Gulfport, Mississippi is west of Biloxi on the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound. Boating and fishing (recreational and commercial) are both very important to the local economy. From Gulfport one can cruise in the Gulf of Mexico are up some of the rivers in the area (including the Mighty Mississippi). This old town has miles and miles (26) of white sandy beaches and in Biloxi at least 7 major casinos, including the Hard Rock, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, and Beau Rivage. The city has many attractions besides these as well. Gulfport has a small town feel with low-key neighborhoods spreading out away from the water. New developments include attractive malls, new hotels, and apartment complexes that have been built since Hurricane Katrina basically leveled the place in 2005.