Destination guide

A slice of New England

Fringed by rocky headlands and windswept beaches, Cape Elizabeth is perched on the shores of Maine’s Casco Bay. The town may be small, but there’s plenty to do if you’re in search of an authentic New England experience. Visit the iconic Portland Head Light, soak up seaside history in Fort Williams Park, and cool off at Crescent Beach. Traveling with Fido in tow? No problem. Not only are Cape Elizabeth vacation rentals a great way to enjoy a local experience, but plenty of them are also pet friendly.

Things to do

Cape Elizabeth’s wild and windswept

As one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, a visit to Portland Head Light is a must. Sign up for a guided tour, and don’t forget to check out the museum and gift store on your way out – windswept selfies are optional. The lighthouse sits within Fort Williams Park, where you can explore the ruins of an old citadel that housed troops during World War I and II. For more ocean vistas, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at Two Lights State Park. Perched high above the rocky coastline, it unlocks sweeping views over Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Activities

Discover Maine’s maritime roots in Cape Elizabeth

Hit the beach, or cruise Casco Bay with a scenic sail to Peaks Island or Great Diamond Island. Most trips depart from Portland, a 25-minute drive to the north. While you’re there, take a stroll around the trendy Old Port waterfront, soak up the views from the Western Promenade bluff, and visit the historic Victoria Mansion museum. Maine’s maritime history runs deep, and Cape Elizabeth is great place to soak it all up. Want to live and breathe Maine’s beach culture? With Cape Elizabeth vacation rentals, you can take your pick of storybook beach cottages.

Weather

From summer sun to storm watching in Cape Elizabeth

Summer is divine in Cape Elizabeth, with warm temperatures and minimal rainfall. Plus, Portland's social calendar peaks, which makes it a great time to enjoy festivals, concerts, and other events. Unsurprisingly, winters in Maine can be cold, wet, and incredibly windy. That said, there’s something special about cozy Cape Elizabeth vacation rentals during the colder months. Stroll along your own private beach, then warm up in the hot tub. If romance is on the cards, why not stoke the log fire, open a bottle of wine, and watch the wild weather roll by?

Natural features

Explore some of Maine’s best State Parks

Maine is famous for its rocky coastline, and Cape Elizabeth doesn’t disappoint. The town is anchored by a trio of coastal parks, each with its own set of unique attractions. Explore historic Fort Williams Park, soak up the views in Two Lights State Park, and walk the mile-long arc of Crescent Beach State Park. Maine is big on conservation, with the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust protecting more than 560 acres of land. The area is dotted with hiking trails, picnic sites, and public recreation areas, so pack your sunscreen and discover the allure of New England.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Cape Elizabeth

Fly into Portland, ME (PWM-Portland Intl. Jetport), the closest airport, located 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Brunswick, ME (NHZ-Brunswick Executive), which is 26 mi (41.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Cape Elizabeth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,068 vacation rentals near Cape Elizabeth. From 497 Houses to 174 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cape Elizabeth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cape Elizabeth?

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 Cape Elizabeth:

  • Goose Rocks Beach: 67 vacation rentals
  • Peaks Island: 81 vacation rentals
  • Pine Point: 274 vacation rentals
  • Biddeford Pool: 79 vacation rentals
  • Bailey Island: 146 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 Cape Elizabeth?

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

  • Crescent Beach State Park: 1,412 vacation rentals
  • Cape Elizabeth Light: 1,352 vacation rentals
  • Portland Head Light: 1,352 vacation rentals
  • Fort Williams Park: 1,349 vacation rentals
  • Two Lights State Park: 1,362 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cape Elizabeth 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 Cape Elizabeth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 497 Houses in Cape Elizabeth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cape Elizabeth include:

  • Cottages: 174 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 349 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 174 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 Cape Elizabeth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 137 vacation rentals with pool available in Cape Elizabeth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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