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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.

BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO

TAP BOOK BAR & BISTREAUX
TAP

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,

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, the Mississippi Gulf Coast 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

It’s time to branch out and experience a destination rich in history and unique character. That’s exactly what you’ll find here in Coastal Mississippi. This area is unmatched in its ability to connect people to natural beauty and deep culture and diversity. There are plenty of ways to take your journey off of the beaten path and truly experience South Mississippi in a way that will create memories for a lifetime.

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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.

You may have decided that this is 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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The New Year is calling… It wants you to stop staring at your screen and live a little on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Yes, we realize the irony as you’re reading this on a phone, tablet, or other device. This year resolve to get rid of the distractions of technology a little and wind down to experience the world around you because in South Mississippi, there’s a whole lot of world to experience.

This year is the perfect year for you to take control of your diet. You’ve probably already made plans to eat better this year, and eat better you will on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Imagine, if you will, a plate piled high with steaming boiled shrimp fresh off the boat and straight out of the pot, or Hollandaise sauce cascading down the side of a pair of crab cakes. Or how about a massive bowl of gumbo over rice with a slice of freshly baked French bread? We could go on, but we know your mouth is already watering.

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