Time to Pack Your Bags! Here is a handy “Packing List” for your Dauphin Island vacation

Packing for your Dauphin Island vacation

Use our handy Packing Checklist to help you prepare to relax during your Dauphin Island vacation.


All of our Dauphin Island Vacation Rentals include linens and fully-stocked kitchens.

However, you may want to bring some of the items below to make it easier to cook or to include some things from home.


For your Rental Home

  • paper towels (one roll provided)
  • coffee and coffee filters
  • napkins
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • sponges
  • laundry detergent
  • dish detergent
  • toys and games for the kids
  • groceries
  • condiments
  • aluminum foil
  • garbage bags (initial set provided)
  • baby equipment (if needed)
  • toilet paper (a starter roll for each bathroom is provided)

For the Beach

  • boogie boards/rafts
  • beach towels
  • beach chairs
  • beach umbrella
  • beach toys
  • fishing rods
  • tackle box
  • cooler
  • books
  • magazines


  • swimsuits
  • flip flops
  • sweatshirt for cooler nights
  • beach cover up
  • sun hat


  • shampoo/conditioner
  • soap
  • deodorant
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • razors
  • shaving cream
  • moisturizer
  • comb or brush
  • makeup
  • hair bands
  • aloe
  • hair dryer / curler

Health and Medicine

  • prescription medications
  • sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • lip balm with sun protection
  • Tylenol/Motrin
  • car sickness medicine
  • insect repellent
  • bandaids

Personal Belongings

  • glasses
  • contact lenses and solution
  • sunglasses and case
  • cellphone and charger
  • wallet/purse
  • camera

For the Drive

  • soft drinks
  • bottled water
  • snacks
  • books for you
  • books for the Kids
  • sketch pads
  • pens/pencils portable DVD player / tablet
  • selection of DVDs
  • music
  • blankets and pillows
  • extra set of car keys
  • flashlight with fresh batteries




Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta and Race postponed due to weather

The 59th annual Dauphin Island Race, scheduled to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to forecasts for rain and windy conditions.


While the race is scheduled not to take place, this year’s hosts – the Buccaneer Yacht Club – posted that the “party is still on with live music, libations, and food being available.”

While the Yacht Club’s intention is for the race to be rescheduled, no make-up date has been set.


Big fish on the leaderboard at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo | AL.com

Dauphin Island, AL-  Rodeo organizers said there were 3,310 tickets sold this year, just shy of the Guinness record year in 2011. This year’s version of the oldest and largest fishing tournament in the nation drew competitors from all over the world and even the nation.

Source: Big fish on the leaderboard at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo | AL.com

Music, art on tap across Dauphin Island during Fishing Rodeo | WPMI

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Take thousands of anglers. Add dozens of artists and musicians. Then stir in as many as 75,000 spectators, and you’ve got the makings of a jam-packed Rodeo Music & Arts Festival on Dauphin Island. Set in conjunction with the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the Music & Arts Festival will feature four days of music performances at the fishing rodeo site and also at restaurants and businesses across the island. Events will kick off Thursday afternoon, July 14, with music at several locations, including the rodeo site, where the rodeo’s annual Liars Contest also is scheduled for 6 p.m. Fishing will get under way at 5 a.m. Friday, July 15, and end at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Musicians will also perform those three days at the rodeo site and at outdoor venues throughout the island town. Additionally, on Saturday more than 20 regional artists will be displaying and selling their works at local businesses. The Town of Dauphin Island will provide a free shuttle bus on Saturday to help people get from site to site. “It’s going to be a great four days,” said Mayor Jeff Collier. “Our goal in helping sponsor the Music & Arts Festival is to give people more to do when they come to see the fishing. They can move around the island and see what we have to offer.” Thursday’s music lineup includes Leland Clay, 2-6 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure Bar & Grill; Winston Ramble, 4-6 p.m., Fishing Rodeo stage; Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet, 8-10 p.m., rodeo stage; and The Modern Eldorados, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fins Bar. On Friday, featured performers will be Delta Smoke, 3-5 p.m., rodeo stage; Winston Ramble, 5-7 p.m., rodeo stage; The Wellborn Pickers, 5-30-9:30 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure; Brett LaGrave, 6-10 p.m., Islanders; Dylan Scott, 7-9 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; and Ryan Balthrop, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fins Bar. Saturday’s lineup will include Leland Clay, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Park; Brandon White, noon-1:30 p.m., rodeo stage; Stereo Dogs, noon-4 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure; Leland Clay, 1-3 p.m., Billy Goat Concessions; Delta Smoke, 1:30-3 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Eric Erdman, 3-5 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Rebecca Barry, 5-9 p.m., Fins Bar; Mulligan Brothers, 6-8 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Three Bean Soup, 6-10 p.m., Islanders Restaurant; Terry the Carpenter, 8-10 p.m., Pelican Pub; and Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, 9 p.m.-1 p.m., Fins Bar. Sunday will feature Nanafalia, noon-1:30 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Chris Wellbourne, noon-4 p.m., Islanders Restaurant; Harrison McGinnis, noon-4 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure; Delta Smoke, 1:30-3 p.m., fishing rodeo site; Ryan Balthrop and Friends, 3-4:45 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; and Holly Mosely and Tim Kinsey, 3-7 p.m., Fins Bar. Saturday’s roster of artists incudes Dena McKee, Jimmy Stroud, Susan Cox, Cindy Schafhirt, Sharon Johnson, Laurie Schaerer, Robert Zimlich and others. The venues at which they’ll be stationed include Lighthouse Bakery, Mack and DD’s Emporium, Treasure Trove, Chevron, Billy Goat Concessions, Fins Bar, Islanders Restaurant, Dolphin Health & Fitness and Green Park. The Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council’s gallery on Bienville Boulevard will be open Saturday and Sunday. For more information about musicians and artists, visit the Music & Arts Festival’s Facebook page and the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo’s website, which also contains information about the fishing rodeo itself. Schedules and maps will be available at the rodeo site and at participating venues. The fishing rodeo is sponsored by the Mobile Jaycees, whose promotional literature describes it as “the largest fishing tournament in the world.” Awards and prizes will total more than $1 million.

Source: Music, art on tap across Dauphin Island during Fishing Rodeo | WPMI

What you need to know for the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament

DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL-We’re just days away from one of the most exciting traditions on the Gulf Coast! The annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo kicks off its Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament this Saturday.

Even though it’s only two days away, you can still register to take your child fishing. Organizers say this event attracts about 1,500 young anglers each year. Some kids will catch fish bigger than them!

“We get to watch these kids come in with these big fish or a little fish and they’re just very proud of them,” said Captain Richard Rutland, president of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

He says all families are welcome, no matter how much experience they have. These kids can fish on a boat or even just off a dock nearby.

The tournament starts this Saturday at 5 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m. The weigh station will open at 9 a.m. at the ADSFR site on Dauphin Island.

Children must be 15-years-old or younger to participate and tickets cost $3 per angler, which you can buy at local Academy stores and local tackle shops. You can also buy a ticket at the tournament.

“Drop your boat in the water, go to the dock, do your thing, go fishing, come in with your fish and you can go buy a ticket and then weigh your fish in,” said Rutland.

Children that weigh in will get a certificate, a free hot dog and ice-cream. Anglers that place in the tournament can win a variety of prizes.

All proceeds benefit the Mobile Jaycees Children’s Christmas Shopping Tour to help underprivileged children. So come on out a drop line for a good time and a great cause!

For more information about tournament rules and regulations, click here.

Dauphin Island festivities 

If you are still looking for something to do this Fourth of July, Dauphin Island has a full day if events taking place. The Dauphin Island Veteran’s Association always starts the holiday by remembering those who fought for our freedom.


On the fourth of July, the Dauphin Island Veteran’s Association will host an event revealing a brand-new monument honoring a “fallen solider”. This will take place at 11a.m. on Monday. This year the event will take place at the town hall on Dauphin Island.


Dauphin Island will also but putting on a fireworks show at 9PM Monday night. The movie “Jaws” will be will also be playing on the West End Beach Sunday night, beginning at dusk.


Bring some blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a nice evening on the beach. There will be snack vendors and air-conditioned bathrooms available.

Source: Dauphin Island festivities | WPMI