The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in New Jersey

The vacation rentals on offer in New Jersey promise to make you feel at home during what will no doubt be a busy stay
The vacation rentals on offer in New Jersey promise to make you feel at home during what will no doubt be a busy stay | Courtesy of City's Escape /
Nick Dauk

New Jersey is a state of many faces and it’ll take more than one holiday to see them all. From the casinos in Atlantic City to the trains granting instant access to the Big Apple, it’s hard to choose between all of the tempting vacation itineraries possible. The decision is all the more difficult when you discover how many diverse New Jersey vacation homes there are. Beachside apartments, big city suites and lakefront homes are just a small sample of the best New Jersey vacation rentals. Here’s our round-up of the finest stays – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Home Away Luxury Apartments at Washington, for easy access to New York’s attractions


Living area with a gray corner sofa, a dining table and chairs, and large windows with a view of Manhattan at Home Away Luxury Apartments at Washington
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Sleep one night in these luxury Jersey City apartments and you’ll never want to leave. You’ll be put in the New York State of Mind thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows facing Manhattan. Ultra-modern furnishings give sleek style to every room, in and out of your apartment. The on-site screening room, state-of-the-art fitness center, playground and pool overlooking the NYC skyline check every box. You may not be able to hit Manhattan in a New York minute, but you can walk to One World Trade Center in 30.

2. Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia, for ferries to Battery Park


Living area with gray seating, colourful artwork on the wall, an orange patterned rug and views of Manhattan at Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia
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Hang out in Hoboken as long as you’d like at these studio suites and apartments. Get big city vibes from gazing at Manhattan from across the Hudson River from the seventh-floor rooftop terrace and yoga studio on site. Go ahead and claim the kitchen suites if you like to do the cooking, but with the city out of your window, you’ll be eager to explore the area. Get a taste of the turf and eat your way down hip Newark Avenue nearby, lined with popular dining options such as Two Boots Pizza and Gypsy Grill.

3. Swan Lake Resort Rentals, for tranquil lake views


A living area with wooden beams on the ceiling, a dark-wood table and chairs, and wooden floors at Swan Lake Resort Rentals
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Close your eyes and picture your perfect vacation home in New Jersey. Now, open them and rent it out at Swan Lake Resort. Live out your vacation fantasies in the one-bedroom Lakehouse, walking the deck to within 20ft (6m) of the eponymous lake. Get lost in the wooded Sanctuary House or soak your weary muscles in the jacuzzi tub of the Secluded House. From the rustic Plantation and Country Houses to the charming Cottage House and Farm House, there is something here to suit almost any taste.

4. 5100 Vacation Club - Condo/Hotel, for luxury condos in Wildwood

Boutique Hotel, Suite Hotel

Kitchen area at 5100 Vacation Club - Condo/Hotel with a turquoise-colored tiled wall, wooden countertops and metal bar stools
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The Vacation Club is by far the coolest club on Wildwood’s shores. Luxury two-bedroom condos are ready to wow you and eight of your crew. The furnished balconies offer the privacy you want when the community pool and green space get a little crowded. No need to overpack, either; the kitchen is fully stocked and beach boxes jam packed with goodies are also available. All you need to bring are sunglasses, a tube of lotion, and a bathing suit that’ll make you feel at home on the Jersey shore.

5. La Sammana Resort, for easy access to the waves in Brigantine

Apartment, Suite Hotel

Resist the temptation to flock to Atlantic City, and La Sammana Resort will treat you to a Brigantine beach getaway that’s far from a gamble. These New Jersey vacation rentals are ideal for small groups; studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites will cater to any sized shoal of surfers and sunbathers. A cup of java from the morning coffee bar tastes even better on the rooftop pool. Their free shuttle service runs on demand, getting you to the waves at a moment’s notice.

6. Montclair Apartments by Gracen Properties, for sightseeing in Montclair


Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds with orange parasols in front of the main building of Montclair Apartments by Gracen Properties
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Discover the art, culture, and outdoor recreation of Montclair from this one-bedroom apartment. This suburb feels like a small city with its unique community. Spend your days squatting in coffee shops or shuffling around boutiques. Your best intentions will insist that you save money via the full kitchen, but the local restaurant scene will convince you otherwise. There are other opportunities to pinch pennies, particularly with visits to Montclair’s many public parks.

7. BlueWavePlace Central NJ - Piscataway, for easy campus access in Piscataway


A blue-painted wall and white sofa in a room at BlueWavePlace Central NJ - Piscataway
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Whether you want to relive your college years or are an aspiring scholar, this New Jersey vacation rental keeps you within 10 minutes of Rutgers. Two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchenette and a bathroom fills this small space, giving you a cozy retreat close to campus. A few restaurants and parks are around the corner, but you won’t use much gas driving out of this residential area. Within two minutes, you can find drinks at Ashton Brewing or Vietnamese bites at Saigon.

8. Garfield Beach House, for days out on Wildwood’s beaches


Exterior of Garfield Beach House, made up of three storeys, with white balconies and an external staircase
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It’s always a beach day at this vacation rental on New Jersey’s Atlantic shore. Reserve a one- or two-bedroom apartment, each sleeping four to six with full kitchens inside. You’ll hardly remember the color of the walls, though – you’ll be too busy bumming out on the Wildwood Boardwalk or Wildwood Beach, both right around the corner. Consider this bungalow near the beach your temporary residence while your sandcastles are still being constructed.

9. 6 Bedroom Townhome Minutes from NYC, for ferry rides to Manhattan


A bedroom at Citys Escape with a double bed with white linen, wooden floors, white furniture and a black fireplace
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Want to live out your Big Apple fantasies without sleeping in a micro apartment? This six-bedroom in Jersey City is a fast ferry ride from Manhattan. There’s more than enough space for your crew to sleep, and with four bathrooms, no one will hog the shower. An elegantly curved staircase leads upstairs to the bedrooms where you can take a quiet nap while the others chit-chat on the backyard patio. Set an alarm to watch NYC come alive with lights from a spot on the Hoboken Waterfront.

10. City's Escape, for escaping from it all near Philly


Exterior of Citys Escape two-bedroom abode, with white-painted cladding and a yard with seating and a barbecue
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You don’t need to be on holiday to scoop up this vacation rental in New Jersey – only an hour from Philadelphia, this two-bedroom abode is the escape from the city that you crave. A deep soaking tub, indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pit will make you forget all about the concrete jungle. Trade time in traffic gridlock for hours in front of the grill, because you don’t need Geno to make a cheesesteak for you.

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