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Vacation rentals like Vrbos can provide a great opportunity to stay in a swoon-worthy property, perhaps with your own private hot tub to soak in while gazing out at an ocean view. Some can even provide unique experiences, such as a stay in a lighthouse or a houseboat right on the water. Most provide the comforts of homes, like a kitchen, so you can make some of your own meals occasionally rather than dining out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No matter what you’re looking for, we think you’ll agree that these Vrbo properties are some of the coolest you’ll find in the U.S., from the wilds of Alaska and the exotic shores of Hawaii to charming New England.
5-Star Oceanfront - Maalaea, Maui - HI
Enjoy an incredible oceanfront setting in Maui with your own private lanai where the waves of the Pacific crash just below. A one-bedroom condo with a sofabed in the living room, it can comfortable sleeping two adults and two children. Guests can look forward to waking up to a glorious sunrise over Mount Haleakala and magnificent unobstructed views of Maalaea Bay, Molokini crater crescent, Kihei, and Mount Haleakala throughout the day. It even comes with access to a large heated pool where you can swim with an ocean view.
Oceanfront Luxury Home in Palmetto Dunes - Hilton Head Island, SC
If you’re looking for oceanfront luxury that can accommodate a large group, this home is ideal, sleeping up to 17 guests. You’ll enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view of the ocean and access to the amenities in Palmetto Dunes Resort, including three miles of unspoiled sands, three world-class golf courses, an 11-mile lagoon system, shops, restaurants, live entertainment venues, and more. The home itself has a long list of luxurious features, most notably, a multi-level deck that overlooks a large, heated infinity pool.
Oceanfront Property Minutes From San Francisco - Muir Beach, CA
Ideal for romance-seekers, this beach cottage for two is only 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge while offering a tranquil retreat with plenty of privacy and your own hot tub, complete with a stunning ocean view. There are wood-burning fireplaces in both the living room and bedroom where you can cozy up together enjoying the warmth, along with a large deck that’s ideal for watching the sun go down over the Pacific, glass of wine or cocktail in hand. It comes with a fully-equiped kitchen, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and a Sonos sound system too.
Luxury Resort Home with Mountain Views - Scottsdale, AZ
A luxurious resort-style residence in a private gated community with just eight other homes, by staying here, you’ll enjoy plenty of privacy along with jaw-dropping views of the mountains and sunsets over the desert. The outdoor living space is a highlight, with a heated pool featuring waterfalls, a spa, a fire pit, a bar, and a BBQ grill. There are grassy areas for the kids and pets to play too. Inside, you’ll have all the bells and whistles, plus speakers throughout the home for enjoying your favorite tunes and a billiard table for a little friendly competition.
Luxury Homer Villa with 22 Acres & Hot Tub - Homer, AK
Located on Kachemak Bay, four miles across the water from the charming town of Homer, where it can easily be accessed by water taxi, this luxurious villa is surrounded by glistening glaciers, mountains, and secluded coves. Set atop a cliff, the views are stunning, and you’ll have access to all sorts of outdoor adventures, from hiking an extensive trail system to fishing and paddling. It sleeps up to nine in four bedrooms and comes with all sorts of upscale perks. You’ll have all the essentials, like a full kitchen with a wine fridge and laundry facilities, plus a fireplace, wall-to-wall windows, two wrap-around decks, fire tables, a hot tub, and a gas grill and smoker.
Year-Round Quiet Waterfront Cottage - Barton, VT
This charming two-bedroom cottage for up to six sits right along a 66-acre mountaintop lake with 100 feet of private waterfront. You’ll be just steps from swimming, fishing, paddling, or rowing with a complimentary canoe and rowboat included. There are fabulous trails for hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing nearby too. Plus, you’ll have a myriad of ways to relax, including a hammock. There’s a Weber grill for cookouts and a picnic table for alfresco dining, along with a full kitchen and a 50″ Smart TV with a DVD player and DirecTV with over 200 channels.
Splendid Isolation in Heart of the Colorado Rockies - Buena Vista, CO
This two-bedroom chalet-style cabin can accommodate up to six, providing a fabulous secluded location on a 17-acre property with magnificent Colorado Rockies views showcased through massive floor-to-ceiling windows. It will put you close to a a wealth of recreational activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking. golfing, skiing and snowmobiling, with the hot springs pools at Mount Princeton Hot Springs & Spa just a mile away for a soothing soak afterward. You’ll have a gorgeous deck for relaxing outdoors with a mountain view along with a full kitchen and a flat-screen TV with a DVD/VHS player and a collection of DVDs.
Oceanfront Air Conditioned Condo - Princeville, Kauai - HI
This oceanfront condo offers a spectacular setting on Kauai’s North Shore, with Hanalei just a short drive away and multiple beaches that can be accessed on foot. It comes with a variety of sports gear, including snorkeling equipment and bicycles, accommodating up to six in two master bedrooms plus a sofabed. While relaxing in the living room or on the patio, enjoy a jaw-dropping ocean view. A soundtrack of the crashing waves can be heard throughout. You’ll have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including fast Wi-Fi, a well-stocked kitchen, and a washer/dryer.
Luna Vista Amazing 360 Degree Views - Joshua Tree, CA
Located high above the village of Joshua Tree on a 2.5-acre property just steps from Joshua Tree National Park, Luna Vista is a dream. Look forward to 360-degree views that include glorious sunsets followed by some of the world’s best stargazing. You’ll enjoy the views from inside or out with a 12-foot wall of windows that opens up to showcase the desert landscape. A high-end kitchen that makes it easy to prepare gourmet meals, a gas BBQ grill for cookouts, and a washer/dryer are all provided too.
Water's Edge Oceanfront Home, Water & Acadia Mountain Views - Hancock Point, ME
As the name suggests, this oceanfront home sits right at the edge of the water. It’s nestled on a quieter side of Mount Desert Island along the Schoodic Peninsula, surrounded by wild, unspoiled beauty. Breathtaking views of the water can be enjoyed from every room with many picture windows, which also ensure plenty of natural light. Of course, you can enjoy them while outside too, with a furnished deck ideal for gazing out at the vista and enjoying the sounds of the loons and other wildlife, including seals that lounge on the rocks. Other notable features include a full kitchen and gas grill, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen Smart TVs with Netflix and DVD players.
Oceanfront Paradise at Sea Ya Around - Carova Beach, NC
Carova is renowned for its undeveloped stretches of sand and its wild horses. This oceanfront home is about 8.5 miles up the beach from the end of paved Route 12 in Corolla, accessed by 4-wheel drive only. If you don’t have one, weekly rentals are available. You’ll enjoy direct access to the beach and opportunites to watch for the majestic horses that might just be there to greet you when you arrive. You’ll also have a hot tub ideal for a soak under a brilliant star-filled sky after dark. The unique round house sleeps up to six and includes a fully-equipped kitchen, an island wet bar, dining area, and family room with an HDTV. There’s another one in the master king bedroom along with a selection of DVDs. Air-conditioning and a washer/dryer is included too.
Houseboat in Boston Harbor - Boston, MA
If you love being on the water but also want to enjoy city attractions, this Vrbo is a houseboat that sits in a gated, secured marina in Boston Harbor. It sleeps up to two with 300 square feet of living space and is just steps from top historic attractions, shops, and restaurants. While you’re here, look forward to unwinding outside on the dock, letting the motion of the water take relaxation up a notch. You’ll have a kitchenette for making your own meals and a private bathroom too.
Lighthouse Cottage Property on Puget Sound - Tacoma, WA
If you’re looking for something unique, this super cool Vrbo will allow you to become an honorary lightkeeper. You’ll stay in a 1903 restored lightkeeper’s residence along the Tacoma waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound and the craggy Olympic Mountains. This is the perfect spot to watch for orcas and other marine life while staying in a place the U.S. Lighthouse Society described as “one of the finest examples of lighthouse property restoration in the country.” It can accommodate up to six in three bedrooms and includes a modern kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a TV with a DVD player. On the grounds are lush gardens and a lawn that dips down to a beach and the lighthouse.
God's Beauty Abounds - West Yellowstone, MT
For any fly-fishing enthusiast, this cabin is a dream. It sits along the Madison River, frequently rated among the best in the world for trout fishing. Plus, it’s located near the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, making it easy to enjoy all of the attractions there too. It sleeps up to four but if you have a larger group, you can also rent the cabin next door. The two identical log cabins come with full kitchens and grills for cookouts as well as TVs with DVD players for movie watching. Some DVDs are included or you can bring your own.