Photograph by Robert A. Brooks

Explore beaches and history in this great Gulf town.

Travel + Leisure
July 09, 2014

Most people know Biloxi for its casinos and beaches, but this Gulf-front location also has a rich history (the city was first settled in 1699) and art scene. The city suffered terrible damage from Hurricane Katrina—oceanfront houses and museums were completely wiped out—and it’s finally emerging from a lengthy rebuilding period.

Ole Biloxi Fillin’ Station

This restaurant was a formerly a gas station, lending it a funky vibe. Try the crawfish nachos, also loaded up with cilantro and pico de gallo, a fun take on the Mississippi favorite.

Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach

A laid-back atmosphere prevails at this waterfront restaurant. You might catch live music as you feast on fried green tomatoes or eggplant topped with crawfish and shrimp.

Chateau Blessey Bed & Breakfast

This adults-only property, originally built in the early 1900s, was badly damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Thankfully, it’s once again up and running with three French country-style rooms and a spacious patio overlooking the gulf.

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

When it finally opens this year—the structure was torn apart and construction delayed by Hurricane Katrina—this Frank Gehry-designed museum will stand as a tribute to works by ceramic artist George Ohr, the self-proclaimed Mad Potter of Biloxi.

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