NEW: Dauphin Island listed among best Gulf coast towns by World Atlas

Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island was named among the best small towns on the Gulf Coast. (Michael Seale/Bama Buzz)

Those who have visited the tiny barrier island town of Dauphin Island likely know just how beautiful, charming and unique it is. Recently, international travel publication World Atlas took notice as well.

World Atlas listed the small Alabama town among its 7 Best Small Towns To Visit on the Gulf Coast. Here’s why:

Dauphin Island’s natural beauty ranks it among the best beach towns

Dauphin Island
This is the “Sunset Capital of Alabama.” (Michael Seale/Bama Buzz)

Dauphin Island is traditionally referred to as the “Sunset Capital of Alabama,” and with good reason. The sunsets are stunning on this island, with its lack of high rise developments to obscure the views.

World Atlas pointed out that the island “boasts a collection of uncrowded beaches with a strong marine culture, a tiny population of about 1,300 residents, and a length of only 14 miles.”

With attractions like the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Fort Gaines, excellent little seafood joints and a 9-hole golf course, it’s no wonder folks keep coming back to this tiny island in Alabama.

Who else made the World Atlas list?

Dauphin Island
Fort Gaines is one of the attractions at Dauphin Island. (Michael Seale/Bama Buzz)

Alabama’s little gem on the Gulf is in some impressive company on the World Atlas list. Among the 7 Best Small Town To Visit on the Gulf Coast are:

  • St. George Island, Fla.
  • Cedar Key, Fla.
  • Bay St. Louis, Miss.
  • Port Aransas, Texas
  • Rockport, Texas
  • Grand Isle, La.
  • Dauphin Island, Ala.

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