See our Healthy Travel Information page for the latest information on openings, guidelines, and COVID-19 updates. Masks are no longer required across Coastal Mississippi. All are encouraged to follow safety guidelines outlined by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The Mississippi Gaming Commission is requiring all guests in casinos wear masks.

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A Gulf of Options: The Definitive Dining Guide to Coastal Mississippi

As a coastal destination, the abundance of seafood is seenin the likes of fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters provided in droves by the generous freshwater tributaries of the Mississippi River and the salty waters of the generous Gulf of Mexico. The seafood industry plays an integral role in our regional cuisine, with over 200 species of fish and nationally-recognized oyster and domestic shrimp industries. But the tri-county region of Coastal Mississippi also boasts layers of flavor and influence distilled from the international communities who call its 62 miles of coastline home. Plus, our restaurant scene is a culinary roulette wheel, from fine dining to casual eateries, providing an intriguing pilgrimage for your palate. Discover the diverse restaurant scene that every visitor needs to experience…

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Monthly Events in Coastal Mississippi

We'realways celebrating something in Coastal Mississippi! From First Fridays to Second Saturdays and everything in between, you never have to look very hard to find a good time throughout our twelve coastal communities. As you plan your next escape to The Secret Coast, we've rounded up some of our favorite monthly events to keep your calendars full and your sense of discovery fulfilled…

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Celebrate National Shrimp Day in Coastal Mississippi

National Shrimp Day is May 10, and what better way to celebrate this bountiful delicacy than with a visit to what was once known as the seafood capital of the world ! Coastal Mississippi’s history, culture, and communities truly revolve around the Gulf of Mexico and its maritime and seafood industry. The Gulf Coast region produces 69% of the nation’s domestic shrimp, and 90% of species in the Gulf of Mexico nest in the Mississippi Sound. Where once stood rows of seafood processing plants and boat building facilities surrounded by endless mountains of oyster shells, you will now see attractions, excursions, and restaurants offering an opportunity to discover and devour The Secret Coast’s deep-rooted history with seafood…

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The Ultimate Guide to the Crawfish Music Festival

Heading to the Crawfish Music Festival? A five-day festival with more than a dozen acts can be a bit overwhelming, especially when considering a crowd. Don’t worry, we’ve listed everything you need to know beforehand to make sure you have an enjoyable and safe time enjoying headline entertainment, hot boiled crawfish, and exciting mid-way rides at Coastal Mississippi’s premiere spring event! The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center has established COVID-19 protocols, including limited capacity, to ensure the health and safety of all…

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Discover the Mississippi Aquarium

Discover a world of natural wonders, right in your backyard! With the grand opening ofMississippi Aquarium in downtown Gulfport, immersing yourself in the incredible story of our state’s aquatic resources has never been more accessible or more fun. Located directly across from Jones Park on Beach Boulevard, the Aquarium offers an entertaining and educational experience for Coastal Mississippi residents and visitors alike…

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Coastal Cravings: Find the Best Boiled Crawfish

Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs...different names for thesame delicious food. Here in Coastal Mississippi, we like our crawfish boiled, served by the pound, with an extra set of napkins; spicy or mild; with potatoes, corn, and often times sausage, onions, peppers, and the occasional green beans and brussels sprouts. As soon as crawfish season opens in February, lines form out the doors of restaurants with hungry mouths waiting to "pinch the tails and suck the heads" of the bright red crustaceans. To let you in on one of our secrets, we've compiled a list of the best restaurants in Coastal Mississippi for fresh, boiled crawfish. As of 3/4/21, masks are no longer mandated by the state, but following safety guidelines outlined by the Mississippi State Department of Health such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing is still recommended. Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual businesses on any potential changes to their availability and/or hours, but rest assured Coastal Mississippi is working diligently with our partners to ensure your safety and health is the top priority. Find out how in our Destination Promise of health and safety. ​…

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Stay Safe and Shop Local

As we continue to prioritize health and safety, there's no reason why you can't protect yourself and others while still supporting local businesses - and lookgood while doing it! Stay safe and shop local by purchasing from any one of our partners listed below. …

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Meet the South's Most Elusive Artist in Coastal Mississippi

The Secret Coast is home to an abundance of hidden gems, rich culture, and an incredibly diverse natural world just waiting to be uncovered. If you’re looking to discover a place where nature, art, and history converge to offer a deep dive into what makes Coastal Mississippi such a special part of the world, look no further than the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs…

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Top Five Outdoor Adventures

Feeling a little cooped up these days? We get it. Thankfully, nature trails, waterways, state parks,scenic campgrounds and more make Coastal Mississippi an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for safe, open-air experiences. Not to mention, the consistently warm weather allows for year-round exploration! Whether you enjoy kayaking, boating, hiking, biking, or just taking in the views of nature, there’s an adventure waiting for you on The Secret Coast. …

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