May 23, 2023 - Things to Do

5 amazing beach rentals within driving distance of New Orleans

A beautiful cottage in Bay St. Louis is just one of the gorgeous beach rental options within an easy driving distance of New Orleans. Photo: Courtesy Airbnb

Look at a map of the Gulf Coast, and you’d think New Orleans was right on the beach. But Louisiana’s marshy, porous coastline isn’t exactly what most people have in mind when they’re looking for a waterfront getaway.

Instead, here are five amazing beach rentals within driving distance of New Orleans, which offer sandy beaches and horizon-line views.

Key:

  • 💕 Romantic getaway.
  • 🧒 Kid-friendly.
  • 🐕 Bring your pup.
  • 🥳 Good for groups.

A funky Dauphin Island cabin 💕 🐕🧒

Photo shows the interior of a beach house in Dauphin Island. The room is wood on the floors, walls and ceiling and has nautical decorations (paddle on the wall, surfboard pillows and a boat painting on the wall). There's a breakfast table  and upholstered chairs.
Dauphin Island is a barrier island south of Mobile. Source: Airbnb

This two-bedroom beach house on Dauphin Island would be excellent for a cozy getaway for a couple or two, or a quick retreat for a small family.

  • It’s just a few minutes from the beach, but there is a hot tub, which would be a welcome treat after the drive to Alabama.

A glam cottage in Bay St. Louis 🥳 🧒

Photo shows a two-story house with shutters behind short, unpainted wooden fence.
Bay St. Louis is a cozy town with beaches and plenty of dining options. Source: Airbnb

Only an hour from New Orleans, this Airbnb rental has all the amenities to make a longer stay comfortable, including laundry machines, board games and even WiFi (if you insist on working).

  • Just bring a book or two for long mornings with a cup of coffee on the sweeping porches.

A luxurious private pool on Rosemary Beach 🥳 🧒

A trip to 30A is practically vacation canon for certain New Orleanians at this point — you can’t go far Uptown without running into a Seaside T-shirt — so if you’re going to do it, do it right.

  • Many rentals along this stretch of Florida highway offer enough space for big families, including this one, which also has a private pool and outdoor cooking area.

A classic Perdido Key condo 🧒 🥳

With Gulf Coast views, ocean-themed decor and access to a community pool, this condo near the Flora-Bama promises long days in the sun, and early nights falling asleep on the couch as you watch movies with the family or a small group of friends.

A sweet Seacrest getaway 💕

This elegant cottage is one of the rare houses on 30A that’s ideal for a couple looking for a little privacy.

Rental includes two cruisers for easy access to the nearby beach, and you can spend mornings on the covered porch and evenings cozied up by the backyard fireplace.

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