Bicycle-friendly, laid-back, beach-side Long Beach is the sort of place that makes you want to kick off your flip-flops and stay awhile. This is the place to unwind while enjoying some of our amazing, fresh Gulf seafood, like the Royal Reds Shrimp or the local fried catfish.
Long Beach hasn't always looked like it does today. When it was incorporated in 1905, it was a farming community, originally known as the "Radish Capital of the World." For the record, Long Beach was primarily known for the Long Red radishes, which were very popular in the early twentieth century. At one point, Long Beach's crop of Long Reds filled 300 train loads full.
But the agrarian roots of the town eventually gave way to tourism. Long Beach was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and in many ways, is still recovering from that tragic storm.
What does a typical day in Long Beach look like today? Start with coffee and beignets on the beach, then head out for a little exploration. Might we suggest a kayaking or canoe tour on the Wolf River? If that's not your thing, how about a round of golf on a championship course?
Grab some lunch after your expedition and enjoy a picnic under the 500-year-old Friendship Oak, which is located on the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park's stunning beachfront campus. According to campus lore, "those who enter the shade of its branches will remain friends for all their lives."
If you'd like to take an active part in what's for dinner, head over to Long Beach Harbor and hop on a fishing charter. Several captains are available to guide you to the best spots in the Gulf or swing around into Bay St. Louis for some backcountry and bayou catches.
If fishing's not your game, stroll the shops around town for the perfect seaside treasure to remember your trip. Or perhaps you'd rather spend the day wallowing in the sand and sea, both of which are in endless supply in Long Beach. There's not a thing wrong with that, either.
Finish the day off with some delicious grub at one of our top restaurants. The Long Beach Market and Deli with surprise you with their innovative fusion menu, or check out Harbor View Cafe or Lil' Rays to get your favorite southern classics.
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