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Top 11 Airbnb Houseboats And Yachts In And Near New York City - Updated 2019

Philip
Updated Aug 15, 2019

New York needs no introduction. One of the most popular cities on the planet, it is a genuine ‘must-see’ destination with a myriad of sights to explore. But one thing is, it isn’t cheap. A city with such world famous destinations as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Time Square–not to mention the bright lights of the wider Manhattan area–is always going to come at a premium. Unless, that is, you opt for a stay on the water. With so many rivers, inlets, and sounds within close proximity, there are plenty of houseboats and yachts waiting for you. And these are just some of the top water-based Airbnb vacation rentals located in or near this magnificent city.

1. Houseboat in the Rockaways (from USD 115)

This highly-rated houseboat in Queens is a good option for a couples and is well placed for local amenities. There’s a grocery shop immediately next to the marina and there are a number of restaurants nearby. The nearest beach is also just five minutes away and transport links are good; indeed there’s an A train stop just a short walk away and, if you are flying to your holiday accommodation, JFK Airport is close by too. The houseboat itself comes with kitchenette facilities and a freezer. The marina is also home to shared bathrooms and showers. Past guests loved the setting and convenience of the nearest train station.

Editors note: This listing is not currently available.

Houseboat in the Rockaways
Queens, New York, United States
28 reviews
Boat 1 bed 1 bedroom 0 bathrooms

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3. Entire houseboat in Port Washington (from USD 250)

If it’s a family holiday on the water that you’re looking for, then this large, spacious house boat may very well be the property for you. It comes with three bedrooms and can sleep up to five people. Located in Port Washington on Long Island, the marina in which the boat is located is just 40 minutes away from New York City. Those looking to use public transport to get about will also find it convenient for the Long Island Railroad. And fans of the beach and water sports will also find what they are looking for nearby. The house boat is beautifully decorated and comes with air-conditioning and a full kitchen, but if you’d prefer to dine out, there are plenty of eateries and shops in the local area. And the upper floor deck area is a great place to unwind. The living area is open-plan with a kitchenette at one end. The area is very spacious, with a comfortable sofa, a carpet, and a dining table. The table has upright chairs and will comfortably seat a party of guests.

Entire Houseboat in Port Washington
Port Washington, New York, United States
35 reviews
Houseboat 3 beds 3 bedrooms 1 bathrooms

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4. Relaxing private yacht on the north shore of Long Island (from USD 189)

This lovely 38 ft (11.5 metre) yacht was highly-rated by former guests, who praised its high levels of cleanliness and said they would happily stay there again. Located in the Sea Cliff area on Long Island’s Gold Coast–and just 23 miles (37 kilometres) from Midtown Manhattan–it is also within easy walking distance of a number of restaurants, shops, and galleries. The smart interior cabin features a pleasant lounge with TV, dining space, and a kitchenette with a microwave and hot plate. The master bedroom makes the yacht perfect for a romantic couples’ retreat, but the pullout bed space in the lounge area can increase the accommodation to four people if needed. Other amenities include Wi-Fi access as well as a shower room and toilet facilities. There is free parking on the premises, but if you don’t have a car, Uber is available to take you to the city. Access to the accommodation takes about an hour on the Long Island Expressway from the Midtown Tunnel, traffic dependent.

Relaxing 36’ Yacht, Beachfront Restaurant + Kayaks
Sea Cliff, New York, United States
37 reviews
Boat 1 bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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5. Brooklyn sunset sail and sleep aboard experience (from USD 395)

Those who want to experience a night on-board a vessel, enjoying the gentle lap of the waters and rock of the boat while they doze, but don’t just want to stay in a single spot, may wish to consider this Brooklyn-based yacht. The hosts offer overnight sailings aboard their 28 ft (8.5 metre) sailboat, taking in such sights as sunset at Coney Island before returning to the original bay where guests will be able to spend the night. The boat can accommodate groups of three to four people, but would also make for a suitably romantic experience for couples.

Editors note: This listing is not currently available.

Brooklyn Sailing+Sleep Aboard
Brooklyn, New York, United States
5 reviews
Boat 3 beds 1 bathroom

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6. Quaint Brooklyn sailboat for the adventurer (from USD 145)

Another sailboat option that will appeal to the adventurer in you, this Brooklyn-based vessel is perfect for solo travellers or couples but can accommodate up to three people. Its home berth is located within easy reach of more than a dozen restaurants, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for a dining experience. And, should you decide to shun the on-site parking spaces, the dock’s location is also well placed for public transport links. Past guests were very impressed, describing the 28 ft (8.5 metre) long boat “super clean and cosy” and also praising the host.

Editors note: This listing is not currently available.

Brooklyn...On The Water
Brooklyn, New York, United States
26 reviews
Boat 4 beds 1 bathroom

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7. Brooklyn Park houseboat close to beaches (from USD 200)

Beach fans and those who enjoy the outdoors may wish to give this houseboat in Brooklyn Park a whirl as it is located close to three nearby beaches and is handy for local parkland. Sports fans are also sure to be in their element thanks to the presence of a nearby golf course and the Aviator Sports and Events Center, which boasts a wide range of facilities covering everything from ice skating and hockey to basketball and soccer. The boat itself, which measures 35 ft (11 metres) long, is perfect for couples but can sleep up to four thanks to an extra sofa bed. It comes with kitchen facilities, so you’ll be able to create all manner of dishes on-site. And the upper floor’s balcony/deck area is a great spot to relax with loved ones and watch the world go by. Your accommodation here comes with basic bathroom essentials and bedroom comforts, like blankets, to make you comfortable and snug. Safety features include a smoke detector, first aid kit, and a carbon monoxide detector.

Tiny homes on water Dream big live small
New York, United States
38 reviews
Houseboat 1 bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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8. A vintage river boat on a private marina (from USD 250)

Situated on a private marina, this vintage river boat offers a sweet escape in the middle of nature. What’s more, you will be staying in a community that is loaded with artists, surfers, and fishermen – you can mingle with them when you have nothing to do. The boat itself comes with one bedroom and one bathroom and can accommodate solo travelers or couples. Other facilities to be enjoyed include an equipped kitchen, an upper deck with the views of the marina, and wireless internet access.

The James Franco! Beautiful Floating Surf Safari!
Queens, New York, United States
15 reviews
Houseboat 1 bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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9. A houseboat with a spacious deck (from USD 175)

Wake up to the gentle kiss of the sun in the morning and go to sleep listening to the sound of the waves whispering in your ears, could it be more beautiful than this? Book this houseboat and you can experience this awesomeness. Head to the spacious deck to sip your coffee in the morning and indulge in a glass of wine in the evening. The houseboat comes with three comfortable beds and can accommodate up to four people. You can also find a fully equipped kitchen in which you can whip up a delicious meal.

Salt Shack - A Houseboat in the Rockaways!
Arverne, New York, United States
31 reviews
Boat 3 beds 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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10. Luxurious house barge for two to three people

This spacious New Rochelle option is a good contender for couples looking for a unique New York break. It’s set amid a neighbourhood bustling with eateries, cultural attractions, and parks, so you’ll find plenty to see and do during your adventure. And the boat itself comes with a full kitchen, air-conditioning, TV, and Wi-Fi access. What’s more, there’s free parking nearby, meaning you’ll be able to explore the area by car without too much difficulty. And, after a rewarding day seeing the sights, the relaxing patio-style outdoor seating will make a great spot to unwind next to the water.

Editors note: This listing is not currently available.

Luxurious House barge centrally located

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11. Houseboat hideaway near Rockaway

The rustic charms of this Queens houseboat has won fans among former guests, who loved the cosy and comfortable atmosphere, the friendly neighbours and its location within 10 minutes of the nearest beach on foot. Located within easy reach of the bars and restaurants of Rockaway, the houseboat is ideal for solo travellers or couples, but can also accommodate small families thanks to its two beds. Guests will find a fully functional kitchen onboard and, although bathroom facilities are located in the marina, they feature private shower rooms and toilets. A nearby A train station and parking at the marina mean transport links are good.

Editors note: This listing is not currently available.

Houseboat Hideaway

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Get ready for a memorable stay on the water

Whether you’re a fan of the sea or looking for a unique holiday experience in New York City that doesn’t break the bank, there are plenty of Airbnb vacation rental options just waiting for you.

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This article was originally published on May 31, 2018

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