5 Reasons You’ll Love the Mississippi Coast

I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting that much from the Mississippi Coast. I’ve traveled to the stunning shores of La Jolla in Southern California, the breathtaking islands of Indonesia, and I’ve lived in Florida. What could the Mississippi Coast possibly have to offer? Actually, it has a lot to offer! It might not be Florida, Indonesia, or SoCal, but I did learn it’s pretty awesome in its own regard. In fact, I found myself loving it more and more with each day I spent visiting.

5 Reasons You’ll Love the Mississippi Coast

The Architecture 

Mississippi Gulf Coast architecture is completely unique. It combines a little bit of French influence from New Orleans, adds in some southern plantation vibes, and finishes with the slightest bit of Florida influence to create its own unique feel. I could walk down one street and see a beautiful white plantation style house with a huge wrap around porch, and then walk down the very next street and see a traditional creole townhouse.

Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi

The Charm

The Mississippi Coast is probably not the first place you think of when you think of a charming little oasis, but it should be! The entire coast is plentiful in not only beautiful and historic homes, but stunning Live Oak trees, some that are believed to be several hundred of years old. Furthermore, there are several small towns on the Mississippi coast that are picture perfect; like the beautiful garden patio at Mary Mahoney’s Restaurant in Biloxi or the adorable city of Ocean Springs and its throwback charm

Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

The Food 

Southern cuisine has been blowing my mind this entire summer. I ate my face off in New Orleans earlier this spring and I was pleasantly surprised that the food in Mississippi was just as awesome. We dined on plenty of local seafood including: Gulf shrimp and shrimp and grits. I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the cutest little cafe that served awesome beignets, and of course found myself to the ever popular roast beef po’boy. Everything we had was fabulous and I loved getting a little bit of a flashback to some of my New Orleans food classics.

Related: Food You MUST Try in New Orleans (and where to find it!)

Shrimp and Grits from Half Shell Oyster House, Biloxi, Mississippi

Roast Beef Po'Boy, Biloxi, Mississippi

Beignets from Le Beignet in Biloxi, Mississippi

The Beach

The Mississippi Coast is a awesome option for people who are looking for a relaxing beach weekend getaway but don’t want to deal with the price tag or the crowds of Florida’s beaches. Most of the Mississippi coast lies directly on the Mississippi Sound, with barrier islands scattered just off the coast and into the Gulf of Mexico. Because of this, the ocean water of the Mississippi coast doesn’t get the best circulation and therefore lacks that bright blue turquoise color we often see associated with Florida’s gulf coast.

Nevertheless, the Mississippi coast is still home to some great beaches. All of the beaches I visited during my stay were well cared for with plenty of beach space and super soft sand.

Biloxi Beach, Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi Beach, Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi Beach, Biloxi, Mississippi

The Entertainment 

The Mississippi Coast is a popular gambling destination, and with gambling comes big flashy hotels and lots of entrainment options. The coast boasts over a dozen casino/hotel combos; many of which are 4 and 5 star resorts with several dinning options, salons, spas, pools, nightclubs, shopping, and performing arts theaters that attract rotating shows throughout the year. The Beau Rivage, The Hard Rock, and Harrah’s all have great location and amazing amenities.

The Mississippi Coast is bursting with charm!! great beaches, beautiful buildings, and top notch entertainment make the Mississippi Coast the perfect place for your next weekend getaway! Here's 5 reasons I know you'll love it as much as I did!

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  • Sarah P

    I can always count on you to share the best places to eat. Whenever I do visit new places, I’ll just have to look back at your blog to see what to do/eat/where to stay while I’m there since you travel to so many different places!

  • I can see why you loved it, what an amazing collection of such great things to do! You always manage to find such pretty homes to photograph, these are no exception – swoon!

  • I truly love that Lovelace drugstore sign photo.

    The south has awesome food!

  • well, you pretty much sold me, especially with the food. yum!

  • I totally wouldn’t have thought that the Mississippi coast would have been as pretty as it is! When I think of good Southern food, Mississippi definitely doesn’t come to mind, and when I think Live Oaks I think of Savannah or Charleston. I definitely need to keep Mississippi on my short list to venture to soon!

  • I’ve never been to Mississippi before, but this area looks just like what I’d expect it to be! It looks so perfectly southern and so charming. It definitely seems like the Mississippi coast has a lot to offer as well. I never would have thought of this state as a beach destination, but you definitely proved me wrong. Also, every time I spell Mississippi I still have to sound it out in my head like -Mi-ss-iss-ipp-i … oops 😛

  • I am glad you wrote about this coast. I do not get to read about it often. I like when you get to discover a place on your own terms without paying attention to preconceived notions. After reading your post, I found this area quite charming. It will be nice to visit (and specially try the food).

  • Those look like some great reasons to love Mississippi. I have actually never considered visiting there! Now, I think I had to! #WanderfulWednesday

  • The boyfriend and I spent our evenings this week watching Stephen Fry in America and he travels along the Mississipi and through all the southern states and I found the nature just so incredible! I mean those trees look a bit like you’re in a jungle, so gorgeous!

  • I think it looks great! I’ve been on the East Coast and the West Coast, but not as much down south outside of Texas – thanks for sharing. And the food looks awesome! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin #WanderfulWednesday

    • thank you so much, Erin! each coast is so different from the next. Tt’s been so fun for me to learn how each of them varies.