Destination guide

Mississippi is the birthplace of blues

Mississippi has some serious musical pedigree. Other than the one and only Elvis Presley, there's an endless list of notable musicians that have come out of this southern state. Without its musical heritage, we would have never heard the sounds of B.B. King or Howlin Wolf. Fast-forward to today and Mississippi isn't just known for its music, or its iconic river. Travelers come to stay in Mississippi vacation rentals to gorge on southern cuisine, walk in the national parks, or kick back on the sunny beaches that flank the Gulf of Mexico.


The Magnolia State of Mississippi awaits

The Magnolia State teems with outdoor space, whether it's mixed pine hardwood forests or the flat waterways of the delta. Other than winter sports, there are few outdoor activities that can't be done in the state. When you stay at a Mississippi vacation rental, you can glide down the waterways on kayaks, hike along the forested trails in the national parks, or set sail and spend a sunny afternoon on the Gulf of Mexico. If you're an angler, you've got plenty of peaceful banks to position yourself on, whether it's to cast into the sea or the mighty Mississippi River.


Skip the crowds in Mississippi

Apart from hurricane season, between September and October, there's no right or wrong time to book a Mississippi vacation rental. Summer sees the biggest influx of travelers, particularly along the coastal beaches. It's the hottest and most humid time to visit, but a cool breeze off the Gulf of Mexico keeps the climate feeling comfortable. If you'd prefer to skip the crowds and don't mind the drop in temperature, try the winter and spring, between November and April, when the vacation rental prices take a nosedive and the beaches and national parks are almost empty.

Natural features

Sea cows and black bears in Mississippi

The hills and valleys, deltas and pine woodland all make the perfect habitat for a range of wild creatures. If spotting wildlife is important, try to book a Mississippi vacation rental during late spring and summer, when the critters are out in force. Manatees, often called sea cows, are more associated with Florida. Throughout the summer, these gentle beasts work their way up the deltas and waterways of Mississippi. Further inland you might catch a glimpse of 1 of the 2 species of bear and keep your eyes peeled for gators that lurk around in the rivers.

Where to stay around Mississippi?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,571 vacation rentals near Mississippi. From 689 Houses to 151 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mississippi for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Mississippi?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mississippi. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Biloxi: 635 vacation rentals
  • Gulfport: 660 vacation rentals
  • Oxford: 420 vacation rentals
  • Biloxi Beach: 627 vacation rentals
  • Bay Saint Louis: 256 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Mississippi! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Mississippi?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mississippi:

  • Biloxi: 635 rentals
  • Gulfport: 660 rentals
  • Oxford: 420 rentals
  • Bay Saint Louis: 256 rentals
  • Ocean Springs: 483 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Mississippi?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Mississippi are:

  • Gulfport-Biloxi Airport (GPT): 819 vacation rentals
  • Natchez, MS (HEZ-Adams County): 27 vacation rentals
  • Biloxi, MS (BIX-Keesler Air Force Base): 683 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Mississippi?

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

  • Biloxi Beach: 627 rentals
  • Port of Gulfport: 796 rentals
  • University of Mississippi (Ole Miss): 312 rentals
  • Pascagoula Beach: 93 rentals
  • Mississippi State University: 51 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mississippi listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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