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A Summer Road Trip Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast


William Faulkner once said, “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” It is a complex state, that’s certain. Up north, there’s Oxford, where literati, James Beard chefs, and students buzz about the square. Nearby snakes the Blues Trail, where towns like Clarksdale and Indianola dot the floodplains of the Delta. And there’s the Gulf Coast of the state, spanning 62 miles—26 of which are a swath of sugar-sand

June 7, 2017

The Best Golf Courses in Mississippi

We rank the top venues in Mississippi (2017-'18)

  1. (1) Fallen Oak G.C. Saucier ≈^
  2. (2) Old Waverly G.C. (6th hole pictured above), West Point ^
  3. (3) Annandale G.C., Madison
  4. (4) Dancing Rabbit G.C. (Azaleas), Choctaw ^
  5. (5) Grand Bear G. Cse., Saucier *
  6. (7) Shell Landing G.C., Gautier *
  7. (9) Dancing Rabbit G.C. (The Oaks), Choctaw ★
  8. (10) The Preserve G.C., Vancleave ★
  9. (New) Country Club Of Jackson (Dogwood/Azalea), Jackson
  10. (New) The Bridges G.C. at Hollywood Casino Bay, St. Louis ★


Coast’s Shrimp Signs now have their own app


A new My Gulf Coast app launched Thursday helps locals and tourists in South Mississippi have more fun.

The way-finding app is tied to the round, blue, numbered Shrimp Signs posted on traffic-light poles along U.S. 90. It can be used in several ways:

▪ By pinpointing the user’s location, the interactive map shows what attractions and restaurants are nearby.

▪ The app also shows attractions, restaurants, shopping, museums and other points of interest across the

Take Me Away Tuesday: Find the Caribbean feel on the Gulf Coast

GULFPORT, Mississippi - Our Travel Girl found a way that you can sail the Gulf Coast, without the hassle or expense of owning your own boat. Captain Jim King and North Star Sailing Charters have all kinds of options for adventurous souls who want to get behind a steering wheel that navigates waves, not asphalt.

As we meandered out of Gulfport Municipal Harbor, Captain Jim described how the entire harbor was rebuilt after Katrina. He also explained

A superlative slate of Gulf Coast seafood classics

Larry Olmsted, Special for USA TODAY

6:57 a.m. ET May 11, 2017

The scene: The cartoonish logo of an alligator and a crawfish, both wearing white toques, the traditional chef’s hat, is very appropriate at Dempsey’s. It has a roadside shack feel, casual vibe and real Gulf Coast sense of place, and the quality of the food is taken very seriously. It’s a green barn-like structure with open front porch and overhanging awning in the area’s architectural style, located on a less traveled road in

Visits to Mississippi Gulf Coast are on the upswing


Coast tourism leaders are touting improved numbers for 2016, saying that 6.2 million people visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year. Their goal of 7 million visitors by 2020 is well within reach and hopefully attainable before then.

“We truly believe that one voice is working,” said Renee Areng, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. Areng notes that 2016 was the first year all three coastal counties, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson, were part of a regional

It's National Travel and Tourism Week

By David Elliott, News Anchor


The U.S. Travel Association has declared this National Travel and Tourism Week. The goal is to highlight the economic impact the tourism industry has on places like the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

We all know how important the tourism industry is to the economy along the Mississippi coast.

"It's our opportunity through the U.S. Travel Association to tell our residents about the impact on their


MAY 05, 2017 5:00 AM

Oh, how Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast has helped

By The Editorial Board

Tourism is picking up momentum across the Coast just in time for summer, according to Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.

And that’s great news for anyone living here. Because the more people spend money and have fun on the Coast, the more tourism attractions we can build. And the more attractions we can offer, the more people will come. That’s the kind of cycle we like to see unfold.

Visit MGC Executive Director Renee Areng and her staff brought a

Here's Where to Go for Your Next Ladies' Getaway

No kids–or men–allowed.

Carolanne Roberts

You've done spring break with the kids and have a trip planned with the family this summer, but does that really count as a vacation? Plan a girls weekend getaway so you can have fun and relax. It doesn't matter if you're looking for an action packed trip or a casual trip with spa appointments; we've pulled something for everyone. There are so many festivals happening this time of year, you and your girls won’t have a hard time finding something to do.

The 20 Best Seafood Dives of all Time, Ranked!

After 20 years of exploring (and loving) those rustic restaurants on the water that offer fresh seafood and no fuss, here's the ultimate ranking of the best of the best. From California to Maine, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, from lobster to crab (and usually with fries), get ready to dig in.

Photo: Courtesy of Bozo's Seafood Market and Deli

18. Bozo's Seafood Market and Deli

Pascagoula, Mississippi

A po' boy tastes best on the Gulf Coast, where they get the bread just right.