Top 12 Airbnb Houseboats And Yachts In And Near New York City - Updated 2021

airbnb houseboat new york

New York needs no introduction. New York is one of the most popular states on the planet - the same goes for New York City. It is a genuine ‘must-see’ destination with a myriad of sights to explore. The thing is, it isn’t cheap. A destination with world-famous icons such as 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. Especially if you choose to stay in one of the top hotels with views of NYC skyline. Unless that is, you opt for a stay in an Airbnb on New York’s waterways. With so many rivers, inlets, and sounds within close proximity, there are plenty of houseboats waiting for you. Here are some of the top Airbnb houseboats in New York.

1. Other yachts and boats

2. A vintage river boat on a private marina (from USD 295)

Situated on a private marina, this vintage Airbnb houseboat 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!
86 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the interior is absolutely wild the roof deck is great the bed is soft and comfy
tour through the foyer kitchen and nooks and you already feel like you've traveled far
ben was a great host and was readily available for any questions
ben was an excellent host who communicated clearly and answered questions quickly
ben was very responsive and helpful
comfortable unique and close to the beach
what a unique and fun place
all and all it is a super cool place unique and worth the experience
my partner and i went for a place to escape the heat wave and it delighted beyond imagination
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3. A houseboat with a spacious deck (from USD 125)

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 so you can experience its awesomeness, and enjoy New York in a non-touristy way. 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 beautiful houseboat in the Rockaways!
Arverne, New York, United States
106 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is very comfortable and peaceful
had a comfortable and lovely stay
it was clean and super cute
very clean perfect self checkin
the houseboat is beautifully and thoughtfully put together super clean and comfortable
very cute clean and comfy
the bathroom isn’t a huge deal given the marina bathrooms were kept very clean and well-stocked
the hosts were friendly easygoing communicative and enthusiastic
others at the marina were super friendly and made us feel welcomed
neanna and justin were very helpful
justin is a nice guy and was very kind and helpfull
we had a great few days at the salt shack justin was super accommodating
it is a super close walk to the beach which was really nice
the bus right outside the marina door makes it really easy to get to riis
the place is very very cute
it was such a unique corner of nyc- perfect for a weekend getaway
it's really a wonderful place
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4. Luxurious house barge for two to three people (from USD 250)

This spacious New Rochelle option is a good contender for couples looking for a unique New York boat rental experience. It’s set amid a neighborhood bustling with eateries, cultural attractions, and parks, so you’ll find plenty to see and do. Discover some of New York city’s top attractions 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
 Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

5. Houseboat in the Rockaways (from USD 111)

This highly-rated Queens Airbnb boat house 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
65 reviews Superhost
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there's also a fan to cool down the space
the bathrooms in the marina were open all night and clean lots of fresh air and windows
the houseboat itself was comfortable though we didn't try to cook or do anything too complicated besides sleep
the bathroom facilities on land are clean and well kept
the restrooms and showers are clean and i felt perfectly safe walking there at night
the boat was clean and secure
the boat was clean and cute
our host was great attentive and welcoming
they were wonderful hosts and the boat was neat as a pin
the hosts were wonderful and very responsive
i will definitely try and stay there again the host was really great and answered any questions promptly
the hosts are great checking is easy and the marina is beautiful
neighbors were friendly and it's a short walk to the beach
if you like plane watching and don't mind the noise it's the perfect location
being able to stay on a boat so close to the beach was awesome
a and f's place is a fantastic escape from the city
the other reviews of freja were pretty accurate - super convenient location to the subway beach and market
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6. Entire houseboat in Port Washington

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
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
boat was nice with comfortable master bedroom great ac nice kitchen loft and rooftop deck
there are stunning views from all rooms and it is warm and beautiful
the houseboat was a charming and comfortable place to stay while visiting family nearby
we really enjoyed the comfy master bedroom great main area and kitchen and top deck
it was clean and quiet
the house was clean and had everything we needed
hospitality of host was great
ellen was a fantastic host she was there when we arrived and made sure that we were comfortable
thank you very much for the opportunity and being a great host
ellen was a lovely host and treated us as personal guests
ellen was always helpful with our questions one of her neighbors helped with the check in
neighborhood was ok with good restaurant within walking distance
couldn't have asked for a better location to access this area of long island
just down the road from grocery shopping liquor store movie theater and town with nice walk with views
great place to visit
what a cool place to stay on the water and port washington is an interesting town
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7. Brooklyn sunset sail and sleep aboard experience

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
12 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
johnny was easily of the most genuine hosts i’ve come across
our stay on johnny's boat was delightful and johnny was an exceptionally gracious host
johnny is super responsive and his boat is perfect for a romantic getaway
overall the stay would not have been as awesome if johnny was not our host
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8. Quaint Brooklyn sailboat for the adventurer

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
27 reviews
Boat 4 Beds 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
johnny’s boat was super clean and cozy
the boat was clean cozy and perfectly roomy for 2 people
the boat was clean and adorable with amenities available
the boat was amazing and johnny is a great host
johnny is a great host
johnny was so responsive by message and provided a really thorough and helpful information packet
johnny was an amazing host who was flexible and extremely accommodating
johnny was a great host and i completely enjoyed staying aboard his yacht "oasis" for three nights
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9. Brooklyn Park houseboat close to beaches

Beach fans and those who enjoy the outdoors may wish to give this houseboat rental in New York a try as it is located close to three beaches and is handy for visiting 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.

Also See: 7 Best Hotels with rooftop pools in Brooklyn

Tiny homes on water Dream big live small
New York, United States
56 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
so charming so nice so fun and clean
the place is perfectly clean
host was super responsive
she is a wonderful host and is very welcoming
marie is an amazing host
the marina staff and other boat owners are also extremely welcoming
she was an exceptional host and extremely caring about any questions or concerns we had
the location is perfect
the location was great for our 1-night stay to visit family at breezy
perfect for getting away from the sounds and lights of the city while still being close
we enjoyed a night away and the place was very comfortable
this is a beautiful and cozy place
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10. 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

11. Quant studio houseboat in the Bronx

This rustic boat in New Rochelle is a contender for those looking for a simple, no frills accommodation option a few kilometres to the north of Manhattan. Handily placed for Pelham Bay Park and views overlooking Long Island Sound, it is also located just across the street from the nearest restaurant. Guests also enjoy access to Wi-Fi–perfect for browsing the web to make daily plans during your stay. The boat also comes with its own small shower room and a flushable portable potty, as well as hot running water. Free on-site parking at the marina will also come in handy for those looking to explore the area by car.

Editors note: This listing is not currently available.

Quant studio Houseboat in the Bronx

12. Relaxing private yacht on the north shore of Long Island

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.

Further Read: 10 Best Restaurants in Long Island, New York

Relaxing 36’ Yacht, Beachfront Restaurant + Kayaks
Sea Cliff, New York, United States
37 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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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