These were the top getaways on Airbnb and Vrbo

Jacquelyne Bretado

Adriana Morga Aug. 18, 2021Updated: Aug. 18, 2021 2:26 p.m. 1of9Rolando and Marianne Tecun, of Bridgeport, beat the heat with their first trip to the beach of the summer at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut MediaShow MoreShow Less 2of9 A man enjoys the […]

Last summer, in the height of the pandemic, many Connecticut residents opted for staycations rather than going abroad or across the country. This year, while cities have re-opened and restrictions loosened, data shows that many residents still chose to keep their endeavors local. 

While Connecticut has many landscapes to offer, most visitors were drawn to the state’s coastal areas this summer. Nearly 40 percent of the demand for Vrbo, a short-term rental site, in the state has been for homes located in the New London area, according to Nancy Lien, Public Relations Manager for Vrbo. 

“We know the coastal areas of the state—including the cities, towns and tourism businesses within them—tend to attract the most visitors each summer,” said Christine Castonguay, Interim Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. 

A 10-year-old girl runs along the Old Saybrook Town Beach in this archive shot.

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When Connecticut residents chose to leave the state, they mostly traveled to nearby states. According to Vrbo, these were the most visited places by state residents this summer: Cape Cod, Mass., Washington County, R.I., White Mountain, N.H. , York County, Maibe and Kissimmee, Fla.

In addition to coastal destinations, rural travel has also increased during the pandemic. Rural destinations accounted for 28 percent of Airbnb bookings in the U.S. in 2021 — up from 10 percent in 2015.

In Connecticut this summer, the top destinations on Airbnb were either rural or coastal. Here are the top five visited towns in Connecticut this summer, according to Airbnb. 


Autumn color alights the Litchfield Hills. Below, cruising the Connecticut River.

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New England-style waterside homes, Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, New England, USA.

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Water and trail at Bluff Point State Park  in Groton.

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A flock of sandpipers feeds in the intertidal zone on Milford Point in Milford, Conn. in December, 2020.

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Old Saybrook

Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, or The Kate, Main Street in Old Saybrook.

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