Dauphin Island East End Beach

White sand beach
51 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA
31 miles from Mobile, AL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Pretty long walk to the beach from the parking lot

This beach is located in the Eastern part of the island, right next to the Historic Fort Gaines. Unlike the Public Beach on the West end, this rocky beach has fewer amenities but is free to use for everyone. Parking is also free of charge but limited - only around 20 spots or so. You can get to the island by ferry, tickets are pricey though - around $24 one way. However, if you do take the ferry, make sure to save your ticket, you will get a discount on your way back!

The beach is never crowded (ok, almost never!). It's clean and calm. Leashed pets are welcome. There's only one cafe nearby so pack a lunch if going for a daycation. 

If you are looking for some entertainment, there's an aquarium and a bird sanctuary nearby (which is really cool). Did I tell you about the sunsets? One of the locals mentioned that they call it the "sunset capital of the world". And he was right! 🌅

The extra time we spent on traveling there was worth it – this is one of the nicest beaches available in the area.

Getting there

You can take a ferry from Fort Morgan. There are two types of ferries – a smaller one can take up to 18 cars, but it only runs during winter and spring time. The larger one can hold up to 40 cars. Have a look at the schedule for the exact departure times here.

Driving Time

  • 45 minutes from Mobile, AL
  • 2 hours 30 minutes from New Orleans, LA
  • 4 hours 15 minutes from Tallahassee, FL

What we loved

  • Watching dolphins and pelicans
  • Lots of shells on the beach
  • Amazing sunsets
  • Coming in early and having the whole beach to ourselves!

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Dauphin Island East End Beach which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
Photos from Google Maps
Rocky jetty on Dauphin Island East End BeachPeople exploring Dauphin Island East End BeachSunrise on the beachInformation shields on the beachSea waves
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Visitor questions:

Question: Is there a restroom?
Asked by Lisa over 2 years ago
Answer: Yes, there is one porta potty at the southern end of the parking lot.

Dauphin Island East End Beach videos

East End Beach Best Restored Beach Award
Award ceremony acknowledging the 2017 Best Restored Beach Award winners
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Dauphin Island's East End Beach Recognized with Award

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Dauphin Island, Alabama 51 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: October 15, 2020