USA Alabama Dauphin Island Audubon Place - Dauphin Island Listing #19799

Paradise - Dauphin Island, AL

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50 reviews
Max. occupancy: 14 2 King Bed, 3 Queen Bed, 4 Twin Bed 5 bedrooms 4.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Making memories at Paradise, a beachfront home with multiple decks

Paradise has everything you could ever want or need for your vacation! This spectacular home lies on the Gulf of Mexico in a gated beachfront community with amazing views and plenty of room to relax and enjoy your stay. Each floor of the home has a deck that overlooks the waves below. Stay at Paradise and make memories that will last forever!

What's nearby:
Paradise is on the East end of Dauphin Island in a gated beachfront community. It's the perfect spot to catch some rays, explore the nearby bird sanctuary, or take off on a bike ride through the Island. Explore historic Ft. Gaines, take a ferry ride across the Bay, learn about sea life at the local Estuarium, or fish and play in the beautiful Gulf waters.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Fully-equipped kitchen
This property is managed by Vacasa Alabama LLC

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.

AMENITIES

Bathrooms

Jetted tub

Features

Iron

Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Stove

Location

Ocean view

Oceanfront

Water view

Waterfront

Beach access

Gulf view

Gulf-front

Media

Internet : Dish Network

TV

Cable

DVD player

Wireless router

Netflix streaming

On-site activities

Board games

Outdoor

Gas grill : Private

Balcony

Deck

Safety & accessibility

Accessible bath/shower

Theme

Snowbird-friendly

50 reviews

Amy F. Oct 2022
We absolutely loved our stay on Dauphin Island. This is a perfect house to share with a group of friends or a big family. Our kids loved hunting for crabs at night and we caught enough blue crabs (in our crab traps) for a crab boil. The only draw back is the Jack-and-Jill bathroom between the bedrooms. The fact that we could walk out to the beach from the back door made up for the shared bathroom. *bring your own beach towels
Brandi C. Oct 2022
The back porch is amazing. The view is spectacular
Janet M. Sep 2022
We loved that we were right at the water. We usually put up canopies, but we were able to sit right under the deck.
Deborah D. Aug 2022
The location is perfect. Right on a private beach. Very few people & in walking distance to the bird sanctuary. Though the house itself needs some work... Stairs off the deck were visibly slanting, there were a few loose boards on the deck, there was a leak most of our stay on the top floor (it smelt very musky & the floor by the wall & back wall were wet), sheets were not nice for the price. Though the layout was great & with four young kids it was nice not feeling like it was a fragile house. Mostly comfortable & felt lived in, which for us worked. But it was a bit expensive considering the condition. A little work & it could be a real gem. Though for us not a house we will be returning to.
Manager response:
Hi, Deborah! We're glad you stayed with us and appreciate your feedback. Since your stay the homeowner has replaced the stairs. Your other maintenance concerns, and the linens, have been addressed as well. Thank you!
Karen P. Aug 2022
Enjoyed the big beautiful house. Comfortable and plenty of room for all my family. Caught crabs but the only problem was the jellyfish.
Vyetta R. Jul 2022
This house could use a facelift but as far as room for a lathe family and location it is perfect. Very private.
Cynthia K. Jun 2022
The house was amazing! We all loved the beach, but the deck was a little piece of Heaven on Earth! We saw so many dolphins. Our only complaint was the island is not for night owls, so in order to dine out, plan to go early.
Julia T. Mar 2022
We stayed at Paradise in early March and the weather was mild and we were even able to dip our feet in the water and splash around a bit and lounge in the sun. This is a very large house with ample room for many and stunning views from almost every room! The house is super clean with beautiful furnishings -- the bunk room has soaring ceilings as well as the media room. The living room has panoramic views of the Gulf with Shrimp boats and wind surfers going by. The kitchen had everything we needed and there is a grill on the screened in deck for easy access -- we made delicious dinners and even ate at some of the restaurants on the island for some fresh gulf seafood. We loved having coffee on the deck overlooking the ocean each morning and watching sunsets at night. A big plus is the access to the beach - it is right there - no packing cars and lugging things back and forth. We hope to come back to Paradise again soon - we had a wonderful time!
Karen O. Dec 2021
Everything, especially being so close to the beach
Jane K. Aug 2021
The location to the beach was great! There was ample room for 4 generations of family. The house was very clean and bug free, which has been an issue with other rentals we’ve had on DI past summers. It is pretty true to the pictures minus screening and doors on the porch and considering there is wear being a rental property. Bed pillows and deck chairs could be improved upon, but certainly didn’t impact our stay. Vacasa was very responsive to the few inquiries we had during the week.
Luanne H. Aug 2021
The house was amazing! We had plenty of space for our 6 adults and 4 kids. The covered porch was my favorite place of all but others really enjoyed the downstairs tv room, the "penthouse room" and others the large open deck. The main floor living room/dining room/kitchen were plenty roomy and had everything we needed for meals, snacks and leisure time at night!
Cheryl H. Jul 2021
This is the 2nd time that we have stayed at Paradise and we definitely noticed the deterioration of the property.

We love how much room there is and the fact that it is right on the beach. The first time we rented it, one of the plus’s was the screened in porch for littles to play in without the parents worrying. Unfortunately, the door enclosing the screened in porch were removed. The couches have duct tape on the cushions, the master bath tub knobs come off and so it’s difficult to get them turned off. The stove doesn’t heat evenly and the skillets are not straight so it’s very difficult to fry in them. The dryer was new this time, but it still took at least 3 times of restarting a load before they were dry.

We love the island and house but I hope they do some much needed updating.
Manager response:
Hi, Cheryl! Your feedback is much appreciated and was very helpful in making this rental even better. The living room furniture is replaced as of October 2021 as well as the cookware, pillows, and comforters. The dryer and plumbing are now addressed, and the screen doors are reinstalled. Thank you!
Marie S. Jul 2021
Overall, the house was great! The location was exactly what I expected. The property is very spacious with the porch and deck perfectly sized. The stairs are not well lit which led to my 76 year old mother falling down them. There are several things that need repairs - lighting hanging from the wires, leaking (condensation) from every vent on the third floor that has been going on for quite some time, the railing on the porch (west side) has two sections that are loose and the screen is missing on that end, the dryer works sometimes. All of the towels and most of the rugs are either worn out or stained. The cleaning service needed more hands to get the place ready for our check-in. They worked hard but still weren't ready for us by 4:00pm. Cleaning the literal buckets of sand from the previous rental made it impossible to clean the entire house in the time they had available. The upstairs bedroom had vomit on the carpet in three places, pills and used Qtips on the floor. Yes, it was disgusting. I felt bad for the cleaning service. They tried.
Assuming the issues listed above are addressed, this is a great rental in a gated community. Our family of six had a great time!
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Marie. We are sorry to read your mother took a fall on vacation; after hearing of the incident we have added more lighting to the outdoor staircase. As of October 2021, all electrical issues, railings, the dryer, and towels & rugs are all addressed. We have also replaced all pillows and comforters and reinstalled the screen doors. We do apologize cleanliness was lacking due to being short-staffed and appreciate your understanding. We will continue to strive for excellence and hope to see you again.
Vyetta R. Jun 2021
There were 12 of us and this house provided adequate space for everyone to be comfortable. We enjoyed the house and Dauphin Island. I hate to even complain at all but the only blip was we didn’t have enough seating at meals.
Karrie B. Jun 2021
This home had everything we needed for a perfect week at the beach. The location can’t be beat!
Melissa W. May 2021
We had a group of 13 adults and stayed comfortably in this house. The house is big with plenty of space to have some alone time when needed. The porch is amazing and the view as well. You walk right down the steps onto the beach. The house is in a gated area so I felt like we had privacy on our street and beach.
Angela G. Apr 2021
This was our first vacation with all of our adult children, significant others and grandson. The house had plenty of everything to make our time here perfect!
Genevieve W. Dec 2020
The porch to this house is amazing! It was great during our warm weather week and we spent most of our days there overlooking the water. The house is well appointed and suited our group well. However, there were several issues from recent storms that still need to be addressed - broken windows, missing porch doors/screens, etc. as well kitchen cookware/utensil upgrades. Things were well used and in need of replacement.overall really enjoyed our stay!
Manager response:
Genevieve, Thank you for the review. We are working to get all the storm damages repaired. We appreciate your suggestions. We look forward to hosting you again. Thank you!
Tara B. Oct 2020
This is a great place for a huge family to social distance. The house has plenty of room and space, the views from each room is spectacular. It is fully equipped with all the kitchen essentials and plenty of games and beach toys. No need to bring anything extra. This was our first visit to Dauphin Island, we usually stay on Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. Something to do:You have to take the ferry to Fort Morgan where you can go to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Also try Skinners they have the freshest seafood you can buy and they will steam it for you or cook yourself.
The only issues we had 1. The beds need to be replaced. The master bed had boards under it to hold the mattress for support, very very uncomfortable. My adult children complained their beds mattress need to be replaced also.
2. There is not an ice maker in the new refrigerator. We had to constantly purchase bags of ice.
I must say we had a great time and will return soon, but we will check too make sure the beds are replaced. That is definitely a must! That is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars.
Genevieve K. Aug 2020
Perfect location on the beach and close to shops/restaurants in town. Great for social distancing in the gated community/private beach.
Mary P. Aug 2020
House was lovely. Very clean and right on the beach. We set up tents on our deck because it was that close to the water. Beach was mostly private. Beds comfortable. Did have an issue with 3 TVs not working but Vacasa told me they were having trouble finding our reservation We were cut off. I had given them my number so I thought they would have called back. That was only reason I did not rate house a 5.
Manager response:
Hi, Mary! We are sorry to read you were experiencing difficulties with the TVs, and we especially apologize if we somehow missed getting back to you. The TVs all appear to be working well at this time. Thank you!
Michelle C. Aug 2020
The home is beautiful and extremely close to the ocean. Our family had a great time :)!
Thomas D. Aug 2020
Right on the beach. Great setting. Well equipped home.
james w. Jul 2020
Beach terribly eroded. Dangerous stumps below surface. Concrete chunks everywhere. House has termite infestation. Items listed that we should find at property where not there. Had to call to get them delivered. Pest control had to be called. Cleaning crew had to return to the house. Way too much vacation interruptions and shortfalls for a house in this price range!!!!!
Manager response:
We appreciate your feedback, James, and are sorry you were unhappy. There was beach erosion from Cristobal, but the owner has since brought in and moved sand around to restore the beach. The property has been professionally treated for termites. Thank you!
Hannah C. May 2020
We loved paradise and can’t wait to come back!! It was spacious and beautiful. NOT anything that should hinder the five star rating, but things to note - there is not a lot of beach space for children and there are large chunks of concrete barely poking from the sand that resulted in multiple cuts, scrapes, and bruises in our crew. Its as though parts of a sidewalk washed down and are hidden in sand and water. Just be aware!! The dryer does not dry very well, so do small loads of laundry! The middle level of the home does not stay cool easily, so be prepared to be warm in some of the bedrooms! On positive notes, the views from every angle were stunning, the neighborhood was very safe, and they had tons of toys and games for kiddos! We loved the island and cannot wait to be back.
Rebecca E. Dec 2019
This is a lovely home and a nice location on the beach.
Pamela M. Sep 2019
This was a great place to stay. Right on the beach and plenty decking to hang out on. We had 14 adults and were not cramped. Kitchen had all you needed, no need to bring anything from home. Two storage boxes under the house full of chairs and toys for the beach. Just bring your bathing suit and beach towel. We would stay here again.
Karin B. Jul 2019
We loved it the last summer and again this summer.
James K. Jul 2019
Paradise was furnished with everything you need for a great vacation at the beach. Décor is wonderful very homey and welcoming- lots room for a family of 12 with three grandson that enjoy the first floor man cave to themselves.
Maureen M. Jun 2019
All the room, pavilion and location
Carla S. Apr 2019
I loved the whole package the house, location, furniture, beds everything. There was 14 of us staying here for a week and there was times when you couldn't here another person in the house
Carolyn W. Mar 2019
This home is truly a home. You can tell the owners want guests to feel they're in a home not a house. The little touches like a homemade first aid kit (a first in our experience), a binder of resources, family photos, and children's toys/games made us feel like we were dropping in on a friend's home. The house itself is much larger than we anticipated from the pictures, and the floor plan was perfect for our three-generation gathering. We enjoyed cooking in the well-equipped kitchen (and it's the first rental we've ever found that had enough silverware for our group to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner without having to do dishes in between -- what a treat!). The kids enjoyed the entry-level bunk room and entertainment space, and the adults enjoyed the resulting quiet on the main floor. The screened in porch and large deck were great for reading and relaxing. The house itself was very clean.

To be fair for potential renters, we did experience a few drawbacks that we hope the owners and rental company are aware of / working to remedy: Both screen doors on the deck were broken upon arrival; it appears the automatic closers broke when the doors caught in the wind. While the broken doors weren't a big deal other than reminding kids a zillion times to close the doors, we were worried because the broken metal pieces that were sticking out were eye-level for the children, so my dad removed the closers to avoid injuries. Also, although I had read about chunks of concrete on the beach in other reviews, I had been assured by the (previous) rental company that they were working to remove these. This assurance was offered in early October and our rental was in late March, so we assumed the beach would be clear. Not so. My nephew did, in fact, injure his foot on a submerged piece of concrete, and I barely avoided hidden toe-stubbers on the beach. I do hope that's something that can be fixed soon for everyone's safety. The last disappointment was simply that the gazebo at the water's edge was damaged and we were unable to use it. A slight disappointment but nothing that would stop us from renting here again.

Overall, we thought this was one of the best homes we've rented. My siblings and I grew up vacationing on the Gulf (first in an RV, then in condos in Gulf Shores). We are happy to continue this tradition now with our own children and are pleased to have found a home that can accommodate our group's size and needs. We look forward to renting this property again! Our compliments and thanks to the owners.
Claire G. Feb 2019
3 story house with amazing views.....literally on the beach....very spacious with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms....great place for families to come together and share memories ❤️
Jill S. Oct 2018
This was our first visit to Dauphin Island and we had a delightful experience. The house was clean and beautiful. The owners have given a lot of time and attention to create an environment for family fun and relaxation. We would gladly return. Our family made great memories at Paradise!
We enjoyed the Island as well. It is definitely not a place to come if you want to be on the move. We wanted to rest and relax so it was perfect. Everyone is very friendly and inviting.
Mary Ann R. Jun 2018
We had the best vacation with family ever. We loved this house and location. The screened porch and Gazebo are the icing on the cake. The most relaxing vacation for all. The weather was perfect all week and the sunsets gorgeous.
Dwayne C. Jun 2018
Enjoyed our week.
Barbara B. Jun 2018
This home is perfect! The kids loved the "Gazebo" Dauphin Island is great. Glad we had water shoes - need them in the water - lots of big rocks and cement blocks in the water
Manager response:
We are very happy the guests loved the home and the secluded beach. The homeowner has removed the rocks and cement blocks from the water. Thank you.
Amanda P. Nov 2017
I love everything about this house! We cooked full meals and had everything we needed, there were tons of games to keep us busy, everything was decorated like it was out of a magazine, there was cable with high def smart TVs in every room, super comfy beds, enough room for everyone to have their own slice of paradise without cramping anyone’s style. We also loved that each floor had its own thermostat. You could keep upstairs nice and cool even if everyone else wasn’t fond of freezing! Big deal to me!!!And the deck! OMG! You could sit out there ALL day. The gazebo down by the beach is also a huge game changer. If only we could capture that amazing view and those sunsets! Stay here! You won’t be sorry. We’ve found our new fave place!!
Jenny P. Oct 2017
Our rental house was appropriately named "Paradise!" We had such a wonderful girls trip and can't wait to return!
Heather A. Sep 2017
What an amazing vacation! This property was perfect for our stay on the island. The house had everything we needed for our stay and was warm and inviting. The deck was perfect for morning coffee and the gazebo down at the beach provided a perfect shady spot for lunch. The rooms were beautifully decorated and comfortable. I can't wait to book this house again!
Manager response:
Paradise". Is one of the top vacation rentals on the Gulf Coast. The owner is continually updating it so it remains a premier vacation rental. We have just finished installing a top of the line composite deck which eliminates all splinters. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Lynn S. Jul 2017
Paradise is a beautiful, spacious beach home. We had 13 people and the house fit us all comfortably. The home is decorated beautifully. We had one maintenance problem and after we called they were out within 30 minutes. Great location. Would stay here again !!!
Coy W. Jul 2017
We loved the house. Only thing I can pick on is the deck badly needs replacing. Pretty sure just about everybody ended up with splinters.

I will add that the beaches in Dauphin island are not anywhere close to neighboring Fort Morgan where we usually stay. The fresh water from Mobile bay unfortunately find their way over the the Dauphin Island side. I was told it was from all the rain they had. Guess we just drew the short straw on timing. Overall The property was amazing. I'm just a Fort Morgan fan. Better food, better beaches. I will say the privacy of this property was second to none. Gated and very few people on the beach.
Manager response:
Yes, it is hard to find anything wrong with "Paradise". We have just installed a brand new deck for you to enjoy at your next stay and you won't be able to find any splinters. Come and enjoy!
Heather G. Jul 2017
Overall, we loved the house. The gazebo really was the stand out feature. We were able to keep all of our beach gear in the gazebo at night instead of lugging everything back up to the house. The 3 floors were great to accommodate 3 families with kids of all ages. The air conditioning was up to par (this is a big deal in my opinion). The outside shower was a must have.
We utilized the wrap around, screened-in porch for most meals. The beds and furniture were fine.

Downfalls-WEAR SHOES ON THE DECK! I can't tell you how many splinters we removed during our week stay. The deck desperately needs to be repaired and sealed. The kitchen was pretty well equipped but they need to add more grill utensils and a huge pot to do a crab boil.
Manager response:
Excellent! We’re happy they saw the efficiency of leaving the beach gear in the gazebo. Wow, 3 families with lots of kids—I’m sure a lot of fun was had by all. For next time, they can enjoy a brand new composite deck. Thank you.
Sonia M. Jun 2017
The house was amazing we enjoyed our stay one of the best vacations ever!!
Dia S. May 2017
We were very suprised at how nice the home layout was for my husband, 7 of my 8 children, and myself. Everyone had their own space to hang out. The covered patio was perfect for my 1 and 4 year old. And the covered beach private pavilion was perfect and allowed us time to rest out of the sun while staying at the beach with our older children who still wanted to swim.
Michelle Lee M. May 2017
WOW!!! Best beachfront stay at "Paradise" on Dauphin Island! My family and I stayed a week in this fabulous beachfront house on Dauphin Island. This gated community was private and the perfect location for our vacation. The house was spacious with a beautiful large deck overlooking the beach. We had everything we needed for our week's vacation including a large living room overlooking the ocean, spacious kitchen, master bedroom with French doors opening to porch, huge deck with relaxing lounging chairs.

We had fantastic breakfast every morning on the screened in porch overlooking the gulf. We loved the location with its private beach front and great location for fun activities on the island.

We can't wait to book another week stay next year!