Destination guide

Make your pilgrimage to Plymouth

Visitors to Plymouth will find 'firsts' are thick on the ground in this historic Massachusetts port. No surprise really—this is where a ship landed and a nation was born. You'll find the first Pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving, the first parish church, and the first founding of the first U.S. state. OK, Jamestown might claim to be the first settlement, but who has Plymouth Rock? Not Jamestown! There's more than just monuments in America's Hometown: think pirate cruises, whale watching, and cranberries. Whichever Plymouth vacation rentals catch your eye, your first booking sure won't be your last.

Things to do

Plymouth—where history lies deep

Visiting Plymouth Rock is undoubtedly a rite of passage. A pilgrimage, if you like. Once visitors have checked in to their Plymouth vacation rentals, most walk the path down to the harbor. First up is viewing the granite rock polished by the feet of 102 founding fathers. There's more history to pack in, of course. The Mayflower II is beautiful, but seemingly too small to found a nation. The Plimoth Plantation will have the kids delighted—and convinced they've stepped through a time warp into the 17th century. And don't miss out on the miles of golden sand along Plymouth Beach.

Activities

Digging deeper into hidden Plymouth

Historic sight-seeing definitely tops the list of things to do in Plymouth. But remember, there is much to do in this port and see. Board a whale watcher and feel the crash of spray as a humpback drenches another boatload of visitors. Pick up a six-iron and tee-up on a golf-course meandering through wild cranberry bogs. Or turn up and tune in to an evening of folk music, tapping your foot to songs that the Pilgrim Fathers probably hummed as they set about building their settlement, and a nation.

Weather

Plymouth shines in summer

Let's face it, those sitting in their Plymouth vacation rentals are pretty likely to be on the coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. There's going to be a smattering of rain at times, but Plymouth's summers are mostly dry and sunny—ready-made for sightseeing or boat excursions out across the bay. If you want to avoid the crowds, though, avoid public holidays and the summer vacation weekends. Perhaps the sweetest slot to enjoy Plymouth is in late spring, when the air is mild and the crowds are yet to flock in.

Natural features

Sheltering a nation behind Plymouth Bay

Take a look at a map of Plymouth, and you can see why it was chosen by the Pilgrim Fathers for their first settlement. Nestled behind long spits of sand, Plymouth Bay is well sheltered from the worst the Atlantic throws its way. It's not just a shelter for boats, either. These calm turquoise waters are a favored haunt of harbor seals. Head inland and the understated beauty of the Myles Standish State Forest takes over. Squint your eyes and its stippled lakes and stands of bear oak hint at how the land might have looked before that first footfall.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Plymouth

Fly into Plymouth, MA (PYM-Plymouth Municipal), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Provincetown, MA (PVC-Provincetown Municipal), which is 24.4 mi (39.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Plymouth Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Plymouth?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 795 vacation rentals near Plymouth. From 567 Houses to 165 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Plymouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Plymouth:

  • White Horse Beach: 57 vacation rentals
  • Ponds of Plymouth: 15 vacation rentals
  • Plymouth Cultural District: 22 vacation rentals
  • Cedarville: 22 vacation rentals
  • Manomet: 255 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 Plymouth?

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

  • Priscilla Beach Theatre: 789 vacation rentals
  • 1749 Court House and Museum: 765 vacation rentals
  • John Jenney Museum: 762 vacation rentals
  • Plimoth Plantation: 798 vacation rentals
  • Pinehills Golf Club: 971 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 567 Houses in Plymouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Plymouth include:

  • Cottages: 165 rentals available
  • Cabins: 165 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 165 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 Plymouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 34 vacation rentals with pool available in Plymouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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