With the havoc
wreaked by Hurricane Katrina --- followed by the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster --- the state's beachfront always seems to be in recovery!
What you can always count on is the warm Southern hospitality of Mississippi which always keeps visitors coming back. And, if the past few years are any indicator, Gulf coast beaches are returning better than ever.
Easily accessible from Highway 90 (Beach Boulevard, to the locals) some of the best Mississippi beaches and vacation resorts include those at Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Ocean Springs. (If you're feeling lucky, at Biloxi make your way to the gambling casinos which are the major draw.)
All along the shoreline, barrier islands off the coast keep surf at a minimum, which makes coastal beaches friendly to families with kids and toddlers in tow. Meanwhile, if you're looking for surfing action, make your way to Gulfport to line up for the Ship Island ferry -- to one of Mississippi's most popular barrier islands, West Ship Island, which makes up only a part of the Gulf Island National Seashore.
Beach safety note: in summer, anywhere you go in Mississippi it's hot, hot, hot! Which, of course, makes the shoreline so appealing. So, before heading out pack your shades, a sun hat, bottled water ... and don't forget the sunscreen.
Cat Island: sorry, no cats.
DID YOU KNOW? Mississippi beach fun facts:
• The Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Biloxi to Henderson Point, stretches for 26 miles and remains the longest man-made sandy beach in the world.
• The westernmost of Mississippi's barrier islands, Cat Island was so named by early French explorers because they mistook the raccoons for cats and dubbed it "Isle Aux Chats", or the island of cats.
• Built in 1848, the Biloxi Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the United States to stand in the middle of a four-lane highway.
Visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast - The official tourism portal leading to facts and information, beach and weather reports, and sights and attractions by county covering Bay St. Louis, Biloxi and Gulfport, Ocean Springs and more.
Coast Information Guide - Check out this lively online tourism site
with the latest information on rebuilding, with links to weather
reports and news updates.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Beaches - The official travel guideto
Gulfport and Biloxi area beaches with pictures & descriptions,
hotel, inns & restaurant listings.