Beaches in Biloxi MS
Biloxi Beach weather
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As noted above, Biloxi's climate is a big part of what makes Biloxi Beach so appealing.The average high temperature in the city is consistently in the 80s or 90s for most of May through September -- in other words, amazing beach weather. Highs in the 80s also occur frequently in April and October, and occasionally in every month -- even December and January!
When the city heats up, the water temperatures becomes superbly swimmable. As the table at right illustrates, the average water temperature at the beach in Biloxi is in the 80s through the heat of summer and above 70 degrees fahrenheit for much of April and into October. To put these temperatures in perspective, swimming pools are kept at 77-82 degrees for competitive swimming (i.e. the Olympics); many of the springs in Florida (which are frequented by swimmers year-round) are a constant 69 degrees, and, well, most kids will swim in water that is just above freezing if you let them, and they'll tell you it's really warm and you should come in.
Where to go to the beach in Biloxi
The beach is easily accessible off Beach Blvd. (U.S. Hwy 90) almost anywhere along the MS coast, so what part of the beach you visit will depend largely on what you're looking for and how far you want to travel. We've prepared this handy tour; the numbers in the text correspond to the numbers in the map below.
① If you are in downtown Biloxi and want convenience, there is a beach between the Grand Biloxi and Hard Rock. It's nice enough for a little stroll, but it's small. People do get in the water here, but we can't recommend it. The Biloxi Small Craft Harbor is between the beach and the Hard Rock. The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art is across Beach Blvd. at the east end of this stretch.
② Your best bet in the downtown area is the stretch of sand just west of the Beau Rivage and the I-110 ramp. There is ample parking here along Beach Boulevard, for example at Lighthouse Pier, at the intersection of Porter Ave. and Beach Blvd. If you're staying at the Beau Rivage or Hard Rock Biloxi you can just stay parked at the casino and walk to the beach on a boardwalk that juts out into the water to loop around the I-110 ramp. The entrance to the boardwalk is located immediately west of the Beau Rivage parking garage. It's about a half-mile walk from the Beau Rivage to the beach at Lighthouse Pier, though you can be on the sand in less than that. A visit to historic Biloxi Lighthouse is a must when you are done wading or working on your tan. After about a year of closure, Lighthouse Pier reopened in September, 2013, and it's well worth a walk out on the pier. It's a great place to fish, and even if you don't have your rod and reel handy, it's a nice little stroll out over the waters of Mississippi Sound.
③ Further west, away from the downtown casinos, there are a number of stretches of beach and pull-offs for parking along eastbound Beach Blvd. About three miles west of the Beau Rivage and Hard Rock, just east of Rodenburg Ave., is a large parking area next to Snappers Seafood Restaurant and Sharkheads Souvenir City. Snappers is a casual beach restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with outdoor deck seating overlooking the sand. There is a beach volleyball court set up just outside. Sharkheads is an immense -- nay, gargantuan -- souvenir shop, where visitors can pose for a photo op in the mouth of a gigantic shark head replica that is the main entrance. Walking along the beach a little farther west we come across South Beach Biloxi, one of only two truly beachfront hotels in Biloxi, and then the requisite Waffle House and Shaggy's, another beach restaurant and bar with outdoor seating overlooking the water. This is a very big stretch of beach, so there is plenty of room for privacy even on the busiest beach days.
④ Treasure Bay Casino is about a mile further west down Beach Blvd (Highway 90) from the parking area near Snappers, and it is across the highway and steps away from another small, but beautiful, stretch of sand. Also across the street from this beach is the Ocean Club Biloxi complex. Visitors to Treasure Bay can cross the highway to access either this beach or the aforementioned stretch using a well-marked crosswalk at the traffic light in front of the casino. Umbrella, chair, wave runner and aquacycle rentals are available here during the summer.
⑤ About a mile further west of Treasure Bay is located perhaps the best beach in Biloxi, a long stretch across the highway from Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Directly across from the Coliseum is a large and well-maintained comfort station on the beach with public restrooms, showers and vending machines. There is also plenty of beach parking here, as well as jet ski, aquacycle and chair and umbrella rentals (April-September). This beach continues nearly uninterrupted for miles to Gulfport.