Rent A Boat In Kemah, Texas - Updated 2023

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Sitting just outside Houston overlooking Galveston Bay, Kemah is a small town that has a big personality. You’ll find no shortage of things to occupy your time while in Kemah, with the Kemah Boardwalk being a place you could easily spend a full day and wonder where the time went as the sun starts to set. Here, you’ll find theme park rides, fabulous dining and shopping opportunities, and a fun place to interact with various types of wildlife. The Lighthouse District is another great place in the area to dine and shop to your heart’s delight while Clear Lake features great sailing and other boating recreations. The boats here are numerous and lead to a perhaps unexpected question: why not rent one for lodging instead of a traditional hotel room? If you’re feeling intrigued, be sure to check out these fantastic boats for rent while in Kemah, Texas.

1. Luxurious sailing yacht (from USD 102)

Visit Kemah and stay in style on this fabulous, active yacht. The boat is around 36 feet in length, giving you and your guests ample room to stretch your legs and get comfortable. Up to four guests can stay aboard at a time, with accommodations including two bedrooms and a single bathroom. As a guest, you’ll have access to all the amenities available in the marina the yacht will be docked in, including a swimming pool, an area where you can have a cookout, party room and laundry facilities. As the yacht is an active vessel, you may have the opportunity to tag along at discounted rates or for free on some of the sailing expeditions, such as fireworks shows during the summer months. You’ll be within close proximity to some of the bigger attractions of the area, including the Kemah Boardwalk and NASA.

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Kemah, Texas, United States
118 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

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Amenities & Room:
everything was generally amazing but the only issue we had was with the shower and bathroom setup
what a great experience boat was wonderful and clean and steven’s communication was excellent
steven was a fantastic host
steven was an excellent host
steven is an amazing host
steven was a great host and responded to messages promptly
steven is very nice and helpful
good location within a nice marina
the location is awesome too
great weekend getaway located in a nice quiet marina
best place for a unique yet perfect experience in kemah
you will definitely enjoy your stay on this boat we plan on visiting this airbnb location again
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2. Charming and spacious sailboat

With all the comforts of home, this sailboat makes for a great place to stay when visiting Kemah. You’ll be leaving nothing to chance with this charming rental, as there is plenty of room to house up to four guests in two bedrooms. The boat has a single bathroom on board, and guests are also free to use the bathhouses located within the marina; a swimming pool and laundry facilities are available to guests of the marina as well. You’ll find ample seating for relaxing and spending time with loved ones in the boat’s living area and a well-equipped kitchen where you’re free to cook up a delicious meal. Step outside and enjoy the sea breeze while staying in Kemah!

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Kemah, Texas, United States
150 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we stayed in kemah in early february and we're comfortable with the electric fireplace on the houseboat
the houseboat was cozy and we appreciate all extra blankets were provided on the boat
the a/c on that boat was excellent; it got cold in the middle of the night lol
the a/c kept the boat at perfect temperature even the in middle of the texas summer
the boat was great a/c was plenty coooold exactly as described
the boat was clean and just as the photos represented
their sailboat was clean and very comfortable
the boat was clean and easy to get to
the boat itself was clean and comfortable
the boat was clean and outfitted perfectly for a weekend stay
drake & karen were great hosts
drake and karen were wonderful hosts
drake was a fantastic host
drake was a wonderful host very kind and attentive
they were great hosts and took good care of us
the location was fabulous
great central location to houston and galveston
the location is very convenient to stores restaurants and many attractions
the location is close to many of the attractions within kemah and houston
the location is beautiful and it was a fun experience
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3. Modern yacht retreat

Stay in Kemah in style when you board this luxurious yacht that was meant to be enjoyed. As a guest, you’ll have one to two private rooms on board, depending on the total number of your party. The boat can accommodate up to four guests at a time, with access to one private bathroom. As the hosts live on board as well, you’ll have access to the entire boat except for their private quarters. The yacht has a cozy living area and kitchen, and as a guest, you’ll have access to all that the marina offers as well, including dining at the onsite restaurant. Each morning of your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to savor free coffee aboard this dream vessel.

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Kemah, Texas, United States
25 reviews  
Private room in boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
the bed is very comfortable and the view is great
they are very friendly and attentive and made us feel at home
it was enjoyable talking to our hosts
vince and alexa were very accommodating and generous with their time and hospitality
vince and alexa are great hosts
vince and alexa was very nice host all communication was super easy
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4. Cozy, historic sail boat

When staying on this boat, you’ll be stepping into a world of old time sailing, as the boat was originally constructed back in 1946. The interior has since been classically restored, allowing guests to experience the same feel as that time period with better accommodations. You’ll find room for up to three guests inside, though the space is more ideal for two people. There is also one bathroom inside as well as use of the marina’s amenities. If you are interested, be sure to inquire with your host about the possibility of taking a trip of day sailing in the vessel, just be prepared to be part of the sailing crew!

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Kemah, Texas, United States
29 reviews  
Boat 1 Bed 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
there was just enough time to dip in the pool to cool off before heading back home
the boat is lovely clean and comfortable
drake was a great host
drake and karen are fantastic hosts
he is a great host greeting us as we arrived and showing us around
drake was a fantastic host responded promptly and even took us out on his boat to go watch fireworks
this was my first airbnb stay and drake was just the most gracious host
the marina was in a great location
what a wonderful couple close enough when needed but far enough for solitude and meditation
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5. Lovely sailboat with a view

Step aboard this fantastic vessel and you’ll know you’re in for a treat during your stay in Kemah. The boat is anchored in the marina and features a great view of Clear Lake, all while feeling simultaneously spacious and ultra cozy. On-board, you’ll find space enough to comfortably sleep up to five guests, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. As a guest in the marina, you’ll also have access to the onsite pool and bath house and canoe/kayak rentals.

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Kemah, Texas, United States
55 reviews  
Boat 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the a/c kept the boat very comfortable
kitchen wifi shower and on the end of a great pier
the bed is very comfortable with a memory foam mattress
sitting out on the comfortable deck watching the wildlife was a highlight
gorgeous views cozy little marina close to town for venturing out access to a kayak and canoe
drake provided clean beach towels along with regular towels for showering
very spacious clean and well kept
very clean very unique and cool place to stay
drake keeps the boat really clean and is a really nice person
the boat was every clean and had everything we needed
drake was very welcoming and a gracious host
great host very attentive fun weekend
drake was a wonderful host and checked in on us to make sure everything was going smoothly
drake is such a great host
drake was a great host and easy to communicate with
perfect location close to the boardwalk and close to nasa
kemah is a nice place
such a great place to just get away
the marina is a great location from local restaurants and shops as well
nice quiet location at the end of the pier
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6. Ultra modern sailboat

ultra modern sailboat

This sailboat makes for an outstanding choice of lodging while in Kemah, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Many boats typically only have enough space to comfortably accommodate around four people, this spacious boat can sleep up to six guests! Three bedrooms and four beds await you, and two bathrooms are also available to guests. A sizable kitchen is cooking ready, though if that sounds like too much work for such a getaway, check out the restaurant located in the marina. For an additional fee, you can inquire with your host about the possibility of sailing lessons or other chartered day trips.

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4 reviews  
Boat 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
so clean we just had a great time
otherwise super clean super quiet super fun marina
a great place to go with a few younger children
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7. Spacious, modern houseboat

This lovely houseboat has recently been remodeled and is stationed in a marina that is classified as a natural bird sanctuary. Step inside and you’ll find new, modern appliances and plenty of room to stretch your legs while staying in Kemah. The boat can sleep up to four guests, with a total of two bedrooms and a single bathroom aboard. Prepare a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen or grab take-out to be enjoyed in the boat’s dining area. Free Wi-Fi is included in your stay, as is outdoor seating where you’ll enjoy spending your evenings catching a cool breeze and watching as the exotic birds of the area fly by.

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Kemah, Texas, United States
370 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the back air conditioner worked better
beautiful houseboat great theaters chairs and tv in living area very comfortable
they’ve thought of toiletries games kitchen amenities and comfort
houston can be hot but the a/c was more than adequate to keep the boat cool
to really enjoy the experience accept you are on a boat and not in a hotel room
very well kept and clean
super clean and extra cozy we will be returning
drake was very accommodating and the place was very clean
the boat house was well decorated and very clean
the marina’s pool area and locker room were clean and neat
the hosts are great
drake is a great host
a great host and neighbors
he was an excellent host
drake is a great host and very responsive
the location and marina were awesome
close to all clear lake attractions but far from the hustle and bustle
very close to everything and just beautiful
this was an ideal place to stay and look at sailboats for sale close by
cool old houseboat and close to our event on the boardwalk
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Float through your stay in Kemah

You’re sure to have a fabulous time when you visit Kemah, and when you get a bit adventurous and decide to stay on a houseboat, you’ll return home with everlasting memories. Enjoy the sights and attractions of the area by day, and float your way to sleep each night on one of these fantastic boats available for rent through Airbnb. Book your stay today, you’ll be glad you did!

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