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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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Explore Like a Local

Looking to stretch your legs and spread your wings in a destination that offers relaxation and excitement in equal measure? Look no further than The Secret Coast! With 62 miles of scenic shoreline, itineraries to suit every type of traveler, and plenty of room to roam, Coastal Mississippi delivers on fun and freedom to explore. We've compiled a list of local favorites and invite you to discover these treasured secret s…

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Brunch in Coastal Mississippi

Coastal Mississippi is widely known for its incredible seafood, fresh from the Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico. Although lunch and dinner are opportune times to devour samplings from our generous Gulf, we think brunch is another perfect way to enjoy our region's bounties. For inspiration on where to indulge in a decadent (or more health-conscious) brunch with friends or family, check out our curated list of staples! For a full list of restaurants,click here. Happy brunching! …

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Coastal Cravings: Find the Best Boiled Crawfish

Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs...different names for the same 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 mid-March, 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…

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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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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 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…

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Thanksgiving Eateries 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. BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO TAP BOOK BAR & BISTREAUX TAP…

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Your Coastwide Coffee Guide

Coastal Mississippi prides itself on its rich culinary options, and that includes its robust collection of coffee houses that dot the shoreline. Each coastal city adds its own flare of roasts to the mix. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular spots on The Secret Coast to relax and rejuvenate with a hot (or cold) cup of joe…

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New Year's Resolutions: Travel More

Image: Ursula Noircent You may have spent much of the past year feeling the need to explore, to get out there and see the world. Pack your bags, because this is the year to go! The Mississippi Gulf Coast should be at the top of your list of destinations.Why? Let us break it down for you. Not only will you be able to fulfill those other resolutions on your list while you’re here, you’ll also do it surrounded by hospitality in an extremely affordable and comfortable vacation…

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New Year's Resolutions: Make New Friends

You may have decided that thisis the year to branch out and do something outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you would like your inner social butterfly to shine and make new friends. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the perfect place for you to get out there and meet some folks. We have the best ways to help you make connections on your trip to South Mississippi…

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