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Are you looking for a beautiful beachfront campground on the Gulf of Mexico? Look no further than Buccaneer State Park. Located in Waveland in southeastern Mississippi and named for the area's pirate history, this beautiful park is ideally situated for anyone who loves sun, swimming, and sea breezes. And while it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, it's since been completely rebuilt and is now better than ever.
Some of the highlights of Buccaneer State Park include a four-and-a-half-acre waterpark, disc golf course, a nature trail, and a large kids' playground. And with hundreds of scenic campsites available, it's the perfect spot for a family getaway in a rental RV.
The beautiful beachfront location is perhaps Buccaneer State Park's main attraction, but it's far from the only feature that draws visitors to the area.
If you're embarking on a family vacation, your kids will no doubt be desperate to spend as much time at the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark as possible. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the park opens daily during summer until Labor Day and offers all the thrills and spills you'd expect. Highlights include the 375-foot Pirate's Plank waterslide, the six-foot waves in the Pirate's Lagoon wave pool, and the 425-foot Pirate's Plunge waterslide. Younger kids aren't left out, thanks to the Lil' Smugglers Cove water playground, while Mom and Dad will enjoy relaxing in the sun deck and lounge area.
When you need a break from the waterpark, you might want to head out and explore the park's nature trail, just under two miles long. This self-guided hike, known as Pirate's Alley, leads you past oaks, pines, magnolia, and more. There's also a pier over Mud Bayou's canal, giving birdwatchers a chance to spot pelicans, osprey, and egrets.
Another fun way to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings of Buccaneer State Park is to play a round of disc golf. The par three, 18-hole course stretches over more than 6,000 feet, providing a good physical workout as well as an enjoyable challenge for campers of all ages. There's no charge to play, so campers can feel free to enjoy as many rounds as they want.
If you want to camp with an RV at Buccaneer State Park, search for an RV in Hancock County and book a site in one of the park's RV camping areas. For those who like all the creature comforts, there are 206 premium campsites with electrical, water, and sewer hookups. All are back-in sites, with some able to accommodate rigs up to 60 feet long.
Seventy beach sites are also available. Set in a grassy field that looks out over the Gulf of Mexico, these sites offer lovely water views and are easy to access. Water and electrical hookups are available, but these sites are only offered on a limited basis.
There are three bathhouses dotted throughout the campground with restrooms and hot showers. All are clean, conveniently located, and ADA-accessible. And if you're traveling with your dog, leashed and well-behaved pets are more than welcome in the campground.
If you'd prefer to rough it for a little while, Buccaneer State Park also boasts a primitive camping area with 25 sites. Located in a densely wooded area near Grand Bayou, these sites don't have any services at all, but restrooms are located some 100 yards away.
Regardless of whether you stay for a day or a week, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained in Buccaneer State Park. But when you're ready to hop back into your rental RV and hit the road again, you'll find plenty of other great destinations just a short journey away.
Take a half-hour drive northwest and you'll arrive at the INFINITY Science Center, a must-visit for any true science nerd. If natural scenery is more your cup of tea, the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is just half an hour to the west and offers excellent fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer to head for the city, you can be exploring the famous French Quarter of New Orleans in a little over an hour. And if you can time your visit to coincide with the annual Mardi Gras, you'll be rewarded with an experience you'll never forget.
Rent a camper near Buccaneer State Park and start planning a relaxing RV camping trip on the Gulf of Mexico. You'll find stacks of attractions to experience in this part of the United States, so make sure you leave enough time to see them all.