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Key West-Style Beach Cottage Right on the Gulf of Mexico!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

FABULOUS, GULF-FRONT THREE BEDROOM BEACH COTTAGE ONLY STEPS FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. Water views from nearly every room. This house was built in 2007, and is outfitted with the best-quality beds, linens, furnishings, appliances, etc. for your comfort and convenience. You are truly only steps away from the Gulf of Mexico.

This house features wrap-around decks on 3 sides to fully enjoy the great views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay.

The Gulf-facing side has a large deck with a great picnic area for those beach-side lunches. It also has many deck chairs and beach chairs to watch the shrimp boats go by, with dolphins and other wildlife in their wake.

The Master Bedroom has a Gulf-view balcony, its own huge, private bathroom, and a King-size Luxury Memory-Cell Foam bed. Bedroom #2 views the Gulf and the Bay and has a brand-new Queen Memory-Foam bed . . . Bedroom #3 views the Bay and has a set of bunkbeds and also an additional Full-size bed.

Dauphin Island is a beautiful barrier island that is largely undeveloped. You won't find any high-rise condos or crowds . . . It's a great place to 'get away' and swim, fish, shell, walk the beach, ride bikes, or just read a book or work on your tan.

This house was built new in 2006, and is truly a beachfront cottage with all the amenities of home that we know you and your family will enjoy!

Keywords: Beach Cottage, Gulf-front, pet-friendly, beach house, waterfront, first tier

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

About The Owner

Hi! We're David and Nancy, and we live in Daphne, AL with our two school-age kids, so we have been making this house available to guests to enjoy as well.

We designed and built this beach house after our original house was destroyed by Katrina, and put a lot of time and thought into how to do it right. The end result is a 'Key West'-style cottage, but with all the amenities of home.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2007

Why The Owner chose Alabama

We have lived in various Gulf of Mexico beach towns since 1990, and fell in love with Dauphin Island's quiet, rustic charm. There are very few places left where you can drive down a two-lane road along the beach, and see what the towns along the Gulf were like in the days before high-rise condos became the norm.

Most of the vacation homes on Dauphin Island are single-family beach houses sitting right on the beach. No traffic, no crowds, just a quiet barrier island to enjoy beach combing, fishing, shelling, kayaking, kite-flying, grilling dinner on the deck, and star gazing at night.

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing like staying right on the beach. Being able to simply walk down the steps and be on the beach is wonderful. Sitting on the deck reading a book while listening to the waves, playing on the beach with the kids and then coming inside for lunch, are great memories, as are chasing crabs at night on the beach with a flashlight, or sitting on the deck and marveling at the beautiful night sky and millions of stars!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been taking the winter to make many upgrades and improvements at "Island Time"!

The entire interior has been freshly painted, and mahogany floors were installed in the living room, hallway, kitchen/keeping room, and the utility room.

We have also gone through and updated some of the furniture, and added new housewares (knives, pans, and small appliances).

Our calendar for 2012 is filling up quickly, so if you'd like to reserve our beach home, please don't wait long!
Jan 2012
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Dauphin Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Bunk is suitable for children
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Bedroom Number 2 has Gulf view and Queen memory-foam bed, (1) Full bed . There is also a Twin bunk bed in bedroom #3 that is suitable for children only
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Stereo/CD Player DVD Player


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Key West-Style Beach Cottage Right on the Gulf of Mexico!
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 12 reviews

very private place

  • 5 of 5

our stay was wonderful. the beach and the house were very private. all the women loved relaxing on the beach while the men enjoyed the fishing. the waves were a little rough the week were there due to a tropical storm out at sea so we opted for fishing in the bay. we cant wait for our next time to visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at this rental on Dauphin Island. The location is perfect-- towards the end of the island and on the Gulf side, which is much nicer. It is right on the beach, which was so convenient, especially with kids. The home was immaculately clean and well kept. It was well stocked with everything we needed. We have rented homes before and have been disappointed. This was a pleasant surprise, as the home was as beautiful in real life as it looks in the pictures. Nancy was very helpful, and responded quickly to our requests/concerns. I would highly recommend this rental if you're looking for a place to relax, enjoy the beach, and read some good books. We saw dolphins, pelicans, shrimp boats, beautiful sunsets, and loved strolling the beach looking for shells.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time here at Island Time. We were pleased to walk in and see how nice the furnishings were and how clean the unit was. The views from the large balcony are spectacular! We enjoyed walking on the nearly deserted beach. There was an abundance of sealife to observe. It was quiet and peaceful, a perfect place for my husband and I to celebrate our milestone anniversary.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tylertown, MS


  • 5 of 5

Me and my girlfriend absolutely love Dauphin Island and Island Time was the greatest, couldn't have asked for more. Sound of the waves, so close and the view was magnificent, Dolphins, Shrimp Boats, Seagulls, and our friend Herman the crane who came by everyday for shrimp. The house was super, great view from the deck, kitchen sink, bedrooms, living room. Looking forward to staying again, Nancy and David were super, just a great experience and would and have suggested to my friends. Took some absolutely beautiful pictures of sunset and night scenes, we had a ball.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Tx

Great location, house is average.

  • 3 of 5

I just returned from spending a week here. The house is in an excellent location, almost at the end of the island. Very peaceful and quiet, no traffic and the beach was almost empty. The house is a good size and has a great layout with a huge deck. I agree with the last reviewer that the kitchen was poorly stocked, the knives weren't even sharp enough to cut lettuce. The shower in the master was horrible and the shower in the secondary bath didn't work at all. The pictures on the website must have been taken when the house was brand new, it is now pretty worn and could use a good cleaning. The doors, windows and woodwork were really dirty. Many burned out lights, broken toaster, no serving bowls. The beds were GREAT, however, they are tempurpedic and we slept really well. The grills do not work and there is no longer a boardwalk. The deck had fabulous views and was a great place to have morning coffee, you can watch the fishing boats and dolphins. There were plenty of beach towels and deck chairs. Nice colors in the house and cute artwork. Overall, the house is average but it is pet friendly which was very important to me as I brought my dog with me. We had a very relaxing week and none of the issues was bad enough to affect our stay. The island is beautiful and it is very peaceful. Be prepared for a long drive to the Wal-Mart, about 50 miles or so, so stock up before you arrive. We enoyed our stay on the island.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Pam, and thanks for staying with us. I'm sorry that you had issues with some of the amenities in the house, and we would have liked to have known about it at the time, so that we could have addressed theses items during your stay, instead of after. We went out yesterday and checked the items you listed: 1) The toaster works, it is a bagel-toaster with some complicated features, but we did try it out and it worked fine. It is a little confusing to operate, we will replace it with a more basic model. 2) The knives have a sharpener in the knife rack. I think they could be improved, we are replacing them this week, along with the steak knives. 3) The shower in the forward bathroom works fine, not sure what the problem was? 4) The shower in the master bath- we see you replaced the head with your own "telephone" style showerhead! I'm not sure why, or why you didn't take it with you when you left. Our existing showerhead works fine and no one has ever complained about it. I don't like those "telephone and hose" type showerheads, myself, and we have removed it. You are welcome to it back, if you would like. 5) The doors and windows are cleaned every week. The house is 100 feet from the Gulf, and the gulf breeze and salt spray do a number on all surfaces. It's part of being at the sea, and keeps us busy, replacing outside furnishings and grills once or twice per year. There is no way around it, unfortunately. 6) The grills- They both work. One is labeled "Charcoal". The other is propane. The propane bottle was empty. . It's impossible for us to predict how much gas a Guest will use, or when the bottle will go dry. Fortunately, you can refill them just down the street at the Circle K. Again, thanks for staying with us. I am disappointed we did not get the opportunity to address these items during your stay. As a reminder to any people reading this . . . . We WANT you to be happy. We APPRECIATE that you chose to stay with us. If there is an issue, or if you have a question, please, please, please, call us at the number on the refrigerator, and let us know so that we can take care of it during your your stay! Regards, David and Nancy
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120 5

Not a good value

  • 2 of 5

The photos must have been taken right after it was built. Stayed here in March 2011 and found everything to be extremely worn and very dirty. Kitchen was not well stocked and all appliances were very worn and dirty. The furniture was very cheaply wasn't even possible to put your feet up on the coffee table without fear of it falling apart. In our opinion, way too much money for what you get.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Mobile, AL
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Mobile Bay Ferry (to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach)
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Interstate 10 and Interstate 65
Nearest Beach
Gulf of Mexico
Car: necessary

Golfing, Dolphin Watching, Bird Spotting, fishing, beach combing, explore nearby historic fort, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, take the car ferry to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach


Rates & Availability

Dauphin Island Cottage Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Waiver $49
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Proc Fee $20
Tax Rate 11.0%

All Reservations are subject to approval by our Reservations Manager and a signed Rental Agreement must be returned to us in order to complete your reservation. Reservations may be canceled up until 60 days prior to check-in, subject to a $100. cancellation fee. Reservations canceled less than 60 days before check in are not refundable. We do offer Travel Insurance/Trip Interruption insurance, please inquire at time of booking. Complete details are contained in our Rental Agreement, which will be emailed to you upon receipt of your reservation request.

All Rates are subject to verification by our Staff. A $500. advance payment is due at time of booking. House rentals require payment in full 60 days prior to check in, or at time the Reservation is made. All rates are subject to an 11% tax, plus a reservation fee, cleaning fee, and pet fee when applicable. We also charge a Damage Waiver of $49.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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