on Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island in Alabama is a destination rich in American history and natural scenic beauty. If you're looking for a place where you can get away from it all then you'll feel right at home with Dauphin Island vacation rentals. Life on the island is relaxed and you can enjoy exploring the many attractions at your own pace. Large homes and cozy condos are available as rentals and most are equipped with all the home comforts you could wish for. You may choose a home with a private plunge pool where you can cool off on hot summer afternoons, or you may want to sit on the deck and watch the dolphins playing in the bay. If you have an urge for more civilization, you can take a short drive to the nearby towns of Mobile and Pritchard. There you can browse the antique shops for some rare finds.

Bird-watchers Flock to Dauphin Island

While the island was inhabited by the French in the 1600s, it wasn't until the mid-1900s that a bridge was finally built connecting the island to the Alabama mainland. It was during this time of development that a few visionaries recognized the importance of the island as a habitat to migrating coastal birds. The entire island was later declared a bird refuge and forms part of the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Birding enthusiasts come in great numbers to Dauphin Island condos to watch the spectacular spring and fall migrations. A specially constructed boardwalk provides access for handicapped people to enjoy the wonders of Gaillard Lake and an extended trail system allows to you explore the bird sanctuary and swamplands on the eastern side of the island.

Things to see and do from Dauphin Island Beach Rentals

One of the area's most famous landmarks is Fort Gaines. An architectural masterpiece, it was also the site of the Battle of Mobile during the Civil War. Built and then modified several times during the 1800s, the fort is currently maintained by the Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board. A visit will give you insight into the fort's history and you'll see some of the genius aspects of its design. For more nearby historical landmarks, enjoy a short ferry ride to Fort Morgan.

Another great way to explore Dauphin Island is to rent bicycles and follow the many winding trails that criss-cross the island. At the Marina, you can enjoy a pleasure boat cruise or a sail on the bay. There are also several boat charters that offer deep sea fishing. These can be booked at the marina. The many parks are perfect for picnicking and bird-watching. Some of the parks occasionally host fresh produce markets in season. The beaches of Dauphin Island are some of its greatest attractions. Beautiful, white and sandy, they stretch for miles along the length of the island. Untouched and undeveloped, the beaches are perfect for that early morning sunrise stroll. The fishing pier was once a popular sport for angling enthusiasts but shifts in the tides and currents have left it sitting high and dry on a sand bank. The pier can still be accessed for viewing and has some shops and a function room that is available for weddings and other events. It's hoped that in time currents will one day bring water below the pier so that it can once again become a fishing haven.

Getting to Dauphin Island

There is a four-mile bridge that connects Dauphin Island to the Alabama mainland. Travelling south from Mobile, follow highway 193; this will take you across the bridge and to the water tower intersection. Turning east will take you to the bird sanctuary, campgrounds and Fort Gaines. To the west are the public beaches and the fishing pier.

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