Finding Apartments for Rent in Gautier, MS
Gautier, Mississippi, pronounced Go-chay by local residents, is a vibrant city along the Gulf Coast with plenty to do and see. Gautier is a resort town with plenty of interesting activities on all sides. As the tourism business has picked up, so has residential development. A good deal of the vacant land in Gautier has been sold off just in the last few years to housing and amusement developers.
Top Neighborhoods in Gautier, MS
If you're the type that wants to take advantage of everything that's going on in a busy tourist town, the Hickory Hills neighborhood is an excellent choice. The area is filled with historic properties and beautifully decorated homes. There are two golf courses in the neighborhood and plenty of businesses that cater to the tourists who come to the various resorts. Hickory Hills is right on the bayou and offers plenty of recreational activities.
Life near the center of Gautier is a bit more laid back than Hickory Hills. One of the main attractions in Gautier proper is the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. As you would expect of an area that can support such a refuge, Gautier has plenty of open spaces with wetlands dominating most of the town. There isn't nearly as much commercial development here as in Hickory Hills and residents will tell you that's a good thing.
If you'd like to be a little closer to a major city, Ocean Springs, MS is a neighborhood located along the way to Biloxi, just a short drive from the tourist resorts in Hickory Hills. Ocean Springs was especially hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but has rebounded nicely, with plenty of beach front apartments springing up recently.
If you'd rather get away from the congestion, Gautier is within 25 minutes of Biloxi, MS and there are plenty of small town neighborhoods along the way that will let you relax in peace.
Dining in Gautier, MS
There is no shortage of great dining options in Gautier and Hickory Hills. Plenty of restaurants have opened or rebuilt since Katrina to cater to the tourist crowd, but it's created a great selection of choices for local residents as well.
One of the most popular meeting places for local residents isn't a restaurant but a coffee shop, Delo's Heavenly House of Coffee. Sure, you can find a Starbucks in the area, but this long-time local coffee shop offers a fresh experience with tasty food options as well.
The Tiki Restaurant and Lounge is a top choice for fans of seafood. The restaurant is typically always busy and is frequented by tourists and locals alike. Reservations are recommended. Fresh shrimp, snapper, lobster and other delicacies of the sea are always available.
If you don't mind the short drive to Biloxi, your dining selection will open up even further, with plenty of restaurants that cater to those looking for classic Southern food, such as Cajun or Creole dishes.
Nightlife in Gautier, MS
The Gulf Coast is a large bastion of great jazz and blues music. There are plenty of pubs sprinkled throughout the region that will invite in jazz and blues artists to perform live. The Downtown Jazz Club in neighboring Pascagoula offers great music nightly along with a full service bar and dance floor. Top regional and national acts descend on this night club from across the state and country. It can get crowded late at night so get there early if you want a prime table.
You can't talk about the nightlife of a Gulf Coast city without mentioning the casinos. There are not any casinos in Gautier itself, but there are many all within a 20 minute drive of your apartment. Biloxi probably has the best selection with multiple casinos on or within the city limits. One of the most popular choices is the Beau Ridge Casino, which also offers a full restaurant, ballroom, and bar that brings in live music on most weekends.
Weather in Gautier, MS
You can expect things to get a bit wet and wild in the Gautier, MS area. As it is located right along the gulf and is surrounded by bayous and wetlands, the area can definitely get its fair share of rain, perhaps a bit more than some of the cities located further inland. The wettest months tend to be in the spring time, around March and April.
Part of the Deep South, temperatures in Gautier can easily surpass 90 degrees in the middle of summer. In fact, you'll find that temperatures won't cool off all that much even in the winter. Typical highs in December and January can still go above 60 degrees at times.View Apartments in Gautier, Mississippi
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