Finding Apartments for Rent in Gulfport, MS
Gulfport is the larger part of the two cities that make up the Gulfport-Biloxi metro area, Many locals consider the two cities to be essentially one area. The two cities encompass three different counties, which are Hancock, Harrison and Stone. Biloxi and Gulfport are co-county seats of Harrison County.
Gulfport is more commercial of the two cities while Biloxi has more to offer for nightlife and other activities. If you want a spot on the beach right next to multiple nightlife options, Ocean Springs is popular for new residents to the Gulfport area. Other viable Gulfport neighborhoods include Long Beach and the Orange Grove. If there is no limit to your budget, Orange Grove may be the best option. If you are watching your monthly expenses, but don't want to skip on the apartment amenities, Long Beach may have some newly renovated options.
Top Neighborhoods in Gulfport, MS
Some of the top neighborhoods in the Gulfport and Biloxi metro area are those that were struck hardest by Hurricane Katrina. The Orange Grove area is one of the more affluent neighborhoods, but you can expect the price of rent to match your surroundings. Ocean Springs is a more viable option for most and there's still lots to do and see. The downtown area of Ocean Springs in particular is well developed, with various Mom and Pop style shops mixed in with art galleries. Residents enjoy walking through the downtown area here, where oak trees line the streets.
Long Beach has a more rural feel to it, but the sights and sounds are wonderful. The rural setting means this is one of the more affordable options to rent an apartment in the Gulfport area. As Long Beach was one of the harder hit areas by Katrina, it has received a decent share of the area's renovation work, meaning many apartments have modern amenities. One fun event that bring the entire Gulfport-Biloxi crowd to Long Beach is the Wind and Wave Festival where residents and tourists party on the beach each year.
Dining in Gulfport, MS
If you're thinking about settling down in an apartment in Gulfport, you'll fit right in with the locals if you have a love of everything seafood.
One of the most popular choices for a seafood restaurant in Gulfport is in the neighborhood of Ocean Springs. The Half Shell Oyster House has some of the best oysters along the entire Gulf Coast, and the rest of the menu isn't bad either.
If you like Cajun food, the Bacchus Food and Restaurant in downtown Gulfport, bills itself as The Original Cajun Steakhouse
If seafood isn't your thing, don't fret. It's not all fish and Cajun spices down here. You can find just about any modern chain restaurant in the Gulfport area. All kind of dining are available from American to Italian and Chinese.
Nightlife in Gulfport, MS
Gulfport's nightlife has really taken off recently, especially in the downtown area. There are everything from British pubs to piano bars scattered in with the various restaurants and shopping destinations. The Beau Rivage< Resort and Casino is technically in Biloxi, but it is quite popular and brings in players from throughout the metro area, including Gulfport residents.
Locals in Gulfport that want to get away from the crowd will often go to Nate's Sports Bar and Grill. It's a simple bar with reasonable prices, which is probably why all the locals keep coming back. Another fun long time local option is Michael's Night Club. The Night Club is located off of Highway 49 and features dancing, karaoke and plenty of drink specials.
Shopping in Gulfport, MS
Most residents know the best shopping in town is at the Gulfport Premium Outlets. The outdoor shopping center is a nice mix of top name brands and more mid-range discount retailers, both of which offer excellent deals on overstock merchandise and other specials. You can find it off of Interstate 70.
If you're up for the short drive to Biloxi, Biloxi's Edgewater Mall offers an indoor shopping experience that may be preferable to the outlets on a rainy day. Like Gulfport's downtown area, Biloxi's Main Street is also a shopping hot spot.View Apartments in Gulfport, Mississippi
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