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Dauphin Island

"The Sunset Capital of Alabama"

Dauphin Island is a barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico.  Entry to the island is made by crossing a three mile long high rise bridge which was opened in July, 1982.   An automobile ferry from the eastern shore also offers an entry point on the eastern end of the island. The island is approximately 14 miles long and 1 ¾ miles wide at the widest point.  The eastern six miles are inhabited while the western 8 miles are undeveloped and privately owned.  It is estimated that 1,300 permanent residents call Dauphin Island home.  The number of residents soars during vacation and holiday times.  The entire island has been designated as a bird sanctuary, and thousands of visitors come to experience the annual migrations.  Dauphin Island is the first landfall encountered by many birds as they migrate north from South America, and as a consequence many species can be found resting there before continuing their journey.

Nearby Attactions


  • Historic Fort Gaines (Site of the Battle of Mobile Bay).

  • The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (one of the world's largest fishing tournaments).

  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

  • Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

  • Shell Mound Park (Prehistoric Indian Grounds).

  • Holiday Isle is located approximately 35 miles from the Mobile Airport, 65 miles from Biloxi, MS, and 90 miles from the Pensacola Airport.

  • Over two-dozen golf courses within 30 miles.

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