USA Alabama Dauphin Island Audubon Place - Dauphin Island Listing #27481

Sand Castle #2-A - Dauphin Island, AL

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29 reviews
Max. occupancy: 5 1 Queen Bed, 2 Double Bed, 1 Twin Bed 2 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Beautiful Condo Located by the Beach w/Central A/C, Full Kitchen, & Shared Pool

Come join us for some fun in the sun on the sandy, white beaches of Dauphin Island! This quaint, three-level condo with updated flooring and newly painted interiors and that has been beautifully decorated throughout and features a full kitchen with everything you need to make meal prep a breeze. When you aren't watching a favorite show or movie on the cable TV, head to the community pool to cool off! Your private, furnished deck features comfortable seating where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the pool views.

What's nearby:
Sand Castle Condominiums offers access to two on-site community pools. Pack your beach gear because you are also just a short walk from beach access at the end of Forney Johnston Drive! Head over to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, only a mile away, to see a wide variety of birds along the nature trails. And the Historical Fort Gaines, a circa-1820s fortress with a museum and tours led by costumed guides, is less than two miles east of this rental.

Things to know:
Full kitchen with a dishwasher
Beach access nearby
* Please note that internet access will be added shortly

This property is managed by Vacasa Alabama LLC.

Parking Notes: Parking for two vehicles in the parking area underneath the condo.

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

AMENITIES

Children

Children's games

Features

Iron

Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Stove

Location

Beach access

Media

Internet

TV

Cable

Nearby activities & attractions

Golf on-site

Playground

Golf Nearby

On-site activities

Pool : Shared

Board games

Outdoor

Gas grill : Private

Balcony

Deck

Hammock

Theme

Snowbird-friendly

29 reviews

Julie H. Oct 2021
Condo was very clean and comfortable. Dauphin Island was relaxing and beautiful. Loved it, we will be back.
Keith C. Aug 2021
We loved the location. To have the option of the ocean or the pool and both being within walking distance, was perfect!
The living room furniture was definitely not made for relaxation. It was super hard! It made it difficult to enjoy watching the only TV in the condo. Maybe consider televisions in the bedrooms as well. It would be easier for the guest to relax, especially if they need the sounds of a tv to be able to sleep.
Brianna B. Aug 2021
This condo is absolutely gorgeous with a very home-like feel.
It was nice staying in a home away from home.
Quick access to the pool and beach.
The pool was very clean and nice.
The condo could have been cleaned better and laundry and dishes were left in the washers, and there were some spots on the walls and the baseboards and walls felt like they hadn't been mopped.
Otherwise it was a good stay and we will be returning.
Lacy O. Jul 2021
This is a nice short walk to the beach. The home was clean and mostly updated. There is still some lingering hurricane damage from previous seasons. The back decks are weathered. The BBQ grill did not work but everything else was in working order. Be prepared for stairs. Our young kids were able to navigate everything and loved the bunk bed. I personally wouldn’t hesitate to go back.
Ami H. Jul 2021
The house was perfect for what we needed. We were at Dauphin Island to have our annual family reunion. We were really just needing a place to sleep. This condo was perfect with comfortable beds. We were happy to have a washer/dryer and kitchen with everything we needed. I liked that it also had a Keurig! We will definitely consider this house for next year!
Lesley H. Jun 2021
This was our first time on the east end. The condo was beautiful and very clean. Only a few complaints and they aren’t major. We would have like to have TVs in the bedrooms and hangers in the closet. It was a very short walk to the beach. We will definitely be back for another vacation.
Lori C. Jun 2021
Celebrating my daughters high school graduation at this lovely condo was perfect. 3 18year old girls fit easily into the little bedroom. It was close to the beach and such a fun area. They met other kids there age and had a great time at the pool. The private beach is beautiful.
Alexander C. Jun 2021
My family and I stayed in Sand Castle #2-A over the past weekend. There are a number of issues, including significant inaccuracies in the listing, that we only discovered upon checking in. If we had known of some of these we would not have stayed here. Some of these issues are safety hazards. I contacted a local vacasa staff the day we checked in and she offered a 2-day credit for a future stay. While I accepted the credit (there was basically no choice at that late time), I told her it was unsatisfactory and I would be following up with management.

Here are the issues in order of most importance:

The beach was under construction and unsafe. There was broken concrete and exposed steel bars all over the bulkhead, not roped off or marked. There is literally not a usable beach attached to this property. I specifically asked about beach access and condition ahead of time and was not told about the condition. The photos on the listing do not represent the beach as it exists.
The pool by the beach is closed, and half full of green putrid water (and also not well closed off from a child wandering in). The photos on the listing do not represent the pool as it exists, and the description is false because there are not two pools as stated.
The photos show swinging hammock chairs under the house. These do not exist, so the photos are inaccurate and do not represent the apartment.
The first-floor balcony has many popped nails that could cut someone's feet; it is unsafe, especially for children.
The first-floor balcony door is extremely difficult to open and close, to the point of danger of falling trying to do it.
There was hair in the master bed linens, and shower.
Manager response:
Alexander, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are truly sorry to hear about the unfortunate issues affecting your stay. Please know this is not the standard grade of presentation that we provide, and that we take this feedback seriously. The HOA and our local staff have worked diligently to address the issues at the property and in this home. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention, as this helps us to improve the quality of experiences we provide for our future guests. We hope you will allow us the opportunity to provide you with a truly exceptional vacation experience in the future.
Lily X. May 2021
We absolutely loved the homey feeling of this beach house!
We loved the spacious living room area on the second floor!
We loved the two separate bedrooms with its own shower to give each family some privacy when they wind down at the end of the day!
We brought our own kitchen utensils including plates, mugs, cooking pot only to find that it’s totally unnecessary because VACASA Kitchen has everything you need!
We love to try local cuisines but it’s so good to be able to fix something simple from time to time to give our stomach rest. So we really enjoy the kitchen!
William V. May 2021
The house was located just a short walk to the beach. There is still damage from the hurricane to this property’s beachfront area which made it impossible to get to the beach without cutting through the neighboring rentals walkway with our wagon). We were approached and kindly told it was their boardwalk but to have a nice day.
The house was clean, beds comfortable, kitchen well equipped. I wish they had better curtains in the master over the sliding glass doors because the baby was up with the sunrise at 6 am.
The pool was clean, nice and warm.
Overall would stay here again!
The island is small, limited & expensive groceries, so bring your own!
Liz C. Sep 2020
We loved everything about our stay, the beaches, the pool access, we will most definitely be back
James J. Aug 2020
We love location clean the people around that area we will definitely be back
Melissa F. Aug 2020
We had a wonderful time on Dauphin Island. The house was perfectly decorated for the Beach. Everything was clean and in its place. We had the pool right behind us, or could walk to the private Beach from the condo carrying our things, not a long walk at all. The kids loved the Beach and the pool right on the Beach as well. Nice white sands, beautiful weather and the Dauphins made an appearance everyday. Will be coming back.
Katie L. Jul 2020
Such a beautiful place very clean and had all we needed! Looked just like the pictures! We loved it and would come back!
Scott H. Jul 2020
We absolutely loved our stay and plan to be back. The place was clean and perfect location to pools and the private access beach. The property manager was kind and friendly. Only issue we had was Vacasa giving us the wrong gate entrance code. We then walked past the gate and ground the correct code written on the office door.
Manager response:
Hi, Scott! Thank you for choosing a Vacasa home! We appreciate you bringing your concerns with the gate code to our attention and apologize for any inconvenience. We encourage guests who need immediate assistance to call our 24 hour Guest Service line to give the local team the opportunity to further address. We do apologize for any missteps, and are happy to address any incidents as they arise. We hope we get the opportunity to host you again sometime in the near future!
Melinda B. Jul 2020
We enjoyed 4 beautiful days at this unit. We had 5 women and there was plenty of space. The pools were great and never crowded as was the beach. It was definitely are best girls trip yet, even with the lack of places to eat at. The unit is spacious and had everything we needed. The only complaints were too many stairs (nothing you can do about that), the July gate code is 1776 and Vacasa was no help figuring that out (it was posted on the door of the property manager building), and the furniture in the unit is not comfortable. There is no cushion what so ever to it. We usually pile up in the living room for pizza and a movie, but this furniture isn't made for relaxing. Overall it was a great stay and plan to stay again at this location, but we will find a different unit.
Katy S. Jul 2020
This condo was perfect for our 5 person family. Being able to walk to the beach and having the pools close was an added pleasure. The first pool can be viewed from the balcony for watching kids swim and the second is on the beach. I only wish they would have left trash bags for when we filled the ones they left in the cans. The kitchen was well stocked with plates, silverware, cups, utensiles, pots and pans. There isn't much to eat on the island so bring food.
Eileen S. Jun 2020
This was a great find for our family. The condo is very nice, well decorated and clean. My daughters, grandchildren and myself had a very relaxing time. We enjoyed the pools and the beach every day of our stay. Staff is friendly and we had no problems with anything. It was a great to be back at Dauphin Island and enjoying the time there. This was our first time to stay on the East end of the island and we were happy with our location and access to the beach. Thank you for renting your property so others can experience and enjoy what you have been blessed to have.
Alisha J. Jun 2020
Great place to stay! Very clean! Short walk to the beach!
Minette E. Jun 2020
It was a nice place. Lots of room. Recommend more bedside tables and coffee table.
Pat M. Jun 2020
Beautiful setting, peaceful and relaxing.
Randall M. Jun 2020
Only issue was a smaller than expected sandy beach from storm erosion. Vacasa staff and SandCastle Property managers were professional and helpful. The pools, boardwalks and landscaping are well maintained,
Rachel S. May 2020
The condo itself was very clean, with updated decor and well stocked with everything we needed. The pool was right outside our until, and a short walk beought us to the beach area. Unfortunately, the gate code we were given by vacasa did not work and we were stuck outside the gates of the complex at 9pm in the rain after a long drive. We tried contacting vacasa through every number, email, text we were given and could not get a person to help us. I sat on hold for 30 min with no answer. My husband walked around the property in the rain, until we finally found a sign inside the property manager's office with the correct gate code. We finally got a response from Vacasa around 9am the next day. But for this reason I would not recommend booking through vacasa, and have never had an experiece where the rental company was completely unreachable, although the condo and property itself was very nice.
Manager response:
We sincerely apologize for the late response to your gate code request. We are dealing with a much smaller staff due to the effects of COVID-19 on our industry and are doing our best to get back in touch with our guests as quickly as possible. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Brandon A. May 2020
Nice little condo with plenty of room and great amenities.
Brant B. May 2020
A very nice place! Clean, well stocked with utensils you might need, and lots of room.
And a quiet environment. We loved the ‘hanging’ outdoor seats under the deck.
Mandy F. Mar 2020
Very nice accommodations. The unit was very clean when we arrived and suited our family of 4 perfectly. Kids loved the bunk beds and the living and kitchen were spacious and had plenty of kitchen supplies. We had a wonderful time!
Ginger H. Mar 2020
Enjoyed the stay. Had everything we needed for a quick stay while our kids explored the Sea Lab.
dore k. Nov 2019
Sand Castle 2 was the perfect condo for us with two girls. Spacious. Bright and cheery decor. Clean! Well appointed with items like a Kreuig, blender and lots of pots and pans and & cooking utensils. Even some basic cooking spices! Great location!!! Close to the pool and a very short walk to the beach. We attended classes at Dauphin Island sea lab which were also great. The people in the Vacas office were friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great stay.