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23 Amazing Gulf Coast Beach Houses to Rent

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Gulf-Front Getaways

Sure, there are beaches — and, of course, beach houses — all up and down the East and West coasts, but many people in the U.S. are closer to the Gulf Coast and just prefer the laid-back vibe there a little more. If you've been yearning for a getaway in Galveston, a break in 'Bama, or a rest somewhere else along the gulf, here's a list of stellar vacation rentals that will give you the perfect home base at the end of some long sun-soaked beach days. 


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Centrally Located Gulf-Front Paradise
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Centrally Located Gulf-Front Paradise

Gulf Shores, Alabama | Sleeps 8

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This three-bedroom, two-bath home sports high ceilings in the living area, which also allow for large windows providing waterfront views. In addition to amenities like a large sundeck and open-concept great room, the vacation rental is close to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, The Track — which has go-karts, mini-golf, blaster boats, and more — and the Alabama Gulf State Park & Pier.

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Bayfront Romantic Casa
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Bayfront Romantic Casa

Rockport, Texas | Sleeps 2

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If you're looking for a romantic waterfront vacation rental for two, this property north of Corpus Christi is pretty lovely. In addition to a comfortable beachy vibe on the interior, it features a partially covered deck with lounge chairs and dining space, and a small yard. It's also within quick driving distance to the well-rated Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill, Rockport Beach, and other local restaurants and breweries. 


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The Nest Waterfront Cottage
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The Nest Waterfront Cottage

Long Beach, Mississippi | Sleeps 6

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This two-bedroom, two-bath house on stilts is located on a corner lot directly across the street from the beach. It has a large, gorgeous deck area that overlooks the gulf, and other amenities include cable TV, a dedicated workspace, an outdoor shower, and some beach gear essentials. The location is just a 5-minute drive away from downtown Long Beach, where guests will find shopping boutiques, restaurants, nightlife, and more. 


 Rocky Top on Grand Isle
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Rocky Top on Grand Isle

Grand Isle, Louisiana | Sleeps 7

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Get comfy and cozy in this three-bedroom, three-bathroom eclectic beach house that has two decks offering expansive views of the nearby dunes and water. In addition to amenities like a TV, washer/dryer, and dedicated workspace, this vacation property is within walking distance of a local grocery store.

Almost Heaven Gulf-Front House
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Dauphin Island Beach House

Dauphin Island, Alabama | Sleeps 7

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You can't get much more "on the beach" than in this three-bedroom, two-bath house, which is actually built partially in the water. Features here include vaulted ceilings, a wrap-around deck for panoramic views of the gulf and bay, and an open, airy, and beachy feel in comfortable surroundings. Dauphin Island itself has lots to offer, including parks, beaches, birding, nature explorations, and more. 


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Carillon Beach House

Panama City Beach, Florida | Sleeps 10

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This two-bedroom, three-bath, three-story home located in the gated community of Carillon Beach has been newly remodeled and offers unobstructed views of the Gulf Coast. Amenities include a nearby pool, dedicated workspace, multiple outdoor balconies, and laid-back coastal-inspired decor. Need provisions? A local restaurant, Bayou Bill's Crab House, and a Publix supermarket are nearby. 

Luxury Coastal Home
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Luxury Coastal Home

Port Aransas, Texas | Sleeps 10

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This four-bedroom, five-bath home brings the cozy-meets-beachy vibe home with shiplap walls, jute rugs, hardwood floors, and plenty of windows letting in light. Amenities include plenty of outdoor spaces for enjoying the ocean breezes and dune views. Located in the Sunflower Beach Resort, this property offers access to the resort's pools, bike and golf cart rentals, and a boardwalk leading directly to the beach. 

Old Town Beachfront House
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Old Town Beachfront House

Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi | Sleeps 12

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For a larger group, this four-bedroom, three-bath home — also located directly across the street from a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach — has a more traditional than beachy feel to its decor, but it's still lovely and has a fantastic location. There's a large front porch for drinking coffee or cocktails while listening to the nearby crashing waves, or guests can hang out in the backyard, which includes seating, a fire pit, and lots of great ambient lighting. Other amenities include a washer and dryer, TV, and dedicated workspace.

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Almost Heaven Gulf-Front House

Gulf Shores, Alabama | Sleeps 16

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If you've got a few families you can safely travel with, this open-concept six-bedroom, seven-bath house is a deal. It's got a large, double-island kitchen perfect for cooking for a crowd, modern and chic furnishings, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy meals, cocktails, or for taking in the sunset and crashing waves. Other amenities include a TV, Wi-Fi, and a dedicated workspace, and the location is close to local restaurants, shops, and more. 


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Corpus Christi Vacation Townhome
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Corpus Christi Vacation Townhome

Corpus Christi, Texas | Sleeps 15

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If you like a beach-adjacent rental that also is close to plenty of urban destinations, this three-bedroom, three-bath eclectic and warm property offers just that. Amenities include fantastic decor, a washer and dryer, and access to the community pool — all while being within walking or short driving distance to some Corpus Christi restaurants, beaches, bars, bakeries, and more. 


Mimosa on Mobile Bay
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Mimosa on Mobile Bay

Fairhope, Alabama | Sleeps 7

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If you like to have a bit of green yard in addition to beach access, this cheerful home just north of Bon Secour Bay offers three bedrooms and two baths. Amenities include outdoor seating on a wraparound deck, a newly built covered wharf, on-site kayaks, and stellar sunset views. 

Galveston Beachfront Home
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Galveston Beachfront Home

Galveston, Texas | Sleeps 13

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Gets loads of oceanfront window real estate offering "epic views" with this four-bedroom, five-bath rental home. Amenities include a gourmet, ultra-modern kitchen, a master bedroom with fireplace, jetted tub, outdoor decks, loft with mini-bar, washer and dryer, and a private boardwalk to the shore. 


Downtown Beachfront Condo
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Downtown Beachfront Condo

Gulf Shores, Alabama | Sleeps 5

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Feel cozy and comfortable on your beach vacay in this fourth-floor, two-bedroom, two-bath condo with wonderful Gulf of Mexico views. Guests have access to the community pool, exercise room, and all other amenities on the complex grounds. One bedroom has a king-size bed and the other has three twins — both have private bathrooms.  


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Kettle House Galveston
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Kettle House Galveston

Galveston, Texas | Sleeps 6

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Located just a couple blocks off the beach near restaurants and Galveston Island State Park, this unique two-bedroom, one-bath house is filled with warm woods, vintage furnishings, and beach-friendly hardwood floors. Amenities include indoor hammocks, outdoor swing chairs, and a massive deck for enjoying the salt-tinged air. Note: With a steep spiral staircase, this house isn't suitable for young children or those with mobility issues. 


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Canalfront Bayou Vista Home
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Canalfront Bayou Vista Home

Hitchcock, Texas | Sleeps 8

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Not every waterfront home has to include a beach, especially if you're the kind of person that loves the sound of water or ocean air but isn't a huge fan of sand everywhere. This four-bedroom, two-bath bayou-front home is about 15 minutes from Galveston and includes features such as a washer and dryer, fireplace, lovely patio area, upper deck, indoor bar, and access to the community pool. 


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Two-Bedroom Beachfront Casita
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Two-Bedroom Beachfront Casita

Delray Beach, Florida | Sleeps 5

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Delray Beach is known for its downtown area, located directly on the beach, and this rental will give you relatively convenient access to both the sand and surf as well as nightlight, shopping, and more just a few blocks north. Amenities include a pool and hot tub, and this property has two bedrooms, one bath, and furnishings that offer an airy, comfy beachy vibe. 


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Oceanfront High-Rise Apartment
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Oceanfront High-Rise Apartment

Gulf Shores, Alabama | Sleeps 6

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Located in a high-rise in the heart of Gulf Shores, this 12th-floor unit has two bedrooms, two baths, and an enclosed sunroom/balcony with sliding glass doors for enjoying those gulf breezes while sipping a cup of coffee or a cocktail. Other amenities include a well-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, community pool, and a boardwalk that leads directly from the complex to the beach.

Seawall Beachfront Condo
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Seawall Beachfront Condo

Galveston, Texas | Sleeps 4

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Yes, you want to spend the day at the beach, but you'd also like to come home to a cozy and cheerful vacation abode in the evenings, right? This one-bedroom, one-bath, third-floor condominium offers just that, as well as a great location — it's within walking distance to lots of restaurants and attractions and across the street from the highly rated Babe’s Beach on the Seawall


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Banana Split Beach House
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Banana Split Beach House

Gulf Shores, Alabama | Sleeps 16

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Named for its bright exterior shade of yellow, this seven-bedroom, eight-bath vacation rental — the rooms are split over two duplexes and you can rent both sides — is sure to brighten up your vacation with its many amenities, which include a private pool and outdoor cabana bar on each side of the property. Other features include a 60-inch TV, washer and dryer on each floor of the unit, and a super homey beachy vibe in all the furnishings and decor.

South Padre Beachfront Retreat
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South Padre Beachfront Retreat

South Padre Island, Texas | Sleeps 14

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You and a group can spread out in this six-bedroom, six-bath oceanfront home with its wall of windows that offer expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico. Located just north of the Mexico border, amenities here include a washer and dryer, cable TV, dedicated workspace, grill, hot tub, and pool. 


 Solare-Bahia Mar Condo
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Solare-Bahia Mar Condo

South Padre Island, Texas | Sleeps 8

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For something a little smaller and easier on the pocketbook, check out this three-bedroom, three-bath third-floor condo, which features two large balconies with lounge seating that overlook the ocean. Light and airy, the property is located in a gated community that includes a gym, tennis courts, two pools (each with a hot tub), walking trails, a playground, and more.


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Ola Vista House

Gulf Shores, Alabama | Sleeps 40

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If you're planning a huge beach blowout vacation for when the pandemic restrictions are lifted, this beach house on Gulf Shores' south side offers 11 bedrooms, 12 baths, and lots of luxury and amenities. Expect a heated and LED-lit pool, game room, theater, multiple outdoor decks, a private beach boardwalk, and tons of comfy indoor living space. 


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Reel Paradise Condo
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Reel Paradise Condo

Rockport, Texas | Sleeps 5

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Fish right off your back deck in this super beach, one-story condo with two bedrooms and two baths. With wood ceilings, wood floors, and an open concept layout, this eclectically decorated vacation rental is located on Rockport's Key Allegro and includes a washer and dryer, room-darkening shades, a TV, board games, and beach gear such as towels, umbrella, and snorkeling gear. There's also a community pool on the premises, and this property has a boat slip.


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