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Why Go to Biloxi

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. 

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Best Months to Visit

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.

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What You Need to Know

  • It gets H-O-T This Gulf Coast destination gets very humid, especially during the summer. Drink lots of water, and try to stay out of the afternoon sun.  
  • Try the seafood Ignoring the local cuisine would be a shame. This city is home to a world-class crawfish festival, as well as shrimping and oystering industries.
  • The city has been revitalized Biloxi suffered severe damage from Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill. It's worked hard over the years to recover, and offers many new and improvedthings to do.

How to Save Money in Biloxi

  • Budget, budget, budget Travelers heading to the casinos should decide on how much they're willing to lose – and avoid making trips to the ATM.
  • Pounce on promotions The casinos often offer deals and discounts on everything from buffets to spa treatments to accommodations. Pull up their websites' promotions page and compare to find the best offers.
  • Visit in the offseason Biloxi's offseason is from November to April, when the temperatures dip. It's during this time of year that room rates at the local hotels drop as well.

What to Eat

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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