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TripAdvisor sets sail with the top vacation rental houseboats

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TripAdvisor sets sail with the top vacation rental houseboats

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jul 31, 2014

To celebrate summer, TripAdvisor has identified  he top 10 vacation rental houseboats where travelers can relax on the water.

From Boston Harbor to the south of France, these unique accommodations offer many of the comforts of home, along with waterfront views.

With average nightly rates starting at $175 per night, there are options for every budget.

Libra
Three bedroom houseboat in Key West, Florida
From $300 per night

Docked at Key West Yacht Club Marina, this Floridian houseboat includes free access to a host of "members only" amenities including a swimming pool, private beach, tiki bar, fitness facility, and sauna. The spacious pad boasts modern decor and comes with a full kitchen, three bedrooms, and a large roof deck perfect for dining al fresco.

Devolu
Four bedroom houseboat in Paris, France
From $403 per night

Moored on the Seine just minutes from the Eiffel Tower, this Parisian houseboat offers spectacular river views. Guests can enjoy outdoor dining on the tranquil terrace, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Each of the four bedrooms looks out onto the water and the master bathroom even features a relaxing soaking tub.

Rock on Rental
Three bedroom houseboat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
From $225 per night

This custom designed vessel features three private bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances including a dishwasher, flat-screen television, and an expansive roof deck. On the terrace, guests will enjoy lounge chairs, a dining area, wet bar, and mood lighting that creates evening ambiance.

Easyvie
Four bedroom barge in Moissac, France
From $17,081 per week

Upon arrival, travelers staying on the Easyvie will enjoy a "welcome aboard" dinner and drinks before exploring the rivers and canals of southwest France. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of picturesque towns, orchards and farmland while enjoying breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea from the veranda. At night, guests will have dinner at one of the eateries along the route before retiring to one of four cozy bedrooms.

Gemini
Two bedroom houseboat in Bourne, Massachusetts
From $200 per night

Located in Cape Cod's Kingman Yacht Center, this floating home offers an open-floor plan, 11-foot cathedral ceilings and can comfortably accommodate six guests. On board, travelers can make home-cooked meals in the galley kitchen and dine outside while enjoying the sunset over Buzzards Bay. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, cookware and cutlery, and linens.

YKnot
Two bedroom yacht in Boston
From $300 per night

Seated at Lewis Wharf in Boston, this 36-foot Carver boat features two private bedrooms, a well-stocked galley kitchen with a convertible dinette, a covered deck perfect for entertaining, and a flying bridge that gives way to stunning views of Boston Harbor. Just steps from the New England Aquarium, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, the boat’s location provides easy access to some of Beantown's hottest spots.

Out of the Blue
Six bedroom houseboat in Sun West City, Arizona
From $595 per night

Docked at Scorpion Bay Marina on Lake Pleasant, this floating vacation rental boasts impeccable, high-end furnishings, six bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a spacious roof deck perfect for enjoying the Arizona sunset. Nearby, guests are invited to rent water toys and enjoy a bite to eat at Dillon's BBQ Restaurant and Bar, which offers snacks, sandwiches, ice cream, beer, and more.

Sauslito houseboat - "Tobiko"
Two bedroom houseboat in Sausalito, California 
From $5,000 per month

Floating at the end of Liberty Dock in Sausalito, this popular two-level home often books up months in advance. Guests will enjoy the modern decor and amenities including stainless steel kitchen appliances, a chiminea-style indoor fireplace, and a beautiful roof-deck terrace. Adventurous travelers can explore the bay in one of the property’s kayaks.

Jordaan houseboat
One bedroom houseboat in Amsterdam, Netherlands
From $188 per night

Situated in the heart of Jordaan on the Prinsengracht canal, this houseboat is within walking distance of markets, restaurants, cafes, historical sites, and public transportation. Indoors, guests will find polished hardwood floors, ornate furnishings, and a sleek, modern kitchen. The outside balcony serves as the perfect place to unwind and take in the surroundings of this quaint European city.

Pisces
Two bedroom houseboat in Philadelphia
From $175 per night

Boasting high ceilings with exposed beams, this Philadelphia houseboat features a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed as well as a loft with two twin beds, making it a great choice for families. Guests can kick back and enjoy the sunset atop the roof deck, which offers magnificent metropolitan views.

Source: TripAdvisor

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