Dauphin Island — Ultimate Quiet Beach Getaway

Dauphin Island- Ultimate Quiet Beach Getaway

Across a bridge from the mainland of Alabama sits a small island in the Gulf of Mexico. It is approximately 36 miles from the nearest airport in Mobile, AL (BFM). If you can picture the perfect small beach town Dauphin Island is it. When staying there you feel like a local, because the traffic from tourists is nonexistent. Even though the island is low key, there are still many ways to enjoy your stay.

Beach front, stilted homes line the beach, and staying so close to gulf adds to the relaxation of your trip. Spend your day in the sun, and the clear calm water, and in the evening take a stroll down the beach and watch the sunset. Best of all enjoy your paradise to yourself because beaches here are unspoiled and are not crowded. Fishing and boating are also very popular in the area. Visitors can fish from a secluded beach or book a trip for some offshore fishing.

The local restaurants and shops add a special charm you can’t find anywhere else. There are no franchises here. Restaurants include the Oar house Restaurant, Barnacle Bills Marina Grill, and The Common Loon all specializing in fresh seafood that is caught daily. If seafood is not what you are looking for then Island Rainbow may suit you better. Served here is pizza, burgers, and for dessert a tropical snow cone. Other attractions are on the island of Fort Gaines. What are the special attractions here? Visit the historic site for a glimpse into the past. Once known as “Massacre Island” soon became the headquarters for French colonization along the Gulf Coast in 1699. The thriving settlement consisted of a fort, a chapel, government owned warehouses, and many private homes. Over the next century, control of Dauphin Island switched from France to Great Britain and to Spain in 1780. Finally, in 1813 the United States seized the territory.

Fort Gaines

Overall, if you are looking for a quiet escape away from it all but still close enough to other major cities Dauphin Island is your perfect escape. From the island there is only a couple hours’ drive to Mobile, Biloxi, and New Orleans. I’ll be addressing these destinations in future blog posts. The Gulf is relatively warm all year, and the hottest temperatures are during the summer months of June-August. Determining how many days to stay on the island is up to you. Whether it’s a week or a weekend trip you won’t be disappointed.

The quiet stillness of the island is the ultimate relaxation everyone craves. Cure that craving with a stay at the small but charming beach town, where visitors can to stay in houses, hotels or a Bed and Breakfast. We’d love to hear from you if you have visited Dauphin Island or Fort Gaines. If you want to learn more about this wonderful beach escape and the historical sites in Fort Gaines then please call us at Best Cruises and Travel now, 203-221-3171, 888-499-7245, email egreenwald@cruiseplanners.com and check the website: http://www.BestCruisesAndTravelNow.com.

Blog and Photographs by Deidrea Niece, Travel Writer for Best Cruises and Travel Now

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About evagreenwald

I co-own Best Cruises and Travel Now, a full service, home-based travel agency. Our customers save a lot of time, a lot of money, a lot of aggravation from travel mistakes, while we give them expert, personalized travel advice and excellent customer service. Since we are affiliated with Cruise Planners/American Express, our clients can pay for part or all of their trip using their American Express Reward points! We specialize in specialty and theme cruises and trips, honeymoons and destination weddings, corporate travel and sales incentive trips, family and school reunions and friends getaways. We will exceed your expectations!
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