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Long story short, my Friend thinks we're in Goodfellas where the guys and their women go on vacations and chose Miami in April without "Does this work for you guys" and no consideration for our budgets, so I haven't informed him yet that I'm out.

Still, gives me the idea to travel next year, and my sister, who was a military wife, told me about Gulfport Mississippi and from what I've read and seen, it seems like my kinda place (Lowkey, more to just get away from life, hidden gem). Of course, I haven't had a chance to really ask locals prior and my sister got too busy to further explain things, hence why I'm here.

So that all said, what can you, the locals and the Mississippi natives, tell me about that town.

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Really not bad.
Has seasonal events you might like.
Close to NoLA and Mobile/Pensacola.
Population density is moderate, diverse.
Does have the hidden gem feel.
Lower cost of living the further from the water you live.

Weather can be a bit windy at times (requiring evacuation North).
Beaches are not really for swimming, but the islands south have "waves"
 

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Great place to visit, just don't expect Florida style beaches. Come to enjoy the view of the Gulf, offshore fishing, casinos, great food, etc... The beach itself is ok, but you cant see your toes when you're knee deep in the "muddy" waters.

There is a new aquarium on the coast. Nearby Ocean Springs has a good bit of artsy stuff mesums, galleries, boutiques etc. Then of course the casinos and resorts provide several entertainment options including a waterpark at Margarittaville.
 
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I dont swim in the ocean to begin with, does sound appealing, now to figure out when to go down
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I love the gulf. Gulfport and the surrounding towns have some great food, really laid back atmosphere. It was part of my sales territory right after Katrina and it took a while to get rebuilding. Haven't been in about 5 years, so maybe its 100% again?
 
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I love the gulf. Gulfport and the surrounding towns have some great food, really laid back atmosphere. It was part of my sales territory right after Katrina and it took a while to get rebuilding. Haven't been in about 5 years, so maybe its 100% again?
Hopefully.

Again, Mostly everyones been to Florida, but how many people outside the area do you know really know about Gulfport and other hidden gems?

What kinda food we talking btw
 

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Hopefully.

Again, Mostly everyones been to Florida, but how many people outside the area do you know really know about Gulfport and other hidden gems?

What kinda food we talking btw
Lots of Seafood, pretty eclectic mix of Southern “comfort food” and some pretty good approximation of French/Creole style. Lots of local hang outs. Hopefully they are doing OK down there through Covid. I had a manager from that area, he took me everywhere we went. Wish I remember some of the names, but you can use the local guides in Google for sure.
 

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What kinda food we talking btw
Fried, fried, and more fried food.

Beyound that as mentioned previously, lots of great fresh seafood. Fresh as in shrimp and oysters straight off the boat.

A good mix of traditional southern comfort soul food and spicy creole/cajun influence from neighboring Louisiana.

No shortage of quality establishments like Mary Mahoney's and White Pillars, or just go get a fried shrimp po'boy from Lil Rays.
 

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I'm a big fan of Gulf Shores, AL just east of it as well. There are some great little beach towns on the gulf down there.
 

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I'm a big fan of Gulf Shores, AL just east of it as well. There are some great little beach towns on the gulf down there.
Further east for me, too - spent many years getting together with family and friends sharing a house rental on the beach at St George Island. Definitely NOT for the people looking for lots to do and a vibrant nightlife but great for people that just want a slowed down, relaxing quiet time on a great, uncrowded beach.
 

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Long story short, my Friend thinks we're in Goodfellas where the guys and their women go on vacations and chose Miami in April without "Does this work for you guys" and no consideration for our budgets, so I haven't informed him yet that I'm out.

Still, gives me the idea to travel next year, and my sister, who was a military wife, told me about Gulfport Mississippi and from what I've read and seen, it seems like my kinda place (Lowkey, more to just get away from life, hidden gem). Of course, I haven't had a chance to really ask locals prior and my sister got too busy to further explain things, hence why I'm here.

So that all said, what can you, the locals and the Mississippi natives, tell me about that town.

Thanks in advance

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I am currently stationed in Pascagoula, MS - a couple of towns over from Gulfport. In terms of vacationing down here, it depends on what you like to do. Outside the beach, fishing, or boating, there isn’t a whole lot of other things to do if you do not like outdoor activities. There is a couple of tourists traps - aquarium, gator tours, etc. Its a great place to chill and drink beer on the porch. Ocean Springs is generally where people go for the bars/nightlife. There is also some good restaurants there. Gulfport is also a good launching point to hit up New Orleans for a day trip or over to Mobile.

I have lived in both the NE and the SE several times over the last couple of decades. I have found that the people down South are generally more friendly and good people to be around. My tour is about up and will be moving up to CT next, and will definitely miss the laid back / low key atmosphere.

If you are worried about COVID, MS is not where you want to be, masks are hit or miss and coastal MS was hit hard/per capita wise - I haven’t been too concerned, but I have been extra cautious due to job implications.
 
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I am currently stationed in Pascagoula, MS - a couple of towns over from Gulfport. In terms of vacationing down here, it depends on what you like to do. Outside the beach, fishing, or boating, there isn’t a whole lot of other things to do if you do not like outdoor activities. There is a couple of tourists traps - aquarium, gator tours, etc. Its a great place to chill and drink beer on the porch. Ocean Springs is generally where people go for the bars/nightlife. There is also some good restaurants there. Gulfport is also a good launching point to hit up New Orleans for a day trip or over to Mobile.

I have lived in both the NE and the SE several times over the last couple of decades. I have found that the people down South are generally more friendly and good people to be around. My tour is about up and will be moving up to CT next, and will definitely miss the laid back / low key atmosphere.

If you are worried about COVID, MS is not where you want to be, masks are hit or miss and coastal MS was hit hard/per capita wise - I haven’t been too concerned, but I have been extra cautious due to job implications.
Not worried at all, I'm diabetic for 21yrs and If I gotta mask, ita a half face paintball mask (mesh)

Like laid-back, I wanna go low-key really, also gonna share this with my gf to see what she thinks.

Havent been to N'Orlins since August of '01, gotta visit again eventually
 
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Further east for me, too - spent many years getting together with family and friends sharing a house rental on the beach at St George Island. Definitely NOT for the people looking for lots to do and a vibrant nightlife but great for people that just want a slowed down, relaxing quiet time on a great, uncrowded beach.
Drive my friend crazy and suits me. Definitely gotta go
 

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I dont swim in the ocean to begin with, does sound appealing, now to figure out when to go down
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