• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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By Public Transportation

Florida District

The Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) operates 7 days a week in the community. It does not stop inside the Seashore. For more information please call 850-595-3228 or visit their website at http://www.goecat.com.


Mississippi District

Coast Transit Authority (CTA) buses stop at the Ocean Springs Wal-Mart, approximately 2 1/2 miles from the entrance to Davis Bayou and 4 1/2 miles from the visitor center and campground areas. Visit www.coasttransit.com or call (228) 896-8080 for schedule information.

Transportation to West Ship Island, Mississippi

Passenger ferry service, "Pan Isles," located in Gulfport, MS south of the intersection of U. S. Highways 90 and 49, runs to West Ship Island from March to October. For information about the ferry service call 228-864-1014 or visit www.msshipisland.com.

Did You Know?

The long roots of the sea oats help hold the dunes together.

The stunning sugar white beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore are composed of fine quartz eroded from granite in the Appalachian Mountains. The sand is carried seaward by rivers and creeks and deposited by currents along the shore.