9 Best Houseboat Rentals In Charleston, South Carolina - Updated 2022

houseboats in charleston sc

Charleston is a historic port city in South Carolina which dates back to 1670. The cobblestone streets of the elegant Battery and French Quarter districts of the city are lined with beautiful antebellum houses and horse-drawn carriages are regularly seen. Visit the Waterfront Park and the Battery promenade, overlooking Charleston Harbor, where restaurants and bars can be seen. Head to the federal stronghold of Fort Sumter across the water, where the initial shots of the American Civil War were fired. Also of interest to visit are the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, surrounded by lush grounds and with a zoo. Another visit of interest is Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, with its historic farm structures and farmlands. For an interesting alternative to holiday rentals in Charleston, South Carolina, try out one of the best houseboat rentals in the city. Scroll below to learn more.

1. Luxurious boat rental right on Ashley River (from USD 800)

Located right on Ashley River in downtown Charleston, this luxurious boat rental features three bedrooms that can sleep six people, a complete kitchen, and a cozy dinette area. For your entertainment, you might want to watch something on the smart television. There’s also a galley and an extensive flybridge that lets you enjoy the views of the river and the city.

Since this rental is centrally located in Charleston, several iconic attractions are nearby. Some of the places that you might want to include in your must-visit in the city are Charleston City Marina, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Music Farm, Marion Square, and Aiken-Rhett House.

Luxury boat in historic downtown Charleston!
4 reviews
Boat 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy :

Top guest reviews
the boat was clean well stocked comfortable for 6 and plenty of room
super attentive service by brooke and the kyles
a great restaurant within walking distance and uber was easy pick up
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Other boat accommodations in Charleston, South Carolina

2. Charter holiday houseboat

Charleston Harbor, South Carolina

Experience a stay on a 38’ Holiday Mansion Houseboat in Charleston, South Carolina. The boat can accommodate up to six guests in comfort. Your captain is on board and can take guests on a cruise on the 1997 boat around Charleston Harbor and Cooper River. Paddleboats are available onboard for additional fun. Rates are available for full-day, half-day and hourly visits on the houseboat.

38' Holiday Mansion houseboat

Price: from 550 USD

Number of guests: 6

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3. Private yacht in historic Charleston

Private yacht visiting Vaxholm - panoramio
Source: Photo by user Bengt Nyman used under CC BY 3.0

This spacious and comfortable vacation rental in SC is moored in downtown Charleston, 1 mi (1.6 km) from the popular attractions of the city, including the Medical University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston. Activities available in the surrounding area include scuba diving, parasailing, surfing, boogie boarding, sailing and hiking trails. The air-conditioned private accommodation includes four bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a balcony. Four bathrooms are available onboard. Guests will have access to a TV in the living area with a DVD player. Featured appliances include a washing machine and coffee maker. Transportation is available to guests by limousine/ town car service.

Private yacht in historic Charleston

Number of guests: 2

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4. Luxury yacht on Ashley River (from USD 350)

Enjoy a unique boat stay in this deluxe yacht that sits on Ashley River. It can comfortably sleep six people in two bedrooms. This yacht charter also features a fully functional kitchen and two bathrooms. Entertainment amenities include board games and four flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray players. Sightings of dolphins are common in this part of Ashley River, so enjoy waking up to some friendly neighbors! For some shopping, head to Charleston City Market, just 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

Yate de lujo en el centro de Charleston SC
152 reviews  Wifi Available
yacht 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioning worked great
very comfortable space easy to grab an uber and get to town quickly
the beds were very comfortable and key areas (beds bathrooms and living space) were very clean
martin was the best host
the property manager was very responsive
they were accommodating hosts in every respect
the on-site staff was friendly and responsive
martin was very hospitable and he definitely deserves 5+ stars rating
the location was great in terms getting around various parts of the city and surrounding areas (with a car)
great location and martin was so helpful with everything
best location and boat size is perfect for a couple seeking an out of the ordinary vacation experience
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5. Spacious weekend yacht with outdoor seating (from USD 375)

This large yacht makes for an ideal weekend getaway home in Charleston. It’s best for eight people like a family or a group of friends. It has four stylish bedrooms and bathrooms, a beautiful salon, a kitchen, and more. An outdoor deck offers comfy seating and stunning views of the surroundings. This yacht is docked at Charleston City Marina where local beaches, shops, and some kid-friendly restaurants are just a short distance away.

Pasar el fin de semana a bordo de su propio yate privado en Charleston histórico
76 reviews  Wifi Available
yacht 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
plenty of room well kept cool a/c and amenities
things we liked: the beds were super comfy
the full kitchen is great
not enough towels no wash cloths no sheets on 3 beds upon arrival
ship was nice and clean despite the age of the ship
boat is well kept clean and organized
captan dave is a great host
owners were very helpful and friendly
dave was a great host
dave is a fantastic host
dave the owner was a super nice guy very helpful and easy to deal with
the location was great for a morning walk
enjoyed this getaway which was close to everything
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6. Well-appointed yacht with unobstructed water views (from USD 463)

A group of friends or couples are sure to enjoy spending time by the ocean on this stylish yacht. It boasts unobstructed views of the water from the outdoor deck and has comfy patio furnishings, deck lighting, outdoor pillows, and blankets for when it gets cold. This yacht also has a fully furnished living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen is stocked with some breakfast essentials and snacks. Waterfront Park is conveniently located just 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away, ideal for those who are traveling with young children.

Sleep on a Boat / Historic Downtown Charleston
8 reviews  Wifi Available
yacht 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy :

Top guest reviews
the boat was super clean and comfy
christian was very accessible and helpful
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7. Vintage yacht with modern amenities (from USD 431)

Experience a beautiful weekend with your loved ones in this vintage yacht that is docked in the picturesque Charleston Harbor. It’s equipped with modern amenities for a comfortable stay. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms that up to four people can fully utilize. Highlights include leather couches and a spacious sun deck ideal for taking in the views. For some shopping and leisure, head to Charleston City Market, just 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

Hatteras Yaucht la vendimia
50 reviews  Wifi Available
yacht 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the boat has a/c so it was comfortable sleeping
accommodations were great and the extra amenities (full showers bathrooms) in the marina were convenient and well-maintained
the boat is very clean and well taken care of
owner was most gracious
the owner is super kind and friendly
awesome place with a awesome owner
dan was helpful and showed us around the boat and marina
host very helpful and easily accessible
great location for all our events
also great location close to downtown
walkable to town or you can use the free shuttle
the marina variety store and restaurant by the gas station is great for breakfast and brunch
was great to be in the marina close to all with great food options and much to see
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8. Charming yacht in a quiet area of the marina

Have a pleasant stay in this charming yacht parked in a quiet area of the marina. It can accommodate seven people in three bedrooms. The yacht has an open-plan design that features hardwood floors and tall ceilings. The kitchen boasts granite countertops and updated cookware. Head out to the sun deck to relax on lounge chairs or grill a hearty steak for dinner while waiting for the sunset. Many attractions, restaurants, and shops are located close to the yacht.

Spacious 51' Yacht Downtown! Remodeled in 2019!
14 reviews
Boat 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
it was clean organized and overall just an amazing experience
our host was very responsive
owners very responsive and helpfull
all and all it was fun and very different and david is a great host
nice boat great location
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9. Cozy and stylish yacht close to downtown

During your holiday, book a unique holiday stay in this yacht in downtown Charleston. The stylish yacht can comfortably sleep five people in two bedrooms. A built-in toilet and shower and kitchen are available in this vessel. A spacious exterior flybridge and bow sun pad are perfect for soaking up the sun and admiring the views. The yacht also features a dual helm and a diesel generator. Downtown establishments like casual restaurants and shops are just a 10-minute walk away. Patriot Point Links, a popular golf course, is also nearby.

Charleston Yacht offers a unique downtown waterfront exprience
94 reviews
yacht 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
boat is clean with good ac and very comfortable
the bathhouse was clean and perfect for showers
it was clean and they were private
la niña is cozy comfy clean and well appointed
extremely clean and well maintained very unique experience to stay on the yacht vs a normal residence
wonderful experience the boat was clean comfortable cool and in a great location
everyone was very friendly
owner provided great information prior and during the check in process
dara is an excellent host and took care of any questions that we had immediately
i did not meet the owner but she was very nice on the phone
very close and convenient to everything charleston highly recommended
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Nearby houseboat option

10. Houseboat on Goat Island

Stay in style on a converted landing barge, which is now a comfortable houseboat. The mooring spot is ideal for inshore fishing and beautiful views. Nature trails can be enjoyed in the surrounding areas and there is a fire pit available for outdoor cooking. Fishing is available from the covered 35’ dock where the boat is moored. The boat has a saloon and well-equipped galley with all necessary appliances. Sleeping arrangements include one bedroom with a queen-size bed, a second bedroom with a queen-size bed and two sofas in the living area. A bathroom is available onboard. Please note, a boat is necessary to travel to and from Goat Island. If no boat is available, a shuttle boat is available in the harbor.

Houseboat on Goat island near IOP and Mnt Pleasant
Isle of Palms, South Carolina, United States
10 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were comfortable and the couches in the living space were very comfortable too
gorgeous views comfy beds and i loved cooking in the spacious kitchen
i contacted the host and he was gracious
host were wonderful they answered our every need
wow this is a gem pure peace and the host is an amazing individual everything was stupendous loved it
this place is the best for getting away from it all
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Enjoy relaxation on the water

While on vacation, spend the day exploring all the historic and fascinating attractions of the city; go on a sail; head to the nearby beaches; play a round of golf or browse the shops. Dine out in the excellent restaurants close by, or go on a food tour, before heading back to your comfortable accommodation in one of the best boat rentals in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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