An insider’s guide to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

A Comprehensive Guide to Mississippi’s Coastal Communities

Welcome to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where charming cities and breathtaking views await your exploration. From the rich culture and history of Biloxi to the vibrant art scene and natural beauty of Ocean Springs, each destination offers its own unique experiences.

Whether you're seeking delicious coastal cuisine, thrilling activities, or a warm sense of Southern hospitality, we've got a community in mind. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey across the welcoming communities of the MS Gulf Coast.

Biloxi: A Charming Gulf Coast Destination

Biloxi Community - Lighthouse

Biloxi is a charming city rich in culture and history. With its myriad of attractions, activities, and adventures, Biloxi offers something for everyone.

From its distinctive cuisine and lovely weather to world-class casinos and endless beaches, the city beckons Gulf Coast visitors to come and explore its treasures.

History, heritage, and Southern delights

Immerse yourself in Biloxi's fascinating history by visiting landmarks, historical sites, and antebellum homes. Explore art galleries, museums, and festivals that showcase the city's rich heritage.

Savor the coastal flavors of Biloxi through its innovative interpretations of classic Southern cuisine. Or head straight for the seafood and indulge in gumbo, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and more.

Fun activities, live entertainment, and ample lodging

Biloxi offers a wide range of fun activities for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the beautiful Biloxi Beach, explore museums and amusement parks, or go boating, golfing, and deep-sea fishing.

If you're looking for a fun night out, you can experience top-tier entertainment at the city's world-class casinos hosting renowned entertainers and events. Sports fans cheer for the Biloxi Shuckers baseball team while they enjoy games at MGM Park.

MGM Park Entrance

For a comfortable stay, Biloxi provides ample lodging options. Luxurious beachfront resorts and cozy bed and breakfasts cater to different preferences and budgets.

Stay close to the action and nightlife by choosing top-tier casino resorts, book a mid-range hotel near Biloxi Beach, or take advantage of numerous budget-friendly options without compromising quality. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a taste of Southern hospitality, Biloxi has it all on the picturesque Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Explore the Wonders of Bay St. Louis

Downtown Bay St. Louis Mural

Bay St. Louis, a small but popular gem of a city, captures the essence of history, vibrant culture, and cozy small-town ambiance. The community's pride extends from its trendy local businesses and bustling downtown, brimming with art galleries and historic sites.

Immerse yourself in history, nature, and arts

Bay St. Louis is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and art lovers alike. Our museums and antique shops offer a nostalgic journey back in time.

Relax on the pristine sandy beaches, delve into historic sites dating back to 1699, and engage with our revitalized arts scene, reborn after Hurricane Katrina.

Feast on exceptional cuisine and enjoy a vibrant nightlife

Culinary enthusiasts will relish the award-winning local restaurants (and fresh seafood straight from the Gulf, of course). From the exquisite offerings at Fields Steak & Oyster Bar to the bountiful crab feast at the Jubilee Buffet, we've got flavors to tantalize your palate.

Our bayfront bars are ideal spots for lively nightlife and local live music.

Explore exciting attractions and events

Our city teems with spirited events, from Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day festivities to annual marathons and car shows. In Bay St. Louis, there’s always an exciting activity to enjoy!

Bay St. Louis St. Patricks Day Parade

Invest in affordable, bayside trendy living

Beyond its allure for tourists, Bay St. Louis is an affordable and popular destination for people migrating from other parts of the country. With a cost of living lower than the national average (and a high livability score), many new residents are choosing Bay St. Louis as their new hometown.

Gulfport unveiled: a symphony of culture, nature, and adventure

Pier in Long Beach Missisippi

A treasure trove of natural beauty, Gulfport offers an exciting blend of adventure, history, and culinary treats. As that state's second-largest city, it has multiple high-end casinos and miles of inviting beaches.

Come with me as we delve into what makes Gulfport a must-visit destination.

Diverse cuisine and a bustling downtown area

Gulfport's culinary scene boasts a mouthwatering array of eateries, from upscale seafood restaurants to casual local joints offering eclectic small plates. Every restaurant in this city takes full advantage of the Gulf-caught fish that makes Gulfport a common destination.

As for nightlife, Island View Casino & Resort offers unique experiences between working the slot machines. Their Sunset Bar offers custom cocktails and a break from the loud table games.

If busy casinos and loud music aren't your style, Fishbone Alley's quirky bars are a great destination to chill in a relaxed atmosphere. It's centrally located in downtown Gulfport and within walking distance to several restaurants and bars.

Unmissable attractions and events

Gulfport's attractions range from educational, family-friendly spots like Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and Mississippi Aquarium to exhilarating outdoor activities at Zip'n Fun Adventure Park. History buffs will love our museums, and a trip to Ship Island promises a unique adventure.

Our city is constantly abuzz with events, including fishing competitions, the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival, Cruisin' the Coast, and the Gulf Coast Beer & Bacon Festival, ensuring there's always something happening here.

Cruisin' The Coast Car in Gulfport Mississippi

Comfortable living and lodging options

Whether seeking a vacation getaway or considering moving here, Gulfport caters to all needs and budgets. New homes with modern amenities or charmingly renovated historic residences make this city a pleasant place to live, with a median home price that is notably lower than the national average.

As for lodging, luxury beachside stays like Island View Casino Resort, historic hotels such as the Almanett Hotel & Bistro, and familiar chains offer a variety of choices for every traveler.

Unforgettable Journeys Await in Long Beach

Sunset in Long Beach Mississippi

Long Beach invites you to experience its unique blend of modern amenities and home-style comfort. With its rich history, myriad of lodging options, and budding culinary scene, Long Beach promises an unforgettable visit by ensuring there's something for everyone.

A testament to Gulf Coast resilience

Established in the 19th century, Long Beach thrives on agriculture, tourism, and the seafood industry. Despite facing the ravages of hurricanes such as Katrina in 2005, the city has persevered while maintaining its charm as a resilient Gulf Coast community.

Friendship Oak is a 500-year-old tree that stands as a symbol of the city's tenacity. Parks are open seven days a week and provide opportunities for kids to play and adults to relax.

A blend of comfort and adventure

In Long Beach, you can choose from various lodging options, from quaint inns to spacious condos (and even rustic campgrounds). Every corner of the city echoes the Southern lifestyle and caters to basic and eclectic tastes.

For those seeking adventure, Long Beach doesn't disappoint. Charter fishing trips, canoeing, and kayaking are just a few of the outdoor activities available.

The Towne Center offers an enjoyable shopping experience. There, you can browse specialized boutiques as you support local businesses and contribute to the town's recovery. It's also an ideal location to catch a summer sunset.

Towne Center at Sunset in Long Beach

Expansive cuisine and inviting nightlife

Long Beach's food scene offers an array of flavors, the most notable of which is its distinctive interpretation of soul food. And don't miss the Farmer’s Market, a showcase of locally sourced meats, cheeses, and produce.

Local bars serve savory dishes and refreshing beverages while providing a spirited scene that serves as a cornerstone for the downtown area. The city's bustling nightlife is always inviting to visitors and is popular for its frequent block parties and outside concerts.

Lively Long Beach festivals highlight local eateries and draw spirited crowds, from Christmas on the Avenue to the annual Taste of Long Beach. The Blessing of the Jeeps and concerts at the Town Green Amphitheater add to the city's warm atmosphere.

Discover the Charms of Ocean Springs: Art, Culture, and Nature

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In Ocean Springs, you'll find everything from cozy accommodations to fascinating attractions and exquisite dining, ensuring a memorable stay or a delightful permanent move. Let's explore what makes this Gulf Coast community popular among locals and desirable to explorers.

Come embrace the Ocean Springs lifestyle

Immerse yourself in the homely, welcoming vibe by staying in one of the many downtown B&Bs or beachside cabins. If you are contemplating a longer-term commitment, residents know that Ocean Springs features a fusion of small-town feel with big-city infrastructure.

From Creole-style cottages to expansive waterfront properties, diversified home styles make Ocean Springs an inviting community for all lifestyles. This range of accommodations makes Ocean Springs more than a vacation destination; it's a community you'd be happy to call home.

Uncover the artistic treasures of Ocean Springs

The local art scene, from the Walter Anderson Museum of Art to the numerous local galleries, invites explorers from every corner of the country. For outdoor enthusiasts, city parks and bayous offer respite with annual events like the Battle on the Bayou.

Ocean Springs hosts numerous food, music, and art festivals throughout the year. These deliver an eclectic mix of cultural experiences and family-friendly celebrations that help bind the close-knit community.

Savor the Flavor: Gastronomy and Nightlife

Ocean Springs boasts cuisine to satisfy any palate, from the award-winning fusion dishes at Vestige to traditional Southern barbecue at Murky Waters. This city is quickly becoming the go-to place for coastal residents looking for a superior meal and memorable experience.

As the sun dips, the vibrant nightlife awakens in downtown Ocean Springs. Delve into laid-back neighborhood joints like the Juke Joint or enjoy an upscale evening at venues like Mosaic Tapas & Restaurant.

Visit Diamondhead - a Hawaiian Haven in Mississippi

Diamondhead Home Based on Hawaii

From its origins as a small retirement community to its current status as a burgeoning and exclusive Gulf Coast city, Diamondhead's unusual and fascinating history make it a captivating destination for tourists and people looking to relocate. Combining the serene peace of Hawaiian vibes with the southern charm of Mississippi, Diamondhead offers a tranquil escape from the bustling life of nearby Bay St. Louis and New Orleans.

Affordable homes and luxurious living in Diamondhead

Diamondhead provides an array of accommodations, ranging from budget-friendly hotels to more luxurious offerings. Residents enjoy quick access to the Diamondhead Marina and pet-friendly accommodations, ensuring you don’t have to leave your furry friends behind.

If you're considering making this piece of paradise your permanent abode, you have even more options. Diamondhead features affordable single-family homes, luxury homes on professional-grade golf courses, condos, and waterfront bungalows.

Engage with community: golf-cart parades, clubs, dance lessons

Diamondhead is teeming with outdoor attractions and events that cater to all ages. You can enjoy golfing at two championship courses, play tennis at The Tennis Club, or relish the beauty of nature of Bay St. Louis and local bayous.

This distinctive coastal town hosts several competitions and annual events, including the Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo at Twin Lakes and the Diamondhead Fall Festival & BBQ Competition. Join the lively Mardi Gras parade (featuring mostly golf carts) or engage with local clubs for a round of bridge or a line dancing lesson.

Diamondhead Twin Lakes

Upscale or casual? Diamondhead dining has both!

Dining in Diamondhead offers both upscale experiences and laid-back, casual venues. For a gourmet treat, visit The Oak Room at The Club at Diamondhead. Southern dishes like braised short ribs with black truffles and gouda grits steal the show.

Budget-friendly options include Dan's Poboys and Seafood, renowned for its crispy catfish po'boy. Neighborhood bars like the Red Zone highlight the town's nightlife, where you can participate in trivia or karaoke nights.


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