Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Essex, Massachusetts - Updated 2024

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A beautiful county surrounded by water, you’ll find something for everyone in Essex, Massachusetts! It’s a great place for a quiet vacation, whether for a shorter trip, or a longer stay. You can take river cruises, kayak, explore the various ecologies of the rivers and the bay, or just explore the multiple quiet towns in the area! So what are you waiting for? Be sure to read below about the Airbnb vacation rentals in the area, for your next unique family retreat or an adventure with friends in one of the nicest places on the East Coast!

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 16, 2024.

1. Historic two-bedroom oceanfront apartment in Salem (from USD 149)

This oceanfront apartment with a private entrance is a great option for relaxation! It comes with a recently renovated kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, offering all you could need for a quiet stay with beautiful waterfront views! Be sure to check out the seasonal events that happen in Salem at different points in the year, ranging from the Salem Arts Festival to the Salem International Film Festival!

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Salem, Massachusetts, United States
2.13 km (1.4 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
605 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful view from the apartment
the heated bathroom floors made waking up a bit easier and the backyard was gorgeous
the view from the apartment’s backyard has the same serene picture postcard scene
we definitely took advantage of the picturesque views just a few steps out of our room
this is a lovely quaint apartment with an incredible view
it’s clean and quiet
the place was clean and roomy
the apartment was very clean with an ample supply of towels and toiletries
this apartment is charming and clean
the apartment was clean and we'll equipped
dale and john were great hosts
dale was a great host offering 1st class hospitality
dale was an excellent host
the hosts were gracious and we were provided with everything we needed
the hosts are a pleasure to deal with welcoming and thoughtful
amazing location right on the water
excellent location and comfortable surroundings
being near the park is wonderful
perfect location in very quiet neighborhood
the location of this house is close by to all the attractions and restaurants
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2. Lovely room in a beautiful house (from USD 83)

This shared room in a house is a perfect fit for two people who just need a simple place to stay! With a mostly private bath, shared living spaces, and a convenient location to the beach as well as the local shopping and dining scene, it’s almost ideal! The one drawback is the space doesn’t include kitchen access, but does have a mini-fridge in the room. The beautiful neighborhood of Manchester-by-the-Sea is chock full of trails, beaches, and is especially known for its yachting harbor and delectable lobster, definitely a great way to spend your days here!

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, United States
11.22 km (7.0 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
188 reviews   Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bedroom overlooking the patio was so plush and comfortable
everything from the room to the bed to the beautiful fresh flowers and breakfast/coffee every morning we’re perfect
the room was spacious the bed was exceptionally comfortable and the air was fresh
there is always amazing tea and coffee available and the breakfast was a really nice addition
she set a beautiful breakfast table in front of a bay window with a pleasant view
we found everything clean and extremely comfortable
peaceful clean and homey private room
very comfortable clean and welcoming
the room was comfortable and clean
her home is exceptionally clean and the shared bathroom space was not an issue at all
page’s home is lovely and she was a great host
she's delightful to speak with and a super host
page was an outstanding host and her home is absolutely lovely
the gardens at her home are welcoming places and and she is a most welcoming host
she was very helpful with local tips
cozy house in a neat location
fantastic stay at page’s place
first off the location is fantastic
beautiful quiet location wonderful host close to everything
the neighbourhood is beautiful and just far enough away from the busyness of boston
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3. Bright and cheerful cottage in Gloucester (from USD 365)

Planning a large gathering? No problem because you can stay in this Gloucester cottage which fits up to eight people in a magnificent house that’s overlooking a marsh just on the edge of Essex Bay. Surrounded by nature, it means cell phone service is extremely limited, but you’ll be truly immersed in the geography of the Northeast, having plenty of access to both the beach and the woods! You’ll still have WiFi access, and of course, a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and everything you need for a dream idyllic retreat!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
17.69 km (11.0 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
157 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 6 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
deck and grill were great for cookouts and kitchen was well equipped for cooking
we especially appreciated air conditioning given the outside temperature and humidity
there is a great view from the living room onto the deck and from the downstairs bedroom too
the rooms were cozy the kitchen had great amenities
it is quite roomy with plenty of space for people to spread out and get comfortable
everything was very clean
the house is clean and nicely decorated
exceptionally clean beds were comfortable and plenty of towels provided
the house is very clean and cozy
clean comfortable and had everything we needed
the owner is very responsive
our host was vey responsive to all our questions
karen was a great host
the owners have done a great renovation downstairs
the house was beautiful and the hospitality of the hosts was greatly appreciated
beautiful location overlooking marsh lands
awesome location quiet and beautiful
this location was very comfortable and very well equipped
nice peaceful location yet easy to get to restaurants and things to do
you are minutes away from many great restaurants and local antique shops
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4. "The Barn" across from the Great Salt Marsh (from USD 225)

Dubbed “The Barn,” this Airbnb on the Great Salt Marsh retains all the coziness of a small barn, but with the comfort of any other modern living space. The living space fits up to three people, and dates all the way back to the 1850s, though was renovated just a couple of years ago. It includes a fully-stocked kitchen, outside barbecue, and even an option to host events such as a wedding, with prior notice. And of course, it fits wonderfully as a vacation rental as well, next to the beautiful beaches and rivers, and also Russell Orchards, where you can pick up some delicious pastries!

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Essex, Massachusetts, United States
15.14 km (9.5 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
135 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Barn 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the fold out couch is comfortable and easy to make up
the bed was super comfortable thoughtful touches everywhere including fresh cut flowers
the wifi and cable tv worked great a must for the teenagers
the wide plank wood floors and decor are extremely charming and the space is very comfortable
it boasts a comfortable (& very clean ) setting and was delightfully rustic but with modern amenities (yay dishwasher )
it was exceptionally clean and maintained
it was very clean with a full kitchen and a great bathroom
the apartment was clean and comfortable and we were lacking nothing we needed
this apartment is very stylish clean and well appointed
the apartment is beautiful and very clean
overall she was a great host
marla is a very thoughtful host
marla was very accommodating and friendly
marla was very communicative accommodating and friendly
instant response time and very helpful
very private great location pretty place
also the location is great
cute little studio above a garage work shop
great location within walking distance to loads of shops and restaurants in essex
we will definitely come back and truly enjoyed this location
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5. Private bedroom with full bath (from USD 130)

Just overlooking the Salt Marsh and the Essex River, this private bedroom for two is an ideal escape. It’s in a very central location, close to lots of seafood, museums, castles, and easy access to the beaches and riverbanks as well! You even have your own porch to relax on, as well as access to more amenities on the first floor.

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Essex, Massachusetts, United States
15.29 km (9.5 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
116 reviews   Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from the sitting room and the small deck are terrific
loved staying with kathleen in her beautiful home the room with wonderful
very comfortable canopy bed a nice sitting room and access to a small deck
the space was exactly as described and very comfortable
i slept like a rock in the queen bed and had a great shower
clean spacious and comfortable plus great communication
the inside is clean and comfortable
the room is clean and cheery and is just what you see
everything was very clean and kathleen made us feel welcome from the minute we met
the room we stayed in on 2nd floor was charming comfortable and very clean ideal for couple
host was most helpful with advice on area eateries
kathleen was a great host
kathleen was a great host
she was a warm host and has great recommendations for exploring essex
kathleen was a wonderful host she was very friendly and welcoming
the room and location were wonderful
great location great price very friendly
a+++ i loved the location walking distance to restaurants shops & coffee
short walk to several nice restaurants and woodman's
the house is right on main st which makes it great for walking to downtown attractions
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6. Private beach home in Gloucester Squish Inn (from USD 245)

Located right on the edge of Essex Bay, this unit features access to a private beach! It’s a perfect getaway for any couple that enjoys their privacy and wants a relaxing stay in the beautiful Northeast region of the United States. It’s equipped with a fridge, microwave, Keurig, and when rented in conjunction with the other Airbnb in the cottage, you’ll have full access to the kitchen and deck as well! There’s no better place that allows you to watch sunrises every day from the comfort of your own home!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
20.88 km (13.0 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
255 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities were fantastic from comfortable beach chairs umbrellas to fishing rods
the cottage is very comfortable and has everything you need
the room was just as described but even more lovely than we imagined
our room was absolutely amazing
very clean and comfortable
it was very clean very quaint and well-decorated
their place was beautiful and clean
squish inn is impeccably clean cozy and welcoming
it was sparkling clean and a perfect location for us
great hosts and great people
they are kind and thoughtful hosts
genuinely kind host who wants to make sure you have the perfect stay
hosts were attentive and provided nice extra touches
awesome place and awesome hosts amazing beach
a great location
for starters the location is absolutely amazing
the location is wonderful - safe beautiful easy to access
the location and beach were great we really enjoyed our time
a beautiful room a few steps away from a long and quiet private beach
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7. One-bedroom apartment (from USD 225)

This cozy space for four is a great location for travelers coming to the area of Essex! Located in a great neighborhood near the water, you’ll be provided with different types of kayaks, as well as a paddle board, and all the other necessities you would need for your beach experience! The area boasts spectacular panoramic views in all weathers and is sure to be a wonderful place to stay when on a visit to New England.

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Essex, Massachusetts, United States
18.53 km (11.6 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
44 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the double bed in the bedroom was very comfortable
the apartment is bright clean and nicely decorated
the apartment was clean and beautifully decorated
martha was a wonderful host
she was very helpful and sweet
martha was very quick to respond helpful and friendly
martha is a very friendly and great host and was always there if needed
martha was very hospitable and helpful
so close to crane beach and delicious seafood restaurants
martha's place is so sweet
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8. The 1684 David Burnham House

The pictures of this antique house are truly worth a thousand words. Full of intricate architecture and furnishings, this bed and breakfast is a luxury stay right on a lake that will feel like you have your own cottage in the woods. It’s definitely one of the most unique places to stay in Essex.

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12.45 km (7.8 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
6 reviews  
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

9. Serene getaway

This large private estate is truly a luxurious getaway for any large group. With stunning and unique views of the Essex River and Crane’s Beach, it’s sure to be a vacation you will never forget. The 45-acre (18.2 hectare) property features lots of paths for pleasant walks, a tennis court, and a private dock for those that want to bring a kayak. And if the large property is a bit too quiet at times, the village, with many restaurants and shops to peruse is just a walk away!

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Essex, Massachusetts, United States
14.69 km (9.2 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
52 reviews  
Entire house 4 Beds 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

10. Suite of rooms with private bath

This private room is in a larger house but has all you could need, with a queen bed and a private bathroom. It’s located just north of Boston, making it convenient to get to the city, but also a great smaller town to explore! Be sure to check out Cranes beach for some of the best ocean views, or tour around the extravagant Cranes Castle! It’s right in the center of Essex, in close proximity to both the ocean and the city.

Stayed at this property?
Essex, Massachusetts, United States
14.9 km (9.3 mi) from Salem Witch Museum
51 reviews  
Private room in house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi not a problem
there was a super spread for breakfast
the beds were very comfortable (so much so that we overslept ) and the baths were immaculate
comfortable rooms super smooth sheets great amenities sensible interior and details and spotless bathroom
the other is directly on top of the stairs with a single but comfortable bed
the bathroom was clean and beautifully designed
it was clean quiet and relaxing
the rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable
the rooms were clean comfortable and private
the suite was clean cozy comfortable quiet
i had a wonderful 3 day stay with barry and sarah who were very kind helpful and gracious hosts
our hosts were very welcoming and provided delicious food for breakfast
barry and sara were wonderful hosts
best hosts ever the home was so lovely and charming and barry and sara were wonderful
barry and sara were great hosts as well
their location is ideal for walking around essex
the location was perfect for everything we wanted to do
the room was wonderful and such a perfect location within walking distance to so much
the neighborhood is quiet and safe
house and room beautifully decorated and great location on the north shore
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Explore nature

You’ll find beautiful views and abundant culture in Essex and the surrounding cities in Massachusetts, and with these options for vacation rentals, you’re sure to have a super comfortable stay, where you can put all your focus on exploring the exquisite nature and food that Essex has to offer!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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