USA Alabama Alabama Gulf Coast Dauphin Island Listing #19807

Set Sail - Dauphin Island, AL

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Max. occupancy: 12 3 King Bed, 2 Double Bed, 2 Twin Bed 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms 2 dog max 
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Bayfront home with wraparound deck & great water views - dog-friendly

Have your own beach on the bay, great views, and access to the Mississippi Sound at Set Sail! This bayfront home offers lovely rooms with French doors that open to the wraparound deck.

Step into Set Sail with its high ceilings, open floor plan, and tons of windows drenching the house with the Island's natural light! Admire incredible views of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and the gentle waters of the Mississippi Sound (Bay) to the north. The great room offers two separate living areas with the kitchen and dining area in the middle. On the Gulf side, gather around the comfy sitting area and fireplace. On the Sound (Bay) side, you'll find ample sofas, board games, and a brand-new Vizio Smart TV with DirecTV, a DVD player, and a stereo. The functional kitchen offers plenty of prep area for the cook, a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with an icemaker and water dispenser, a dishwasher, a microwave, a range/oven, a coffee maker, a four-slot toaster, a waffle iron, a toaster oven, a blender, a hand mixer, an electric can opener, an iced tea maker, a slow cooker, and all dishes, glasses, pots/pans, and silverware.

Four bedrooms flank the home. On the southeast, the Gulf-side bedroom offers a set of bunk beds and a sleeper sofa, with a DVD player/monitor for movie watching - perfect for the kids. The northeast Sound-side bedroom is furnished with a king bed and extra seating. The other two west-side bedrooms are also furnished with king beds and DirecTV. Between the bedrooms, guests will find bathrooms with separate single vanities. One of these bathrooms has a bathtub, and both have a shower. In addition, there is a guest half-bathroom with a toilet and vanity. Each of the four bedrooms has its own French doors that open on to the wraparound deck. You also have a utility closet with the washer/dryer, vacuum, broom, and iron/ironing board.

Enjoy the covered wraparound deck with views from every angle. There is a boardwalk to your own private, shade pavilion with hammocks and a picnic table. You can fish and swim right there in your own "backyard." Underneath Set Sail, you will find an additional outdoor living area with a shower, conversation seating area, gas grill, an additional picnic table, and a romantic swing overlooking the Sound (Bay) waters.

Linens and bath towels are provided, but you will need to bring your own beach towels. HVAC with ceiling fans are inside and out. Set Sail is graciously stocked with books, games, DVD movies, and music CDs. Parking for four cars is available under the house.

If you want to bring your four-legged family members along, Set Sail is a dog-friendly property. All pets must be reported at the time your reservation is made. The Town of Dauphin Island leash law requires dogs to be on leash and properly secured when outdoors and also requires that dog waste in rental property yards, beaches, and public areas be picked up and properly disposed of.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Dogs are welcome (and are required to be on-leash when outdoors)
Please be aware that there is no Gulf beach access across the street

This property is managed by Vacasa Alabama LLC.
If you have any questions please contact Vacasa at 251-968-6868.

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




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

House rules


Kitchen & dining






Water view


Gulf view





DVD player

On-site activities

Board games



Gas grill : Private





70 reviews

Kevin C. Sep 2022
This is a great place to stay. This was the first time at Dauphin Island and it won't be my last. Enjoyed being on the bay side, such great views. It is nice having all the bedrooms so they can each go out on the wrap around porch. Kitchen was well furnished. The gazebo by the water was fabulous to use. The grill and I guess party area under the house was a bonus. Enjoyed some meals down there out of the sun but still enjoy the gulf breeze. There was some minor construction happening at the house next door, but nothing to complain about. Enjoyed several local restaurants. There is a small grocery and hardware store on the island in case you run out of milk or other things. Wonderful place to stay.
JUNE D. Sep 2022
Great time it’s our favorite place to stay on the island fantastic as always
Renee H. Aug 2022
Near perfect rental on bay side. Fully equipped with just about everything we needed. Great for our family of 12, ages 65 to 8 months
Frankie B. Jul 2022
Gazebo with hammocks by water were awesome! Kitchen had anything you could possibly need.
Ian T. Jul 2022
This was our 3rd stay at this beautiful beachside property. Every year they improve the enmities and upgrade the fixtures. Like this year, the deck that surrounds the entire building now has latched gates added. This was great for our dogs. You cannot beat the location. A must stay in Dauphin Island. We’ll be back next year.
Carolyn C. May 2022
The four bedrooms with semi private bathrooms was enough for every person to have their own space. The incredibly large kitchen was large enough to accommodate all of us at one time. The two living spaces worked well for groups wanting to do different activities. We probably spent the majority of our group time under the house. The outdoor living area was amazing for group breakfast and dinners. (We did utilize a couple Thermocell Patio Shields to keep the bugs away in the evenings) If you are vacationing with a big crew, you can not go wrong with this well thought out home!!!
Michelle G. Mar 2022
The house was a great escape to the beach with privacy. The house was stocked with all the amenities and then some! We appreciated having beach towels and beach towels available. Under the house is a large seating area and swinging bench. The gazebo is a great spot to relax on the hammocks when not playing in the sand.
Kim S. Jan 2022
House was better than in photos….gulf in front, and bay in the back made for a excellent stay. Will be back again, the kayaks were a bonus for my husband and myself to have a short stay after our annual snow skiing vacation with kids. Great place to unwind and relax.
Connie C. Dec 2021
We loved this home. Plenty of beds for everyone. The large dinning table was great for meals and playing cards. The close bar held the extra kids. Well stocked kitchen with pots and pans and dishes. Liked having two living areas. One for watching tv and one for talking and playing games. The wrap-around porch was great for see both veiws of bay and gulf. Perfect home for a family Christmas.
Laura D. Dec 2021
We loved our stay! Very comfortable, clean, beach access!
Michelle E. Oct 2021
We had an amazing time at Set Sail! The house had everything you could ever want. We traveled with four adults and four kids. The setting was so laidback that the adults didn’t want to leave! The kids had such a great time fishing and on the beach the didn’t want to leave. We packed light knowing beach towels were there and brought extra detergent to just wash clothes at the end of the day! Every local person we met was super kind and you could see the pride they have for the island.
They were moving sand from Ida right in front of the house but that was no big deal. Our boys enjoyed watching all the heavy equipment work.
Jody S. Sep 2021
We had 2 Couples and their 2 kids stay the week - the beach was very private! The house was clean and all bedrooms comfortable and private. The kitchen was huge and perfect for us to cook meals that we got from the local fresh seafood store and from our fishing charter. We loved the wrap around deck that you could see the gulf from front and back. The rental management company was very pleasant - and we had kayaks to use. We chartered a boat from Captain Mike's that was a fun experience! I can't say enough nice things about this place!
Lauren W. Aug 2021
Super clean, GREAT location, the amenities were fabulous, we loved kayaking and relaxing in the hammocks! The pirate flag with the washed up shorts and bathing suit top is so cute as well!
Manager response:
We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us.  We look forward to hosting you again!
Kathrine P. Aug 2021
This was our first large family vacation in years! Set Sail house is gorgeous inside and out. Very clean, smelt great and cozy. We could tell the owners put alot of time and thought into this home. We had so much fun right in the back yard! Cooling off by taking a refreshing dip in the bay. Surprisingly while kayaking we were visited by a couple of dolphins! Caught and released small catfish, 3 crabs, 2 sting rays and a small shark! Ghost crab hunting at night. After a fun filled day, we unwind with watching movies and playing their provided games. The kitchen was spacious for all 7 of us to cook/eat. Able to bbq two of our nights on the gas grill on the bottom deck. Beds were so comfortable it was hard not to sleep in everyday. I would recommend to the other visitors to bring extra trash bags and dish/laundry soap only 2 pods provided for both. During our stay we spoke with vacasa about the kayak locks and our trash not getting picked up on trash day. Their customer service results were quick and friendly. 10/10 would recommend this beautiful get away!
Teresa D. Jul 2021
House was amazing. We had wonderful time loved every minute
Scott D. May 2021
This place was perfect! Better then we could have imagined. Your own private beach with beautiful birds and dolphins. We are already talking about a return trip!
tina s. May 2021
The house is amazing. Weather was not good.
Erin C. May 2021
We rented this for 3 nights and that was too short! We’ve rented several homes before and this one was definitely one of the best. Plenty of room, very clean, and beautiful views. Everything we could need, even beach towels, boogie boards and sand toys. The island was so quaint and beautiful. We loved it. We would definitely recommend this home and Dauphin Island.
Gayle F. Mar 2021
This house had everything we needed for our COVID bubble to spend time together. The location right on the bay is perfect for kids. The waves were never too strong and we loved spending time in the water. The house had 2 single kayaks, and we rented double kayaks and paddle boards to enjoy as well. The house also had boogie boards, which I wish I had known because I prepaid a rental for those, too. The home was gorgeous, perfectly laid out, and had tons of plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and even some baking dishes. The acoustics are a little loud, so tell your housemates to stay in their room until everyone is ready to wake up.
Sonya H. Mar 2021
This home is so inviting to the beautiful ocean view. My family and I enjoyed our entire trip and had so much fun with all the amenities at the home. We did not have to leave the house for anything. We look forward to going back real soon.
Lori C. Mar 2021
Beautiful and clean home on the bay. If you’re looking for a peaceful vacation with no worries surrounded by the beauty of Dauphin Island, this is it!! So thankful my family was able to experience this excellent home. The kitchen was fully stocked. The walkway to the water was very nice as well as the area underneath the house to chill and grill. Decor of home is relaxing and beautiful. Home was super clean. Great vacay!!
Timothy C. and Kathryn C. Sep 2020
Just the best great location, our own beach, the birds, the fish, what more could ask for :)
Alan B. Sep 2020
We spent most of our time on the back porch or at the gazebo by the water. We had access to the water For kayaking and built sand castles. The oven was not working right so they brought us a countertop convention oven to use yo cook our meals. We just really enjoyed being able to unplug and spend some time together. I read a lot, watched movies and had wonderful meals around the dining room table. This was absolutely the perfect home for us!
JUNE D. Aug 2020
We all had a great time the place very clean and easy to get too perfect beach and was very private. I will recommend to all my friends and family we are already planning our next trip thanks again
Mandy J. Aug 2020
The cleanliness of the home and the upkeep of the home needs lots of improvements. We stayed at that home in 2017 with no problems that this time it was a disappointment.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Mandy! We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with the condition of the home. We are happy to confirm that a full renovation is taking place in the property as well as deep cleaning. We appreciate your feedback so we can continue to make our homes the best they can be. We hope to host you again!
Maurica D. Jul 2020
This house fit our family perfectly. Room enough for 3 couples and kids. We thoroughly enjoyed the gazebo and hammocks by the beach, as well as the downstairs living area. A very comfortable, relaxing place to stay.
Bea S. Jul 2020
The house was great, very accommodating and worked well for our group. The location was perfect! We hope to return to this house in the future.
Joy H. Jul 2020
Set Sail is a lovely beach home for a family vacation. The lovely home, with a wrap around porch, provided a terrific base for all our island activities. The beach front, bay area house allowed the kids and adults to enjoy kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, birding, sunning, and beach combing. The extended wooden sidewalk to the covered porch out to the bay made it easy for us and all the family. The dog friendly property was great for our dog. The house has 4 large bedrooms, and we really enjoyed the large open floor plan extending from the front door to the back door. The unit provided lots of towels, which many properties I've rented are usually stingy with. We did have a little washer problem, but the property manager did everything possible to launder the towels that we needed, and repair the machine. We will definitely rent this property again.
Sibyl S. Jul 2020
Clean. Awesome beach. Great layout
Tracy M. Jul 2020
Loved the pavilion and access to the beach.
Donna A. May 2020
Beautiful home, great location! We’ll definitely stay here again.
Tyler M. May 2020
Amazing house and space to have a relaxing trip! Had kayaks, grill, and plenty to do around the house. Very beautiful, private setting on the beach as well!
Thomas K. May 2020
Our stay at Set Sail has been amazing. There Were me, my wife, our friend and her mother, and our dog.
This house would be perfect for 3couples and kids.
Three of the bedrooms are king size and could all kind of be considered Masters. The 3 have kings, are spacious and comfortable and have a private entrance from the deck.
The living area with TV is small, only a sectional couch comfortable for maybe 4.
The other sitting room is nice with fireplace, for catching up or reading a book.
There is only one toilet and shower connecting each 2 bedrooms (jack and Jill).
Linens were nice and clean, lots of pillows and blankets. R
The deck wraps all the way around porch. The deck facing the bay has tall lifeguard chairs for a view above the railing. The porch on the road/ocean side has Adirondack chairs and few views of the ocean.
Lots of games, books, videos and music selections in the house also.
Under the house you will find a smaller deck, complete with hammock, sitting set, gas grill, picnic table and cooler, also more Adirondack chairs and a swing. Parking under house for 4. An outdoor shower, but it has no hot water ☹️, that was disappointing.
As you walk out the boardwalk to the covers gazebo deck you will find more Adirondack chairs and 2 hammocks. One of the absolute best things I have ever had in a rental.
Air worked good. Appliance all working great.
Kitchen is the center of the home, long with good amount of counter room.
It has toaster, toaster oven, keurig, regular coffee pot, crock pot, can opener, electric skillet and blender.
There are not many dishes, no regular glasses, no Tupperware type bowls.There were wine glasses, one set of plastic mixing bowls and some drink mixing pitchers, a few casserole dishes, a couple of baking pans, mismatched silverware. The skillets and pans were worn quite a bit also. So it had lots of pluses but the only room with a few minuses.
Ice maker makes slow and minimal amount land the fridge and freezer is really small for a big house.
So really just a few pointers to families / groups who might be larger on the kitchen.
Overall the place were perfect for us. I will be back. I love the privacy of bay side, but still having your own little piece of beach.
Sibyl S. Mar 2020
So spacious, clean and nice. We also loved the beach. It was perfect
Ian C. Mar 2020
You couldn’t ask for a better place.
Cameron M. Dec 2019
We just returned home from a 10 day vacation at Set Sail. We had a rough start to our arrival when we couldn’t locate the key, but were quickly placed in contact with the management team.

On first appearances the house has everything you could need for cooking or baking.

The rooms were well laid out, with extra blankets and pillows as well as a fold out cot if needed. Each room also connected to a private sink, bathroom area. The closets were not very organized though, we had to dig through piles. We really appreciated the separate TVs for those 5am wake up calls from the 2 and 4 year old.

A selection of board games and cards helped pass time during a rainy day, there were a few beach toys left by previous guests (shovels, buckets).

We really loved the laundry - it was a huge saver.

The negative:

We were shocked to see that the place was being renovated between guests so there was a large waste bin out front. Though no work was completed during the stay.

The key is not in a spot that is easily found - especially when arriving at night.

We noted that there were several rather large soft spots in the floors of the two bedrooms on the left of the house. You have to move around gingerly to avoid potentially making it bigger or worse. We brought this to the attention of management and they assured it was structured sound, however left us a little uneasy.

A broken screen was repaired during the stay. No one was in the rental the week prior (due to renovations) so we were wondering why this wasn’t done already.

There is a smell to the a water that was not nice, especially when running the bath for our young kids.

We have stayed at other vacation homes and we would say what Set Sail is missing, is some personal touch. Simple things like extra garbage bags, Kleenex, and dishwasher pods would make the experience more enjoyable. Especially when Vacasa asks that you start the dishwasher and laundry (they provided 2 pods for each) prior to departure. Go to Costco and provide adequate materials for your renters. We ended up needing more space in the vehicle for the extra products that should be standard.

All in all we liked our trip, we enjoyed the house and what it had to offer in terms of sleeping accommodations and comfort but, we just missed that personal feel that other renters offer their guests.
Manager response:
Hi, Cameron! Thank you for staying with us, and we apologize for the inconveniences you experienced. The owners will be working on the property over the holidays, and the dumpster will be removed shortly thereafter. We have verified the key location is correct. We hope to see you again!
Melissa W. Oct 2019
Lovely home, well stocked with dishes, pots, pans, towels, pillows, blankets, games, everything you could possibly think you would need!!!! Absolutely Wonderful!!!!
Diane W. Sep 2019
We loved the gazebo and beach!
Nicole T. Jul 2019
House is well layed out. Everything was provided. Great location
Tanya B. May 2019
Beautiful vista views.
joel a. May 2019
We had a great time, beds were very comfortable with a great private beach area. We truly enjoyed our stay, loved the screened in porch area.
Trent N. Apr 2019
Nice home in a beautiful, laid back setting.
Dawn B. Mar 2019
This was the best vacation ever! The beach house was perfect. We had 8 guests and everyone was comfortable. Sunrise & sunsets were beautiful. We found shells on the beach, signed one and left it in the jar by the fireplace. The local restaurants were very good. We recommend the Escape fishing trip with captain Mike and crew. I would definately stay at Set Sail again!!!
Curtis B. Mar 2019
The home was perfect for our seven adults and 2 kids. The location was perfect to have the kids out to the calm Mississippi Sound side and the waves from the Gulf side. The home had a open main area with kitchen in middle and two setting areas on both sides. The table was nice and large for all of us to eat together. We do want to come back to the same home and same location.
Jennifer B. Dec 2018
The layout of the house was amazing. The setting on Pelican Bay/Mississippi Sound was perfect. You had the Bay to the back of the house, and just walk across the street to find the Gulf. Most Restful/Peaceful week I have spent in a long time. I will recommend this location and probably request it again!!
Debbie S. Oct 2018
This our 5th year doing a fall family getaway before the holiday season gears up and this is our second time staying at Set Sail; love the house and the location and with 2yr. old and 4yr. old granddaughters the beach on the sound is perfect; the “noisy beach” (as our oldest granddaughter calls it) is a short walk. Would highly recommend this property; with 6 adults and 2 children we had plenty of room to relax and the beach front gazebo is wonderful! Great week!
Eileen K. Jul 2018
Best vacation we have had at Set Sail and this was our third family vacation there.The house is clean and makes you feel at home. My grandkids loved the private beach where they swim a while then take a break and try to fly cash for
Fiish. I listened to my audio books lying in the. was sunny with no rain driving which was great, Did have a wind storm come thru one night
I would recommend this property especially with is so safe.
John J. Jun 2018
This was our 4th year to stay at Set Sail, I don’t think we could find anywhere that we’d like better. Our ages run from 6 to 72, with the Gulf access and the Bay, there is always something for everyone to do. My favorite time was having coffee watching the sun come up, reading my book and then taking a long walk on the beach. You don’t need to bring anything, kitchen has everything you’d ever need, there are games galore, fishing is great, the beach is great and the list goes on. We love Set Sail, I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with their stay there. Last year we were there for the hurricane and still had a wonderful time.
Lavonne B. Jun 2018
This was our third visit to Set Sail. Had a great time. House is perfect for the kids and grandkids.
Shirley P. Apr 2018
This was my extended families second stay at Set Sail. We love the house, it is very roomy and the deck completely around the house is and added bonus. You can see the gulf and bay from the house. We used Set Sail again this year because we all loved the gazebo and the boardwalk to the gazebo. Seeing dolphins several times and other wild life is always fantastic to see. We would recommend Set Sail for anyone to use.
Angie D. Mar 2018
We were very happy with this rental. The kitchen was very well equipped, we were able to find everything we needed. Our party included two families and the floor plan of the house was perfect to give us plenty of private space while also some great joint space. Overall we loved the house and hope to visit again soon!
Rick P. Jan 2018
The rental was very well appointed both with respect to furnishings and kitchen. Would definitely recommend to others. There are places where it could use a little paint, etc.
Jocelyn H. Jan 2018
We had family between 4-76 yr old and 1 was wonderful time for all!
Barry M. Dec 2017
Searched for rental on line. Most looked like decorated from college dorm room and basement leftovers. This house ver tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Private beach and dog friendly. Will be back.
Larry S. Nov 2017
A beautiful home and island. Very peaceful and relaxing. Beds are very comfortable and amenities were great! Negative was the Gulf beach was across the street and past a row of homes. Would definitely stay here again.
Eileen K. Jul 2017
Our only complaint is the mattresses on the bunk beds and the sofa bed were
Terrible and need to be replaced. Several of the pots and pans were not clean.
Those who had the updated beds were happy.
Nicole T. Jul 2017
We had a great time and can't wait to come again! The house was beautiful and Resort Management was great and so friendly We had some issues with Wifi and they were on top of it. The house is gorgeous and very well taken care of
John J. Jun 2017
Set Sail is the best of both worlds. Gulf side is great for big kids and the Bay for younger kids. Everything you need is provided. We love the games, fishing, shelling, porch sitting, swimming, etc. We've talked about going somewhere else but can't think of a reason, we truly do love this place.
Krista W. May 2017
Amazing, a true escape from hectic life. We slowed down and just enjoyed our family. We caught up , recharged. Returning as soon as possible. The house was beautiful and well stocked.
Steven M. May 2017
Took our three children ages 17, 19, and 21 and had a great time enjoying the bay, the gulf, and the unhurried atmosphere.
Courtney C. Apr 2017
This was our first time renting a beach house, and it did not disappoint! Upon arrival we found a beautifully decorated house, that was very welcoming, and had views for days! The kitchen was fully stocked with whatever cooking utensil we needed. All towels (besides beach towels) were supplied which was amazing! There was a book shelf with endless reading materials, DVDs, and a game drawer, which were all utelized! All of these little details helped make our stay wonderful. We had 6 children with us and the house was very "kid" friendly. The beach was beautiful, and it was a nice perk to be able to have access to the bay and also the gulf, across the street! The cabana was equipped with hammocks, which were nice to swing in while the kids splashed in the bay. The wrap around porch was used to view dolphins daily as they passed on the bay side and also the gulf side! The kids enjoyed the Estuarium and also the Bird Sanctuary. We also made frequent visits the the island bakery...the cinnamon rolls and danishes are to die for! I spoke to Valerie, the home owner on more than one occasion and she always very friendly and informative. The memories made in this house will be lasting! Until next time Dauphin Island....
Amy R. Apr 2017
This home was just what our family needed - so spacious and comfortable. You have the bay in the back yard when you want to relax and the ocean in the front when you want to play in the waves. We loved sitting on the porch and watching the sunsets. I would recommend the house and the location to friends and family who want to get away from it all and create lasting memories.
Shirley P. Apr 2017
Some light bulbs were out, several plastic chairs on the back deck were broken, the washing machine was very slow. Views were fantastic, location could not have been better, furnishings were great. Booked for next year already.
Patty W. Feb 2017
We chose this home for our "girls trip", and we couldn't be happier. The home was very nice, and the private beach access was perfect. Great views of both the Bay and Gulf sides! We will definitely return!