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“Pretty beach, but nothing else”

Dauphin Island Public Beach
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Just FYI, no restaurants here, nothing to do but beach. Which is fine, but for how low key it is, they still charge to park or walk onto the public beach area. Beaches are nice white sand, just bring everything you need for the day as its a long drive to anywhere from here...

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Dauphin Island, just west of the entrance to Mobile Bay in Alabama, is the ideal Gulf Beach retreat for families without children that absolutely require water slides, multiple sno-cone vendors or amusement park kiddie rides (in other words, it's not Gulf Shores that is on the east side of Mobile Bay, dominated by high rise condo buildings T-shirt shops etc). It's an adult retreat but perfect for children that are entertained by flights of pelicans, shrimp boats festooned with seagulls waiting for the nets to be hauled in, schools of dolphins and also of rays(or skates) that swirl about close to shore, and the clean sandy beaches that were never really affected by the BP blow-up (We were there both Spring and Fall of that year). The west side of the island,after crossing the long bridge from the mainland, has many beautiful beach cottages. I strongly advise splurging on a gulf-front cottage where you can walk from your porch directly to the water.

The shoulder seasons (generally April-May and September -October) are cheaper and more private as the kids are in school. The weather is still benign (except for the occasional hurricane that should prompt a hurried exit; with only a two lane bridge to the mainland). The Audubon bird sanctuary is a plus in spring and fall as many migrating species make this the last stop after trans-versing the Gulf from/to Central and South America.

I-65 brings you into Mobile with only about 40 miles left to get to the Island, Go for peace and tranquility, recharging the batteries, and getting a great tan. Lighted oil rigs do dot the horizon at night, with their bright lights, One can view them as a string of diamonds or freedom from Arab oil. Or pull the shades.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just a regular beach and a small one at that. Mind you we were there in Feb 2013 and not much going on. It was cold and windy at the time, but it is just a small beach, but could be an enjoyable day with lots of sun.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Not great if you are expecting beaches like in Florida but it is nice. Good fishing too. I have been coming here since I was a child in the 1970's and it has changed alot. Drilling rigs are visible all along the shore so if this bothers you then this will not be the place for you. Aside fro the BP Horizon disaster the drilling has had little effect on the beach here. Not a great deal else to do except swim, fish and relax so take a break from the touristy beaches and try this out of the way spot.

2  Thank trvlngtchr
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Went in off season - late November so no one was there. Had the beach all to myself. Lovely cattails, clean sand - it's well kept up. Nice pier and covered picnic. Wonderful spot to get away and relax.

2  Thank Mary F
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