Along the Gulf Coast sugar sand beaches, the shrimp offshore and the inland golf are American treasures. Biloxi, Mississippi presents all three along with casinos, and entertainment. Resilient and resourceful, the Biloxi area keeps revitalizing after the devastating hurricanes Camille and Katrina.
Pick from major brand casino hotels including Hard Rock, Beau Rivage and Harrah’s. The IP Casino Resort and Spa hosted the ING (International Network of Golf) Conference in May. The towering structure sits on the back bay within easy reach of the beach, great golf and 45 minutes from the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport. The world class spa features steam rooms and Jacuzzis with an ultra-comfy relaxation room before and after expert treatments. The rooftop pool is the happening place for lounging and swimming. Food and cocktails are served as music plays and screens entertain. It is also a prime spot for private party welcome receptions. Chefs kick the casino fare up a notch when catering there. Rendez vous at the lobby bar after dinner for drinks and more music.
Shell Landing is on IP Casino’s Platinum List for golf and annually ranks at the top for most golf outlets and Trip Advisor reviews. The Davis Love III design showcases oak tree lined fairways with Spanish moss that permeates the Mississippi delta. We’ll need a rain check on this one. Another fun track is at The Oaks Golf Club, making a simple straightforward statement with southern charm. The small clubhouse has any basic required merchandise and a friendly staff offering daily drink and food specials at the bar and grill. Take it out to the patio which is large enough for hosting tournaments and events. Fallen Oak is reserved for members and guests of the Beau Rivage only. Personalized service and the challenging track make it the number one course in Mississippi.
Boating or Shrimping
Take the Shrimp Boat Tour with Captain Mike and his four-legged first mate DJ. This educational and relaxing harbor cruise might be the best deal on the gulf. Captain Mike brings the education while DJ the dog delivers cold water, libations and love with a wagging tail. The salty breeze is refreshing while Mike explains about the dredging and building of Deer Island and demonstrates his shrimping equipment, sharing many facts such as:
– Popcorn shrimp (90-120 /pound) grow to 68/pound in a week.
– Shrimp migrate 400 miles but only 80 in one direction.
– 68/pound shrimp opens the season.- 100k eggs are laid by shrimp making it a sustainable seafood.
– It costs $200k for a master’s in marine biology to count shrimp (ok, there’s more to it than counting but a government official on board handled the joke well).
– The net is hydraulically cast, dragged and raised. There is much to sort in the collection of shrimp and kids especially appreciate his show, tell and touch style as the haul is analyzed.
The gulf shrimp are served in many nice restaurants. One of our favorite spots was McElroy’s “Harbor House” Seafood Restaurant. Located right on the water with panoramic views of the coastline it offers fresh catch of the day. For fine dining, we would go to Mary Mahoney’s Old French House. Captain Mike also suggests the Half Shell Restaurant, Biloxi Filling Station and Desports Seafood for the best deal on boiled shrimp. Fresh shrimp, crabs, oysters, and many fish varieties make Biloxi a seafood heaven on the gulf.