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Destination guide

Ocean fun and leaves in fall – visit the fairest of them all

Fairhaven is likely one of the most beautiful small towns on the East Coast, with a historic downtown featuring noted architectural landmarks and walkable tree-lined streets that lead to the ocean. This seaside community on the shore of Buzzards Bay shares a harbor with the famed whaling port of New Bedford, but Fairhaven has its own whaling history to be proud of, not to mention an American Revolutionary War-era fort. The fall foliage is spectacular, and the beaches, boat launches, and bike trails aren't bad either.

Things to do

A veritable haven of history and culture

Vacationers would do well to pair a beach day at Fort Phoenix State Reservation with a visit to the fort itself. Built in 1775, Fort Phoenix is within sight of the first naval battle of the American Revolution. Another can't-miss sight in town is the Millicent Library, designed by noted architect Charles Brigham and described by Mark Twain as "the ideal library." It features a collection of memorabilia that narrates the the tale of Manjiro Nakahama, who spent time in Fairhaven as one of the first Japanese people to visit the United States.

Activities

A schedule you'll like – walk, beach, bike

The town is a paradise for walkers and bikers. If your Fairhaven vacation rental is near the Visitor's Center, you can stroll to the starting point of your walking tour of downtown's historic highlights. In summer, travelers love the beach at Fort Phoenix State Reservation park. For a day of frolicking on the beach and biking, followed by more beach fun, pedal from Fort Phoenix across the causeway to West Island Town Beach, a small, sandy island free of crowds but full of great kayaking. You can also launch your boat or kayak from Hoppy's Landing, between Nasketucket and Buzzards Bay.

Weather

Fair skies and fairly frequent showers in Fairhaven

Fairhaven has a humid, subtropical climate, which means that the ocean takes the edge off extreme temps, but the region still sees dramatic changes with the seasons. Highs are in the 30s and 40s in winter, when you can likely find a Fairhaven vacation rental at a bargain price. Summer temps reach the 80s and low 90s. Fall is a popular time of year for families, friends, and honeymooners. The autumn leaves will leave you in awe. Pack your favorite rain boots, whatever the season. Precipitation is always a possibility.

Natural features

If it's winged or wet, you can find it in Fairhaven

A couple of spots in particular seem tailor-made for nature lovers. If your Fairhaven vacation rental is near the Phoenix Bike Trail, you're in luck. You can ride to the 70-acre Little Bay Conservation Area. Its pier stretches out into Buzzards Bay, offering excellent fishing and views of the surrounding saltmarsh. You can also explore coastal farmland and forests on Shaw Farm Trail. It connects to the bike path as well, and offers trails criss-crossing streams and wetlands, perfect for birdwatching, running, and hiking.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Fairhaven

Fly into New Bedford, MA (EWB-New Bedford Regional), the closest airport, located 5.7 mi (9.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Plymouth, MA (PYM-Plymouth Municipal), which is 20.9 mi (33.6 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Fairhaven, MA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 40 vacation rentals around Fairhaven. From 21 house rentals to 15 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 an ocean-view property in Fairhaven?

If you're a sucker for seaside horizons and the sound of ebbing waves, you're in luck! There are 15 beachside vacation homes to select from. Open to other suggestions? Vrbo has loads more property options to investigate, including:

  • 13 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 13 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 12 beachfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Fairhaven?

Instead of getting a forgettable, cookie-cutter hotel room this vacation, you could rent a whole house. You'll be part of the neighborhood before you know it! There are 19 options currently listed on Vrbo. Prices start from $148 per night. Maybe your crew would sooner chill out in a cottage? There are 13 available, with a starting price of just $125 a night.

Can I stay in Fairhaven in a large group?

There's nothing more enjoyable than staying somewhere completely new with your family and loved ones. And the great news is Vrbo has options to suit big groups. House vacation homes are the most popular option here for large groups of guests. Our worldwide database presently has 6 available. If you are hoping to stay in a big group, the rental options that will serve you well include:

  • Are you on the hunt for vacation homes that can hold 6 people? We have 22 that will fit the bill. Prices start from $161 per night.
  • Keen to find a vacation rental for 5 guests? We have 10 that will work well. You can get one for as low as $125 a night.
  • Looking for places for rent catering to 14 guests? You'll be happy to learn we have 6 that'll be perfect. You can secure one from just $333 per night.

You and all your mates will be more than satisfied when you arrange your Fairhaven escape with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Fairhaven?

Those noisy hotel swimming pools are no place to spend those precious vacation moments! Explore our reasonably priced rentals today and make sure everyone in your crew has enough room to spread out. When it comes to getting your hands on an amazing deal, your first port of call should be Ponds of Plymouth. Here, Vrbo has 16 rentals at an average price of $214 per night. Buttermilk Bay is another great option. We have 6 rentals here, and the average price is around $230 per night.