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Destination guide

Stay in St. John's vacation rentals for memorable seaside holidays

With attractions ranging from Victorian architecture, to scenic lakes and hiking trails, to a vibrant art and culture scene, the city of St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador brims with promise for visitors of all ages. Narrow houses in bright pastel colours line the hilly streets, and a hike to the top of Signal Hill at sunset brings breathtaking views of the city, the harbour, and the Atlantic Ocean. Spacious houses, condos, cottages, and other St. John's vacation rentals are the ideal bases for couples, families, and even solo travellers to take in the sights, tastes, and sounds of North America's oldest city.

History

Discovered in 1497 by the Venetian navigator John Cabot and later claimed by English explorer Humphrey Gilbert as the British Empire's first permanent settlement in North America, it's little surprise that St. John's is teeming with historical treasures that are listed in the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Downtown vacation rentals will put you close to the Anderson House, believed to be the city's oldest structure. Built around 1804 for militia sergeant James Anderson, it's a rare example of a hip-roofed structure. Ascend Signal Hill – which played a key role in St. John's military history – and visit the 1900 Cabot Tower, a historical, architectural, and environmental landmark.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around St. John's

Do you want to find top things to see and do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes St. John's a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Aquarena Fitness Centre (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Suncor Energy Fluvarium (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Admirals Green Golf Course (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Clovelly Golf Club (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of St. John's

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, St. John's is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Harbourside Park (0.7 mi / 1 km)
  • Signal Hill National Historic Site (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Pippy Park Headquarters (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Quidi Vidi Lake (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Bowring Park (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
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.

How to get around

Getting around St. John's from your vacation home rental

Exploring St. John's on foot is a fantastic way to discover its hidden gems – and get some exercise in the process! Art galleries, shops, and restaurants sit in close proximity to each other in the downtown area, while walking trails in the Grand Concourse system connect St. John's to the neighbouring communities of Paradise and Mount Pearl. The Metrobus service provides public transit throughout the city, with free Wi-Fi on board some buses. Taxis are available 24/7 all year round. Driving in St. John's isn't too difficult since traffic jams are a rarity. But using a Global Positioning System (GPS) is recommended, since the streets don't follow a grid plan.

Food & drink 

Step out of your gastronomic comfort zone in St. John's

Dining out in St. John's can be an exciting culinary adventure. Cod is a major component of the local cuisine, and the fish's tongue and cheeks – battered lightly and fried in pork fat – are particularly popular fare. Continue your adventure with moose, which you can eat as a burger or steak in a local diner, or as paper-thin carpaccio in a sophisticated restaurant. Quidi Vidi village, just a few minutes away from downtown, is where you'll find excellent craft beer. Head to the weekly farmers' market north of downtown for fresh local produce, homemade baked goods, and tasty snacks you can bring back to your vacation rental.

Essential info

Essential facts for your vacation rental stay in St. John's

The capital city of Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province, St. John's lies on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland. Home to approximately 108,000 residents and spanning 446 sq km, it's also the province's largest city. English is the official language and the Canadian dollar is the currency, though American dollars are also accepted by many retailers and service operators. Tap water is safe to drink, and if you'd prefer something stronger, remember that the legal age for buying alcohol is 19. At most bars and restaurants, it's customary to leave a tip of 10–20% of the bill. To report an emergency, dial 911.

How many vacation rentals are available around Saint John's?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 178 house rentals around Saint John's. From 107 Houses to 19 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Saint John's is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Quidi Vidi Battery: 169 home rentals
  • Signal Hill: 169 home rentals
  • Fort Amherst Lighthouse: 169 home rentals
  • Quidi Vidi Lake: 169 home rentals
  • Fort Amherst: 169 home rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 107 Houses in Saint John's. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint John's include:

  • Cottages: 19 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 37 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 19 lodging choices

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 22 vacation homes with pool available in Saint John's.

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