Destination guide

York is coastal Maine at its best

York sits by the Atlantic Ocean near the southern tip of Maine, and has long been a magnet for visitors to New England. As it's one of the country's oldest cities a culture fix is easy to come by, although gorgeous beaches, great shopping and a dining scene that gets even the most diehard foodies excited mean the whole family can look forward to a getaway to remember. Set yourself up for a great time by enjoying all the comforts of home in York vacation rentals. You'll find many just steps from the city's prettiest stretches of sand.

Things to do

Old meets new in York

A peek into the past is rarely more intriguing than the one served up at Museums of Old York, a centuries-old settlement in the heart of York Village that counts the colonial Jefferds Tavern and Georgian-style Emerson-Wilcox House among its highlights. Seeking a more modern flavor of York? Find it at York Beach, especially over the summer months, when the beachfront is all but taken over by live bands and dancing. For families, there's serious fun to be had riding the Ferris wheel and bumper cars at York's Wild Kingdom zoo and amusement park.


Waterfront delights in York

York's unique villages provide an idyllic setting for a little downtime, not least at York Harbor, where dockside restaurants serve freshly steamed lobster in view of the crescent-shaped cove. At Short Sands Beach, younger travelers can ride the carousel, score big in the arcade and tuck into homemade salt water taffy, although those traveling without kids might prefer to head to the quieter Long Sands Beach, nearby. If time on the water is on the agenda, kayaking is a popular pursuit, particularly along the 13-mile York River, though sea kayaking at sunset is by no means 2nd best.


Popular seasons in York

York is no different from the rest of coastal Maine in that the most popular time to enjoy the area's ample charms is between July 4 and Labor Day. These blissful summer months often see temperatures soar into the 80s – perfect for sailing along the coast on a tour of the region's iconic lighthouses. That said, if you're looking for great deals on York vacation rentals, enjoying a stay in your favorite home in September or October means that a quick drive inland is all that stands between you and the glory of New England's fall foliage.

Natural features

Outdoor living in York

For nature-lovers, soaking up the views of Boston and Cape Elizabeth from the top of Mount Agamenticus is difficult to beat. It's one of the tallest mountains on the Maine Coast, and its winding trails make it a haven for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The walk to the summit can take as little as half an hour, although those hoping to take things even easier may enjoy the scenic drive, instead. Stays in York vacation rentals also serve up the ideal opportunity to enjoy a stroll over the Wiggly Bridge, a somewhat bouncy walkway over the York River.

How to get there

Traveling to and around York

The nearest airport is in Portsmouth, NH (PSM-Portsmouth Intl.), located 9.2 mi (14.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Sanford, ME (SFM-Sanford Seacoast Regional), which is 16.4 mi (26.3 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around York?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,215 vacation rentals near York. From 616 Houses to 299 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near York for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 York:

  • York Beach: 381 vacation rentals
  • York Harbor: 394 vacation rentals
  • Cape Neddick: 796 vacation rentals
  • Hampton Beach: 201 vacation rentals
  • Goose Rocks Beach: 65 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 York?

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

  • Long Sands Beach: 437 vacation rentals
  • Short Sands Beach: 1,201 vacation rentals
  • Nubble Lighthouse: 1,518 vacation rentals
  • Ogunquit Playhouse: 1,591 vacation rentals
  • Cape Neddick Country Club: 1,542 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 616 Houses in York. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in York include:

  • Cottages: 299 rentals available
  • Cabins: 299 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 299 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 York?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 254 vacation rentals with pool available in York. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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