Let’s float a new idea past you for your next getaway: a vacation rental houseboat. You get all of the creature comforts as home, along with fantastic waterfront views…from right on top of the water! And it doesn’t have to break the bank. We rounded up 10 of them from Boston Harbor to the south of France, with average nightly rates starting at $175 per night. So there are options for every budget.
Three bedroom houseboat in Key West, Florida
From $300 per night
Docked at Key West Yacht Club Marina, this modern Floridian houseboat includes free access to a host of “members only” amenities including a swimming pool, private beach, tiki bar, fitness facility, and sauna. Inside: a full kitchen, three bedrooms, and a large roof deck perfect for dining al fresco. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “The boat was very clean and spacious. Enough room for the six of us to spread out. Our favorite part was the roof deck where we watched the sunset!”
Four bedroom houseboat in Paris, France
From $403 per night
Moored on the Seine just minutes from the Eiffel Tower, this Parisian houseboat is all about the river views. Dine outdoors on the tranquil terrace and take in the scenery. Head inside and each of the four bedrooms looks out onto the water – the master bathroom even features a relaxing soaking tub. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Charming, spacious and comfortable accommodation in a quiet yet accessible location for central Paris.”
Three bedroom houseboat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
From $225 per night
This custom designed vessel features three private bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances including a dishwasher, flat-screen television, and an expansive roof deck. On the terrace, you’ve got lounge chairs, a dining area, wet bar, and mood lighting for that perfect evening ambiance. One TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Beautiful and spacious, great place to go with kids.”
Four bedroom barge in Moissac, France
From $17,081 per week
When you arrive at Easyvie, you get a “Welcome Aboard” dinner and drinks before exploring the rivers and canals of southwest France. Yeah, sounds perfect, right? It gets better: you’ll enjoy panoramic views of picturesque towns, orchards and farmland while enjoying breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea from the veranda. At night, have dinner at one of the great eateries along the route before heading to bed in one of four cozy bedrooms.
Two bedroom houseboat in Bourne, Massachusetts
From $200 per night
Located in Cape Cod’s Kingman Yacht Center, this floating home offers an open-floor plan, 11-foot cathedral ceilings and can comfortably accommodate six guests. On board, make home-cooked meals in the galley kitchen and dine outside while enjoying the sunset over Buzzards Bay.
Two bedroom yacht in Boston, Massachusetts
From $300 per night
This 36-foot Carver boat at Lewis Wharf features two private bedrooms, a well-stocked galley kitchen with a convertible dinette, a covered deck perfect for entertaining, and a flying bridge that gives way to stunning views of Boston Harbor. And the New England Aquarium, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall are all just a stroll away.
Six bedroom houseboat in Peoria, Arizona
From $595 per night
Docked at Scorpion Bay Marina on Lake Pleasant, this place has six bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a spacious roof deck perfect for enjoying the Arizona sunset.If you can pull yourself away from the house for a bite to eat, Dillon’s BBQ Restaurant and Bar offers snacks, sandwiches, ice cream, beer, and even pool toys.
Two bedroom houseboat in Sausalito, California
From $5,000 per month
Floating at the end of Liberty Dock in Sausalito, this popular two-level home often books up months in advance. If you like modern, this one’s for you. Amenities include stainless steel kitchen appliances, a chiminea-style indoor fireplace, and a roof-deck terrace. Oh, and there are kayaks for exploring the bay. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “We stayed on Tobiko for a month and couldn’t have been happier. The house is beautiful, the roof deck is amazing, the beds are comfortable and it had everything we needed.”
One bedroom houseboat in Amsterdam, Netherlands
From $188 per night
Situated in the heart of Jordaan on the Prinsengracht canal, this houseboat is within walking distance of markets, restaurants, cafes, historical sites, and public transportation.Inside, you’ll find polished hardwood floors, ornate furnishings, and a sleek, modern kitchen. Which is almost as cool as the balcony, where you can relax and take in this quaint European city. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “We loved the houseboat, it’s spacious yet very cozy, the entire experience was great and totally recommend it.”
Two bedroom houseboat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
From $175 per night
Boasting high ceilings with exposed beams, this Philadelphia houseboat features a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed as well as a loft with two twin beds, making it a great choice for families. And you’ve got a roof deck (perfect for sunsets), which offers magnificent metropolitan views. “The Pisces in Philadelphia was awesome. The houseboat was spotlessly clean and supplied everything we needed. It was within walking distance to all the historical sites, and very convenient to wonderful restaurants,” commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.
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