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Recent Dauphin Island reviews

  • simon family

    "We had a great vacation. The house was fabulous! We had lots of fun on the beach and on the island. We had wonderful seafood at Barnacle Bills as well as what we cooked at the house from Skinners. I would recommend this house to anyone that wants a quiet peaceful vacation. Thank you Miss Pat for all your help in making our trip a GREAT ONE."
    Guest: Leanne S. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 7, 2014
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  • Spacious

    "My family stayed in this home, 16 people in all. Plenty of room for all. Comfortable beds, plenty of bath towels and linens. Well stocked kitchen, only thing lacking really, was there were no kitchen towels. Lots of coffee mugs, but not enough drinking glasses. We used solo cups, paper plates and plastic flatware. Who wants to do dishes on vacation? Older home, definitely showing its age. Stained carpet and tiles lifting in places. Nice cold air conditioning, even upstairs. When we arrived for check in at 4, the cleaners will still at the house and we weren't able to check in until 4:30. The elevator was not working and we had to carry a weeks worth of stuff for 16 people up 3 flights of stairs. We called the real estate company on Monday and she talked us through how to operate the elevator, after that, no more issues. The trash can in the kitchen is in no way big enough to accommodate the amount of people the house is capable of. We had to empty it at least 3-4 times a day and there was only 1 trash can outside to put it in. Needless to say, it filled up very quickly and we had to contact the real estate company to get a special trash pickup. The views are great for sunsets. The walk to the beach however, brutal! You can either walk through the sand and over the sand dunes, which is a feat when you're carrying everything needed for a day at the beach, or drive to the pier and walk across that and then through all the sand. It was such a chore that by the 2nd day, no one wanted to go to the beach again. It wasn't until the last day that we decided to try the west end beach and that is so much better! From parking lot to water, it was maybe 50 ft. Highly recommend the west end beach, even if it costs more. With the cost of this rental, we were a bit disappointed with the condition of the home. Scuff marks on the walls, broken light switch plates, dead bugs in the light fixtures, stained carpet and couches, lifting tiles in the kitchen, burn marks on the wall behind the stove. Nice hammock on the back porch with rocking chairs to sit in. I would recommend this home to large groups, just wish the price reflected the condition of the home and the distance to the beach. Fairly nice walk to the lagoon, but it smelled like sewage and there was trash and dead fish on the shore. The island doesn't have a whole lot to offer, other than an overpriced general store and a few souvenir shops. Had lunch at a local restaurant, and it was ok."
    Guest: Kristi A. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 15, 2014
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  • Wonderful stay!!!

    "Buddy and Janie made us feel like part of their family during our stay on Dauphin Island. The food was exceptional and hospitality even better. From a private island tour to a meal with their friends. We felt right at home in their outdoor kitchen and relaxed atmosphere. Our stay was truly memorable. Can't wait to return!!"
    Guest: Richy and Marla Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 20, 2015
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  • Great Vacation

    "We grudgingly left yesterday and miss the house already! It was fantastic. The house was really clean and was decorated well. It was so light and airy. The pictures most definitely don't do it justice. We had our two teenagers, my mother-in-law and two boxers and there was plenty of room for everyone to sprawl out. The island itself really was like stepping back in time. No high rises, no t-shirt shops. It was great. We let our teenagers go and didn't have to worry (except the Gulf beach- we could not see them clearly there from the house). The house is located pretty far down the island so we had to drive to the restaurants, etc but it's all only about 2-3 minutes away. This is a great house for dogs. I really loved the gate on the deck. We could have our dogs out on the deck and didn't have to worry about the stairs. Also, it seems like every beach house we've ever stayed in has those stickers/burrs in the yard that get in their paws. There are none here. In fact, we could comfortably walk barefoot in the yard too. They have a shower and a hose/sprayer both upstairs and down which was really convenient. There was also a porch swing on the deck that was just lovely. Sitting out there watching the sunset was the best. The yard itself is really large. Don't worry about the lack of a walkway. They keep a path mowed and that was just fine. Also, there were hardly any bugs while we were there. Based on other reviews we brought a ton of bug spray and citronella but didn't need any of it. The small beach in the back is great for fishing and would be perfect for families with small kids. Our teenagers prefer the waves so we spent most of our time on the Gulf side. It's a straight walk over but is a bit of a hike. I'd recommend a cart for your gear. The beach there is beautiful and not crowded at all. We had about two hundred feet of beachfront to ourselves every day. Overall, this is our eighth trip to the beach (Florida and the Outer Banks) and this was our favorite. Steve and Karen made the whole process of reservations, etc. so easy and they were very responsive. We returned recharged and looking forward to next year."
    Guest: Jennifer P. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 27, 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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