If you’re traveling through the state of Texas, one destination you should have on your list is Lake Travis. A reservoir on the Colorado River, it covers 18,929 acres (7660 hectares) and is known as the “Crown Jewel”. Its size and popularity also mean that it has an extensive array of things to do. Its lakeside parks such as Windy Point Park and marinas are great places for day-tripping, swimming, or picnicking. You’ll see a number of waterparks, craft breweries, vineyards, and restaurants; Krause Springs, Bent Oak Winery, and Point Venture golf club are just a few of the area’s options. To get as close to the lake as possible, one popular option is houseboats. Located right on the water, these accommodations offer great views of the entire area. Continue reading to find out about the best houseboats on Lake Travis, USA.
1. Luxurious houseboat on a private dock (from USD 300)
With your own private dock, this houseboat is a great choice for those wanting a restful and secluded getaway. The property has an abundance of amenities: a fully equipped fishing dock, a large kitchen, four roomy bedrooms, and a bow deck with an eating and seating area perfect for stargazing or meals looking out on the lake. Kayaks, paddleboards, and swimming toys are also provided. Guests can also snorkel in the lake’s clear waters.
A quick 30-minute drive from Austin, Texas, this property is also located minutes away from Lakeway Resort & Spa where guests can enjoy tennis, golf, and spa treatments.
Lake Travis Houseboat ParadiseAustin, Texas, United States
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the beds were very comfortable
Cleanliness:the boat house was clean and beautiful we had a blast while we were there
Host:enjoyed fishing and owner had better equipment than usabsolutely gorgeous lake owners were very helpful and graciousthe owners were great and very easy to work withthe owners are great people who truly want you to have a great experiencethe owners had fresh bait and fishing rods ready to go for youRead more reviews
Location:this was a perfect place for a relaxing mini vacation for the whole family - young and old
2. Casa Ocaso
This classic clean houseboat will make for a cozy and restful stay with its airy and bright interior. Apart from a private bedroom and full-size bathroom, you’ll also have your own kitchen and a secluded rooftop deck to hang out in.
Savor a barbecue with family or friends with your own propane grill, relax in the upper lounge area with views of the lake, or enjoy the water on a paddleboard. The hosts are also quick to respond to any concerns or queries.
**Casa Ocaso** Houseboat on Beautiful Lake TravisAustin, Texas, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:check in was super easy clean inside and out
Host:the boat had everything we needed and the hosts were great - very responsive and accommodatingeveryone around was nice and super helpfulcommunity was great and helpful along with the hostsuch a super cute little houseboat the hosts made sure our stay was very comfortableRead more reviews
Location:great location to be by the lakethis is the perfect place to just get away especially for a romantic get awaygreat place to stay at
3. Newly decorated houseboat with full amenities (from USD 200)
This cozy little houseboat comes with all the essentials for a comfortable stay. This newly furnished boat sports a spacious open floor plan and can sleep up to six guests. The full queen bed makes for a restful sleep and the small but well-equipped kitchen area lets you prep your own meals. Relax on the upper deck which offers great views of the sunset. For additional entertainment, grills, floats, kayaks, and paddleboards are also provided.
You can take advantage of the captained boat rentals to explore the lake. If you need any transportation, you reach out to the hosts beforehand and they’ll gladly help you out.
Scotch and WaterAustin, Texas, United StatesPremier Host
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:boat was clean and looked exactly like the pictures it's much bigger than it looksRead more reviews
Host:owner was easy to reach with questionskenny was an awesome host my friends and i had a great stayowner is very nice and deals with any issues on site
4. Comfortable houseboat with views of the marina (from USD 188)
With enough space for up to six guests, this roomy houseboat offers a full-size kitchen and bathroom and is equipped with all the essentials that make for a comfortable stay. If you find the weather too hot for the cool lake breeze to handle, don’t worry as air-conditioning is provided. You can enjoy the waterfront location by hanging out on the top deck or by grilling and dining on the outdoor patio.
Lake Travis 3 Bed Houseboat On The WaterAustin, Texas, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the air conditioner worked very wellthere’s no wifi only dvd player so you might want to bring some favorite dvdsthe beds were also super comfythe wifi goes in and out of it is windy so careful of that as wellit was a nice place very enjoyable although would suggest bringing your own fan
Cleanliness:it was clean and comfyvery clean cozy house boatit was very cleanit was clean & welcomingclean & well stocked with basics
Host:friendly neighbors who chatted us up a bitoutstanding host quick to return messagesthank you carl for being a great hosteverything was as described and the boat was easy to locate with the instructions provided by the hostcarl is a great guy and attentive to questions and improving accommodations all the timeRead more reviews
Location:super cute place and great locationbest place to visit in summercarl’s place was in the perfect locationthe location is a great jumping off point for many great adventures around lake travisgreat place to get away and relax with friends
5. Spacious luxury yacht with a swim ladder (from USD 142)
If you truly want to make your trip memorable, you can’t go wrong with this luxury yacht. Its spacious interior promises a comfortable stay. For added convenience, this accommodation provides an HDTV and high-speed internet.
Guests can take advantage of the yacht’s swim ladder to dive into the waters and quickly get back up for snacks on the deck. A well-stocked kitchen and grill are also found on the premises so you can cook up a feast for the entire family.
Lake Travis Luxury Yacht - Stress ReliefAustin, Texas, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviewsRead more reviews
Host:stephanie and david are excellent hosts and made us feel like part of their familyhostess was easy to reach by text and phone call very helpfulduring the days we all enjoyed swimming off the dock with the host-provided aqua lily pad
Dive right into the beauty of Lake Travis
Enticed by the wide array of exciting outdoor activities, gorgeous lake views, or abundance of entertainment and lodging options? This “Crown Jewel” of lakes in Texas is the perfect backdrop for creating unforgettable memories. Whether you’re looking for a laidback weekend or are on the hunt for outdoor adventures, there’s a place for you here. Let the water rock you to sleep but don’t wait any longer— Lake Travis is calling!
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