Just off Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, five barrier islands, Petit Bois, Cat, Horn, Ship, and Deer, island, separate the Mississippi Sound from the Gulf of Mexico. Each of these islands offer visitors a unique experience of historical reflection, aquatic recreation, and all sorts of adventure. These islands are some of Mississippi’s most prized jewels along the Gulf Coast. Several of them are under National Park Service management, and they all provide soft white sands, sparkling clear waters, wooded terrains, and abundant plant and wildlife.

Because the islands are so diverse in typography and habitat, visitors and locals alike may enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities. The islands are perfect for day trips and weekend camping. Visitors can swim, hike, fish, snorkel, watch for migrating birds, and even practice hobbies such as art and photography in the serene settings offered by these barrier islands. Each of these little pieces of paradise also hold their own mystical pasts, honoring great artists and explorers and even some spooky legends.