Destination guide

Explore the oceanfront setting in Essex

The wildlife and ocean views provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Essex. This city's seafood restaurants, shopping and bird watching draw many visitors. National Aquarium in Baltimore and Fort McHenry are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Sightseeing in and around Essex

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Essex a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Rocky Point Golf Course (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Clifton Park Golf Course (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Mount Pleasant Golf Course (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Top of the World Observation Level (9.4 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not (9.6 mi / 15.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Essex

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Essex. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Canton Waterfront Park (7.5 mi / 12 km)
  • Double Rock Park (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Patterson Park (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Hughes Memorial Stadium (8.7 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Johnston Square (9.3 mi / 15 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Essex

Fly into Baltimore, MD (MTN-Martin State), the closest airport, located 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington Intl. Thurgood Marshall), which is 14.7 mi (23.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Essex?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 228 vacation rentals near Essex. From 61 Houses to 96 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Essex for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Essex:

  • Historic District: 103 vacation rentals
  • Eastport: 151 vacation rentals
  • Homewood: 55 vacation rentals
  • Naval Academy: 107 vacation rentals
  • West Annapolis: 34 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 Essex?

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

  • Rocky Point Golf Course: 501 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Point State Park: 608 vacation rentals
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina: 178 vacation rentals
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge: 619 vacation rentals
  • Harborplace: 332 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Essex 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 Essex?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 61 Houses in Essex. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Essex include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 96 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Essex?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Essex. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.