Rent A Boat In Virginia, USA - Updated 2022

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One of the United States’ original 13 colonies and a significant player in the American Revolution, Virginia offers a compelling historical experience for tourists. Brimming with lots of natural beauty as well, Virginia offers some stunning bodies of water like the shimmering Chesapeake Bay and the vast Atlantic Ocean. So it seems only fitting to take advantage of these and other aquatic settings and splurge on a seaside lodging that’s actually on the water. Luckily, Virginia provides ample opportunities for fine boat accommodations. If you desire a venturesome place to stay then scroll down to see this incredible list of where you can rent a boat in Virginia, USA!

1. Cozy and comfy houseboat in gated marina (from USD 117)

Hop aboard the GiaMaria and enjoy a warm and comfortable houseboat experience. With the added bonus of wonderful views, this unique accommodation offers lots of surprisingly luxurious comforts you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find on a houseboat: reliable WiFi, a TV, a convenient washer and dryer, air conditioning, heating, and more. The area offers a tranquil woodsy setting and no need to worry about safety because this houseboat is moored in a gated and secure marina. If you want to explore more of the neighborhood there’s great restaurants and craft beer establishments within easy reach.

Warm, Cozy and Comfortable Houseboat Gated Marina
Richmond, Virginia, United States
369 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed is so comfortable air conditioners in bathroom bedroom & living room
very comfortable and captain ron was a wealth of knowledge about the area
just as described quaint fun and cozy
the kitchen is fully stocked so that you can easily whip up breakfast
it was comfortable for two adults and a child
houseboat was small and musty but clean
quiet and clean place to stay
the place was clean and i used the little kitchen and it was nice
great space unique and clean
boat was clean bed was comfy kitchen had everything you’d need
ron was a great host
ron was a great host
ron was a great host
ronald is an amazing host
ron was an amazing host
nice unique spot close to town but far enough away to be relaxing
the location was lovely
ron’s place was perfect for our quick trip to rva
ron’s place was perfect for what we needed
i highly recommend this location to anyone looking for a low-key relaxing night on the james river
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2. Dazzling houseboat near lots of fabulous activities (from USD 125)

Found in a pastoral gated area, this 50-feet (15.2-meter) stylish houseboat offers guests a warm and cozy atmosphere in an appealing waterfront setting. The interior is comfy and well furnished boasting eye-catching colors throughout and a queen-sized bed replete with a thick memory foam mattress for extra comfort. The upper deck provides a nice refuge to unwind at the end of the day. The neighborhood has a plethora of fascinating Virginia historic sites and battlefields, free guided excursions, garden tours, water recreation, and tourist attractions to enjoy. The host is attentive and knows a lot about the area and is always happy to offer suggestions about what to see and do.

A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in gated, quaint and peaceful marina near the city
145 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
All systems worked but it was so hot that the AC struggled
We opened the curtains and window from the bedroom and enjoyed the fall air and sunrises
Lounge chairs on the upper deck would have been nice
Ron tells you the stories and then read the book and the stories that he just told you came more to life
Ron did everything in his power to help keep our stay comfortable with the cool air
We had a most enjoyable time and are planning another trip soon
Captain Ron was a wonderful host and our son was sad when he left
Ron was very attentive and a wealth of information about the area
Captain Ron welcomed us upon check in with a warm smile and intriguing stories to the point where I felt like I wanted him to be my family
Wow let us just say it can be
Captain Blaha was a great host
The location is surrounded by natural outdoor beauty and history galore
You get to get off the grid
We explored the docks and nearby historic battlefield
I made other plans in the Virginia Beach area
This place would be perfect for wanting some privacy reading or maybe a great author writing one of his/her best books
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3. Beautifully renovated boat in scenic surroundings (from USD 125)

Dubbed the Cookie B, this outstanding 43-feet (13.1-meter) Hatteras yacht in Richmond must be seen to be believed. The interior boasts true laidback excellence and a spacious bow deck affords wonderful evenings relaxing and sipping your favorite bottle of wine. This yacht is surrounded by lots of rural lusters: exciting regional wildlife and a gorgeous landscape. Docked in a particularly quiet and private area that gets very little marina traffic, the Cookie B’s locale is very peaceful so you’re certain to easily drift off to sleep. Amenities include a washer and dryer, internet service, cable TV, air conditioning, and so much more.

A Cozy And Classic Hatteras 43' Yacht In One Of The Best James River Locations
67 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
however nothing came up that I needed
Plenty of outside space to enjoy
It was like leaving our own family
The July weather was HOT and the AC was nice and cold
The new mattresses were very comfortable and the upgraded kitchen appliances were fantastic Not to mention the Bluetooth capable stereo where we could listen to our own genre of music while inside...
Both boats are clean and charming
It was very clean very accessible and
He met us at the boat and showed us all the ins & outs
We sat and talked on several occasions he got to know us
they loved talking with him also
He gave us a history lesson and a lay of the land
and we got to know him
Very nice boat in a quiet location but close to Richmond
what a great way to start a day
The location was absolutely breathtaking and very peaceful Perfect for a romantic getaway for two
It was also fun to do something quite unusual for us
The owners Captain Ron and his daughter Gianna were amazing people
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4. Vintage sailboat retreat near reliable ferry

If you’re a traveler who cares more about exciting adventures than supreme creature comforts then this is a prized lodging. With a few nautical touches here and there, this retro-feel sailboat is an ideal hideaway for a vacationing couple, solo traveler, or small family. Be lulled to sleep by the gentle sway of the water at night and walk to a number of delicious restaurants to grab breakfast in the morning. Everything on board this handsome 30-feet (9.14-meter) Hunter Sailboat is compact and neatly arranged with two cushy beds available. The nearby ferry can take you to Norfolk and there are an array of tourist attractions in the immediate area.

Vintage Sailboat Retreat/ The Anchor Inn
Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
92 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pictures don't present all amenities on the boat like tv coffee maker toaster oven etc
the boat was clean and comfortable
barry prepares very well with different types of drinks clean bath towel
responses are quick and helpful
great hosts and would definitley recommend the experience
barry is an excellent host and his flotilla is well worth checking out
barry and natasha were outstanding hosts and the marina is full of friendly souls
we enjoyed our stay very convenient location
it was close in proximity to many local attractions and yet secluded and peaceful
this vintage boat provides a unique experience located in a quiet marina it’s perfect for a couples getaway
very romantic great location the restaurant at the marina was great great food and great prices
the location was perfect we took the ferry over to waterside
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5. One-bedroom floating oasis in pleasant Norfolk

Enjoy a lodging like no other onboard this fabulous 37-feet (11.2-meter) houseboat. Relish the charm of a classic bed and breakfast accommodation mixed with the tranquility of harborside living when you stay at this unique dwelling located in the stellar Willoughby Harbor Marina. Drink in lovely views of the open water when you rise in the morning. For an extra cost, guests can even enjoy the convenience of a tasty breakfast delivery. But if you want to go easy on your wallet, the kitchen is nicely equipped. Though it is minus an oven, there’s a handy toaster oven. You’re sure to fall in love with the homey ambiance of this well-maintained vessel that boasts heating and cooling systems for your absolute comfort.

The Lois Elaine:Experience. Comfort. Floating.
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
40 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the space is small (it is a boat after all ) but everything was clean and cozy
definitely love the modern but clean decorating
great accommodations and host
very friendly and responsive host
she was a wonderful communicator - very accessible and friendly
the locals were friendly and nicole was very accommodating and responsive to questions
nicole was very hospitable and made sure everything was spic and span before we arrived
everything we needed was there and we were still close to some amazing dinner spots
if that wasn’t the case this would be a great place to stay
it is very warm inviting and interesting place
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6. First-rate roomy yacht in top harbor-side setting

Situated in a small, friendly community, this spacious Carver 3207 yacht possesses two cozy bedrooms and two spotless bathrooms affording guests full capacity to lounge comfortably. This air-conditioned yacht showcases an easygoing atmosphere that has the subtle comforts of home, plus the views are beautiful. The compact kitchen area is fully appointed with everything you need from reliable appliances to an expert icemaker. The marina provides a fun-filled environment equipped with a sparkling swimming pool and a nice harbor area. The locale is prime: near convenient grocery stores, a handy pharmacy, delectable restaurants, and intriguing historic tours.

9 reviews
yacht 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The boat was comfortable and the view was the best
It's quiet private and serene
We had a perfect view of the fireworks as well as the boat parade
quite clean roomie would definitely be back again
It's a comfortable boat that is close to all of the fun spots and waterfront restaurants in Urbanna
A quick drive across the bridge
There's no better way to experience Urbanna than being on the water and the Free Will is comfortable convenient and very clean
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Virginia's peaceful boat lodgings

Serenity is the keyword when staying in a delightful harbor setting in Virginia. You’re in store for a truly rejuvenating experience when you lodge in one of these awesome boat rentals. Whether you prefer an upscale yacht or a comfy houseboat, you’re sure to enhance your adventure in Virginia when you choose one of these rentals in this exceedingly entertaining state.

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