Destination guide

Escaping Portland in Peaks Island

With its salt-washed jetties, bobbing fishing skiffs, chowder shacks, and hearty New England charm, you might be surprised to find little Peaks Island is just 17 minutes by ferry from downtown Portland. But there it is, washed over by the sloshing Atlantic swells and imbued with a wonderful small-town character. Between the independent art galleries and timber sailor taverns, you'll also find an enticing mix of Peaks Island vacation rentals: wood-covered cabins in the backcountry forests, Victorian mansions on the seaside, family homes with roaring wood fires and verandas _ the list goes on.


Golf carts and sea kayaks in Peaks Island

Self-guided tours of pint-sized Peaks Island are usually conducted on one of the local golf carts, which ferry visitors from the boat terminals, past the handsome timber townhouses, and over to the coves on the windward coast. Alternatively, you can linger by the harbor to enjoy a smorgasbord of lobster and clam chowder courtesy of the New England kitchen, or cycle along the shoreline meeting the local fishermen, harbor seals, and artists. Sea kayaks and boating excursions are also a great way to survey the place by water.


Maine summers on Peaks Island

Peaks Island vacation rentals are always in more demand during the summertime, and it's certainly worth searching for your place to stay between May and August if you're eager to make the most of the al fresco dining scene, coastal kayaking tours, and overland driving routes that the destination is so famous for. Weather wise, you can expect largely sunny days in the summer, along with pleasant sea breezes and temperatures that hover around the mid-60s.

Natural features

Peaks Island is surrounded by water

Although it's still officially a borough of the city of Portland, Peaks Island is surrounded on all sides by the lapping waters of the great Atlantic Ocean. Grassy banks and clusters of craggy boulders all drop into the sea along its shores, while timber jetties poke out of the main town. The inland is mainly given over to thick woods and patches of swampland, where muddy hiking paths and biking tracks weave and wind through the groves. It's also a great place to spot harbor seals and other marine life on boat excursions around the bays.


How to get to and around Peaks Island

The nearest airport is in Portland, ME (PWM-Portland Intl. Jetport), located 6.2 mi (10 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Brunswick, ME (NHZ-Brunswick Executive), which is 20.5 mi (33.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Peaks Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 406 vacation rentals near Peaks Island. From 181 Houses to 72 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Peaks Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Peaks Island?

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 Peaks Island:

  • Goose Rocks Beach: 66 vacation rentals
  • Peaks Island: 60 vacation rentals
  • Bailey Island: 128 vacation rentals
  • Orr's Island: 178 vacation rentals
  • Willard Beach: 49 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Houses in Peaks Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 181 Houses in Peaks Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Peaks Island include:

  • Cottages: 72 rentals available
  • Cabins: 72 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 122 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 Peaks Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 15 vacation rentals with pool available in Peaks Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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