Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

This beautiful stretch of land from Mississippi to Santa Rosa Island is Florida coastland in it's natural state at it's best. Clear emerald water, sugary white soft sand with un-touched sand dunes and natural habitats for wildlife. 

 

Beaches

With a seashore that stretches 160 miles, there are plenty of places to enjoy the beautiful beaches.

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Perdido Key Area

The Perdido Key Florida area is a popular beach with picnic areas, fishing, hiking, biking, and swimming.

Fort Pickens Area

Fort Pickens area of the Seashore is located at the westernmost end of Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Beach. An interesting fact from our Pensacola Beach City Guide is that Fort Pickens was the only fort in the south not to be taken by confederate troops during the civil war and is recognized as an underground railroad location. 

Santa Rosa Island Area

Santa Rosa Island area of the Seashore is on the eastern side of Pensacola Beach between Pensacola Beach and Navarre. There are numerous parking and access points with public restrooms, showers and picnic areas. 

Okaloosa Island Area

Okaloosa Island Day Use area is located on the easternmost area of Santa Rosa Island just west of Destin. It is a quiet natural area with picnic areas, public restrooms, outdoor showers and a boat launch for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. 

 

Wildlife

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Image by National Park Service

Wildlife includes sea turtles and other sea life, and birds. This area provides an opportunity to view wildlife in it's natural habitats. 

 

Hiking and Activities

If you are looking for activities to enjoy the nature in this beautiful seashore, go to Naval Live Oaks Area where there is 7.5 miles of hiking trails with a place to launch a kayak or paddle board. Snorkeling, fishing, camping, hiking and biking are all popular activities. There are also fort tours and ranger-led programs.