Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Dauphin Island that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $85 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Dauphin Island. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore Dauphin Island from vacation home rentals

The first thing to do when you arrive at your Dauphin Island vacation rental? Take your watch off and hide it in the bottom of your suitcase. You won't be needing it here. This unbelievably laid-back little town, set on a Gulf island of the same name, is a place for lounging on the beaches, wildlife watching in the nature reserves, and taking long, lazy fishing trips out on the water. There are enough museums and attractions to keep you occupied if you feel the need, but you might struggle to tear yourself away from the sand and those perfect views.

History

Heritage sites near Dauphin Island vacation rentals

Dauphin Island has numerous historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation homes are available near fascinating places like Sand Island Lighthouse, a masonry Gothic lighthouse from 1873, and Indian Shell Mound Park, a historic subtropical island park with prehistoric shell mounds, abundant birdlife, and ancient trees. You'll also like Battery Stanton, a historic gun battery at Fort Gaines with 2 levels of reinforced concrete.

Things to do

Attractions near your Dauphin Island vacation rentals

So you're thinking a Dauphin Island vacation rental is just about as tranquil as it gets? Well, it hasn't always been this tranquil. During the American Civil War, the Battle of Mobile Bay was a crucial naval bust-up, and you can learn all about it at Fort Gaines. And if you're more about the here and now, how about paying a visit to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab? Their "Estuarium" features exhibits on marine environments including Mobile Bay, the river delta, and Alabama's barrier islands, plus a living marsh boardwalk and a tank full of rays.

Activities

Activities near your Dauphin Island vacation homes

Your Dauphin Island vacation rental is a great base for exploring the gorgeous Gulf beaches. There are a few to choose from, all pretty much pristine. The main public beach is open during the day all year round, with modest fees payable during peak season. And if you'd prefer to be on the water than in it, Dauphin Island offers plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing. Away from the beaches, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary is one of the major activity hotspots on Dauphin Island. A great location for wildlife watching, it also boasts several miles of hiking trails across a 137-acre site.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Dauphin Island vacation homes

Like everything else on Dauphin Island, the climate is pretty simple. Summers are hot and fairly humid, while winters are milder and not quite so close. And if you're not keen on white stuff falling from the skies, then you can rest easy—it's pretty much certain you won't see any. What you might see a fair amount of, though, is rain. It can get wet even in the middle of winter on Dauphin Island, while summer days are prone to short, sharp thunderstorms. Throw an umbrella in your bag, and all will be well.

Natural features

You're not the only ones migrating to Dauphin Island

This handsome island in the Gulf of Mexico offers up a dizzying variety of terrain, including beaches, wetlands, maritime forests, and dunes. And you'd best polish up those binoculars, because you're going to need them for your Dauphin Island vacation rental. The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is one of several such reserves on Dauphin Island, but it's the most famous. It's such a popular spot for birdwatching during the spring migration that it's even been recognized as being of national importance. Oh, and did we mention the sunsets on Dauphin Island? Never mind, you'll soon find out for yourself.

Beaches

Top beaches near Dauphin Island vacation homes

The beautiful beaches of Dauphin Island are one of its biggest draws. Vacation rentals put you within reach of beach locales like West End Public Beach, an island beach with picnic areas, a waterslide, and calm waters, and Public Beach, a pet-friendly beach with a boardwalk and beautiful gulf-front views. You'll also like Coronado Cove, a sheltered cove with sandy beaches, parks, and greenery.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Dauphin Island

The nearest airport is in Mobile, AL (MOB-Mobile Regional), located 30.1 mi (48.4 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Dauphin Island?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,008 vacation rentals around Dauphin Island. From 677 house rentals to 43 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a beach-view property in Dauphin Island?

Rising every morning to glorious beach views and the rhythmic rumble of waves on the shoreline. This is the stuff vacation fantasies are made of! Vrbo has 502 beachside vacation rentals for you to choose from. Open to other ideas? Vrbo has stacks more property options to search through, including:

  • 372 beachfront vacation rentals.
  • 355 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 312 water-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Dauphin Island?

If you want an authentic vacation experience and love having lots of room to move, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 605 houses currently on Vrbo. Prices start from $100 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather pick one of the area's other popular rental options, such as:

  • Condo: 245 vacation homes. Prices start from $124 per night.
  • Cottage: 44 vacation homes. Prices start from $85 per night.
  • Townhome: 16 vacation homes. Prices start from $179 per night.

Can I stay in Dauphin Island in a large group?

There's nothing more enjoyable than staying somewhere totally new with your family and loved ones. And the great news is Vrbo has some options suitable for big groups. House vacation homes are the most popular option for big groups of guests, with 133 available here. Properties around this area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • Searching for vacation homes that can hold 8 guests? We have 206 that will fit the bill. Prices begin from just $128 per night.
  • After a vacation rental for 6 guests? We have 184 that will suit. You can book one for as little as $118 a night.
  • Trying to find rentals suitable for 10 guests? You'll be thrilled to know we have 128 that'll be ideal. You can get one from just $175 per night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can bring along your uncle, your cousin and all your besties to Dauphin Island.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Dauphin Island?

Cramped hotel balconies are no place to spend your precious vacation moments! Look through our thrifty rentals now and ensure everybody in your group has room to move. Homes, Bay Gardens has bargain written all over it. And with 4 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $154 a night, it's not hard to see why. Indian Bay is another good option. We've got 22 rentals here, and the average price is around $163 a night.