|Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce
|DID YOU KNOW?
Dauhin Island was mapped in 1519 by Alonzo Pineda. That’s
almost 500 years ago.
WELCOME TO DAUPHIN ISLAND!
Come and enjoy our little piece of paradise, dip your toes in the Gulf of Mexico waters, get sand between
your toes and just RELAX. As Dauphin Island residents like to say, we're living on "Island Time," and once
you experience the serenity of an afternoon sunset, or watch sea birds performing aerial acrobatics,
you will understand why.
Come stroll our beaches, charter a boat to fish or to cruise, dine in our special eateries and visit gift shops
and boutiques for that special item or gift.
In our busy world we plan for tomorrow, but can't live it until it arrives.
We often spend time regretting the past and worrying about the future and fail to enjoy today.
We invite you to come enjoy Dauphin island
Standing guard between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Dauphin Island is true barrier island - complete with dunes,
maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal flats and two freshwater lakes.
Named “barrier” for their role in protection the mainland from nature’s fury of storm waves, barrier island also prevent the
inflow of salt water from the Gulf into the bays and sounds by forming a physical barrier. This process is essential to
maintaining the nursery characteristics of the estuarine ecosystem.
The island is accessed from the mainland by a beautiful drive, consisting of a two and a one-half mile causeway and a
three-mile bridge which opened in 1982.
|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 after the
original draw bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979.
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 1300 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
|Many attractions are located on the east end of the island including Fort Gaines, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin
Island Campground, Audubon Bird Sanctuary and numerous boat launch sites.
Our beautiful beaches of sugar white sand, public golf course and parks are added attractions located
on the west end of the island.
Together they make Dauphin Island a wonderful laid-back resort destination.
|Hotels, motels, condominiums and private homes are available for rent to both summer and winter visitors.
Delicious restaurants dot the commercial and tourist areas and offer fresh seafood harvested from the gulf waters as well
as traditional menu items.
Sun worshipers mix with anglers and sport fishermen on the beaches and in the waters surrounding the island.
Fishing piers provide access to Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Sound for shallow water fishing for the land lovers, while
charter boats offer deep water fishing excursions. Swimmers and surfers enjoy the gulf waves and kites, floating on gulf
breezes, fill the skies above the beaches, floating on the gulf breezes. Beach combers walk the shoreline in search of
shells and other treasures of the sea, while sea birds and ghost crabs frolic on land and sea.
Town of Dauphin Island