Dauphin Island Public Beach

Sandy beach
1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA
31 miles from Mobile, AL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

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

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 🦅
  • Few people on the beach
  • Clear waters, powdery sand 🏖

Driving Time

  • 45 minutes from Mobile, AL
  • 1 hour 35 minutes from Pensacola, FL
  • 2 hours 25 minutes from New Orleans, LA

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 Public Beach which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
Photos from Google Maps
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Dauphin Island Public Beach videos

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

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 1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: October 20, 2020