Biloxi is a great place to visit take it from waalewiener.
The town can be very quiet in the winter months.
28 Miles of White Beaches and Palm Trees
The Hurricane Katrina Memorial is a moving tribute to the casualties of that infamous storm. The Memorial stands 12' high - approximately the height of the storm surge that came through Biloxi. It is comprised of a tile mosaic depicting a wave, a glass case containing various items found in destroyed buildings, and a black marble wall listing the...more
Beauvoir Confederate Cemetery contains 771 souls that are buried here that contain Confederate Veterans and their wives. Each of the graves are numbered. Jefferson Davis father is buried here too. Samuel Emory Davis that was born in Georgia in 1756. He served as a major in the militia of Lincoln County, Georgia during the American Revolution. He...more
The two nicest (and for my $, most fun) casinos in the area sit next to each other. One is Beau Rivage. This is a former Wynn casino, now part of the MGM/Mirage system. It is very similar in feel and design to the Bellagio - including the beautiful check in area. What's more - it also is home to a truly awesome buffet (please see my dining tips.) I...more
before the arrival of the gambling industry to biloxi the beach was the main tourist attraction in town. this white sand beach runs about 25 miles from biloxi to gulfport. there are numerous free parking spaces along the beach. the beach is on the mississippi sound and the water is very shallow. if you are a beach aficionado you will be disapointed...more
This park has lots of wonderful memorials to our Veterans. Many plaques and many dedications. The first plaque on the cannons reads: Ancient cannon form an old French or Spanish ship sunk in the bay of Biloxi shortly after the establishment of the first capitol of the vast province of French Louisianan at Biloxi inn 1699. Donated to the City fo...more
We stopped by here on our last trip 12/12 and had a tour of the place---lots of high end shops and a...more
Stay and play options start at $69 at this Biloxi skyscraper casino. Entertainers showing there soon...more
For under a $100 I was able to stay in one of the best hotels I have ever been in. It was the off...more
Simply titled "The Buffet" - after a long day of casino hopping, I was looking forward to a big meal. I hit right around 7:00, and found a huge line to my dismay. It moved fairly quickly though, and within 30 minutes, I was raring to go. I started near the Asian station, and quickly had a full plate of many delicious stir frys, egg rolls, pot...more
It's a little misleading to call Mary Mahoney's a seafood place -- although of course there is wonderful fresh Gulf seafood on offer -- because it manages to combine history (the restaurant is housed in a 1737 house with period furnishings), an outstanding menu (do save room for dessert), and charm (just step into that oak-shaded courtyard and...more
in my opinion the beau rivage is the nicest casino in biloxi. they offer all of the gaming options that you would find in a better las vegas casino. the beau rivage also several good restaurants and three bars. the beau rivage is owned by harrah's and books top name entertainment. i have visited casinos in atlantic city, florida, las vegas, new...more
During Hurricane Katrina, the bridge between Biloxi and Ocean Springs on US Hwy 90 was destroyed. Big chunks of it were knocked into the water like dominoes. Now the shortest way between the towns is to take I-110 north out of Biloxi to D'Iberville then follow Lemoyne west to Washington. Washington takes you into Ocean springs. The other...more
Taxis in Biloxi are still very expensive. A ride from the Gulfport airport to downtown (about 15 miles) will run you $33... you can rent a car for an entire day for much less than that ($20 a day Mon-Thurs for a cheapy from Enterprise). I guess that's just their way of ripping off the tourists to pay to rebuild the south. Go south.more
Gulfport/Biloxi Airport (GPT) is under major renovations and resembles the airport in Beruit, or some other war-town city. It is a tiny airport with just 6 gates and 1 restaurant (the Gulf Grille). Luckily, it offers free wireless internet, enabling me to write this tip! There are only 5 airlines, serving just 8 major airports in the region...more
If staying somewhere you can cook, or for taking home with you after your vacation, Quality Seafood is a MUST stop for local shrimp, fish, crabs, poultry and meats including local sausages,.They open at 7am and we stopped on our way home from Biloxi to Atlanta, Georgia with our trusty cooler and loaded up headless shrimp, whole shrimp, and cajun...more
Like so many wonderful businesses that were literally destroyed when Katrina hit in 2005, Souvenir City has reopened its store in 2009. They have some before and after pictures of when Katrina hit inside of their store. The web site below has some photographs of the aftermath of Katrina to this wonderful establishment. We bought lots of postcards,...more
There is a large Asian population in Biloxi bolstered by a large contingent of Vietnamese. The Vietnamese have a huge Buddhist Temple and a Catholic Church side by side on Oak Street, and they run numerous markets, shops, and restaurants.Many of the first returnees after Katrina were the Vietnamese who survive on the local fishing/seafood industry....more
The Mississippi Gulf Coast, despite being only about 75 miles east-to-west, is a frequent target of some of the nation's deadliest hurricanes. Most famous are Camille in 1969 and of course Katrina in 2005, but major hurricanes also struck in 1722, 1893, 1915, and 1947. Camille had 200 mile per hour winds and a 25 foot storm surge which eliminated...more
Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival - The festival held at Point Cadet in September and goes all day and night. They report to bring in the best regional amateur and professional chefs to prepare the seafood. Lots of arts and crafts vendors from all over the south sell their wares. Spring Pilgrimage - The Gulf Coast Garden Clubs open up many of the...more
anyone who has visited the mississippi gulf coast can testify to the danger and destruction of gulf hurricanes. fortunately for tourists hurricane warnings gives one plenty of time to leave the area of a forcasted landfall. as soon as there is a hurricane watch or warning leave the area immediately. the later you wait the exit roads become more...more
The rules are pretty defined, so leave those bows and arrows at home.No tents during the hours of darkness unless approved No glass, china, or pottery No motor vehicles, except those permitted by the Sand Beach Authority No animals of any kind No firearms, air guns, or bow and arrows No fireworks, except by permit No fires, except those permitted...more
A lot of the tourist shops sell hermit crabs as pets. Really, this isn't such a great idea.
We were sucked in, and bought two crabs (ah, the things you end up getting for the kids!) Most of the time, the crabs go into such a state of shock that they die shortly, whether it is from the wrong food, a trip in a hot car, not enough humidity, or a million other reasons.
If you're just dying to get a hermit crab, read up on them first, and get them from your local pet shop, not from a tourist shop while on vacation. They are finicky, and harder to care for than the tourist shops would have you believe. .
Unique Suggestions: If you want a souvenir, the tourist shops have many many other things... you will find something much more suitable, that won't die within 48 hours.
The tourist shops have a wide variety of beachwear, jewelry, toys, stickers, fridge magnets, and a million other things that can be taken home a lot easier.
There is a 400-year old oak tree along the north side of Highway 90 near the beach with a ring formed in one of its largest branches. According to legend, an Indian chief told his daughter she could marry a man who was an enemy if the tree formed a ring, and the next day the ring was there. It was probably formed by a lightning strike. The ring in...more
Biloxi has a great Vietnamese community to explore, try one of these establishments: On the corner of Oak and Howard, in East Biloxi, an area called Point Cadet, there is a fine Asian grocery store called Hong Kong. You will find roasted pork and duck for sale in the back of the store, plus unusual produce and canned goods too. If you continue...more
During my last long visit in Mississippi (1998) we went to nearly every home game played by the Mississippi Seawolves of the East Coast Hockey League. Their first year in the ECHL was 1996 and they had a strong franchise until Hurricane Katrina. Their 2005-2006 season was washed out and they recently announced that their 2006-2007 season will also be canceled due to flooding of the interior of their home, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Work on the coliseum continues and concerts will finally restart in July 2006, almost one year after the hurricane. In the meantime, the players have scattered across the league. Who knows how the team will be rebuilt two years later? Perhaps an expansion draft type of system?
Here is something fellow VTer's can look forward too! They are working on building a beautiful new addition to Beauvoir! Sadly, the library pavilion (which use to be the Confederate Soldier's Hospital), the Hayes cottage, Soldier's Home Barracks replica, Confederate Soldier's Museum, gift shop, and the director's home were totally destroyed. She is...more
There was this wonderful gentleman MSgt Justin Jordan who had this adorable English Bulldog with him. Dallas is actually enlisted in the United States Air Force. Her duty is to accompany MSgt Jordan at all times and to alert him when she senses if he is going to have a flashback episode. She is specially training to assist him during such difficult...more
Something to look forward to for other VTer's who hopefully will visiting lovely Biloxi Ms. It's suppose to open in the Spring of 2011. It is wonderfully located directly across from the Biloxi Lighthouse and it will include the heritage of Biloxi's past and current events. It will include a convention center. Where big beautiful weddings,...more