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Why I Love the MS Beaches in the Spring

I love the Mississippi beaches in the spring for many reasons. The spring is the perfect weather for going to the beach, because it is just right. The sand is nice and warm on my bare feet; everything is perfect for relaxation. I enjoy going to the beach to do one thing I seldom get the peace and quiet to do: I go and read a book. I just escape reality for a few hours while I bask in the rays. There is really nothing not to like about the beach in the Spring.

The coast is so beautiful with its mystery and spirit.
The coast is so beautiful with its mystery and spirit.

For avid adventurers, the beach offers so many activities and Spring just brings us the perfect temperature to enjoy them. The first volleyball game of Spring is really the start to everything. What fun it is to get a huge group of people together to go attack the sandy shores of the Mississippi beaches to play volleyball!

When I’m on the beach, I feel free to let my mind go free from the responsibilities of the real world. The beach takes every problem and nagging thought out of my mind. I kick back, yes, I just kick back and bury my toes in the sand. It really is such a relaxing place and, once the night sky blankets the sand in darkness, I am truly in my happy place. For me, there is nothing that can challenge the sounds of the tide crashing against the shore while staring at the infinite blackness that is space. Staring up into the stars just contemplating what could be out there, challenging my brain to think outside of the box on what could be happening on some distant planet similar to earth or maybe completely different.

Watching the moon drop over the water, seeming as if it is almost touching the water is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. When I’m on the beaches of Mississippi during Spring, especially at night, I feel a sense of peace that everything will be OK.  Loving the beaches only during Spring is not enough for me: I love the beaches year round! The sunburn that comes after is worth it every single time, just for what the beach can make me feel.

It is amazing how well the infrastructure has been made from Waveland to Bay St. Louis. There is a walking path along the beach the entire way.  Many people will park in Waveland and walk to Bay St. Louis.  Get out to the Mississippi beaches this spring and enjoy the sand from Biloxi Beach to Gulfport and from Long Beach to Waveland.

Camping Along The Mississippi Gulf Coast

Camping is an activity the whole family can enjoy–sleeping under the stars, spending time with family or friends, and having an all- around good bonding experience. In our day and age, camping seems as if it would be boring, being away from home and being one with nature. Camping is not just about going to sleep outside next to a fire, it’s about taking a break from this technology-dependent world we live in. It is good to take a tolerance break from the screens that run our lives. Camping on the Mississippi Gulf Coast provides you with an opportunity to appreciate the world we live in.


The perfect family weekend can easily be achieved by going camping at one of Mississippi’s many state parks and camping grounds. Whether you are looking for an RV  park or a more rural experienc, the Gulf Coast has it all. The Gulf Coast offers some amazing scenery, weather, and safety. So whats stopping you?!!! A weekend with nature is good, clean fun for the whole family to enjoy. It brings a new respect for not only nature, but also our home.

If you are a first-time camper and you are not exactly sure what you will need to survive a pleasant weekend in the woods, you might consider some of these suggestions. A tent obviously would be a good start, a sleeping bag, pillows, some fire starter logs, a lighter or matches, fishing gear, extra clothes, a swimsuit, sunscreen, a first-aid kit, food (in case you don’t catch dinner with all that fishing gear), toiletries, and most importantly, trash bags so you can keep our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast campgrounds clean.

Camping is something our youth today might not get to experience often and, if they don’t, they are missing out on a great recreational activiy. So why not plan a weekend at one of your local campgrounds and let the adventure begin? The Gulf Coast has many great choices in campsites. Camping is a relaxing way to spend your weekend. It gives you the opportunity to come into work on Monday not only with a great “how was your weekend” story, but also with a smile going from ear to ear.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has lots of camping options and one of our favorite sites is Buccaneer State Park in Waveland Mississippi. This sate park is nestled up against the Gulf. It has all new facilities and close proximity to towns like Waveland and Pass Christian. Gulfport and Biloxi are only about 30 minutes away.

Family Day At The Beach In Mississippi

A day at the beach with family is the perfect outing. What’s better that bathing in the sun and splashing about in the Gulf with your family? This is a relaxing endeavor that the whole family can enjoy–building sand castles, flying kites, swimming, and much more! It is also a great way to spend the day bonding with the family on our beautiful Mississippi beaches. A good family trip to the beach can be enjoyed by anyone and can give you and your family lasting memories. There is plenty of open space on the beaches of the Gulf Coast so you can rest easy while your children play. Just always watch them near the water. Although many areas can be shallow for small children, there are abrupt drop-offs. If you are concerned, put a life jacket on children who are not great swimmers.

The pirate ship wagon has landed on the Waveland beach.
The pirate ship wagon has landed on the Waveland beach.

Having a picnic on one of the many beaches along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi is an inexpensive lunch idea. Anything from sandwiches to a meal prepared earlier can be enjoyed on the warm sand of the Gulf Coast beaches.  Be sure to bring a bag for trash so you can keep our beaches beautiful. This is a great opportunity to unwind for all ages. Listening to the tide crash against the shore with a full tummy can bring anyone to a utopia of relaxation.

Clean family friendly beaches along from Biloxi and Ocean Springs to Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian.
Clean family friendly beaches along from Biloxi and Ocean Springs to Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian.

The beaches along the Coast of Mississippi have plenty of great activities to offer. You can rent equipment to play on, and volleyball nets are always available. Bringing your own entertainment is always a solid option as well. Building sand castles can be a fun, recreational way to sculpt a beautiful work of art with sand and is inexpensive!

To sum it all up, the beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are a fantastic place to spend the afternoon, to watch the sun set, to have a fun family outing, or even just to go and relax. It is always a safe, fun experience for the whole family. Did I mention how beautiful the night sky is on the beach?

In Search of the Best Hamburger on the Mississippi Coast

On my search for the best hamburger on the Gulf Coast, I stumbled upon The Blind Tiger, a restaurant nestled up against the harbor in Bay St. Louis. As soon as I arrived in the restaurant I was greeted with a wonderful and eclectic atmosphere. My bubbly waitress, Smash, recommended the “Eastwood Burger.” She assured me that it would not disappoint. I had been dreaming of eating a great burger all day; I did not want to be let down.  I waited for a few minutes, eyeing the water and people watching. The Blind Tiger is a mix of young and old, salty and sweet. It is the kind of place that a great burger could come from. The place really did not have a formal menu, they just sort of put up what they feel like making today. Great concept.

Searching for the best hamburger on the Mississippi Gulf coast.
Searching for the best hamburger on the Mississippi Gulf coast.

During the short wait while the chef was preparing my meal, I took the time to look at all the pictures and decorations all over the walls. Through the windows on either side of the restaurant you can see the streets of Bay St. Louis or the tide of the Gulf of Mexico. The Blind Tiger is the kind of place you can hang out and grab a drink with friends or bring a promising business acquaintance.

I didn’t have to wait long before this triumph of meat appeared before me. This chargrilled work of art is topped with cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions, all stacked up on two buttery sesame seed buns. At first glance this burger lived up to it’s impressive name: a rough tough burger that is not to be taken lightly.

Gripping the burger, I found myself savoring every bite of the gigantic burger. The flavors of the patty were complimented well by all the toppings. This burger was no ordinary burger; it was in my opinion THE burger of the Gulf Coast, and I wished this burger would have never come to an end. I later learned that the burger was a handmade patty from fresh ground meat.

I couldn’t thank the wonderful Smash enough for recommending this burger to me; I couldn’t have asked for a better, more well- prepared lunch. The atmosphere was inviting; the tunes were grovey, and the food was amazing. Be sure to grab plenty of napkins when consuming this burger masterpiece at the one-of-a-kind restaurant, The Blind Tiger.

A journal by: Joseph J. Fleming IV