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Description
Gulfport has been rebuilding and redefining itself ever since the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many buildings in the historic downtown area have been restored to their original appearance. Repairs and upgrades brought traffic back to the port, and a planned expansion includes widening and deepening the channel to double its size.
Seven miles of beaches between Pass Christian and Biloxi offer unobstructed views of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, and ample parking bays along Beach Boulevard provide plenty of opportunities to pull over and enjoy sand, surf and rentals of everything from water tricycles to jet skis. In early July the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo transforms the harbor into a sea of trophy-seeking sport-fishing enthusiasts. This 4-day competition for bragging rights and prizes draws anglers to Gulfport like sharks to chum.
Ship Island Excursions ferries passengers to historic Ship Island, one of several offshore barrier islands within Gulf Islands National Seashore, for swimming, shelling, body surfing or just soaking up some sun. National Park Service rangers give tours of Fort Massachusetts, a pre-Civil War fortification on the island.
Shopping
Gulfport Premium Outlets, 10000 Factory Shops Blvd., offers nearly 70 outlet stores open Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6.
Things to See
Gulf Islands Waterpark
Ship Island
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Top Hotels
Current Location: Gulfport, Mississippi
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Best Western Seaway Inn
9475 Hwy 49. Gulfport, MS 39503
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Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport
14108 Airport Rd. Gulfport, MS 39503
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Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
1600 E Beach Blvd. Gulfport, MS 39501
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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Gulfport I-10
15580 Daniel Blvd. Gulfport, MS 39503
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