Destination guide

Island adventures in New Castle

Vacation rentals in New Castle range from luxurious waterfront properties to traditional wooden homes on private islands, through to modern condos with sweeping ocean views. The smallest and easternmost town in New Hampshire, and just a short drive from Portsmouth, New Castle enjoys an island location on the border with Maine. An idyllic coastal town, with idyllic beaches, a quaint old lighthouse, and several rugged forts dotted around the island, it will allow you to discover upscale restaurants, picture-perfect harbors, tiny islands, and secluded bays. All just a stone's throw from your New Castle vacation rental.

Things to do

Historic New Castle

This area abounds with historic sites. The Fort Constitution State Historic Site juts into the river on a rocky peninsula close to town. Explore its old ruined fort, and take a picnic to enjoy the scenic river and ocean views. Just along the rocky shore, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is one of a number of lighthouses that shine across these waters by night. On the southernmost tip of the island, Fort Stark Historic Site is also well worth exploring. Wander the grassy paths to discover old gun emplacements, fort ruins, sheltered coves, and enjoy beautiful views over the water.


Explore New Castle's waters

Water sports are an obvious pastime here, and with views like this it's hard to stay away from the shore. Take a cruise from New Castle Harbor and head out on to the calm blue waters of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua River. On board, you can learn about Piscataqua's heritage, see the estuary, islands, historical sites and lighthouses, or indulge in some great game fishing. Then, head out at dusk to enjoy the glorious colors of the sun setting over the water. Naturally, the fish and seafood restaurants are good here – from atmospheric local eateries to refined dining and historic hotel restaurants, you can take your pick.


New Castle for all seasons

Spring and summer are the most popular times of year to enjoy this idyllic coastal town. Come fall, the crowds disappear and you can enjoy the beaches, sports, waterways, and fishing in peaceful solitude. Paddle your way across still waters, throwing gentle ripples through the colorful autumnal shades reflected on the surface from the wooded banks. Winter, meanwhile, is the time to enjoy a bracing stroll along the beaches of New Hampshire coast to the cries of the seagulls, and the sound of the white Atlantic breakers crashing against the rocky shore.

Natural features

Enjoy the coast in New Castle

On New Castle Island, the Great Island Common recreational park offers many acres of beaches and green space. You can relax on the grass, enjoy the views, head to the beach to settle on the soft, pale sands, or swim in the calm waters. From your New Castle vacation rental, it's just a short drive to Odiorne Point State Park, another rugged coastal hotspot where you can be revived by the salty ocean air, hike the scenic trails, and visit its small Seacoast Science Center.

How to get there

How to get to and around New Castle

The nearest airport is in Portsmouth, NH (PSM-Portsmouth Intl.), located 5 mi (8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Sanford, ME (SFM-Sanford Seacoast Regional), which is 23.2 mi (37.4 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Castle?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,405 vacation rentals near New Castle. From 665 Houses to 314 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Castle for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to New Castle?

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 New Castle:

  • Hampton Beach: 201 vacation rentals
  • York Beach: 384 vacation rentals
  • Rye Beach: 274 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Beach: 87 vacation rentals
  • York Harbor: 397 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 New Castle?

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

  • Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse: 1,541 vacation rentals
  • Fort Constitution Historical Site: 1,537 vacation rentals
  • Fort Stark State Historic Site: 1,570 vacation rentals
  • American Independence Museum: 1,532 vacation rentals
  • Long Sands Beach: 439 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Castle 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 New Castle?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 665 Houses in New Castle. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New Castle include:

  • Cottages: 314 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 314 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 314 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New Castle?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 237 vacation rentals with pool available in New Castle. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.