Destination guide

Escape to the historic seaport of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, a maritime town in New Hampshire dating back to the 1600s, is a choice spot for a relaxing getaway with family or friends. With a large variety of Portsmouth vacation rentals to choose from, you’ll find yourself at ease during your stay. Here, you can picnic among the flowers, sail down the Piscataqua River, kayak around the islands, check out a U.S. Navy submarine, and explore historic sites dating back to as early as the 17th century.

Things to do

Living history and waterpark thrills in Portsmouth

There are several historic sites in Portsmouth, NH. Step back in time at the Portsmouth Strawbery Banke Museum, where you can stroll through a historic village. The museum features over 37 restored buildings, some of which are as old as the 17th century. Next, take a self-paced tour through a retired U.S. Navy submarine, the U.S.S. Albacore. Your kids will love hearing about daily life on the sub, as told through recordings by the former crew. For some summertime fun, slip into your bathing suit and enjoy water rides at Water Country, New England’s largest water park.

Activities

Portsmouth riverbank parks and sailing trips

As you head out from your Portsmouth vacation rental, grab your family, picnic food, and a blanket and get over to Prescott Park, a flower-filled expanse on the banks of the scenic Piscataqua River. From June through August, you can experience exciting live music on Wednesday evenings at the Portsmouth Harbor from a variety of indie, folk, and R&B acts. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing breeze in your face, from June through October you can hop aboard a full-sized reproduction of a historic gundalow, a type of commercial cargo barge that once frequented the river here.

Weather

Portsmouth’s balmy summertime breezes

Warm summers abound in Portsmouth, where the average daily high temperature is around 80°F in July. Portsmouth weather features an ever-present ocean breeze to help cool you down during the summer months, and the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean means that the winter temperatures are relatively mild. However, snow lovers will be happy to note that there is an average snowfall of over 55 inches each winter. Whether you choose a sun-filled farmhouse in the winter or a historic waterfront home during the summer, Portsmouth vacation rentals will give you a cozy base where you can recharge each evening after your daily explorations.

Natural features

Inhale the ocean air at Portsmouth

The town of Portsmouth—equidistant from Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts—gazes out over the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Looking across its banks you can spot Kittery, Maine, home of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Portsmouth is 3 miles in from the shores of the Atlantic and sits atop an outlet of a tidal basin for 6 rivers. Portsmouth vacation rentals will be near a coastline featuring plenty of sand and lobster traps. A gathering of small islands called the Isles of Shoals—named in 1614 by Captain John Smith of Pocahontas fame—sits 6 miles off the coast.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Portsmouth

Fly into Portsmouth, NH (PSM-Portsmouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 3 mi (4.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Sanford, ME (SFM-Sanford Seacoast Regional), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Portsmouth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 760 vacation rentals near Portsmouth. From 411 Houses to 116 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Portsmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Portsmouth:

  • Hampton Beach: 201 vacation rentals
  • York Beach: 384 vacation rentals
  • Rye Beach: 274 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Beach: 87 vacation rentals
  • York Harbor: 397 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 Portsmouth?

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

  • Market Square: 1,537 vacation rentals
  • Portsmouth Brewery: 1,532 vacation rentals
  • Seacoast Repertory Theatre: 1,538 vacation rentals
  • Warner House: 1,535 vacation rentals
  • Water Country: 1,313 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 411 Houses in Portsmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Portsmouth include:

  • Cottages: 116 rentals available
  • Cabins: 116 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 176 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 Portsmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 35 vacation rentals with pool available in Portsmouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.