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

Ship Island
Biloxi, MS
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Ranked #3 of 36 attractions in Biloxi
Type: Islands, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: For lovers of the sea and boating, these Mississippi Barrier islands provide sun, beach and lots of outdoor fun.
Palm Bay, Florida
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“Great Day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The boat ride to the trip was nice and relaxing. The captain and the crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw several dolphins following a shrimping boat that we passed by. The island itself was beautiful with white sand beaches. There was a volunteer tour guide that gave our group a tour of the Fort. He was quite a story teller and we enjoyed the tour and the history lesson. The snack bar had the usual items, but was affordable and tasty. Lunch for 2 was less than $10. We saw more dolphins chasing schools of fish off the beach and lots of jellyfish and blue crabs too. We walked the beach looking at the wildlife (birds) and found a horseshoe crab. The water around the beaches was clear and shallow; perfect for swimming and small children.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great nature excursion on a super boat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

This was a really nice day trip and I would highly recommend it. The boat and captain and staff are super, friendly, knowledgable and they really take care of the customers.

Ship Island itself is beautiful. Very wild and natural. We saw dolphins, jelly fish and stingrays from the beach.

There is a small snack bar if you don't feel like bringing a picnic. May be seasonal though?

Make sure you visit the Fort while you are there. It's really quite interesting!

Visited October 2013
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south dakota
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“Pretty area, relaxing beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Part of the National Seashore, it is accessable by private boat or tour boat. Right off the pier is the fort, which is well worth a quick look. Most people head across the boardwalk (@ 1/2 mile long) over to the beach. Umbrellas and chairs are rented there. Limited food choices at the snack bar, enough to keep you fed for the hours you are there. Restroom facilities are adequate but you may need to wait as there are only 2 showers in each side. Searching for shells is great and you can walk all the way around the island (6 Miles) if you have the energy. Summer is really hot and there is little to no shade except for the fort, pavillions and the umbrellas for rent. Can fish with a state license and many people seem to enjoy the variety of fish they can catch. Lots of people boogie boarding and using floats. Lifeguards are there only part of the season, so you have to watch out for your family! Disappointing there was no one to provide tours of the fort, only brochures available.
All in all a great place to visit but you need to be somewhat prepared to take care of yourself.

Visited August 2013
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Texico
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“Unbeatable!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

From the time we boarded the boat until our return to Biloxi, we were in awe! Ship Island is a beautiful place! It seems untouched by any commercialization! We saw dolphins, stingrays, right from the beach! The water is clear, and you can go quite a ways out! This is a must see!

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful Beach, Best Experience of the Trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were disappointed to find that the Biloxi beaches were less than ideal for swimming. The water was murky and the bottom felt more like a lake than an ocean with squishy muddy spots. Ship Island was completely different! The beach and ocean had wonderful, soft, clean sand. The water was warm and clear and perfect for swimming. We saw a variety of marine life including tons of dolphins that swam alongside the boat, and crabs, stingrays and small, harmless sharks at Ship Island. Definitely spend the $25 and rent the chairs and umbrella, it was well worth it. The staff was very attentive and informative answering all of our questions. Ship Island is part of the National Park System so our daughter was able to earn a Junior Ranger badge. We visited at the end of August, local kids were already back in school so there weren't many people around. All around we had a wonderful time.

Visited August 2013
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