Flights to Biloxi
Biloxi is a city in southern Mississippi and is situated on the Mississippi Sound. The city was hard hit by hurricane Katrina, but a great deal of re-building has occurred since then, bringing Biloxi back to the tourist map.
Flights to Biloxi arrive at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (airport code: GPT) that’s located in nearby Gulfport. There are shuttles and public bus services for travellers to take from Gulfport to Biloxi. Delta Airlines is your best bet for a 1-stop flight to Biloxi from South Africa, with a transfer in Atlanta; otherwise, you’ll be making two connections. South African Airways goes through Frankfurt and Atlanta, but Continental goes a different way through Sao Paulo and Houston for its flight to Biloxi.
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The Tourist Attractions in Biloxi:
Biloxi has a range of attractions but one thing this city has become well known for is its casino resorts. Although Biloxi is no rival to the mega resorts of Las Vegas, there are a good number of casino resorts to choose from if you enjoy gambling, entertainment and high class hotels. Several of these are famous names too, such as the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino and Resort which is slated to be appearing soon. There were set backs for the casino industry in the wake of hurricane Katrina, but now most casinos have re-opened and there are several more in the pipeline.
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
Another victim of Hurricane Katrina was this art museum of Biloxi. The new campus was intended to have been opened some time ago and construction was under way when the hurricane hit. Unfortunately there was so much damage that there’s only a small portion of the art museum’s exhibits on display right now until a new building is finished. The museum features the work of the ‘Mad Potter of Biloxi’, George Ohr.
One of the top attractions in Biloxi is Beauvoir. This historic property was home to President Jefferson Davis, and was completed in 1852. It’s now a US National Historic Landmark and is on the US National Register of Historic Places.
Beauvoir had survived previous hurricanes but was badly damaged by Katrina. The re-build has been taking place, but some of the other buildings on the grounds were destroyed. However, Beauvoir is now open to the public again for tours every day of the week, between 9am and 5pm.
Shopping in Biloxi
Once you’ve done the casinos and seen the historical attractions, Biloxi has some great shopping on offer. The Edgewater Mall is the largest shopping area in the city; this indoor mall features over 100 stores and a food court, so is a great place to spend a day shopping for bargains!
When Should You Visit?:
Biloxi is warm to hot all year round so essentially you could visit this city at any time of the year. Biloxi has fairly high rainfall so you’re unlikely to avoid the rain altogether, but the month with the lowest rainfall is October. July is the hottest month when the average high is 32C and in the coolest month, January, the average high is still a mild 14C.