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Welcome to Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast was one of the hardest hit areas when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005, causing extensive flooding and damage. But travel through the sparkling Gulf Coast today and it's hard to see the evidence, apart from shocking postcards in tourist and trinket stores.

The area, centred on the resort towns of Gulfport and Biloxi, is once again the casino Mecca of the South and a popular vacation destination, brightly lit with neon colours, carpeted with over 20 championship golf courses and endowed with top notch cultural attractions such as the must see Ohr-O'Keefe Museum. Couple that with an impressive array of local restaurants and excellent childrens' facilities such as the Lynn Meadows Discovery Centre, one of the USA's top children's museums and you've got the perfect family destination.

For a change of pace, head along Mississippi's coastal road, boasting over 26 miles (42km) of unblemished white sand beaches and a year round temperate climate. Set a leisurely pace and watch the sailing yachts criss-cross the bay, while those feeling a bit more active may try their hand at fishing or windsurfing or take a stroll up to one of the animated beach restaurants and sample some of the regions renowned shrimp gumbo. The Mississippi Gulf Coast, the 'playground of the south' has finally returned to its former glory.

Information & Facts


The Gulf Coast enjoys a humid sub-tropical climate, highly influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are short and mild with brief cold spells and summers are long and hot with high humidity. January's average temperatures fall between 43ºF (6ºC) and 60ºF (15ºC) and July's average temperatures fall between 70ºF (21ºC) and 90ºF (32ºC). The Gulf Coast receives an annual rainfall of 62 inches (157mm). Hurricane season is from June to October and visitors should check local weather reports for up-to-date information.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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