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Strand Castle - Gulf-Front, private heated pool and Game Room

Strand Castle is a Gulf-front house with an ideal beach house layout- 4 bedrooms, a Game Room overlooking the Gulf in the 4th bedroom, a small, private, heated pool (October through April), and roof-top Crow's Nest. It's easy to see why this beach house is one of Dauphin Island's most popular vacation rentals. This elevated, two-story home has a Master Suite on the first level with a private full bath. There is also a half-bath off the kitchen. The Great Room is large, open, and has a flat-screen TV over the fireplace. The Second Level has three bedrooms, two of which share a Jack and Jil half bathroom with a shower. There is a third full bathroom on this level and a Game Room (great for night time or rainy days). The game room is also the 4th bedroom and has a bunk bed and sleeper sofa. The rooftop has a Crow's Nest, which provides panoramic views of the Island. The home has a new owner and was completely updated in Winter 20/21. New flooring, fixtures, furniture, and paint throughout. It is a stunning makeover! The two windows that are boarded up in the pictures are expected to be repaired in March 2021. Windows are on backorder. All of our Dauphin Island vacation home rentals come complete with linens, towels, and fully-equipped kitchens, everything you need for a great family beach vacation. The pool is heated from October thru April. Please note the following: 1. Minimum Age for the Primary Renter is 25 and Primary Renter must be present for the entire stay. 2. Maximum Occupancy numbers include Children 3 and over and cannot be exceeded at any time. 3. All of our Homes are Non-Smoking. 4. A signed Rental Agreement is Required, which contains additional Rules and Guidance. 5. This property does not allow weddings or parties. 6. Check-in time is 3 pm and check-out time is 10 am. 7. Start dishes and linens before departure. 8. Take trash can to the street on Monday night and Friday night. 9. This home is NOT pet friendly.

$206 per night
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Bayfront beach retreat w/ lovely beach views, screened-in porch & beach access!

 

$257 per night
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Gulf-Front Condo w/ Balcony, Shared Pools, and Beach Access!

 

$116 per night

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Dauphin Island house rentals

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Well-equipped Gulf front home with WiFi, spacious deck & direct beach access
$455 per night
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Chic Waterfront Dauphin Island cottage on white sandy beach
$276 per night
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Dog friendly, beach front home w/ stunning views, gas grill, and elevator!
$413 per night
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Gulf House on Stilts: mid-island, minutes to beach
$151 per night
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Dog-friendly seaside home with WiFi, deck, amazing views, minutes from beach
$272 per night
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Amazing, dog-friendly, beachfront escape w/ full kitchen & balcony
$350 per night
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Spacious Gulf front home w/ spectacular sunrise & sunset views!
$451 per night
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Henry's House: A Cute Lil' Ol' Beach Shack
$207 per night
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Seaside
$321 per night
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The Tranquil Island Palms "A"
$150 per night
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The Getaway
$201 per night
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Bayfront home with Gulf views, deck with private swim spa & grill - dog-friendly
$260 per night

Dauphin Island condo rentals

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Wonderful Beach Condo W/ Shared Pools, Beach Boardwalk, Water View & WiFi!
$152 per night
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Dreamy Island Escape W/ Shared Pools, Free WiFi, Beach Access, and Central A/C
$138 per night
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Vibrant Condo in Perfect Location w/ Shared Pools & Beach Sccess!
$116 per night
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Loosie’s by the BEACH
$144 per night
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Dog-friendly condo w/ views of the bayou, shared pool - close to the bayou!
$207 per night
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Loosie's near the GULF
$150 per night
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NEW! Sunny 1st-Floor Condo w/ Ocean-View Balcony!
$214 per night
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Condo with WiFi, boardwalk to beach, Gulf view, pool, & picnic area
$161 per night
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Fun in the Sun! Dauphin Island!
$249 per night
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OUR HAPPY PLACE / Discounted Rates for Offseason
$172 per night
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Ocean's Edge - Beautiful, 2/2 condo in the Inn at Dauphin Island, direct Gulf views
$119 per night
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Family-friendly, beachfront getaway w/ a stainless kitchen & shared pool
$167 per night

Dauphin Island cabin rentals

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TheAlabamAframe w/Hot Tub - Dauphin Island
$340 per night
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Fish Camp on the Bayou for Two (Sorry, No Pets)
$52 per night
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Cozy Log Cabin, Foley, Al. Pet Friendly.
$118 per night
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Get Away from it all at the Shady Shack!
$232 per night
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Secluded waterfront retreat
$148 per night
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Tranquility Cabin "The name says it all"
$125 per night
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Charming Country Cabin
$130 per night
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The Hideaway On Styx River
$143 per night
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Rustic Rural Cabin
$108 per night
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The Cabins at Fish River Trees - Cabin D
$139 per night
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Classic Riverside Log Cabin -Fishing Lodge-
$321 per night
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The Cabins at Fish River Trees - Cabin B
$139 per night

Your guide to Dauphin Island

All About Dauphin Island

The seafaring town of Dauphin Island — just across the bridge from Mobile, Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico — boasts white-sand beaches, fiery sunsets, and a reputation for tranquility. Amble down the beach past pastel-colored cottages, and watch for dolphins and herons hoping to steal the catch of the day from local fishermen. Venture out to see the historic Fort Gaines and marvel at the mystery of Shell Mound Park, where layers of seashells have created a beautifully preserved site. For a quiet town that’s only 14 miles long, there is no shortage of picturesque scenery, water activities, and local history to be soaked up here.


How do I get around Dauphin Island?

The closest airport is Mobile Airport (MOB), a 42-minute drive away. Getting to Dauphin Island from there will take you across the Bay via a scenic three-mile bridge. Another option to get from the mainland to your Dauphin Island rental is to hop on the ferry, which leaves from Mobile Bay every 1.5 hours from 8 am until late, and more frequently during the summer. If you happen to be in town over the peak summer months from April until Labor Day, you can also take advantage of the free Dauphin Island Shuttle Service from Mobile. Getting around the island itself is easy, as you can walk from one end to the other in less than an hour — but having a car is helpful for day trips around the area.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Dauphin Island?

From April through until Labor Day weekend, Dauphin Island’s 1,300 residents are joined by visitors spending the summer season in town. The summer heat makes this an ideal time to enjoy the island’s pristine beaches, and the busier-than-normal buzz turns it into a lively coastal destination. Come in March or April for more tranquility, peak birdwatching, and beautiful tropical flower blooms – the weather is warm and sunny in spring too. It gets a bit chillier in Dauphin Island from October through February, though brisk seaside walks and the promise of warming up in cozy cafes make for a very welcome consolation prize. During winter months, it gets a little rainier on Dauphin Island, but temperatures never dip into freezing.


What are the top things to do in Dauphin Island?

Birdwatching

While the dolphins often steal the show at Dauphin Island, this is also a prime spot for birdwatching. Every spring, 420 species of birds fly into town for a pit stop along their migratory path north from Central and South America. You can best spot them at Audubon Bird Sanctuary, with its 137-acres of protected marshes, dunes, swamp, and beach.

Fort Gaines

The pentagonal outline of Fort Gaines stands at the eastern tip of the island, guarding Mobile Bay as it has done for over 150 years. Visitors head here to explore the tunnel system, visit the blacksmith shop, and inspect original cannons fired during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. The on-site museum showcases period clothing and local photographs, while the lookout points provide commanding views of the ocean.

Shell Mound Park

Shell mounds — or handmade layers of oyster, mussel, and various other shells to form hills — can be found sprinkled around the Gulf Coast and usually demarcate an important Indigenous settlement. Traditionally, tribe leaders would have their houses at the top of the mounds, with the rest of the community living below. These sites were hubs for gathering, trading, and celebratory feasts, and have lasting cultural and historical importance. Today, this park and bird sanctuary is a scenic and informative place for a stroll.