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The American Vacation You Weren’t Thinking Of: What to do in Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi
When you think of warm weather, white sandy beaches, boating, fishing, blue water, out islands and blue skies, where do you think of? The Caribbean? South America? Yeah, maybe, but what about the United States of America. Not Florida or Cali, but….the Mississippi Coast, with all of the above and lower travel cost.
Mississippi sits on the Gulf of Mexico and includes many cities to chose from; Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian, just to name a few. But let’s focus on Biloxi and Gulfport. First visitors arrive at the small and quite Gulfport/Biloxi airport, which is friendly and not too crowded, so the experience starts off relaxed. You may rent a car at the airport or at some hotels. Amtrak was suspended after Hurricane Katrina, but plans to return soon. Hotels are a short 5-15 minute Uber ride away. The accommodation options are plentiful, there are the chain hotels and the casino hotels, and you can get anywhere in about 30 minutes.
Whether you’re into the night life or the quiet life, there’s so much to do, it’s all about what you enjoy. Perhaps you just want to take advantage of the beautiful location. For the fisherman, there are Gulfport and Biloxi charter boats, schooner, shrimp boat trips (Shrimp are mostly $4 a pound), cruises, eco-tours and rentals. You can catch black drum, redfish, speckle trout, catfish, shark, bluefish, ground mullet coba(lemonfish),white trout flounder, and others. It is a delicious adventure, and a lot of locals own boats, so you will not be alone fishing on the gulf. You can fish from several piers, boats, ponds, lakes and the bayou. Crabbing is also something you may want to give a go. No matter where you fish, it all makes for good eating.
If you’re a foodie or if you just like to eat, Gulfport and Biloxi are a must visit for you. You are in Cajun territory, where the food is fresh…. especially the fish, and a little spicy. Gulfport and Biloxi has Cajun variety galore. Crawfish, crab and shrimp, along with the other fresh fish I already mentioned. Since Hurricane Katrina, restaurants and entertainment places have been springing up everywhere. Gulfport does not play around when it comes to feeding it’s residents and guests, there was even a new law passed where you can take liquor in a cup out of the restaurants and bars. Move over New Orleans you’re not the only good time city on the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi is here too.
You can’t visit Biloxi without stopping by Fishbone Alley, a pedestrian alley , which just opened last month. It may remind you of Printer’s Alley in Nashville or Exchange Place in the French Quarter of New Orleans. lt is a must visit, with its outdoor entertainment and restaurants. You can now stroll down the alley with your pick of several different nightspots, hear bands in the background, with your “to go cup” of alcoholic beverage in hand.
Gulfport and Biloxi really are premiere fun cities of the Gulf of Mexico with tons of festivals and special events. One of the biggest events takes places in October, Cruising the Coast. What used to be a shorter festival of a few days has expanded to a week, and is now celebrating its 20th year. What’s the big deal? Vintage cars! Over 8,000 car enthusiast and car curious swarm the Gulfport and Biloxi area from all over the world to see all models of vintage cars.
And Biloxi celebrates Mardi Gras too! There are plenty of balls for locals and tourist alike. The fun starts in December and goes to mid- February. There are weekly never ending parties and balls.
The best part of these twin cities is that you can get anywhere in about 30 minutes.
Now it’s party time, see you in the “Sip”.