Ship Island Beach

White sand beach
Biloxi, MS 39530, USA (14 miles from Biloxi, MS)
Water quality

Beach amenities

  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Gear rentalsEquipment for rent
  • AccessibilityEasy beach access
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

It can get very hot. Wear a hat, bring an umbrella or rent one!

Dogs are not allowed on the ferry!

Many agree that this has to be the best beach near NOLA. It is also one of the closest beaches near New Orleans.

Visiting Ship Island is an excellent way to spend your day. To get to the island you will need to take a ferry from the dock in Biloxi, which costs about $30 per person for a roundtrip. This will take approximately an hour. The trip itself is exciting - we saw a bunch of dolphins jump close to us! 😊 Walking to the beach itself will take 10+ minutes or so, as the nicest beaches are on the southern side of the island, while the dock is on the northern side of it.

There's not much to do except relaxing, swimming and touring the fort. You can rent umbrellas and sunbeds (around $25 for two) or bring your own if you don't mind carrying things around with you. There's a reasonably-priced snack bar, showers, and well-maintained bathroom facilities. 

The beach has powder-white sand and the water is clearer than in Biloxi Beach (which we also recommend visiting) and very shallow so swimming is safe for kids. Crabs, jellyfish, stingrays are swimming really close!

While you are there make sure to visit the Fort Massachusetts - it's free, and if you are into history, you're going to love it (have a look at the article on Wikipedia about it).

This beach is a must-go.

What we loved

  • The beach and the facilities
  • Not too crowded
  • Watching dolphins jump out of the water!
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Ship Island Beach videos

Ship Island, MS VLOG
A vlog filmed on Ship Island
Ship Island Excursion / Biloxi, Mississippi
A great overview of the beach

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast
Beach map and directions
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Ship Island Beach reviews and photos
Photos and descriptions belong to their authors
Ship Island Beach photo by Kelly Burge
July 10, 2016
Kelly Burge
"Crabbin', making sandcastles, and fishing were so much fun for these guys! πŸ¦€πŸ›₯β˜€οΈπŸŽ£
Ship Island Beach photo by Am-uh-sa
August 21, 2016
Weekend getaway to ship island was so relaxing.
Ship Island Beach photo by Tomas Kawasaki
September 18, 2016
Tomas Kawasaki
Find your beach. (Preferably one without a ton of hostile jellyfish.) #beach #gulfport #ms
Ship Island Beach photo by mirandaemalee
July 14, 2016
Wishing I was back on Ship Island today, atleast the heat would be worth it😎
Ship Island Beach photo by π™ˆπ™–π™™π™šπ™‘π™šπ™žπ™£π™š 𝙑.
August 10, 2016
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That time I spent a morning on an Island with my husband πŸŒ΄πŸšπŸŒ€β˜‚πŸŒŠ
Ship Island Beach photo by Katherine Zientek
July 28, 2016
Katherine Zientek
Visited a National Seashore yesterday...How neat is that πŸπŸ˜‰
Ship Island Beach photo by Dr. Mike
July 25, 2016
Dr. Mike
Woke up, Impulsive drive eastward, took a boat out to the island. Dolphins swam alongside us. Who knew #mississippi had amazing white sandy beaches. I didn't want to leave. #anotherdayinparadise #livingthedream
Ship Island Beach photo by Jason Thomas
July 31, 2016
Jason Thomas
Chillin on a island
Ship Island Beach photo by Lo
October 6, 2016
#throwback to the beach bc I miss my girls trip and being in the sand!
Ship Island Beach photo by amberly talayumptewa
October 16, 2016
amberly talayumptewa
Okay, I think I like it here 🌊
Ship Island Beach photo by Andrew Gojuangco
October 10, 2016
Andrew Gojuangco
The water was so clear you could barely sea it πŸŒŠπŸ˜† #shipisland #beach
Ship Island Beach photo by Aimee Burlett
September 12, 2016
Aimee Burlett
No one else I'd rather beach with 🌺 #bestfriend @dillontoom
Ship Island Beach photo by Kalie Blackmon🌼
June 20, 2018
Kalie Blackmon🌼
beach days and sunny rays πŸŒžπŸ’›
Ship Island Beach photo by π‘€π’Άπ“Žπ“‡π’Ά π‘…π‘œπ’Ήπ“‡π’Ύπ‘”π“Šπ‘’π“πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
August 8, 2016
π‘€π’Άπ“Žπ“‡π’Ά π‘…π‘œπ’Ήπ“‡π’Ύπ‘”π“Šπ‘’π“πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Spent the day in paradise πŸ’›πŸ#gulfofmexico #vestigo #livefree
Ship Island Beach photo by Killer Bee Bait
September 20, 2016
Killer Bee Bait
Got some huge #redfish on our trip yesterday using #killerbeebait !! #nofishissafe #fish #fishing #fishingpicoftheday #fishingtrip #fishinglife #tuna #dinner #deepseafishing #offshore #bait #mississippi #sportfishing #instagramfishing #tightlines
Ship Island Beach photo by
November 11, 2016
remembering when it was hot as hell outside @daniellestephh I wish it was summer again because we are going back #fbf #shipisland
Ship Island Beach photo by Trish Koeppen
September 7, 2016
Trish Koeppen
Island Day!
Ship Island Beach photo by lex
August 22, 2016
Missin the beach 🌴🌴