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12 Airbnb boats you can stay in

Spend the night on a yacht, houseboat or barge.

Airbnb has over 300 boats you can rent to stay in overnight, anchored all around the United States. We combed through to catch the boats with the best reviews, amenities and nearby attractions so that you can book the perfect escape above the waves — whether your destination is Texas, California, New York City or somewhere in between. These fabulous houseboats start at less than $100 a night, and many include perks like a hot tub on the shore.

Boats on Airbnb you can rent in the Northeast

Charming Housebarge

Charming Housebarge

On the southern tip of Brooklyn near Sheephead Bay, you can sleep in a Catamaran motor yacht after a day spent in the city or at the beach. This is perfect for out-of-towners who want cheap accommodations while visiting NYC: it’s less than an hour from Chinatown and Central Park — but it can also be a wonderful getaway for city dwellers in need of a peaceful escape.

  • 13 miles from JFK Airport
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Cost: $95+ nightly
Floating Cabin Houseboat Rockaway

Floating Cabin Houseboat Rockaway

Looking out over Jamaica Bay, this houseboat truly evokes the feel of a cabin. Walk across the island to dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean.

Choose from local restaurants galore, and sign up for surf lessons available during the summer. Rent bikes to get around the island.

Listen to Mac de Marco’s album Another One to get inspired — it features wave tracks recorded in the neighborhood.

  • One block away from the A train
  • Location: Queens, NY
  • Cost: $150+ nightly
Houseboat on the Hudson

Houseboat on the Hudson

Nestled between three state parks, this houseboat comes with fishing gear, kayaks and trail maps. Hang out on the top deck at night for stunning sunset views over the Hudson.

  • 1-hour drive from Manhattan
  • Location: Stony Point, NY
  • Cost: $149+ nightly

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Boats on Airbnb you can rent in the Southeast

Floating tiny houseboat

Floating tiny houseboat

The Devocean — devotion plus ocean — was renovated in 1975 and includes all the comforts of home, including a Keurig, an electric stove with four burners and memory foam on the king-sized bed. If you’re hesitant about diving in, simply read the rave reviews.

  • About 1.5 hours north of Jacksonville
  • Location: Jekyll Island, GA
  • Cost: $195+ nightly
Houseboat downtown with bikes

Houseboat downtown with bikes

Drink your coffee with dolphins in the Charleston harbor, only a couple miles from the Historic District and within walking distance of the best restaurants. After waking up on the Atlantic’s waves, grab breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit and get a cookie from Sugar.

  • Featured on FYI Network’s show, Tiny Houses
  • Location: Charleston, SC
  • Cost: $247+ nightly

Boats on Airbnb you can rent on the West Coast

'78 Historic Yacht

’78 Historic Yacht

This fully restored yacht is a swashbuckling blend of historical and glamorous seafaring sophistication. Though it comes with a higher sticker price, you can pool funds with eight friends to get the rate down to about $110 a pop.

  • Four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Cost: $436+ nightly
Offbeat Houseboat

Offbeat Houseboat

This quirky houseboat has a junk-style design, reminiscent of ancient Chinese sailing vessels. Onboard the Turnip — yep, it’s named after a root vegetable — you’ll find gorgeous woodwork with pops of red and blue, with an overall chic-eclectic aesthetic.

  • Views of the Seattle skyline from the deck.
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Cost: $89+ nightly
Offbeat Houseboat

Spacious and airy B&B on the water

Watch the sunset turn the Pacific Ocean a magnificent shade of pink in the evenings when you rent this lovely sailboat in San Diego. You’ll also get access to all the marina’s facilities, like a hot tub, gym, fire pits and even a waterslide.

  • A light breakfast is included for your first morning aboard the boat.
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Cost: $144+ nightly

Airbnb boats you can rent in the Midwest

Offbeat Houseboat

Vintage houseboat

Step back in time when you board this old school houseboat on the banks of the muddy Mississippi. There’s running water, heating, air conditioning and even a hammock on the deck — the only thing missing is Wi-Fi because it’s truly off the grid.

  • Less than an hour north of St. Louis.
  • Location: Portage Des Sioux, MO
  • Cost: $90+ nightly
Offbeat Houseboat

Charming sailboat stay

On the shore of Lake Michigan — less than two hours north of the Windy City — you’ll find this lovely houseboat called Clementine. Be sure to stop in at the Reefpoint Brewhouse for some regional fare and take a dip in the marina’s hot tub and heated pool.

  • The owner has a special note in the description welcoming people of all races, skin colors and sexual identities aboard.
  • Location: Racine, WI
  • Cost: $103+ nightly

Airbnb boats you can rent in the Southwest

Offbeat Houseboat

Fully equipped 52′ houseboat

Embrace slow Texan living on this well-furnished houseboat, which has not one but two flat-screen TVs. It’s docked on a private island stocked with canoes, kayaks, fishing rafts and water toys, all included in your stay. There’s also a hot tub.

  • Pay extra for a fishing boat tour or sunset cruise.
  • Location: Sanger, TX
  • Cost: $242+ nightly
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Sailboat in Sanger

The owner of this sailboat actually takes you out to watch the sunset over Lake Ray Roberts. He drops the anchor about 100 yards from dry land and rows himself back to shore, so you get a night of private peace and quiet, apart from the lull of the waves.

  • This sailboat — called My Girl — is from 1977.
  • Location: Kemah, TX
  • Cost: $114+ nightly

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Airbnb safety procedures during COVID-19

In early June 2020, Airbnb provided hosts with a set of enhanced cleaning protocols with step-by-step instructions for sanitizing between guests. Hosts can take a quiz to illustrate their protocol understanding. If they pass, their listing will get anEnhanced Cleanindicator — offering further peace of mind that the property has undergone rigorous cleaning prior to your arrival.

Check the description of each property to understand how the host has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can even send a message to ask about their cleaning methods directly.

Airbnb cancellation policy during COVID-19

Airbnb is encouraging hosts to offer more flexible cancellation policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the host’s policy carefully before booking to make sure you understand the risk up front.

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