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Destination South Mississippi

6/7/2017 | Tricia LeAnn

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The 62 miles of scenic coast line across the Gulf Coast of Mississippi is the premier family vacation destination for the summer. Every type of lodging imaginable is sprinkled across the coast like eclectic confetti to accommodate tourists. Some are in tucked away hard to find natural secluded spots like hidden treasures. Others are pristine four star suites towering over the coast with majestic amenities. Whatever your vacation preference may be; pick Southern Mississippi for your summer destination.
Breath taking natural landscapes, beautiful beaches, historical landmarks, and winding waterways draw you to the Gulf Coast.  The vast array of fresh dining cuisine and sophisticated friendly people keep you coming back for more. A vastly diverse array of people with 3 different languages spoken: English, Spanish and Vietnamese offer elite cultural experiences with every type of atmosphere possible.
Accommodations for travelers are abundant. In 2016, the Mississippi Development Authority – Tourism (MDA Tourism) office reported 23 million out-of-state vacationers visited the coast. The Gulf Coast welcomes tourists with wonderful weather year round perfect for outdoor family activities.
Casino Resorts are bountiful with non-stop gaming, championship golf courses, top notch spas, fine dining and some of the biggest names in entertainment on the Gulf Coast. Island View Casino located in Gulfport, locally owned with 970 rooms, an enclosed walking bridge over Hwy 90 leading to the beach tower. Amenities include restaurants, 2 pools with the beach tower pool on the beach. Island View was cited by AOL Travel as One-of-a-Kind Beach Retreats Within Reach. Golden Nugget Biloxi with the location in the name is a newly completely remodeled resort offering more than 700 rooms. Spa & salon, boat slips, pool and rooms with balcony overlooking the Gulf side and shows with top notch entertainment in the Grand Ball Room. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D'Iberville offers 69 luxury suites and 221 deluxe accommodations, gift shop, a retail destination, fitness center, pool and a 36-hole mini golf course. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi has the location in the name and no gaming. Resort only at this time features a 373 room 22 story family friendly 55,000sq ft. entertainment and arcade, restaurants, pool and views of the Gulf. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino has 1,740 rooms including 95 luxury suites in a 32-story building overlooking the Gulf in Biloxi. The spacious grand entrance is filled with flowers and boutiques, a tropical pool with private cabanas and wonderful restaurants. Named Certificate of Excellence winner by TripAdvisor! Hard Rock Casino allows you to choose between two towers in Biloxi the Platinum Tower and the Royal Tower. Enjoy a pool overlooking the Mississippi Sound with boat slips offering 479 rooms, entertainment, restaurants and shopping. Harrah's Gulf Coast  presents 494 rooms including 40 top rated suites in Biloxi. Full-service salon & fitness center, the award-winning Grand Bear Golf Course, restaurants and 18-hole championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, heated outdoor swimming pool with hot tub and cabanas. Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast in Bay St Louis, offers a 14-story waterfront hotel with 291 rooms & suites overlooking an Arnold Palmer golf course, pool with jacuzzi, gift shop and an RV park. IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi is winner of the elite AAA Four Diamond Award for 10 consecutive years located on the Biloxi Back Bay. Home to 1,088 rooms and suites, the IP offers Senses Spa & Salon, many restaurants including two AAA Four Diamond winners, retail shops, entertainment venue, Shell Landing Golf Course, video arcade and large meeting/conference spaces. Palace Casino Resort is located in Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf and Biloxi's Back Bay.  The Gulf Coast's only smoke free casino resort offers a 236 room hotel featuring award winning restaurants, spa & fitness center and championship golf. Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St Louis is a 129 room beachside hotel that includes 5 junior suites and 9 penthouse suites, meeting facilities, live entertainment, and beach & bayou view rooms. When staying in a resort tower of a casino, some of the most majestic views of our coastal water ways are captured from high above.
Bed & Breakfasts are a wonderful way to become up close and personal with local coastal Mississippians.  On the west coast you have Trust Bed & Breakfast, Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast in the Bay with Blue Rose Mansion and Oak Crest Mansion Inn in Pass Christian. Long Beach has Kelinci Spa Bed & Breakfast. The Guest House at Gulfport Landing is located in Gulfport, the middle of the coast. Chateau Blessey Bed & Breakfast and Tux Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast are located in Biloxi. The Eaves Bed & Breakfast and The Inn at Ocean Springs, Oak Shade Bed & Breakfast are all located in Ocean Springs and Grand Magnolia Suites & Ballroom further east  in Pascagoula.
Condominiums give benefit of comfort to a vacation. Stay along the beaches in everything from studio to 1-4 bedroom luxury advantages fully furnished and beautifully decorated. The pools adorned with lush landscaping. Pass Christian has Inn by the Sea Condominiums. Long Beach has Beau Clair Condominiums. Gulfport has Legacy Condominiums, Sienna Condominiums, and The Villas at Legacy, Biloxi Beach Condo Rentals and the Villas at Ocean Club. Biloxi also provides Southwind Resort, Oak Shore Condominiums, Beau View Condominiums, Royal Holiday Beach Resort, Sea Breeze Condominiums & Resort, The Villas at Ocean Club and Chateau LeGrand. Gautier has The Villas of Hickory Hills.
Hotels & Motels located on the Gulf Coast are vast and ready for booking. Some of the coastal favorites are as follows: Diamondhead: Diamondhead Inn & Suites, Econo Lodge Inn & Suites. Bay St Louis: Economy Inn, Knights Inn, Super 8, Traveler's Choice Motel. Pass Christian: Hotel Whisky. Long Beach: Holiday Inn Express. Gulfport: Wingate by Wyndham, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Gulfport-Airport, Almanett Hotel & Bistro, Americas Best Value Inn, Best Western Seaway Inn, Clarion Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Courtyard By Marriott, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Fairfield Inn By Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Home2 Suites By Hilton, Legacy Inn & Suites, Motel 6, Quality Inn, Ramada Gulfport Airport Conference Center, Sleep Inn & Suites, Value Place. Biloxi: White House Hotel, Southwind Resort, The Villas at Ocean Club, Balmoral Inn, Bay Front Inn/Sand Dollar, Comfort Suites, Days Inn, Double Tree By Hilton, Econo Lodge, Edgewater Inn, Flamingo Beach Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Hyatt Place, Jubilee Inn, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Motel 6, Quality Inn Biloxi Beach, Red Roof Inn & Suites, South Beach Biloxi Hotel & Suites, Star Inn, Super 8, Wingate By Wyndham. D'Iberville: Home2 Suites By Hilton, Regency Inn & Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Super 8. Moss Point: Shular Inn, Americas Best Value Inn & Suites, Best Western Flagship Inn, Best Western Oak Manor, Best Western Plus Cypress Creek, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, La Quinta Inn, Quality Inn, Shular Inn. Gautier: Home Towne Studios, Magnolia Inn of Gautier. Ocean Springs: Days Inn, Economy Inn, Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center, Holiday Inn, Magnuson of Ocean Springs, Motel 6, Ramada Limited, The Roost Ocean Springs, and Studio 6 Extended Stay, Super 8, and Travelodge. Pascagoula: Coast Motel, Crown Inn Gulf Coast, Days Inn, Deluxe Inn & Suites, Executive Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Kings Inn, Nola-Goula Inn & Suites, Payless Motel, Regency Inn, Singing River Inn, Studio 6 Extended Stay. Hotels offering an adjoining bistro are a growing fad on the coast.
Cottages, Cabins, & Vacation Rentals offer private beach or bayou escapes with eco-tourism and all the amenities at its best. Waveland: Ashman-Mollere Realty, Inc., Breezy Porches Guesthouse, DnD's Southern Style Inn, the Gathering Place Vacation Rental. Bay St Louis: A Place Apart, Abode Guest House, Bay Cottages, LLC, Bay St Louis Beach House, The Bungalow, The Citrus House, The Cozy Room, Gulf Beach Vacation Retreat, Heart Of Old Town, Historical Beach Cottage, La Petite Cachette Cottage, La Petite Cachette Guest Quarters, Life's A Beach Cottage, Manieri's Real Estate LLC, Old Town Cottage Rental, Pink heron Cottage, St Rose De Lima Rental, Sycamore Bay Guest Suite, The Rose Cottage, Vacation Rental, Washington Street Cottage, Webb School House Rental. Pass Christian: The New Getaway. Long Beach: Beach Front Home Vacation Rental, Leisure Time Rentals, McCarter Lane Guest House. Gulfport: PRM, Inc. Vacation Rentals, Beach View Vacation Cottages, Bridge Street Bungalow Vacation Getaway, Gate Keeper Properties Vacation Rental, The Great Escape river House Vacation Rental, The Great Escape River Lookout Vacation Rental, PRM Inc. Vacation Rentals. Saucier: Rouse Retreat Cabin. Ocean Springs: Acorn Too Cottage At Centennial Oak, The Bradford House, Cottages At Rosetti Park, Front Beach Cottages, Pelican Realty Vacation Rentals.
RV Parks & Campgrounds give visitors the ability to pull up and park or lounge in primitive camping with leisure. Pick from State Parks, seclude bayou style shady spots or soak up the sun like a beach bum. Waveland: Buccaneer State Park. Bay St Louis: Bay Hide Away RV Park & Campground, Bay Marina RV Park, Bay St Louis RV Park, Hollywood Casino RV Park, Shady Acres RV & Cottage Community, Silver Slipper RV Park. Pass Christian: Flea Market RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian RV Park, Wolf River Resort, TLC. Kiln: McLeod Park. Long Beach: Magic River Resort. Saucier: Airey Lake Recreation Area, Big Biloxi Recreation Area, Country Side RV Park, Dabbs Woodland Farms RV Park & Campground, Lakeview RV Resort, POW Lake Recreation Area. Gulfport: Bayberry RV Park, Baywood Campground Inc., Campgrounds of the South, Gulf Haven Campground, Shields RV Park, Southern Oaks RV & Campground. Biloxi: Boomtown Casino RV Park, Cajun RV Park, Fox's RV Park, Majestic Oaks RV Resort, Mazalea Campground & RV Park, Oak Lawn RV Park, Parker's Landing RV Park, Southern Comfort Camping Resort. Ocean Springs: Camp Journey's End, Davis Bayou Camping- Gulf Islands National Seashore. Gautier: Coast Meadows Mobile Estates, Indian Point RV Resort, Santa Maria RV Park, Shepard State Park. Moss Point: Red Creek Adventures, Inc. Vancleave: Bluff Creek Campgrounds. Perkinston: The Park.
In Southern Mississippi there is always something to do and somewhere great to stay for every budget. Pick your direction and choose your flavor to fill your time with fun festivals, annual activities, and free fun for everyone. Tourists are appreciated and felt welcome in every city along the coast with open arms and southern charm.
The Gulf Coast is building bigger and better every year while keeping Mother Nature in mind at all times. Before Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the Mississippi Gulf Coast had 17, 534 rooms available. The City of Biloxi room inventory is now raised to 7,312 alone. That number is on the rise with scheduled hotels being built in 2017. Travel to Southern Mississippi, stay awhile, and take a drive down Highway 90 to see how businesses and communities are growing everywhere you look.

Tricia LeAnn