• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Park Significance

Gulf Islands National Seashore:

  • The largest seashore encompassing 160 miles from Santa Rosa Island, Florida to Cat Island, Mississippi.
  • Comprised of six barrier islands - some of the most dynamic landforms in the world.
  • Land and marine archeological resource that represents a continuum of human occupation dating back approximately 5,000 years in this coastal environment.
  • Habitat for approximately 25 endangered and threatened animals in diverse ecosystems.
  • Stop-over habitat for migratory birds.
  • Critical nursery habitat for marine flora and fauna.
  • Rare combination of recreational opportunities on publicly accessible undeveloped barrier islands, two of which are designated as wilderness.

Did You Know?

Rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling moving towards the Gulf.

Of the seven species of sea turtles, four species nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchlings instinctively head for areas of brighter light. Artificial lighting causes thousands of hatchling deaths each year.