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Coastal Mississippi

Also known as Mississippi Gulf Coast or, appropriately, “The Secret Coast”, this 62-mile stretch will be something of a surprise to those who think Mississippi is all blues, barbecues and bayous. This area has a bit of that too, of course, alongside caster-sugar beaches, casinos, golf courses and fishing piers. Idyllic, shell-scattered Ship Island is a short ferry hop away.