10 Sausalito Houseboat Rentals You Can Actually Stay In

It can sometimes be difficult to come up with new and interesting vacation ideas, so when the notion of “houseboats you can actually stay in” came up, my interest definitely piqued. What’s not to love about this unique opportunity to stay on the Bay Area water in beautiful Sausalito?

Described by one of our scribes at The journey awaits you as a “laid-back city with a Mediterranean vibe”, there are plenty of things to do while enjoying this incredible destination, including taking a trip on the ferryhiking in Angel Island State Parka journey to discover the Model Bay Visitor Centerand more!

This list has been compiled with caution – all of these San Francisco Bay Area options are highly rated with many reviews. While still part of our criteria, this was especially important given the limited number of houseboats available for rental in Sausalito. So please turn on Otis Redding’s Dock Of The Bay (Sittin’ On The) and enjoy – each one of these looks pretty amazing!

The yellow bin


Rent now$759/mo per night

If you subscribe to the “go big or go home” philosophy, you’re going to want to take a few minutes to check The yellow bin, touted by guests as one of the most spectacular homes in the world. Formerly known as the SS City of Seattle, originally launched in 1888, The Yellow Ferry combines luxury and convenience on the open water in a 2,500 square foot space – including a 1,000 square foot great room divided into separate dining and relaxation areas. You really have to see this one to believe it. Note: The Yellow Ferry is part of a tight-knit houseboat community and is not available for birthday parties, cocktail parties, weddings, business retreats or other large gatherings.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 6

Chic Floating Home in Scenic Sausalito


Rent now$217/avg per night

This beautifully renovated floating house comes with stunning views of Mount Tamalpais! With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this houseboat sleeps four and includes a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room that overlooks the water, and a den. Both bedrooms have queen beds and access to a terrace – step out for morning coffee or an evening cocktail! Note: This is a two-story house with stairs and can be rented for a minimum of 30 days.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 4

Unique Floating Home on Richardson Bay


Rent now$239/mo per night

This single A-frame is a charming 2 bedroom houseboat located minutes from San Francisco and only an hour from Napa Valley. Relax in the large master bedroom with hardwood floors, fireplace, large smart TV and windows overlooking the bay. The fully equipped kitchen has a six-person dining area and connects to a living room with vaulted ceilings, skylights, gas fireplace, and hardwood floors. Unwind on your spacious deck with a morning coffee or afternoon wine, then unwind in the spa – there’s so much to do in this beauty! Note: This is a 30 day minimum rental.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 4

Luxurious houseboat


Rent now$280/mo per night

This luxury option offers houseboat living at its best! Just 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco and an hour from wine country, this one is great for entertaining. The master bedroom has a fireplace and an adjoining balcony with a hot tub. The second bedroom has an adjoining living room and the fully equipped kitchen is adjacent to the dining room which can accommodate up to eight people. The living room is cozy and features authentic works of art from around the world, and the living room porch gives you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful sunsets over Mount Tamalpais. There are great restaurants and shops nearby, and you’re only a five-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge! It’s a 3,000 square foot gem that’s sure to please.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 6

Floating house with everything


Rent now$217/avg per night

This cozy Sausalito houseboat he has got everything! With beautiful water and shipyard harbor views surrounding you, this sleek modern houseboat features a king-size bed, a queen-size sleeper sofa and an extendable dining table . The fully equipped kitchen is a cook’s dream, and you even have a washer and dryer at your disposal. It’s the perfect getaway near San Francisco, with great restaurants, wine country, and more!

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

Magical Sausalito Floating Home


Rent now$220/mo per night

This floating house offers two bedrooms and a bathroom, a fireplace and a washer and dryer. Relax on the large outdoor deck to take in the wonderful views or use one of the available kayaks and get in the water. Inside, you’ll find a table for four off the kitchen and room for two more at the counter. The beautifully decorated living room offers space for entertaining and a view of the water, which is definitely worth a visit. The deck is definitely worth the detour!

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

Cute And Cozy Houseboat


Rent now$146/mo per night

Whether you’re on vacation or working from the water, this cute and comfortable houseboat Airbnb rental offers fabulous views of the water, hills, and absolute tranquility – and high-speed internet! You will certainly appreciate the roof terrace – a great place to relax, read a book, have a bite to eat, catch some sun or even work. This one comes with a good sized kitchen and a large fridge. You will find restaurants and shops within a 10-minute walk. Great price! Note: the boat is well moored to the quay, but sometimes rocks gently depending on the wind. Those prone to motion sickness or seasickness should take note.

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 2

Small luxurious floating house


Rent now$149/avg per night

The search for a small but luxurious houseboat? Check this one out! Enjoy beautiful sunsets and iconic views – living on the water with all the conveniences of a home. This one is a bargain and includes the use of kayaks and bikes. The photos give the impression that you can see a lot of wildlife! Note: This host only accepts bookings of a month or more.

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 2

The “Getting Nauti”


Rent now$180/mo per night

Designed for outdoor entertaining but still comfortable indoors, the Get Nauti is a floating loft – an unforgettable escape that includes a full kitchen, freezer, full bathroom, TV, Internet and an outdoor theater. You will love the views from one of the three outdoor terraces! Note: This is a monthly rental.

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 3

Floating Guest Cottage


Rent now$261/mo per night

This floating guest house is a detached house that combines nostalgia with the conveniences of today. You will love the stunning views of the bay, rolling hills and majestic slopes of Mount Tamalpais. The main room forward includes a dining table for 6 people, a sofa, a captain’s chair and a gas stove. The kitchen is equipped with a large gas oven and other modern appliances. Ideal for a couple or a single person, this is the perfect option if you want to get away from it all while still being close to the amenities and entertainment offered in Sausalito. Check it out today – this one is extremely well rated and in high demand!

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

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