Diamondhead, Mississippi, offers many Hawaiian influences, including dynamic architecture roof lines and Hawaiian road names. It was named after a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. Unlike many cities on the Gulf Coast, Diamondhead does not offer beach access, but it is a short 10-mile drive south to the white sand beaches and Antebellum homes in Pass Christian or the “Old Town” Bay St Louis beach shops. There may not be beach access here, but Diamondhead offers many unique characteristics of beautiful rolling topography, two 18-hole golf courses, multiple ponds, several lakes, and close views of beautiful wildlife. Although it is a city, it is common for residence to find deer in their front yard or see traffic held for the local geese community.
In the 1970s, Diamondhead was designed by out of state developers to appeal to an older demographic looking for a place to retire near New Orleans. Since 1970, Diamondhead has changed from a retirement neighborhood to an official city that provides for the needs of a variety of age groups. Many of its residents now consist of young families.
During the 1960s, the completion of I-10 through Hancock County as well as the construction of the Stennis Space Center drew much interest to what is now Diamondhead, MS. This attention attracted The Diamondhead Property Corporation, the developers of Diamondhead MS. This Corporation maintained substantial property developments in several different states, but due to I-10 and Stennis, the Diamondhead Corp set up developmental operations on the Mississippi Coast in the late 1960s. In August 1969, they purchased six thousand acres directly west of Kiln, MS. Interestingly, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing mass destruction and put the Diamondhead project in jeopardy. Shortly after this disastrous storm, one of the primary shareholders flew over the property and noticed little damage. After viewing such a powerful and highly destructive hurricane do such insignificant damage to the area; the development moved forward. By June 1973, no less than 3700 building lots for residential construction were sold!
Diamondhead was a fully planned community, with a Home Owners Association to keep out the riffraff and offer facilities designed to attract new buyers. Some of the facilities include a Yacht Club, tennis courts, marina, pools, parks, trails, and a Country Club with multiple dining facilities. There are two professional 18-hole golf courses, shopping centers, numerous restaurants, and even a bowling alley. Many Diamondhead properties have river or canal access, but all Diamondhead homeowners have access to the private Diamondhead Marina/boat launch. There’s even a local airstrip that provides hanger space or ties down facilities. Some homes in Diamondhead allow an aircraft to be housed at a home owner’s property right off the airstrip.
There is a little something for everyone in Diamondhead, MS. It’s a small, quiet, and very clean town with a very traditional vibe.
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Things To Do:
Park Ten – Bowling Alley and Lounge
Favorite Diamondhead Restaurants:
Vogue Magazine Article On The MS Gulf Coast
Cruisin’ the Coast Annual Event
“America’s Largest Block Party.” “Cruisin’ the Coast” is a festival celebrating classic cars and the nostalgia they invoke. It began in 1996 with only 374 registered vehicles. In 2017, that number has grown to over 8,000 cruisers from 41 states, and even Canada & Sweden have participated in Cruisin’ over the years.
Jeepin’ the Coast Annual Event
“Jeepin’ the Coast Topless” is an annual event to benefit breast cancer awareness. The ride starts at the Bay St. Louis bridge and goes all the way to the Ocean Springs bridge on the other end of the coast. Many Jeeps will then hang a U-turn to circle back to Bay St. Louis for the after-party. Funds are raised by buying shirts or simply giving what you can.
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