Gulfport, MS

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Bayou View featuring a park

The second largest city in Mississippi benefits from a favorable climate and coastal location to offer first-rate beaches and memorable wildlife experiences.

Gulfport is all about outdoor activities spread across more than 30 parks and water recreation areas. Spend a family day out at the Gulf Islands Water Park, featuring rides, slides and pools. Enjoy more family adventures on the beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast's 62 miles (100 kilometers) of shoreline. The city on the Gulf of Mexico enjoys a warm subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters.

Gulfport has bounced back strongly after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the area in 2005. Following an intensive planning and revitalization program, visitors are once again enjoying its sandy beaches, museums, wildlife and scenery.

One of the largest populations of dolphins in the United States can be found off the coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana. Learn about their behavior as you watch Atlantic bottlenose dolphins play with their trainers at the Center for Marine Education and Research. Interact with stingrays, sharks, crabs and sea urchins in the center's touch pools. Reservations are required to visit the center. For details and prices check out the website of The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.

Spot marine life during the one-hour ferry ride over to Ship Island. Look out for dolphins playing in the boat’s wake. The island is situated approximately 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) south of the city and is home to the 19th century Fort Massachusetts and long stretches of beach. Visit the fort, swim and snorkel in the sea and take a hiking trail across the island.

On your return to the city head for the downtown area. Pop into the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art for an original piece of artwork and dine in one of the restaurants. There are more dining options at the Island View Casino Complex. The resort has several restaurants, live entertainment and gaming facilities.

To get around Gulfport, use the Coast Transit Authority (CTA). This is the city’s public transport provider. Rent a car to hit the highway and head to New Orleans, 80 miles (129 kilometers) south of Gulfport.

Where to stay in Gulfport

Gulfport Inn
Gulfport Inn
2 out of 5
9355 US 49, Gulfport, MS
The price is $54 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated in Gulfport, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Gulfport Premium Outlets, Crossroads Shopping Center, and Garden Park Medical Center. Bayou Vista Golf ...
2.4/5 (897 reviews)
"I liked it. Excellent staff."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Gulfport Inn
Oasis Resort Gulfport
Oasis Resort Gulfport
2.5 out of 5
200 E. Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS
The price is $134 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Offering direct access to the beach, this Gulfport hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gulfport Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Island View Casino and Beauvoir. Mississippi ...
4.4/5Excellent! (384 reviews)
"Overall stay was good, place was clean and pool area was nice. Staff were not very welcoming, all seemed annoyed to be at work. Understaffing may be why, which I feel like a lot of places are experiencing right now."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Oasis Resort Gulfport
Best Western Seaway Inn
Best Western Seaway Inn
2.5 out of 5
9475 US 49, Gulfport, MS
The price is $76 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Gulfport Premium Outlets and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crossroads Shopping Center and Garden Park Medical ...
4/5Very Good! (1,295 reviews)
"The staff were excellent! Awesome pool and hot tub. Had a very nice stay."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Best Western Seaway Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Gulfport I-10
Home2 Suites by Hilton Gulfport I-10
3 out of 5
15600 Daniel Boulevard, Gulfport, MS
The price is $136 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crossroads Shopping Center and Garden Park Medical Center. Gulfport Premium Outlets and Gulf ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (329 reviews)
"The room was a king size bed with a sofa bed, full kitchen. Everything was clean and in good condition. My son slept on the sofa bed and wasn’t happy with its comfort and thin blanket, but he made it through 2 nights okay. The cost point seemed high, but I think their marketing is geared towards ..."

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Gulfport I-10
COASTAL RETREAT hosted  by NAVY VETERAN-5 Min WALK to the BEACH, steps from POOL
COASTAL RETREAT hosted by NAVY VETERAN-5 Min WALK to the BEACH, steps from POOL
Gulfport, MS
This family-friendly Gulfport vacation home is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and Great Southern Golf Club. Gulfport ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Place was just as advertised. Communication with owners was easy and prompt.
"Could not have been better. The communication with owners was fast and easy. Property was clean and as advertised."

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

COASTAL RETREAT hosted by NAVY VETERAN-5 Min WALK to the BEACH, steps from POOL
Come Take a Seabatical with us! Pool! Beach!
Come Take a Seabatical with us! Pool! Beach!
Gulfport, MS
Situated by the sea, this historic vacation home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Great Southern Golf Club and ...
3/5 (1 review)
Good area
"Place was okay not as clean as they listed and could use some chairs in front to seat down and relax. The gate community would be better if they have a playground for children"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Come Take a Seabatical with us! Pool! Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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