Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Portsmouth, RI 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 $186 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Portsmouth. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

A classic coastal town

The quaint coastal community of Portsmouth was founded in the early 17th century by dissenters of the Boston colony. Fast forward a few hundred years and the town now enjoys a boom in tourism. Weekend vacationers descend upon the town to visit the historic sites, launch their yachts from the marina, browse the antique and boutique shops and swing their clubs on the public golf courses. There's plenty of Portsmouth vacation rentals in the heart of the town which you can use as a base to explore the wonderful part of Rhode Island.

Things to do

Ornate gardens in Portsmouth

Do all those activities sound like too much effort? No problem. Your Portsmouth vacation rental is close to some fascinating sites. Kids will love the Green Animals Topiary Garden, a park stretching across a gorgeous estate and is adorned with towering, impeccably pruned hedges shaped like animals, as well as a little orchid. Be sure to visit the Old School House, the oldest in the country, which is preserved in much the same way as it was over a century ago. Located on the Sakonnet River, the Greenvale Vineyards opens its doors for tastings and tours of the vineyard throughout the year.

Activities

Splash around in the calm bay waters

Just down the road from Portsmouth vacation rentals, you'll find Sandy Point Beach. It's located on the Sakoneet River which keeps the waters calm and makes for the perfect spot for splashing around, rowing and even scuba diving. Each year, Portsmouth hosts the annual Newport Polo Series, an international competition across acres of manicured greenery. Pack up a picnic and head down with the whole family to get involved in the summer event. Alternatively, check into Carnegie Abbey, a high-end club offering yachting, angling, tennis and a championship style golf course.

Weather

Famously changeable New England weather

With such a variety of indoor attractions and outdoor activities, there's no need to worry about Rhode Island's famously changeable weather. If you manage to bag a Portsmouth vacation rental in the summer, you'll most likely get treated to gorgeous sunny weather cooled by the breeze from the sea. The fall is short but full of color, after which the cold New England winter begins. Don't let this put you off visiting. Portsmouth vacation rentals can be enjoyed all year round, as can the warm restaurants, cozy bars and Rhode Island hospitality.

Natural features

Hear the song of the saltmarsh sparrow

For wildlife lovers there's nothing better than just south of your Portsmouth vacation rental to the natural wildlife refuge of Sachuest Point. The salt marsh habitat, created from the mix of fresh and tidal waters, and the shrubland made up of goldenrods and wild radish teem with species. Though on the decline, you can still spot the population of New England cottontail rabbits who vie for land with the more adaptable eastern cottontails. The bright plumage of the Harlequin duck is a sight to see, and you can hear the song of the saltmarsh sparrow everywhere you go.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Portsmouth

Fly into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), the closest airport, located 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State), which is 6.1 mi (9.7 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Portsmouth, RI?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 812 vacation rentals around Portsmouth. From 389 house rentals to 89 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 Portsmouth?

There's nothing better than the feeling of sand beneath your feet and the taste of sea salt on your lips. It's time to muster up your posse for some lively beach action. Luckily, there are 258 beachside vacation properties to spirit yourself away to. Open to more ideas? Vrbo has tons of other options to browse through, including:

  • 168 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 159 city-center vacation rentals.
  • 114 ocean-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Portsmouth?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. With loads of space to spread out, they're perfect if you want to live like a local. There are 354 options available on Vrbo. Prices start from $80 per night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other popular rental options, like:

  • Apartment: 110 vacation homes. Prices start from $78 per night.
  • Condo: 99 vacation homes. Prices start from $96 per night.
  • Cottage: 81 vacation homes. Prices start from $82 per night.

Can I stay in Portsmouth in a large group?

Whether you're heading off on a special trip with the entire family or spending a few nights away with your old school mates, it's a whole lot of fun hanging out under the one roof! The good news is that Vrbo has places to suit. Why not have a look at the 77 house vacation homes available here? They're the leading option for large groups of visitors. If you're hoping to travel in a larger group, the rental properties that are suitable for you include:

  • Are you on the hunt for vacation homes that can fit 6 people? We have 363 that will be ideal. The prices start from $83 per night.
  • Looking for a place for 8 people? We have 216 that will be perfect. The starting price is $233 per night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 10? We offer 139 vacation homes that will suit. Prices start from $90 a night.

You and the squad will be well catered to when you plan your Portsmouth adventure with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Portsmouth?

Vrbo has plenty of great budget-concious rentals. Treat your gang to a fancy meal out or extend your vacation for a few nights with all the moolah leftover. Melville is a fantastic area to investigate if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 9 rentals, and the average price is a very affordable $144 per night. Wickford is another place to check out. We've got 9 rentals here, and the average price is around $244 a night.

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