Imagine sitting on your apartment balcony, enjoying the balmy ocean breeze as you watch a dazzling pink-and-gold sunset over the water. Or strolling along a historic downtown, the streets lined with palm trees that rustle gently overhead. Or even a lazy afternoon on a fishing pier watching dolphins break the surface of the mirror-like water. You’ve discovered an oceanfront community that’s friendly, peaceful – and exciting when you want it to be. You’ve found your apartment on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
The Mississippi Gulf Coast consists of several towns and cities, including Biloxi, Gulfport, Waveland, Diamondhead, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis, D’Iberville, and Gautier. This dynamic area is home to sultry afternoons, Mardi Gras, museums, casinos, lighthouses, historic sites, parks, and golf courses.
While Biloxi is most famous for its casinos (Grand Casino, Casino Magic, Beau Rivage), there’s so much more to this picturesque city. Deer Island is a nature preserve, home to at least nine rare or endangered animal species. It is also supposedly haunted – two of Mississippi’s oldest ghostly legends revolve around the island. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art features works by George E. Ohr, the “Mad Potter of Biloxi.”
You can’t visit Biloxi without a trip to Beauvoir, the former home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Built around 1848, the house and surrounding plantation is a National Historic Landmark. The home was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina, and many collections were lost. But during the restoration, some amazing architectural details were discovered that date back to the original construction.
Speaking of Hurricane Katrina, another must-see in Biloxi is the Katrina Memorial. The monument stands 12 feet tall, reflecting the height of the water at the Town Green after the storm surge. It contains tile inlay representing a wave, and a glass case features items discovered in destroyed buildings. It is an inspiring and beautiful memorial, and well worth the trip to see it.
Other terrific locations in Biloxi include the Boardwalk Marina, the Biloxi Lighthouse, and Biloxi Main Street.
Gulfport is the second-largest city in the state after Jackson. It is located on the west side of Biloxi in Harrison County. Gulfport is a gorgeous city with 31 parks, walking trails, and miles of coastline. It is also home to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Living in Gulfport, you can charter a boat to a barrier island, go fishing or beachcombing, go sailing along the Mississippi Sound, shop in the historic Gulfport Downtown District, enjoy an evening out at the Island View Casino Resort, or have fun at Gulf Islands Water Park.
Famous for its 62 miles of spectacular shoreline, the beaches will inspire you. The waves are rolling and gentle, perfect for activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. The Gulf Islands National Seashore covers 400 acres in Mississippi, and the park is ideal for boating, swimming, camping, fishing, and biking. The Davis Bayou Area, near Ocean Springs, provides a different beach experience – no swimming is allowed, but visitors can take part in ranger-led programs, go bird-watching, hiking, and picnicking. The two-mile Davis Bayou Trail leads through a coastal forest and over two bayous.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast slogan is, “Stay Awhile. You’ll Get It.” If you have – and do – then start looking for your new home in the Gulf Coast region – whether it’s an apartment in Biloxi or a townhome in Gulfport, this region offers the easy, breezy coastal lifestyle you’ve been searching for.