An RV trip to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast can be summed up in three ways, “easy to reach, easy on the eyes and easy, affordable RV camping.” If you’ve been waiting to visit Mississippi’s fascinating southern shores, wait no more. The beaches are open and attractions are waiting to entertain your entire family. This sample Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary can help you plan an unforgettable vacation.
As we mentioned, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is easy to reach, thanks to mighty I-10 that rolls across the US from Jacksonville to Los Angeles. Once you’ve arrived in Mississippi, you can swing south to Highway 90 to reach coastal towns with such magical names as Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis and Gautier.
Let’s start our Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary in the Pascagoula area, near the state’s eastern border. Pascagoula may be a busy international port, but it’s also steeped in historic charm and an unparalleled variety of ecosystems.
To experience the area’s natural beauty, be sure to visit the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch in Mosspoint, MS, adjacent to the magnificent Grand Bay Estuary. History buffs should also make it a point to see the LaPointe-Krebs House, still standing after almost three hundred years.
Moving down the road to Ocean Springs, RV campers have the chance to experience the Gulf Islands National Seashore through the visitor center in the Davis Bayou area. Easy, affordable RV camping is available on-site at Davis Bayou Campground. To make a stop here even more attractive, outdoor recreation fans will also enjoy a pleasure boat or kayaking tour on the Pascagoula River!
Just across Biloxi Bay by way of the Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bay Bridge stands the vibrant coastal city of Biloxi, Mississippi. One must-see attraction on your Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary is Biloxi Lighthouse. This historic light stands in the median of I-90, creating a wonderfully picturesque focal point for vacation photos. The lighthouse was rededicated in early 2010 after extensive restoration following Hurricane Katrina. Be sure to catch the open air “Shrimp Train” at the base of the lighthouse for a fascinating tour through Biloxi’s historic district.
Although Biloxi itself is worthy of an entire vacation, let’s keep rolling toward Gulfport. As we go, we should mention that some of the best gaming in the South can be found at the Gulf Coast Casinos between Biloxi and Bay St. Louis. You’ll also find the swimming beaches open along the same stretch of Hwy 90 (Beach Blvd), so leave time to enjoy the white sand and safe swimming areas.
While in the Gulfport-Biloxi area, slow down and enjoy the music! Casino and hotel nightclubs, as well as local taverns and sports bars, offer a wide variety of live entertainment. Be sure to sample Mississippi’s famous blues scene and treat yourself to samplings of jazz and zydeco for a true Gulf Coast musical experience. RV campgrounds such as Gulf Haven Campground, just off Hwy 90, offer world-famous Mississippi hospitality to weary travelers.
As you continue your RV journey across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, plan to spend some time on the Wolf River near Long Beach. Outfitters offer exciting paddling trips up the river, and RV parks like Magic River Resort further showcase the natural beauty of Mississippi.
You’ll finish your RV exploration of Mississippi’s Gulf Shore in the towns of Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Waveland, each with their own unique charms. Extremely affordable RV camping sets the scene to explore the antiques shops, historic buildings and the area’s exciting casinos. Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, for example, offers its own RV campground, making it simple to enjoy a night of gaming. One more tip: don’t miss the chance to visit the NASA-Stennis Space Center’s Visitor Center before completing your trip.
With all these attractions waiting to be discovered, you’d never guess it’s only sixty miles from Pascagoula all the way to Mississippi’s western shore. The cities of Mississippi’s southern shoreline, however, will persuade you to slow down and enjoy an extended RV camping journey. Why not use our Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary as the start of your own love affair with the Magnolia State?