An insider’s guide to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

As a lifelong Gulf Coast resident, I've had the unique opportunity to personally explore what makes Coastal Mississippi not just a place to both live and experience. Our region offers many activities perfect for anyone looking to engage with nature or experience the thrill of outdoor sports.

Whether seeking peaceful encounters with the scenic environment or the excitement of a challenge, our coastal communities are an ideal setting for anyone to enjoy their passions.

Gear Up for Adventure: A Sportsman's Dream

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a variety of land and water-based sporting activities. Whether you're a fierce competitor or watching from the sidelines, there's something for everyone.

1. The Thrill of Deep-Sea Fishing

There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. I've been on countless charters (especially as a kid), and each trip is a memorable experience.

Deep-sea fishing is vastly different from dropping your line off the sea wall. When going on a charter, you engage in a sport where the opponents are massive marlin, tuna, and snapper.

Long Beach Fishing Charters
Fishing charter docks in Long Beach, MS

Sport fishing is a thrilling way to connect with nature, test your angler skills, and experience the primitive nature of capturing your food.

If you're considering heading out on the water, take a drive down Highway 90 and check the docks in Gulfport, Pass Christian, and Long Beach.

2. Golfing with a View

Mississippi golf courses offer more than just a game- they feature views that make every round unforgettable. The courses here are challenging due to their layout and the coastal winds, but they offer stunning panoramas that make it all worthwhile.

Weather plays a big part as well, with our summers being especially hot. But the mild winters mean there's year-round golfing fun. And courses can get busy, especially during peak seasons (January through March).

Lets Go Golf Trips has a great list of the best places to golf, and you can even schedule a tee time.

3. Shrimping: A Gulf Coast Tradition

Shrimping isn't just an activity; it's a deep dive into a generations-old Mississippi staple. As a kid growing up in a fishing family, shrimping wasn't just a pastime—it was a rite of passage.

I remember casting a net as a kid and the excitement of hauling it back in. It's more than catching shrimp; it's about experiencing the Gulf's bounty firsthand and understanding the rhythm of coastal life.

Shrimp Boats in Biloxi MS

Consider riding along on a shrimping expedition with the folks from Biloxi Shrimping Trip. They've been in business for over 50 years.

4. Paddle to Deer Island

Visiting the Gulf islands is my go-to activity when I need quiet time to recharge. I just paddle away, not too far from the Coast's buzz. But it feels like a different world.

One of my favorite outings is a simple kayak paddle to Deer Island.  The distance from shore to the island is between .25 and 3 miles (depending on your launch point in Biloxi or Ocean Springs). Here's Brad during one of our paddles in 2022.

Paddle from Biloxi to Deer Island

Once you get to Deer Island, there's much you can do. You can hike, paddle around the entire island (roughly 5 miles from tip to tip), take a swim on the ocean side, or even camp for the night.  You might even see a dolphin!

This trip overview covers two popular departure points, and this map (shown below) shows the proposed trips on a map.

5. Kiteboarding: Catch the Wind

Kiteboarding on the MS Gulf Coast is a rush like no other. The first time you catch the wind and lift off, it's unbeatable (I literally felt like I was soaring). Our calm waters are ideal for this sport, accommodating both beginners and veterans who have been at it for years.

Man Kiteboarding

But keep in mind that the weather can be a bit unpredictable. On our typical windy days, the water is perfect. But you might have to find something else to do when it's calm.

Coastal Mississippi's Best Family-Friendly Attractions

Family outings are all about those laughs, gasps, and "remember when?" moments you'll chat about for years. Whether you're looking for a thrill or to chill, these activities will undoubtedly be memorable for you and yours.

6. Sailing the Sound: A Family Adventure

Heading out on the Mississippi Sound for a family sail is like hitting the reset button. Force the kids to put down the gadgets, grab a drink, and skim across the water as the sail fills with that Gulf Coast breeze.

It’s a breathtaking way to see the coastline in a way you just can't from shore. Trust me, it’s a day out that sticks with you.

North Star Sailing Charters offers private trips for up to six passengers. Each trip is 100% customizable. Check out this 360-degree sailing view.

7. Mississippi Aquarium: A Marine Journey

The Mississippi Aquarium is a plunge into the ocean world that both young and old can enjoy. My family drops in every couple of years (and it's always fun watching the kids light up when they get close and personal with a stingray).

In 2024, they incorporated a 3D virtual experience, letting you explore the ocean depths with a Shark Dive! If swimming with Jaws makes you nervous, the VR headsets allow you to run through the jungle with gorillas.

It's fun, hands-on, and you'll walk away feeling more knowledgeable about our ocean buddies. Just be sure to plan your trip in advance to ensure you'll have access to all attractions.

8. Ghost Tours in Bay St. Louis: A Spooky Exploration

Looking for an adventure that mixes history with a touch of thrill? Take a ghost tour through historic Bay St. Louis to explore the mystic side of the Coast.

Walking through the streets at night and hearing all the eerie tales really makes the place come alive in a spooky kind of way. The guides are fantastic, and the stories are rooted in genuine local lore (so parents can rest easy knowing this is an educational journey).

Mystic Ghost Rides offers several packages to choose from, including walking tours and boat tours.

9. Buccaneer Bay Waterpark: Splash and Play

Buccaneer Bay Waterpark is a summertime favorite for families on the Gulf Coast. It's the perfect mix of cooling off and getting your thrills- minus the sandy toes.

Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a kid, some of my fondest memories are from this park (known as The Wave Pool way back then). These days, they've expanded the main pool into an impressive complex:

  • 10,000 square ft. sun deck
  • Multiple slides
  • Splash pad with pirate ship
  • Large, shaded food court
  • Little tots pool
  • 17,400 sq foot wave pool

You'll find Buccaneer Bay at Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, MS. It opens at the end of May and stays open through Labor Day weekend.

10. Finding Community and Baseball at a Shuckers Game

Shuckers games are like stepping right into the heart of Gulf Coast culture. It's not just a baseball game; it's an experience. The moment you step into MGM Park, the friendly faces, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn, and the buzz of anticipation get you pumped.

Player at Biloxi Shuckers Game

Sitting among locals and visitors alike and cheering on the Shuckers feels like being part of a big family gathering. It's down-to-earth fun, a genuine slice of American pastime.  

Fans can save up to 18% off ticket prices by purchasing tickets before game day, and military personnel can get an additional $3 discount on Military Wednesday.  If you're looking for things to do in Biloxi, you can't go wrong with a Shuckers game.

Free Things to Do Along the Mississippi Coast

There are plenty of low-cost Mississippi Gulf Coast attractions for those looking to explore on a budget. Here are some adventurous ideas to make the most of your visit without spending a dime.

11. Public Art Exploration: Art & Culture Walks

A stroll through our local downtown areas immerses you in the creativity of our distinctive communities. From murals to sculptures, every piece tells a story (some tragic, some triumphant).

Bay St. Louis holds a Second Saturday Artwalk on, you guessed it, every month's second Saturday. There, you'll find local food, plenty of art exhibits, and live music.

Bay St. Louis Downtown Mural
Old Town Bay St. Louis Art Mural

Downtown Ocean Springs is known for its residents' creativity and artistic energy. While the city hosts multiple cultural events throughout the year (such as the Downtown Artwalk), there's still plenty of art to see on any given day.

Are you planning on being in Biloxi for the afternoon? Take a walk through historic Biloxi. This virtual tour provides a map and interesting destinations (such as museums, art exhibits, etc) for a 21-stop stroll through the city.

12. Paddling the Wolf River: A Refreshing Escape

Floating down Wolf River on a tube is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a day. The gentle flow of the river provides a perfect backdrop for unwinding.

Whether you prefer to float undisturbed or stop at every sandbar to enjoy your favorite cold beverage, it's the ultimate escape. It's a popular (and free) activity that connects you with the simple pleasures of nature.

13. Hiking the Mississippi Greenways: Nature's Path

Exploring the hiking trails along the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a must-do activity for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With an eclectic landscape that includes sandy beaches, lush forests, and vibrant wetlands, our trails offer something for everyone.

It is a fantastic, cost-free way to immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Mississippi. Whether you're looking for a leisurely walk or a challenging hike, the Mississippi Gulf Coast trails promise unforgettable outdoor adventures.

14. Hurricane Katrina Tree Sculptures: Beauty from Destruction

The oak tree sculptures carved from Hurricane Katrina's devastation are a powerful reminder of nature's force and our resilience. Each sculpture speaks of loss, survival, and rebirth, offering an uplifting perspective on our collective history.

Katrina Oak Tree Sculpture in Bay St. Louis
Angel Tree of de Montluzin Ave. Carved by Dayle K. Lewis.

They're not just art; they're reminders of what we've been through and how we've come out the other side. It's a raw, real way to connect with the history of this place, showing both nature's wrath and our unbreakable spirit.

This map contains the location of the Katrina Sculpture and Memorials across the MS Gulf Coast.

Educational Things to Do on the MS Gulf Coast

Mississippi offers educational (but engaging) activities that are fun for the whole family and promote personal enrichment. The following destinations combine fun with learning, allowing visitors to gain new insights into science, history, and culture.

15. Infinity Space Center: Beyond the Stars

Heading to the Infinity Space Center feels like launching into an out-of-this-world family adventure. Each visit offers new insights into the vastness of space and the intricacies of science, making it a must-visit for anyone curious about what lies beyond.

If you're lucky, you may even run into a real-life astronaut! Whether you're a space buff or just looking for something different to do, this place packs a universe of fun into every visit.

Infinity Space Center is a non-profit located at NASA's Stennis Space Center.  It's great fun for the entire family, and kids under 6 get in for free!

16. Traintastic: A Ride Through Mississippi Gulf Coast History

Hanging out at Traintastic in Gulfport was way more interesting than I expected. It's fascinating to learn about trains' role in shaping our society over the last 200 years, not to mention the technological marvels that make them run.

From the museum's station-like design to the interactive layout, visiting Traintastic is like stepping back in time. Oh, and they also have the largest LEGO railway display in the world!

Traintastic Train Museum

In addition to being the largest model railroad museum, this venue prioritizes activities for the kids, including an indoor playground and hands-on model train creation stations.

Traintastic offers daily tickets, annual memberships, and even summer camps.

17. Lynn Meadows Discovery Center: A World of Wonder

Another family-friendly attraction in Gulfport, Mississippi, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a playground of imagination for children. Launched in 1991 and risen from the ashes of Hurricane Katrina, the center has grown into a local favorite, winning national accolades along the way.

Kid Playing at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

During my family's visits, I watched my kids become little explorers, darting from one interactive exhibit to another. Whether playing in the outdoor musical garden or getting lost in the "tree cookie" playground, every trip is a new adventure.

Lynn Meadows is open seven days a week, so planning a trip is easy.

18. Take in the Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Experiencing the Walter Anderson Museum of Art has deepened my understanding of our local culture and history. His popular pieces paint a narrative of resilience, creativity, and community that intrigues both residents and out-of-towners.

Sculpture at Walter Anderson Museum of Art

With its intricate murals and captivating artwork, this museum lulls you into the wild, genuine beauty that inspired Anderson himself. If you're looking for a journey that enriches the soul and broadens the mind, it's a must-see.

Culinary Delights: Taste the Local Flavors

Share the flavors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast through amazing culinary and craft beer spots that highlight the South's deep traditions and tastes.

19. Silver Slipper's Crab Feast: A Seafood Celebration

We have three boys in our family, so let's just say that finding places to eat can be quite expensive. And if they're all craving crab, forget about it.

Luckily, there is a popular Gulf Coast destination with unlimited seafood and reasonable prices.

The all-you-can-eat buffet at the Silver Slipper Casino Resort in Waveland is a crab lover's dream. Known as the Crab Feast, it features Snow Crab cluster, Jonah Legs, and Blue Crap. And if that's not enough, the buffet also has an endless supply of jumbo, gulf-caught shrimp.

Don't miss this epic feast, available Monday through Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday.

20. Dine at Mary Mahoney's- a Gulf Coast Staple

Mary Mahoney's is a culinary journey through our region's decadent past. Its namesake acquired the home in 1962 before converting it into a restaurant, but the building pre-dates American Independence by several decades.

Mary Mahoney's Sign in Biloxi, MS

The ambiance, combined with exquisite seafood, creates an enjoyable and nostalgic experience. The vibe is cozy and welcoming, like a meal at a friend's house (if your friend's house was steeped in Southern charm and flavors).

I've been to this Biloxi gem a few times, and each visit leaves me hungry for more.

21. Craft Breweries: A Taste of Innovation

In my younger days, being a beer snob on the Gulf Coast was a lonely existence. All my friends drank the popular gut-rot you find in most stores.

But times have changed, and exploring our newer craft breweries has been an adventure in taste and inventiveness. Each brewery offers unique flavors that capture the spirit of Coastal Mississippi, from the salty air to the laid-back lifestyle.

Driving East to West, here are the top local breweries on the MS Gulf Coast:

Nightlife: Coastal Mississippi After Dark

On the MS Coast, it's easy to enjoy a night out. With everything from lively gaming to unique artistic spots and sports entertainment venues, there's something for everyone.

22. Casino Row: A Night of Excitement

If you're staying in Biloxi and looking for some action, taking the Hopper down Casino Row is a no-brainer. This shuttle service passes six casinos, providing front-door access to fourteen nightspots popular with travelers visiting the Coast.

The Hopper is also a godsend when it comes to safety. You can enjoy your night with peace of mind and skip the hassle of finding parking or dealing with traffic.

It's only $1.50 per ride, and for $6.00, you enjoy unlimited rides. Unfortunately, the Hopper only runs until roughly 9:30 p.m. So, if you need a ride home after that, grab an Uber or Lyft.

The table below lists the most popular casinos on the route and their most popular clubs and bars.

Beau RivageEight75
Beau RivageBlack Clover Lounge
Hard RockCenter Bar
Hard RockLive #REMIX
Hard RockRoad House 777
Harrah'sPurple Zebra
Harrah's406 Club
Golden NuggetBar 46
Golden NuggetRush Lounge
Golden NuggetH2O Bar & Grill
Palace CasinoMignon's Lounge
Boomtown CasinoFat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar
IP CasinoChill Ultra Lounge
IP CasinoThirty-Two Lounge

23. Visit Fishbone Alley: An Artistic Nook

In 2016, Fishbone Alley was remade from a utilitarian alley into a must-visit destination due to its dynamic graffiti art, impromptu parties, local charm, and lively atmosphere. Situated between 26th and 27th Avenue and 13th and 14th Streets in Downtown Gulfport, this bustling hub of creativity and social gathering is a testament to the area's resilience and neighborhood spirit.

Fishbone Alley Entrance in Gulfport

Weekends are the best time to check out this unique Gulf Coast attraction, but check out their Facebook page for specific events and party times.

24. Bet on Fun at a Mississippi Sportsbook

In Early 2018, Mississippi legalized sports wagering. This law permitted betting, but only in the confines of casino-based sportsbooks (although that may be changing).

But placing a bet and watching a game at a sportsbook combines the thrill of sports with the camaraderie of fellow fans. It's an exciting way to engage with the games while enjoying a night out with friends.

But on the Gulf Coast, sportsbooks are more than just places for betting; they're complete entertainment hubs. These venues routinely host live music, serve delicious food, and mix unique cocktails.

Early 2024 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast brought a unique home-buying landscape, marked by stable prices, enhanced safety measures for agents, and increased visibility during local festivities.

Springtime Home Buying Analysis

As spring rolls in, buyers across the country are typically caught up in a home-buying rush. However, the Mississippi Gulf Coast may paint a different picture.

Contrary to the 5% price increase forecasted by Business Insider for the national market, our local real estate scene hints at stability (with a chance of prices gently declining). Understanding the distinct characteristics of our coastal market is key, as broad predictions don't always apply here.

Waterfront Open House: Your Next Home or Getaway

Join me for an open house at a practical waterfront property located in Pass Christian, right on Johnsons Bayou. This cozy getaway includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is perfect for those who appreciate simplicity and waterfront living.

Whether you're in the market for a new home, an investment opportunity, or a serene retreat, this property is worth considering. With its no-nonsense appeal, it could be exactly what you're looking for!

Make a Strong First Impression

When it comes to selling your home, never underestimate the power of a good first impression. Even small, budget-friendly tweaks can make a dramatic difference in how potential buyers perceive your property.

I recently convinced a client to hold off on listing a home until we could complete some minor cosmetic updates. This strategic pause ensures the property looks its best, aiming to captivate buyers from the get-go.

Tools for Enhancing Agent Safety

In a proactive move to boost real estate agent safety, the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors has introduced Forewarn. This potential life-saving service empowers agents to check the criminal backgrounds of potential clients using just their phone numbers.

This is a meaningful step toward ensuring agent safety, especially for females who frequently face risks when meeting new clients. Thank you, GCAR and Forewarn!

Mardi Gras Boosts Property Views

Mardi Gras is ending, but it's brought a noticeable bump in property tours along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Why? All the extra people around mean more eyeballs looking at available properties.

Here's a pro tip for home sellers in Mississippi: When practical, align your property listing date with big local events like Mardi Gras or Cruisin' the Coast. This strategy can help your property land on the MLS 'Hot Sheet,' catching the attention of more potential buyers while foot traffic is at its peak.

Client Appreciation

Huge shoutout to my amazing clients! Together, we've rocked January, landing me in the prestigious second spot on our office leaderboard. Your trust and partnership are the real MVPs here.

Thank you, thank you!

Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers an affordable coastal lifestyle with a high quality of life.  The region's economic outlook, affordable cost of living, and enticing tax benefits make it appealing to both young professionals and retirees.

This article highlights the pros and cons of living on the Mississippi Coast and why more and more people are moving here. We'll cover our mouth-watering seafood cuisine, charming coastal towns, outdoor activities, and entertainment options.

5 Benefits of Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

The hidden treasures of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are getting more challenging to hide. With top rankings in housing affordability and lowest cost of living, our region offers a cost-effective option for those seeking an excellent standard of living

Residents and visitors alike enjoy our Southern cuisine classics, explore the rich heritage and charm of coastal towns, embrace endless outdoor activities, and enjoy top-notch entertainment and leisure opportunities. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is your gateway to an extraordinary and laid-back lifestyle.

1. Gulf Coast delights: seafood and comfort food galore

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a food lover's paradise. With an abundance of legendary seafood restaurants, you can savor the freshest gulf shrimp, oysters, and fish. The region's Southern cuisine classics, such as roast beef po' boys and barbecues, will surely leave you feeling satisfied. 

Don't miss out on popular seafood spots like Trapani's Eatery, Mary Mahoney's, Mignon's Steaks & Seafood, The Reef, and Taranto's Crawfish, serving mouth-watering dishes.

2. Experience Southern hospitality at its finest

Southern hospitality is at its best on the MS Gulf Coast. Newcomers will discover delightful small towns, friendly locals, and deep history with welcoming people and a sense of community. 

A few of our towns have even made "best of " lists.  For example, Bay St. Louis was named one of the best small towns to live in the United States.

Down here, we're all family.

Explore museums, historic sites, and landmarks that showcase our region's diverse past, including Beauvoir, Biloxi Lighthouse, and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. These cultural centers showcase the authentic Southern allure of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Biloxi Lighthouse at Night

3. We cherish and indulge in our natural wonders

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a nature lover's paradise, offering endless outdoor activities. From cruising the beaches and dolphin watching to exploring the largest outdoor natural amusement park at the Gulf Islands National Seashore, adventure seekers will be spoiled for choice. 

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy birdwatching, hiking, and wildlife viewing, while thrill-seekers can go fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and camping. The Pascagoula River, the largest free-flowing river in the continental United States, is a must-see destination for those who want to experience the beauty and wonder of nature.

4. The perfect balance of entertainment and leisure

From plush casinos to world-class golf courses, our Gulf South region is a haven for gamers and thrill-seekers.  Enjoy gambling, sports betting, entertainment, and dining at the best casinos, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palace Casino Resort.

Sports enthusiasts can tee off at renowned golf courses like Fallen Oak Golf Course and Shell Landing Golf Club for an unforgettable experience. And if you enjoy a slower pace of life, head to Biloxi Beach to soak up some rays and watch the local kiteboarders catching air.

Gulf Coast Kite Boarder

5. Cities recognized as the best places to live in the U.S.

Since Hurricane Katrina, the standard of living on the MS Gulf Coast has improved dramatically.  And things are still looking up.  Mississippi ranks 22nd in economic outlook, an improvement from 27th in 2022.

In addition to economic improvements, education is also improving.  Dramatic increases in 4th-grade reading level proficiency proved that, although we have a long way to go, the state is on the right track.

Some of our cities have even been recognized nationally as one of the best places to live in Mississippi.  Bay St. Louis has earned several positive national designations, including America's 2nd Best Small Coastal Town in America.

4 Reasons People Move to the Gulf Coast

With affordable living options and enticing tax benefits, the Gulf Coast is a refuge for young professionals and retirees looking to relocate. Visitors come to appreciate our rich culture and diverse communities, highlighted by popular festivals and events throughout the year.

And many of them never leave!

We're spoiled with a pleasant year-round climate, mild winters, and warm summers tempered by refreshing Gulf breezes. And recent education improvements have elevated the Gulf Coast's reputation as a hub for quality schools and universities.

1. Mississippi enjoys the title of "most affordable place to live"

Moving to the Magnolia State is an attractive option for small families seeking to avoid the high costs of big cities.  Compared to other states, the average cost of living in Mississippi is the lowest in the entire country.  Retirees looking for a comfortable lifestyle on a fixed income also flock to our inviting communities and relatively low crime rate.

For example, Mississippi's tax benefits (such as no state income tax on Social Security benefits or qualified retirement income) make it an even more appealing choice for older Americans. With the low cost of living and numerous affordable housing options, the Gulf Coast offers the opportunity to save big without sacrificing happiness and fulfillment.

2. A vibrant culture of arts and festivals

With popular festivals like Mardi Gras, Cruisin' The Coast, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, newcomers can experience our diverse and inclusive culture firsthand. These events celebrate our blend of backgrounds and influences, including African American, French, Spanish, Native American, Vietnamese, and Croatian. 

Each of our communities showcases its local artistic style. For instance, at the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, you can immerse yourself in the art scene of Ocean Springs.

MS Gulf Coast Art

3. MS Gulf Coast boasts comfortable year-round temperatures

We enjoy mild winters and warm summers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with average winter lows around 40°F and highs around 60°F. And although humidity can be a bit high, the refreshing Gulf breeze helps to keep the heat in check. 

In summer, the average high is around 90°F. But with lows of around 70°F, it's still bearable. Overall, the Gulf Coast's climate is comfortable year-round, making it an ideal location for those who prefer milder temperatures.

Improved graduation rates and college readiness

Last year, Mississippi's overall education ranking improved from 49th to 44th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. This rise is due to increased student graduation rates, test scores, and college readiness

And with many educational stats that are better than the national average, the Gulf Coast re

Mississippi Education Statistics

Families looking for quality education will find some of the best public and private schools in the state, along with several colleges and universities. These include Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, William Carey University Tradition Campus, and Tulane University Biloxi Campus. 

William Carey University Tradition Campus

William Cary University Tradition Campus

Cons of Gulf Coast Living in Mississippi

Let's talk cons of living in Mississippi, specifically the Gulf Coast.  While unpredictable weather can pose challenges, years of practice and preparation have led to measures that mitigate the impact of severe storms and flooding. And if the worst happens, Mississippians rally around each other to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

And while the Mississippi Gulf Coast has no major metropolitan areas, we are home to many notable companies. Furthermore, quick access to nearby cities provides additional cultural, entertainment, and business opportunities within a short drive from the coast.

The Gulf Coast's unpredictable and extreme weather

The Gulf Coast offers many benefits, but the region's fierce weather events can be challenging and turn-off to some people. During hurricane season, from June to November, we monitor severe storms in the Gulf.

Hurricanes pose the biggest threat to locals that live on or near the Gulf of Mexico and waterways. But since Hurricane Katrina, flood elevation requirements have been introduced that significantly reduce the impact of storms and flooding.

For the vast majority of MS Gulf Coast residents that don't live near the water, storms are no more than a short-term inconvenience.

While the weather can be unpredictable, Southern Mississippi remains a beautiful and vibrant place to live. The chance of a generational storm every 20 or 30 years is well worth the risk.

A good place for business, but no major metropolitan cities

Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast may limit access to major metropolitan areas, but we still host big businesses. Notable companies operating on the MS Gulf Coast include Ingalls Shipbuilding, Keesler Air Force Base, and Stennis Space Center. 

Biloxi, the largest city on the Gulf Coast, may have fewer large companies compared to major metropolitan areas, but it still has a bustling hospitality and retail industry. Additionally, coastal Mississippi residents enjoy convenient access to nearby cities like New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. And the white sandy beaches of Florida are only a couple hours' drive away.

Want to Live in Mississippi? We'd Love to Have You

Living in Coastal Mississippi offers an affordable coastal lifestyle with an excellent standard of living. We provide enticing tax benefits, mouth-watering seafood cuisine, sportsman activities, and numerous entertainment options.

Despite extreme weather, the community's resilience and access to nearby cities like New Orleans create endless opportunities and adventures (let me tell ya...). The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a hidden gem, combining affordability, natural beauty, rich culture, and a strong sense of community.

Have you visited the coastal region of the Magnolia state or moved here recently?  Do you live out of state but have considered a move to Mississippi? If so, let us know about it in the comments below.

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