Mississippi Gulf Coast
Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico and with 26 miles of scenic coastal white sandy beaches is the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Visitors enjoy world-class golf and championship fishing. After a day of fun, you can star your evening with dinner at a local seafood restaurant before heading off to enjoy 24-hour gaming at one of the coast’s casinos. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break or an action-packed adventure, change your pace and visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has always been full of family friendly activities. Take the ferry out to Ship Island where historic Fort Massachusetts awaits. Sunbathe on the beach rated amongst the finest in the world, swim in the crystal clear waters or hire a jet ski or kayak, but don’t forget to watch the dolphins diving through the waves during your ride to and from the island.
With the year round sub-tropical temperatures outdoor activities are available any time. Whether you take an eco-tour on the Tchoutacabouffa to view native wildlife or rent a kayak and paddle on the unspoilt Pascagoula River with experienced guides while experiencing nature at its best. Visitors enjoy the up and close personal views of hundreds of species of birds, animals and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species that call Mississippi home.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast temperatures will also fulfil your golfing dreams with year round short sleeved games. The Mississippi Gulf Coast alone offers you a wide choice with 20 golf courses for all skills and budgets, and many of them created by the top course designers in the world – Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate, Davis Love III, Arnold Palmer, Mark McCumber and Tom Fazio.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina the 26 mile stretch of Highway 90, which ran from the west end of St Louis Bay Bridge to the east end at Biloxi Bay Bridge, was said to have been of the most picturesque and scenic drives in the South, with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and beautiful antebellum homes on the other. In August 2005, many areas of this drive and the bridges were destroyed, however with years of restoration and incredible progress Highway 90, or Beachfront Boulevard, is starting to look just as it did before.
Cruisin' The Coast
Cruisin' The Coast began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles and nostalgic music. 374 vehicles registered that first year and in 2015 more than 7,000 vehicles registered. Car enthusiasts drive to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in early October to showcase their rides and to cruise the beautiful 30-mile stretch to beachside highway with designated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D'Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian and Ocean Springs. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, reserved parking for registered cruisers , spectator parking and vendors for food and beverages.
The Biloxi Lighthouse
The Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the state's most recognised features and survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is reported to be one of the most photographed attractions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.