Dauphin Island is a great destination for a relaxing beach vacation.
Throughout my childhood in southern Louisiana, my family would caravan to popular beach towns along the Florida Panhandle, like Pensacola and Destin, where we’d bury each other in scalding sand and trawl souvenir shops for T-shirts.
As an adult, I decided the Gulf Coast was too crowded, too commercial, until one day my husband and I explored Alabama’s narrow, 14-mile-long Dauphin Island. It takes a bit of work to get to — you either drive the high-rise bridge from Mobile or board the ferry at Fort Morgan — but with only 1,300 residents, the island is peaceful and pristine.
We now visit regularly during the high season, which runs April through September, to take nature walks, see dramatic sunsets from the beach, and eat seafood so fresh you know it was just swimming.