Discover a selection of 411 vacation rentals in Essex, CT 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 kitchens. Prices start at $180 per night, and houses and bungalows are popular options for a stay in Essex. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

Take in the waterfront beauty of Essex

The riverfront and wildlife provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Essex. This city is well-known for its boating and bars. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in Essex

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Essex a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Essex Steam Train (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Chamard Vineyards (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Cedar Ridge Golf Course (9.7 mi / 15.6 km)
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park (10 mi / 16 km)
  • Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Essex

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Essex is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Plattwood Park (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Gillette Castle State Park (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Harvey's Beach (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Rocky Neck State Park (9 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Cockaponset State Forest (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Devils Hopyard State Park (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Essex

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 18.4 mi (29.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 20.4 mi (32.8 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Essex, CT?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 411 vacation rentals around Essex. From 255 house rentals to 110 bungalow rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in Essex?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said every single person ever. Find the ideal home away from home for you and your buddies and you'll be well on your way to beachy bliss! Vrbo has 127 places to stay beside the beach. Want to try a different setting? See if any of our other properties catch your eye. Our selection here includes:

  • 125 beachfront vacation rentals.
  • 115 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 112 ocean-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Essex?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. Providing tons of space to spread out, they're perfect if you want to live like a local. There are 258 options listed on Vrbo. Prices start at $32 a night. If that doesn't fit with your crew's style, we have a range of other rental options to choose from, such as:

  • Cottage: 110 vacation homes. Prices start from $99 per night.
  • Apartment: 19 vacation homes. Prices start from $73 per night.
  • Hotel: 17 vacation homes. Prices start from $50 per night.

Can I stay in Essex in a large group?

There's nothing more memorable than exploring somewhere totally new with family and friends. And the good news is Vrbo has some options suitable for big groups. The most popular option for big groups here are house vacation homes, and there are 59 currently listed. The vacation properties that can cater to large groups in this area include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 117 vacation homes suitable for that size. Spend a night from just $73.
  • Looking for somewhere for 8 guests? We have 82 that will be ideal. You can book one for as little as $150 per night.
  • Planning a trip away with 10 guests? We offer 53 vacation homes that match your requirements. Prices start from $190 per night.

You and all your buddies will be well looked after when you plan your Essex adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Essex?

Reduce your accommodation expenses when you organize your stay with Vrbo. You'll discover plenty of excellent rentals and save loads of cash! Essex Village is perfect for bargain hunters. And with 3 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $193 a night, it isn't hard to see why. Old Saybrook Center is another place worth considering. We have 29 rentals here, and the average price is around $271 per night.