Sept. 13 – Orange Beach & Biloxi

We reluctantly bid farewell to Pensacola Beach this morning and headed for the Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitor’s Center. There are a few different visitor’s centers in the area and we stopped at the Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze first. We got our passports canceled and then checked out the live oaks and Opal Beach, which is just behind the building. Next, we drove to the Fort Pickens Visitor’s Center but decided to skip it because we didn’t want to pay the $15-day use fee for the short time we would be there.

It was a short drive to Orange Beach, Alabama and we took our time, taking in the sights of Perdido Key in Florida along the way. We had a delicious lunch at a Mexican restaurant named Mexico Lindo and then drove around until we found a place to park. It was now late afternoon but the beach was still very active.

After a short walk, we stopped at a few souvenir shops and then pointed Lady T toward Biloxi, Mississippi. We weren’t really sure where we wanted to spend the night so I did a quick search online and the first thing that popped were several casinos. We have always enjoyed the exciting atmosphere inside casinos so we set the GPS for Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Biloxi. We visited several last year in Lady T and most of them allowed overnight parking for RV’s.

When we entered the city, we didn’t see anything but highway and wondered if we had entered the correct address. A few minutes later, the first twinkle of Beach Boulevard appeared in the distance. We reached Harrah’s around 9 PM but we didn’t immediately see any place to park so we kept driving.

Across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe & Casino, we found a lot where several buses and motor homes were parked. We quickly pulled in there and an older gentleman in a golf cart directed us to a spot that was OK for overnight parking. The lot was very rough and uneven so we leveled out Lady T and then walked across the street to check out the Hard Rock and another casino called Beau Rivage. Both casinos were busy for a Sunday night but if you’ve ever been to any casino, you know that they exist on their own time.

Tomorrow, we will probably hit the casinos we passed on the way in and then we are off to the Big Easy. Stay tuned for some Cajun fun on the Bayou!

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