Destination guide

Oceanside vacations in charming Bay Saint Louis

Bay Saint Louis attracts travelers in search of a quieter alternative to the popular Mississippi Gulf Coast beach towns of Biloxi and Gulfport, just a few miles down the road. You'll have access to all the nearby attractions of these vacation hubs, including casinos, golf courses and waterparks, with the added benefit of the city's peaceful beaches and quaint shopping streets. Whether you plan to spend all day out on the water, boating in the bay, or prefer to stay on shore exploring the local cafes, there's a perfect adventure and a Bay Saint Louis vacation rental waiting.

Things to do

Family-friendly fun in Bay Saint Louis

Buccaneer State Park is a popular spot to enjoy the coastal scenery of the area and is just a few miles down the road from Bay Saint Louis. The seasonal waterpark is a big draw and kids will love the slides, wave pool and wet playground for little ones, while adults will enjoy the lounging areas and views of the Gulf of Mexico. Elsewhere in the park, a nature trail winds through magnolia and oak trees to a pier over a bayou, where coastal birds like pelicans, osprey and egrets can be seen. There are also playgrounds and lawns that are perfect for family picnics.

Activities

See the sights in Old Town Bay Saint Louis

While you may be tempted to head to neighboring cities like Gulfport for entertainment, Bay Saint Louis offers some charming local spots to check out, and a sightseeing excursion is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with this little beachside town. Most of the local shops and eateries are located in the Old Town area around Main Street, where you'll find cute brunch spots and antique shops to fill your belly and your bags. There are some notable buildings to see around here, too, like the 1905 City Hall and a landmark train depot built in 1928.

Weather

Perfect beach days in Bay Saint Louis

Bay Saint Louis' southern location on the Gulf of Mexico means it rarely gets very cold, with highs in the 60s, even in the middle of winter, and average lows several notches above freezing. If you plan to visit the beaches in your swim gear, though, you might want to come in the warmer months of spring, summer and fall. June through September can be steamy, heating up into the 90s, so plan to cool off with swims in the ocean or look for a Bay Saint Louis vacation rental with a pool to splash around in for visits during this time.

Natural features

Explore the islands around Bay Saint Louis

There's so much nature to discover around your Bay Saint Louis vacation rental, with the Gulf of Mexico for a neighbor and the lakes, bayous and wildlife refuges of the New Orleans area just a few miles away. One nearby treasure is the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which includes several barrier islands and marine habitats off the coast of Mississippi. You'll need to take a boat, but seasonal ferries leave from Gulfport for West Ship Island, where you'll find an old fort, sandy swimming beaches, boardwalks and an abundance of sea life, including bottlenose dolphins and seals.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bay St Louis

The nearest airport is in Gulfport, MS (GPT-Gulfport - Biloxi Intl.), located 26.2 mi (42.1 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bay St Louis?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 286 vacation rentals near Bay St Louis. From 184 Houses to 37 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bay St Louis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bay St Louis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bay St Louis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hollywood Casino: 379 vacation rentals
  • Bay St. Louis Little Theater: 441 vacation rentals
  • Bridges Golf Club: 388 vacation rentals
  • Saint Stanislaus College: 450 vacation rentals
  • 100 Men D.B.A. Hall: 448 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bay St Louis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bay St Louis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 184 Houses in Bay St Louis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bay St Louis include:

  • Cottages: 37 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 41 rentals available
  • Cabins: 37 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bay St Louis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 91 vacation rentals with pool available in Bay St Louis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.