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Top 10 Houseboats And Yachts For A Memorable Getaway (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/10/2012 7:30 am

Want a place on the water? Like, literally on the water, within diving distance to the beach? Then book a "boatel," a house floating on the water, or luxury yacht.

Here are 10 amazing houseboats and yachts, in places like Central America, London and Florida.

Let the waves rock you to sleep, wake up to the water every morning, go fishing or swimming without having to actually go anywhere and cruise along the coast at your own pace.

-- Posted by Laura for the HomeAway team

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  • Mansion on San Francisco Bay

    This 3,000-square-foot houseboat in San Francisco is fully loaded and full of surprises: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a hot tub, a state-of-the-art kitchen, fun travel artifacts and ethnic art all around and a rooftop deck with a barbecue and garden. No wonder Pavoratti stayed here. And it's not just bay views you'll be treated to, either; you can also see Mt. Tamalpais. <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/79742" target="_hplink">$6,000 a month</a>

  • Quaint Maine

    Get a real feel for coastal Maine (specifically Boothbay Harbor) by surrounding yourself with water in this adorable one-bedroom, one-bathroom house boat. Enjoy privacy while you sun on the deck or cook up your own meals (with the three-burner stove and lobster pot), and when you feel like interacting with people or dining out, take the motorized skiff out for a spin. <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p393639" target="_hplink">$200 a night</a>

  • Budget Friendly Yacht in San Fran

    This 2,000-square-foot, 64-foot, three-level yacht in San Francisco is surprisingly affordable to stay in. And with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the whole family can fit. A concierge and private chef are also on hand. <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p237121" target="_hplink">$175 a night</a>

  • Wake Up and Fish in the Keys

    Islamorada is one of the best fishing destinations in Florida, let alone the Keys. What better way to experience it than staying in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom yacht? Staff, which includes a private chef, is there to make sure your stay goes smoothly. <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p908234" target="_hplink">$1,250 a night</a>

  • London Luxury by the Sea

    This five-bedroom, five-bathroom yacht in London all about the luxury: from the rooftop terrace to the jetted tub. <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p918295" target="_hplink">From £1,000 a night</a>

  • Tour Florida's Atlantic Coast

    Vacationers who don't like to stay put for too long will love this two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom yacht in Aventura, Florida. The captain will take you through the intercoastal waterways of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, so you can drop by South Beach or Las Olas Boulevard if you feel like it! Fishing equipment and three TVs with satellite are also on board. <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/271774" target="_hplink">Charters start at $,2056</a>

  • Sailing in Style in Key West

    Want some luxury to go with your adventure? Hop aboard this four-bedroom, four-bathroom catamaran in Key West. The "Dancing Girls" yacht has a primo navigation system and has sailed across the Atlantic. But it's not just exploring you'll do; there's also a full gourmet kitchen, easy access to Duval Street and all the amenities of the Key West Harbour Yacht Club. <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/362848" target="_hplink">$1,500 a day for charter with captain </a>

  • HGTV-Worthy Houseboat in Portland

    This 2,500-square-foot houseboat in Portland, Oregon has been featured on HGTV. It's both plush and cozy and takes full advantage of its serene waterfront (and mountain view) location. Fish right off the deck or hang out with the family at the fire pit when the evening rolls around. Three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms make it spacious enough for your whole crew. <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/29508" target="_hplink">$400 a night</a>

  • Canal Views in Amsterdam

    Located smack dab in the center of Amsterdam, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom houseboat offers up a comfy lifestyle and canal views. <a href="http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p883859" target="_hplink">€42 a night</a>

  • Tour Central America and the Caribbean

    We've hit the mother load: this two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 55-foot sailboat in Bocas del Toro, Panama will take you through Panama, Central America and the Caribbean. The full-time captain doubles as a marine biologist, and there's also a private chef on board. <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p991384" target="_hplink">From $900 a night</a>

 

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