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the Mississippi Coast were badly damaged from Hurricane Katrina. Since then,
the state has authorized the Casinos on the Coast to build on land, which
will dramatically change how some of these properties look. MississippiCasinos.com
will be updating the changes as the work gets underway. The
images and text below, are what the casinos here were like before Katrina...just for the
Click Here to see what Katrina did to the casinos.
As many of you know, the Coast's
casinos in Mississippi definitely are not "river boats." They are elaborate
resorts with large hotels and floating casino buildings engineered to comply
with Mississippi's laws that require casinos to be built on water. But they
are not movable constructions (or not easily moved).
As you can see from the
samples below, Casinos along the Mississippi Coast in Biloxi are large
operations with services and amenities that you would find at any quality
casino resort anywhere in the world. The advantage here though, is the beach and access
to fabulous deep-sea fishing, historic Mississippi Coast communities, and
shopping; and only an
1½ hour drive to historic New Orleans.
Casino Magic (foreground) and Isle of Capri
(background left) in Biloxi looking southeast. These two casinos, and Grand
Casino Biloxi, which is a short distance to the west of this photo, make up
"Casino Row" in Biloxi. All three are within easy walking distance. Note the
large building on the water's edge in front of the Magic's hotel tower. That is the Magic's casino structure.
Like most of the state's casino resorts, it is designed to integrate with
the hotel that is on land. That is, when you are inside, you may not notice
you have stepped from a building on land to a building on the water. Most of the casinos actually float and rise up
and down with the tide. The exception is the Beau Rivage's casino area. The
Beau's casino building was designed to be stationary, regardless of tidal
action. The engineering to allow the casino areas to move up and down with
the tides and river levels are among the unique features of Mississippi's
Biloxi's beachfront Highway 90 is also known as
Beach Boulevard. This photo was taken from the parking garage at
Rivage Resort & Casino looking east. In the distance, about a mile from Beau Rivage, is Casino Row.
Along Beach Boulevard are fine restaurants, historic homes and boat harbors,
plus plenty of additional motels and places to visit. The entrance to
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is lined with stately Mississippi oak and magnolia trees. The
trees were transplanted fully-grown from all over South Mississippi.
The historic Biloxi Fishing schooner Glenn Swetman, is shown sailing
by Beau Rivage, which towers in the distance. You can make out the
Beau's lighthouse that is at the southwest corner of their harbor. It is
interesting that the Beau Rivage hotel casts an optical illusion. Each
window actually covers two or more floors, making the tower look smaller at
than it actually is.
Rivage Marina provides protected mooring for visitors who arrive by water.
Boaters can also find mooring
at the Point Cadet Marina southeast of the Isle of Capri and near Casino
Row. Also near
this location is the Point Cadet Park, operated by the City of Biloxi, and
J.L. Scott Marine Education Center that is open for tours and
features large aquarium displays of local marine life.
The south side of the Grand Casino Biloxi complex, looking
from the Grand's north parking garage. U.S. Highway 90 runs under the
enclosed walkway in the lower portion of the photo.
Isle of Capri looking south across U.S. Highway
90 on the Beach in Biloxi
The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi looking north
from the casino's parking garage.
The Imperial Palace Casino Resort
in Biloxi. The Imperial
Palace hotel tower is among the tallest buildings in Mississippi.