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“Great Day trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ship Island

Ship Island
Biloxi, MS
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Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Canton, Georgia
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“Great Day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My husband, myself, and 2 Teens had a truly enjoyable day at Ship Island. The water and beaches in Biloxi and Gulfport are not pleasant by any means, but this island 12 miles away is a true treasure and very beautiful.
The boat ride was fun for us as we did sit at the front of the boat and enjoyed looking over the side of the boat for dolphins. We enjoyed having a beer from the snack bar on the boat and relaxing on the pleasant ride.
Once on the island, the walk to the opposite side is quite long, but nice when you arrive. We walked the shore for an hour and barely saw anyone. We did rent chairs for $5 each which was reasonable, and we did eat at the snack bar which was not very good. We had cheeseburgers that were reheated and the buns were wet. Packing a small cooler with sandwiches would be a better idea for our next visit.
We also enjoyed walking around the Fort and exploring on our own, but next time we will take the free tour they offer of the Fort since it is certainly rich is history.
Seeing the stingrays was a treat for us all and we enjoyed sitting on the pier relaxing before our departure and boat ride back.
We all truly enjoyed our visit to Ship Island and we will definitely go back.

Visited April 2013
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Mobile, Alabama
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“Excellent Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

I haven't been to Ship Island since I was a kid, so 35 years later I didn't know what to expect. The ferry ride out to the island lasts about 1 hour. We went on a Sunday and it wasn't packed. About halfway there, dolphins started following the boat. Once at the island, it's about a 10 minute walk to the south end of the island where the water is clear and there are tons of shells to choose from. The snack bar was inexpensive and the bathrooms were clean.
This is a trip I would recommend to locals and visitors. We will definitely go back!

Visited April 2013
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Nice boat ride out to the island. Saw pelicans,cormorants and a brief glimpse at dolphins frolicking. Boat was comfortable and food and drink were available on board. The island it's self has a fort to be explored and a guided tour if you want one. Big stingrays clearly visible in the sea and there are also small jellyfish around. All in all a very pleasant trip.

Visited March 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Great way to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went out on a sunny day. Temp was about 60 to 70 with light winds. Great place to spend a day on the beach in the chairs that are rented for the day with an umbrella ($25 total). Fort is interesting and worth a visit. It was lucky enough to miss any real combat during Civil War or other conflicts, but was often a staging area for forces wanting to invade the main land. About 11 miles off the coast and it takes about an hour to get there and back but at least on this day the ride was smooth. The crew and staff on ferry were helpful and polite. Very limited food available on the island, might be good to bring own picnic and drinks in a cooler. Wonderful place to spend a restful day with little activities. Surprised that I could get cellphone coverage on island and ferry.

Visited March 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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“Beautiful Island and Beautiful Water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Pan- American Clipper takes you to the island and it is first rate. It couldn't have been better. Don't forget to visit the Fort.

Visited July 2012
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