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Try Booking a Florida Boat Stay this Summer

Take your next weekend getaway to the water

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You won’t have to worry about crowded elevators with these options. Unsplash/Amber Kipp

Vacations will definitely look a little different this year. While we continue to social distance and limit our group gatherings, we know one thing is for certain—we could all use a break to get out of town. For some, crowded hotels and grand resorts are still a bit too much to handle, so why not look at a boat stay?

Houseboats and yachts have long been a staple for lodging along coastal towns. They’re a perfect way to enjoy a vacation while keeping mostly to yourself. Many have access to marina amenities and can often be within walking distance to a bustling city center. Keep in mind that staying on a boat is very different than a hotel, so it’s important to carefully read the house rules to avoid any unpleasant surprises before booking. Let’s take a look at a few cool boat options listed by Superhosts through Airbnb. Here are 4 boats to book for all budgets.

*Prices indicated were associated with listings at the time of publishing; they may be subject to change

  • Stuart, Florida
  • Key West, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Stuart, Florida – Sleeps 2

$139/ night – This modern houseboat features ample room for 2 and is an excellent choice for a couple on a budget. Designed with all of the conveniences you could want, you’ll feel instantly at home with its clean and comfortable interior. Located at Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage, it’s an easy walk to downtown Stuart where you’ll find plenty of options for dining and shopping.

Things to note:

  • No smoking
  • No children under 12
  • Free parking
  • 2 bikes available for use

Key West – Sleeps 6

$283/ night – Take your time off to the southernmost point of Florida, it’s a long haul but you’re basically on a tropical island. This gorgeous boat is docked at Stock Island Marina Village, home of The Perry Hotel, where you’ll have full access to the pool, restaurants, and private restrooms complete with showers. Though there are 2 private cabins on board, each with its own bathroom, the boat’s owner has specific requirements around restroom usage. Best of all, this boat is not only for sleeping, consider booking a sunset sailing trip to experience unforgettable views.

Things to note:

  • No smoking
  • Free parking
  • Walk to restroom

Fort Lauderdale – Sleeps 10

$743/ night – Okay, now we’re getting into the higher-end options. This fully-equipped yacht has 4 luxurious bedrooms and 2 common areas for entertaining or sleeping. Comfortably accommodating 10, this floating beauty is immaculate inside and out, though the main attraction here is definitely the hot tub. This yacht stay would be a fun choice for a small group getaway to split costs. Docked along the Las Olas River, you are just steps away from fabulous restaurants and an array of nightlife.

Things to note:

  • No smoking
  • Free parking
  • Private entrance
  • No washer

Fort Myers Beach – Sleeps 12

$1,164/ night – A family vacation to remember…that’s what this The Six Toed Cat is known for. This massive yacht underwent a complete restoration in 2020 and boasts 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. All staterooms are stocked with toiletries you’d expect to find while lodging at a hotel. A commercial kitchen, full bar area, dining room, and living room offer beyond comfortable community spaces for lounging. When your day winds down, head to the upper deck to sip a cold drink and watch the sunset at the large horseshoe-shaped bar. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants.

Things to note:

  • No smoking
  • Close to the beach
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor grill

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