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Ship Island, Biloxi

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#3 of 13 in Nature in Mississippi
The collective name for two barrier islands off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Ship Island is home to an expanse of beach and a historic fort. East Ship Island is only accessible by personal watercraft, whereas an excursion boat travels regularly to West Ship Island, home of Fort Massachusetts. Collect shells, swim, or explore the 19th-century fort. Make sure to watch for dolphins on the horizon; they are often spotted here. If you go swimming or paddling, you should be careful of jellyfish and stingrays. Shade is limited here, so come prepared (you can bring umbrellas, lightweight folding chairs, and small coolers) or plan to rent an umbrella and beach chairs on the island. There is food service available on site. Put Ship Island into our Biloxi trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • September 15, 2017
    The ferry ride is nice and a straight shot out from Biloxi, there's some snacks and drinks on board. The island itself is very beautiful, with a long boardwalk to get you from one side of the island t...  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    This is the second time I have been to Ship Island and I will go back again. The ride out is a little slow, I wanted the ship to go faster :) But we had a wonderful time.  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    It was a nice boat ride to island ,but get there early and you can set were ever you want,the island is very relaxing place to visit.  more »

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If you come to Biloxi for its major attractions--gambling and live entertainment--book a room at one of the city's casino resorts. They offer every comfort of home plus private swimming pools, workout facilities, spa centers, on-site restaurants, and access to championship golf courses. To stay more affordably, consider one of Biloxi's smaller motels, located near major roads with amenities like cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the area's bed and breakfasts, which provide clean rooms and complimentary southern-style breakfast.
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