Discover a selection of 285 vacation rentals in Nanaimo, BC, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $81 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Nanaimo. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Head to the beautiful city of Nanaimo

The island views and surrounding scenery provide a peaceful ambiance to your vacation home in Nanaimo. This walkable and scenic city entices travelers with its boating and hiking. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around Nanaimo

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Travelers enjoy fun activities like boating and hiking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Nanaimo a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Paradise Fun Park (20.4 mi / 32.9 km)
  • Fairwinds Golf Club (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf (18.2 mi / 29.2 km)
  • Hansel and Gretel's Candy Company (19.7 mi / 31.7 km)
  • Coastal Essence Day Spa (22.2 mi / 35.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Nanaimo

Travelers enjoy Nanaimo for its island views and seaside. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Nanaimo is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Departure Bay Beach (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Rathtrevor Beach (17.6 mi / 28.4 km)
  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
  • Parksville Beach (20 mi / 32.2 km)
  • Protection Island (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Nanaimo

The nearest airport is in Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), located 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Nanaimo, BC (YCD), which is 8.3 mi (13.4 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Nanaimo?

Whether you want a cozy retreat for you and your sweetie or somewhere roomy to fit the family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Nanaimo. Here are a couple we think you'll like:

  • "Water Front~vancouver Island~ Enchanting Panoramic Views" is popular with guests. Around 12 miles from Nanaimo, it has 2 bedrooms and loads of useful amenities, including a nearby hospital and nearby ecotour services.
  • Another appealing choice is "Luxury Romantic Designer Suite On Trendy Main Street", which is around 40 miles from Nanaimo. Featuring 1 bedroom, a nearby marina and a toaster, it has everything you need to keep you comfortable and content.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Nanaimo vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Nanaimo?

You need only open the door to Vrbo's tiny house vacation rentals in Nanaimo to figure out that amazing things really do come in small packages. Smartly designed to maximize every square inch of space, these fun-sized digs promise a big vacation experience:

  • Expect a simpler way of living at "Waterfront Tiny House Sweet - Suite". Amenities at this retreat in Juan de Fuca Electoral Area include a hair dryer, a dryer and more.
  • "Modern Private Tiny Home In The Forest" offers convenient extras like a blender and heating. Located in Lemon Creek, you'll be able to live big in this small but well-designed home.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Nanaimo?

Choose a wonderful log cabin from the many in or around Nanaimo and you'll soon be inside your timber-clad hideaway, vino in hand, relaxing in front of a crackling fire. But adventure is right outside your door too. These cabins promise the perfect blend of comfort and fun:

  • "Log Cabin Fully Equipped. Couples": This is an ideal base to enjoy some of the fabulous outdoor activities this area has to offer, including snowboarding and kayaking.
  • "Lakefront Log Cabin With A Modern Flare": Spend your getaway taking advantage of all the creature comforts at this escape. When it's time to get outdoors, kayaking and fishing are some fun things to do.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Nanaimo?

Nothing tops squeezing in a quick break to make you feel alive again. Pack your overnight bag and enjoy a breather at one of these irresistible weekend getaways in and around Nanaimo:

  • Spend a few days at "Ocean Front, Spectacular Views", which is around 25 miles to the north of Nanaimo. There's plenty of adventure and nature to discover around here. Try horse riding and ice skating or simply delight in the sights of Roberts Memorial Provincial Park and Lighthouse Park.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a short and sweet break at "Halfmoon Bay Cottage - Privacy And Spectacular Views". Stay in and enjoy its creature comforts, or head out for some cross-country skiing and snowboarding. When you're ready to explore more of the area, organize a visit to Porteau Cove Provincial Park and Milner Gardens and Woodland. This charming vacation rental is around 25 miles north of Nanaimo.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Nanaimo?

Studio apartments may be small, but they pack a big punch when it comes to location and convenience. Throw your bags down at one of these popular studio apartments in and around Nanaimo:

  • Chill by yourself or take a few buddies along to "Ocean Front, Spectacular Views". You'll have plenty of amenities at your disposal, including a smart TV and a firepit.
  • Another fantastic option is "Dream By The Fireplace In Our Lovely Log Home". Don't let its modest size fool you — this cozy apartment is filled with useful amenities like a stovetop, heating and plenty more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Nanaimo?

From affordable apartments to extravagant houses, Vrbo has your quick escape sorted. Here are some of our top picks in and around Nanaimo:

  • Within close reach of central Nanaimo, "Romantic - Ultimatebnb: 5 Star Luxury W" welcomes short-term guests. When you're not holed up in your comfortable digs, get out and discover all the fun stuff around you.
  • "Ocean Front Cottage In Sooke On Vancouver Island Kayaking Hot Tub" is also ideally located. Settle in here and find out why guests rate this property highly.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Nanaimo?

Whether spent in a cabin, an apartment or a lodge, a romantic weekend getaway is a wonderful way to spice up your love life. Whisk your honey away for a couple of leisurely days at one of these enticing escapes in or near Nanaimo:

  • Located around 12 miles from Nanaimo, "Water Front~vancouver Island~ Enchanting Panoramic Views" is the ideal place for starry-eyed couples. A fireplace and a resort are just some of the amenities here.
  • Another place where you can enjoy a few relaxing days together is "Private Oceanfront Studio With Amazing Mountain Views". Located 16 miles from Nanaimo, a fireplace and a nearby bay add to the atmosphere here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Nanaimo?

Share your trip and have even more fun. Whether you're organizing an active escape with your besties or a big family gathering, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and near Nanaimo:

  • You'll have enough room to move at "Castle In The Sky Ocean View Luxurious". Around 15 miles southeast of Nanaimo, this expansive retreat has 7 bedrooms that sleep up to 18 guests. Amenities include a fireplace and a kitchen.
  • "Eagle Haven Parksville: Your Oceanfront Retreat" is another terrific option. It's around 20 miles to the northwest of Nanaimo, has 5 bedrooms and welcomes up to 12 guests. A garden and a kitchen are just a couple of things designed to make your stay even more memorable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Nanaimo?

Of all the conveniences a vacation rental can have, a pool is easily the most fun. Have a look at these houses for rent with a pool in or near Nanaimo and spend your time splashing around. Just remember to bring your inflatable pizza slice:

  • Pack your swimming gear and take your gang to "Designer's Luxury Sechelt Beach House". There are plenty of other convenient amenities here, including a stereo and a balcony.
  • Spend leisurely days splashing around or just kicking back by the water at "Walk - On Oceanfront "harlequin House" Retreat In French Creek". This property is also a firm favorite and features a stereo, nearby birdwatching activities and more.

Nanaimo has an oceanic climate, with average summertime temperatures hovering between 55 ºF and 65 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summer to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Nanaimo vacation rental and organize your getaway for any time of year.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Nanaimo?

Good family getaways are all about spending some quality time together and sharing fun experiences. If you're searching for a home away from home that's big enough for all the gang, take a look at these large family vacation rentals in and around Nanaimo:

  • With space for up to 8 guests spread out over 3 bedrooms, "Halfmoon Bay Cottage - Privacy And Spectacular Views" is a popular choice with large families. It features a barbecue grill and a smart TV and is around 25 miles north of Nanaimo.
  • Another comfortable family retreat is "Family Friendly Rancher On Sunny Acreage. 5 Minute Drive To Marine Park". Around 30 miles to the southeast of Nanaimo, it comes with 4 bedrooms, space for up to 8 guests, a separate dining area and a kitchen.