Dauphin Island Public Beach

Sandy beach
1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA (31 miles from Mobile, AL)
Cleanliness
Water quality
Crowded
Impressions
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ToiletsPublic restrooms nearby
  • AccessibilityEasy beach access
  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

No fires or grilling.

No glass on the beach allowed.

Park carefully - cops are on the ticket spree!

Dauphin Island has two great beaches - one (called Public Beach) is located on the west end, while the other one is on the east end of the island. If you are looking for the information about the East End beach, click here!

The Dauphin Island Public Beach is a light-tan (almost white) sandy beach located on the west end of the island. It is a large and quiet, non-crowded place loved by locals. The walk to the water itself was pretty long and tiring - it was hot and the sand was deep, so keep that in mind if you need to carry something heavy (like a toddler ๐Ÿ˜…).

Waters are shallow and clean. The beach area is so large that even when crowded you feel like you have a ton of space around you. Kids can have great fun on the playground. 

The beach is open 8 AM to 6 PM, year-round. A small entrance fee is required to get in during spring and summer. There are plenty of nice-looking cabins and condos to rent for a longer stay. 

Paid parking available ($3 per vehicle plus an additional $3 per person).

Additional information can be found on the official website.

Ferry to Dauphin Island

Car ferries run periodically from Fort Morgan. The schedule is available online, so make sure to consult it by clicking here. There are two types of ferries, the smaller one runs during winter and spring only.

What we loved

  • Bird watching - the island is a sanctuary and part of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail ๐Ÿฆ…
  • Few people on the beach
  • Clear waters, powdery sand ๐Ÿ–
Reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
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Dauphin Island Public Beach videos

Dauphin Island West Beach
A short video of the Public Beach
Dauphin Island, Alabama
Drone Flyover from the West End Beach

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast
How to get there
The beach is located in Dauphin Island, Alabama
1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA (Open on Google Maps)
Dauphin Island Public Beach
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Dauphin Island Public Beach reviews and photos
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Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by OYSTERS XO
24.01.2018
OYSTERS XO
Oyster Farm Test Kitchen. Result: mmmmmmmmmm @massacreislandoysters
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Liz Coe Doughty
06.10.2017
Liz Coe Doughty
๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ #sunset #dauphinisland
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Joey Pilaczynski
07.06.2018
Joey Pilaczynski
Me & ole Fordy will have traveled 2400+ miles for work this past week.. Learn a lot about yourself alone. But I've enjoyed every second of it #ForGodAlone
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Kelly Smith/LizzieLou
04.03.2018
Kelly Smith/LizzieLou
Enjoying my birthdayโค๐Ÿ‘ฃ
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by This Is Alabama
05.01.2018
This Is Alabama
Love this serene scene ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™From @tiffanyscarcliffphotography: "#tbt to one of my favorite beach pics. The fog was so thick when I first stepped onto the beach that I couldn't see the water. I could hear the waves crashing onto the shore but couldn't see a thing. It cleared up within 15 minutes but it seemed like time stood still for a while on the quiet, foggy beach.โ€
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Brian DeLancey
27.03.2018
Brian DeLancey
Had fun over the weekend in one of my new favorite beach spots. #daydrives๐Ÿš˜
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Hilary Jordan Nelson๐ŸŒž
09.06.2017
Hilary Jordan Nelson๐ŸŒž
Beachin'๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฌ
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by isabel hester
27.07.2018
isabel hester
the best place to watch sunsets for sure ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Danielle DeVoe
28.05.2018
Danielle DeVoe
Date nights will never be the same!
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Lauren Knoebel
21.10.2018
Lauren Knoebel
chillin on a boat and stuff
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by southmobiletourism
08.09.2018
southmobiletourism
Our gateway to rest and relaxation!
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Tennille Rehm
21.01.2018
Tennille Rehm
Dauphin Island Pier ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒด
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Christina Leigh Henderson
04.05.2018
Christina Leigh Henderson
Sunset chasers
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by TAJ ๐Ÿ•Œ
28.07.2018
TAJ ๐Ÿ•Œ
Beach time ๐Ÿ– I love that mama loves the beach as much as I do! I also like to dig my face into the sand. ๐Ÿถ
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Mrs. Ashton Warren
19.04.2018
Mrs. Ashton Warren
Beach day on a Wednesday? I think YES! ๐Ÿ˜โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿพ #beachday
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Hilary Jordan Nelson๐ŸŒž
05.03.2018
Hilary Jordan Nelson๐ŸŒž
You Make Me Happy๐ŸŒž
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by Glory Boy
11.10.2017
Glory Boy
๐Ÿก๐Ÿฌ
Dauphin Island Public Beach photo by vivismuro
27.06.2018
vivismuro
Reporting from #dauphinisland ๐ŸŒŠ This beach had lots of #Seachells I spot the oil rigs in the background.. #twins