Located on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Pensacola, Biloxi, Mississippi, presents a calmer vacation experience within reach of all the big attractions. The city is nestled Big Lake and Mullet Lake, offering visitors and residents alike a quiet area to take the waters away from the bustle of the Gulf of Mexico. On the other hand, the town’s beaches give visitors easy access to the turquoise waters of the Gulf and all the related water sports from diving and snorkeling to boating and windsurfing. Choose among these top Biloxi beach vacation rental locations when deciding on a place to stay.

1. City Center, Biloxi

Opting for a beach rental at Biloxi’s City Center gives you the best of all worlds. You can stroll the white sand beaches and wade in the jewel waters or enjoy some good old fashioned Southern food at Le Cafe Beignet — try the beignets — or exquisite seafood at the Half Shell Oyster House. Rent a boat at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and make your way to Deer Island for some peace and quiet from the downtown life. If you want to explore nature with the family, hop on the Biloxi Bay Bridge to the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

2. Beach Boulevard, Biloxi

Get a vacation rental anywhere along Beach Boulevard which runs along the beach, and you’re guaranteed easy access to the sand and coastal waters. Better yet, you leave the bustle of downtown behind even while it’s within a few minutes if the need arrives. The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library lies on the beach as well along with a small park of walking paths. Stop at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, also located along the beach. This activity center children’s museum combined with a park, perfect for taking the family on an outing on the beach.

3. Back Bay Boulevard, Biloxi

Maybe oceanside access doesn’t suit you. In that case, get a vacation rental along Back Bay Boulevard and Bayview Avenue which lie just north of the City Center on the south banks of Back Bay of Biloxi. Enjoy dining on the water at the Costa Cucina Italian or Thirty-Two. Houses on the water with private docks run along Bayview Avenue. Keep your family boat or kayak tied up in your backyard, and take it out to Goat Island, a great place for kids to explore.

4. Mullet Lake South, Biloxi

The neighborhood of Mullet Lake south runs along the south side of the lake from the Keesler Air Force Base on the east to Big Lake on the west. Here in suburbia Biloxi, the plots of land are a little big bigger, giving you plenty of room to spread out and reconnect with the family. Opt for a lakeside rental or stay by Volunteer Park for some exploration in the woods. Take a scenic drive along Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park, or explore Cedar Point.

5. Big Lake South, Biloxi

Big Lake south, just west of Mullet Lake, also offers a quieter vacation experience. Goose Point is a great place to go swimming with the kids, or you can grab a kayak and thread through the multitude of bayous, canals, rivers, and streams. Relax and enjoy some adult time at the nearby Great Southern Golf Club, located conveniently on the beach.

6. Little Big Lake, Biloxi

Little Big Lake, to the north of Big Lake, boasts the most rural part of Biloxi. Here you get wetlands, rivers, and large swathes of green. Tap your inner outdoorswoman, and take your family along for the ride. Although Little Big Lake might be out in the wilds, as far as Biloxi is concerned, there are still eateries such as the Sunkist Bar and Grill.

7. Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi

The neighborhood of Popps Ferry Road, on the north side of Mullet Lake, boasts lakeside rentals as well as easy access to Popps Ferry Bridge that leads to downtown Biloxi. Spend a day at Camp Wilkes for a rustic experience, or paddle out to one of the many islands in the lake.

8. Mullet Lake North, Biloxi

Mullet Lake North starts east of Popps Ferry Road and stretches east to D’Iberville. Get a vacation rental here and enjoy some privacy. Take walks in the woods or around O’Neal Point, or boat around the privacy of Magnolia Bend. This secluded cove offers lakeside rentals and a great place to teach your kids the mechanics of kayaking or the art of fishing. The Interstate lies just a few minutes to the north, so you can get on it and take a day trip to New Orleans.

9. D’Iberville

D’Iberville lies just across the Back Bay of Biloxi. Make your way down to the Biloxi City Center via I-110. However, if you want a place to eat, just drive along Rodriguez Street and stop at Pepe’s Bosque Mexican Grill, Doris’ Hot Tamales, and El Milagro Mexican Grill and Cantina. Not into Mexican food? Go to Yes Noodle, Henry’s Cafe and Bakery, or Waffle House. Rent a vessel at Shipyard Point – or bring your own (plenty of rentals have their own docks) – and explore the Saint Martin Bayou with the kids.