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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, AL?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,022 vacation rentals around Dauphin Island. From 679 house rentals to 47 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dauphin Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dauphin Island:

  • Silver Cay: 114 vacation rentals
  • Royal Lagoons: 222 vacation rentals
  • Audubon Place: 47 vacation rentals
  • Indian Bay: 25 vacation rentals
  • Pass Drury: 57 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Dauphin Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dauphin Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dauphin Island Public Beach: 2,275 vacation rentals
  • Isle Dauphine Golf Club: 2,307 vacation rentals
  • Fort Gaines: 2,423 vacation rentals
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium: 2,421 vacation rentals
  • Indian Shell Mound Park: 2,332 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dauphin Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Dauphin Island?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 679 Houses in Dauphin Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dauphin Island include:

  • Cottages: 47 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 277 rentals available
  • Cabins: 47 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dauphin Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 519 vacation rentals with pool available in Dauphin Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.