2. Mermaid Cottages, Tybee Island

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Photograph courtesy of Mermaid Cottages/Belinda Hall
Photograph courtesy of Mermaid Cottages/Belinda Hall

There is plenty of lodging on Tybee Island, but the colorful Mermaid Cottages have quirky, retro charm. Among the offerings, which rent from $165 to $525 a night, are the beach homes of celebrities like chef Paula Deen and author Mary Kay Andrews. Many rentals are pet friendly and decorated with flea market finds. Homes offer varying amenities; the Blue Heron, for example, has an outdoor sink for fishers who want to clean their catch.

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This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.

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