When making Memorial Day Weekend plans, you obviously have countless options. But if you’re going to unofficially kick off your summer, why not choose a beach destination? With 62 miles of scenic shoreline, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers the ultimate beach experience for families, college students fresh off of finals, or just a fun girls or guys weekend with your oldest friends. Before you come down to see us though, be sure to plan ahead so you can see and do everything on your wish list!

Whether you decide to stay at one of our beautiful boutique hotels or at one of our first-class casino resorts, the nightlife possibilities are seemingly endless. Many of our coastal communities have lively downtown bar and restaurant scenes, where you’re sure to find a great bite to eat and a fun time to be had. Make sure you check out all of the events happening on the Coast during your trip, as the lineup of headliner entertainers is always on point!


In between meals consisting of mouthwatering local seafood and taking in the gorgeous beaches, you might be compelled to do some shopping. Luckily, there are great shopping hotspots all over the Coast. In the downtown area of Ocean Springs, you’ll find a vast array of boutique stores that feature everything from clothing to jewelry, and even some local art. The outlet stores in Gulfport are great for finding all the deals, and pretty much everything else can be found at the Promenade in D’Iberville! And did we mention the award-winning spas at the casino resorts?


No matter what you do while you and yours are in town, the one activity that is a must-do is a trip to one of the islands off the coast. If you want to take part in one of the biggest and most fun parties, rent a boat and go on out to Ship Island or Horn Island, where you’re sure to see hundreds of people, waist-deep in clear blue water as they party like it’s 1999. If you’d rather do some fishing, some of the best fishing in the entire Gulf can be done right off Cat Island, and there are countless charter companies ready to take you out there. Looking for an expedition for the family? Give Ship Island Excursions a call and learn all the history of one of the largest barrier islands around. You can’t go wrong with any of them!


The Mississippi Gulf Coast also features numerous attractions for the thrill seekers out there: jet skis, eco-tours, a gator ranch, paddleboards, you name it! We’ve got it all! So come on down to the Coast, where the beaches are warm, the beer is cold and there’s always an adventure around the corner.