My husband and I rode the ship from Ship Island Excursions out to the island. The island is serene and absolutely breathtaking. Fort Harrison is fun to explore. I recommend the ranger tour (it's free). Wonderful history here. The beaches are beautiful. The water was a little murky which made snorkeling a challenge. One of the rangers told us it was especially murky because of all the rain they've had the past couple of months. Nevertheless, we saw stingrays, crabs, countless fish, jellies and dolphins! We rented the chairs and umbrella for $25. I highly recommend doing so as shade is limited. Make sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water. The snack bar/gift shop does sell items at a fairly reasonable price and they're food is good. I also recommend strapped sandels (like chacos or Columbias) or water shoes. Flip flops aren't that great in the sand and the sand is HOT, especially the black sand. My husband has two blisters. There are two pavilions for shade and eating, with restrooms. There's also a freshwater, outdoor shower by the beach on the south, or gulf, side. Lifeguards were present at that beach, as well. Definitely would like to visit again. This was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.
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