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South Bristol, a gateway to the Pine Tree State

One of Maine's oldest towns, South Bristol is brimming with New England charm. Whether you're looking for relaxation, outdoor adventures or a bit of both, South Bristol promises an invigorating stay in the Pine Tree State. Spend your days beach hopping along the coast, paddling in sheltered bays and devouring lobster hauled straight from the Atlantic Ocean. Sound like your kind of getaway? South Bristol vacation rentals capture the spirit of the laidback coastal community, with a characterful lineup of turn-of-the-century cottages and luxury waterfront homes.

Things to do

Discover New England history in South Bristol

The original town of Bristol was incorporated in 1765, which makes it one of the oldest in the state. Find out more about this postcard-perfect slice of Maine at the South Bristol Historical Society Museum, which is brimming with memorabilia. Kids will love riding the Boothbay Railway Village, a narrow-gauge steam train that winds through a recreated New England town. Of course, the Gulf of Maine is as much about R&R as it is history lessons. South Bristol vacation rentals make it easy to relax, with sun-drenched decks and gorgeous ocean views.


Sandy beaches and sumptuous seafood in South Bristol

From sandy bays to lush pine forests, Mother Nature didn't overlook Mid Coast Maine. You can beach hop along the coast, hike in land trust preserves and kayak around secluded islands. From May to October, Maine steps up as one of America's top whale-watching destinations. Humpbacks are more or less guaranteed, with fins, minkes, pilots and sperms also making an appearance. Maine is famous for its seafood, so why not enjoy a dockside meal in the Boothbay East Side district? Or, retreat to the deck of your South Bristol vacation rental cottage for lobster rolls and local craft beer.


Sun-drenched summers in South Bristol

South Bristol is at its best in the summer, when Mid Coast Maine enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. Crowds spike over the US summer school holidays. Planning a family vacation to Mid Coast Maine? With spacious living areas, grassy gardens and private docks, South Bristol vacation rentals provide an ideal setting for sun-splashed getaways. If romance is a top priority, why not rug up and visit in winter, when windswept walks on the beach and cozy nights by the fireplace are the order of the day?

Natural features

Birdwatching and beach hopping in South Bristol

South Bristol is perched on the Gulf of Maine, just a stone's throw from Boothbay Harbor. You'll be within striking distance of countless beaches, including Pemaquid Beach Park. With sugar-white sand and a grassy foreshore, it's a great place to spend the day. Witch Island Audubon Sanctuary sits just offshore and serves as a sanctuary for local birdlife. Calm water and rocky waterscapes make it a great place to launch a kayak or canoe. Green thumbs will love Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, an oasis of maritime forests, flower-strewn meadows and ornamental gardens.

Where to stay around South Bristol?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 668 vacation rentals near South Bristol. From 271 Cottages to 291 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Bristol for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Bristol:

  • Christmas Cove: 24 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Point: 17 vacation rentals
  • Pemaquid Point: 25 vacation rentals
  • Tenants Harbor: 370 vacation rentals
  • Waldoboro: 501 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 Bristol?

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

  • Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park: 945 vacation rentals
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: 987 vacation rentals
  • Barrett Park: 979 vacation rentals
  • Boothbay Harbor Marina: 999 vacation rentals
  • Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area: 981 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Bristol 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 Cottages in South Bristol?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 271 Cottages in South Bristol. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Bristol include:

  • Houses: 291 rentals available
  • Cabins: 271 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 271 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Bristol?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 43 vacation rentals with pool available in South Bristol. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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