Northern California is one of the most popular travel destinations in the States. The Golden Gate in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, and Monterey are few of the must-visit destinations. It is one of the most favorite getaways among families, groups of friends or solo travelers. Experience North California with other world-class amenities nearby like you’ve never imagined and have a well-spent vacation on some popular houseboats. Here, we list some of the best Airbnb houseboats in Northern California to choose from. They’re one of the best ways to spend a vacation where you can choose from luxurious rentals to inexpensive boats. You can be lazy and be quiet the whole time and stay inside these warm and cozy houseboats or you could choose to explore different activities nearby like swimming or diving. Take your pick from this list of houseboat rentals in Northern California, and start planning your dream vacation today.
This is an attractive houseboat along San Francisco Bay, which you can rent and enjoy with friends or family. It is a cute, newly remodeled houseboat rental in California that provides all the comforts and conveniences that a home can offer. This accommodation is recently rated very clean, with a complete set of kitchen wares, a delightful dining area, and a cozy living room where you can play plenty of fun games. There’s also an open window where you can enjoy the breeze as you sail along. Although WiFi is not available, you can make the most of your trip by enjoying the company of each other, taking photos and making memories.
Newly Remodeled Houseboat!San Rafael, California, United States
Top guest reviewsand super clean top3this place was very clean and comfortable would definitely recommendthe houseboat is quite cute and clean and quiet at nightvery clean and cute place neighbors were friendly
Host:host makes us fill happyso kind nice host and quick answer for uscommunication with the hosts was easy and quick as was check inRead more reviewsvery cute and comfortable houseboat in central san rafael close to terrapin crossroads and sol foodsuper cute place to stay the marina is located just off the highway ample parkingloved that it was close to many parks and had a lot of places to go and explorethe price is good and is probably just the right place for the right person
Staying in a tiny house that’s like living on the water makes you feel a different vibe. The marina where this houseboat is docked is situated only a few steps away from Jackson London Square where you can enjoy the nightlife, with lots of luxurious shopping options. You may also visit the Farmer’s Market every Sundays or opt to rent a scooter to explore the surrounding charming town. When it’s time to rest, unwind on your comfortable bed and stargaze all you want. This houseboat boasts picturesque views on all sides, so all you need to do is just sit back, relax, and enjoy the views!
Glamping on the water aboard 38 ft. houseboat!Oakland, California, United States
Top guest reviewsrelaxing clean and met all of our needs
Host:sabine is a fabulous hostsabina is a wonderful host who went above and beyond to ensure my stay was 5-star experienceRead more reviewsthe ferry to san fran is a small walk away which helped a ton thank you sabinei’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique relaxing place to stay
Redwood City is known for its high-tech industry and as the midpoint to the beautiful San Francisco. It has a great climate, perfect for exploring the city and to stay. Be entertained by lots of restaurants, movie theaters, parks, and kayak. The Whisper is a houseboat that is five minutes away from downtown Redwood City. It might be a small-scale boat but it has every essential that you need for a comfortable stay. The boat’s overall ambiance is romantic, clean, and relaxing. Beside the window is your bedroom, a perfect spot for watching the calm of the waters. Your sleeping abode also features a toilet, a tiny kitchen, and a laptop-friendly workspace.
The WhisperRedwood City, California, United States
Top guest reviewswhat a beautiful view from the bed looking out to a shimmering silver lakespace heaters keep it nice and warm and the bed is very comfypaid a $60 cleaning fee and (to be totally honest) it just wasn’t clean (bathroom & kitchen area)bathroom is clean on the boatthe bed and linens were very clean and comfortable thoughwhisper is clean and has everything you would needit was incredibly clean functional and homey with everything needed for a great stay
Host:marcus was a great hostmarcus is a wonderful hostmarcus is a gracious hostmarcus is a great hostgreat hospitality great place great hostRead more reviewscaltrain station is only a few minutes away which made our visit even easiervery close to some cool local places and also to public transportationvery good value and close to the airportmarcus's whisper provides a unique and beautiful location to stay while on your trip to the silicon valleyluckily there is an adequate shower house and bathroom within walking distance up in the parking lot
This luxurious floating home with a wooden balcony is a popular accommodation option for both locals and tourists looking to have an enjoyable moment in Northern California. It has all the modern amenities of a house such as a spacious living room, a compact galley kitchen, a wide toilet and bath, a great view of Mt. Tamalpias, WiFi connection with a laptop-friendly workspace, and free parking on the premises. As night falls and you start feeling the cold breeze, there is an available indoor fireplace to keep the place warm. The host also offers unlimited use of bikes and kayaks. Best of all, renting this houseboat does not limit you to a few days’ stay, but up to 28 days or more.
Luxury Floating HomeSausalito, California, United States
Top guest reviewscentrally located in the quaint houseboat community and has all the amenities for a very comfortable stayhuge flat screen tv bbq kayaks bikes etcclean and modern with beautiful unobstructed viewsstylish decor clean and warwick was always communicative and accommodating
Host:warwick is the perfect hostwarwick's floating home is simply one of a kindwarwick is a perfect host - friendly and responsivelast but not least warwick himself is a fantastic host - so responsive and accommodatingwarwick was very helpful and easy to communicate withRead more reviewsgreat location close to 101 nice restaurants and grocery store close bya special location that we hope to visit againhis location is the best in the areaif you want a special place on the outskirts of san francisco you've found it
Couples who are looking for a private stay away from the hustle and bustle, this is the place to be; a floating cabin on a turtle pond. It is located on the far-end part of the ranch where guests can enjoy fishing and canoeing. While parties and other events are not allowed, this makes the venue even more intimate and a perfect place to make occasions more special with solemn and simple celebrations. Because it’s located in a ranch, you can also enjoy the company of the friendly farm animals. Inside the cabin, you can only find one sofa bed with no other amenities, so make sure to bring your own essentials and basic needs such as water and meals. Overall, renting this houseboat will provide guests a rustic experience that would surely make you appreciate simple living in the company of nature.
BoathouseBodega Bay, California, United States
Top guest reviews
Host:the staff are very friendly so are the farm animalsRead more reviewsexcellent location and private settingoverall great location howevercool location unique experience would go back
This houseboat feels like your home away from home! Inside this accommodation, you’ll find complete amenities and essentials. The living room is homey with a fireplace to warm up the area. There’s also a private room that can be locked up for safety and privacy and here, an adjustable Tempurpedic bed that moves up and down will make you sleep better. Waking up in the morning, enjoy a sip of coffee on the balcony facing the San Francisco bay while having a good conversation with your friends, or you can simply observe the seaplanes taking off and landing across the jetty. This charming houseboat can accommodate up to two guests.
Comfy Houseboat with Fabulous View!Sausalito, California, United States
Top guest reviewssausalito itself is calm clean and charming with upscale restaurants and everything in betweenRead more reviews
Host:susan is just an amazing host
This spacious floating home, surrounded by the majestic San Francisco Bay, provides an escape into a realm of tranquility. You need to bring your camera because everything, from the interior to the exterior of this houseboat is certainly Instagrammable! It has an area of approximately 278 square meters (2,992 square feet) with three floors in a deep water slip on Richardson Bay. The master bedroom is located on the upper level with a king-size bed and a balcony, whereas the lower level has two large bedrooms with queen-size beds. It also has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a beautifully appointed living room with a fireplace, and a large dining table where guests can enjoy sumptuous meals. This houseboat has a guest capacity of up to six.
Magical Sausalito Floating Home !Sausalito, California, United States
Top guest reviewsloved the style the amount of space and the comfortable yet sophisticated decora wonderful comfortable space with wonderful viewsgreat well equipped comfortable home with fantastic viewskids happily spread out in the lower level bedsit’s a fabulous space with many thoughtful touches and plenty of room to spread outthe place was clean and comfortable and we immediately felt at homevery clean large complete kitchen and nice touches throughout
Host:all interaction was fast and helpfulpati is a very nice and helpful hosteveryone on the dock was very friendlypati was a fantastic host and communication was easy and quickhe was always responsive available and attentive without being intrusiveRead more reviewsabsolutely beautiful home and locationwe had a wonderful stay the location is serene but yet so close to everythingvery nice place quiet and close to everythingwonderful houseboat extremely well located and nicely decoratedwe had such a nice time super fun location and wonderful little home
Alameda is a vibrant and family-friendly destination with diverse restaurants, concept shops, first-class services and other fun things to do. This floating house has two levels and each provides a different kind of comfort and great views. There is one bedroom with a queen-size bed while the other bedroom has common spaces. You may opt to cook meals during your stay or walk around and find restaurants. But make sure to enjoy a perfect breakfast meal paired with hot coffee on the balcony facing the lovely bay. Enjoy this charming accommodation with friends or family!
Lovely and cozy floating home.Alameda, California, United States
Top guest reviewsloved having breakfast and great coffee right one the waternice surrounding and having breakfast outside with a view on the water was awesome
Host:susan is a great hosti couldn’t have asked for a better hosther instructions were very clear and susan was very helpful and hospitablesusan is a great host who responds to communication quicklyRead more reviewsthe location was ideal and easy to get to from oakland airportvery attractive and comfortable home in a beautiful and quiet locationconnections to sf by ferry are close and fun
For large groups, this amazing houseboat is situated in Shasta Marina at Packers Bay and will make for a great holiday rental. Well-appointed and spacious, the two-level houseboat has five comfy bedrooms, a full bathroom, and another half bath. There’s also a bright and well-laid-out living area, a galley, and more areas to relax and unwind in. Guests will also have access to a hot tub, a wet bar, and an area perfect for sunbathing. Enjoy lovely views of the lake and mountains from multiple windows and portholes.
Shasta Marina at Packers Bay Mirage I Houseboat
Top guest reviewsthe houseboat was clean and in great shape actually fancyRead more reviews
Host:shasta marina has the best employees they were all so nice and helpful
To add a Mediterranean flair to your Northern California vacation, rent this beautiful houseboat. It has a Mediterranean-style interior and offers unparalleled views of Mt. Tamalpais. The well-appointed houseboat has an open-concept living, dining and kitchen area, elegant bathrooms, plush bedrooms, a gorgeous kitchen, and laundry facilities. A cozy outdoor deck with ample seating is also accessible to guests. Golden Gate Bridge is just 4.9 mi (7.8 km) away from this rental.
Vicino al Mare, Floating Home, Houseboat, Mediterranean Tranquilty
For a cozy stay with your family and friends, book this chic houseboat in Sausalito. Enjoy soaking up the sun while sitting on the outdoor deck or go kayaking near the dock. Inside, there is a beautiful living area with large windows, an open-plan dining area and modern kitchen, a stylish office, two plush bedrooms and bathrooms, and more. Golden Gate Bridge is just 10 minutes away and the center of San Francisco is a ferry ride away.
Cozy & Cute Sausalito Boathouse
This delightful houseboat in Sausalito has two cozy bedrooms perfect for your vacation. The roof deck gives you a relaxing view of the bay, and it has a really comfortable sofa where you can enjoy your favorite beer while taking in all the sights. If you feel like going out for delicious local food, take a leisurely walk to nearby restaurants. The homey and welcoming vibe of this accommodation will surely make your stay enjoyable.
Sausalito houseboat livingSausalito, California, United States
Top guest reviewslots of light easy parking well equipped and very comfortableit was quiet well furnished and cleanhouse has all you need and it is really cleangreat place very well located but not exactly a modern or clean place
Host:alan is a very attentive host and his home is really comfortable and spaciousalan is a great host the boat house is a unique experiencealan is a wonderful host his place is a is simply spectacularif you want a peaceful stay this is the place very family friendly and quietRead more reviewsgreat place in a houseboat community close to downtown sausalito and the highwaythis is a great place to stay for a couple or family
Experience tranquil houseboat living in this chic two-bedroom floating home. With a fully equipped kitchen, cooking gourmet meals will be a breeze. Get a breathtaking view of Mount Tamalpais or the sunset skies from the comfort of the balcony, and enjoy a bottle of your favorite wine as you savor the scenic sights. Wake up every morning to a gorgeous view and the sunlight entering through the big windows. For convenience, this floating home features two modern bathrooms. There is also a television inside the bedroom so guests can watch a movie before going to bed.
Chic Floating Home In Scenic Sausalito
Top guest reviewsjanet was very helpful and responsive and made our stay easy and comfortablethe house was immaculate and the beds were perfect for a good night's sleepcomfortable bedding great towels (including the black makeup washcloths ) arrival flowers and spirits and so much moreboth beds were first rate the kitchen was very well equipped and the entire unit was very brightsuper clean and cozyit is spotless comfortable and furnished beautifullyvery clean and was ready before we got to san franciscothe home is tastefully decorated and well appointed impeccably clean very comfortable and carefully maintained
Host:met the owner and everything was more & better than expectedowner thought of everything and has great instructions in a nice book if something comes upthe houseboat neighbors were very welcoming and friendly and were happy to talk about houseboat lifejanet is easily the most experienced organized and thoughtful host we've ever dealt withRead more reviewsthe location was absolutely perfecttam is calming and upliftingperfect home perfect locationwalking up and down the docks was an adventure in and off itself
This spectacular vacation home brings you closer to nature, and the open water surrounding the house will definitely make you feel refreshed. Guests sleep well in the three bedrooms on this houseboat. In the morning, sip your morning coffee with greater pleasure as you take in the tranquil water, trees, and other boats around you. The spacious living room offers plenty of cozy seating options so you can lounge in comfort. Experience luxurious houseboat living with spectacular views in Sausalito.
Fabulous Ferryboat on San Francisco BaySausalito, CA, US
This gorgeous houseboat can accommodate eight people seeking a luxurious vacation experience. Guests looking for entertainment can easily find it in the Big Dog. Enjoy the surround-sound feature of the home’s entertainment system and lounge on the couch while watching your favorite shows and movies. Enjoy a scrumptious barbeque with your friends or family. If you feel like going for engaging water activities, there are paddle boards and one kayak available for use. Your stay here will definitely make your vacation a lot more interesting.
72 foot Luxury Custom Houseboat "Big Dog"
Top guest reviewsthe sleep accommodations were comfortable with the downstairs rooms being a perfect place for kiddos to sleepvery accommodating and very cleanbig dog was more than we imagined a very spacious and comfortable home on the waterclean quiet and who doesn’t want to wake up on the water?if you’ve been houseboating before then you’ll appreciate the “big dog” as it’s a custom and spacious boat
Host:the owner was very nice and easy to talk tovince's communications were consistent and helpfulthe owner is extremely nice and is an experienced captainbeing on the water was awesome and vince was a great hostvince was friendly generous with delta knowledge and demonstrated incredible expertise navigating the big boat in complex conditionsRead more reviewsgreat location would be great for anglers fishing derby’s out of russos or the sugar barge
This 56-foot (17m) houseboat in Lakehead, California, has enough space in its 6 bedrooms to accommodate up to 16 persons. You can comfortably lounge in its spacious living area with its air-conditioning unit or heating system for you to use, depending on the weather. There are two bathrooms with a toilet and shower, and a kitchen that’s fully equipped with full-sized appliances and complete cooking and dining utensils. The houseboat also has a luxurious lounge with a TV, DVDs, and a gas fireplace to ensure your comfort while you and your family stay there. A stairway leads to the rooftop where you can watch the sunset while enjoying drinks from the wet bar, or while relaxing in the hot tub.
Shasta Marina at Packers Bay's Mirage II Houseboat
The Sumerset is a new and spacious houseboat on Shasta Lake, which offers a whole new boathouse experience. Its hulled design and full-width cabin create enough space for 20 persons with 6 private staterooms, 2 with queen-size beds, two with full-size beds, one with double bunk full-size beds, and one with a queen-size convertible sofa bed. Guests also have two full bathrooms with a glass-encased shower. Preparing meals is also a breeze, thanks to the houseboat’s fully equipped kitchen. Aside from the luxurious lounge packed with entertainment amenities, guests can party and have fun on the rooftop with a wet bar, hot tub good for eight persons, a TV, and helm stereo.
Shasta Marina at Packers Bay's Sumerset Houseboat.
This unique accommodation is run by a classic motor that has stood the test of time but is still operational at its best. Renting this vintage houseboat creates an amazing experience with every stay, thanks to the hosts’ outstanding hospitality. Aboard this lovely yacht, you can spend a perfect getaway along the quaint, lovely marina while watching the river sunset. Make it a romantic weekend or lose yourself to adventurous water activity. This yacht also has a lot to offer, amenities-wise: a fully equipped galley, refrigerator, two staterooms and can accommodate up to guests. There is also a barbecue on the deck where you can enjoy homemade breakfast or dinner.
46' Motor Yacht Semper Fi, classic and comfortableAntioch, California, United States
Top guest reviewsmarina facilities are clean and the other marina people we encountered were very friendly
Host:he offered great recommendations and was extremely helpful overalleric and susana are wonderful hostswe would definitely recommend eric and susana to our friends to host them on their next airbnb adventureseric was an awesome host onboard with us during our 4 day stayeric and susana were very welcoming and friendly upon our arrivalRead more reviewswe were docked in a beautiful and safe locationgreat location that offers plenty to do in the areaadditionally antioch is a more secluded location and access is easierreally cool place to stay
Have a wonderful Californian holiday
Sit back, relax and explore Northern California as you spend a soulful night or more on a houseboat for rent in California. Witness the calming feeling of morning delight while sipping coffee on the balcony or enjoy a little adventure on the waters. Whatever your cup of tea is, make the most of your holidays by renting one of these charming houseboat rentals in Northern California.
Get Trip101 in your inbox