This summer we had to cancel our traditional week-long trip to the beach with extended family in Florida. At the time we had to decide about our trip, Florida wasn’t allowing Louisiana residents in unless they quarantined as soon as they got there. We also have family from all over the United States who would have to travel across several states to get to Florida to join us. Although we hope to go back to Florida next summer, it didn’t work out for this summer for multiple reasons all related to Covid-19.
The beach is our favorite place to go as a family, so my husband and I started brainstorming about a closer beach we could visit. We had heard great things about Dauphin Island from friends, so we decided to try it out. We found a beautiful, reasonably priced condo right on the bay. We were looking for a less crowded but scenic beach this year. We bought groceries ahead of time since there aren’t as many grocery stores or restaurants on the island as some other beaches. The drive is only three hours from Baton Rouge, so we didn’t even need to stop along the way.
When we got there, we were amazed at the fish and birds right by the ocean. I’ve gone to the beach almost every summer, and at Dauphin Island, I saw two pods of dolphins swimming closer to us than I ever have before. We watched the dolphins swim from a distance for 15 – 20 minutes! There was also fantastic fishing in the bay right next to our condo. My husband and our boys went night fishing, and we could see the fish jumping out of the water all around us. There were also birds all around. Seagulls and pelicans were plentiful everywhere. It almost felt like we were in a nature preserve.
Although there were people at the beach, it was much less crowded than other beaches that we have visited, which was perfect for this summer. We went to the beach in the morning after breakfast, then went in for lunch, and played in the condo pool in the afternoons. We stayed at the beach, at the pool, and fishing for our time there, but there is also a Sea Lab where people can see even more fish and birds. The weather was also perfect for flying kites, building sandcastles, and playing in the ocean.
We discovered a beach close enough that we can go there other times when we need a short family getaway. Our boys had a blast, and we got our beach fix in as well! We made wonderful memories, and are planning on going back another time soon.