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Dauphin Island Beach

Dogs on a leash are allowed on the public beach year round. The public beach near the Red School House and the old fishing pier is the largest area on Dauphin Island set aside for dogs and their owners to romp and play on the sand and in the surf. There are at least a couple of miles of beach there, and with Sand Island now connected to Dauphin Island, there is another three miles of undeveloped beach jutting out into the Gulf on that barrier island. Though dogs are allowed at Dauphin Island's primary public beach and at the Dauphin Island Campground, dogs are not allowed at the West End Beach Park on the Island's extreme west end. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Dauphin Island Beach has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 9 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Megan
    Jan. 23, 2021
    Leashed Beach

    The signs on this beach say dogs are supposed to be leashed, so off leash at your own risk. The beach front is very wide from the sea grass to the ocean. The beautiful white sand is super clean!! There were few people at the beach on the chilly day we went, so my pooches had a lot of room to romp. This was a wonderful first time beach for my dogs!!

  • Leigh ann
    Jun. 25, 2020
    2 dog beaches

    There are three main beaches on Dauphin Island, and two of them allow dogs: Public Beach and East Beach. The people at the welcome center said that one by the country club does too, but we couldn’t find that one. They said dogs aren’t allowed on West Beach just because it’s a bird sanctuary.

    The beaches are gorgeous. Public Beach is the biggest but requires a hike. East Beach is smaller but beautiful. The guard told me she wouldn’t allow her kids to swim in certain parts of that one because it can get rough.

  • Josh
    Feb. 11, 2020
    Good experience

    We went in February on a Tuesday morning and had the beach to ourselves. Our pitbull had a lot of fun trying to catch the waves.

  • Norma
    Jul. 8, 2019
    Dirty beach

    We went with our dog and did not really like the beach. It was disappointing to see the water dirty, with tons of seaweed and the walk from parking to the beach is far. It was hot and we only stayed for like 30min. We had been to Pensacola beach the day before and would rather make that extra drive to Pensacola for a clean beach.

  • Bonnie
    More than a year ago
    family trip

    We had an awesome trip!! Only bad thing was it Rain lol but other then that we loved it

  • Nikki
    May. 3, 2018
    Awesome spot!

    We spent the afternoon here for our dogs first time at the beach. He loved running and playing in the sand - there was a nice sandbar we swam out to and it wasn't overly crowded. We will definitely be back!

  • Kelli
    More than a year ago
    Wonderful Beach for Dogs and their People!

    We spent a week on Dauphin Island with our two dogs. Much of this time was spent at the beach. It was so great to be able to enjoy the sand, sun, and water with our dogs. There is not an off-leash beach area, but that is fine with us as we don't let our dogs off-leash anyway. If you want to be able to really enjoy a seaside vacation with your dog and not be confined to a "pet friendly" section of beach, you can't go wrong with a Dauphin Island vacation!

  • Gary and Shantele
    More than a year ago
    Great beach for dogs

    Better beach for dogs than people. Several dogs on the beach and overall they had great opportunity to run and play. Out Bassett chased crabs and enjoyed playing with kids. Not a crowded beach at all. Beautiful white beaches of Alabama, but quiet a bit of litter. The downside of this beach is the long walk in sand to water due to environmental changes. We were exhausted from the walk alone.

  • Jess
    More than a year ago
    Nice in October

    We were pleased with the uncrowded beaches and very dog friendly, casual atmosphere. The island is small with little to do other than walk the beach. Our dogs and friends and their preschool children enjoyed our time on DI. We would visit again.

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