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Just completed in May 2018, Island Time 4 is a Gulf-front 5 bedroom home with a private, heated Pool and a Game Room. It has covered porches and sundecks, a Gulf-facing pool and beautiful Gulf and Bay views from nearly every room. Island Time 4 is virtually identical to the very popular Island Time III, but is a brand-new home on a direct Gulf-front lot. It is a 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, with two Gulf-facing Master Suites (one upstairs, one on the main floor) each with a private en suite bath. There are three additional bedrooms on the second floor; one views the Gulf and the other two the Bay. Island Time 4 has a great beach house layout, with a large Island off the kitchen and a great room, with a slider leading to the Gulf-front deck, Pool, and covered porch. Upstairs, there is a Game Room and second-story balcony with some of the best views of the Island available.
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Sonny Daze (formerly Island Time V) is a 5 bedroom Gulf-view beach house with a private, heated pool and a second floor Game Room with a Gulf-view balcony. Sonny Daze has 2 Master suites (one on the main level, and the second upstairs) and one of the best views of any home on the Island. This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath two-story beach house is nearly ready! It has a unique Gulf-view dipping pool; with benches along the sides, so you can sit in the pool and enjoy the great Gulf of Mexico views! There is a cozy second-floor Game Room with foosball, and a door to access a 160 sq foot Gulf-view balcony. Additional Ice-maker located in the pantry. This home has a great Gulf of Mexico beach location! There is one house ahead to the left and right, but the house is angled to as to provide an excellent Gulf view for this home. Pool is heated October thru April, at no additional charge.
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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?
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.
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.