Honorees to be featured in the April issue

COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (March 6, 2024) – Southern Living magazine, the ultimate insiders’ guide to Southern culture, today announced the winners of their “The South’s Best” honorees for 2024.

Coastal Mississippi communities claimed the top spot in several categories: Ocean Springs took the top honors as The Best Small Town in Mississippi, with Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, and Pass Christian also nominated in that category. Biloxi was voted The Best Waterfront Town in Mississippi. And Gulfport was voted one of The South’s Best Cities on the Rise.

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs was also named The Best BBQ Joint in Mississippi.

 “We are honored to see so many of our coastal communities being recognized by Southern Living,” said Judy Young, CEO of Coastal Mississippi. “We look forward to welcoming Southern Living readers to come explore for themselves and stay and play the Coastal way.”

This is the eighth year Southern Living has released its annual South’s Best awards, nominated and voted on by readers. The goal of the awards is to showcase the best of everything: bustling cities on the rise, charming towns, and beloved gems only the locals know.

For more information, contact:

Kris Hummer
Coastal Mississippi Public & Media Relations Executive
(912) 704-8555


About Coastal Mississippi: Coastal Mississippi is an organization charged with promoting South Mississippi as a tourism and convention destination worldwide. Its mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure, convention, sports, and business visitors to the area. It is dedicated to maximizing the travel and tourism industry for South Mississippi. Visit CoastalMississippi.com to learn more.