While Biloxi is notorious for Vegas-style gaming and great Southern food, tourists and visitors alike enjoy soaking up the sun's rays on the white, sandy beaches of Biloxi as well. Twenty-six miles of soft sand and calm waters make for a perfect backdrop as you drive along U.S. Highway 90, also known as Beach Boulevard.
The boardwalk at Biloxi Beach
The man-made beaches of Biloxi were created roughly a half-century ago and have been a popular attraction ever since. Southern plantation homes and other historic landmarks hugged the shoreline until August 2005, when devastating Hurricane Katrina wiped the historical slate clean. The beach landmarks, such as Jefferson Davis' home, Beauvoir, are being rebuilt, and one of the major Biloxi landmarks, the Biloxi Lighthouse, still stands at the intersection of Highway 90 and Porter Avenue today.
Many Biloxi beach hotels, along with other businesses, have also begun to thrive since the destructive storm. The Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn are popular and affordable options for tourists to stay, while others may opt to stay at one of the Biloxi casinos. Whichever you choose, you're bound to have a gorgeous view of the sun setting and rising over the Gulf Coast waters.
The Biloxi beaches offer many recreational activities. Boat launches are available for those wanting to spend the day on the water. Jet-ski rental huts are plentiful, especially in Biloxi, where most of the people tend to gather. Further down the road in Gulfport, kitesurfers stake out near the old Courthouse Pier in hopes of catching some steady breezes off the water. Sunbathers and families tend to flock to the quieter areas of the beach, such as Long Beach, Pass Christian and Ocean Springs, where there's more room to throw the football around or play beach volleyball. Barrier islands surround the coastline, so rough seas are few and far between unless a storm is brewing in the Gulf. The quiet waters make for a very family-friendly experience at the beach!
If you decide on a beach outing at your next visit, make sure to keep an eye on the posted signs. There are several areas designated as nesting areas for Least Terns. These areas are restricted, but feel free to take pictures of these beautiful birds along the beach.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is constantly monitoring the Coastal beaches and any closure information is posted on its Website.