EAT, STAY, PLAY: Coastal Mississippi – Jackson 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.


The Shed

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

Serving up pork, beef, chicken, sausage, crawfish and “Shed”- style sides, this award-winning barbecue joint has a rightful claim to some of the best BBQ in America, served up in a scaled-down atmosphere featuring local brews and live music.

Alex Perry of the Ocean Springs restaurant, Vestige


This locally owned and operated contemporary American restaurant features seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients in wholesome, Japanese-inspired dishes. Located in beautiful downtown Ocean Springs, the menu at Vestige is a love letter to the Gulf Coast.

Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering

Located in Pascagoula, Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering offers fine dining in an historical location, and it also boasts a full-service venue for wedding receptions, business events, and private parties. With a selection of flavorful traditional dishes, Scranton’s has been serving the Coast for more than 35 years.


The Roost

This renovated and expanded mid-20th-century property is an historic landmark in Ocean Springs. The property is surrounded with live oaks and sits just a short walk from picturesque downtown Ocean Springs. Guests can enjoy a year-round swim in the property’s heated pool or sip on a craft cocktail at The Wilbur, a speakeasy-style bar with a menu of drinks and mouthwatering bites.

The Beatnik

The Beatnik

Tap into the Gulf Coast’s creative side with a stay at The Beatnik, a recent addition to the Ocean Springs community that features four modern, floating cabins complete with wet bars and private outdoor showers. With an upscale, natural aesthetic and a variety of lush amenities like a plunge pool and native garden, this modern guesthouse offers a quiet place to rest and enjoy the Secret Coast.

The Grand Magnolia Suites

Located just two blocks north of the Main Street District in downtown Pascagoula, this seven-suite boutique hotel located on 3.5 acres offers a light continental breakfast each morning, private baths and vanities in each suite and full access to the beautiful 1894 home. Guests can stay the night to explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast or take advantage of a variety of event planning packages for weddings and special events.


Pascagoula River Audubon Center

The 5,000-square-foot Pascagoula River Audubon Center serves as a gateway to the largest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Guests can experience and learn about birds and wildlife, enjoy a native plant botanical garden, and visit a nature-based fine art gallery.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Opened in 1991, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is dedicated to sharing the art and artistry of Walter Inglis Anderson, one of Mississippi’s premier artists. Exhibits feature a rotating series of block prints, ceramics, and paintings that evoke his love for nature.

shell landing golf course in Jackson County Mississippi

Shell Landing Golf Course

Shell Landing Golf Course is a breathtaking, Davis Love-designed course featuring tree-lined fairways and large, undulating greens that create a challenging course for all handicaps.

Downtown Ocean Springs in Jackson County Mississippi

Downtown Ocean Springs

The “City of Discovery” is an historic coastal town that combines a laid-back scenic community with timeless artistic flair. With ancient live oak-lined streets and a passion for the arts, Ocean Springs is one of the Secret Coasts most enjoyable vacation spots.

Keep wandering the coast… Be sure to check out the action in Hancock County & Harrison County as well.