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Savor South Dartmouth on New England's Farm Coast

The southern section of the town of Dartmouth on New England's picturesque Farm Coast, South Dartmouth serves up a relaxed base for a getaway with family and friends. Easy access to Apponagansett Bay and Clark's Cove has led to a thriving fishing and boating community, but the appeal of a stay in a South Dartmouth vacation rental by no means ends there. An array of elegant historic districts, delicious seafood dining and the chance to tour the area's revered Coastal Wine Route all add to the charm of a break on Massachusetts' south coast.  

Things to do

Follow the wine trail in South Dartmouth

Checking out the Coastal Wine Route is a must-do during a stay in a South Dartmouth vacation rental. You'll find Coastal Vineyards and the Running Brook Vineyards & Winery are likely just minutes from your rental, although with more time on your hands, you can follow the route all the way to Rhode Island, no doubt finding more than one new favorite tipple along the way. If on the other hand, you're traveling with kids, and lazy afternoons sipping crisp wines are off the table, a trip to nearby Buttonwood Park Zoo, named as one of America's finest small zoos, will earn you some serious brownie points.


Exploring South Dartmouth

One of the best ways to get a feel for this scenic spot is to explore by bike, with several companies offering wheels for rent should you arrive without your own. An early start from the pretty harbor village of Padanaram will leave plenty of time to hop off your bike and wander through the historic Russells Mills Village, Dartmouth's earliest European settlement, and, in spring, the Daffodil Field at Parsons Reserve. Be sure to leave time to swing by Davoll's General Store. Established in 1793, it is one of America's oldest general stores - and a great place to pick up some old-fashioned candies.


Summer fun in South Dartmouth

South Dartmouth vacation rentals are particularly popular in the summer months of July and August, no doubt thanks to the endless sunny days providing the ideal conditions for swimming, sunbathing and attending the Buzzards Bay Regatta, a late summer classic event that draws participants from far and wide. Be aware, though, that summer rentals are best secured well in advance. If you find the idea of fewer crowds appealing, visits in May and June can be a good bet, as can breaks in the fall months of September and October, these conveniently coinciding with harvest time at the area's vineyards.

Natural features

Outdoor adventure in South Dartmouth

A break in South Dartmouth puts outdoor time firmly on the agenda, not least at the attractive Slocum's River Reserve, where highlights include 2 miles of meandering nature trails, views of the Elizabeth Islands from Angelica's Overlook and the chance to glimpse great blue herons wading in the shallows along more than 3,000 feet of salt marsh shoreline. Downstream of the reserve, the 1800-foot beach backed by grassy hills at Demarest Lloyd State Park presents an idyllic setting for wildlife watching and photography, and for younger travelers, shallow waters perfect for paddling.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around South Dartmouth

Fly into New Bedford, MA (EWB-New Bedford Regional), the closest airport, located 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), which is 16 mi (25.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around South Dartmouth?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 237 vacation rentals near South Dartmouth. From 159 Houses to 52 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Dartmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to South Dartmouth?

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 South Dartmouth:

  • Newport East: 362 vacation rentals
  • Woods Hole: 175 vacation rentals
  • Pocasset: 83 vacation rentals
  • Onset: 90 vacation rentals
  • North Falmouth: 159 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 South Dartmouth?

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

  • Slocum's River Reserve: 1,127 vacation rentals
  • Demarest Lloyd State Park: 1,290 vacation rentals
  • Cornell Farm: 1,345 vacation rentals
  • Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary: 1,187 vacation rentals
  • Coastal Vineyards: 1,282 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Dartmouth 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 South Dartmouth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 159 Houses in South Dartmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Dartmouth include:

  • Bungalows: 52 rentals available
  • Cottages: 52 rentals available
  • Farmhouses: 6 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 South Dartmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6 vacation rentals with pool available in South Dartmouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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