Destination guide

Quiet, collected CT in Waterford

Steeped in history and sloping down into the Block Island Sound from the southern side of Connecticut, Waterford is a charming and characterful New England town. It was founded by English settlers in the 17th century and later took a name that nods to Ireland's Waterford, across the pond. These days, it touts the white-sand, dune-backed stretches of Pleasure Beach and a clutch of intriguing historic homes, not to mention a whole range of elegant Waterford vacation rentals that'll have you sleeping within earshot of the Atlantic Ocean.

Things to do

Waterford meets New London

Just check the map – Waterford vacation rentals are right next to New London. That's a real boon for culture buffs, who can rumble down to the Thames River and enjoy all sorts of attractions along the heritage-rich marina walks. The New London Maritime Society is a good place to start. Its collections tell tales of brave seafarers and coastguards. Then there's the Connecticut College Arboretum, a place to wander between maple groves, wonder at exotic orchid blooms and learn all about local botany.

Activities

Sea-washed Waterford beckons

If you've got your eye on one of the beautiful Waterford vacation rentals by the sea, then you can look forward to a real New England beach experience. Many homes come loaded with deck spaces and BBQs to let you sizzle up seafood grills while looking out across the Atlantic rollers. Others have doorstep access to the sands, putting surfing, sunbathing and sandcastle building all on the menu. Waterford's also a great place to organize fishing expeditions or boat trips to remote isles out in the sound.

Weather

Summer's a-calling in Waterford

While Waterford vacation rentals promise a cozy pad close to the sloshing Atlantic Ocean all year round, it's hardly a surprise that they are in most demand during the summer. That runs between May and August, and brings long, dry days that have plenty of sunshine. It's when you'll want to arrive if you've got swimming and sunbathing in mind. Spring, in April and May, and fall, in September and October, can also be popular, especially if you're looking to wander the local botanical gardens and woods.

Natural features

Between rivers and oceans in Waterford

Waterford is a cut-out of the southern Connecticut shoreline. It stands on the headlands that jut out between the Thames River in the east and the Niantic River in the west. Its main natural draw is surely the coast, which is best seen at the Ocean Beach Park. That's home to wide arcs of gleaming white sand – you can go there in the summer to swim in the Atlantic and top up the tan. The Harkness Memorial State Park is another escape that's just next door. That's got manicured gardens, nature trails and picnic spots.

How to get there

How to get to and around Waterford

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 9.6 mi (15.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Waterford?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 543 vacation rentals near Waterford. From 333 Houses to 128 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Waterford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Waterford:

  • Watch Hill: 101 vacation rentals
  • Niantic: 429 vacation rentals
  • Groton Long Point: 34 vacation rentals
  • Westbrook Center: 71 vacation rentals
  • Saybrook Manor: 42 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 Waterford?

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

  • Pleasure Beach: 1,003 vacation rentals
  • Harkness Memorial State Park: 1,006 vacation rentals
  • Waterford Beach Park: 969 vacation rentals
  • Waterford Speedbowl: 632 vacation rentals
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center: 944 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 333 Houses in Waterford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Waterford include:

  • Cottages: 128 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 45 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 128 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 Waterford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 36 vacation rentals with pool available in Waterford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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