Great Gulf Coast getaways for everyone
Gulf Coast Tourism reinvented itself since the pandemic began, luring visitors to its emerald waters and white sandy beaches while promoting strict safety measures. New hotels and restaurants continue to spring up, attractions such as the new Mississippi Aquarium and the relaunched Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo opened in 2020 and sites hurt by last summer’s hurricanes are rebounding for spring break. Plus, with all the great outdoors for exploration, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the Gulf Coast this spring and summer while maintaining social distancing.
Here’s our compilation of new Gulf Coast accommodations, great ways to enjoy the outdoors, beaches and otherwise, along with special events and new attractions. The Gulf Coast is open for business, y’all, so make your way east.
Hotel Beatnik, a throwback to simpler times, opened this past summer in Ocean Springs, part of the larger Ocean Springs Creative District. These four “cabins” hark back to the motor court days but offer lots of modern amenities such as wet bars and luxury linens. Private outdoor showers, outdoor seating areas and native plants made up this unique property in the heart of one of the most charming towns in Mississippi.
What’s New: Hotel Legends boutique property also opened in Biloxi, close to the casino action, downtown and beaches. The 132-room hotel overlooks the Mississippi Sound and offers hip guest rooms with unique amenities, live entertainment and dining options.
Coming soon is the boutique Pearl Hotel in Bay St. Louis with 59 luxury suites and the music-themed luxury Biloxi UMUSIC Hotel, part of the Universal Music Group.