Top 11 Airbnb Houseboats In And Near Wilmington, North Carolina - Updated 2023


A charming port city in North Carolina, Wilmington has a lot to offer, from beaches, historical attractions, to delightful eats. The city has two famous beaches, Wrightsville, which is perfect for surfing because of its strong waves, and Carolina, with its long and scenic boardwalk. Another must-visit attraction here is the Riverwalk, lined with numerous shops, dining options, and galleries. Also, if you’re into history, you shouldn’t miss the chance to see and explore the Cape Fear River, where you’ll find Battleship North Carolina. And if you haven’t decided where to stay during your holiday in the city, make sure to check out our list of the top Airbnb houseboats in and near Wilmington, North Carolina, for your guidance.

1. Lovely houseboat for three

If you wish to rent a boat near Wilmington, then look no further than this lovely vessel. A comfy cabin on the water found near the beach, this houseboat is the ideal accommodation for people who want to experience a different kind of living situation. The boat is small and features a full teak and mahogany interior, giving the space a rustic look. It contains a bedroom and a sofa bed in the aft, which can accommodate up to three guests. It is also complete with a functional kitchen, with a refrigerator in the galley. Additionally, the upper deck is perfect for observing the gorgeous surroundings.

Sailing Vessel Halo, Cozy Cabin on the Water
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
183 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioned climate was continuously pleasant; the off-boat facilities adequate and easily accessible
it was hot and muggy but he had the air conditioner running and it was cool inside
sleeping space is small but bed is very comfortable
everything was beautiful and clean and absolutely wonderful
it was clean and comfortable for a small space
really cool place to stay and it was all clean and as described
the boat was clean and well-kept
it was clean and captain dylan showed us where everything was
the hosts were available for questions and the boat was very accommodating and relaxing thank you again
dlyan is a good host
the hospitality was great the hosts are very kind and really care about their guests enjoying the stay
beautiful boat great weekend exceptional host
dylan was very friendly responded to messages promptly
the location is lovely
cool and romantic place to stay close to beach
minutes from the beach super easy close by restaurants etc
this is your best bet for a unique experience and an affordable place to get away from everything
awesome sailboat it was convenient and close to the beach
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2. Floating condo ideal for fishing (from USD 249)

Located in a gated community in the Intracoastal Waterway, this floating condo is one of the best boat rentals near Wilmington. It is modern, fully furnished, and has all the usual home essentials. It features two bedrooms that can sleep up to four guests, a private bathroom, and an open space that has a kitchen, a dining, and a living area. It also comes with a deck where you can fish. You can also go to the nearby pier for more chances of catching a fish. Moreover, the property is just minutes away from the beaches and other attractions in the city.

Houseboat on the Intercoastal Waterway
Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
9 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

3. Boat with an old-world charm

This Airbnb houseboat is a classic 1960’s Chris Craft Roamer turned holiday home with an old-world charm, given that the boat is already 50 plus years old. It has one bedroom with a bunk bed and a double bed, which can accommodate up to five people - ideal for family or friends. Apart from the sleeping area, the boat features a galley with kitchen, dining, and seating areas. And the aft deck has a living room set-up, where you can have cocktails while watching the sunset.

Classic Retreat
Bald Head Island, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the boat rocked us to sleep the ac and fan made it very comfortable at night
having electricity and wifi on the boat was a very nice touch
nice marina with easily accessible facilities
a vintage clean and tidy boat accommodation
it was small but clean and provided a fun place to stay at bhi
he was a great host and answered our questions promptly
everyone was super friendly on the island j
he was extremely friendly and even offered to help carry our bags
the place is at a great location especially if you want a quiet secluded location on bhi
bathrooms at the marina were close and clean
great island location and boat for those that like the full boat camping experience
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4. Charming two-bedroom yacht (from USD 153)

Those looking for yacht rentals near Wilmington will be interested in this listing. This 40-foot (12.19-meter) yacht is in a private marina, which will keep you secured and away from the crowd. There are two aft cabins and a sofa bed in the living area, so it can accommodate up to six people. The host also recommends sleeping on the deck at night, so you could go stargazing before falling asleep. Apart from the bedrooms, it also comes with a kitchen with all the essentials and a cozy living area. There is a bathroom inside the yacht, but you can also use the bathroom in the marina, which is just 10 steps away from your boat.

40’ SAILING YACHT-private marina/secure in slip/AC
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
140 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
waking up to that view was a hundred times better than a hotel room somewhere
the air conditioning at night was comfortable and there was easy access to anything we needed
the inside is plenty comfortable but we loved spending lots of time on the deck and relaxing
the space was cozy and nicely decorated
the marina was clean nice and friendly too
the boat is clean and well kept and the marina is very nice
the boat was very clean and the sleeping quarters were comfortable
our stay on kevin's boat was wonderful he had thoughtful touché s & it was very clean
the beach was easy to walk to and the neighborhood was safe clean and friendly
kevin is a gracious host
kevin is a great host
kevin was more than accommodating and is an outstanding host
kevin was most helpful and available to answer questions
kevin was very attentive and helpful
great location w a very cool sail boat beautiful sunset
this was in a great location and a again a wonderful experience
the location was perfect and easy to get to local restaurants and activities
oh also the walk to the beach is a bit of hike but it is beautiful
the walk to the beach was a beautiful stroll through stunning wetlands
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5. Lovely houseboat with a spectacular sunset view

Located at Carolina Beach, this 33-foot (10.06-meter) yacht is ideal for people who want to live in a cabin on the water. Living here for a day or two will give you a new experience and a chance to see a beautiful sunset over the water. Also, you’ll be close to a lot of things that North Carolina Beach has to offer, including its local restaurants, shops, and nightlife. As for the inside of the cabin, you’ll find that there are two bedrooms, perfect for four guests, a cozy seating area, and a kitchen. You can also use the deck, where you will have breakfast or wait for the sunset.

Cabin in the sea
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
194 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ac cooled off the place quickly and was comfortable for sleeping
it’s a cozy place with nice style touches and everything you need
check in was easy and there is a bath house with shower and three private toilets as needed
the boat was amazing clean and homey feeling
great boat and great host
brandon was a superb host
brandon was a great host as well
brandon is a great host and easy to work with
the host is kind attentive and responsive to any needs you have
great location and great experience
the location is super close to carolina beach but is also in a quiet location
such a perfect beautiful unique get away location
the marina location is 200 yards from freeman park and the pier at carolina beach
brandon’s boat was in a great location
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6. Fully furnished houseboat with second-floor patio (from USD 492)

Featuring ample parking space and scenic views of the Cape Fear River, this vacation rental is an ideal getaway spot. It is located in Port City Marina, close to Wilmington Convention Center and a city park. It also features a second-floor patio where guests can relax and watch beautiful yachts that pass by.

The indoor features of this rental include air conditioning, heating, Wi-Fi, and a smart TV. A total of six guests can stay here comfortably. The place offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen.

New Houseboat in Port City Marina Wilmington, NC
39 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
it was clean and spacious with everything you need
the decor was spot on and extremely clean
the houseboat was incredible very clean well stocked comfortable beds etc
house is immaculate and great communication
clean bright great location close to downtown
thank you host for sharing your lovely "piece of heaven"
owners are super sweet and willing to go the extra mile if you have questions
check-in and communication with the owners was quick and easy
our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this one-of-a-kind property
the location was great and within walking distance to our concert venue
awesome location and the experience was fantastic
loved this boathouse and loved the location you are five minutes from everything in downtown and on the riverwalk
quiet and close to town with great food and breakfast places nearby
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7. Pet-friendly rental with private ramp (from USD 178)

Bring your boat and enjoy a fun-filled getaway in this free-standing vacation rental with a private ramp. Don’t have one? You can still enjoy a plethora of other activities during your stay. The location of this houseboat provides easy access to water adventures such as surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and deep-sea fishing. If you’d rather go shopping in outlet stores, tour museums, and visit aquariums, there are plenty of such opportunities in the Historic Beaufort located just a 10-minute drive away.

Suitable for up to four guests and their pets, this rental offers two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a well-equipped kitchen. It also features a front porch where you can watch passing yachts and commercial fishing boats. Amenities in this rental include air conditioning, heating, a TV, and jetpacks for internet access as well.

End of year blowout Nov/Dec. No cleaning or pet fee! A savings of $200+
79 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

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

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
plenty of room with all the comforts of home
it was spotlessly clean
my husband and i were both delighted on how clean the houseboat was
we had an amazing stay very clean and cozy property managers are very helpful and nice individuals
it was clean and the owner was helpful
the owner and staff were very responsive and accommodating
the manager and owner were pleasant to work with
the hosts were very friendly and helpful
the boat is very nicely decorated and kept up by the owner
the owners are very friendly and welcoming
close to the beach and other attractions
we love beaufort and it was very close and beautiful as always
the location on the icw was great
if you have a boat and fishing gear it is the perfect place to bring it
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8. Spacious sailboat with beach supplies (from USD 174)

Securely docked in a marina, this spacious sailboat can comfortably accommodate a total of five guests. It features three bedrooms and a fully furnished kitchen. While there is a toilet room available in the unit, guests are encouraged to use the full bathroom in the marina instead. The rental also offers amenities such as air conditioning, heating, card games, Wi-Fi, and a TV. With beach supplies and a two-person kayak provided, guests can enjoy fun activities during their stay.

There are also shops nearby where guests can rent kayaks, jet skis, and golf carts. Carolina Beach Boardwalk, known for its vibrant bars and restaurants, is also just 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. For a fee, guests can arrange for sailing charter options and sailing trips with the hosts.

Stay Aboard Our 40-Foot Private Sailing Yacht w/ 2 Cabins — private slip & AC!
24 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wonderful sunsets and very comfortable
we had a great stay boat was very clean and convenient to restaurants and the beach
perfect location easy walk to the spectacular shoreline sunrises
perfect slip location and cabin was nicely outfitted
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9. Beautiful yacht in the heart of the city (from USD 158)

Nestled in the heart of the city, this beautiful yacht offers a relaxing getaway spot for up to four guests. It features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area, and a spacious outdoor patio. There are plenty of modern conveniences as well, including heating, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a smart TV. Those who are looking to book this rental should note that the unit is accessible by a ladder.

Places of interest within walking distance of this property include several waterfront restaurants and shopping spots. Guests can also bring their cars so they can get around the area more easily. The marina provides ample parking space for vehicles.

Beaufort Waterfront Yacht
4 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the main cabin with the queen bed was especially nice
cozy clean and comfortable
the location of the boat made it an ideal home base to explore the surrounding area
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10. Private yacht with views of the Battleship North Carolina (from USD 217)

Spacious and well furnished, this yacht is situated in Port City Marina. It is also an ideal place to stay for a total of six people. It offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen. Out on the back deck, guests can enjoy not only stunning sunsets but also views of the river and Battleship North Carolina. The place offers the conveniences of a modern home as well, including air conditioning, heating, Wi-Fi, and TVs.

Because of its strategic location, guests can enjoy easy access to several notable places in downtown Wilmington. The Convention Center and Riverfront Park are found close by. Several shops, restaurants, bars, and live music venues are also just within walking distance of this property.

Private Yacht - On The River - In Heart of Downtown
17 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
overall very clean and we had an amazing stay
christa and lee are wonderful hosts and so welcoming with attention to detail
no driving all weekend all walking holding hands and enjoying food fun and relaxing
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11. Luxury Italian yacht for six

Stay in a luxurious motor yacht built in Italy during your trip to Wilmington. Docked at Port City Marina, this yacht can comfortably accommodate six guests in its plush interiors. There is a well-appointed salon, a kitchen, two plush bedrooms and bathrooms, and a lower and upper deck in the yacht. Take in amazing views from the beautiful upper flybridge that is perfect for entertaining with its wet bar, grill, table and ample seating. You can even charter the boat to explore nearby areas for an additional fee.

50 Foot Azimut Italian Luxury Motor Yacht Sleeps 6 Port City Marina WilmingtonNC
21 reviews
yacht 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
that size group is perfect for the two room and pull out bed
everything was clean and comfortable
always clean and neat and welcoming is the interior
the crew were so friendly and made everything very easy for us
would highly recommend this yacht and the owner steve
you will not go wrong with the boat the location or the owner
the location is perfect
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Live in a houseboat in Wilmington

From Wilmington yacht charters to cozy houseboats, there are a lot of accommodations you can choose from here. But booking a houseboat will make your trip unique and memorable. So make sure to stay in one of these Airbnb houseboats in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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