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9 of the Best Airbnbs in Louisiana for an Amazing Bayou Getaway

by K.C. Dermody
Updated May 17, 2021

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Louisiana has many claims to fame — including the fact that it’s home to one of the country’s highest alligator populations, with over 1.5 million in the wild.

And then there’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which draws nearly as many people to the city each year as the state has gators.

Of course, this state boasts a whole lot more – you just need to visit to discover all it has on offer. Whether you’re dreaming of parading down Bourbon Street, sampling mouthwatering Cajun cuisine at the world’s biggest free party, enjoying a peaceful picnic beneath the Spanish moss in an 1800s-era garden, or searching for gators in the swamps, Louisiana is sure to make for an amazing escape.

No matter what you plan to do, staying at one of these airbnbs in Louisiana can help make your bayou, plantation, or urban adventure almost as good as the state’s food. Gumbo, anyone?

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1. French Quarter Pool House

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Why you should stay: Peaceful setting with luxurious amenities just a short walk from New Orleans hot spots.

  • Location: New Orleans
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $171/night

You’ll be just a short walk to N’awlens’ famous French Quarter from this historic Treme neighborhood pool house. Spread over two stories, it includes lots of special touches from beer waiting in the fridge to chocolate and luxurious robes for leisurely mornings and evenings.

Wake up to a peaceful setting and enjoy your coffee and breakfast on the balcony or dine at Sprouts Organic Cafe right around the corner. Of course, as a pool house, you’ll have a heated pool with lounge chairs, making for the perfect escape. It’s one of the better airbnbs in Louisiana if you value privacy but aren’t willing to sacrifice proximity to the city.

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2. La Tortue

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Why you should stay: Watch wildlife roam by this private cottage near downtown Breaux Bridge.

  • Location: Breaux Bridge
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $105/night

La Tortue (The Turtle) is a charming one-bedroom cottage set on a 4.5-acre property that looks like it’s part of a park, with a wrap-around porch and dock on a pond filled with wildlife. Watch and listen for creatures like bullfrogs and blue herons and enjoy the eclectic farmhouse feel. If you need anything during your stay, just let the friendly host know.

While you’ll be surrounded by nature, the cottage is close to downtown Breaux Bridge, the “crawfish capital of the world.” The town has plenty of cute dining options, small shops, and live music venues. Before heading out for the evening, you’ll want to hang out on the porch to enjoy the sunset. Rise early enough in the morning and you’ll be able to catch the sunrise from there, too.

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3. River Paradise on Seven Acres

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Why you should stay: Have a fairytale-like stay in this castle-meets-treehouse on the Tchefuncte River.

  • Location: Folsom
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $195/night

Enjoy a stay on the Tchefuncte River in this home on seven wooded acres, with a bridge and trails that wind down to the water. Described by guests as a mix between a castle and a treehouse, it’s like a fairytale come to life, complete with a wrap-around deck that overlooks the river. Kick back and relax as you listen to the sounds of the woods or cast your line in the river before building a campfire to gather around with your family or friends.

When temperatures are soaring, you can head down to splash around in the refreshingly cool water, where you may even spot a few friendly turtles. While you might want to spend most of your time outdoors, if it does happen to rain, there’s a library of DVDs indoors for your viewing pleasure.

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4. Expansive Southern Elegance

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Why you should stay: A gem in the Treme neighborhood with impressive historic features.

  • Location: New Orleans
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $396/night

This stylish home in the Treme neighborhood is a perfect example of the elegance of New Orleans, with the owners taking care to maintain the historic charm while providing modern amenities. It was remodeled to keep the original woodwork and features while accommodating some tasteful updates, and each one of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom. You’ll appreciate being just a few blocks from all the action yet far enough away that you won’t be bothered by the noise. It’s one of the pricier airbnbs in Louisiana, but in this case, you definitely do get what you pay for.

“Absolutely fantastic place that is in a safe neighborhood within easy walking distance of many historic places like the French Quarter, Frenchmen, Bourbon St, Jackson Square, Canal and more! The back patio was a hidden gem.”

Abigail, Minneapolis, MN
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5. Tensas Tower on the Teche

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Why you should stay: A unique property for a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Location: New Iberia
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $180/night

The Tensas Tower is a architectural marvel without comparison to any other structures – especially as it has a gorgeous view over Bayou Teche. Located in the charming historic downtown area of New Iberia, you’ll be close to shops, bars, and restaurants, along with popular destinations like Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, and Avery Island, home to the Tabasco Brand sauce factory (yes, public tours are available.)

In addition to the eye-popping design, this welcoming retreat features lots of extra touches thanks to the thoughtful host. With two balconies, you can enjoy relaxing outside in the evening watching the nightlife buzz by from a distance before falling asleep to the lullaby of the river. There’s a narrow spiral staircase for moving around the home, so it’s best for people without mobility concerns.

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6. Hundred Oaks Bungalow

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Why you should stay: Affordable Southern charm in a cute and convenient bungalow.

  • Location: Baton Rouge
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $100/night

A beautifully renovated home close to restaurants, coffee houses, and shopping in the Louisiana capital, the Hundred Oaks Bungalow is one of the best airbnbs in Louisiana if you’re looking for comfort and convenience in Baton Rouge. The home has a lot of special touches that give it a homey feel like unique artwork, cozy throw blankets and plush towels. You’ll feel like you’re in a high-end hotel, but the cost is more like that of a roadside motel – it’s a total steal.

The furnished porch is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee as friendly dog-walkers and locals take morning walks – expect nearly everyone to say hello.

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7. Remarkable Mid-City Dwelling

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Why you should stay: A super-trendy N’awlens home with a private rooftop hot tub.

  • Location: New Orleans
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $375/night

This brand-new private home was constructed in 2019 and comes complete with lots of modern, high-end amenities in the Mid-City neighborhood near City Park. Nearby, you’ll enjoy the vast green space of the park, strolling through the New Orleans Botanical Garden, exploring the New Orleans Museum of Art, or boating on Big Lake. It’s a very walkable home and is central to everything New Orleans has to offer.

And at the end of the day once you’re worn out (or full from a fantastic Creole dinner), you won’t have far to go to be back home. Come back and relax on the balcony or on the private rooftop deck with your own city-view hot tub.

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8. Bayou Liberty Waterfront Cabin

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Why you should stay: Spend time on the bayou fishing and kayaking or take an easy trip to New Orleans.

  • Location: Slidell
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $100/night

If you want to enjoy Louisiana’s nature while being just a short drive from the attractions in New Orleans, this waterfront cabin on Bayou Liberty is ideal. It not only comes with a boat slip and dock so you can bring your boat, but it includes complimentary fishing poles and kayaks. And there are plenty of scenic trails in the state park just across the bayou.  And it’s only about 30 minutes into New Orleans for a day or two of sightseeing or shopping.

“We wanted a place where we could get away from all the hassle. It’s a very quiet out of the way place but still close enough to places to get whatever you might need. Loved being on the bayou and being able to take the kayaks out to explore the bayou.”

Erin, Hauppauge, NY
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9. The Bayou Chateau

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Why you should stay: A comfortable tiny house with perfect Cajun-country styling.

  • Location: New Iberia
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $203/night

The Bayou Chateau puts you in the heart of historic downtown Iberia, just steps from the nightlife hotspots, great restaurants, and attractions like Shadows-on-the-Teche, a historic home and garden. If you’re interested in Cajun culture (which you probably are if you book this place), check out the Bayou Teche Museum, which tells the story of one of the the most colorful and historically important areas in the country.

The Bayou Chateau is on the bayou side of the town and includes a magnificent deck with a grill that overlooks the water, creating a relaxing oasis that seems a world away from action in town. Inside, the decor perfectly captures the vibe of a Louisiana bayou, with all the comforts one would expect, and then some.

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