Honestly, there is never a bad time to visit Dauphin Island. But having said that, we do enjoy distinct seasonal differences you may want to take into account when planning your next visit. We look forward to welcoming you at any time of year to our little corner of the world and the “Sunset Capital of Alabama.”
Whether you drive on the I-193 Dauphin Island Bridge or join us via one of the picturesque ferries that traverse the water, get ready for a special retreat from everyday life. Our narrow barrier island, located south of Mobile Bay, features beautiful white sand beaches. Read on to find the best time for you to visit Dauphin Island.
And before your visit, we invite you to check out our vast array of well-appointed Dauphin Island vacation rentals that include both homes and condos.
While Dauphin Island is a beautiful Gulf Coast destination, it is still far enough north to enjoy seasonality. You will find a mild year-round climate that can be cooler in winter.
Tops pick: May is an ideal time for everything Dauphin Island Alabama has to offer.
This weather is idyllic, meaning you’ll enjoy a high temp in the low 80s and nights in the high 60s. May is one of the very best times of year to join us. Water temperature is in the high 70s, which means a great time for getting from the sand into the ocean. You can also enjoy hiking on Dauphin Island on some great trails that await you.
We also love the May shoulder season because you get to have Dauphin Island more to yourself with far fewer visitors than in summer. Come before school gets out and after spring break for a great time. For anglers, May is also one of the best months of the year, whether fishing by boat or surf fishing from the shore.
Top pick: October at Dauphin Island is quintessential.
Once again the shoulder season from late September through October rocks here on the Gulf of Mexico. With cooler autumn temperatures and fewer tourists as kids are back to school, Dauphin Island gets sleepy once again following summer. October is also the month with the least precipitation, at only 3 inches for the month. Again you’ll find great water temperature, and the air is perfect. How about biking on Dauphin Island? Rent a bike and enjoy our slice of paradise.
July and the busy summer on Dauphin Island.
Yes, we will get some rain, but it is a cool and soothing respite from the warm weather.
A cooler and wetter month on Dauphin Island. The temperature, however, is generally still mild and a great relief from the cooler northern temperatures. They range from the low 60s during the day to the low 40s at night. It is pleasantly free of rainfall in January.
February brings our annual Mardis Gras festival.
Dauphin Island is cool and you can expect some rain. Temperatures range from the 60s during the day to the 40s at night.
March into spring on Dauphin Island.
This is a time that’s great for seeing all of the native and migratory birds here. A trip to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary is definitely in order since the spring migration run starts in mid-March.
Cool temperatures prevail with an average daytime temperature of 69 degrees, and a nighttime average of 50. Don’t expect a lot of rain in March as it is one of our driest months.
April warms up here with spring in full session.
Temperatures are in the mid to high 70s and nights approaching 60 degrees with mostly dry weather to be expected. “Just beautiful” describes April on Dauphin Island.
May features spectacular Gulf Coast weather.
Expect 83 degrees on average, with mid-sixties at night. Spring showers are mixed with dry days. There is also abundant sunshine.
Each year, the 6th Alabama Cavalry and the Alabama Division of Reenactors recreate the epic Battle of Mobile Bay. This serves to showcase the large role that Fort Gaines played during the US Civil War.
June heats up.
Summer is setting in starting June. Temperatures warm to the high 80s with 70 degrees at night. Rain is mixed with the sun on tap throughout the month.
July is a warm month on Dauphin Island with fireworks and some rain.
July in Dauphin Island is a time when you can anticipate more rain and temperatures that are quite warm. The average daytime temperate is 90 degrees while it cools to a comfortable 73 in the evening.
Join us to celebrate Independence Day, in a way that only Dauphin Island can do.
August remains warm, sunny, and damp.
The typical weather in August on Dauphin Island is very warm days with 90 degrees during the day and 72 at night.
Autumn comes to Dauphin Island in September with cooler temperatures. This is a delightful time to visit as the weather starts to cool and daytime highs are in the mid-’80s and nights in the high 60s.
October on Dauphin Island is a hidden gem.
One of our best-kept secret months to visit Dauphin Island, with some great fall weather. Daytime temps are in the high 70s and nights are in the high 50s, so you’ll find it just delightful.
October has a range of activities including Trick or Treat in Green Park and multiple events at Bellingrath Gardens.
November here is typically mild and delightful.
This is another great month to visit Dauphin Island as the fall season continues. Temperatures range from 50 at night to 70 during the day.
December is festive on Dauphin Island.
While cooler and wetter, there’s no denying this is another great month to visit Dauphin Island. Expect temperatures from the mid-60s during the day to the mid-40s at night.
Also please join us for the annual Christmas Boat Parade. It’s just one of many Dauphin Island Christmas traditions.