By Perri Ormont Blumberg

From Ocean Spring’s small town charm to San Antonio’s booming Pearl District, we’ve gathered our favorite affordable picks around the South.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Kick off vacation with your dearest pals by clinking milkshakes at the delightfully retro Lovelace Drugstore and Soda Fountain. Then, continue exploring the historic downtown area (Miner's Doll & Toy Store is a must-stop for picking up a surprise for the kids back at home), or lounge beachside at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. For bigger groups, you may want to consider a beachfront picnic by Eat Drink Love Catering (BYOB!). Our favorite venues for counting sheep? Cottages of Rosetti Park, where rates as low as $89 will get you a night’s stay, free bike rentals, and an outdoor fireplace and grill. Or check out Front Beach Cottages with beautifully decorated homes that are a quick walk to the white sands of Ocean Springs Front Beach; rates start at $135 per evening (free use of beach cruiser bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks included).

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