The Mississippi Gulf Coast has served as a treasured destination as well as a homeowner’s dream for hundreds of years. The coast cities of today are sought-after spots for families looking for primary residences, retirement homes, vacation getaways and easy-to-maintain condominiums easily accessible to the beach. This southernmost stretch of Mississippi hugs the Gulf of Mexico and is known for its laidback attitude where residents and visitors enjoy the natural environs through fishing, boating and swimming. Entertainment options also run the gamut thanks to shoreline casinos, historic museums, unlimited family activities, great dining options and much more.
Ocean Springs is one of the most historic of a string of Gulf Coast jewels. The name of Ocean Springs was penned around 1854 when locals sought to promote the healing powers of the natural waters here.
The 15-square-mile city in Jackson County is now known as one of the region’s most enjoyable arts community, anchored by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (a tribute to the late local artist whose paintings, sculptures and pottery continue to increase in value). A historic downtown area is also known for its artists’ community, galleries and shops.
Ocean Springs also offers a wealth of Real Estate choices — from preserved and restored Gulf-side mansions to new construction, cozy cottages, traditional ranch-style homes and vacant land ready for welcome development.
Ocean Springs, like other Gulf Coast cities, has shown the state of Mississippi and nearby metropolitan areas from New Orleans to Mobile the many ways a community can work together to stage unbelievable comebacks. Following Hurricane Camille in 1969 and again after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Ocean Springs has returned as a center of residential living. Newer, stronger and more beautiful structures have risen as a testament to a new post-storm era. Ocean Springs developers, builders, architects, designers, property owners and residents have shown the world how a redeveloped and proud community can successfully rebuild, repopulate and embrace the future.
Ocean Springs on the Map
Ocean Springs is generally marked by an area along Old Port Bayou and north of Highway 90 (Bienville Boulevard) on the north, the Gulf of Mexico on the south, an area extending west of Lovers Lane on the west and a line east of Henshaw Road and Riley Road on its east.
Map of Ocean Springs, MS with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Custom built, four bedroom home - Ocean Springs, MS
How to get to and from Ocean Springs, MS
Ocean Springs is among a string of communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that are close to each other, and that share cultural and commercial resources. Ocean Springs boasts short commute times to New Orleans (93 miles, about 90 minutes), Mobile (58 miles, about an hour) and Jackson (167 miles, less than three hours). Ocean Springs is interconnected to the rest of the state via Interstate Highways 10 and 59 and state highways 49 and 90.
The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport serves the Gulf Coast community, and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is only a short trip away. Mass transit and major commercial rail and bus lines also serve the city.
Beautifully restored and maintained Government Street is Main Street, Ocean Springs, MS
Photo by Paul Dovie
Ocean Springs, MS Features
Ocean Springs in Jackson County is known for its stretches of recreational beaches, the shorefront casinos nearby (gaming, dining and live entertainment) and a seemingly unlimited selection of year-round recreational options. The Gulf of Mexico at the southern end of Ocean Springs also offers fishing excursions, boating trips, short water rides to historic offshore islands and much more. Golfing is available and walking paths at the Fontainebleau Nature Trail are also popular with locals and visitors.
The city is also home of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Peter Anderson Art Festival, the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Museum and the restored L&N Depot (now home to farmers’ markets and the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce). The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in nearby Gulfport is one of the region’s most popular interactive family destinations. Ocean Springs is also known for its array of art galleries, antique shops, clothing boutiques and Mississippi-centric restaurants offering renowned seafood, Southern and Cajun cuisines.
The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Gulfport is also a major attraction for touring shows, concerts, exhibitions and special events and is only a few minutes up Beach Road from Ocean Springs. The area is also a gateway to Mississippi’s state parks, birding and wildlife sites, plus recreational choices for hunting, fishing and boating.
Chester M. McPhearson, Jr. Pier, a favorite fishing spot for locals and visitors alike
Photo by Paul Dovie
Ocean Springs, MS Demographics
- Population: 17,500
- Households: 6,400
- Schools: There are nearly a dozen public, private and parochial schools, along with several independently owned preschools.
- Churches: Nearly 40 churches of all denominations can be found throughout Ocean Springs.
- Healthcare: Oceans Springs Hospital, a division of Singing River Health System, operates a full-service hospital here. Memorial Hospital and Garden Park Medical Center (headquartered in Gulfport) are close by, and Ocean Springs is home to several medical office complexes, mental health specialty clinics and urgent care centers. Ocean Springs is also close to additional hospitals throughout the New Orleans and Mobile areas.