Alabama Coasting 2018 - Page 19

AND OF COURSE... THE BEACHES White sands and warm surf make beach time fun for children of all ages. Photo: Debbie Denson, West End Beach Located 6 miles from the water tower, is open during the season with both Gulf and Mississippi Sound beach access and features spectacular sunsets all year round. “The Public Beach” The largest beach is operated by the Dauphin Island Park & Beach Board. It is most often referred to as “The Public Beach” and is in a central location on the Island. Miles of undeveloped beaches, four group pavilions, bathrooms, outdoor showers, playground and connecting boardwalks. Beach at Isle Dauphine Country Club Located on the cove, so the water is calm and shallow, making it especially child friendly. Kayaks and jet ski rentals are available in the summer season. This is also a favorite location for windsurfers on the island. This is the most “full-service” beach on the island with the adjacent PIRATES’ BAR N GRILL serving casual fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner year round and the POOL AND CABANA BAR offering lunch, dinner, cold beverages and live music poolside during the season. First walk on the beach. Photo: DR. Joy Russell East End Beach The island’s newest waterfront amenity is located just south of Fort Gaines and is the only beach with free access. All other beaches have a nominal access charge. Also, our beaches are the only pet friendly ones in the region, but please keep your four- legged friends on their leash. Generally, hours of operation are 8am to 6pm. Isle Dauphine Club House. Photo: DR. Joy Russell ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2018 19