EAT, STAY, PLAY: Coastal Mississippi – Hancock County

Hancock County

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is more than just where the water meets the sand. Visitors to The Secret Coast will find 62 miles of shoreline and a host of small, coastal communities spread out across three unique Mississippi counties. From a relaxing beachfront park to non-stop entertainment and nightlife at one of the coast’s casino resorts, there is a weekend trip or a summer vacation for anyone. Here are just a few options in this ocean front community.

Be sure to check out the action in Harrison County & Jackson County as well:


Thorny Oyster

For a sophisticated establishment with a relaxed vibe, Thorny Oyster celebrates local ingredients and local flavor in a creative atmosphere. This Bay St. Louis bistro is a can’t-miss addition to coastal cuisine that features modern takes on classic dishes, as well as a vibrant menu of creative dishes and drinks.

Jourdan River Steamer

Jourdan River Steamer

Sourced with high-quality ingredients and decades of experience, Jourdan River Steamer offers an elegant ambiance with waterside views and a relaxing setting. The menu boasts a selection of steamed seafood, pasta classics and mouthwatering desserts.

Mockingbird Café

Located just two blocks from the beach, this community-centered coffee establishment’s menu features homemade items full of flavor. With a full brunch menu and a selection of coffee and tea, Mockingbird Café is great place to start the day.


Pearl Hotel

This picturesque downtown hotel is full of artistic charm and is conveniently located along Beach Boulevard in historic downtown Bay St. Louis. Situated just across from the pier, Pearl Hotel features 53 rooms with six suites, a lavish courtyard, and a pool complete with private cabanas. The hotel also offers The Captain’s Quarters, a 600 square-foot venue that is ideal for meetings, events and gatherings of up to 40 people.

Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bay Town Inn Bed and Breakfast in Bay St. Louis is conveniently located within walking distance to the restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, and museums that make this coastal community such an attractive place to visit. Featuring a fresh breakfast and a range of accommodations, including king suites and a fully renovated, pet-friendly townhouse, this turn-of-the-century planter’s home has become a premier destination for visitors.


INFINITY Science Center

INFINITY Science Center is a non-profit science museum that also serves as the official visitor center for NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Guests can tour the history of human space exploration and get a glimpse at the future of space travel.

Buccaneer State Park

Buccaneer State Park features over 200 campsites located along a stretch of the picturesque Gulf Coast. This park is packed with a wide range of amenities, including primitive camping spots and an 18-hole disk golf course.

Silver Slipper Casino

Located near the Mississippi/Louisiana border, the Silver Slipper Casino is a full-service gaming complex featuring over 30,000 square feet of casino space, live local entertainment at The Stage Bar, and a variety of dining options from an enviable buffet-style to some of finest cuisine on the Coast.

Downtown Bay St. Louis

Recognized by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the best small beach towns in America, Bay St. Louis is the perfect place to browse antique shops and local art galleries or sit down for a delectable bite of local cuisine.