Destination guide

Explore the riverfront setting in Essex

Enjoy the history and other features of Essex. Well known for its riverfront, seafood restaurants and beaches, this scenic city won't disappoint. With a holiday rental, you get a home away from home – many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Essex

Are you looking for things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Essex has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Wolf Hollow (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Salem Willows Park (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Mill River Winery (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Salem Toy Museum (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • Evergreen Valley Golf Course (14.8 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Ski Bradford (16.2 mi / 26 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Essex

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Essex is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mount Ann Park (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Crane Beach (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Singing Beach (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Long Hill (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Wingaersheek Beach (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Ravenswood Park (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)

Transport to and around Essex

Fly into Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal), the closest airport, located 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), which is 18.3 mi (29.5 km) away.

Where to stay near Essex?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 575 holiday rentals near Essex. From 332 Houses to 90 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Essex for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Essex?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Essex:

  • Downtown Crossing: 345 holiday homes
  • MIT: 446 holiday homes
  • South Boston: 772 holiday homes
  • Downtown: 671 holiday homes
  • East Somerville: 37 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I rent Houses in Essex?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 332 Houses in Essex. Our other popular types of Essex holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 90 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 90 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 119 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Estates and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Essex?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 15 holiday homes with pool available in Essex. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.