Biloxi on Mississippi's Gulf coast has been a popular vacation spot for decades, a resort shaped by its casinos and gambling. The word Biloxi means “First people” and the settlement there has been owned by successive waves of French, Spanish, and English settlers. The place thrived on its fishing and at one time went by the nickname of “the seafood capital of the world”. The region's recent history has been shaped by the growth of tourism and in particular Biloxi casinos. However, the news since 2005 has been the city's recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
When to visit BiloxiThe average summer temperature in July in Biloxi is 89ºF and the average winter temperature in January is 50ºF, making it a year-round resort.
How to get to BiloxiThe closest major airport is Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), Visitors can also travel to Biloxi by Greyhound bus services or by driving their own vehicle via the I-10.
Biloxi attractionsMany of the city's attractions were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and are only slowly being rebuilt, including the hotels of Biloxi. One of the most popular attractions is Beauvoir, home of the Confederate president Jefferson Davis, which was restored following Hurricane Katrina. Visitors can also consider booking a hotel near Biloxi, say a hotel at Gulfport, and travel in for casino entertainment. The 1848 cast-iron Biloxi Lighthouse survived the hurricane undamaged.
Where to stay in BiloxiThe four-star Beau Rivage Hotel, open again after the hurricane, is popular with tourists as are other casino hotels and resorts such as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Palace Casino Resort, or the IP Casino Resort Spa. Hotels.com offers the best hotel deals in Biloxi whether you are looking for a beach hotel or a romantic hotel.