By: Orbitz Editors and Dalia Colon


Ship Island Beach

Canon at historic Fort Massachusetts on West Ship Island in Mississippi.

The good times (and the dice) roll in coastal Mississippi, a laid-back part of the state famous for both its casinos and its lovely beaches. But the region is hardly free of revelers. Escape the crowds via a one-hour ferry to Ship Island, a barrier island accessible via both Gulfport and Biloxi. There’s little shade, few amenities and the sand in summer is HOT, but if you trek away from the crowds pure beach bliss awaits.


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