Perfectly placed to catch a cool breeze from the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, is the playground of the South. Glittering casinos line the Beach Boulevard, calling out to your inner gambler; the sugar white sands of Ship Island beckon to families; and hidden gems like the historic Beauvoir grounds pique the interests of even the most casual Civil War enthusiasts. The city was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, but the Biloxian spirit is resilient and many local businesses, restaurants and casinos have reopened new and improved. So take a breath of that magnolia-sweetened air and saddle up to the card table, Biloxi is ready to play.
The best time to visit Biloxi is from November to April, when the city's room rates are cheaper and the weather cools off. The city's peak tourist season – May to mid-August – sees highs in just about everything: average temperatures peak around 90 degrees, humidity levels climb to about 90 percent and hotels jack up prices to profit off of burgeoning crowds. The city becomes a ghost town starting in late August and continuing into the shoulder months of September and October, when hurricane season can wreak havoc on the city.See details for When to Visit Biloxi
Biloxi isn't necessarily known for its cuisine, but travelers can certainly find some tasty spots to chow down. Thanks to its proximity to the water, the city harvests and serves up plenty of seafood. Crawfish are a Southern specialty, and you'll find some of the best at the popular Taranto's Crawfish restaurant. Though it's situated about 12 miles northwest of the main city, travelers say it's worth the trek to try the "perfectly spiced" crawfish, gumbo and po' boys. Mary Mahoney's is another highly regarded seafood stop that earns praise for its fresh fish entrees, friendly staff members and elegant but laid-back ambiance. If you're in the mood for oysters, experts and travelers alike say you have to head to the Half Shell Oyster House to try the various offerings (think everything from charbroiled oysters to raw oysters on the half shell to oysters Rockefeller).
If you're spending the majority of your time in the casino, you'll find some casual and fine dining options there as well. The buffet at Beau Rivage earns high marks from recent travelers, as does Thirty-Two Steak & Seafood in the IP Casino Resort Spa.
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