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Destination guide

Belfast is the Maine event on New England's coast

Perched on the Passagassawakeag River, this charming New England seaport is a small town with a big heart. Famed for its railroad history and attractive redbrick architecture, Belfast vacation rentals make a favorable base from which to explore the beautiful New England coastline. Learn about its history as a shipbuilding and seafood processing community at the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, stop off at the legendary Perry's Nut House on Route 1, or take a ride on the vintage train on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railway and see New England's coastline from a different angle.

Things to do

For attractions, New England is (Bel) fast and furious

Open Tuesday through Saturday, a visit to the Belfast Historical Society Museum is like stepping back in time. It houses a vast collection of ancient exhibits and old town memorabilia, and hosts various workshops and expert talks. For modern art enthusiasts, head to Waterfall Arts, a contemporary arts center which also hosts the Maine Outdoor Film Festival each fall. And don't miss the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, a 30-minute drive north on Route 1. This 42-story bridge tower has panoramic 360-degree views and is one of only 3 bridge observatories in the world.

Activities

Belfast's bustling waterfront is all about festival fun – just don't forget the beers

Originally founded by the Scottish-Irish community in 1765, Belfast is named after the Northern Irish city. Life in this charming New England seaport revolves around the waterfront. In the summer, it hosts various festivals and events, including the Belfast Art Gallery Walk, while a year-round farmers' markets has dozens of local produce and food stalls. Get your New England trip off to a good start by booking a Belfast vacation rental overlooking the waterfront. Go kayaking in Penobscot Bay, or shopping on Main Streett, then after dark kick back in one of the harbor bars with some Maine craft brews.

Weather

Belfast's weather is pretty Maine-stream

Long, warm and humid summers, colorful falls, and very cold winters with more than its fair share of the white stuff, Maine's coastal climate is typical weather for America's northeastern shores. While the summer season in Belfast is the busiest time to visit, the seaport is also a popular spot in fall, when New England's famed fall foliage draws in the crowds. Spring and early winter are the quietest times. The days are usually bright, clear and mostly dry, although late spring often sees the odd shower.

Natural features

There's a Moose loose aboot this hoose in Belfast

Overlooking Penobscot Bay, Belfast is an attractive seaport on the northeastern coast of Maine. Escape the hustle and bustle of Belfast's waterfront and head out north along the coast to Moose Point State Park. Located just off Route 1, it has sweeping views of the bay and north along the coast. Hikers of all levels are well catered for, with various scenic coastal trails taking in tidal pools and hidden beaches. As for wildlife, you may encounter the odd moose, the park's namesake, as well as white-tailed deer, skunks and raccoon who all call the park home.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Belfast

Fly into Rockland, ME (RKD-Knox County Regional), the closest airport, located 25.5 mi (41 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Bangor, ME (BGR-Bangor Intl.), which is 28 mi (45.1 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Belfast?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 244 vacation rentals around Belfast. From 110 house rentals to 75 cottage 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 Belfast?

Rising in the morning to glorious ocean views and the tidal roar of waves crashing on the shore. Isn't this the stuff vacation fantasies are made of? Vrbo has 92 beachside vacation rentals. Searching for a different setting? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our selection here includes:

  • 80 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 77 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 69 oceanfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Belfast?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. Providing plenty of space to spread out, they're perfect for those who want to live like a local. There are 119 houses available on Vrbo. Prices start from $70 per night. If that doesn't agree with your squad's taste, we have a range of different property types to choose from, such as:

  • Cottage: 72 vacation homes. Prices start from $95 per night.
  • Apartment: 32 vacation homes. Prices start from $105 per night.
  • Cabin: 12 vacation homes. Prices start from $200 per night.

Can I stay in Belfast in a large group?

There's nothing better than catching up with old friends or spending a few nights with your beloved relatives in an exciting new area. What's best, Vrbo has places big enough for the whole squad. The top option for larger groups here are house vacation homes, and you'll find 24 currently listed. If you're wanting to stay in a large group, the vacation properties that are suitable for you include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 82 vacation homes ideal for that size. Stay a night from just $105.
  • If you have 8 in your crew, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 43 vacation homes that are ideal. Prices begin at just $150 per night.
  • Seeking properties for rent catering to 5 guests? You'll be pleased to hear we have 28 that'll be perfect. You can score one for as little as $124 per night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can bring along your aunt, your cousins and all your friends to Belfast.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Belfast?

Vrbo is here to help you enjoy quality time with your posse. Offering up a broad selection of reasonably priced rentals, you're sure to nab a cozy lodging to suit everyone's tastes. Searsport is a good area to look at if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 15 rentals, and the average price is an affordable $177 per night. Main Street is another place to consider. We have 25 rentals here, and the average price is around $185 per night.