Top 17 Airbnb Houseboats Near New York City - Updated 2023

houseboats in nyc
Ruth Alexis
Ruth Alexis 
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Living on a houseboat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that most can only dream about. However, you can make that dream a reality today by booking a houseboat on Airbnb with just a click of a few buttons. Better yet, why not make your vacation perfect by heading down to New York City, a vibrant and beautiful city, packed with must-see attractions and beautiful beaches? If you are planning your next trip to New York City and are looking for a unique experience, below are some of the most amazing houseboats you can rent out for a dream holiday. These are the top Airbnb houseboats near New York City. Be sure to check them out before your next trip!

1. Well-furnished houseboat with dock access

Featuring one bedroom and one bathroom, this houseboat rental provides an amazing getaway spot for up to four guests. It is located near a gated marina with free parking. Restaurants, farmers’ markets, and local shops are just within walking distance of this rental.

This houseboat offers one double-size bed and a dining table that can also be converted into a bed if needed. There is also a well-furnished kitchenette with cooking basics. Other amenities include portable fans, Wi-Fi, and outdoor furniture. Guests are also provided access to the marina’s dock and bathroom facilities.

Queens, New York, United States
89 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 4 Guests

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place is just as described and as others have said is so cozy and charming
beautiful place and very clean
boat was clean and comfortable
the marina is clean and everyone there is super friendly
the bathroom at the dock is really clean
the marina bathrooms were clean and not crowded and the marina shower has a good-sized changing area
everyone at the marina was super friendly
emily and hannah were very responsive and thoughtful
great communication from host emily with all instructions provided
amazing place to stay co host hannah responded quickly to questions hope to stay again soon :3
people at the marina were friendly and quiet
great location and a great experience
cozy and cute decor nice vibe and so close to the beach
the boat is sooo cute and it’s a 10 minute walk to a nice strip of restaurants
location has a good size parking lot that is gated in requires a key fob for entry
took the bus to the ferry and enjoyed a nice sail to southstreet area
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2. Charming house barge with deck (from USD 72)

This charming house barge comes with a spacious deck where guests can relax and enjoy the surrounding views. Featuring one bedroom and a half bathroom, this rental can comfortably sleep up to four guests. It is also equipped with heating, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a TV with standard cable. There is a kitchen area as well.

Moored in a marina that offers free parking, this catamaran cruiser motor yacht is located near Emmons Street waterfront. Guests can easily get to restaurants and exotic markets. The host also allows long-term bookings for 28 days or more.

Brooklyn, New York, United States
74 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in houseboat 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioner was most welcome bed very comfy with tv and 2 million channels to choose from
we had an excellent and cozy stay and plan on coming for another visit soon
very clean comfortable and hospitable environment
the boathouse was clean good space and beautiful
the housebarge was clean and cozy
the houseboat is enchanting clean and equipped with everything you need
our stay on the house barge was fantastic the place was clean and orderly
the hosts were very nice friendly and helpful
our hosts were very helpful and friendly
friendly and acomodating great stories
they are incredibly helpful and made us feel very welcome on their boat
they were so attentive and helpful from the moment we booked to the last moment of our stay
the location was right off the belt parkway and close to an excellent seafood restaurant
angus & lisa gave us lifts to the subway station which was very kind
lisa even took me to the park on the water nearby which was beautiful
starting with the good food in beautiful surroundings to best bus
a wonderful place to spend your holidays in new york
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3. Lovely houseboat with lounge area

This well-furnished houseboat provides a wonderful setting for romantic getaways and family escapades. It has plenty of room for up to six guests. Inside the rental, guests will find two cozy bedrooms, one full bathroom, and another half bathroom. There is also a lounge area where guests can relax and enjoy stunning vistas, not to mention glimpses of visiting swans.

Other amenities include heating, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a TV. Suitable for events, this rental is also equipped with a sound system. Guests can park their cars at the marina for free. When they’re not relaxing on the houseboat, they can drive to nearby establishments or take a five-minute walk to the beach.

Queens, New York, United States
51 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 15 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 15

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable to throw small parties
michael is a lovely host and the boat is beautiful
hosts responsiveness is awesome all together great trip
host is terrific and was there waiting for us
outstanding spot for our needs close to beach train bus etc
can recommend this place in summer
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4. A family-friendly houseboat with style (from USD 536)

This newly redesigned houseboat is located in the sunny Jamaica Bay area of Rockaway Beach and overlooks the stunning Marina 59. The houseboat is just a short walk to the surf break, making it perfect for travellers with a passion for the waves. The host is more than happy to take guests out surfing and fishing, so you can experience the authentic houseboat life. There are two bunk beds in a separate room for young children, making this houseboat perfect for families with one or two children.

Queens, New York, United States
20 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 7 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were all super comfortable the view is gorgeous and the experience is relaxing
the houseboat is comfortable sun drenched and airy an incredibly magical place
the boat is gorgeous and fun host is great
he was communicative and always on call to help
ben is a very gracious and incredibly nice host
our host ben was communicative and helpful as we got settled in
also ben is an excellent communicator and a helpful host
it’s easy to get to and very close to the beach
this place was so cute and cozy
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5. Modern boat close to Coney Island (from USD 257)

A small family or a group of four friends can book this modern houseboat that is close to New York City and many other areas including Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and more. It has a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable bedroom with a queen-size bed, a full bathroom, a dining area, and a furnished living area. From the top deck, take in serene views of the surroundings. Besides peace and quiet, this rental also offers easy access to numerous ethnic shops and restaurants located closeby.

Brooklyn, New York, United States
house boat 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

6. Luxury yacht for outdoor fun (from USD 800)

Ideally suited for six adults who wish to engage in outdoor activities, this luxury yacht offers a range of conveniences. There is a large swim platform, inflatable water toys, and kayaks available onboard this yacht. The sun pad is perfect for sunbathing, the flybridge is great for entertaining guests and the outdoor cockpit is ideal for alfresco dining. Inside, there is a well-equipped kitchen, three luxurious bedrooms and two elegant bathrooms. New York City is a short train ride away.

Wifi Available
Boat 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

7. Floating cabin houseboat with style (from USD 146)

This floating cabin houseboat is located on Jamaica Bay, just a few steps away from iconic Rockaway Beach. While on holiday here, you can relax on the beach and suntan your worries away, or walk by the ocean as the evening breeze blows through your hair. Best of all, the host of this houseboat gives a 10 percent discount if you stay for two nights or more, making this trip a worthwhile and affordable one.

Queens, New York, United States
227 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 0 Beds 2 Guests 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there's no ac but we found that an evening shower coupled with her small fan was very comfortable
the houseboat was lovely: comfortable cute great views and noises from the bird sanctuary across the bay
beds were super comfortable; i napped quite easily and often
evenings were very comfortable and quiet
also there is a huge deck on the top of the cabin with deckchair table plants
the marina facilities were solid - clean bathrooms- and erin was terrific
inside was clean lots of supplies and lots of room
the shared bathroom are modern and very clean
the bathroom and showers at the marina are actually clean and functional
the bathrooms are a short walk but super clean and it didn't feel like an inconvenience
the host is great and responds to questions promptly
ingrid was a great host and the boat was more than i expected
we never met her but she was very responsive and gave us great advice & tips
great and communicative host 100/10 will stay again
ingrid was a great host easy to communicate with and answered all my questions
close to the beach and a unique and enjoyable experience of life on a boat in a marina
great place to stay super close to the beach
such a fun stay and really close to great places to go out
it was peaceful close to everything we wanted to do and had a bit of magic to it
i have already recommended this place to many friends
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8. A beautiful floating surf safari awaits you for a midnight party (from USD 149)

This beautiful houseboat is located on the Franco, a private marina filled with the houseboats of many rich and famous people. This funky and cozy abode has amenities that include free parking on the premises, a kitchen stocked with cooking basics and a coffee maker, as well as a lockbox for you to keep all your items safe. A TV is available in your bedroom for you to pass the time in a relaxed environment. You can also rent a fishing boat at the marina or a surfboard at the local surf shop, just a few feet away.

Queens, New York, United States
116 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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9. Houseboat with splendid views (from USD 140)

This small and cozy houseboat with basic amenities is a great place to stay if you are looking for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and city of city life. It includes a kitchenette where basic meals can be prepared, two single bunk beds, and a functional bathroom with hot water. There is parking for those who drove up the marina, Ideal for up to three people, this rental is perfect if you want to catch one of the best sunset or sunrise views. This rental is easily accessible from JFK airport for guests who have early flights to catch. Surfing and swimming opportunities are also located near this Airbnb houseboat for other water activities to try out when on vacation.

Rockaway Beach , New York, United States
17 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
bathrooms on the pier were clean and well maintained
greg is a great host
everyone on the marina was friendly and made me feel like i belonged there
very few people in the marina when we were there but everyone was friendly and quiet
easy to get to by subway and bus and feels very safe in the marina
short walk to the beach and an easy uber ride to restaurants at night
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10. A houseboat in the Rockaways

The Salt Shack is a cosy houseboat located in the Rockaways, for you to have a rockin’ good time in New York City! All essentials in the bathroom will be provided for you, including towels, bedsheets, soap and toilet paper. An outdoor patio is available for you to look out to the sea while you relax and rewind after a long day of sightseeing. Do note, however, that no Wi-Fi is provided on the boat.

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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11. Tiny houseboat on the water

If you love the water, this is the place for you. A key feature of this petite houseboat is its rooftop, which comes with barbecue equipment and rustic outdoor furniture, so you can relax and rewind while enjoying an amazing view of the ocean. This beautiful houseboat is docked just feet away from three beautiful beaches. You can choose to visit any one of them during the day to surf, swim and soak up the sun. There is also a spacious golf course nearby, so golf enthusiasts should not miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the sport. Guests have free access to the entire houseboat.

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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12. Spacious houseboat in Port Washington

This houseboat sleeps up to five guests, making it perfect for larger families or groups of friends. It is conveniently located, just a 40-minute drive from New York City. A unique feature of this house is that it has four storeys, something not commonly seen on houseboats. You will get complimentary access to boat and kayak rentals, as well as day trips to the Statue of Liberty and around New York harbour. If you are looking for taste of both vibrant city life and tranquil life in a houseboat, this Airbnb rental will give you the best of both worlds.

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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13. A unique experience aboard the Vacilanda

The Vacilanda is a majestic boat, adorned with beautiful high ceilings and a spacious yet homey living room. Its mast has been removed so that a large wooden deck could be erected on its top floor, providing a ton of outdoor space for you to relax and connect with friends and family. A propane grill and beautiful outdoor lights have been provided for you to invite your friends over for a fun barbecue. Other amenities include a refrigerator, gas stove, an oven and a stereo.

Queens, New York, United States
5 reviews  
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

14. Luxury houseboat with stunning views

A unique feature of this houseboat is that it is located not on the sea but on a lake. Greenwood Lake is an amazing body of water with lush greenery lining its edges, providing you with an amazing view, regardless of the time of day. This houseboat is a fully functioning pontoon, so you are able to drive it around the lake and even sleep in the middle of the lake if you wish to! It is located just a five-minute drive to various restaurants and shops, so this is the perfect houseboat for a relaxed and fun, yet convenient and hassle-free weekend.

The bedroom area has two single beds in a bunk-bed style and is equipped with two complimentary towels for all stays longer than two days. You can look forward to a free bottle of wine if you are staying on this houseboat on Valentine’s day, and complimentary mince pies if you decide to do a Christmas vacay instead!

West Milford, New Jersey, United States
6 reviews  
Houseboat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

15. Vintage cabin cruiser with beach access (from USD 104)

Cozy and well-equipped, this vintage cabin cruiser is ideal for one or two guests. It offers a double-size bed in the bedroom area. Guests are also provided access to bathrooms in the marina just a two-minute walk away. Other amenities include books, a Bluetooth sound system, and a portable heater. The kitchenette is completed with cooking basics. The lack of Wi-Fi and TV also allows guests to disconnect and fully enjoy their getaway without the distraction of social media.

Guests who want to go swimming can head to the beach located just a seven-minute walk away.

Queens, New York, United States
112 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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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16. Light-filled hideaway in a conservation area

Nestled in a conservation area of Jamaica Bay, this light-filled boat provides classic accommodation with a 70s vibe. There is one bedroom and one bathroom aboard, perfect for a group of up to four guests. Pets are welcome as well. Guests can also access the bathrooms at the marina. Amenities include heating, Wi-Fi, and cooking basics.

While there is no TV available, guests will easily find plenty of entertaining things to do. There is ample space on the unit for relaxing, fishing, and bird watching. A beautiful beach is also just four blocks away.

Queens, New York, United States
37 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
she was always attentive when i asked questions and made us feel welcome
the hosts were very friendly and available to answer every possible question
gina is very responsive and friendly
incredibly friendly hosts super chill and quick with responses
the location was great and it was a cute place in a really unique setting
bonuses: walking distance to supermarket a train and beach
feels like being on vacation with the stillness of the marina and a short walk to the beach
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17. Many amazing houseboats to explore

If you are planning your next trip to New York City and want to experience something totally different, this is your chance! Be sure to check out the above best houseboats in New York City, before your next trip here.

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