Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

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Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby skim82 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:49 pm

Hey guys.

The GF and I are planning a trip to the beach for Memorial Day. We both agreed that we'd like to take a road trip, and we're trying to decide where the closest and nicest beach is. 

From the look of things, it looks like Biloxi or Gulf Shores may be the closest options. 

Has anyone been to any of these two places? pros/cons???

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby KC Sporting Life » Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:46 pm

I haven't been to either place, but I would question whether or not Biloxi, MS has recovered from hurricane Katrina well enough to actually make for a nice vacation beach spot. 

If you're going that far south, why not just head further into Florida along the Gulf coast?

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby loftguy » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:15 pm

I've been to both, and have to agree with Sport.

Ft. Walton beach is only 65 miles further than Gulf Shores and I would opt for that, but Gulf Shores is not a bad place.  Just closer to Bagnell Dam than Miami.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby grovester » Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:44 pm

Screw the beach, go to New Orleans!

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby smh » Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:20 am

grovester wrote:Screw the beach, go to New Orleans!


Seconded.
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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby Highlander » Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:23 pm

grovester wrote:Screw the beach, go to New Orleans!


If you are driving, I can see allure of the proximity of the Gulf Coast but I'd rather spend the time and go to the Atlantic or Pacific as the US  gulf coast just leaves a lot to be desired with maybe the exception of the Florida Panhandle where you are out of the influence of the Mississippi River (e.g., beaches are not muddy).  I've never been a big fan of New Orleans but if you haven't been, it is worth doing at least once.     

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby kclofter » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:12 pm

Savannah, Tybee Island.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby skim82 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:58 pm

Thanks Y'all.


Yea, I'm thinking Gulf Shores or the Pensacola area.  It's really not that much farther down the road. If we end up going, I'll be sure and post pics!

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby GRID » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:13 pm

I don't know.  I have been to them all. East coast, west coast, gulf etc.  They all seem pretty much the same.  I like cities myself, I'm not much for vacationing on actual beaches.

But if I had to choose, it would be Miami Beach.  Just a different class of people seem to go there, not that I fit in that class or anything haha.

There is nothing wrong with Gulf Shores though.  But if you drive that far, may as well swing through New Orleans.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby elextendo » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:42 pm

Headed that way myself..kinda slow but nice..
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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby warwickland » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:11 pm

im a big miami beach fan...urban, good cheap food (you have to look), nice beach and clean water, etc.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby warwickland » Tue May 22, 2012 10:51 am

To me it's not worth the drive to any beach from Missouri (except for Michigan) unless you plan on camping. If you can't leave in the morning and be on the beach that evening for a long weekend, I'd just fly.

If you are going to do a roadtrip from KC, I'd head to Colorado or Minnesota or a float on the cool Current River, it's going to be a scorcher weekend..................

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby aknowledgeableperson » Tue May 22, 2012 12:07 pm

warwickland wrote:To me it's not worth the drive to any beach from Missouri


You don't have to leave MO to go to the beach and camp out. Osage Beach that is.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby warwickland » Tue May 22, 2012 12:54 pm

Ha ha !

I've never even been to Osage Beach. Camped at Lake of the Ozarks State Park on a very hot weekend, once. Just remember beads of sweat rolling off my body and spattering on the tent floor - in the morning.

May I suggest the beaches of Lake Superior for the original poster.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby aknowledgeableperson » Tue May 22, 2012 6:01 pm

They might not be like the big sandy beaches along the Gulf or the Great Lakes but there are campgrounds at Corps lakes in MO and ARK that are next to swimming beaches. Beaver Lake and Table Rock have clear water and are considered to be deep diving lakes.

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Re: Biloxi, MS or Gulf Shores, AL?

Postby Highlander » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:30 pm

aknowledgeableperson wrote:They might not be like the big sandy beaches along the Gulf or the Great Lakes but there are campgrounds at Corps lakes in MO and ARK that are next to swimming beaches. Beaver Lake and Table Rock have clear water and are considered to be deep diving lakes.


Speaking of beaches in Missouri - try Rockaway Beach! Try doing it without a wet suit. That's some cold water.


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