The sleepy Mississippi town of Biloxi offers casino gambling on the Gulf of Mexico at a much more relaxed pace than you would find in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. The casino resorts here offer the games and amenities you would expect at those larger gambling destinations, often for a lower price.
Travel guides such as Frommer's consider the Beau Rivage the best option for lodging in Biloxi. This MGM property features a walkway of shops and fine dining options at the American steakhouse BR Prime and Asian food at Jia. The casino is one of the largest in the city, with a poker room and high limit area similar to those found at sister property Bellagio in Las Vegas. The resort includes a large pool area with a nearby spa and health club. Guests can play at the nearby Fallen Oak golf course.
The tower of the resort formerly known as Imperial Palace stands tall against the Biloxi landscape. This resort underwent a major renovation in the first decade of the 21st century, completely transforming a run-down property into one that rivals Beau Rivage as the class of the city. IP features plenty of restaurants, bars and a large two-floor casino on the Back Bay in Biloxi. The casino's poker room is second in size only to Beau Rivage, and the casino floor features a wide selection of games that include baccarat and Pai Gow Poker. Rooms on the higher floors offer the best views of the city.
Nearly finished when Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005, Hard Rock was quickly rebuilt after that deadly storm. Like its counterparts in other locations of the country, this property is the hipster's paradise, with a strong nightlife grounded in concerts and club music. The resort includes the ubiquitous Hard Rock Cafe and rock 'n roll memorabilia, along with a pool surrounding a waterfall with a swim-up bar. The casino has slots and a small poker room.
Unlike Las Vegas or Atlantic City, the distance between the casinos (other than Beau Rivage and Hard Rock, which are next door to each other) is generally too far to walk so you should plan on renting a car if you do not drive your own. The top local attraction is the retirement home of Jefferson Davis, known as Beauvoir. This historic property was damaged by Katrina, but restored soon after. Few people swim in the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi because the water is unclean.