Waterfront living, peaceful seclusion, convenience to Mobile

The southernmost point in the state of Alabama, Dauphin Island is just a short drive from the city of Mobile, but white sand beaches and stilted cottages make this 14-mile barrier island feel like a secluded resort. A mere 1,300 people call the island their permanent home, but vacationers and seasonal renters cause the population to fluctuate throughout the year. The eastern side of the long, thin island has two public boat launches and attractions like Dauphin Island Estuarium, historic Fort Gaines and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, while the western end features several parks and miles of beautiful beaches. The Island is also host to the world’s largest fishing tournament, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, each July.

Whether you want to catch your own seafood or enjoy fresh fish cooked to your taste, the island has plenty of fishing piers and restaurants to accommodate you. Dauphin Island is connected to the mainland by its namesake parkway, but visitors and residents also enjoy year-round ferry service to Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores. If you’re looking for a laid-back island getaway—either for a vacation home or a permanent residence—the perfect haven awaits in Dauphin Island.