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    Gulfport is one of the jewel's of the Mississippi gulf coastline, with sparkling white sand beaches and a busy harbour. The town is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the region, drawing visitors with its excellent golf courses and bustling casino. Families will enjoy the Kynn Meadows Discovery Centre and Gulf Islands Water Park.

    Gulfport also offers excellent Southern restaurants that take advantage of its coastal location to serve the freshest shrimp and crawfish. Visitors can get a first-hand glimpse into the industry on a Southern Belle Fishing Tour, or by coming to the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, held each July.

    Located near Biloxi and only a few hours from New Orleans, Jackson, and Mobile by road, Gulfport is an excellent destination for a weekend getaway in Mississippi.

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    Gulfport has a humid subtropical climate, strongly influenced by currents from the Gulf of Mexico. Summers (June to September) are long, hot and humid, with average temperatures between 69°F (20°C) and 87°F (30°C). Summer is also the wettest time of year, with July and August seeing rain nearly half of each month; tropical storms are also most likely in this period. Winters (December to February) are short and mild, with occasional brief cold spells. Average temperatures stay between 41°F (5°C) and 62°F (17°C); snow is rare and seldom covers the ground. The best time to visit Gulfport is in September and October.

    Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
    Location: Gulfport–Biloxi International Airport is located nearly six miles (10km) northeast of Gulfport.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Taxis and hired cars are available at the airport. Some local hotels offer shuttle services for guests.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies operating from the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Dollar.
    Airport Taxis: Many taxi companies service the airport; taxis can generally be found waiting outside the terminal, but pick-up can be arranged in advance by phone.
    Fascilities: Airport facilities include ATMs, a smoking lounge, meeting rooms, baggage carts, computer work stations, USO services, several fast-food outlets and a gift shop.
    Parking Parking is free for the first 30 minutes, then charged at $2 for an hour, and $2 for every addtional hour. Garage parking is $13 per day; the surface lot charges $10 per day, and $60 per week.
    Website: www.flygpt.com

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    The Coast Transit Authority provides limited public transport in the Mississippi Gulf region, including Gulfport, D'Iberville and Biloxi. However, most visitors find that hiring a car is the best way to get around. The various attractions and towns in the area are fairly spread out, and driving is the quickest way to get from one destination to the other. Taxis are available, but must usually be booked in advance by phone and are relatively pricey.

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