Last Updated July 16, 2021 7/16/2021

17 Best Houseboat Vacation Rentals in the World

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If you enjoy the water, a houseboat rental can offer a unique stay that provides easy access and picturesque views. You can wake up and enjoy it immediately without having to drive, and a peaceful night’s sleep is practically guaranteed. These rentals can be found around the world, from California to Sweden and even South Africa all of which are sure to provide a memorable experience.

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Chapel Turned Houseboat at Marina with Pool & Jacuzzi - Palmetto, Florida
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Chapel Turned Houseboat

Chapel Turned Houseboat at Marina with Pool & Jacuzzi - Palmetto, Florida

Originally built as a wedding chapel, there’s only one other houseboat like this one in the world. Located in the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton area, it sits in a marina providing a picturesque view of Manatee River and still has the original stained glass windows. It accommodates up to four guests and has a covered deck with a gas grill and area for alfresco dining, especially ideal at sunset. You’ll also have access to marina amenities, including restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, laundromat, and workout facility.

The Jetty Retreat with Canoes and Sauna - Boo, Värmdö Island, Sweden
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The Jetty Retreat with Canoes and Sauna

The Jetty Retreat with Canoes and Sauna - Boo, Värmdö Island, Sweden

This floating retreat has its own jetty, sauna, and panoramic water views – in fact, you can swim or fish right from your bedroom or the dock. Ideal for a romantic couple’s stay, it sleeps two and will immerse you in nature yet it’s close to the city of Stockholm too. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the views are to-die-for from nearly every vantage point. Coffee and breakfast are included as are games and a BBQ for cookouts is just outside the entrance. Enjoy access to a dock and sandy beach too.

Lovely Houseboat - Prague, Czechia
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Dining Table at Lovely Houseboat on the River

Lovely Houseboat - Prague, Czechia

Guests rave about this houseboat that sleeps up to three. It’s close to restaurants, cafes, and a subway for easy access to attractions in the city. In fact, popular spots like the National Theatre and Dancing House can be reached in just 15 minutes on foot. It includes two terraces for enjoying the serene view of the river and Vyšehrad castle. A cooking area and dinner table with chairs as well as a bathroom with a shower and toilet are all included too.

CDA Houseboat - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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CDA Houseboat - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

CDA Houseboat - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

If beautiful Lake Couer d’Alene in northern Idaho is what you’ve had in mind, this is the only houseboat rental there. A vintage vessel with modern amenities, it’s just 10 minutes from downtown and provides a gorgeous view that includes colorful sunsets and bald eagles with the area home to one of America’s largest bald eagle populations. It has a spacious open floor plan with plenty of room for up to six guests. You’ll have a full kitchen, a master stateroom with a door for privacy, a step-down sleep berth for the kids of other guests, and a full bathroom.

The Love Boat - Manteo, North Carolina
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The LOVE Boat

The Love Boat - Manteo, North Carolina

This catamaran cruiser floats in the Shallowbag Bay Marina which sits just off the intercoastal waterway in the Outer Banks. A cabin on the water, floating cottage, or whatever you want to call it, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable stay here. Perfect for a couple seeking a romantic stay, it includes a master stateroom with a panoramic water view and a private deck. In the living room, there’s a new Smart TV and Wi-Fi is included too. Complimentary kayaks are provided and if you’re out early enough, you might spot dolphins while you paddle.

Spreeapartment Hausboot - Berlin, Germany
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MARA Spreeapartment - Hausboot

Spreeapartment Hausboot - Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a unique city so why not a unique stay? This one-bedroom houseboat called “Mara” accommodates up to three. Permanently located in the Citymarina Berlin Rummelsburg, it boasts large windows to bring the outdoors in along with a kitchenette for making your own meals, underfloor heating, a shower and a toilet. Plus you’ll be just a five-minute walk from the nearest tram that willl bring you into Friedrichshain and several nearby train stations.

A Pirate's Life For Me - Charleston, South Carolina
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A Pirate's Life For Me

A Pirate's Life For Me - Charleston, South Carolina

This adorable houseboat is a floating rustic retreat with lots of flair. Fetured on Tiny House Hunters, it’s been called “Charleston’s Best Airbnb Experience.” It includes a deck that overlooks the harbor where you can watch dolphins swim by – a fabulous view to enjoy while sipping your morning coffee or enjoying cocktails in the evening. It sleeps up to three comfortable with a bedroom that includes a queen-size bed and a twin bed in the living room.

Floating Cabin off Bligh Island - Nootka, B.C., Canada
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Floating Cabin off Bligh Island, Nootka Sound, British Columbia

Floating Cabin off Bligh Island - Nootka, B.C., Canada

This is the place to rent if you’re looking for total wilderness escape in a remote area with no cell service or Internet. Forget about the rest of the world for a while, including those screens, and enjoy being surrounded by the spectacular British Columbia beauty. It sleeps up to six in three bedrooms plus a bunk room. It includes a fully equipped kitchen and indoor/outdoor living space with a gas BBQ for cookouts and a gas fire pit. The bathroom includes a toilet and shower with hot water.

Cozy and Cute Sausalito Boat House - Sausalito, California
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Cozy and Cute Sausalito Boat House

Cozy and Cute Sausalito Boat House - Sausalito, California

Located just across the bay from the Golden Gate Bridge this two-bedroom floating home is in the beautiful town of Sausalito known for its artsy, bohemian atmosphere and incredible views. It’s only a 10-minuted drive from San Francisco, or you can hop on the ferry and enjoy an easy day trip. Solar powered, it has an open floor plan, Wi-Fi, a kitchen with high-end appliances, and a living area with a large flat-screen TV that includes cable channels.

A West Coast Ocean Experience in Paradise - North Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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West Coast Unique Ocean Experience in Paradise

A West Coast Ocean Experience in Paradise - North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

If you want to be close to the city attractions while enjoying a unique stay on the water, this modern floating home is located in Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver, 15 minutes via sea bus from downtown Vancouver. The upper level suite, it includes high ceilings, a cozy gas fireplace, and a kitchen with a dishwasher and all the necessities. You’ll even have laundry facilities a full bathroom with a soaker tub, Wi-Fi, and a large flat-screen TV with access to Netflix.

Explore the Bayous of South Louisiana - Pierre Part, Louisiana
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Explore the Bayous of South Louisiana On Your Own

Explore the Bayous of South Louisiana - Pierre Part, Louisiana

The Swamp Tuna may be the ultimate way to vacation in southern Louisiana. Less than 90 minutes from New Orleans, you won’t have to stay in one place as most houseboats require,  it can easily be driven around as it runs on conventional propulsion. You’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and abundant wildlife while enjoying an incredibly tranquil atmosphere.with no noisy generator. Solar powered, it sleeps up to four and includes a full-size bathroom with a full-size tub and shower, along with cooking and dining essentials. You’ll have two complimentary kayaks too.

Classic Riverboat Center - Paris, France
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Classic Riverboat in Paris

Classic Riverboat Center - Paris, France

What better way to enjoy Paris than with a stay right on the River Seine? This classic riverboat is only five minutes from the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, docked in front of the National Assembly. It has a gorgeous wooden interior with all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV, and Wi-Fi.

Houseboat - Copenhagen, Denmark
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Houseboat in Copenhagen

Houseboat - Copenhagen, Denmark

This rental is a private two-level apartment inside of a houseboat that accommodates two. The living room is upstairs and has large windows for enjoying views of the water and the other houseboats. The downstairs, accessed by ladder, has a basic kitchen for making your own meals, a dining room area, and a bedroom and bathroom. Wi-Fi and complementary bikes for exploring Copenhagen are included too.

Tomahawk Island Houseboat - Portland, Oregon
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Tomahawk Island Houseboat

Tomahawk Island Houseboat - Portland, Oregon

This tiny floating home is docked at the Tomahawk Island Marina on Hayden Island which sits in the Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington and Portland Oregon. Ideal for a solo traveler or couple, it includes a kitchenette with a Keurig coffeemaker and cooking basics, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. There’s an outdoor deck for enjoying your morning coffee or evening wine with a view of the river, and between March and October, kayaks are included too.

Knysna Houseboat Myrtle - Western Cape, South Africa
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Knysna Houseboat Myrtle

Knysna Houseboat Myrtle - Western Cape, South Africa

Docked in the Knysna Lagoon near the town of Knysna which lies along the popular Garden Route, Houseboat Myrtle provides a unique stay for up to four guests. It’s close to several wine estates, making it easy to pick up a bottle to enjoy with the fish you can catch right off the side. A well-equipped kitchen and grill are included, although waterfront shops and restaurants are just a two-minute dinghy ride away.

'Nancy Lou' a Water Getaway on a Houseboat - Georgetown, Maine
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'Nancy Lou' a Water Getaway on a Houseboat in Maine

'Nancy Lou' a Water Getaway on a Houseboat - Georgetown, Maine

Located in Riggs Cove near Georgetown, “Nancy Lou” accommodates up to five, ideal for a family who wants to enjoy the beauty of Maine. You’ll be surrounded by views, with a rooftop deck that’s fabulous to enjoy them from. It includes a kitchen, propane grill, bathroom, Wi-Fi, and TV.

Explore Swedish Nature in Floating Cottage - Bengtsfors, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
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Explore Swedish Nature in Our Floating Cottage

Explore Swedish Nature in Floating Cottage - Bengtsfors, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Spend your days fishing, casting a line right outside the door while surrounded by spectacular Swedish nature by booking this floating cottage. Located in West Sweden, a little under five hours from Stockholm and about half that from Oslo, Norway, it sits in an area similar to Maine’s iconic coastline, only less commercialized, it provides a glamping kind of experience, but includes a refrigerator, sink and propane burner.

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