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Top Cool Down Treats in Coastal Mississippi

With a year-round temperate climate and long summers, we relish our time outdoors in Coastal Mississippi. Though, all of the time spent outdoors beckons the need to cool down. And what better way to get cool than with cold, sweet treats? We've made a list of the Top Cool Down Treats here on The Secret Coast. From custards to cones and shakes to sundaes, get ready to visit them all because summer just began! The Yard Milkshake Bar The D'Iberville branch of this Gulf Shores chain consistently wows customers with its indulgent ice-cold treats of…

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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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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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Best Al Fresco Dining in Coastal Mississippi

What pairs best with authentic coastal cuisine? Outdoor ambience! In addition to the best fresh-caught seafood and the most innovative menus you’ll find in the Southeastern United States, Coastal Mississippi boasts a variety of restaurants with incredible al fresco dining experiences. Al fresco dining, or dining outside, is the preferred method of eating on the coast, whether it be a quick solo lunch or a shared family meal. Enjoy a shrimp po-boy as you watch the waves roll in from the Gulf of Mexico, or savor chargrilled oysters over…

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Thanksgiving Delights in Coastal Mississippi

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. Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual…

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Holiday Shopping Guide for Coastal Mississippi

The holidays are quickly approaching! Don’t panic if you haven’t gotten that perfect gift. The Secret Coast has holiday 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…

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Coastal Mississippi's Guide to The Peter Anderson Festival

Are you planning on attending the South’s premiere arts and crafts festival? You should! Mark your calendars for November 7-8, 2020 for the 42nd 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. 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…

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The Perfect Labor Day Weekend in Coastal Mississippi

This Labor Day Weekend is one for the books. You may not have traveled too far from home in months, and the health and safety of your friends and family is the prioritizing factor in when you leave your house, and more importantly, where you choose to go. Luckily, Coastal Mississippi is easily accessible by car, and the 12 charming coastal communities spread across 62 miles of scenic shoreline provide plenty of room to roam. We invite you to shed your quarantine fatigue and experience the joy of discovery along The Secret Coast, safely and…

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Explore Like A Travel Blogger

Travel writers possess the remarkable ability to transport their readers across the world, allowing them to embark on an adventure through inspirational, educational, and informative content from the comfort of their own homes. Coastal Mississippi has had the honor of working with some exceptionally talented writers, who have beautifully portrayed their journey and experiences across our 62 miles of scenic shoreline in their own, unique ways. At this time, we encourage you to explore the world through the eyes of travel writers, starting with…

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