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12 Airbnb boats you can stay in
Spend the night on a yacht, houseboat or barge.
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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
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
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
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
Boats on Airbnb you can rent in the Southeast
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Are Airbnbs safe during COVID-19?
Airbnbs are generally safe to stay in during the coronavirus pandemic, as long as you’re following CDC guidelines. Also be sure to research local travel restrictions before booking your rental. For extra precaution, look for Airbnbs that offer self check-in, so you can avoid physical interaction with the host.
In response to COVID-19, Airbnb has provided hosts with a cleaning protocol — developed alongside medical hygiene and hospitality experts — that includes step-by-step directions for sanitizing their property. Hosts can take a quiz confirming their understanding of this protocol. If they pass, their listing will get an Enhanced Clean indicator, offering further peace of mind that the property has undergone rigorous cleaning prior to your arrival.
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