Destination guide

From surfing to sunken forests, Rye is right on track

Originally called Pannaway Plantation, Rye is a charming seaside town overlooking the Atlantic Coast. Located little over an hour from Boston, it's renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and great seafood, and it's stacked with New England charm. A Rye vacation rental makes a great base for exploring New Hampshire's Atlantic Coast. Go surfing off Jenness Beach, visit the Seacoast Science Center or the Sunken Forest, there's something here for everyone. After a full day on the beach, kick back with fresh lobster rolls and a bottle of local brew from one of the many seaside shacks.

Things to do

Wild water parks and whale bones, Rye is a catch

A Rye vacation rental makes a great base for a big family getaway. A 3-mile drive from Rye, in the neighboring town of Portsmouth, the seasonal Water County Water Park is a great place for kids to cool off during the warm summer months. It has a variety of thrill slides, including Thunder Falls and Wild Canyon, a white-water rafting experience. For a more educational day out, head to the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park. This hands-on nature center features a variety of attractions, including touch pools and the skeletons of humpback and pilot whales.

Activities

Rye life's a beach - New Hampshire's Atlantic Coast

In the laidback seaside town of Rye, life revolves around the beach. Enjoy picnics on golden sands, take a whale watching excursion from Rye Harbor, or go deep-sea fishing off Star Island, part of the scenic Isle of Shoals. Popular with watersports fanatics, there are several surf shops overlooking Jenness Beach, which rent out surfboards and offer lessons. As the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean, take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or kick back with a few beers and some freshly caught lobster in one of the local seafood restaurants.

Weather

Catch some summer rays in Rye

A popular seaside destination, Rye is New Hampshire's sizzling hotspot during the warm summer months. In July and August, temperatures can reach highs of 80 degrees, with very little rain. It's also the busiest time for Rye vacation rentals and the best ones get snapped up months in advanced. For the widest choice, visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when the seaside town is less crowded but the sun still shines. In winter, temperatures can drop as low as 20 degrees, and rainfall is likely, so pack layers and an umbrella.

Natural features

Stump up for a visit to Rye's Sunken Forest

A 90-minute drive north of Boston, Rye is a seaside town overlooking New Hampshire's Atlantic Coast. A couple of miles north along the coast is Odiorne Point State Park, a 135-acre seaside park. Popular with both leisurely walkers and more hardy hikers, it has a vast network of trails through salt marshes and tidal beaches, all with sweeping views of the rocky coastline. If you're lucky, you may spot migrating whales. At the southern end of the park is the Sunken Forest, the stumpy remnants of an Ice Age forest which are only visible at low tide.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Rye

Fly into Portsmouth, NH (PSM-Portsmouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.6 mi (9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Sanford, ME (SFM-Sanford Seacoast Regional), which is 26.9 mi (43.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Rye?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 432 vacation rentals near Rye. From 191 Houses to 51 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rye for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Rye:

  • Rye Beach: 275 vacation rentals
  • Hampton Beach: 201 vacation rentals
  • York Beach: 394 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Beach: 88 vacation rentals
  • York Harbor: 406 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 Rye?

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

  • Wallis Sands State Beach: 1,435 vacation rentals
  • Wentworth by the Sea Golf Club: 1,546 vacation rentals
  • Odiorne Point State Park: 1,518 vacation rentals
  • Seacoast Science Center: 1,510 vacation rentals
  • Rye Harbor State Park: 1,176 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 191 Houses in Rye. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rye include:

  • Cottages: 51 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 51 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 155 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 Rye?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Rye. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.