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Ship Island, Biloxi

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#3 of 13 in Nature in Mississippi
Island Nature / Park
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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  • We spent the day at Ship Island & loved it! Prices are very reasonable & worth every penny. It's the perfect place for picnicking & relaxing with beautiful beaches, clear water, & breathtaking views.  more »
  • Wonderful day trip! We took the Ship Island Excursion and had friendly service. We rented chairs and an umbrella and felt like we were at a resort! Moderate exercise because of the walk to the beach, ...  more »
  • Once you get to shell island with the promise of clear clean water and great shelling, you quickly learn that neither is true. My advice is to skip this trip.  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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