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Ship Island: The Perfect Coastal Mississippi Getaway

Summer is the perfect time to explore the barrier islands that sit just miles off the mainland of Coastal Mississippi. With white-sand beaches and beautiful Gulf waters, the islands are an ideal summer day trip. While all of the barrier islands offer something unique that is worth exploring, Ship Island is the most accessible to travelers thanks to the Ship Island Excursions ferry service out of Gulfport and Biloxi. Photo: Trevor Reid BEFORE YOUR ISLAND ADVENTURE When planning for a trip out to Ship Island, be sure to bring all your beach…

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March Madness Sports Betting in Coastal Mississippi

March Madness is officially upon us! And if you’re a fan of basketball, chances are that you’ve assembled your bracket of 68 teams and placed bets amongst friends, family, and coworkers. Your methodology could be practical: assessing record-based statistics and weighing in favor of top seeded schools. If you're new to March Madness and want to join in on the fun, use a casual strategy and support your alma mater, team mascots, or even your favorite colors. Regardless of your approach, you will savor in this opportunity to place bets amongst…

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Top Secret: Least Instagrammed Spots in Coastal Mississippi

In the social media era, you know when your friends are travelling. From spring break to summer vacation to holiday trips, your feeds fill up with travel pics – beach selfies, famous landmarks, well-known vistas. Some destinations are so shared, you feel like you’ve been there even if you haven’t. On the southern edge of Mississippi, you’ll find a different kind of destination. It’s a region known as “The Secret Coast,” because unlike some places it still contains secrets, which is great for travelers who like to explore and discover. Scroll…

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Best Walkable Shopping on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Leave the Car Behind and Browse these Walkable Gulf Coast Shopping Destinations! There are a lot of ways to get in your daily steps on the Mississippi Gulf Coast – strolling the beaches, hiking nature trails while birding or just enjoying the sights, and shopping (yes, shopping!) With a number of walkable downtowns along the Coast, you can walk off last night’s seafood or BBQ feast while picking up art, antiques, clothing and other one-of-a-kind finds…

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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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A Pillar of Fine Dining on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

When Chef Austin Sumrall and his wife, Tresse, moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Birmingham, AL., it wasn’t simply because she’s from the area. It was because they knew how much potential the Coast had, and that it’s “poised for a breakout”. That’s why they’ve just opened White Pillars this week: to make a difference on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many Coast residents remember the White Pillars of old (1969-1989), with its world-famous “Eggplant Josephine”, the massive white columns that faced the beach and for which the restaurant…

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A Tour of Art on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Everyone knows the Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to some of the finest seafood in the world, as well as some of the most pristine beaches around. But some might be surprised to find out what an eclectic art scene there is across the Coast. Between Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Bay St. Louis, there are numerous galleries and museums that are brimming with beautiful works of art. Walter Anderson Museum of Art Arguably the most famous artist to ever live on the Coast, Walter I. Anderson (1903-1965) is recognized as an American master, and his…

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A Look at Mississippi Gulf Coast Boutique Hotels

The Mississippi Gulf Coast, more affectionately referred to by some as “the Playground of the South,” offers accommodations of all shapes and sizes. From casino resorts to coastal inns, visitors to the Coast are not short of choices when it comes to rest and relaxation. This 62-mile stretch of scenic shoreline has seen a recent influx of charming boutique hotels, and we think you’re going to love them. The Roost Recently named the "most beautiful" hotel in the state, The Roost is within walking distance to both the beach and downtown Ocean…

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