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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.