It is a much smaller scale and more laid back but was a great trip to enjoy casinos and the gulf at the same time and all the locals were very friendly. There are also museums, etc. if you have time. Air Fare and hotels were cheap and local transit was easy so car rental wasn't necessary. The Casino Hopper takes you to the area casinos and busses run to/from the airport but check with the hotel for their shuttles. You can download schedules from the website. Be sure to sign up for all the cards to get the most of your stay. They offer lots of great comps and freeplay that can even be turned back into cash by playing and they will mail you free meals/hotel comps later. I recommend visiting at least 5 of the major casinos for the experience but our favorite ended up being Treasure Bay to play and stay. The beach was also just across the street. Unfortunately, we didn't take many pics.