We camped at the Fort Pickens Campground which has large sites and beautiful, clean bathhouses. Because it is part of the National park Service we were able to take advantage of our Senior Pass for 1/2 price camping (if you don't have your Senior Pass, you need one).
The GINS is located on a barrier Island, and the waters surrounding it, just south of Pensacola FL and extends west to barrier islands off Mississippi. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is home to sparkling blue waters, white beaches and coastal marshes. However, more than 80% of the national park is underwater, as it's a vital protective habitat to marine life.
A notable feature of the beaches here is the sand: this area has some of the purest whitest sand anywhere in the state. Its dazzling crystals are nearly pure quartz resulting in soft fluffy sand that is a pleasure to walk on.