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GulfportUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Gulfport

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Seaway Inn
Best Western Seaway Inn
2.5 out of 5
9475 US 49, Gulfport, MS
The price is $69 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,153 reviews)

"Very nice motel. I stay there during hurricanes. Staff is very courteous and helpful. Housekeeping does a great job cleaning and disinfecting."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Best Western Seaway Inn
Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
3 out of 5
1600 E Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS
The price is $109 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Offering direct access to the beach, this Gulfport hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Joseph T. Jones Monument and Gulfport Beach. Island ...

4.2/5Excellent! (809 reviews)

"Nice hotel facing the beach. It was clean and well maintained."…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Gulfport
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Gulfport
2.5 out of 5
15151 Turkey Creek Dr, Gulfport, MS
The price is $79 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in Gulfport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Gulfport Premium Outlets and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crossroads Shopping Center and Garden Park Medical ...

4.1/5Very Good! (424 reviews)

"Clean roomy free parking. Right next to Ihop and walmart"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Gulfport

Popular places to visit in Gulfport

Gulfport Beach
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Gulfport Beach

4/5(801 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Gulfport Beach, a popular beach in Gulfport. Add the area's shops or casinos to your travel plans.

Beau Rivage Casino
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Beau Rivage Casino

4.5/5(709 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Beau Rivage Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in East Biloxi? Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Hard Rock Casino Biloxi
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Hard Rock Casino Biloxi

4.5/5(699 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Hard Rock Casino Biloxi where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in East Biloxi? Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Gulfport

Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi with Priority Seating

$34
Per adult
Skip the Line: Beauvoir General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Beauvoir General Admission Ticket

$13
Per adult
Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans (With Transportation)
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Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans (With Transportation)

$62
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Gulfport

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
359
5 - Excellent 40.47350620067644%
4 - Good
373
4 - Good 42.05186020293123%
3 - Okay
123
3 - Okay 13.86696730552424%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.9165727170236753%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.6910935738444195%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Love the fact you could park on the beach a lot of options for Dining and shopping

4/5 - Good

Drew

Jun 3, 2020

Gulfport... Enjoyed the Beach!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

We loved that it was such a relaxing beach visit. We didn’t have to worry about hundreds of people on the same section of the beach as us. It’s almost like we were the only ones there, that’s how quiet it was! (No, we weren’t the only ones there).

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Did not feel comfortable being there at all

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Book ahead. I had to stay here due to my not booking my stay ahead of time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

lovely as usual

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