Destination guide

A classic coastal town

The quaint coastal community of Portsmouth was founded in the early 17th century by dissenters of the Boston colony. Fast forward a few hundred years and the town now enjoys a boom in tourism. Weekend vacationers descend upon the town to visit the historic sites, launch their yachts from the marina, browse the antique and boutique shops and swing their clubs on the public golf courses. There's plenty of Portsmouth vacation rentals in the heart of the town which you can use as a base to explore the wonderful part of Rhode Island.

Things to do

Ornate gardens in Portsmouth

Do all those activities sound like too much effort? No problem. Your Portsmouth vacation rental is close to some fascinating sites. Kids will love the Green Animals Topiary Garden, a park stretching across a gorgeous estate and is adorned with towering, impeccably pruned hedges shaped like animals, as well as a little orchid. Be sure to visit the Old School House, the oldest in the country, which is preserved in much the same way as it was over a century ago. Located on the Sakonnet River, the Greenvale Vineyards opens its doors for tastings and tours of the vineyard throughout the year.

Activities

Splash around in the calm bay waters

Just down the road from Portsmouth vacation rentals, you'll find Sandy Point Beach. It's located on the Sakoneet River which keeps the waters calm and makes for the perfect spot for splashing around, rowing and even scuba diving. Each year, Portsmouth hosts the annual Newport Polo Series, an international competition across acres of manicured greenery. Pack up a picnic and head down with the whole family to get involved in the summer event. Alternatively, check into Carnegie Abbey, a high-end club offering yachting, angling, tennis and a championship style golf course.

Weather

Famously changeable New England weather

With such a variety of indoor attractions and outdoor activities, there's no need to worry about Rhode Island's famously changeable weather. If you manage to bag a Portsmouth vacation rental in the summer, you'll most likely get treated to gorgeous sunny weather cooled by the breeze from the sea. The fall is short but full of color, after which the cold New England winter begins. Don't let this put you off visiting. Portsmouth vacation rentals can be enjoyed all year round, as can the warm restaurants, cozy bars and Rhode Island hospitality.

Natural features

Hear the song of the saltmarsh sparrow

For wildlife lovers there's nothing better than just south of your Portsmouth vacation rental to the natural wildlife refuge of Sachuest Point. The salt marsh habitat, created from the mix of fresh and tidal waters, and the shrubland made up of goldenrods and wild radish teem with species. Though on the decline, you can still spot the population of New England cottontail rabbits who vie for land with the more adaptable eastern cottontails. The bright plumage of the Harlequin duck is a sight to see, and you can hear the song of the saltmarsh sparrow everywhere you go.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Portsmouth

Fly into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), the closest airport, located 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State), which is 6.1 mi (9.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Portsmouth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 820 vacation rentals near Portsmouth. From 391 Houses to 88 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Portsmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Portsmouth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Portsmouth:

  • Point Judith: 376 vacation rentals
  • Matunuck: 480 vacation rentals
  • Bonnet Shores: 125 vacation rentals
  • Narragansett Pier: 415 vacation rentals
  • Newport East: 365 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Portsmouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Portsmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Newport Bridge: 1,380 vacation rentals
  • Newport International Polo: 1,678 vacation rentals
  • Greenvale Vineyards: 1,699 vacation rentals
  • Green Animals Topiary Gardens: 1,634 vacation rentals
  • Escobar's Highland Farm: 1,629 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portsmouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Portsmouth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 391 Houses in Portsmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Portsmouth include:

  • Cottages: 88 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 88 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Portsmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 121 vacation rentals with pool available in Portsmouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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