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. So there are options for every budget.
Three bedroom houseboat in Key West, Florida
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
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.”
Four bedroom barge in Moissac, France
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
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
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.
Two bedroom houseboat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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