Gulf Coast beaches receive national praise

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Tons of folks stopped by the beaches of Biloxi this Sunday afternoon to catch some rays and if promotion from a Los Angeles Times article helps, there will be even more beach visitors come Memorial day.

A story from the Los Angeles Times named 10 cities across the nation that each offer something different to potential holiday travelers and the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast came in 3rd on the list.

The Coast was listed because of the many tourist spots, casinos and beautiful beaches that the area has to offer.

Charity Bridgewater is visiting from Atlanta, GA. She said not only is she enjoying South Mississippi, but she can easily see how the area made the list.

"I can see why, I mean you have everything here. You have the casinos, you have all the different kids of food the casinos offer, the hotel and resorts that the casinos have now brought to the area. The beaches are nice," Bridgewater said.

Caleb Heartfield is a manager at Beach Bumps in Biloxi, he said he feels that considering the many setbacks the Coast has faced, we're at a point now where we're ready for visitors and in turn, visitors are ready for us.

"I think people are excited to come down because last year we had the oil spill and all that so a lot of people were scared to come out. Waters real clean, real nice. They've been cleaning up the beaches a lot here lately. I think people are just ready to come out and have a good time," Heartfield said.

"You can get more bang for you buck on the Mississippi Gulf Coast because the gas is definitely cheaper down here. I'm from Atlanta the gas is probably twenty cents cheaper down here. You can spend more for your money and you definitely get the same quality as other beaches. Great seafood, the food the tourism, the culture is just rich. You don't even have to come to the beach," Bridgewater added.

With comments like these, it's obvious the coast has at least one supporter, but will memorial day travelers think the same? We'll just have to wait and see.

The article in its entirety can be found here.

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