Do hiking trails, picnicking and camping appeal to your travel appetite? Then Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi is a destination that needs to be added to your bucket list.
This the area that goes from Cat Island, Mississippi to the easternmost tip of Santa Rosa Island, Florida. Much of the seashore itself is underwater. The barrier islands boast white sandy beaches, forests and marshes. Davis Bayou, located on the mainland at Ocean Springs is also accessible. Cat Island is partly owned by the National Park Service and it is accessible by boat, as are East Ship Island, West Ship Island, Horn Island, Petit Bois Island and West petit Bois Island. So if you want to go to the beautiful islands of the northern Gulf of Mexico, this is your ideal vacation. You can fish, snorkel, boat, swim or just sit back and relax on the beach.
The white sandy beaches and the gorgeous blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico attract millions of visitors to the islands in the northern portion of the gulf each year. There is so much to do in addition to the camping and hiking. You can catch a ride on a boat, go fishing and visit an old historical fort.
There are several forts in the area if you are a history buff. Fort Pickens stands at the entrance to the Pensacola Bay Harbor and the Navy Shipyard. This fort has withstood both the weather elements as well as times of war.
Fort Barrancas is also easy accessible in the area of southern Mississippi even though it is located in the state of Florida.
If you are not a fan of camping, there are numerous hotels to pick from along the gulf coast of Mississippi and you can still get outdoors for numerous activities.