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  • Writer's pictureGreg Roeder

Southern Beach Towns: Your Ultimate Guide to Vacation Homes Near New Orleans

As a seasoned real estate agent specializing in connecting buyers with top vacation home agents, I understand the allure of Southern beach towns for those seeking the perfect getaway. New Orleans, with its vibrant culture, is a fantastic destination and an ideal starting point for exploring some of the most picturesque Gulf Coast beaches that have not yet been fully discovered by the masses in the vacation home category. In this guide, we'll navigate through enchanting coastal towns, considering proximity to New Orleans for a convenient escape. Whether you're looking for a weekend retreat or considering a vacation home purchase, these Southern gems offer a delightful blend of sun-soaked beaches, delectable cuisine, and genuine Southern hospitality.

Interested in exploring vacation homes in one of these markets? I can connect you with the top agents in these areas; they work primarily by referral. Contact me at for an introduction. 

Bay St. Louis, Missippi beach town vacation homes

1. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Distance from New Orleans: An hour

Embrace the charm of one of the best small beach towns in the country. Bay St. Louis, a town with a heritage deeply rooted in Coastal Mississippi, offers serene public beaches with calm, warm waters. Accommodations range from the luxurious boutique hotel, The Pearl, to the coastal vibes of Bay Town Inn, a charming bed and breakfast experience. Delight in diverse dining options, from healthy fare at Starfish Cafe to the breezy outdoor setup of The Blind Tiger.

Pass Christian, Mississippi beach town vacation homes

2. Pass Christian, Mississippi

Distance from New Orleans: An hour and 15 minutes

Known as "The Pass," Pass Christian provides a tranquil escape with historic homes, oak trees, and charming local businesses. Cat Island Coffeehouse and Shaggy's offer unique experiences, and Hotel Pass Christian and Hotel Whiskey provide boutique lodging options.


Ocean Spring, Mississippi beach town vacation homes

3. Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Distance from New Orleans: An hour and 30 minutes

Escape to the historic coastal town of Ocean Springs, offering a relaxed atmosphere and a two-mile stretch of soft white sand at Front Beach. Explore artsy highlights, including the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and savor culinary delights at Vestige and local gems like Tatonut Donut Shop.


Biloxi Beach, Mississippi beach town vacation homes

4. Biloxi Beach, Mississippi

Distance from New Orleans: An hour and a half

Known as The Secret Coast, Biloxi boasts extensively repaired white sands along Biloxi Beach. Beyond the beaches, indulge in resort life at Beau Rivage Casino or Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Explore unique dining experiences at Half Shell Oyster House and White Pillars.


Gulfport, Mississippi beach town vacation homes

5. Gulfport, Mississippi

Distance from New Orleans: An hour and a half

As Mississippi's second-largest city, Gulfport offers nicely-maintained beaches, clean waters, and a vibrant downtown. Explore attractions like the Mississippi Aquarium and indulge in fresh seafood at spots like Shaggy's and Patio 44.

Orange Beach, Alabama beach town vacation homes

6. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

Distance from New Orleans: Three hours and 15 minutes

Discover the Alabama coast's 32 miles of soft white sand at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, family-friendly Gulf State Park, and vibrant local spots like The Hangout and Cobalt, The Restaurant.


Pensacola Beach, Florida beach town vacation homes

7. Pensacola Beach, Florida

Distance from New Orleans: Three hours and 15 minutes

Pensacola is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and offers 18 miles of pristine coastlines. Dive into history at Naval Air Station Pensacola and enjoy the party scene at historic Casino Beach with lively spots like Shaggy's.


Desitin- Fort Walton, Florida beach town vacation homes

8. Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Distance from New Orleans: 4 hours

The Destin-FWB area rewards visitors with over 20 miles of white sand beaches and emerald-green waters. Explore beach access points, indulge in watersports, and relish the day's catch at Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer.


Choosing a place in one of these southern coastal cities or New Orleans presents unique opportunities for memorable vacations or potential vacation home investments. From the quaint charm of Bay St. Louis to the vibrant scenes in Pensacola Beach, a perfect coastal retreat awaits you. Get ready to explore, unwind, and discover your slice of Southern paradise.


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