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Old 11-30-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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i live in gulfport daily, weather really not bad in august, its warm but the wind blow off the coast constant. hiking , no unless its the beach sidewalk, which is nice. gulf port, gulf, 1000 of things to do with gulf, sea, seafood, fishing, the old fort on the island. hiking, more like hattiesburg.


but gulfport is nice
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee/Biloxi
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Now hold on here. I'm an old reefer smoker from way back (not now, but don't mind if others have a toke). I've tripped 100's of times, eat a basically vegan diet, never saw a tree that didn't deserve a hug, and consider myself more liberal than anyone on the planet. I'm also from Mississippi and still have all of my marbles (138 IQ last time I was tested), thank you very much. The comments on this member could be construed as a personal attack, or simply pointing out the obvious. Depends on which side of the fence someone is on. I won't get on either side, but will say that in the South, civility and manners are highly prized, and when we stray from them we're no better than the Yankees. I understand that sometimes one just has to tell it like it is, but let's not drag a whole lot of other people down into the dirt when objecting to one individual. No one likes a know it all smart a** either, especially when they actually know nothing. Not hard to figure out to whom (who?) that is in reference to either.

The only thing I agreed with on the person of question's post was that the op wasn't very familiar with the area they were going to. I don't understand that either, because if they had a computer to get on this forum, then they had access to web searches and could see that their scheme wasn't going to work.

Yep, rent a car, or do more things that the area allows, given the heat, the geography, and the almost total lack of public transportation. There's always Uber for getting on and off the base cheaply, and the coastline is nice. There's a mall, restaurants, stuff like that that, and you can get to them on the bus. Greyhound will take you over to New Orleans for little money (pretty scary over there now w/ the crazy out of control crime, but if you're careful, the French Quarter is a neat place to visit) and the Dirty Dawg will get you over to where I am in St Pete, Fl, which is a fun place too. So invest a little money in some fun excursions to see some areas that actually have public transportation to get you around. If you go North from the Mississippi coast, in my opinion, you are going into the woods and all that goes w/ that. Best to hang w/ stuff that's on the coast. You're going to meet a completely different type of people.

Not knowing any better, we swam in that water on the coast all the time and ate plenty of raw oysters, and at 65 I'm healthy as a horse.

Thank you for this post, and I agree completely. I apologize to Grandview Gloria for my mean and nasty comments, and I really do enjoy her posts...and I am certain she is way smarter than myself or most on any forum site.


As a new Mississippian, I am a little oversensitive to anyone bad mouthing MS...as I believe most of what is usually said is not true, and on this forum, is usually just an opinion anyway. Like a hawk, I look out for MS Bashers so I can swoop down on them and try to destroy them any way I can...even with poor grammar.


A true Mississippian is far too kind, properly mannered and dignified to let what the rest of the country thinks about them matter...thus avoiding any confrontation. It appears as though I have a long way to go!
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Old 12-11-2016, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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As others have said, public transportation in this state is a joke. Taxis are horribly expensive. Definitely renting a car would be the best way to get around MS. It looks like Gulfport now has Uber, so that is also something to look into.

Like you, I enjoy hiking, but unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of that in the southern part of MS. Most of the hiking places I know are in AR, TN, Northern MS & AL.

Beach activities: Taking a ferry out to Ship Island is the best way to enjoy the water where you'll be. The MS Coast is nice to walk along, but not to swim in as it's mostly brown water due to how shallow the area is between the coast and the barrier islands. If you want a real beach experience, you've got to head east. Gulf Shores, etc. but I always went to the Pensacola (132 miles), Ft. Walton, and Destin (181 miles) Florida area.

Other activities:
I admit, I've not checked out the DeSoto National Forest.

The Natchez Trace (https://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm) is among one of my favorite things, but again, it is far away and requires a car to get to Natchez (214 miles) and although you could then bike the 444 miles to TN, it would clearly take a while.

Hattiesburg (69 miles) is a neat place and it has the Longleaf Trace (longleaftrace.org) that's for running/biking/hiking.

Since you'll be so close to New Orleans (80 miles), you should definitely check it out. It is a city like no other. Once you're there, it's largely walk-able and has decent public transportation. It's commonly portrayed as just a place to go party, but there's more to it than that. French Quarter is a must - Frenchman St. for Jazz, Cafe du Monde, French Market, St. Louis Cathedral, and Jackson Square. Garden District for the architecture and Magazine St. for shops/restaurants.

If you haven't found this website, perhaps it will help too - Mississippi Gulf Coast Hotels, Events & Things to Do

As several people have mentioned, if you're not used to it, the heat is rough and can cause serious issues. August is possibly the worst month. June, July, and September can all be bad as well. Stay hydrated (water/water with electrolytes) and wear light colored clothing that breathes.
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Thank you for this post, and I agree completely. I apologize to Grandview Gloria for my mean and nasty comments, and I really do enjoy her posts...and I am certain she is way smarter than myself or most on any forum site.


As a new Mississippian, I am a little oversensitive to anyone bad mouthing MS...as I believe most of what is usually said is not true, and on this forum, is usually just an opinion anyway. Like a hawk, I look out for MS Bashers so I can swoop down on them and try to destroy them any way I can...even with poor grammar.


A true Mississippian is far too kind, properly mannered and dignified to let what the rest of the country thinks about them matter...thus avoiding any confrontation. It appears as though I have a long way to go!

I'll be in Mississippi for over a week in February, and I'm going to visit Vicksburg and Natchez and drive down to Biloxi. Can you recommend a nice hotel around the Biloxi area in a good location?

I visited Mississippi in 1990 and enjoyed it. The drive back then from Jackson down to Biloxi was pretty with lots of swamps and spanish moss about. I also drove over to Dauphin Island for a day and you are right the water was more clear blue than the Mississippi Sound water off Biloxi.
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee/Biloxi
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I'll be in Mississippi for over a week in February, and I'm going to visit Vicksburg and Natchez and drive down to Biloxi. Can you recommend a nice hotel around the Biloxi area in a good location?

I visited Mississippi in 1990 and enjoyed it. The drive back then from Jackson down to Biloxi was pretty with lots of swamps and spanish moss about. I also drove over to Dauphin Island for a day and you are right the water was more clear blue than the Mississippi Sound water off Biloxi.
There are several nice hotel/condo options to rent that are right on the beach, (on the beach in MS usually means on Beach Blvd, across from the beach...with a few exceptions).


I think the best hotel/condo is South Beach, or Sea Breeze in Biloxi...there directly on the water, and close to gaming, restaurant's and mid point to east/west destinations. Island View in Gulfport is also nice, I prefer the beachside hi-rise as compared to the mid-rise hotel attached to the casino. Legacy Towers is a nice option in Gulfport as well. Beau Rivage in Biloxi, along with the Hard Rock, are also a good choice and location. Any of the Casino Hotels, in my opinion, have nice lodging and location...but I'm a gambler...so I would like any of them. There are also hotel/motel options on HWY 49 that are about 5-10 miles inland, that are near chain restaurant's and shopping that will be a little less expensive, but away from all of the action.
A word of caution, I don't think the water at Dauphin Island is much clearer than Biloxi, you really need to go to Gulf Shores for the beautiful blue green water, or take our charter out to our islands and on the south side you will also get blue green water...but I don't think those excursions start until March.

Anyway, hope you have a great time!
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Old 12-14-2016, 05:46 PM
 
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I'll be in Mississippi for over a week in February, and I'm going to visit Vicksburg and Natchez and drive down to Biloxi. Can you recommend a nice hotel around the Biloxi area in a good location?

I visited Mississippi in 1990 and enjoyed it. The drive back then from Jackson down to Biloxi was pretty with lots of swamps and spanish moss about. I also drove over to Dauphin Island for a day and you are right the water was more clear blue than the Mississippi Sound water off Biloxi.
Depending on the day of the week, you can stay in the casino hotels for the same or less than a Hampton Inn.
At the Beau Rivage, Sun-Thur in the winter months is in the neighborhood of $80/night.

https://reservations.mgmmirage.com/b...e.aspx?pid=180

Go to the check rates calendar, upper right.
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Old 12-25-2016, 07:42 AM
 
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wear light colored clothing that breathes.
that one thing many people from other places and the stupid cannot understand. On the gulf coast from jun to sept, do not wear black or dark colors, forget the levis.

Thin white pants, and white cotton shirts.
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Old 12-28-2016, 10:21 PM
 
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I will be on base in Gulfport next summer (beginning of August) for about 2 months. I know it's not until next summer, but is there any hiking or adventurous stuff to do in/near Gulfport? Or any outdoor recreation stores? I see Desoto National Forest is relatively close. How far is it? Being that I won't have a car, how long of a taxi ride is it? Reasonable?
Any other recommendations on cool outdoor things to do would be helpful! Thanks!
Well, if you're going to be there, might as well make the best of it. If it were me, I would find someone to take me deep sea fishing. That would be very adventurous for me and it shouldn't be hard to find a guide. No need for a car as long as you can get to the boat. There's an Academy Sports there if that's what you mean by outdoor recreation store. I think the Black Creek National Scenic River is about 50 miles North in the Desoto National Forest. You can check out Black Creek Canoe rentals in Brooklyn, MS. They're website claims to offer some of what you're looking for. Yes, it's hot down there, but as long as you're reasonably fit, pace yourself, and drink plenty water, you'll be fine.

Black Creek Wilderness Area
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/missi...TELPRDB5209588
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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I think you will be pleasantly surprised at everything that you can do in the area. I have been here for 4 years (we leave this summer) and found the area to be rather enjoyable. Check out WutSup Paddleboarding on Gulfport Lake. You can rent paddleboards and kayaks and explore Bernard Bayou and some other areas. They will even guide you around if you would like them to. Gulfport Lake is only a few miles from NCBC so a taxi or Uber wouldn't be too expensive. If you are into mountain biking (NCBC MWR rents them), Bethel Mountain Bike Trails in DeSoto Nat'l Forest are very nice (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethe...01912369903040). There is some hiking (albeit flat land) you can do on the Tuxachanie Trail (Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail | Mississippi Trails | TrailLink.com) also in DeSoto. Hopefully, you can get hooked up someone who has a car so you can get out and explore. Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot to do around NCBC. Everything is going to require a car. New Orleans is only an hour and a half. There is tubing on the river over near Picayune, which is about an hour away. They run fishing charters out of Keesler AFB that are relatively inexpensive.
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Petal, Ms
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Oh man, the condescension. I live in Hattiesburg, and have also been looking into hiking in De Soto and other places. If my party and I ever come down that way and head to De Soto, we'd be glad to give you a lift!
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