Airbnb is known for its vast selection of unique listings, and for water-loving vacationers — and those who prioritize a scenic view — houseboat vacation rentals are definitely the way to go. These floating homes can offer the best of both land and sea (or lake): quiet serenity and close proximity to town, plus they often come with access to activities like swimming, kayaking, and nature-watching. That, coupled with a low chance of getting stranded or seasick, makes houseboat rentals the ideal choice for those who are nautical at heart, yet hesitant to commit to booking a cruise. Yes, these unconventional accommodations are perfect for seafarers of all kinds, even if it's your first time setting foot on a boat.
Ahead, browse five breathtaking houseboats that you can book around the world. From a yacht in Key West that'll give you a taste of the luxe life to a rig in one of Amsterdam's famous canals, you're guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind experience by staying in a floating suite. So whether you're booking a weekend getaway close to home or a weeklong vacation abroad, if the destination is on the water, see if there's a houseboat to rent nearby. Get ready to set sail.
48' Catamaran Yacht || Key West, Florida || $350 per night
Stay in this stunning four-bedroom yacht, surrounded by the clear turquoise waters in Key West. The rig remains docked on what the host assures are calm waters, but despite being anchored, you'll enjoy all the perks of a luxe life at sea. Between sunning on the deck, snorkeling, and gazing at tropical fish from marine-level windows, stepping aboard this boat will put you on island time.
Guests have access to the amenities of the marina, including a pool, restaurants, and live music, as well as shuttle service to dining, shopping, and night clubs downtown. Bookers are also required to add a sailing excursion to the reservation, an experience that's promised to be "life-changing."
Modern & Spacious Houseboat || Amsterdam, Netherlands || $201 per night
This contemporary houseboat with room for two is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Located on a quiet canal in the heart of Amsterdam, this accommodation is an affordable way to enjoy peace, quiet, and convenience while sightseeing in this famous city.
Stay here and meander through the shops, bars, restaurants, and museums of the Oud West neighborhood; you'll also be within walking distance of public transportation. Once you're finished exploring, head back to this waterside paradise and watch ducks, swans, and boats cruise by right outside your window.
Floating Camp Nomad || Rangeley, Maine || $249 per night
Get a true taste of coastal New England with a stay aboard a charming vessel known as the Nomad. You'll feel off the grid whether floating dockside or in the middle of Rangeley Lake (the choice is yours), where you can soak in the scenery, sit around the onboard fire pit, or take a dip off the side of the boat.
Head back onshore, and you'll have access to hiking trails, kayaks, and a lakeside fire pit. If you're ready to rejoin civilization, the village of Oquossoc is a short drive away. There, you can dine in restaurants, browse local shops, and visit the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum.
Houseboat HT8 with Floating Terrace || Mielno, Poland || $85 per night
This gorgeous rental is accompanied by unobstructed water views and plenty of amenities for guests of all ages. Whether you visit with the girls, your S.O., or the entire family, there's something for everyone on the nearby grounds.
This houseboat comes with access to kayaks, bikes, sports courts, a pool, a playground, a rope course, and more — it's like glamping at its finest! But those in the mood for some rest and relaxation can opt to unwind in the floating sauna, then finish the evening with a glass of wine and the golden sunset.
Romantic Lakeside Houseboat || Seattle, Washington || $264 per night
Visiting Seattle? Book Knot House, a houseboat accommodation located in "a tightly-knit nautical community" on Lake Union. Savor coffee, cocktails, lake and city views from the second-floor deck any time of day; then come nightfall, hunker down for a theater-like experience by queuing up a movie on the projector.
When it's time for an outing, you'll have plenty to do close by: Head to local coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and landmarks, many accessible by foot or bike. This listing also comes with kayaks so guests can tour the neighborhood — how else? — by water.