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Biloxi Introduction


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The growth of Biloxi and Gulfport as a thriving casino and tourism mecca was dealt a blow by the flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Massive amounts of debris from the largest natural disaster in U.S. history were removed, and more than US$1 billion was invested to rebuild casinos alone.   Click here to see the full Biloxi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Biloxi Geography


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Biloxi is built on a narrow east-west peninsula bordered on the south by the Mississippi Sound and on the north by the Back Bay of Biloxi. The Sound reaches to the barrier islands about 12 mi/19 km offshore that make up part of Gulf Islands National Seashore (http://www.nps.gov/guis), with the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico south of the islands. The beach-hugging highway leads to the museums, shops and many of the area's main sights. Streetlights are numbered on the main roads, making locations easy to find.  Click here to see the full Biloxi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Biloxi History


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Biloxi was one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the U.S. In 1689, France sent Canadian-born Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur d'Iberville, to enforce an earlier claim to the Louisiana Territory made by Rene La Salle in 1682. Ship Island, 12 mi/19 km south of the mainland, offered a deepwater harbor from which d'Iberville launched his explorations. The French settlers arrived at Ship Island early in February 1699 and came ashore in Biloxi three days later.  Click here to see the full Biloxi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Biloxi Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Even if you're lured to Biloxi for the gambling, find time to explore some of the other attractions. The city is one of the country's oldest communities (established in 1699), and some of the historic houses and buildings off the beachfront survived Katrina. An excellent walking tour begins downtown. The 1847 Biloxi Lighthouse has long been an important symbol of the city's maritime history. After Katrina, the lighthouse became even more valuable to local residents as a symbol of hope, because it withstood the hurricane's massive devastation.   Click here to see the full Biloxi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Biloxi Nightlife


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After the casinos were built, Biloxi's late-night scene began to sprout nightclubs and comedy clubs. Some of the most popular casino nightclubs are Coast or Eight75 (in the Beau Rivage), Club IP (in the IP Casino), and Vibe or Rise in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. A longtime local favorite is Upstairs Downstairs in downtown Biloxi.  Click here to see the full Biloxi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Biloxi Restaurants & Dining


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If you are searching for more than just casino fare, you won't be disappointed by the offerings in Biloxi and Gulfport. Seafood, of course, is abundant and popular—and you can always be sure is fresh. If you want to try a few local dishes, you'll find that the Biloxi po'boy differs greatly from its New Orleans' cousin. Although the Biloxi version also is served on French bread, it often comes "dressed and pressed" (accented with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, then squeezed with a sandwich press).  Click here to see the full Biloxi travel guide on Travel42 »

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