Branford, CT, USA

Branford, CT, USA

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Sea and sand in Branford

Set on Long Island Sound, Branford is a laid-back town in New Haven County. Its character stems from a pair of bustling harbors and a fringing of low lying dunes and sandy beaches. Branford is also just a few miles from Yale University, which makes it popular with parents, students and professors alike. Whether you're visiting the campus for the weekend or are craving a New England beach getaway, Branford vacation rentals promise a local experience. With spacious living areas and your own set of keys, you'll feel right at home.

Beach days in Branford

Just a stone's throw from the coast, Branford lures vacationers with sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine. Stony Creek Beach is a local favorite, complete with lifeguards, grassy picnic spots and a handful of breezy restaurants. Oceanfront Branford vacation rentals unlock exclusive access to the sand, not to mention sweeping views of the Thimble Islands. Just a few miles west is New Haven, home to Yale University. The campus is a beautiful place for a stroll, stopping to admire magnificent Gothic and Victorian-inspired architecture. For an in-depth experience, why not sign up for a guided walking tour?

An Ivy League legacy

Just a short drive from Branford, Yale University is one of Connecticut's top attractions. The 300-year-old campus is loaded with cultural attractions, including the Yale Center for British Art. Designed by architect Louis Kahn, the magnificent gallery boasts one of the biggest collections of British art outside the UK. Yale University Art Gallery is another highlight, home to masterpieces like van Gogh's "The Night Cafe". Planning on visiting Yale? Branford vacation rentals put you just 15 minutes from the iconic campus.

Hats off for grad season

Crowds swell in summer, when Branford's beaches and lobster shacks are packed to the brim. It's a great time to relax on the beach, stroll around New Haven or simply soak up the sun on the deck of your Branford vacation rental property. Visitor numbers soar during Yale's annual University Commencement. Held in late May, it sees university degrees formally conferred on the historic Old Campus. Spacious and convenient, Branford vacation rentals are always popular with parents and loved ones planning on attending the event.

Cruising the Thimble Islands

Set in a natural harbor, Branford is dotted with more than a dozen marinas. There are two local beaches to enjoy, plus plenty more within easy driving distance. For the best views in town, head up to Ecology Park. Once a landfill site, today the grassy park offers uninterrupted views across Long Island Sound. Just offshore is the picturesque Thimble Islands archipelago. Discovered in 1614, they were once used for everything from farming to bootlegging. Today a scenic boat cruise is a popular way to explore the islands. Keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun.