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Ship Island, Biloxi

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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. Plan to visit Ship Island and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Biloxi attractions using our Biloxi trip itinerary planner.
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  • the ferry ride was a bit crowded but worth it!! Ship Island is a great location to bring the family. Pack a picnic or buy food there!!!  more »
  • Disappointing Fort (Fort Morgan is easily the best in the greater area). So much history seems to have been lost on this island due in large part to Camille and Katrina. The beach does offer some fant...  more »
  • Had a great time on Ship Island! Great trip out to Island. Out for 4 hours or so. Pretty and clean. Fort worth checking out. Food was decent. Bring cooler if you can.  more »