Good Grit's Guide to The South's Best Islands and Beaches: Dauphin Island

Good Grit's Guide to The South's Best Islands and Beaches: Dauphin Island

When our Editor-in-Chief, Shelly Brown, bought a home on St. George Island, we could not wait to explore. The quiet beach felt almost untouched—like a well-kept secret, welcoming us without the hustle and bustle we typically expect of beach towns. It led us to wonder… what other gems are hiding along the southern coast? Go ahead and pack your bags—you’ll want to enjoy island hopping and beach bumming all summer long!

Dauphin Island, The Sunset Capital of Alabama

Located at the southernmost point of Alabama, Dauphin Island is a quaint southern town on the beautiful Gulf Coast. The pristine barrier island is home to an eclectic mix of locally owned shops, galleries, and restaurants. You’ll also find miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches, excellent fishing and endless adventure.


Holiday Isle - Featuring 665 feet of Gulf beachfront, these condo rentals are an ocean-lovers dream. The property also features an indoor heated pool, and outdoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, and more.

Dauphin Island Harbor House - This quaint 10-room inn with a stunning waterside dock comes with a complimentary full southern breakfast!


Lighthouse Bakery - This cozy mom-and-pop restaurant is located in a historic house. They offer baked goods, coffee, breakfast, and sandwiches—but don’t miss the cinnamon rolls!

Pirate’s Bar & Grill - Here you can try the Original Dauphin Island Bushwacker alongside delicious seafood. 


Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Bring the family to experience hands-on exhibits showcasing the 4 key habitats of coastal Alabama.

The Happy Octopus - This locally-owned beach boutique has something for everyone! 

Tiki Time - Your own personal captain will take you on a tour on this mobile tiki bar. Enjoy good drinks, good music, and good views!


Historic Fort Gaines - The fort, which offers guided tours done in period uniform, has original cannons, a blacksmith shop, kitchens, a museum, gift shop, and tunnels.

Insider’s Tip:

Dauphin Island is known to many as the Sunset Capital of Alabama. Before you leave, to truly experience all that Dauphin Island is, you must stay for sunset! The beautiful sunsets can be witnessed from any point on the island, but the west-end is the best seat in the house.

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