by Brian

There is no need to fly thousands of miles away to the Caribbean to bask in the sun on a beautiful beach.

In the U.S., there are plenty of pristine and breathtaking beaches that can rival any exotic location. The perfect venue for your picture-perfect weekend getaway is not too far away.

Any of the following beaches will transport you to a magical land of soothing warm sand and soft ocean breeze.

Ship Island

Image Courtesy of Tim Isbell

Ship Island’s location, just 12 miles out from Biloxi, makes it a popular family day-trip destination. The island’s gleaming white sands are perfect for relaxation and soaking up the sun. For history-minded visitors, guided tours of the island’s Fort Massachusets (built after the War of 1812) are always free.

Ship Island also boasts its own boardwalk with basic beach amenities, including a concession stand and beach equipment rentals. The island’s beaches are located around its southern end, but the mainland ferry docks at the north end. Be prepared for a moderate hike, but the warm waters of the gulf and the pristine sands make the walk worth taking.

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