A short drive from Pensacola Beach, follow Highway 399, with dunes and shoreline along Santa Rosa Island. This part of the Gulf Islands is named after the historic war fort, Fort Pickens. Visitors can do a self-guided tour of the facility.
The Okaloosa Island day use recreation area is another beautiful beach that is part of the Gulf Islands. Located off Highway 98, about 3 ½ miles west of Destin, Florida, visitors can soak up the sun with views of both the bay and Gulf of Mexico.
If you're looking for a pit stop on your next Gulf Coast road trip or want to experience some of Mississippi's incredible nature, visit Davis Bayou. Davis Bayou is a great place to hike, fish, camp, and kayak.
Beginner kayakers can enjoy the bayou waters close to shore, or experienced kayakers can adventure out to sea for overnight trips to Horn Island, Petit Bois Island, Ship Island, West Petit Bois, and Cat Island.