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Gulf Coast Beach & Water Activities


There’s nothing better than a day at the beach. And the Mississippi Gulf Coast is just the place to kick off your shoes, put your feet in the sand and relax awhile. With sixty-two miles of scenic shoreline, it’s easy to find a perfect place to set up for a day in the sun.

Care to switch up the sand you’re on? Hop on a Ship Island Excursion from Gulfport Small Craft Harbor to West Ship Island, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. 12 miles offshore from Gulfport, the island offers gorgeous Gulf waters for swimming, sunbathing, shelling and more. In fact, a chain of Gulf Coast islands, including East & West Ship Island, limits the amount of strong waves reaching the mainland beaches, creating calm, gentle waters across the Coast.

Paddle sports anyone? There’s more than enough water around here to keep a paddle sports party going. Or should we say flowing?

And if you want to do a little bird watching, stop by our designated nesting areas for the “Least Terns” species and grab a photo.

As the summer season gets underway, we would like to reassure and remind everyone that our doors (and shores) are open to all in search of adventure, discovery, relaxation, and some good-old fashioned fun. Our calendar of events is jam packed with lots of great events planned, our beaches are open, as well as all of our great attractions and restaurants. As in any coastal destination across the country, there is ongoing water sampling and testing to ensure the safety of everyone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is not new and is not unique to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. For the facts and current information, you can visit this trusted source,