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View Poll Results: Which city is better or do you prefer, and why?
Biloxi 7 25.93%
Atlantic City 20 74.07%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I'm pretty sure we are all familiar with the glimmering lights and large appeal that casinos have. No city does it better than Las Vegas of course, the city with the most casinos inside of it. However, a little lower on the radar are Atlantic City of New Jersey which comes in with the 2nd most casinos, and the Biloxi area of the Mississipi coast that ties Atlantic City.

Biloxi Mississippi and its surrounding area currently has 12 casinos, with several more on the way in the coming years, still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Atlantic City also has 12 casinos, though I am unsure if they have more on the way or not.

Personally, I believe that people may give an unfair knock to Biloxi because it resides in the state of Mississippi. Well, after spending several days in the Gulfport/Biloxi area I can tell you that it is nothing like the rest of Mississippi. The culture is more akin to coastal Florida with more of a gaming and entertainment draw. Most of the locals have absolutely no southern accent, or a very light twang, akin to what you may find in urban Virginia or North Carolina, very light.

Biloxi and Gulfport have miles upon miles of beaches, which is also where most of the casinos are built. The sands are white and very well upkept, though they still don't hold a flame to Florida's beaches. The roads are fabulous, the people are friendly, the food is plentiful and diverse. Everything from seafood, which is in no short supply, to Thai, to Italian, to local food, and everything else inbetween. Some of the casinos have world renowned chefs that have been flown in from parts of Europe in an effort to make the casinos truly luxurious and appealing to people from all parts of the country.

Outside of the beachfront and bay area Biloxi and its surrounding towns and cities is a very upscale area. The poverty level is below the national average, the median household income is on par with the national level, and nearly double the state average. Shopping centers, restaurants both local and chain, malls, parks, historical tours, etc line the city. Biloxi is a city originally founded by the French, and some of that French culture remains today, parts of it remind you of a smaller New Orleans, though infinitely cleaner and safer.

Anyways, I hold a little bias in this thread. I confess I have never been to Atlantic City, nor New Jersey at all. I do know it's a much older city and held the rank of 2nd most casinos long before Biloxi did. Atlantic City has the huge advantage of being on the east coast, very close to Philadelphia, Baltimore/D.C., and of course New York City.

Biloxi's neighboring cities are a little smaller, to the west you have Gulfport and
New Orleans, to the east you have Mobile and Pensacola and Panama City, a huge spring break getaway city.

My question is this. For someone who is looking to go on vacation, enjoy casinos, resorts, shows, venues, entertainment conventions, beaches, food, drinks, shopping, and a truly unique experience which city is better? Which city offers more? Which city has a larger variety of things to do? Compare and contrast them anyway you like.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Altantic City

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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AC, but Biloxi would also be a good choice for gambling.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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You actually forgot the casinos that to me are the best in AC (on the Bay side) - Like the Borgota - to me probably the only casino in America that would be among the best Casinos on the strip in Vegas

he New 1 Billion Revel is the tallest Casino in America at about 800ft I believe

But to me I would take the Borgata

Atlantic City @ Night with Borgata and others | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


I would think the ntertainment options are better in AC - nightlife, shows, restaurants but have not been to Biloxi

Also AC has a very good beach actually, and a large boarwalk - the largest in the world actually


Borgata Nightlife: The Mini Series Trailer - YouTube


Borgata Nightlife: August 2013 Events - YouTube


Djais Reunion Party @ Harrah's Pool A.C. NJ on 11.22.2008 - YouTube


Atlantic City Casino Nightclub action - YouTube


Providence Nightclub, Tropicana Atlantic City - YouTube

and of course the boardwalk


atlantic city boardwalk new jersey - YouTube

AC has some very shady aspect though no doubt
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Biloxi, outside of the casinos has immense potential, and I've never been to AC but I can tell just from the pictures that it blows Biloxi out of the water. Biloxi is a nice town but when people want to party, they go to New Orleans just to the west. I tried going out in Biloxi and it was a sad failure. Food there is good though, no qualms about the grub. While Biloxi is near polar opposites for a Mississippi city, people there certainly have a southern accent, most were very country to me, and it was very different that people here in south Louisiana. The main thing Biloxi lacks is density in it's entertainment options and walkability. A streetcar would be very helpful to help get to casino to casino.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Biloxi, outside of the casinos has immense potential, and I've never been to AC but I can tell just from the pictures that it blows Biloxi out of the water. Biloxi is a nice town but when people want to party, they go to New Orleans just to the west. I tried going out in Biloxi and it was a sad failure. Food there is good though, no qualms about the grub. While Biloxi is near polar opposites for a Mississippi city, people there certainly have a southern accent, most were very country to me, and it was very different that people here in south Louisiana. The main thing Biloxi lacks is density in it's entertainment options and walkability. A streetcar would be very helpful to help get to casino to casino.
They actually do have street cars in Biloxi, I have seen several myself. I admit that the nightlife in Biloxi is a little lacking. There is one street in Ocean Springs just to the east where it's almost like a miniature Bourbon Street, there are about a dozen bars and the entire street is blocked off from cars, pedestrian traffic only, it's also only a mile from the beach.

Not sure what parts of Biloxi you visited, but compared with the rest of Mississippi it is very different. I've been to the casinos, beach, restaurant, malls, shopping centers, even the chain restaurants and it's very difficult to find a local who has a southern accent. There are some, no doubt, but most of the time they are very light, and most people don't have one at all, so far I have found.

Biloxi and Gulfport are still rebuilding from the hurricane 8 years ago. I see a lot of construction in the area, and a ton of empty lots with commercial zoning signs up, trying to sell land. I think 5-10 years from now Biloxi will look a lot different.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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You actually forgot the casinos that to me are the best in AC (on the Bay side) - Like the Borgota - to me probably the only casino in America that would be among the best Casinos on the strip in Vegas

he New 1 Billion Revel is the tallest Casino in America at about 800ft I believe

But to me I would take the Borgata

Atlantic City @ Night with Borgata and others | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


I would think the ntertainment options are better in AC - nightlife, shows, restaurants but have not been to Biloxi

Also AC has a very good beach actually, and a large boarwalk - the largest in the world actually


Borgata Nightlife: The Mini Series Trailer - YouTube


Borgata Nightlife: August 2013 Events - YouTube


Djais Reunion Party @ Harrah's Pool A.C. NJ on 11.22.2008 - YouTube


Atlantic City Casino Nightclub action - YouTube


Providence Nightclub, Tropicana Atlantic City - YouTube

and of course the boardwalk


atlantic city boardwalk new jersey - YouTube

AC has some very shady aspect though no doubt
There are a lot of areas it would appear Atlantic City trumps Biloxi in, no doubt. However, I do think Biloxi overall is a much safer city. Crime seems to be rare here, and there is a large police presence, I see police cars everywhere. Due to the smaller nightlife in Biloxi there's probably a lot less drunkards too, but that's also one of the things that contributes to some people's enjoyment.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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They actually do have street cars in Biloxi, I have seen several myself. I admit that the nightlife in Biloxi is a little lacking. There is one street in Ocean Springs just to the east where it's almost like a miniature Bourbon Street, there are about a dozen bars and the entire street is blocked off from cars, pedestrian traffic only, it's also only a mile from the beach.

Not sure what parts of Biloxi you visited, but compared with the rest of Mississippi it is very different. I've been to the casinos, beach, restaurant, malls, shopping centers, even the chain restaurants and it's very difficult to find a local who has a southern accent. There are some, no doubt, but most of the time they are very light, and most people don't have one at all, so far I have found.

Biloxi and Gulfport are still rebuilding from the hurricane 8 years ago. I see a lot of construction in the area, and a ton of empty lots with commercial zoning signs up, trying to sell land. I think 5-10 years from now Biloxi will look a lot different.
Where are street cars? What street is that?

I've been to all of these places and heard plenty of accents.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: The City
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