We have traveled by or through Biloxi, MS more times than I can count but since we are always in a hurry we have never had the chance to stop and actually see it. So when Lee asked what I wanted to do to get my Mississippi state sticker the Gulfport/Biloxi area was an easy choice. It’s a cool town with a mix of casinos, old school fishing port, and a long beautiful (if shallow) beach.
We spent a week there in the Southern Comfort campground which was OK but our site was right next to the railroad tracks. Unfortunately the train came through several times at night and blew their horns really loud. Other than that the campground was fine, but pricey.
One of the things I really like about the area was the old oak trees and beautiful old houses. The last home of Jefferson Davis is on the main strip and several other beautiful old houses have been turned into hotels. Then there is the more modern sections with Hard Rock and MGM Casinos. I actually preferred the off brand casinos and twice we had really nice buffets at them
Buffets aside though I got very excited when I saw there was a thriving Vietnamese community in town. Turns out many of them emigrated to work the shrimping boats and there is a Vietnamese Buddhist temple, Catholic church, and Baptist church in a small area. The shrimping area was really cool also and Lee bought several pounds of shrimp freshly caught which we now have in our freezer…I love me some gulf shrimp. AND we ate at a tiny Vietnamese restaurant, Vung Tau, where the food was absolutely fantastic. Second best Vietnamese I have ever had.
And what’s a seaside town visit without going to a big souvenir shop. We went to Sharkheads and took some really fun pictures, plus I got a great magnet.
It was a really fun week and although I wouldn’t have wanted to spend a chunk of time there I am glad I got to see it. I can add it to Atlantic City and Reno for smaller towns with Casinos we have seen and with the beach access it certainly stands up to those. And best of all we now have our state sticker. All that is left is Arkansas, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. We are getting there.
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