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Destination guide

World-class birding on the Plum Island shoreline

Sitting off the coast ofÊMassachusetts, Plum Island is a haven of sun, sand and salt marshes. The barrier island is around 11 miles long and is named after the wildÊbeach plum shrubs that grow on its low-lying dunes. For nature lovers, Plum Island vacation rentals are a dream come true. Not only do they put you just steps from a pair of national wildlife reserves, but you'll also unlock access to some of New England's best birding opportunities.

Things to do

Barefoot adventures on Plum Island

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge covers a vast swathe of Plum Island. It's a great place for barefoot adventures, with sandy beaches, rolling dunes and salt marshes to explore. It's also prime bird watching territory, with boardwalks and lookouts making it easy to spot wood warblers, waterfowl, hawks, snowy owls and endangered piping plovers, so don't forget your binoculars. For a glimpse at Plum Island's seafaring legacy don't miss the Custom House Maritime Museum. It's housed in a heritage listed granite building and is brimming with artefacts, photos and tiny models of clipper ships.

Activities

Sun-drenched beach days at Sandy Point

Perched on the southern tip of Plum Island, Sandy Point State Reservation is a great place to swim, sunbathe and beachcomb. Want to stay just steps from the sand? Check out Plum Island vacation rentals with breezy decks, shabby chic decor and sweeping ocean views. For a lively street scene, head to Newburyport, a laid-back town at the mouth of the Merrimack River. It was once a flourishing shipping port and is lined with characterful brick buildings and Federal-style churches. If Plum Island vacation rentals feel a little secluded, why not stay in a heritage property in the heart of Newburyport?

Weather

Enjoy cozy winter escapes to Plum Island

Crowds peak in the summer, when Plum Island is drenched in sunshine. The weather is sultry and temperatures creep well into the 80s. This means swimming, sunbathing and sandcastle building are all top priorities. For quieter beaches and a low-key atmosphere, why not plan a vacation for late spring or early fall? If you're craving rest and relaxation, consider visiting Plum Island in winter. You can enjoy windswept walks on the beach, rolling waves and cozy nights by the fireplace of your Plum Island vacation rental.

Natural features

Home in on humpbacks

Overlooking the the Atlantic Ocean, Plum Island is made up of sandy beaches, salt marshes and tidal creeks. It's almost entirely protected, with Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation occupying most of the island. The island is a bucket list destination for birders and serves as an important habitat for endangered piping plovers, which love to nest on its sandy beaches. If whales are on your wish list, visit from May to October, when hundreds of humpbacks migrate along the Plum Island coast.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Plum Island

Fly into Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal), the closest airport, located 15.6 mi (25.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), which is 16.7 mi (26.9 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Plum Island, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 159 vacation rentals around Plum Island. From 79 house rentals to 29 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 near Plum Island?

Perhaps it's the dreamy ocean views, or maybe it's the opportunity to chill out during those long summer days. There's just something about a beach escape that appeals to all of us. Vrbo has 33 vacation homes by the beach to select from. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Luckily, Vrbo has a selection of other options, including:

  • 31 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 29 beachfront vacation rentals.
  • 28 ocean-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house near Plum Island?

If you're seeking a home away from home for your vacation, renting a house is a great idea. You and your group will have plenty of space for all your getaway activities. There are 55 houses currently listed on Vrbo. Prices start at $150 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other sought-after rental options, like:

  • Cottage: 21 vacation homes. Prices start from $119 per night.
  • Condo: 12 vacation homes. Prices start from $160 per night.
  • Apartment: 9 vacation homes. Prices start from $120 per night.

Can I stay near Plum Island in a large group?

Nothing compares to being reunited with old work friends or spending a couple of weeks with your beloved relatives in a terrific new location. What's best, Vrbo has options big enough for the whole squad. House vacation homes are the top option here for big groups of travelers. Our database currently has 16 available. The lodging options that can provide for large groups in the area include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we offer 62 vacation homes ideal for that size. Book a night for as little as $119.
  • If you've got 8 in your crew, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 46 vacation homes that are ideal. Prices begin at just $225 per night.
  • Going away with a group of 5? We've got 20 vacation homes that fit the bill. Prices start from $150 per night.

Your whole squad will be well looked after when you plan your Plum Island getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals near Plum Island?

Show the door to samey hotel chains! Indulge in the charm of staying like a local in a value-for-money rental instead. Check out all the unique options available now on Vrbo. When it comes to getting your hands on a fantastic deal, your first port of call should be Ipswich. Here, Vrbo has 6 rentals at an average price of $124 per night. Rye Beach is another place to check out. We have 22 rentals here, and the average price is around $240 per night.