Dripping with small-town charm and true Southern hospitality, Biloxi is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Many can't ignore the glitz and glamour the casinos have to offer or the rich culture surrounding many of the local Biloxi attractions. But why spend all of your time indoors when you can experience the gorgeous, year-round weather Biloxi has to offer. When the sun is shining, you're sure to find a recreational activity to fit any lifestyle.
You'll find some of the best sport fishing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The coast's barrier islands, including Ship, Cat, Deer, Horn and Chandeleur, yield a variety of fish from Red Snapper and King Mackerel to Speckled Trout and Amber Jack. Each summer, Biloxi holds the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, an all-ages competition in fresh and salt water fishing. With more than 3,000 entries each year, the rodeo is one of the highlight events in fishing along the Gulf Coast.
Professional charter boats can get you started on a wonderful fishing adventure! Charter boat captains know the waters well and can whisk you and your family away to the best fishing spots in Biloxi and elsewhere along the coast. Several charter companies, including Island Breeze Charters and Bo-Joh-La Charters, are based out of the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi and are fully equipped to meet every fisherman's needs.
Boating in Biloxi
If bait and tackle aren't your thing, you can still enjoy a leisure ride on a charter boat and enjoy the scenic views of the Gulf Coast and barrier islands. Many Biloxi charters offer full-day charters and sunset or moonlight cruises, where you can sit back and enjoy the cool breezes from the Gulf. As you travel through the open waters, keep your eyes out for marine life and you may just see a dolphin or two!
For a more hands-on approach, take a sailing lesson from the North Star Sailing Academy. Sailing novices can take a one-day introductory course, while ASA (American Sailing Association) certified courses are also available.
Golfing In Bolixi
Biloxi locals know if there's sunny weather, it's time for a round of golf. Biloxi and the surrounding cities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast offer some of the best golfing destinations in the nation. More than 20 courses along the coast challenge golfers of all ages and all experience levels. North of the coast in Saucier lies the breathtaking Grand Bear, designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, with championship-caliber greens and five different tee levels. A favorite for many Biloxi residents remains Sunkist Country Club, a budget-friendly option with the challenges of a championship course.
If you're looking to tee up while on the coast, check out our golf section for more information on the area golf courses in Biloxi and Gulfport.
With all the cultural attractions Biloxi has to offer, it can be difficult to choose where to start. The Biloxi Lighthouse is always a great photo opportunity, as well as the historic Beauvoir, the home of Jefferson Davis. Just to the east of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the Hurricane Camille Memorial on Highway 90 in Biloxi. The beautiful mosaic memorial on the grounds of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer is a somber tribute to the lives lost in that fateful storm.
While Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction in its wake, it also spurned several noteworthy landmarks. Florida wood sculptor Marlin Miller and Mississippi chainsaw artist Dayton Scoggins have taken what was left of the destroyed oak trees that previously lined Highway 90 along the beach and turned them into beautiful works of art with a marine theme. The tree sculptures are a favorite sight for those cruising along the coast. With the help of many coast natives and the team at ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the Hurricane Katrina Memorial was erected on Biloxi's Town Green, where many tourists congregate to remember and pay tribute to those affected by the horrific storm.
As a reminder of the tremendous rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast, take a stroll across the newly constructed Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge, which spans over the Biloxi Back Bay and connects to the two cities. Hundreds of walkers and cyclists take to the pedestrian walkway daily to enjoy the views of the barrier islands and coastline.
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Article written by Stacy Ramsey. Ramsey is a freelance writer/editor along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.