Destination guide

Canada’s answer to San Francisco

Claiming to be North America's oldest city, St. John's is perched on the clifftops of a sheltered harbor. The city is often compared to a miniature San Francisco, and with its hilly streets and multicolored houses it’s easy to see why. Rather than stay in a hotel, why not take advantage of characterful St. John's vacation rentals housed in beautifully restored Victorian buildings? There’s a vibrant arts and cultural community to soak up, and a lively summer street scene to enjoy. As well as being Newfoundland's biggest city, St. John's is also a great base for exploring the rugged Avalon Peninsula.

Things to do

History, culture, and knockout views

Towering above the city, Signal Hill National Historic Site unlocks a wealth of history and sweeping views of the harbor. From a giant squid to ancient artefacts, The Rooms is Newfoundland's flagship museum, art gallery, and archive center. The tiny village of Quidi Vidi is another highlight, home to a pint-sized museum and legendary microbrewery. Beyond its urban attractions, St. John’s serves as a jumping point to the Avalon Peninsula. Whether you want to climb the Cape Spear lighthouse, watch huge flocks of seabirds in Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, or discover colonial history in Ferryland, all are easy day trips.

Activities

Nature’s playground in St.John’s

In downtown St. John’s, most of the action is centered along George Street. It serves as the city’s thoroughfare and is lined with an eclectic mix of trendy cafés, British-style pubs, and rum-fueled bars. The atmosphere is infectious, so why not stay local with St. John's vacation rentals just steps from the George Street? The Avalon Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean which means there are plenty of wildlife watching opportunities on offer. If puffin and whales are on your wish list, head down to St John’s Harbor to book a wildlife cruise.

Weather

Summer fun in St. John’s

St. John’s is arguably at its best during the summer, when sunlight glints off the harbor and frivolity spills out onto George Street. From folk festivals to royal regattas, St. John’s also hosts a colorful calendar of summer events. Puffin nesting season runs from April until the end of August, with whale watching also at its best in the summer months. Spring is a great time to watch Newfoundland’s famous icebergs, while winter brings wild weather and world class storm watching.

Natural features

The edge of North America

St. John's sits on the Avalon Peninsula, which juts out from Newfoundland’s eastern tip. It backs onto the epic expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. Excluding Greenland, this makes it North America’s most easterly city. The coast is rugged and windswept which makes it a haven for puffins, marine life, and enormous flocks of seabirds. A string of St. John's vacation rentals dot the Avalon Peninsula, which means you can cozy up in cliffside cottages with sweeping ocean views. If you’re lucky, you could even spot frolicking whales.

How to get there

How to get to and around St. John's

Fly into St. John's, NL (YYT-St. John's Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around St John's?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 192 vacation rentals near St John's. From 106 Houses to 19 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near St John's for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to St John's?

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

  • Atlantic Place: 180 vacation rentals
  • Waterford Hospital St.John's: 183 vacation rentals
  • Quidi Vidi Lake: 180 vacation rentals
  • The Rooms: 180 vacation rentals
  • Cape Spear Lighthouse: 183 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around St John's 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 St John's?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 106 Houses in St John's. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in St John's include:

  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 48 rentals available
  • Cabins: 19 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in St John's?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 27 vacation rentals with pool available in St John's. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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