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With mild winters, it’s the perfect time to enjoy one of Coastal Mississippi’s signature experiences – fishing! We asked several of our local charter captains about winter fishing, and they had plenty of expert insight to share.

What makes winter and early spring fishing in Coastal Mississippi unique?

“This time of year is productive for redfish, black drum and sheepshead. Speckled trout and flounder are not seen as much, but you can still catch some action inshore,” said Biloxi Cruise Company, LLC, Owner Mike Moore.

Nearshore reefs are

Holiday Fun for Every Budget

November 12, 2019


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Coastal Mississippi…


But instead of white snow, we have 26 miles of white sandy beaches and 12 coastal communities boasting a plethora of things to do and see. Find holiday-themed activities and events across the coast for every age and budget. We've composed a list of fun activities with your wallet in mind while you plan your holidays in Coastal Mississippi. 


Betsy Ann Riverboat Christmas

Betsy Ann Riverboat Christmas Cruises



Who says Ol' Saint Nick has the coolest ride in town this Christmas? Consider a beautiful sunset cruise on a coastal treasure, the Betsy Ann Riverboat. This old-fashioned paddle-wheel boat is decked out in multi-colored lights and holiday trappings to welcome glad tide-ings of comfort and joy. Captain Michael White takes daily chartered trips out into the Mississippi Sound providing breathtaking views of our 26 mile coastline, and the Betsy Ann features both heated indoor and rooftop outdoor areas to accommodate the weather. Choose from a private charter, sunset eco-tour, history cruise, or even a dinner cruise! The most basic tour starts at $22/person and lasts two hours. Dinner cruises start at $45/person with varying prices for specialty tours. Click here to find out more.



photo: Alex North


Gulfport Harbor Lights - Winter Festival



Experience for yourself what's being heralded as the best holiday light show in the southeast!  Join thousands of spectators as you make your way through this elaborate display of lights, music, carnival rides, food, and holiday fun. Santa even makes an appearance for your family photo opps! The Harbor Lights Winter Festival is open seven nights a week through December 30th at Jones Park in Gulfport, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite. Adult (13+) admission is $10.00. Child (5 - 12) admission is $5.00, and children 4 and under get in free. For more info, click here.


Christmas at the Beau Rivage


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If you're a stranger to Coastal Mississippi, then you won't be familiar with the elaborate decorations each casino property displays during the holiday season. There are wintry wonderlands, life-size nutcrackers, colossal trees, ginormous ornaments and more over-the-top holiday trappings serving as perfect backdrops for a Christmas selfie or family pictures. The staff at each facility is so friendly, we bet they’d even take the picture for you. Though it's free to tour the casino properties, you might not want to miss betting on your favorite teams in the sports books or testing your luck on the traditional gaming floors. For more family-focused fun, choose from the dozens of restaurants, shopping promenades, and world-class entertainment offered at each property. Click here for a list of the gaming facilities.


Model Railroad Christmas

photo: Gulf Coast Weekend


Gulf Coast Model Train Museum



Hop aboard one of the coast's hidden attractions and step into a winter wonderland of tiny towns and model trains at the Gulf Coast Model Train Museum on Pass Road in Gulfport. There's plenty to do for everyone in the family, and while admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated! This indoor/outdoor attraction has been decked out in so many festive lights that even Scrooge wouldn't hiss a "Bah Humbug." The museum is perfect for the holiday season with hands-on activities and even a ride-on train. The museum is open 12 PM - 9 PM Tuesday - Saturday, and 5 PM - 9 PM Sunday and Monday through December 31st, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Click here for more information.


Christmas Gaming

Cruise Along Highway 90



It may sound simple, but believe us - it’s worth it. Just take a drive down Highway 90 through each coastal community and witness the breathtaking views of our tri-county region. Make sure to take some detours along the way and explore the charming personalities of each town, each decorated with their own festive ornamentation. Explore the beaches in Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Bay Saint Louis, and Waveland and witness the elaborate light displays gleaming from beautiful waterfront homes. There's plenty of holiday cheer to go around!

The holidays are quickly approaching! Don’t panic if you haven’t gotten that perfect gift. The Secret Coast has Christmas gift solutions that will make you look like you planned for months.

So, relax and browse, you’ve still got time to find a gift for anyone on your list. Most of these stops don’t even require a trip out of the house because they’ve taken their business online and ship their products and gift cards all over the country. We’ve got an insiders shopping guide just for you - unique gifts, restaurants, outdoors, and attractions.

Staying home for Thanksgiving? Not in the mood to cook? Over turkey and stuffing? Despite many restaurants being closed on Thanksgiving Day, Coastal Mississippi features several dining options that will be open to serve you and yours. Explore our list and stay thank-full this holiday season.

Looking to dine out this Thanksgiving holiday? Coastal Mississippi features incredible cuisine that will leave you feeling thank-full! Explore our list of restaurants that will be open this year.



The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon is almost here, and soon you will be able to show off all of your hard work on the courses December 14-15. We know you may have a few questions about the weekend, and we’re here to answer them. Runners have been training for months, so instead of telling you how to best prepare for the race, we’ve created this guide to ensure you have a fun, stress-free weekend participating in a beachside run and enjoying everything Coastal Mississippi has to offer!

Are you in need of some me time? If you’ve been neglecting self-care, Coastal Mississippi is the place for rest and rejuvenation. With world-class spas, healing yoga centers, and 26 miles of white sandy beaches to explore at your own pace, our tri-county region will meet your every wellness need.


You can’t spell time without -me, so why bother neglecting ME time? Coastal Mississippi boasts several spas offering a wide array of customizable pampering sessions. Head to one of our world-class casino spas for the ultimate relaxation

The Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass is your passport to the region's local, coastal favorites. With just one cost of entry at $45, you can visit 8 area attractions - an estimated $80 value! The Pass never expires, so you can visit each attraction at a leisurely pace. And if you gift the pass to friends or family from out of town - they'll have even more incentive to visit the area again. Don't miss this steal of a deal!

These passes are available for purchase at any of these businesses. Click here for terms and conditions


Looking to get away with your sweetheart for some quality time? Consider Coastal Mississippi as your backdrop for rest, relaxation, and romance. With 62 miles of coastline to explore, we have enough to see and experience to keep your itinerary booked and your passion kindled. Our breadth of beaches, boating, and fishing excursions are perfect for adventure seekers, while our history trails, birding opportunities, and eco-tours suit our nature enthusiasts. If it’s a weekend of leisure you seek, our list of attractions, activities, and

From the plentiful seafood in our coastal waters down to every grain of sand on our scenic shores, nature is vital to the fabric of Coastal Mississippi. Along our 62-mile coastline, aquatic and aviary life come together to form a bountiful ecosystem ready to be discovered. With sustainability being so vital to the continued growth of our region, many of our partners are now Going Green in Coastal Mississippi – and you can too!


Scarlet Pearl Associate Garden

Picture courtesy Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Many people associate casinos with a certain kind of “green”

Are you planning on attending the South’s premiere arts and crafts festival? You should! Mark your calendars for November 2 – 3, 2019 for the 41st Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon. We’ve crafted our own How-To guide to ensure you navigate Coastal Mississippi’s biggest festival like a pro.


Named in honor of Peter Anderson, the late master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery ca. 1928, the festival celebrates the arts community at-large, and will see more than 400 artists and crafters selling their

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