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Trip Report Dauphin Island Trip Report

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This is PScott reporting back about her family's recent trip to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

All in all, we had a very nice time. As we knew it would be, the island is very small (I think 6 or 7 miles from end to end), and there is not a wide variety of restaurants on the actual island but we were warned so were not surprised.

The beach in front of our condo was very nice, although it bothered my husband that it was right next to the main public beach. You had to walk out a bit to get to deeper water but the kids had a great time finding hermit crabs and splashing about. There were quite a bit of jellyfish the day after we had a bad storm, but the water was clear the rest of the week so we just stayed by the pool that day.

Traffic was an issue only on Saturday and Sunday of last week. This was due to the fact there was a big weekend-long fishing tournament in progress when we arrived. After driving around a bit the first day to check things out, we decided to stay close to the condo until the tournament was over. Once everyone left, traffic was not a problem on at all.

As for food options -- we did try a couple of the restaurants on the island when they were open (we found many were closed on Monday and Tuesdays for some reason), and we were not particularly impressed with the few we tried. I know most beach restaurants offer mainly fried food, but it would have been nice to have something on the menu you could get that was grilled or broiled. We did buy some wonderfully fresh shrimp one night and fixed them back in the condo one night.

The condo we stayed in called Holiday Isle has only been open a year and only about 1/3 of the units have been purchased so far so it is not overly crowded. While the outside of the building is very dystopian looking (the parking deck faces the outside and goes up the first 3 floors), the inside of the condo was lovely. (I think it was one of the nicest, most well appointed beach condos we've ever been in... nice cookware, sharp Henckel knives, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen.) The unit had a nice layout, lovely Pottery Barn furniture and a huge balcony with lots of nice outdoor furniture that we all enjoyed every morning and late afternoon.
The condo also had a great workout room on the second floor that jutted out over the indoor and outdoor pool and faced the beach. I could work out in the mornings and watch my husband take the kids to the pool or beach. The w/o room had 4 treadmills, 4 ellipticals, two bikes and this huge weight machine contraption, plus 3 flat screen tvs and a punching bag area. Very nice but could have used better ventilation as it go hot in there.

For breaks in the afternoon, we drove around the island a bit (as you can expect, there are a lot of homes for sale like most beach areas down there), and took the kids to Fort Gaines and the Estuarium. The kids enjoyed both places.

All in all, it was a very pleasant and relaxing trip and I would recommend Dauphin Island for those not looking for lots to do other than relax and spend time at the beach or pool.


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