Bay St. Louis is home of the Alice Moseley studio, which contains original folk art paintings that tell a story.
Water is what makes Bay St. Louis a great place to live. A mix of river, marsh, bay and gulf surrounds the city's peninsula. Boating, swimming, fishing, or just hanging out at the beach are just some of the shoreline activities that can keep you busy. But make time for the small-town charm of Old Town, complete with courthouse, or the adult fun at two nearby casinos.
Moving to Bay St. Louis
When searching for rentals in Bay St. Louis, you have about a dozen apartment complexes to choose from. Most are near U.S. Highway 90, allowing quick east-west access to coastal cities like Gulfport and Biloxi. Pelican Pointe offers one and two-bedroom apartments (with the occasional three-bedroom abode), though it doesn't allow month-to-month stays (the minimum lease term is six months). One-bedroom, one-bath units offer 700 square feet, while three-bedrooms and two baths offer up 1,100 square feet. Whether you prefer to open your windows, chill on the your patio or balcony, or lay out poolside, you can enjoy the southern air in this community of apartment complexes. Other amenities include a laundry facility and courtyard.
Olde Towne: As the name implies, the Olde Towne Apartment complex is near the galleries, restaurants, and antique shops in the charming town center. These rental apartments are also the closest rentals to the water, as they're just a few-minutes walk to the beach.
Bay Park: If you'd rather get away from it all, relatively speaking, score an apartment for rent at Bay Park. Located on the west side of town, the complex is surrounded by a forest. Rentals range from two to three bedrooms with one or two baths. It also has all the amenities on site, from a clubhouse and swimming pool to a laundry facility on site.
Bay St. Louis, with a population of just over 9,000 people, doesn't have formal neighborhoods. Different sections of the town do have different vibes, though. The waterfront area is known for its picturesque views and abundant vacation properties, while Old Town is filled with cute boutiques, small galleries, restaurants with local fare, and more!
Life in Bay St. Louis
Your night on the town can start in one of the dozen or so bars that either cluster near Old Town or hug Highway 90. Or, take your chances and live it up at the two full-service casinos. Both venus let you try your luck at roulette, poker, and slots and satisfy your hunger at in-house eateries. Hollywood Casino has the biggest entertainment venue in the town, which holds live concerts by greats like Chubby Checker. You can also sleep off your night's revelry in one of its many hotel rooms.
For outdoor activities, you can do the typical boating, swimming, and jogging that you can do at most shoreline communities. But one thing you've got to try that's unique to Bay St. Louis, especially if you're from out of the area, is crabbing. All you'll need a license, which is cheap, and a bucket. Then get a local to lend you a crab net and show you how to tie bait, like chicken gizzards, to a line. You throw the line into the bay, lure a crab over your net, and pull up the net. Avoid the claws as you drop your prize into the bucket.
If you prefer to buy rather than catch your edibles, head for the Farmers Market, held on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Historic Train Depot. There are plenty of other cultural activities in Bay St. Louis including the Second Saturday Art Walk, held in Old Town.