Destination guide

Escape to New Jersey vacation home rentals

New Jersey is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, but those who do make the effort to cross the Hudson are treated to a treasure trove of surprises. Buzzy Jersey City has transformed itself in recent years, with trend-setting eateries and bars seemingly popping up on every corner. They don't call this the Garden State for nothing. Outside the metropolis, more than a quarter of the area is farmland, while the rest is made up of miles of sandy beaches and pine forests. The great outdoors here woos travelers with scenic hiking trails and mountain biking routes.

History

Historic sites near New Jersey vacation homes

New Jersey has an array of historic sites to explore on your trip. Vacation rentals are available near fascinating locations like the Atlantic City Boardwalk, a legendary waterfront entertainment hub with shops and restaurants, and the Absecon Lighthouse, a history museum and lighthouse with sweeping views of the water. You'll also enjoy the Thomas Edison National Historic Park, the home and laboratory of the American inventor with historical artifacts and archives.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near New Jersey vacation rentals

Let's start with a biggie. Not many know this, but the Statue of Liberty actually lies within the border of New Jersey, meaning the sight of this magnificent 19th-century gift from France is just as good from the shores of this state. Talking about shores, down in Cape May, the country's oldest seaside resort, you'll find a series of beautiful beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Newark Museum is the largest in the state and houses a particularly fascinating collection of African artifacts. Have you got the kids in tow? They'll love getting up close to the 8,000 marine creatures at the Adventure Aquarium.

Activities

Activities for your stay in New Jersey vacation homes

If you head down to the Henry Hudson Trail, you'll find a 22-mile path built over several former railroad lines. Here, you can pass some seriously scenic parts of the state on the back of bicycles. It might not be the first place that springs to mind, but the Jersey Shore has got some of the best Atlantic swells along the Eastern Seaboard. Grab yourself a rental board and hit the water to practice your pop ups. There are few things better than kicking back on the banks of one of New Jersey's lakes to fish for your supper.

Weather

Climate for your stay in New Jersey vacation homes

Jersey City buzzes year-round, but the rest of the state is decidedly quiet during the winter months. As the snows thaw, the spring can see some pleasantly warm weather, perfect for challenging outdoor hikes. Summer sees the biggest influx of travelers, particularly along the coast, where families come to escape the humid city and cool off in the sea. If you're planning to nab a New Jersey vacation rental between July and August, try to book up as early as possible. As the year ticks through to fall, travelers begin to return home and you can benefit from a dip in rental prices.

Natural features

Hear the howl of wolves in New Jersey

Other than the odd backyard critter, you're not going to find much in the way of wildlife in Jersey City. For close wildlife encounters, you could try the Lakota Wolf Preserve, where you can learn about these wild pack animals. If you're staying overnight in the nearby campground, you'll hear their haunting howl. Out in the wilds, this relatively small state houses a surprisingly large number of creatures. If you look up to the treetops, you could spot any number of the 325 recorded bird species, while the forest floors are full of bigger beasts, from black bears to beavers.

Beaches

Best beaches near New Jersey vacation rentals

The Jersey Shore beaches are a popular spot for vacationers in the Northeast and around the country. Vacation rentals are available near places like Sunset Beach, a scenic beach with the submerged ruins of the SS Atlantus, and Wildwood, a resort city with sandy beaches and a lively boardwalk. Ocean City is a family-friendly beach destination with state parks and a boardwalk.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Jersey?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,286 vacation rentals near New Jersey. From 4,518 Houses to 230 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Jersey for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New Jersey?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Jersey. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ocean City: 2,350 vacation rentals
  • Cape May: 2,001 vacation rentals
  • Wildwood: 2,589 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach Island: 1,543 vacation rentals
  • Atlantic City: 1,474 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in New Jersey! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New Jersey?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Jersey:

  • Ocean City: 2,350 rentals
  • Cape May: 2,001 rentals
  • Wildwood: 2,589 rentals
  • Atlantic City: 1,474 rentals
  • Wildwood Crest: 2,300 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to New Jersey?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in New Jersey are:

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 5,499 vacation rentals
  • Belmar, NJ (BLM-Monmouth Executive): 1,569 vacation rentals
  • Princeton, NJ (PCT): 80 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New Jersey?

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

  • Seaside Heights Beach: 1,624 rentals
  • Jenkinson's Boardwalk: 1,542 rentals
  • Seaside Park Beach: 1,595 rentals
  • Mantoloking Beach: 1,479 rentals
  • Mountain Creek Ski Resort: 185 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Jersey listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around New Jersey

Ocean City
2,350 vacation rentals
Cape May
2,001 vacation rentals
Wildwood
2,589 vacation rentals
Atlantic City
1,474 vacation rentals
Wildwood Crest
2,300 vacation rentals
Point Pleasant Beach
1,300 vacation rentals
Sea Isle City
2,032 vacation rentals
Brigantine
940 vacation rentals
Avalon
2,906 vacation rentals
Beach Haven
1,119 vacation rentals
North Wildwood
2,935 vacation rentals
Seaside Heights
814 vacation rentals
Stone Harbor
3,231 vacation rentals
Lavallette
976 vacation rentals
Belmar
914 vacation rentals
Asbury Park
734 vacation rentals
Jersey City
5,326 vacation rentals
Seaside Park
741 vacation rentals
Manasquan
1,405 vacation rentals
Long Branch
834 vacation rentals