Top 11 Airbnb Houseboats Near New York City - Updated 2022

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. A family-friendly houseboat with style (from USD 900)

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.

Ziggy Stardust Surf House - A Beautiful Houseboat
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
Host:
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
Location:
it’s easy to get to and very close to the beach
this place was so cute and cozy
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2. 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.

Charming Modern Housebarge
Brooklyn, NY, US
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

3. 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.

65 ft Viking Motor Luxury Yacht ~ 3 Staterooms ~ Entire Boat
Port Washington, NY, US
 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.

4. Floating cabin houseboat with style (from USD 157)

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.

Floating Cabin Houseboat Rockaway Surf's Up!
Queens, New York, United States
189 reviews Superhost
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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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5. A beautiful floating surf safari awaits you for a midnight party (from USD 185)

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.

The James Franco! Beautiful Floating Surf Safari!
89 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
Host:
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
Location:
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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6. 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.

Tiny homes on water Dream big live small
New York, United States
56 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
so charming so nice so fun and clean
the place is perfectly clean
Host:
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
Location:
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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7. 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.

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
Cleanliness:
it was clean and quiet
the house was clean and had everything we needed
Host:
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
Location:
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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8. 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.

Eclectic Love Boat, "VACILANDA" Far Rockaway
Queens, New York, United States
5 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. 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!

Love Shack (Also A Boat Rental)
West Milford, New Jersey, United States
6 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. Houseboat with splendid views

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.

Greg’s houseboat studio/ Surfers dream
Rockaway Beach , New York, United States
17 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
bathrooms on the pier were clean and well maintained
Host:
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
Location:
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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11. 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.

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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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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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