Beaches can be tropical dreamscapes, moody and stormy, or sometimes even look like they just popped out of a surrealism painting. Off the Biloxi coast, the latter is true for this Mississippi island's beaches. Deer Island is a hidden gem you should definitely add to your future exploration list — with an environment as striking as its storied past.\nDeer Island is a narrow, four-mile-long strip of land that's sits off the Biloxi coast as a fragment of the mainland. While it doesn’t quite count as a true barrier island, it’s home to many an interesting sight, including some native trees that appear to be melting into the water.\nWlox News reported that once upon a time, the island was almost twice its current size, and has been losing nearly two acres of its beachy coasts each year to erosion.\nThis erosion of land could have led to the old driftwood being exposed, the previously grounded trees now standing in the shallows with exposed roots looking as though they've melted into the sand.\nRestoration efforts by the Coastal Preserve Program have helped to keep the island afloat.\nBut as the island’s physical roots are exposed to the elements, the stories of its past also find their way to the surface. From hermits and pirates to deaths and ghost stories, this island truly is a surreal place.\nView this post on Instagram Drifting... A post shared by Douglas Cherry (@891plm) on Jun 18, 2019 at 12:24pm PDT\nSun Herald details a local legend about a headless skeleton of a long-dead pirate who reportedly haunts the island, including a surreal ‘firewater ball’ that floats across the shoreline.\nView this post on Instagram Beach Structures A post shared by Julia Reyes (@juliareyes_art) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:57am PDT\nThe Sun Herald also reports that the infamous Hermit of Deer Island, Jean Guilhot, became somewhat of an island icon in the mid-20th century.\nThe island was also once home to two families, the Aikens and the Bakers, for over 100 years — even witnessing the death of Harriet Aiken who was said to of passed at 100 years old.\nView this post on Instagram #sunset at #deerisland #mississippigulfcoast A post shared by Richard Schmidt (@baydreamer) on Jun 21, 2016 at 8:06pm PDT\nWhile the creep factor may keep you from staying too long, Deer Island's surreal seascape and melty looking trees dotting the beach make it a beautiful place to explore.\nDeer Island\nAddress: Across the Biloxi Channel, Biloxi, MS 30.3716° N, 88.8395° W\nWhy You Need To Go: Surreal trees, ghost stories, and beautiful views are what you'll find on this hidden Mississippi beach.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.