Destination guide

South Bristol, a gateway to the Pine Tree State

One of Maine's oldest towns, South Bristol is brimming with New England charm. Whether you're looking for relaxation, outdoor adventures or a bit of both, South Bristol promises an invigorating stay in the Pine Tree State. Spend your days beach hopping along the coast, paddling in sheltered bays and devouring lobster hauled straight from the Atlantic Ocean. Sound like your kind of getaway? South Bristol vacation rentals capture the spirit of the laidback coastal community, with a characterful lineup of turn-of-the-century cottages and luxury waterfront homes.

Things to do

Discover New England history in South Bristol

The original town of Bristol was incorporated in 1765, which makes it one of the oldest in the state. Find out more about this postcard-perfect slice of Maine at the South Bristol Historical Society Museum, which is brimming with memorabilia. Kids will love riding the Boothbay Railway Village, a narrow-gauge steam train that winds through a recreated New England town. Of course, the Gulf of Maine is as much about R&R as it is history lessons. South Bristol vacation rentals make it easy to relax, with sun-drenched decks and gorgeous ocean views.


Sandy beaches and sumptuous seafood in South Bristol

From sandy bays to lush pine forests, Mother Nature didn't overlook Mid Coast Maine. You can beach hop along the coast, hike in land trust preserves and kayak around secluded islands. From May to October, Maine steps up as one of America's top whale-watching destinations. Humpbacks are more or less guaranteed, with fins, minkes, pilots and sperms also making an appearance. Maine is famous for its seafood, so why not enjoy a dockside meal in the Boothbay East Side district? Or, retreat to the deck of your South Bristol vacation rental cottage for lobster rolls and local craft beer.


Sun-drenched summers in South Bristol

South Bristol is at its best in the summer, when Mid Coast Maine enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. Crowds spike over the US summer school holidays. Planning a family vacation to Mid Coast Maine? With spacious living areas, grassy gardens and private docks, South Bristol vacation rentals provide an ideal setting for sun-splashed getaways. If romance is a top priority, why not rug up and visit in winter, when windswept walks on the beach and cozy nights by the fireplace are the order of the day?

Natural features

Birdwatching and beach hopping in South Bristol

South Bristol is perched on the Gulf of Maine, just a stone's throw from Boothbay Harbor. You'll be within striking distance of countless beaches, including Pemaquid Beach Park. With sugar-white sand and a grassy foreshore, it's a great place to spend the day. Witch Island Audubon Sanctuary sits just offshore and serves as a sanctuary for local birdlife. Calm water and rocky waterscapes make it a great place to launch a kayak or canoe. Green thumbs will love Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, an oasis of maritime forests, flower-strewn meadows and ornamental gardens.

How many vacation rentals are available around South Bristol, ME?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 600 vacation rentals around South Bristol. From 253 house rentals to 254 cabin 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 water-view property in South Bristol?

Everybody need to get away sometimes. When the crazy pace of day-to-day life begins to take a toll, rinse off that stress and head towards the water. Vrbo has 263 vacation rentals with waterfront views in this destination. Alternatively, you might be interested in trying something a bit different. Vrbo has plenty of rental options to choose from, including:

  • 217 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 215 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 178 shore-front vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in South Bristol?

Our house vacation rentals are real properties for real travelers. Offering plenty of space and privacy, they're perfect for those who want to live like a local. There are 248 houses currently on Vrbo. Prices start from $85 per night. If that doesn't match your squad's taste, we've got a range of different property types to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 223 vacation homes. Prices start from $100 per night.
  • Apartment: 41 vacation homes. Prices start from $95 per night.
  • Cabin: 40 vacation homes. Prices start from $130 per night.

Can I stay in South Bristol in a large group?

There's nothing more exciting than being somewhere completely new with your family and loved ones. The best news is Vrbo has places to suit large groups. Why not browse through the 87 house vacation homes listed here? They're the top choice for large groups of visitors. Properties for rent in this area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we've got 283 vacation homes just right for that size. Spend a night from just $110.
  • If you've got 8 in your squad, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 110 vacation homes that are suitable. Prices begin at just $130 per night.
  • Hunting down properties for rent to suit 5 people? You'll be glad to discover we have 56 that will fit the bill. You can secure one for as little as $108 per night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you can bring your aunt, your brother and all your mates to South Bristol.

Where are the cheapest rentals in South Bristol?

Vrbo has a wide range of great budget-concious rentals. Treat your squad to a lavish meal out or hang around a bit longer with all the moolah leftover. Pemaquid Beach is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 25 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $208 a night, it's not hard to see why. West Southport is another great option. We've got 19 rentals here, and the average price is around $228 per night.

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