Welcome To Waveland

Waveland Lighthouse

Our beginnings date back to March 18, 1888, when the area was incorporated as the Town of Waveland.  As the town grew, Waveland became a city in 1972 and operates under a Mayor-Aldermen form of government, which provides for an elected Mayor and a four-member Board of Aldermen.  The Mayor and Board of Aldermen are elected every four years.  The Mayor is the only city-wide elected position.  Residents elect aldermen within a city's geographical area, known as a Ward. 

The City of Waveland is seeped in community and history that is as rich as its beautiful natural surroundings. This is a city that perfectly blends modernity and old-world charm, not just in its unique architecture but in the everyday life of its residents.​

Waveland is a small Gulf-front town that takes pride in its people and traditions. Known as “The Hospitality City,,” it’s the only community on the Gulf Coast which prohibits commercial buildings on its beachfront. Instead, you’ll find the Veteran’s Memorial Monument, honoring all veterans, and the adjacent Garfield Ladner Pier, frequented by residents and visitors alike for fishing, walking, and enjoying a picnic.​

One of Waveland's many jewels is Buccaneer State Park, which encompasses 343 acres of beachfront property. The Park features a 4.5-acre water park, more than 300 campsites accommodating RVs and tents, an 18-hole disc golf course, and a 1.8-mile nature trail and is a natural host for nature-based activities such as birding, crabbing, and kayaking.

The enthusiastic, innovative officials meet regularly to ensure that Waveland remains a place that will thrive for generations. This passion continues with the devoted community members, who quickly welcome all with warm smiles. Come visit and feel at home.