Hot Rental Properties in the Gulf

From a palace to a houseboat, check out our favorite weekly rentals


Palazzo-del-Mar   Ultra-Luxe | Destin, Florida

Eleven-bedroom, fourteen-bath Palazzo del Mar features 16,000 square feet of living space, a chef’s kitchen, a covered pool and hot tub, and a guest cottage. Don’t want to hike up four stories of spiral staircases? Your chariot (an elevator) awaits, because when you’re paying as much as $36,000 a week, you shouldn’t have to break a sweat.




bayfrontAngler’s Paradise | Grand Isle, Louisiana

Built in 2012, Bayfront Camp overlooks Caminada Bay and is designed with serious fishermen in mind. The three-bedroom home, which rents for $1,350 a week, comes complete with a barbecue pit, fish-cleaning station, picnic tables, and covered boat parking. Best part: You can catch speckled trout and crab from your own 400-foot lighted pier.




BeachfrontFrontMade for Lovers | Seaside, Florida

There’s something inherently romantic about a space built just for two, so couples are sure to fall for Beach Front #1. Our favorite of a dozen standalone Honeymoon Cottages designed by Southern architect Scott Merrill, the charming whitewashed beach house features an outdoor Jacuzzi tub, wood-burning stove, and second-story porch. It rents for $2,289 a week.





Cresent-IslandSweet Seclusion | Sanibel, Florida

It’s hard to get more remote than a private island, and for $4,500 four-acre Crescent Island can be yours, if only for a week. Accessible only by boat, the island features a three-bedroom Old Florida–style home (the only structure on the island) with a fourth-floor observation deck perfect for spotting your closest neighbors: a pod of dolphins.





ReelaxationQuirky Comfort | Apalachicola, Florida

For a completely novel place to lay your head, tuck into the Reelaxation Houseboat, a vessel permanently docked on the town’s eponymous river. It features one rustically decorated bedroom, a fully outfitted kitchen, and deck chairs that serve as front-row seats for spying manatees, dolphins, and native birds. Nightly rates start at $200.


Prices reflect starting rates for weekly rentals, unless otherwise noted.