26 of the best beach houses on Airbnb in the US where the sand is just steps away

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  • Beach vacations are always top of mind for a relaxing, warm-weather getaway.
  • Many Airbnbs are found along the best beaches in the US, with direct beachfront or private access.
  • From Malibu to Cape Cod, these are the best beach homes on Airbnb, from $100 to $650 per night.

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Airbnbs with beachfront access continue to rank among the most searched for filters on the vacation rental platform.

After all, who doesn’t want to wake up to the sound of waves crashing right outside their back porch, or take a moonlit stroll along the sand after the sun goes down? Though, if you’d prefer to cool off in an Airbnb with a private pool instead, we have plenty of options for that, too. And if hotels are more your thing, here are the best beach hotels in the US.

If a beach vacation is on your mind, from sea to shining blue sea there’s no shortage of beautiful Airbnb beach houses across the US.

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These are the best Airbnb beach houses, sorted by region and price from low to high.

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Charming beachfront cottage on the Jersey Shore

Cape May, New Jersey  Charming Beachfront Tranquility
This cottage’s private back deck leads straight to the beach.

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Set along one of the Jersey Shore’s most charming seaside towns, Cape May, this cozy bayfront cottage with one bedroom is best suited for couples and solo travelers, though it is also pet-friendly.

It’s important to note, this is a two-family home and while this space is completely private and uses a separate entrance, the other side of the house is occupied, which might not work for some guests. You are also required to bring your own linens to fit the Queen-sized bed.

The location, however, is unparalleled and you’ll love spending time on the private back deck, which includes a hammock and leads directly out to the beach. The front porch with chairs and an umbrella adds additional space for enjoying the sea breeze.

Inside, the decor is simple but includes a red leather couch, an all-white kitchen with a dining table for two, and ocean photos in the bedroom.


Beach suite in Massachusetts

7. Gloucester Cottage
This lovely beachfront suite includes beach passes and options for in-house massages and whale watching excursions.

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The charming seaside town of Gloucester, pronounced Glah-Sta, in coastal New England comes alive in the summertime. From long walks on a private beach to romantic dinners on the deck, this one-bedroom beachside retreat will make a great getaway for couples. 

Not only does the property come with a beachfront location, but beach passes are included, which would otherwise run between $25 to $30 per day. You may also book add-ons like in-house massages and whale watching expeditions directly with the host.

While this is a separate guest suite with its own private entrance, the entire cottage consists of three units that are each rented separately. Though, you can combine listings to book the entire property. 

Home by the sea in Maine

York, Maine  Little Sea Star Castle
Take in over 175 feet of mesmerizing oceanfront views from the roof deck.

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Just one hour north of Boston and one hour south of Portland, Maine, the Little Sea Star Castle is tucked away along Nubble Point in York Beach, Maine. One of 12 oceanside cottages within the LightHouse Village Colony, the house is set on nearly two acres with over 175 feet of oceanfront splendor with sunny, southern exposure and rugged rocky coastlines.

The cottage offers plenty of space to lounge. A roof deck has panoramic views over the ocean, and the lawn has Adirondack chairs and a picnic table for outdoor dining. The kitchen has everything needed to make yourself at home, and beachy accents like starfish pillows and mini sailboats on the dressers keep the home on theme.

The location is stellar, among scenic walking trails along the water.

Bayfront oasis in Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland  Ocean City Oasis
Bayfront views are a captivating sight, and available throughout the home.

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Offering uninterrupted bayfront views, this cozy townhome in Ocean City, Maryland is the ideal locale for your beach vacation. Sip morning coffee on the private balcony, enjoy steamed crabs on the large bayfront deck, or kick back with a cocktail and watch the sunset from the living room. 

The layout is an open-living concept with a master bedroom upstairs with a private balcony and a King-size bed. The second bedroom has a Queen bed and there’s also a beige striped sectional couch that converts to a bed in the living room. Wicker furniture and deep blue quilts give this home a subtle beach vibe.

Located on a corner lot of the bay, the owner is explicit that this is not meant for partiers or large group gatherings. If you’re looking for a chill and relaxing beach getaway, this is the place for you.

Beachfront home with bay views in Delaware

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Each room in this coastal home features scenic water views.

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Featuring both beachfront and bay views, this spacious four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the quiet community of Broadkill Beach in Milton, Delaware offers unobstructed water views from almost every room. 

The home features a coastal design with plenty of natural light and soft tones. The well-equipped kitchen has unique tiling, a large island, and turquoise bar stools for grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a cup of coffee.

One room includes bunk beds decked out in comforters with a cute whale pattern for kids. The location is peacefully quiet and primed to enjoy beautiful sunrises over the bay.

Large oceanfront house with great views in Maine

11. The Beachhouse in Saco, Maine
Luxury finishes couple with panoramic ocean views at this delightful property.

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If luxury finishes and panoramic views of the ocean sounds like your kind of vibe, then consider this oceanfront haunt in Saco, Maine. Enjoy coffee or wine from the upstairs balcony before taking a walk along Ferry Beach or Camp Ellis Pier.

Ideal for bigger groups, the listing has two bedrooms and common spaces that sleep up to eight people. Though, the standout draw is no doubt the beachfront location and gorgeous water views, along with the surrounding quiet community. The home offers the chance to catch particularly stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Other perks include a Smart TV with Netflix, beach chairs, and free parking included in the stay, as well as a digital guidebook handy for helping guests explore the area.

Chic beachfront cottage in New York’s North Fork of Long Island

16. lazing Ocean Sunsets in North Fork, NY
A minimalist interior style creates a tranquil ambiance.

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Set on a secluded stretch of Long Island’s illustrious North Fork, this two-bedroom beachfront cottage is a great place to hang by the beach or go wine tasting at one of the area’s many charming vineyards.

Wander along the private beach path or open up the floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that lead to a picturesque deck to dine at the picnic-style outdoor table, or relax on the plush lounger. An Airbnb Plus listing, the cottage’s chic palette features crisp, minimalist whites and neutrals, creating a sense of serene seaside solitude for a quiet getaway. After a walk on the sand, rinse off in the outdoor shower while savoring water views.

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Cozy home on the North Carolina shore

1. North Topsail Beach
The nautical-themed living room has a picturesque balcony overlooking the ocean.

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A cute condo directly on North Topsail Beach in North Carolina, this is a great option for couples or small families looking for a low-key beach getaway. The bedroom has a Queen bed and there are also Twin bunk beds built directly into the hallway.

Completely renovated in 2020, the apartment has a nautical-beach theme with soft blue and yellow hues, and big living room windows frame beach views. You can also head out to the balcony for a closer look. 

Bright colors and floral decor give this home a warm, welcoming vibe, and a seashell bed quilt and striped bar stools at the eating nook add additional beach flair.

Oceanfront condo with a pool in Florida

Cape Canaveral, Florida  Casual Oceanfront Condo With a Pool
Beachy accents like a mermaid statue and marine-inspired colors set a scene that creates a real sense of place.

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Serenity awaits at this casual oceanfront condo in Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Set on a beautiful private beach, this Airbnb Plus stands out for its whimsical decor and thoughtful amenities, which include blues of every hue from the turquoise velvet armchair to the robin’s egg backsplash in the kitchen. A mirror made out of oars, a mermaid statue, and an octopus painting over the couch are all fun touches for a beach home.

This is also a great place to spend your time kayaking, paddle boarding, or enjoying some much-needed downtime just lounging on the beach or pool, which are both just a few steps away. Within minutes of downtown Port Canaveral and the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier, there’s plenty to do right nearby.

Ocean and bay view beach house in Texas

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas  Ocean and Bay View Beach House
The Bolivar Flats, Anahuac national wildlife refuge, and the Smith Oak sanctuary are all nearby and great for birdwatching.

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Located on the bayside of the Bolivar Peninsula on Texas’ Gulf Coast, this home offers one bedroom and a lofted room, plus plenty of views of both the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay. It’s also just a few miles away from popular bird-watching areas including Bolivar Flats, Anahuac national wildlife refuge, and the Smith Oak sanctuary.

Bright and airy, this house is perched on stilts, and underneath, you’ll have a grill and a private sitting area. However, the wraparound porch is likely where you’ll spend the bulk of your time, soaking in the view from the wooden Adirondack chairs.

Inside isn’t bad either, with soaring pitched ceilings, a big blue sectional sofa, and marble countertops and bar stools in the kitchen.

Waterfront beach bungalow in North Carolina

Jarvisburg, North Carolina, Waterfront beach bungalow
This homey bungalow has its own private beach.

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Relax on your own private beach or hop in a kayak and explore miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches and cypress tree-filled coves from this bungalow in Jarvisburg, North Carolina set at the confluence of the North River and the Albemarle Sound.

The home is pet-friendly, and the bedroom offers a Queen sized bed as well as a futon for extra guests if you don’t mind the squeeze.

While not exactly modern, the bungalow has a homey vibe with string lights along the ceiling, a bright desk and bookcase, and purple cushions on the futon. The location is tranquil and fun amenities include a charcoal grill and outdoor fire pit. The house is only 15-minutes away from unspoiled shorelines and the beaches of the Outer Banks.

Home overlooking the sound in North Carolina

Hertford, North Carolina  Sunrise over the sound
The spacious home’s dock makes it easy to get out on the water.

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Step into the backyard of this spacious home on the Albemarle Sound and you’ll find nothing but peace and tranquility. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Hertford, North Carolina, the house is nice for bigger families or groups of friends.

Start and end your day on the dock, which comes with a bench to sit and watch the sunrise. Apart from the views directly overlooking the sound, highlights include the coffee bar in the kitchen, a gas log fireplace in the living room, and a fully covered and screened-in porch for enjoying home-cooked barbecue from the grill.

The house also comes with a washer/dryer and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Chesapeake Bay beach cabin in Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia  Chesapeake Bay Beach Cabin
The decor is simple with a subtle ocean theme.

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A brand new beach cabin on the Chesapeake Bay, this spacious home is steps from the beach.

During the warm months, watch the sailing regattas from the balcony on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, or walk to nearby Ocean View Beach Park to listen to live music.

The decor is simple but useful, with wicker furniture accents, ocean-themed artwork, wood floors, and a big kitchen. A plaid couch and floral armchair are comfy spots to relax, though they may feel a bit dated. A patio out back adds additional hangout space.

A rustic cottage in Florida

St. Augustine Rustic Cottage
This cottage has a large outdoor deck with a fire pit and access to a secluded beach.

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The pinewood interior and absence of electronic appliances bring an old-fashioned feel to this cottage. The cottage was originally built in 1946, but each room has been remodeled since except for the corner kitchen. The master bedroom has a plush Queen-size bed where you can fall asleep to the sounds of nearby waves crashing. 

Although you won’t find a TV or phone, there are various ways to indulge in this home’s rustic charm. A large outdoor deck overlooks an uncrowded beach and has a fire pit for chilly nights. Visit in summer and you may catch a glimpse of the sea turtles that dwell by the deck.

Waterfront nest cottage in Mississippi

9. The Nest in Long Beach Mississippi
Lounge on the spacious front porch for stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on ever-popular Long Beach, this waterfront cottage features breathtaking views over the Gulf of Mexico from its spacious front porch and has direct beach access.

The two bedrooms can easily accommodate up to six people and inviting outdoor wicker furniture is framed by idyllic views.

Inside, modern interiors include a spacious kitchen with marble countertops, soaking tubs in the bathrooms, and living room couches that face the water. 

Pet-friendly oceanfront condo with pool access in South Carolina

Fripp Island, South Carolina  Pet Friendly Oceanfront Condo
Staying here comes with access to a community pool, beaches, and bike rentals.

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Watch dolphins from the private balcony, walk to the beach, or laze the day away by the pool —  this oceanfront condo in South Carolina offers it all.

Located in a private community just a stone’s throw from one of the state’s most beguiling beaches at Hunting Island State Park, the area offers miles of unspoiled beaches and is frequented by birders and nature lovers for some of the best animal sightings in the area.

This second-floor condo offers one Queen bedroom and a second bedroom with a Twin bed. Guests have access to the community pool, beach, and two bikes. The unit also comes with a washer and dryer and is great for families with pets looking for a low-country getaway.

Oceanfront condo in South Carolina

Isle of Palms, South Carolina Oceanfront Condo
Enjoy access to a private fishing pier, a community pool, and a pretty South Carolina beach.

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Watch the waves roll in as you enjoy your morning coffee on the private terrace from this modern Isle of Palms condo in South Carolina. 

Newly renovated, this third-floor condo is especially nice for families with young children since it offers a King-size bed in the master and a bunk bed in the hallway. The decor is tasteful but beachy with coral pillows, a gray sofa, velvet armchairs, and a modern kitchen has a funky blue stone backsplash.

The building has easy access to the beach and a private fishing pier, as well as a community pool and coin laundry facility. 

Spacious beach house in South Carolina

15. Private Beach House Hilton Head
This expansive home is perched on half an acre on Port Royal Sound with private beach access.

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Located on half an acre along Port Royal Sound, this three-bed, four-bath manse is capable of sleeping up to 10 people. Adjacent to a 40-acre nature preserve, staying here comes with direct views over the sound, plus private access to the beach. 

With an expansive, well-groomed yard for playing or relaxing under large oak trees covered in Spanish Moss, the house is also open to those looking to host a small, picture-perfect wedding or retreat with the beach and ocean as the backdrop.

If this home is booked up, consider our other picks for the best vacation homes on Hilton Head Island.

Beach house on a private island in South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  The Private Islands of Old House Cay
Escape to your very own private island off of Hilton Head with a beach all to yourself.

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Instead of renting a regular old cottage on the beach, opt to claim your own private island here on Old House Cay. Accessible only by boat, this is as secluded and off-the-grid as it gets.

Just a 10-minute ride away from neighboring Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the home is part of a series of private islands that you’ll have all to yourself over your stay. Experience everything from boating, fishing, and kayaking to simply lounging around the island and going for long beach walks. As far as getting around, the owners will take you and your guests back and forth from Hilton Head on their private boat as needed.

Accommodations include a large, multi-story home with gorgeous wood floors, high ceilings, a modern kitchen, and a big blue dining table with room for the whole crew. All wood walls give it a hint of a cabin feel, while bright pillows and quilts add pops of color. A wooden deck with a fire pit out front is a lovely place to relax or make s’mores into the evening. 

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Beachfront condo in Southern California

Carlsbad, California  Charming Beachfront Condo
The beach is only a few steps away from this quaint second-floor condo.

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Open your door and step directly onto the sand at this charming beachfront condo in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego. 

Within walking distance to Carlsbad Village, this home is close to restaurants and boutiques, with a cozy set-up that is best suited to solo travelers and couples. The two-story condo unit is on the ground floor and features a brick fireplace, a small dining table and kitchen, a blue sofa with colorful pillows, and a private balcony with a table and chairs that overlook the ocean, which is just a few feet away.

Beach house on a cove in Oregon

Port Orford, Oregon  The beach house at Shelter Cove
A backyard trail leads to Shelter Cove where orcas often reside.

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Set on a cul-de-sac in the quiet neighborhood of Port Orford along the Oregon coast, this three-bedroom beach house is protected by old-growth forest and faces a cove where orcas are known to stay and take shelter.

With gorgeous bay windows and total privacy within the neighborhood, along with private beach access and unobstructed views of the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco, it’s tough to beat the spectacular setting. A private trail off the backyard takes you directly to Shelter Cove.

The house itself offers big windows for a light and airy feel, with neutral colors of grays and creams, huge bedrooms, and a porch with a dining table, as well as a small fire pit in the yard.

Cozy ocean view cabin in Northern California

4. A cozy ocean view cabin in northern California
Breathe in the ocean air and spend time whale watching from this cliffside cabin.

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Tucked away in verdant Patrick Point State Park in northern California, this rustic two-bedroom cabin has incredible ocean views amid a lush forest. 

Top-rated features include the oversized hot tub, a picnic area overlooking the ocean, and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows after a long day. The yard offers ample space and lucky guests might even spot whales from the Adirondack chairs perched atop the lawn.

The house is set on steep cliffs, which means you’ll have phenomenal views, but won’t be able to walk right out onto the beach. Instead, you will have to wind your way down to the shores below.

Oceanview apartment in Northern California

Whitehorn  California  Ocean View Apartment at Shelter Cove in Northern California
This cliffside home offers romantic views of the Pacific Ocean and Black Sands Beach.

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Overlooking the Pacific and Black Sands Beach, this one-bedroom cliffside home is lovely for a romantic trip.

Inside, you’ll find a private entrance and a wrap-around deck. The bedroom has a California King bed, plus a modern kitchen, bathroom, and a living room with a fireplace. There is even a private hot tub that directly faces the ocean.

Take the trail from the home leading to the beach or walk or bike to any of the nearby beaches, restaurants, cafes, bars, and golf courses. The owner notes that you will need a car to get around and this home has a strict no pets policy and isn’t suitable for young children.

Posh beachfront apartment in Malibu

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This charming home has a sun-drenched interior, airy open-plan layout.

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This sweet one-bedroom Airbnb Plus listing is well-placed on the iconic shores of Malibu for sweeping, dramatic views that feel plucked from a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Light and airy, this seaside haven is impeccably decorated with pristine white fixtures that stand out against natural wood floors and beams. Unique details like a small, wire Eiffel Tower perched on an antique desk and old framed letters and clippings add whimsical charm.

Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves after enjoying drinks on the deck as you catch a sunset. Just know that this home is incredibly popular and tends to book almost a year in advance.

Pacific Ocean beachfront home in Encinitas, California

Encinitas Oceanfront home
Pacific Ocean views abound from every room.

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This beach home wows right away with its stunning panoramic ocean views, available throughout the house. However, they’re especially impressive from the open plan living room thanks to its arched beam ceilings that make the space feel airy and breezy.

The unobstructed views are also sure to dazzle from the multiple patios, which come with a grill, lounge chairs, an outdoor shower, and a private stairway leading to the sand.

The amenities are also nicely appointed, with a  fireplace, full kitchen with a wine fridge, and multiple bedrooms, some of which lead directly to the terrace. 

Pet-friendly beach cottage with amazing views in Oregon

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This contemporary home has an outdoor shower, a gas fireplace, and a great balcony.

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This modern beachfront home in beautiful, iconic Cannon Beach, Oregon has easy beach access just 100 feet from the front door. 

Inside, large picture windows offer unobstructed ocean views and a gas fireplace makes for a cozy spot. The outdoor shower is a nice way to rinse away sand after a beach day and the outdoor balcony is a great place to savor the sweeping views. At night, have a bonfire with s’mores in the yard.

The pet-friendly home is located on a quiet residential street with free street parking and is within easy access of plenty of shops, grocery stores, and restaurants.

FAQ: Airbnb beach houses

Where is the best place to rent a beach house?

The best place to rent a beach house depends on the type of beach and vacation you prefer. For year-round warm weather, look to places like Florida or Southern California.

For the classic New England look of windswept beach grass, large dunes, and shingled cottages, you’ll find great homes in places like Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Jersey Shore. For something posh, try the Hamptons.

Bluer waters and warmer temps of course will be found within the South or West Coast, and the West Coast offers stunning scenery from California up to Oregon and Washington.

How do I search for a beach house on Airbnb?

You can specifically search for a beach house on Airbnb. First, input your preferred location and dates, then select More Filters, and refine results to only show beachfront homes by selecting the box that says Beachfront under Amenities.

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

Sorting through the vast array of homes available on Airbnb can be tough. Consider using criteria similar to what we use, which includes looking at the average rating, as well as reading up on recent reviews to ensure the home is still in top shape. Look for Superhosts and consider sorting by Airbnb Plus or Airbnb Luxe if you want a higher-end stay that’s been vetted for exceptional amenities, decor, and hosting. 

Of course, for a beach getaway, location will be key. Be sure to look on the map and ensure before booking that the home is actually close to the beach. You don’t want to arrive only to find out you actually need to take a 30-minute car ride before your toes can hit the sand. 

Is Airbnb safe?

We strongly encourage following guidelines and advice from leading health organizations including the CDC and following local and state laws before planning a vacation of any kind. You should also be proactive when it comes to wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing no matter where you go.

However, the CDC now recommends domestic travel as safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

Experts also say that booking an entire home rental is one of the safest options for travelers right now because they eliminate encounters with others outside your traveling party, and because Airbnb mandates Enhanced Clean protocols that all hosts must now follow. 

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ from home to home and are set by each individual host. You can find a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies here.

How we selected the best beach houses on Airbnb

  1. Every Airbnb listing is for the entire home, per current expert recommendation.
  2. All Airbnb homes are highly-rated listings with a rating of 4.7 or higher.
  3. All beach houses are located right on, or next to the beach.
  4. All take part in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean protocol program for added peace of mind.
  5. The homes offer strong value in terms of price, offerings, amenities, and location and are priced between $100 and $650 per night to start.
  6. Homes are available to book in the coming weeks and months, as of publishing. However, some homes are quite popular and book fast. Consider booking for a future vacation in a few months or next year.

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13 best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with luxe perks like gourmet kitchens, hot tubs, and screening rooms

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  • Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the gateways to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • For your next visit, we rounded up the best Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins on Airbnb and Vrbo.
  • Our picks have the makings of a cozy cabin stay with woodsy accents, ample views, and hot tubs.

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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the gateways to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a stunning area that straddles North Carolina and Tennessee and is defined by picturesque views, fresh mountain air, and winding hiking trails.

The rugged beauty of the mountain and river landscapes makes for an enchanting getaway, particularly while socially distant getaways and outdoor activities continue to reign supreme.

While there are many hotels in the area, these mountain towns are particularly known for their cozy cabin rentals, which boast alluring amenities ranging from hot tubs with views to plush screening rooms. These are the best Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rentals you can book on Airbnb or Vrbo when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains.

Browse all the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

Here are the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg sorted by price from low to high.

A light-filled studio cabin

GATLINBURG studio cabin basking in natural light Airbnb
A two-person hot tub and corner fireplace ensure a cozy stay in this Airbnb Plus listing.

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This standalone cabin is located on a lush resort, offering guests easy access to activities like horseback riding and whitewater rafting.  

Inside, tall ceilings and an abundance of large windows allow for plenty of natural light, helping the cabin feel spacious and airy despite its diminutive size. A two-person hot tub and corner fireplace ensure a cozy stay, while accents like a vintage trunk and bright flowers add character. 

There is also a back porch with rocking chairs and a grill in this Airbnb Plus listing, which means it’s been vetted and recognized for outstanding quality, design, and upkeep.

A romantic cabin with a heart-shaped tub

GATLINBURG romantic cabin to fulfill your kitsch daydreams Airbnb
A heart-shaped jetted tub sets the scene for a romantic getaway.

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This cabin isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to creating a romantic atmosphere. A heart-shaped jetted tub is the star of the design, and it faces a small fireplace surrounded by tiered candles, a lantern, and houseplants, for the ultimate calming soak.

Couple that romance with the surrounding scenery, best enjoyed from the abundance of outdoor seating options including adorable rocking chairs with little bear cutouts in the backrests. There’s also an air hockey table, board games, and plenty of nearby hiking trails to keep you entertained. 

Mountaintop cabin with a hot tub and game room

The view from the deck at this Gatlinburg cabin rental on Airbnb
A wide deck has multiple seating areas, a grill, and great views.

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Nestled in the hills between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, this cabin stuns from the first glance of its dramatic porches with rocking chairs that beg you to slow down and savor the view.

There’s one King-sized bedroom with a bed crafted from real logs with a fireplace and an adjoining full bathroom. A lofty living area is airy and bright with high cathedral ceilings and an adjacent kitchen area with a cute table for enjoying breakfast alongside dramatic views.

End your day with a dip in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the mountains or spend time in the upstairs loft with a full-size pool table, high-top game table, and an upright retro arcade.

While there’s only one bedroom, this is a family friendly-space with extra foldaway beds, a pack n play, and a baby gate provided.

A two-story cabin with a spacious porch

GATLINBURG two story cabin with an awesome outdoor hangout space Airbnb
Spa-inspired amenities include a steam shower and whirlpool tub.

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When you arrive at this two-story cabin, you’ll be greeted by bear decals adorning the pine siding in true homage to the Smoky Mountains surroundings.

One of this home’s most notable features is the spacious and well-curated outdoor hangout space. There is a multi-level patio setup akin to an entire living room with cushioned seating, curtains, a fireplace, and a hot tub. 

The indoor living area is just as decked out with a fireplace, record player, and vintage arcade game systems like a pinball machine, multicade, and classic Nintendo mini. With a steam shower and whirlpool tub, this cabin also comes heavy with rejuvenating spa-inspired amenities. 

A mountain cabin that caters to couples

A cabin in the woods in Gatlinburg on Airbnb
With a setting perched amid so many trees, staying here feels kind of like staying in a luxe treehouse.

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Perched amid lush greenery, this charming cabin feels like a luxury lodge that caters to couples. A large deck offers front-row views to stunning views of the Smoky Mountains, best enjoyed in the private hot tub.

Inside, things are equally well-suited to an intimate getaway with a King-size bed, a stone fireplace, and a whirlpool tub adjacent to a mounted TV so you can watch your favorite movie while enjoying a soak. There’s also a full kitchen, a walk-in shower, a pool table, fast Wi-Fi, and plenty of attractive wood for a real sense of place.

Downtown Gatlinburg is just four miles away while Pigeon Forge is nine.

Contemporary cabin with a designer feel

The view from the upstairs deck at this Gatlinburg cabin rental on Airbnb
Sleek furnishings and killer views combine at this contemporary cabin.

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Unlike many cabin rentals that are heavy on antlers and heavy logs, this sleek home feels like a contemporary oasis with light timber wood, recessed lighting, and minimal furnishings in neutral, soothing hues.

The master suite is super spacious with a King-size bed and a spa-like, oversized walk-in shower. An inviting living room focuses around a centerpiece fireplace and a stainless steel kitchen comes ready with everything you need. Additional bedrooms including a sleeping loft provide room for families or groups, and two-tiered decks provide impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Sink into the outdoor couch, grab a chair around the fire pit, or slip into the hot tub — this isn’t the kind of place you’ll want to leave anytime soon.

Family and pet-friendly cabin with large decks

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Wood and stone finishes make this home feel especially rustic, but with luxe touches.

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This roomy abode is a great find for families or groups, impressing with both size and substance. Double-decker wraparound porches provide ample space to take in sweeping views of Mt. LeConte, while inside feels rustic with lots of wood and stone finishes.

Make a meal in the chef’s kitchen with an adjacent living area and fireplace or settle into the couch in the unique octagon-shaped living room.

The master bedroom includes a deep soaking jetted tub right next to a King-sized bed for a touch of romance, while kids will love the bunk beds tucked into a cozy alcove in the game room, which also includes an old school multicade and collection of board games. 

Dramatic A-frame cabin with hot tub

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The ethereal decor makes this cabin feel like a modern fairy tale.

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There’s a dramatic ambiance to this A-frame cabin with a dark gothic color palette contrasted against blond timber walls, a spiral staircase, and a bed canopy. With a freestanding soaking tub, an abundance of houseplants, and an ethereal feel to the lofted King-sized bed, this cabin could easily be the setting for a modern fairy tale. 

Tucked into the mountains, this cabin offers incredible privacy. Head onto either of the two covered balconies, relax in the hot tub, or take a seat on the porch and relish the peaceful setting. While staying here, you will also have access to nearby tennis courts, walking trails, and a scenic stream.

Log cabin with a heated indoor pool

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Swim in this indoor pool, a rarity in cabin homes.

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While log cabins are found aplenty in these parts, one with a private heated indoor pool is certainly a rarity. This cabin takes blissful relaxation to the next level with a small indoor pool that features a waterfall and lounge chairs, flanked by a smart projector so you can watch your favorite movies submerged in water. When the weather is warm, open the garage door to easily create the ultimate indoor/outdoor setup. 

Post-swim, enjoy an indoor basketball game a few steps away from the pool and a Golden Tee 2019 game in the living area. You can also warm up in front of the living room fireplace, or unwind on the balcony nestled among the surrounding trees.

The cabin’s decor includes subtle nods to the Smoky Mountains’ landscape, from depictions of babbling streams to black bears. 

A contemporary cabin with a hot tub

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Contemporary, whimsical decor elevates this home from a simple cabin to a posh pad.

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Expertly mixing vintage and modern design concepts, this home boasts soaring ceilings, a floating staircase, a pastel blue and white color palette, and fun touches like a vintage phone, old-fashioned stove, dangling nightstands, and a barrel accent table.

The lighting fixtures alone are to be lauded, from exposed bulbs to atom-like sconces in the living room to mason jar hanging lights above the kitchen island. 

As inviting as the interiors are, you’ll surely want to step outside onto the spacious decks, where you can enjoy views of Mt. Leconte and soak in a hot tub under string lights and stars.

A sprawling cabin with a theater and hot tub

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Spend cozy nights at home by loading up a movie in the screening room.

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This cabin is cheerfully bright, with colorful accents alongside floor-to-ceiling windows that allow sunlight to blanket the home.

There’s an undeniable playfulness to the setup, from a swing chair and tic-tac-toe board in the living area to the pool table and vintage arcade games downstairs. There’s even a home theater room with a huge projector screen surrounded by beanbag chairs and a sectional couch for movie nights at home.

If you’re someone who enjoys an impeccable view, the private deck and outdoor hot tub looking out at the Smoky Mountain are prepared to help you with your scenic endeavors.

Spacious cabin with heavenly views, a game room, and fire pit

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Antler accents, exposed beams, and nature-inspired artwork create a strong sense of place.

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Grand yet homey, this cabin dubbed “Simply Heaven” earned its moniker from impressive covered decks that enjoy stunning views for miles. An upper and lower deck feature nice amenities such as a hot tub, grill, Adirondack chairs, fire pit, and an outdoor dining area.

If you prefer your meals inside, the dining room is a knockout, well-designed with an antler chandelier, exposed beams, and nature-inspired artwork. Other rustic accents include a coffee table that resembles a tree stump and antler lamps that match the kitchen’s chandelier.

There is also an epic game room with numerous fun tables from pool to shuffleboard to foosball, in addition to a substantial collection of board games. 

Luxury mountain cabin with a home theater

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This home has a show-stopping theater room with tiered recliners and movie posters.

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This capacious cabin includes playful and fun accents from the bear statues outside to the sink and table with a barrel base inside. There’s also a game room with a pool table, foosball table, and several arcade games.

But it’s the home’s show-stopping theater that’s the real star. It comes equipped with tiered recliners and movie posters to create an authentic viewing experience. 

The contemporary interiors may stray from traditional cabin decor, but the backdrop of verdant trees and mountain ranges, as well as the home’s half-log, half-stone exterior still give it a classic feel.

A large deck makes enjoying time outdoors easy and comes furnished with a picnic table, a swinging bench, a hot tub, and plenty of rocking chairs.

FAQ: Gatlinburg cabin rentals

What is there to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

The biggest draw of exploring Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Beyond that, there are plenty of unique draws to keep visitors busy. If you’re hoping to fulfill your spelunking fantasies (or maybe realize ones you didn’t know you had) you can take a boat ride tour of The Lost Sea, which is America’s largest underground lake. 

If handcrafted goods are more your speed, the eight-mile loop that constitutes the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is a must-stop where you’ll find works made by the organization’s independent artisans, including pottery, paintings, and sculptures. Not to mention the iconic Dollywood theme park, which is set to reopen this year on March 13.

How much are cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, TN?

Cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, TN can cost anywhere from around $100 per night for a small studio to $500 per night for a lavish mountain lodge. The cost depends on the size of the house and the time of year you plan to visit.

When are cabin rentals cheapest in Pigeon Forge?

For cheap cabins in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, plan to visit in winter when the temperatures will be cold, but the crowds will be fewer than in the warmer months when visitors flock here to hike and admire fall foliage.

How do I find a cabin with a hot tub or pool?

If you want a Gatlinburg cabin with a hot tub, make sure you’re refining search results for cabin rentals on Airbnb or Vrbo by ticking checkboxes for features such as a pool or hot tub.

Is it safe to stay in a cabin?

The CDC says travel is safe within the US for vaccinated individuals, and vacation rentals, are also considered safe by experts. Here’s what they have to say about risks, and how to best protect yourself


How we selected the best Gatlinburg cabin rentals

  1. All listings are for entire private cabin rentals, per current expert recommendations.
  2. Every listing is highly reviewed with a 4.8 guest rating or higher.
  3. Each home is committed to Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, a five-step cleaning process developed in partnership with health and hospitality experts. 
  4. All cabin rentals are affordable and range in starting price from $120 to $393 per night, as of publishing.
  5. All cabins have exceptional amenities and design features that make them a great place to stay while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains such as log cabin exteriors, wooden accents, fireplaces, hot tubs, and incredible views.
  6. Homes are available to book in the coming weeks and months, subject to availability. For more Airbnbs near the Smoky Mountains, click here.

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The 25 best Airbnbs in Florida, from a Harry Potter-themed home in Orlando to beachfront pads in Miami

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Best Airbnbs in Florida for Spring Break

  • Florida offers a wide range of year-round vacation appeal, from white-sand beaches to lively cities.
  • Florida Airbnbs offer a convenient base that is often cheaper or more spacious than a hotel.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Florida, from the Panhandle, down the Gulf Coast, and in the Keys.

Whether you’re looking to escape the winter chill, visit theme parks, or sunbathe on a stretch of white sand, Florida is a worthy year-round vacation destination.

Florida is also easily accessible from many American cities and an especially appealing option for East Coasters looking for some easy to reach sunshine.

While there’s plenty of gorgeous hotels in Florida to choose from, the state also has a wide range of fantastic Airbnb vacation rentals that are often cheaper, more spacious, and just as comfortable. Here are the top Florida Airbnbs to suit all tastes.

You can browse all the best Florida Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Florida, sorted by area and price.

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Cottage with a private pool in Miami

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Enjoy a private pool for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room.

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Located near the trendy Brickell neighborhood in Miami, this home is named “La Casita Blanca” for its all-white exteriors. It features modern decor in soothing neutral tones, but here it’s really about enjoying time outside in the stunning fenced-off yard. In addition to the lush lawn and garden wall, there’s a cute eating nook and lounge chairs for soaking up the sunshine. 

When you’re ready to cool off, dive into the kidney-shaped pool featuring dolphin mosaic tiles. However, keep in mind that while this is a guest house that’s completely separate, the yard and pool are shared with the main house nearby. 


Oceanview condo in Miami Beach

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Wake up to dramatic ocean views right from bed.

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Nothing is more pleasing than staying in an Airbnb that feels like a hotel for a lot less, and this property has all the makings of a dream beachfront stay.

The sleek, modern decor is coupled with resort-like amenities such as the pool, gym, and tennis courts, in addition to the prime beach location.

Interiors are gleamingly modern, with 180-degree ocean views of the crystal clear water, including right from the plush King-size bed. There’s also fast Wi-Fi and a smart TV with Netflix.

Contemporary studio with views in Miami

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A thoughtful Superhost takes care of every detail in this well-appointed apartment.

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This apartment’s Superhost thinks of even the smallest of details, starting with a bottle of champagne upon arrival.

The apartment has a refreshingly clean, simple, and elegant feel with translucent dining chairs, a small writing desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests also have access to a pool, hot tub, and gym, as well.

Charming Coconut Grove is close and full of shops and restaurants, and if you seek the sand, the beach is just a short ride away.

Cozy home in Miami

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Stay within walking distance of Midtown Miami and the Design District.

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Unlike other Miami listings, this property offers the chance to stay in a house rather than an apartment. For this listing, it’s all in the details. The bright blue “Eat” sign in the kitchen matches blue accents that appear across the home, right down to the bowls in the cabinet. Beach towels, an umbrella, and beach blankets are provided, and a travel crib is also available for parents.

The outdoor space comes with various decks, a grill, and an outdoor garden and the full-sized kitchen and washer/dryer make it a great fit for a week-long stay or longer. Conveniently, this home is also within walking distance to Midtown Miami and the Design District.

Art-filled condo in downtown Miami

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A huge private balcony offers views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay.

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The downtown Miami apartment features sleek white and gray interiors and plenty of contemporary art adorning the walls.

One serious perk is the huge private balcony with views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. King-size beds and a Roman tub set up the scene for a sumptuous stay, while a dedicated workspace in one of the bedrooms means you can also use this spot as a base for a working vacation.

A shared gym with a dry sauna, plus a pool area that includes four separate hot tubs are building amenities. Restaurants, shops, and a convenience store are also right downstairs. 

Trendy apartment near Wynwood

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This apartment is much like Wynwood itself: young, hip, and trendy.

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If you’re looking to take advantage of Miami’s art district, consider a base in vibrant Wynwood. This listing is a short walk from the revered Wynwood Walls, which are an anchor of the local art scene, surrounded by plenty of shops and restaurants.

The home harbors the same aesthetic of Wynwood itself: young, hip, and trendy. Its four-guest capacity is perfect for small groups (despite only having one bedroom), and the apartment is part of a larger complex with a pool and gym. 

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Relaxed pad in Fort Lauderdale

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Cool colors and modern decor set this up to be a comfortable stay.

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The granite kitchen, serene bathroom, and in-unit washer/dryer all make this home a great pick for a week-long stay for up to four guests. The interiors are modern with a tile backsplash in the kitchen, a long kitchen island that doubles as a bar with black stools, and unique flooring in the bedroom.

Past guests praise the shower as the highlight, with one describing it as “a dream shower with great pressure.” The fenced-in pool is shared only between three units, so it’s easy to maintain social distance and there’s also a backyard with a pool, grill, and lounge chairs.

Modern apartment near Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

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This four-unit apartment building was designed in 1964 and is still regarded as an architectural highlight of the city.

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This home serves as an elegant base for a Miami visit, situated in the upscale Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. Built in the 1960s, the building was crafted around a huge oak tree in the courtyard.

Inside, you’ll find uniquely shaped rooms and minimalistic but updated decor that still has beachy flair via palm-print wallpaper in the white kitchen and a leopard rug in the living area.  A private patio adds additional hangout space, complete with a charming hammock. 

Beach house with private pool in Fort Lauderdale

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A fenced-in yard houses a private pool and a huge patio.

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This contemporary house is located right near the beach and is especially ideal for families. It features plenty of space for spreading out with one room equipped with Twin-size beds that’s just right for kids.

The open-concept living area includes a media console and comfy couch for at-home movie nights, and the modern kitchen is great for enjoying meals at home.

Large sliding glass doors lead to a fenced-in yard with a private pool and a huge patio area with a gas grill. If you’re driving, you’ll enjoy that this home has a driveway for free and easy parking. 

Sleek luxury condo in Hollywood

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This beachfront condo comes with the use of hotel-like perks such as a pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis court.

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Enjoy all Fort Lauderdale has to offer from a quieter home base, such as this spot in Hollywood, which is only a 25-minute drive away.

With a minimalist kitchen and waterfront terrace, this condo embraces luxury with hotel-like perks such as an inviting pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis court. It’s directly on the beach, making it easy to maximize your time on the sand. Best for couples, it houses up to two guests.

The decor is stylish but inviting, with neutral furnishings accented by beachy and bright photographs. There’s also a small balcony with two chairs for enjoying those pretty views.

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Condo with pool near Disney Springs in Orlando

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This Airbnb is a hotel suite that comes with all the amenities of a full resort.

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Enjoy the best of both worlds with this hotel room available through Airbnb. It’s a two-bedroom unit that’s actually located within the Sheraton Vistana Resort, so you’ll enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with more privacy and space than is typical.

Only one mile from Walt Disney World, this incredibly affordable vacation rental comes with a King-size master suite with a Sheraton Bed and whirlpool tub, as well as a guest bedroom with two Twin-size beds, and a living area with a sofa bed, making this a great pick for families or groups. 

There are TVs in the living room and each bedroom, a Bose sound system, and a full kitchen with a breakfast bar. While week-long stays are the minimum, a washer and dryer makes that a cinch. Other standout features include the private balcony, free Wi-Fi, and access to resort perks like tanning beds, spa services, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, robust programming and activities, several pools, and much more.

Spacious townhouse for Disney families in Kissimmee

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Lean in to Disney vacation vibes with a home themed after the park itself.

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This huge, five-bedroom townhouse is only five miles from Walt Disney World. It’s well-equipped with a full-sized kitchen and themed bedrooms for the kids or kids at heart, decked out in full Disney paraphernalia. This is a home that offers a true sense of place to get you into the Disney vacation spirit. 

When you tire out from the theme parks, retreat to this cozy space or take a dip in the community’s on-site pool. However, it’s worth checking with the host if the space is currently open.

Palm Beach-style apartment in Orlando

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Pastel prints and boho accents make this home an Instagrammer’s dream.

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Get a taste of vintage Florida charm in this high-end space with bright colors everywhere you look. A light blue couch is accented by pink floral pillows, while an egg chair in the corner and turquoise stools are equally eye-catching seating options. 

This listing is especially ideal for couples looking for a quirky and fun stay. It’s located in Winter Park just outside downtown Orlando, making it great for nights out enjoying the dining and nightlife scene of the area. But if the beach is on your radar, the apartment also provides complimentary beach essentials for you to use during your stay.

Huge townhouse with a private pool in Orlando

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Glam furniture gives this home a refined feel.

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Large families or pods of friends will love this townhouse with five spacious bedrooms alongside sophisticated interiors like leather sofas and earth-toned accents.

It has a playful side too, with some bedrooms including Star Wars and Disney motifs that kids will surely love. Another major draw is the private pool, ideal for a lazy day at home or cooling off after a busy day at the parks.

Lake Buena Vista and all its attractions are right nearby, making this listing’s location an equally attractive reason to book. 

Harry Potter-inspired home in Kissimmee

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Inspired by everyone’s favorite castle, this home is covered in Hogwarts nostalgia with five themed bedrooms.

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Orlando isn’t only about Disney and Harry Potter fans, rest assured that we found the ultimate house for a future visit to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just a 10-minute drive to the theme park, every inch of this home is covered in Hogwarts nostalgia and can accommodate up to 13 wizards or muggles with five themed bedrooms.

Inspired by everyone’s favorite castle, the over-the-top decor is truly one of a kind, and magical features include five bedrooms for the whole family, a living room with large screen TV with Netflix and Nintendo Switch, plus a dining hall, fully equipped kitchen, a swimming pool, a patio with a grill, and a laundry room. 

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Resort-style apartment in Key Largo

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The apartment is part of a beach resort with breathtaking views, a beach, a pool, hot tub, and tennis courts.

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The idyllic Florida Keys are known for remote scenery and relaxed vibes, and this property makes it easy to savor both. The apartment is actually part of a beach resort with breathtaking views, beach access, a great pool, and hot tub, as well as tennis courts, though you should confirm their operation with the host before booking.

Aside from the basics, the resort also offers many perks such as a poolside bar, an on-site restaurant, decks for fishing and boating, and grills. 

The apartment itself has a modern kitchen with high-end appliances and beachy details like starfish lamps, palm leaf-patterned bedding, and ocean-themed artwork.

Studio near Duval in Key West

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This home is just a block away from Duval Street.

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This cozy apartment is small but expertly laid out with a plush Queen-size bed, a full kitchen with modern granite countertops, a separate dining area, and an oversized wardrobe for easy unpacking. It also has a small, furnished deck that’s an ideal spot for your morning coffee.

This home’s best amenity is its location. Found just a block from Duval Street, the lively main drag, you’ll be close to many of Key West’s top attractions. As an added bonus, it also comes with a free and private parking spot.

Sailing yacht in Key West

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Climb aboard this boat (it will be docked for your stay) for a whimsical night in Key West.

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For a unique stay, consider this spacious sailing yacht. The ship is more spacious than you might think with three full bedrooms that feature a Queen, Full, and Twin beds. 

The vintage Mason boat is decked out in midcentury modern furnishings with fun turquoise accents and wood trim. Enjoy a meal with a view in the cozy eating nook that features big windows. There’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill for making meals onboard. 

When you’re ready to enjoy the ocean, just hop right into the water.

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Waterfront home in Clearwater

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Watch boats go by from bed.

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This listing is self-described by the host as “the perfect space for a couple” and comes with a waterfront view, beach chairs, and the option to rent jet skis and paddleboards.

Time spent on land will also be positive, based on past guest reviews noting the studio’s cleanliness, coziness, and proximity to Clearwater’s shops and restaurants. The studio has a minimalist chic aesthetic with an entirely wooden wall behind the bed, a midcentury modern-style armchair, and wall sconce light fixtures that make the space pop.

Chic apartment in Tampa

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This well-appointed apartment is listed by a Superhost.

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Hardwood floors, a gorgeous kitchen, and minimalist lighting — you might want to live here. This apartment fit for four people is sophisticated and comes with amenities like a lovely balcony, community pool, gym, and grill.

It’s also a quick five-minute drive to downtown Tampa. If this home gets snatched up, the Superhost also lists some other beautiful properties around Tampa. 

Home with tennis and beach access in Sanibel Island

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This home is pet-friendly and a short bike ride or walk to popular Bowman’s Beach.

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Situated on picturesque Sanibel island, this sun-filled home makes it easy to enjoy tropical vibes. Just right for those seeking a quieter escape, the house is in a lush residential neighborhood lined with trees and comes with access to a community pool and tennis courts. It’s also a short bike ride or walk to Bowman’s Beach.

Double-height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling patio doors, and terra cotta tile give the living room a breezy feel. There’s a well-appointed kitchen and breakfast area, and a screened-in porch has an additional table and chairs for dining or entertaining.

This property is also pet-friendly for those traveling with four-legged friends.

Waterfront home on Pine Island

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This home has its own dock and comes with kayaks and paddleboards, and boat rentals are available.

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Found on Pine Island not far from Fort Myers, this Airbnb is an ideal stay for anyone seeking a getaway surrounded by nature where they can easily hit the water. Take a ride along a bike trail that runs the full 18-mile length of the island, or hike within the numerous nearby nature preserves.  

You can also enjoy the water right outside the front door. This home is right on its own dock and comes with kayaks and paddleboards. Boat rentals are also available for fishing trips or sailing. Lucky guests might even catch dolphins swimming by.

The home itself is lovely with floor-to-ceiling windows to highlight the water views.  Two modestly-sized bedrooms come with Queen beds, and there is a pull-out sofa for any extra guests.

Quaint studio in Sarasota, $252

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This bungalow is part of Casey Key Resort with 200 feet of private beach as well as dockage on the Bay.

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This cute and cozy Sarasota home has all the makings of a tranquil couple’s weekend. Facing the Gulf of Mexico, the waterfront studio comes with the necessary items to relax and escape, such as a deck dotted with beach chairs, chaise lounges on the water, and even complimentary housekeeping, if you want to request it.

While it does have a full kitchen, the apartment isn’t huge, so it’s best for couples or solo travelers.

Spacious waterfront home with private pool in Marco Island

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Take a dip in the pool, enjoy the canal views, or grab a beach cart or bicycles to hit the sand.

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Ideal for large families or big groups, there’s plenty of space to entertain and spread out here. The sprawling first floor features an open kitchen and two living areas, each with plush couches, coffee tables, and beach-chic decor, including white wicker furniture and pale blue accents. 

In the backyard, take a dip in the 23-foot heated pool or just enjoy the canal views from the large screened-in porch. When you’re ready to hit the beach, the garage is stocked with a beach cart, beach chairs, sun tent, and bicycles. 

Located on a waterway where fishing and kayaking are encouraged (in fact the house has fishing poles and kayaks and life jackets for guests to use), the house is also just a 15-minute walk to Tigertail Beach and the JW Marriott on Marco Island.

Beachy condo in Panama City Beach, $228

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This apartment offers front-row views of the Gulf of Florida.

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Panama City has long been the epicenter of spring break activity in Florida, but lately, it turned its party reputation around and become a quieter destination for families, too. In line with that, this picturesque beach condo promises to be far more peaceful than you might expect of PC.

Drink your morning coffee while gazing out at the ocean from the waterfront balcony, or grab an appropriately-spaced chair by the beach or pool. With a King-sized bed and bunk beds, it accommodates up to six guests and would be great for families or small groups. 

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FAQ: Florida Airbnbs

When is the best time to visit Florida?

The best time to visit Florida is from October through May. June through August is typically humid and there are high chances of a tropical storm. However, that means summer is the best time to find deals, while the winter sees prices surge. 

Where should I stay in Florida?

The best place to stay in Florida depends entirely on your vacation plans and needs. If you want to visit Disney and the other theme parks, you’ll want to be in Orlando or Kissimmee. 

Gulf Coast beach areas offer soft white-sands and turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean. Clearwater, Destin, Naples, and Marco, and Sanibel Island are all popular and beautiful areas.

Of course, if you prefer the big cities and plenty of art, culture, and nightlife, then Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa, or West Palm Beach will be especially appealing. 

What is there to do in Florida?

Florida is best known for its beaches on both coasts. But there’s plenty to do beyond sunbathing and burying your toes in the sand (though there’s nothing wrong with just doing that!).

Of course, there are theme parks, including Disney World, Universal, Epcot, Legoland, and so many more. In Miami, you can wander through the murals of Wynwood, eat at world-class restaurants, shop at upscale boutiques, and enjoy the nightlife and lively clubs. The so-called Space Coast gets its name thanks to the Kennedy Space Center, which you can visit.

Nature lovers can explore the Everglades, float on a tube down a river in Ginnie Springs, swim with manatees, snorkel, or head out on a fishing excursion. There is also plenty to do off-shore, from chartering a fishing boat to snorkeling at an artificial reef.

How we selected the best Airbnbs in Florida

  1. Airbnb listings are for the entire home, in line with current expert safety recommendations.
  2. All homes participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
  3. We kept affordability in mind but included a range of listings and price points, from $65 to $350 to start. Keep in mind that right now is a peak season when prices tend to rise.
  4. All listings are highly rated with a review score of 4.2 or higher.
  5. Homes are in desirable locations throughout Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Gulf Coast, Orlando, Panama City, the Keys, and more.
  6. Warmth is only enjoyable on your own terms – every listing has air conditioning, and many have access to a beach or pool, with necessary amenities like beach chairs or grills. 

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18 remote vacation rentals for when you want to get away from it all

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  • During COVID-19, the ideal vacation is in a remote setting, away from others outside your group.
  • We found remote homes across the US on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo.
  • These highly-rated listings are secluded and priced between $99 and $499 per night to start.

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While heading off to a remote paradise sounds incredible, it may not be on the table amid a global pandemic. After all, most travelers can’t afford to rent out a Richard Branson-style private island in the Caribbean, a la Kim Kardashian. Though if you are looking, we did manage to find more affordable hotel buyout options and the best private islands to rent on Airbnb.

Luckily, there are closer-to-home ways to take an off-the-grid safe vacation during COVID without sacrificing comfort or exceeding your budget. Many of the best vacation rentals on Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo are tucked away in remote corners of the country, while still remaining affordable and reachable by car, even if the closest big city is a couple of hours away.

I’ve been writing about consumer travel for 20 years, with a specialty in covering the US, and dove into finding the best secluded vacation rentals. Just keep in mind that while remote homes often come with electricity and running water, it may be a long drive from the closest store. Be sure to check what the rental includes and arrive stocked with the supplies you’ll need.

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These are the best remote vacation rentals in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

100-year-old farmhouse in Utah

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This historic farmhouse comes with an outdoor hot tub, Wi-Fi, and colorful modern furnishings.

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Relax under the never-ending skies of Ephraim Canyon in Utah in this century-old farmhouse that sleeps up to four. It may be getting on in years but recent refurbishments mean that the decor and interiors are shipshape and colorful, and there’s also a cute yard with cornhole, horseshoes, and a picnic area. 

Modern amenities include Wi-Fi and Apple TV, plus an essential outdoor hot tub for a soak as the sun sets or rises. Families can pass the time outdoors with nearby hiking and fishing, or go sledding in the winter months. The home feels cozy and bijoux, but still comfortable, affordable, and surrounded by acres of land. 

Moose haven cabin in Colorado

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This off-the-grid cabin feels a lot like camping with its wood-burning stove, outdoor shared bathroom, and nearby hiking trails.

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The rugged panorama of Rocky Mountain National Park separates this scenic village from Denver, Colorado, with guests ascending to around 9,000 feet to reach this remote property.

The cabin is a basic but a beautifully constructed A-frame that will suit anyone wanting a rural, back-to-nature vacation far from daily stresses. 

The interior is cozy and rustic, with a wood-burning stove and polished wooden floors and fittings. Maintaining the campsite ambiance, there are comfortable shared bathrooms and showers just 20 yards from the cabin. Solar power and a gas grill provide added comfort, but this home is thoroughly off the grid, so don’t plan to get online.

Nearby hiking (and snowshoeing in winter) is world-class and you’ll leave feeling renewed and invigorated. 

Homesteader desert cabin in California

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Escape to this barren desert refuge that dates back to 1955.

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Downtown Joshua Tree is just 12 minutes away by car but it’s a different world out here by this home, surrounded by five acres of undeveloped land under an endless blanket of stars. The hiking and natural delights of Joshua Tree National Park are also easy to access.

This cabin dates back to 1955 and maintains many original features, and in some places, the original paint. It’s a charmingly ramshackle homestead, but the hosts upgraded the amenities with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and hot water. The oranges and creams of the interior reflect the desert outside, and midcentury modern furniture pieces make for a more urbane design than you might expect.

Neighbors include a thriving art community, local rabbits, tortoises, and roadrunners. 

A mountain cabin with a hot tub in North Carolina

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Retreat to this mountainside getaway for a romantic getaway.

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Straying beyond the beaten path can come with romantic rewards for couples, especially at this mountainside one-bedroom bolthole on seven acres of land.

The nearby ridges of Western North Carolina await for hiking, rafting, canyoneering, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, and skiing. 

The modern cabin itself is as desirable as the pristine location, which is set against a lush farming valley. A quaint deck and wood-burning fireplace evoke a bucolic atmosphere and are complemented by modern technologies for relaxing down times. The standout, however, is the outdoor hot tub for an indulgent soak under a canopy of stars. 

A woodland cabin in Vermont

A short hike is required to reach this charming tiny home hidden among the trees.

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The 20 acres of land surrounding this home in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains are thick with vegetation and woodland charm. This purpose-built so-called tiny house delivers on its off-grid promise with a look that is seemingly out of a fantasy novel or fairy tale. Knotted wooden beams and timber combines for a magical, whimsical feel that delivers a pioneering spirit.

Amenities include a wood-fired stove and fireplace, but there is no refrigeration outside of a cooler, so plan accordingly. Solar power heat water but there is no electricity or Wi-Fi. 

Instead, come for the hiking, rock climbing, and swimming holes (and skiing in the winter), and wait to update social media with photos when you reluctantly return to real life. 

A desert adobe in New Mexico

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The breathtaking desert landscape outside of this rustic adobe inspired Georgia O’Keefe’s artwork, “Perdernal.”

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This peaceful rural adobe is set in the picturesque Cerro Perdernal desert, the same landscape famously painted by Georgia O’Keefe. Located halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, this rural home offers beautiful, unobstructed sunset and mountain views from its porches, and modern southwestern decor made up of soft neutral colors, wood-beamed ceilings, and earthen tiled floors. 

The living room connects with a fully equipped kitchen with a fireplace and a vintage gas stove. Each bedroom has simple furnishings, Queen-size beds, and sandstone floors. However, the main bedroom stands out with a large stone fireplace, access to the outdoor patio, and a full bath decked out in Talavera tiles.  

This adobe structure feels secluded but shares the property with an on-site guesthouse that may be rented together or separately. There are nearby scenic hiking trails and lakes for nature excursions as well. 

Mountain cottage in Oregon

From the family room’s built-in bar to the game room, there’s plenty of room to spread out at this rural cottage.

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A wonderfully rural five-acre wooded lot welcomes up to 13 guests at this five-bedroom house surrounded by picturesque lakes and mountains.  

The amenities are extensive with a game room, outdoor hot tub, TV, internet, and the chance to craft evening cocktails at the built-in bar while someone strikes up a suitably suave tune on the piano.  

Venture beyond the compound and find the scenic links of Aspen Lakes Golf Course a mile away, and the HooDoo Ski Area is 25 miles away.

Vineyard chalet in Oregon

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Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine that welcomes you to this picturesque vineyard chalet.

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The vast expanses of the Pacific Northwest are laid out before guests at this remote chalet, some 90 miles south of Eugene. Tens of acres of wine country surround the property, with vineyards and hills transporting visitors to an idyllic setting akin to Tuscany or the South of France. 

The vines may be decades old, but the property is modern with polished wooden floors and windows that show off the picture-postcard surroundings. Oenophiles will love the location and touches such as the wine barrel vanity, and there’s also a rain shower, fast Wi-Fi, fresh eggs from the on-site chickens, and of course, a bottle of wine to welcome you.

A charming woodsy cabin in Oklahoma

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Get cozy near multiple stone fireplaces throughout this lavish cabin.

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Tucked within the pine trees of Eagle Mountain, this remote woodsy cabin boasts luxurious touches with midcentury modern furniture and elongated windows that frame enthralling views of the surrounding lush forest. 

The stocked kitchen has sleek black cabinets and appliances, while an indoor fireplace keeps things cozy alongside an outdoor gas fireplace and hot tub.

One bedroom with a sultry soaking tub makes this an ideal pick for a romantic getaway, though there are also twin air mattresses available should you want to book this home for a small family or group.

Cabin on a private reservoir in Montana

This backwoods log cabin is nestled along a private reservoir and comes with a kayak to use.

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Equidistant between the National Parks of Helena-Lewis and Clark and River Breaks, there’s a real frontier feel to this home, which enjoys a coveted spot overlooking its own reservoir, almost four miles outside of Lewistown.

The property makes for a sweet angler’s getaway with plum fishing spots along the nearby waterways. 

The cabin itself is comprised of elaborate wooden interiors bedecked with animal hides and wood-burning amenities for a strong rural ambiance. Fire up the grill on the large deck and trade fishing tales as you cook up the catch of the day. There’s little phone coverage, and no internet, so trade being online for days out paddling with the included kayak.

A log cabin on the river in Colorado

Warm up with this exquisite log cabin’s hot tub or fire pit after a day of skiing at nearby Eldora Mountain.

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A set designer for a movie would be hard-pressed to come up with a more classic log cabin-looking property than this two-bedroom delight in the heights of Black Hawk, Colorado.

The sense of seclusion is palpable, though within 15 minutes you can drive to the nearby town of Nederland or the Eldora Mountain ski resort. 

The handsome, sturdy log structure is built onto a gentle, lush green hillside. Gather on the deck around the fire pit while steam gently rises from the outdoor hot tub. 

The smell of timber fills the interior, and the place comes fully loaded with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, a music system, as well as a wood-burning fire, games, and an irresistible hammock. 

Mountain tree house in the forest in California

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This luxe treehouse has scenic forest views and bright sunlight that pours in from huge picture windows.

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To call this home a tree house feels like underselling the property somewhat, as it falls more within the luxury cabin arena. Surrounded by trees outside Big Bear, the town and ski resorts are around a 15-minute drive away, and the National Forest is right there as you open the curtains. 

Huge picture windows allow scenery and daylight to flood the living spaces, and vaulted ceilings open the home up in dramatic fashion. Hardwood floors, wooden panels, and exposed beams create a chalet-like ambiance, while the furniture shows off the hosts’ flawless taste with an elegant, midcentury modern theme.

A statement stone fireplace keeps things warm in winter, while outside a propane grill and wraparound balcony invites you to linger.

A charming yurt on a farmstead in Colorado

Indulge in ranch life at this Mongolian-style yurt.

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Views of stunning Mount Sopris and 110 acres of seclusion await up to four guests at this impressive glamping yurt.

The Mongolian-style yurt offers the right balance of adventure and comfort, with a supremely commodious, wood-framed canopy under which to sleep. The space feels akin to something from a period drama but comes with Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a bathroom (with a piping hot shower) that won’t test anyone’s standards of comfort too stringently. 

Ranch life here comes with its own array of amenities beyond the space and scenery, mostly in the form of fresh food from the farm owners, including, but not limited to, eggs, milk, poultry, and cuts of meat for your barbecuing pleasure. 

There are hiking paths up through the neighboring National Forest, and if you don’t bring your own horse (which you are encouraged to) then you can rent one and hit those dusty trails. Private stargazing sessions and alpaca yoga add to an enticing menu of activities. 

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Farmhouse on 100 acres in Pennsylvania

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This bright red farmhouse is 15 minutes from a charming colonial area once known as America’s coolest small town.

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It’s hard to imagine a cuter farmhouse than this bright red beauty set on 100 acres of land in the rolling Pennsylvania countryside. There are a few small villages within striking distance, but tiny Lititz is an 18th-century hamlet that was named “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2013 by Budget Travel and is only 15 minutes away.

Inside the Hopeland Farm Red House, modern windows and doors mix with vintage furniture and midcentury pieces for an updated yet rustic look. Old wood burners and an antique piano are complemented by abstract art and abundant daylight.

Enjoy farm life here where your only neighbors will be chickens and ducks on your way to buy vegetables and eggs from the hosts. 

Dog-friendly retreat in Texas

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Set on 104 gorgeous acres of land with ponds, this spacious home is a good pick for those looking to bring pets along.

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You have to zoom out pretty far on your phone’s map feature to see the closest places to this exceptional Texas ranch house. Blanco, a good 15 minutes by car, is technically a city, but with a population of around 1,700 people, it’s more of a sleepy little town where people come to fish and buy lavender. 

This home spreads out on a whopping 104 acres and on-site ponds and the nearby Blanco River add to the scenic environs, the latter being great for fishing and tubing.

The house, which welcomes pets, is awash with daylight thanks to huge windows and striking vaulted ceilings. A casual contemporary look includes stone fireplaces, mounted hunting trophies, high-end leather sofas and armchairs, as well as granite worktops and stainless steel appliances. Have a cook-out under those huge skies with the grill and outdoor dining area. 

Large lakefront home in Maine

This expansive lakefront home has spectacular views of Graham Lake.

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This delightful lakefront house can welcome up to 17 people with almost 4,000 square feet to sprawl out. There’s also plenty of room to claim for yourself outside amid the natural expanse of Hardwood Hill Island Nature Preserve and nearby Acadia National Park. Graham Lake sits right outside, as well.

The house has multiple large living areas and plenty of amenities for group meals, both indoor and out. There’s also Wi-Fi and the home comes with its own dock and kayaks to get out on the water. 

Home with a lake and pool in New York

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Dip into this farmhouse’s private lake or saltwater pool for a refreshing escape.

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Red Hook itself isn’t much more than a village, just north of Poughkeepsie in Upstate New York, two hours from Manhattan.

This wonderful farmhouse is a good 10-minute drive from even that small development, along remote country lanes. Its sprawling 120 acres will deliver a serious dose of isolated tranquility, and the land contains both a private lake and a saltwater pool. 

The house itself is a beautifully converted red brick barn, with wooden beamed ceilings and a contemporary look that you might more associate with an urban warehouse. Polished wooden floors, reclaimed wood furnishings, and sleek top-of-the-range appliances fill the open-plan living space.

Open the curtains each morning to admire sun-drenched paddocks, or in the winter, there’s snow-shoeing or skiing nearby. Guests can hike, bike, and buy fresh eggs year-round.  

A secluded tree house in Montana

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A mesmerizing spiral staircase wraps around a Douglas fir tree that grows through this dream tree house.

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On seven acres of private woods, this two-story tree house is unique and plenty remote while still featuring creature comforts like two decks, a breakfast nook with a handmade wooden bar, fast Wi-Fi, and plush bathrobes.

The showstopping piece is a spiral staircase custom crafted around a Douglas fir tree that grows right through the home. There is one true bedroom, but the house can sleep up to four guests thanks to padded seating areas that double as extra sleeping space.

While secluded, the location is close to the entrance of Glacier National Park and the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

FAQ: Remote vacation spots

How can I find remote rentals near me?

Most remote cabins and vacation rentals are located amid forests, deserts, woodlands, and national parks. They balance the feeling of being remote with vehicle access to shops and gas stations, etc, within 30 minutes drive or so. This might mean it is near a city or a village, but we looked for properties that are largely set on their own grounds for a strong sense of isolation. 

Search on places like Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo in small towns and remote settings well outside major cities. The best way to do this is to select an area, and then search listings by map view.

What kind of facilities do remote homes have? 

Remote vacation rental facilities vary — some have Wi-Fi and air conditioning, whereas others are more like an elevated camping situation with shared bathrooms and showers.

We included a wide selection as people have differing levels of how off-grid they want to get. 

Many remote homes are located in delicate environments so be sure to check the listing carefully when you book. Hosts will have listed the specific requirements, for example, if you can cook outdoors, and you may incur extra costs if you do not comply with these rules. 

What should I pack with me? 

Check the more detailed listings via the links to the property pages and see what the hosts suggest, especially as to whether they supply linens, towels, and kitchen essentials.

Where can Americans travel right now?

The CDC recently said people who are vaccinated can travel safely within the US. However, there are certain countries where Americans can travel without restrictive entry requirements.

Are vacation rentals safe?

If you’re wondering whether vacation rentals such as Airbnbs are safe, we spoke with experts who said staying at a private vacation rental, as opposed to a hotel may actually be one of the safer travel options, because booking an entire house eliminates interactions with hosts or other guests.

Airbnb also implemented new procedures and cleaning policies, which all hosts must follow.  

How we chose the best remote vacation rentals

  1. The vacation rental is for the entire home in line with social distancing guidelines.
  2. Homes are located in remote settings amid mountains, woodlands, lakes, deserts, and national parks, surrounded by nature but with access to nearby towns or villages for supply runs.
  3. All properties are highly-rated listings with a minimum past guest rating of 4.5 out of 5.0. 
  4. Vacation rentals boast unique features such as interesting architecture ranging from simple adobe huts to deluxe compounds, as well as inviting decor, and plush amenities (think pools, hot tubs, and great outdoor space).
  5. Prices start between $99 and $499 per night to accommodate a wide variety of budgets and group sizes.
  6. All of the properties adhere to strict COVID-19 cleaning policies.
  7. All of the properties have availability to book over the coming weeks or months, as of publishing. 

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22 of the very best Airbnbs across California, from beaches and deserts to wine regions and big cities

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The Golden State is a stunning example of raw natural beauty whether you seek the sprawling hills of wine country, fancy a dip along sun-kissed coastal shores, crave the cultural satisfaction of city centers, or want to hike among the Redwoods.

I’m a Los Angeles-based travel writer who has covered some of the best places to stay in California for Insider and have explored my beloved state of California widely – by car, by foot, by plane.

And because experts told me that private vacation rentals are likely safer than hotels during COVID, I rounded up the best Airbnb vacation rentals in California, from Monterey to Malibu and beyond. These are some of the coolest, most unique Airbnb homes in the state.

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Guest house with pool and hot tub in Venice

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This affordable home offers a lot of value before you even consider there’s also a pool.

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Santa Monica and Venice are among LA’s most popular and central beach areas, and lodging in the area can be pricey. But this affordable option in Venice offers a lot of value before you even consider there’s also a pool. 

It’s technically a Spanish architecture pool house, but it’s totally private, and charming to boot, with room for two adults. The cozy space boasts a private outdoor bathroom, a sauna, three fire pits, a hot tub, plus loaner bikes and skateboards to hit the beach.

There’s also a ping-pong table in the rec area. The laid-back California decor includes a framed map of Venice, distressed furnishings, and tile flooring. 

Private guest house in Larchmont Village

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Central Larchmont is close to Hollywood and Downtown LA.

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Non-locals may not know about the Larchmont area, which is not a household name like Hollywood, but it’s a beautiful, bustling, central, and safe area with its own charming walkable center with shops and restaurants.

This listing is for a private, two-story guesthouse with vaulted ceilings, well-curated furnishings, and an open layout. The downstairs living area has a flat-screen HDTV with premium channels, a compact but well-equipped stainless kitchen, dining area, powder room, and French doors that open to a landscaped backyard. There’s a Queen bed in the airy master suite upstairs, which also has a reading nook, desk, and spa-like bathroom.

Bungalow in Hollywood

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Hole up here to disconnect or write that screenplay.

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Hollywood and its environs are as cacophonous and congested as they are lively and exciting. But this cozy Hollywood Hills area listing will make you feel like you’ve gotten away from it all while still staying within LA’s core.

This private guest unit nestled in the hillside makes for a peaceful retreat that allows for full relaxation or full focus on work or creative projects — ideal, perhaps, for an inspiring new work-from-home situation.

There are panoramic city views from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean from the freestanding bathtub, as well as a sunny terrace with an inviting daybed swing, and a distinctly bohemian vibe. The listing has a Queen-sized bed and one-and-a-half baths, so come with a loved one, or check-in solo to work on your screenplay. 

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Romantic beachfront apartment in Malibu

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Waves lap at the edge of the deck in this zen home.

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Malibu beachfront real estate is extremely expensive, so this is a great chance to get location, location, location at a relatively affordable price given the area. This Airbnb Plus category listing is an open-plan beachfront apartment with a deck right over the water. A wall of windows maximizes the epic view.

Bright white furnishings and exposed wooden beams create a chic but accessible vibe, and the marble bathroom is downright zen. The all-white color scheme and vintage accents create a romantic vibe that’s especially great for a couple’s retreat.

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Waterfront condo facing the Pacific Ocean

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This oceanfront condo is only steps from the Pacific with direct views of it from the deck as well.

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This oceanfront condo is located literally steps from the Pacific — and the sea sprawls down below for a spectacular view. This Ocean Beach apartment is an ideal launchpad for a San Diego visit; abundant dining and drinking options surround it.

The decor is inspired by a coastal palette for a bright and cheerful vibe. It has a full kitchen, fans to circulate the sea breeze, a Queen bed in the bedroom, and a Queen-size sofa bed for kids or additional guests. It’s located on the ground floor, so no steps are required. And there’s free street parking available (even in peak season, you’ll probably find it within a block or two away).

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Boho loft in Little Italy

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The private rooftop at this boho-chic loft has gorgeous views of downtown and San Diego Bay.

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In one of San Diego’s most exciting neighborhoods, this boho-chic loft is a private unit within an apartment-style hotel.

It’s a strong pick for design aficionados thanks to southwestern-style like a longhorn skull, vibrant red and yellow tones, and a portable Art Deco bar. There are also colorful tribal prints, a bright red-tiled kitchen backsplash, midcentury furniture, and old whiskey bottles fashioned as photogenic decor.

The major highlight, however, is the private rooftop with views of downtown San Diego and the bay, plus a convenient location close to the Gaslamp Quarter.

Zen-like studio near the bay

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The beamed ceiling, bamboo accents, and leafy plants make this studio feel like a Balinese escape.

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Experience the sprawling city that is San Diego without feeling overwhelmed by all the urban buzz. This calming, even zen-like studio is just steps to the bay and an easy walk to the beach. It’s great for a relaxed, car-free beach getaway — even just from the city’s more congested center.

Vaulted, beamed ceilings make the space feel airy, and a skylight makes it bright and cheerful. It sleeps two with a queen bed, and there’s a small patio with a grill for cozy home-cooked meals. For the active couple, travel light and make use of the two included boogie boards and beach cruisers for outdoor fun and exercise during your stay. There’s also private off-street parking for when more than a bike is required.

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Remodeled home near Golden Gate Park

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Retreat to a serene bedroom with a memory foam mattress.

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With its palpable tech wealth, San Francisco and the Bay Area have become one of the most expensive places in the country. But you can still visit the city without going over budget in this lovely, affordable Airbnb near Golden Gate Park and the beach in the Outer Sunset.

The home is chic, bright, and sparkling. There’s a Queen-sized bed with a memory foam mattress and a cool blue headboard under a nautical whale wall hanging. The bathroom gleams in crisp white, and the elegant furnishings and living room pieces lend a sophisticated, curated feel.

Modern apartment in Haight-Ashbury

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Admire views of the city through picturesque bay windows.

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This design-minded apartment in a Victorian Building near Haight-Ashbury offers quintessential San Francisco flair with views over a historic neighborhood. 

Lounge in Barcelona chairs taking in the light from the bay window, or switch on a gas fire and relax against the city’s frequent chill. This Airbnb Plus listing has a gourmet gas stove, plush neutral-toned bed linens, and laundry for guests.

Hilltop apartment in Potrero Hill

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Soothing neutrals combine with gleaming white for a crisp, contemporary color palette.

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San Francisco can be notoriously gray, but Potrero Hill is one of its sunniest neighborhoods, and this hilltop apartment affords beautiful city views. With room for two guests with one bedroom and one bath, this updated in-law apartment is an elevated Airbnb Plus category home and spans 900 square feet. It is located within a historic home built in 1910 but is entirely private with a separate entrance. (The hosts are a family living in the unit above.)

The kitchen feels luxe with stainless steel appliances, sleek white cabinetry, and a spa-like bathroom with a rain shower. An overall soothing color palette is accented by fun pops of color from the bright yellow front door to turquoise chairs on the small deck. 

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Relaxing and pet-friendly home in Sonoma

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Rent this home for long term stays near Sonoma.

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This ideal wine country rental is within walking distance of Abbot’s Passage Winery, a three-minute drive to the town of Glen Ellen, and a 10-minute drive to Sonoma Square. 

The three-bedroom home has a large backyard with a bocce ball court and a Chinese Elm tree for shade. There’s room for a large group or family, with a King bed in the master bedroom and Queen beds in each of the other two bedrooms, plus a Queen-size sofa bed in the family room.

There’s also a well-equipped kitchen, a gas barbecue, two full bathrooms, plus a washer-dryer on site for guest use. A 56-inch smart TV in the family room comes with hundreds of movies, and there’s a library well stocked with books for the analog types.

There is a 31-night minimum, but we included this home for those looking for a great base for remote working.

Farmhouse cottage in Napa

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If you’ve longed to visit wine country for winery tours and barrel tastings, plan your stay in this fully renovated farmhouse cottage located in a tranquil neighborhood on Main Street, just a mile from the downtown area. The sweet 600-square-foot space has two Queen-sized beds, a couch, and a kitchenette. This home is best for a couple or friend getaway as children under 12 are not permitted.

Here, the amount of interaction is up to the guest — a key concern in the pandemic age. Hosts can make themselves available to talk about restaurants and wineries or make themselves scarce, leaving you to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio after a day out touring the vineyards.

Mountain guesthouse with a pool in Napa

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Enjoy views from the pool of the valley all the way to San Francisco.

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This tranquil guesthouse with vineyard views is hidden in the mountains only a few minutes up a country road from Napa. 

The interior is light and open, with vaulted ceilings and minimalist decor including fold-down beds concealed behind panels that resemble Shoji screens.

The kitchen has a white marble island with a breakfast bar, a fire-engine-red Smeg refrigerator, and the hexagonal-tiled bathroom features a walk-in shower. 

Outside, there’s an elegant lap pool, hot tub, and seating area for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. Walk beyond the house to meet local cows, alpacas, and sheep, and you’ll be rewarded with views all the way to San Francisco.  

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Cliffside cabin in Trinidad Bluffs

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This cabin is located at the edge of the bluff with full 180-degree ocean views.

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Southern California’s beaches may be better known, but high up in Northern California are more remote, rugged, and spectacular stretches of beaches and coastlines where you will find crowd-free tranquility and cooler air year-round.

This cabin in Trinidad is located at the edge of the bluff above the sea, with full 180-degree ocean views. It has easy access to redwoods, beaches, lagoons, hiking, boating, and many more activities in the natural environment.

The rustic cabin is set up like a studio, with wooden walls and flooring. Inside is a fireplace, a basic kitchen, and sliding doors that open to a deck with chairs for admiring those views.

Secluded retreat in Santa Barbara

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Stay near downtown Santa Barbara in this posh home in the tony neighborhood of Montecito.

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Take a romantic coastal drive to the Santa Barbara area and settle into this 717-square-foot ultra-posh Montecito retreat. It has a Queen-sized bed, a big living room with a sleeper sofa, fireplace and kitchenette, a private guest laundry room, and even a bathroom with steam. 

The home is located on the bottom floor of the host’s tri-level home with a separate entrance at the side yard, but it feels quite private. A seasonal creek surrounds the large wraparound wooden deck, fully ensconcing you in nature, and the home offers easy access to great nearby hiking trails, and beautiful Butterfly Beach is a five-minute drive away.

Scenic mountain home in Carmel near Big Sur

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Savor Big Sur views and the raw natural environment in serenity and privacy.

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The coastline around Big Sur is the stuff of screen savers and the cliffs make for an awe-inspiring if harrowing road trip. Here, it’s all about the views and the raw natural environment, and this rental lets you take savor both in serenity and privacy. View tons of stars at night, hear the birds sing, and watch the red-tailed hawks circling above.

Arrive via a private paved and gated driveway to this home with a full 365-degree view of redwoods and oak ridges; it enjoys full sun all day long. The listing is just right for a solo traveler or a couple with two bedrooms, each with a Queen-sized bed. There are also lawn chairs, an outdoor fireplace, and a distinctly indoor-outdoor vibe.

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Stardust Oasis guest house in Palm Springs

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This ultra-mod home is quintessential Palm Springs.

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A visit to Palm Springs is all about midcentury modern lodging, and this tricked-out guest house fits the bill perfectly with 60s-style curated furnishings and a palette of the era including turquoise, yellow, and olive green.

This LGBTQ-owned and operated, 270-square-foot listing is set up like a hotel room with a private entrance, patio, fire pit, lounge area, outdoor shower, and small kitchenette (no stove) — all private. It’s just right for couples or solo travelers but no kids are allowed.

You’ll get DirecTV on a 55-inch 4K Samsung, an open closet with drawers to unpack, and a bathroom with a large rainfall shower. The King-size bed has a memory foam mattress for great sleep quality.

Midcentury home with a pool in Palm Springs

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This home with a private pool is worth the splurge for more space to spread out.

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For the full Palm Springs getaway experience, you’re going to want to rent a home in the vibrant midcentury modern style for which the town is famous.

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is in the desirable Ruth Hardy Park/Movie Colony East neighborhood with views of the dramatic San Jacinto mountains, and room for four adults. An additional two children can fit in the foldout sofa in the living room.

The entertainment setup includes Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming channels. But you’ll probably spend most of your time outdoors in the sleek saltwater pool, spa, and lounging area. 

Off-the-grid house in Pioneertown

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Step away from society in this eco-friendly home with minimal Wi-Fi and no TVs.

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Pioneertown offers total remoteness. Out of sight in the California high desert, this sequestered refuge has no TVs, only satellite Wi-Fi for emergency communication. Guests are meant to instead soak in views of the desert with floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room. Not only is the architecture stunning, but the property is eco-conscious, powering energy and hot water entirely using solar panels.

The modern and minimalist design also includes a petite kitchen island next to an expansive dining table and a living room with a hanging fireplace that serves as a focal point. A shaded outdoor patio is set between this part of the home and two bedrooms, one with a King-size and one with a Queen-size Casper mattress, where you can enjoy panoramic views from bed.  

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Tiny house in Yosemite

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This cheaply-priced tiny home is a half-hour from the entrance to Yosemite.

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When visiting Yosemite National Park, the goal should be to spend as much time absorbing wide-open nature and the jaw-dropping beauty of famed peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan as possible, not cooped up in your lodging.

That’s why a tiny house is a perfect complement to such a trip. This one is located just about 30 minutes from the park entrance and is also a great launchpad to explore Bass Lake. And there are llamas to boot.

With this listing, you’ll receive access to the whole tiny house, which includes a bathroom with a hot shower, a flushing toilet, and a sink. The downstairs bedroom has a Queen-sized bed in a room done up in cozy farmhouse style that feels wholly welcoming despite the diminutive size. Plus, you can feel good about booking here: 15 percent of the proceeds from this listing will support three charities: Thistle Farms, Equal Justice Initiative, and Charity Waters.

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Guest house near Sequoia National Park

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This home overlooks spectacular scenery, horses, and wildlife.

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This beguiling, tranquil cabin is situated on the way to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, with lodging and a fenced garden that overlooks spectacular scenery such as Moro Rock, Alta Peak, Great Western Divide, and Eagle Rock, plus horses and wildlife. 

This place isn’t suitable for kids, but there’s a King bed as well as a sofa bed for sleeping. Furnishings are rustic and cozy with abundant windows that showcase the dazzling natural environment. The place has central heat and air for year-round appeal, and if you’re thinking about a work-cation, consider that cell service is spotty.

Minimalist home with a hot tub in Joshua Tree

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This minimalist, industrial home comes with plenty of comforts to enjoy after a day amid nature.

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Admire and adventure through the wide-open spaces of Joshua Tree National Park with this home located minutes from the park entrance. The idea here is to feel lost amid nature; it’s called the Lost House after all.

There’s a hot tub for soaking after hikes and a covered patio for watching sunrises, sunsets, and oh-so-many stars. A hammock triangle in the back allows three to lounge together and the backyard also features a shade structure, a seven-person outdoor couch, and a coal barbecue. Bluetooth speakers, a record player, and various analog games like horseshoes and Frisbee will help keep you busy while remaining unplugged.

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FAQ: California Airbnbs

Where should I vacation in California?

Where you visit in California entirely depends on your personal style, taste, and budget. Los Angeles is known the world over for its entertainment industry attractions in Hollywood and beyond; it’s also a multicultural dining and arts haven.

Southern California is home to family-friendly theme parks including Disneyland (Anaheim) and Legoland (Carlsbad). The San Francisco Bay Area is home to stunning bridges, parks, and cultural attractions.

World-class national parks throughout the state include Yosemite and Joshua Tree. Wine countries dot the central state (Paso Robles, San Louis Obispo) and, more famously, farther north (Napa, Sonoma). Spectacular beaches and coastlines span the length of the state — more than 800 miles.

What cities in California are the most popular Airbnb locations?

As noted, expect to find many attractive Airbnbs around some of the most desirable attractions. In the north, this might include wine country in Napa and Sonoma, the mountains of Yosemite and Tahoe, or areas around cities such as San Francisco and San Jose. 

Follow the coast down to places like Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara. Near Los Angeles, popular rentals can be found throughout Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Hollywood. Venture into the desert and a wide variety of rentals await in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. Or head down to Baja and explore the San Diego area.

How much does Airbnb cost in California?

Costs for vacation home rentals in California span the full gamut, from ultra-budget friendly to over-the-top celebrity-style spending. The cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to the beach, real estate prices in the area, added amenities such as a pool, and the time of year you plan to visit. Although, this last factor is less significant in California than it would be in some other destinations less known for year-round sunshine.

Expect to spend a few hundred dollars on a weekend getaway, and around a thousand for a week-long vacation, though, those figures will rise based on the above factors.

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

Of course, you’ll need an Airbnb that suits your party’s size, ages, and requirements for price and location. But you should also consider factors such as the ones we take into account when compiling our recommendations for readers. This includes positive recent reviews, Superhost status, participation in the COVID-era Enhanced Clean program, and amenities.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb are set by each individual host and vary from listing to listing. For a more detailed summary of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

How do I book a vacation rental in California on Airbnb?

Filter your home search based on location, price, dates of stay, the number of bedrooms, amenities, pet-friendliness, and other qualities and features. When you find a listing you like, check its cancellation policies (as noted above) and the final price including fees.

For more info on how to book an Airbnb, click here.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb during COVID?

The CDC now says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, experts say that private Airbnbs are safe, and can be a reassuring lodging option compared to hotels amid the pandemic. That’s because these stays minimize interactions with other guests and staff.

Airbnb also recently released data underscoring these travel trends. They showed nearly half of 2,200 adult survey respondents in the US prefer their trips to be within 200 miles from home.

Plus, Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures. That said, there remains an inherent risk to traveling and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, masking, and washing hands frequently whenever you travel.

How we selected the best Airbnbs in California

  1. Airbnb listing is for the entire home to ensure social distancing and eliminate awkward hallway encounters.
  2. Each home is committed to Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, a five-step cleaning process developed in partnership with health and hospitality experts. 
  3. All are highly-rated, well-located Airbnb listings with a rating as close to 5.0 as possible.
  4. All homes are listed by Superhosts to ensure a positive experience.
  5. Homes boast exceptional design, charm, and amenities tailored to each location, from a pool in Palm Springs to a deck with mountain views in Big Bear. 
  6. Homes offer an affordable price range, starting at $107 for a Yosemite tiny home and rising to $304 for a Palm Springs getaway with a private pool.

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20 scenic Airbnbs in Maine for an end-of-summer escape or crisp fall getaway

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  • Maine offers a scenic year-round East Coast getaway with seaside cottages and remote cabins.
  • Maine is especially ideal for hiking, coastal scenery, and plenty of lobster.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Maine for all budgets ranging from $65 to $425 per night to start.

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With quintessential New England towns, picturesque sandy beaches, and the only national park in the Northeast, Maine makes for a charming coastal getaway all year.

Snap a photo of the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse, hike Acadia National Park, or tuck into a freshly caught lobster – Maine has it all and then some.

Maine is also home to affordable and beautiful Airbnb vacation rentals to consider throughout the state, from remote cabins in the woods to beach bungalows overlooking the rolling waves. Here are our favorites.

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These are the best Airbnbs in Maine, sorted by area and price.

City nest in Portland, Maine

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This spacious two-bedroom apartment has a vintage vibe and is close to downtown.

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This spacious two-bedroom apartment has a cozy vintage vibe with high ceilings, a brick fireplace, and crown molding.

Close to all that Portland has to offer, it’s a short five-minute walk to the start of downtown and 15 minutes to the Old Port. There’s a small, makeshift yoga room next to the balcony with two yoga mats, a foam roller, and two meditation cushions. Guests also have access to a coin-operated washer and dryer in the basement.

Remodeled 18th-century Victorian house in Portland, Maine

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This remodeled 18th-century Victorian is an Airbnb Plus listing.

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An Airbnb Plus listing, this remodeled 18th-century Victorian feels light and airy thanks to the soothing decor in whites, creams, light greys, and gentle blues.

The open plan main room features a sofa and a love seat, a geometric rug, and a dining table that can fold down or out depending on how many need to dine.

The bedroom is a tranquil all-white space and the bathroom has a clawfoot tub. A deck off the second floor with rocking chairs is a nice place to enjoy a cup of coffee made downstairs at the kitchen’s coffee bar.

Historic home in Portland, Maine

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We love the sunny rooms with nine-foot ceilings, and exposed brick.

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This chic two-bedroom property is an Airbnb Plus listing, which means it’s been vetted for exceptional quality and design and includes one-of-kind details and curated amenities to ensure an above-average stay.

Original pumpkin pine floors, nine-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and sunny rooms are just some of the charms found in this 177-year-old Greek revival home. Plus, the lively city of Portland is right at your fingertips and many of the best spots are within walking distance.

Cottage on Somes Sound in Acadia National Park

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Here’s a rare chance to sleep inside Acadia National Park.

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This seaside cottage is a rare find that actually sits inside the borders of Acadia National Park and overlooks the impressive Somes Sound.

Completely surrounded by wilderness and ocean, the four-season home is full of windows for watching sunsets and includes a wraparound deck, a private yoga platform, and swimming rocks. 

Cathedral ceilings, gauzy curtains, and light timber wood give an airy feel, and a wood-burning stove keeps things cozy in chilly months.

Oceanside house close to Acadia National Park

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Come hungry, there are three premier lobster pounds within walking distance.

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Just a 15-minute drive from the beauty and splendor of Acadia National Park, this oceanfront cottage offers panoramic views of the waves, Mount Desert Island, and Cadillac Mountain. For lobster fans, three premier lobster pounds are within walking distance.

A large deck with a gas grill, fire pit, and roasting sticks makes for a nice spot to enjoy dinner, roast marshmallows, or watch a sunset. The property is also pet-friendly, so four-legged friends can join the trip.

Beachy bolthole in Lisbon, Maine

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Beaches and scenic walking trails are all close to the home.

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It’s extremely rare to find a vetted Airbnb Plus listing for such an affordable price, especially one near the beach, but that’s exactly what is waiting here along the Androscoggin River.

This beach-themed hideout is expertly designed with pops of breezy turquoise, white decor, and seashell accents. This home is ideal for those seeking to get out of town and enjoy nature as both beaches and scenic walking trails are within easy driving distance.

Kettle Cove apartment in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Settle in for front-row water views.

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Situated between Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Park, this home comes with water views and a great location. Two Lights State Park is less than a mile away, the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse is right nearby, and Portland’s acclaimed local restaurants are just a short drive into the city. Ice cream lovers can also satiate their sweet tooth with a walk to Kettle Cove Creamery before falling asleep to the sound of gentle waves. 

While guests do have the entire first-floor apartment to themselves with a separate, private entrance, the apartment is attached to the main house and sits below the upstairs apartment. It might not be a good option if you’re looking for complete seclusion.

Charming country cottage in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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This Airbnb’s hosts receive rave reviews for their attention to detail.

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This romantic escape features carefully curated antique furnishings in an idyllic natural setting. Lucky guests might even catch a glimpse of deer eating apples in the garden from the second-floor bedroom.

An Airbnb Plus listing, the home sleeps up to three guests and features calming all-white interiors with pops of fresh flowers. The balcony and large backyard are both nice spots for enjoying a cup of coffee and the outdoor shower and fire pit are additional amenities that set this listing apart. 

Recent reviews rave of hosts who go above and beyond with perks ranging from provided wine or cheese to ample wood for fires and freshly grown lavender to take home.


Classic Maine house in Phippsburg, Maine

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Lobster and beachy accents offer a strong sense of place.

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This recently built house is only an hour north of Portland and is located right by beautiful Popham Beach. Great for large groups and families, the four-bedroom home sleeps up to 10 guests.

Standout features include the eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook, cute decorations such as lobster pillows, and a screened-in back porch with rocking chairs.

The home is stocked with everything you’ll need, from kitchenware and a washer/dryer to kayaks and beach toys.

Sophisticated loft in Kennebunk, Maine

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This home is near many great beaches and an outdoor shower is a nice touch.

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A chic beach retreat for a couple or solo adventurer, this home may be small, but fits in all the essentials and then some.

The sophisticated home features hotel-like decor and a Murphy bed that folds up to create a comforting nook. There is also a couch, flat-screen TV, kitchenette, and a full-sized bathroom.

The property sits on 13 acres of private land with an outdoor shower for rinsing off sandy feet after a day at nearby beaches and lakes. In summer it makes for a nice home base to explore the pretty town of Kennebunk, and the host provides a beach pass. 

Modern farmhouse in Kennebunkport, Maine

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This home is in Kennebunkport, a favorite among celebrities.

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A restored barn is now a contemporary oasis with minimal Scandinavian-inspired modern furnishings, a farmhouse kitchen, and lots of wooden touches.

The subway-tiled walk-in shower feels sleek thanks to a glass panel wall stocked with Kiehl’s toiletry products. Other features include modern light fixtures, soaring windows that pour in light, and a nice patio. There are two bedrooms, plus an air mattress for the sleeping loft. 

Grab the provided beach chairs and cooler and head to Kennebunkport’s famous beaches, or take advantage of the bikes and helmet for a ride around town.

Cliff cottage near Jasper Beach in Machiasport, Maine

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This cliffside home comes with 12 acres of private hiking trails.

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This coastal Maine home was designed to feel like a ship, which is well-suited to its location atop a 130-foot cliff overlooking the ocean and surrounded by over 30 acres of woods, wildlife, and beaches. Hikers will particularly appreciate that 12 acres include private hiking trails available for use. 

Most rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, including the master overlooking the ocean.

Other themed motifs include a telescope, teak and brass accents, and blue and gold-colored nautical maps of New England. Nearby Jasper Beach is famous for its gorgeous and colorful stones. 

Cottage connected to lobster boat in Machiasport, Maine

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Staying in this cottage comes connected to a lobster boat with a library and lounge.

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Savor a true Maine experience in this cottage that comes with access to an adjacent moored lobster boat. Onboard, there is a library and lounge accessible by a short series of boardwalks and decks.

The cottage itself is decked out with midcentury furniture and is surrounded by the Long Point nature reserve and views of Holmes Bay. Design accents pay homage to the nautical theme with wire fish sculpture, an old boat steering wheel, and model ships.

The cottage and boat combo is close to hiking trails, Acadia National Park, Campobello Island, Eastport, and the Schoodic Peninsula. 

Lakefront cottage in Waltham, Maine

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This lakefront listing is part of a working farm.

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This cottage’s serene lake setting is certainly alluring, and so is its incredibly affordable price point.

The waterfront listing is on Graham Lake in the middle of a small working farm. During warmer months, guests can fish, kayak or canoe, while a gas fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere for chilly nights in winter. In any season, the closed-in porch is a relaxing spot to catch a sunset.

Camp Wigwam lake cottage in Greenwood, Maine

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This lake house is fit for families.

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This is a solid option for families since the property features two bedrooms, one of which is outfitted with bunk beds.

Despite being inland, the lakefront location means you can still be on the water, which is fun in every season for outdoor activities ranging from skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing to hiking, boating, and swimming.

Guests also have access to kayaks, so getting on the lake is easy. 

Secluded cottage in Camden, Maine

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This quaint home is nice for a secluded stay near great hiking.

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Enjoy a cozy couple’s getaway in this quiet coastal cottage. Its secluded location may appeal to those looking to maintain social distancing, but it’s also within walking distance to the nearby village.

While the kitchen is small it comes with all the basics, and the porch area is a cheerful place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

Remember to pack your boots; it’s close to great hiking trails.

Cozy cabin in Freeport, Maine

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This is the best spot to stay near L.L. Bean.

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You may know this northern coastal spot as the home of L.L. Bean and its famous giant boot photo op, and if you plan to explore the area or check out the Adventure Schools of L.L. Bean, consider making this cute cabin your base.

The four-season abode has a relaxing year-round outdoor patio, and the owners implement a fun “Take a Beer-Leave a Beer” policy: guests are welcome to an assortment of free beers in the fridge, and are invited to leave one behind to replenish the stash.

The space is quaint and on the small side, so it’s best for couples who want to cozy up together or solo adventurers. 

Tree house in Georgetown, Maine

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Sleep atop the trees in this enchanting treehouse.

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If you’ve always wanted to sleep among the pine branches, here’s your chance. Part tree house, part tiny house, this spot is 25 miles from Portland and features two elevated structures connected by a rope bridge.

One area includes a King-sized bed and river views, while the second structure houses a small kitchen and dining area, as well as a screened-in porch with rocking chairs.

Use of kayaks and canoes are included and the 21-acre property is shared with one other one-bedroom treehouse.

Timber-frame cottage in Pownal, Maine

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Rustic environs mix with a luxurious layout.

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Post up in this upscale Airbnb Plus listing in a woodsy inland setting. The loft-style cottage is cozy with its A-frame structure, wood-burning fireplace, beamed ceilings, and chic but rustic decor. A fire pit, reclaimed barn doors, and light wood completes the rural feel.

Though, rustic doesn’t mean roughing it. This home exudes luxury elements with a posh subway-tiled shower, a gourmet kitchen, and a memory foam mattress.

The location is a close drive to Freeport or Portland and the thoughtful host is known to leave wine and personal notes upon arrival.

Luxury canopy tree house in Sanford, Maine

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Nestled in the woods, this luxury treehouse wows with great views, a spa-like bathroom, and a hot tub.

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Sitting atop a spiral staircase, this treehouse offers a luxe take on treetop living with soothing timber walls, a farmhouse-inspired kitchen, and a Queen-sized bedroom with a custom maple headboard.

The full bathroom has a spa-like rainfall shower that comes with a hint of forest views. Natural light pours in through multiple windows, lighting up a cute dining nook and a sleeping loft with an additional Queen bed.

Other perks include a hide-away projector and screen to stream movies on high-speed internet, a wood stove, and a deck with a grill and private hot tub.

FAQ: Maine Airbnbs

When is the best time to visit Maine?

For the best weather consider a vacation from June to August. However, be aware that this also tends to be the most crowded and expensive season, particularly for beach vacations. 

Maine also offers prime leaf peeping during the fall season, particularly in areas like Acadia National Park. Winter also offers the opportunity to ski, sled, ice fish, and more. Cozy cabin rentals are especially appealing for cozying up by a fire in the colder months.

What area should I stay in on a Maine vacation?

Where you go in Maine depends on your interests. Coastal regions offer scenic lighthouses and beautiful beaches. Kennebunk is a popular beach area, as is Cape Elizabeth, Phippsburg, and more. 

Portland is a city teeming with delicious restaurants, local breweries, and cute boutiques. However, outdoor lovers won’t want to miss Acadia National Park and nearby Bar Harbor for some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.

L.L.Bean lovers should make a stop in Freeport to visit the original store, complete with a huge Bean boot out front.

Is Airbnb safe?

The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

Additionally, experts say Airbnbs and vacation rentals are very safe. In fact, they offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels since interactions with others are minimized. Additionally, Airbnb has enforced a strict new Enhanced Clean Policy.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ for each home and are set by each host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, read our explainer.

How we selected the best Airbnbs in Maine

  1. All listings are for entire homes, in line with current expert recommendations for safety.
  2. All are highly-rated Airbnb listings with a rating of 4.8 or higher.
  3. Every listing is committed to Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, a five-step cleaning process developed in partnership with health and hospitality experts.
  4. The decor isn’t run of the mill and all properties feature unique furniture and design accents, with exceptional attention to detail. 
  5. Properties range in price from $65 to $425 per night to start, though peak seasons may see higher rates. 
  6. Homes have availability in the coming weeks and months, as of the time of publishing, or are so special, they’re worth booking far in advance.

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16 bucket-list Airbnbs in the US, from a Hawaii treehouse to an Alaska cabin with views of the Northern Lights

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For a simple lifestyle, this off-the-grid Airbnb is rustic living with no running water or indoor bathroom.

  • As demand for travel heats up, many are eager to finally check off bucket list destinations.
  • With international travel still in limbo, there’s no shortage of incredible places here in the US.
  • From a tree house in Hawaii to an apartment in Times Square, you’ll never forget these Airbnbs.

Following a long hiatus from travel, and with millions of vaccinated Americans driving a surge in it once again, the time finally feels more appropriate than ever to check long-awaited places off your bucket list.

After all, the past year and a half showed us that travel is something we shouldn’t take for granted, and it’s a privilege to see and experience all kinds of places.

If you’re still uncomfortable with international travel, or simply have much left to explore within these 50 states, there’s plenty to appreciate here at home. From the Grand Canyon to Times Square, we found standout Airbnbs located within must-visit destinations across the US.

Browse all of the bucket list Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific section here:

These are the best Airbnbs in the US for a bucket list trip, sorted by price from low to high.

A cabin in Alaska where you can see the Northern Lights

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For a simple lifestyle, this off-the-grid Airbnb is rustic living with no running water or indoor bathroom.

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This cozy cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska is not only one of the most wish-listed Airbnbs in the state, but its remote location at the edge of the woods makes it an ideal spot for lucky guests visiting in the winter to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Keep in mind that this spot is what’s known as dry-cabin living, which means there’s no running water (except for the kitchen sink) and no indoor bathroom. Instead, a small outdoor, RV-type shower is available, as well as an outhouse just a few steps from the main home. However, past guests found the unplugged setting to be a draw.  

Inside, there is a fully stocked kitchen, a main living area with a couch/futon for extra sleeping space, and a spacious upstairs bedroom with a Queen bed. Pine tree decor, vintage maps, and a moose cutout on the outhouse complete the rustic cabin feel.

A second-floor deck with two simple chairs provides a front-row seat to wildlife wandering by, and a path leads to a fire pit for roasting s’mores on chilly nights. 

A Magic Kingdom-themed house close to Disney World

A disney themed house close to Disneyworld, Florida
Each magical room is inspired by classic Disney movies.

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Disney fans will be delighted by this magical Disney-filled home in Davenport, Florida. Within a 15-minute drive to nearby theme parks, this four-bed home truly captures the Disney spirit with room for the whole family.

The master bedroom is dubbed the Haunted Mansion Suite thanks to grinning ghouls, while the Wonderland Suite or the Neverland Room lets children who never want to grow up sleep in bunk beds surrounded by leafy wall paintings and a glimpse of Peter’s shadow peeking out from behind the curtains.

Of course, classic Magic Kingdom fans will especially love the Cinderella Suite, fit for royalty with its antique clock, wrought-iron bed frame, and fireplace.

Naturally, Disney Plus and Disney Hulu are included in your stay and there’s also a private pool in addition to the community basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. 

Corner suite overlooking the Las Vegas Strip

Corner suite overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
Admire the Las Vegas Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows or from two balconies in this modern 1,200-square-foot suite.

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Las Vegas is a bucket list destination for travelers the world over, and if you’re looking to do Sin City in style, this one-bedroom suite in Palm Palace is fit for a high roller.

Overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding mountain range, this modern 1,200-square-foot unit offers floor-to-ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen, a living room with a gas fireplace, and two balconies.

The bathroom is glam with a gorgeous marble walk-in shower, glass vanity, and a standing deep soaking tub framed by views of the city. Guests also have access to an on-site pool and gym as an added bonus. 

Desert dome for stargazing near the Grand Canyon

A stargazing desert dome near the Grand Canyon
Take in breathtaking views of stars from this luxury camping geodome in the desert.

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Everyone should experience the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime and this desert dome located at Grand Canyon Junction is a stay you’re sure to never forget.

The uniquely designed geodome offers an elevated glamping experience ideal for stargazing. There is one King bed, an optional twin air mattress, gray armchairs, nightstands, and a pellet stove for keeping warm. While there’s no bathroom inside, but private bathrooms and showers for guest use are right nearby, and solar-powered outlets allow you to charge phones and laptops if you don’t want to be totally off the grid.

The legendary Grand Canyon Train departs from the train station just a few minutes away and will take you right to the South Rim. After a long day of exploring, and when temps start to drop, cozy up dome-side by your private fire pit. The large skylight makes it easy to enjoy the night sky right from bed.

Bungalow right near the Golden Gate Bridge with beach views

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The Asian-inspired design of this bungalow exudes opulence with a Japanese-style soaking tub, an outdoor shower, and treetop ocean views.

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This relaxing ocean view bungalow is set on a lush hillside in the quiet seaside town of Stinson Beach in Northern California. By staying here you’ll easily check a few items off your bucket list. Make an easy drive south across San Francisco’s legendary Gold Gate Bridge, take a once-in-a-lifetime ferry ride over to Alcatraz Island, or stay local and explore the beautiful trails and parks that abound in Northern California.

This Airbnb Plus bungalow is sumptuous, with Asian-inspired design, a tranquil outdoor shower, and Japanese-style soaking tub. Indulge in treetop ocean views from the comfort of your Queen-sized bed, and watch the sunset from the privacy of the large wooden deck. 

This cozy studio was inspired by the Superhosts’ travels around the world and is especially ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Bourbon Street mansion in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter

Bourbon street mansion in the heart of New Orleans French Quarter
This upscale mansion was built in 1820 before it was converted into a luxury apartment.

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As the birthplace of jazz, the host of Mardi Gras, and home to legendary beignets at Cafe du Monde, it’s no wonder New Orleans is consistently one of the most popular US cities for travelers.

Built in 1820 and converted into a luxury apartment, this mansion directly overlooks Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, placing you in easy reach of all the above draws.

The home is cozy and full of character too, with dramatic 14-foot ceilings, original 200-year-old hardwood floors, two fireplaces, and exposed brick. Crystal chandeliers, billowing white drapes, marble countertops, and provided bathrobes add a nice dose of luxury.

The balcony is perched atop the intersection of Bourbon and Dumaine Streets, making it a great place to sip the complimentary provided champagne and coffee while people watching.

Luxury glamping dome in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Luxury glamping dome in North Carolina
Nestled in nature, this secluded and serene dome is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Nature meets modern luxury in this peaceful glamping dome in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This glampsite allows guests to get away from it all to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains ensconced in privacy and nature.

A step up from your usual camping experience, this getaway includes heat, A/C, a full bathroom, a memory foam mattress, and a kitchenette. A propane grill and private outdoor hot tub and fire pit add to the allure.

After a day of hiking nearby Chimney Rock, come back and enjoy the serene setting of the pond and stream just below your dome. Surrounded by mountains, this home is secluded but still only a 30-minute drive from downtown Asheville. 

Dreamy bamboo tree house in Hawaii

Dreamy tropical treehouse in Fern Forest, Hawaii
A trap door leads to a gorgeous lanai with panoramic views of the lush jungle.

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Hawaii sits firmly atop most travelers’ bucket lists and this stunning and unique stay looks sure to deliver on those lofty expectations.

A red volcanic sand trail leads through the jungle to this ethereal, secluded bamboo tree house, set 15 feet up in the air on stilts.

At ground level, you’ll find a hammock bed suspended beneath the floor of the bungalow’s living quarters. Continue through a trapdoor to a beautiful wrap-around lanai with 360-degree views of the lush jungle.

Two sliding glass doors grant access to an open-concept bedroom with hanging rattan lamps, a woven headboard, and bright yellow wallpaper. The bathroom also impresses with floor-to-ceiling windows that open fully for an indoor-outdoor effect.

Skyrise studio overlooking Times Square

Skyrise studio overlooking Times Square in New York City, New York
This modern high-rise has the best views of Times Square.

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For an iconic New York City moment, book this high-rise studio with views of Times Square.

This modern studio has an alcove layout and floor-to-ceiling views of the city. It’s within walking distance of the Theater District, Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Yards, and a seemingly endless assortment of incredible restaurants.

The decor is modern and simple, but with a touch of whimsy thanks to details like puffer fish wallpaper, a floating platform bed frame, and a dining bar places up against the windows so you can enjoy your meals with the best view in town.

Floating tiki suite in Key West

Floating tiki suite in Key West, Florida
This tropical tiki-style stay is only accessible via boat or water shuttle.

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It doesn’t get much more once-in-a-lifetime than sleeping in a floating home. Designed like a glamping experience on the water, this tropical Key West suite is accessible only by boat or water shuttle and makes a unique base to visit Key West’s famous Duval Street or its Southernmost Point Buoy.

Floor-to-ceiling French doors can be opened on all sides to let in the ocean breeze, or take in the water views from the deck or hammock. Of course, getting out on the water is the real draw, and the host provides stand-up paddleboards, snorkel gear, and kayaks.

Inside the hut, Brazilian hardwood flooring complements the thatched-tiki styling while soaring vaulted ceilings give the living space volume while also serving as the core component to the self-ventilating design, ensuring you stay cool even on hot Florida days. While there is a bathroom, there’s no kitchen, so pack your own supplies and plan to use the provided cooler.

Modernist home for design lovers in Austin, Texas

The Bloomhouse Airbnb in Austin
This sinuous home is picturesque at every twist and turn.

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Austin, Texas is home to many quirky attractions, including this whimsical home designed by two University of Texas students as an escape from society.

If you’ve always dreamt of traveling to Barcelona to admire the famed shape-shifting structures of Antoni Gaudí, this sinuous home could serve as a temporary stand-in with its freeform walls that almost seems to mirror the legendary Spanish architect’s work.

This unique stay lives harmoniously with nature, extending naturally into the deck for minimalist living with an outdoor shower. Inside exudes ethereal charm with winding structural carvings, contemporary decor, glossy teak accents, and eclectic white walls. There is also a fireplace, kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, and cable TV.

Keep in mind that the Bloomhouse cannot accommodate children under age 5.

A-frame next to the Hollywood sign

Stay by the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California
This vintage A-frame home was built in 1963 and owned by pop band, The Association.

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If being the closest house to the Hollywood sign didn’t make this stay cool enough, this vintage A-frame from 1963 was once owned by the band, The Association.

The sprawling, multi-level property is perched atop the Hollywood Hills and features 30-foot ceilings, a stone fireplace, and bright decor ranging from peace signs on the walls to colorful quilts on the beds.

A private hot tub on the back patio provides a place for a relaxing soak, and the lower level’s King-size bedroom has an outdoor shower and a second private patio surrounded by views. Music lovers will especially enjoy the vintage Audiophile sound system in the living room and the grand piano. 

Easily access 4,000 acres of incredible hiking and horseback riding right out the front door, including the hike to Hollywood sign to get even closer.

Secluded log cabin with views of Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore Retreat in Keystone, South Dakota
Directly facing Mount Rushmore, this rustic cabin has various hiking trails and ample outdoor space.

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There’s no shortage of sights within South Dakota’s Black Hills, from Crazy Horse Memorial to the bison within Custer State Park. But perhaps the most famous sight of all is Mount Rushmore, and this rustic cabin’s back deck features direct views of the famed carved faces.

Surrounded by wide-open space and numerous hiking trails, this secluded retreat has all-wood interiors, ornately carved dining chairs, and lamp stands crafted from antlers. There’s plenty of space to spread out, and rocking chairs on the porch offer an idyllic spot to take in that iconic view.

A private island off of Hilton Head, South Carolina

The private islands off of Hilton Head, South Carolina
Escape to your own personal private island.

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If you have dreams of escaping to a private island, this home makes it possible without spending millions.

Located on Old House Cay, just off the coast of Hilton Head, South Carolina, this remote home is accessible only by boat and is part of a series of private islands that you’ll have all to yourself throughout your stay. If you do want to venture back to land, the owners will shuttle you and your group back and forth from Hilton Head on their private boat as needed. 

The large, multi-story home has gorgeous wood floors, high ceilings, a modern kitchen, and a big blue dining table with room for the whole crew. All-wood walls give it a hint of a cabin feel, while bright pillows and quilts add pops of color. Relax on the soft sand beach of take advantage of the abundance of boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Hilton Head and the surrounding sea islands of South Carolina are a bucket list spot in their own right, so you may also want to consider checking out some of the best Airbnbs in Hilton Head to pair with your private island getaway.

Harry Houdini’s mythical estate in Los Angeles

Houdini Estate Airbnb
With a three-story waterfall and hidden passageways, it’s no surprise this extravagant home used to belong to Harry Houdini.

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This Hollywood Hills estate is magically full of surprises, starting with it being the former Los Angeles home of renowned magician Harry Houdini.

The breathtaking home sits on 5 acres and includes hidden passageways, caves, and a three-story waterfall. Overflowing with centenary trees, this gated hillside property is beautifully secluded with sunny and shady vistas, romantic terraced gardens, and outdoor fireplaces. There is also a heated pool where Houdini allegedly practiced his underwater escapes. 

Yet, the estate’s interior space are equally grandiose, built after Edwardian traditions from the early 1900s. Wide hallways and rooms are naturally bright and there are nine rooms for entertaining, and four vintage bedrooms and bathrooms, including a master suite with a whirlpool tub.

Invisible mirror house in Joshua Tree

An invisible house in Joshua Tree, California
Designed by American Psycho film producer Chris Hanley and architect Tomas Osinski, this “invisible” home sits on 90 private acres and has a lavish 100-foot indoor pool.

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Located on 90-= private acres bordering Joshua Tree National Park, this “invisible” home was designed by “American Psycho” film producer Chris Hanley and architect Tomas Osinski for a look that blends in with the surrounding landscape thanks to its mirrored glass exterior.

Inside, the four-bed house offers minimalistic decor in gray tones and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, making desert views the star of the show. Each room has an en-suite bath, and the master bedroom features a free-standing tub.

A massive kitchen island and long dining table make it easy to host group meals, but the true standout is the 100-foot-long indoor pool flanked by a projector for an unforgettable movie night.

FAQ: Bucket list vacations

What are the best bucket list vacations in the US?

All of the Airbnbs on this list are close to or right near many of the most popular vacation spots in the US, including the Grand Canyon, New York City, LA, Disney World, Alaska, Hawaii, and more.

What makes a vacation worthy of your bucket list will, of course, depend on your personal interests. If you seek time outdoors exploring America’s most beautiful landscapes, consider a glamping vacation or a visit to a national park

On the other hand, if you dream of an urban getaway, visit iconic spots like New Orleans or LA. Families may want to consider spots like Disney World, while couples may be more interested in romantic vacation rentals

How can I find unique Airbnbs?

Airbnb allows you to search specifically for unique accommodations in any area from castles to domes. After putting your other criteria such as location and dates of your stay, click into “More filters” and scroll down until you see a section for “Unique stays.” Here you can check specific types of accommodations you’re interested in for the most relevant results. 

You can also browse the most unique stays across the US here.

Is Airbnb safe?

Experts say vacation rentals like Airbnbs are very safe. In fact, they offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels since interactions with others are minimized. Additionally, Airbnb has enforced a strict new Enhanced Clean Policy.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Airbnb cancellation policies vary from host to host and are set individually. If you’re unsure of your upcoming travel plans, be sure to read up carefully on the policy of specific homes you’re looking at booking or reach out to the host. You can read a full breakdown of different Airbnb cancellation policy options here.

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15 coastal California Airbnbs with sweeping ocean views and easy beach access

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  • If you’re planning a California getaway, it likely includes a trip to the beach.
  • Much of the California coast is rugged or residential; for ample lodging choices, look to Airbnb.
  • From boho Airstreams to sleek condos, top-rated coastal Airbnbs start from $92 to $526 per night.

From the sunny lyrics of the Beach Boys to the moody seascapes of “Big Little Lies,” California’s beaches and coasts have long been mythologized in American pop culture.

But that dreamy weather and scenery often come at a premium as hotels and resorts near the water command a hefty price. Thankfully, there are affordable Airbnbs that not only save money but offer added space, privacy, and the chance to live like a California local.

As a writer who’s lived in Los Angeles most of my life, I know my state well and have traveled it widely – especially its coastline. Over the years, I’ve explored the rugged heights of Big Sur, the craggy, foggy landscape of Cambria, and the wide sandy shores of San Diego.

Understanding how varied California’s coastline can be, I combed Airbnb for geographically diverse listings that showcase the stunning nature of my state’s shores.

Browse all the best Airbnb homes on the California coast below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs on the California Coast, sorted by price from low to high.

Boho Airstream trailer in the sand dunes of Humboldt County

Airbnb Boho Airstream Trailer in the Sand Dunes of Humboldt County
A screened outdoor shower and clawfoot tub are especially nice touches.

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Live like an influencer in this Instagram-ready restored 1952 Airstream trailer. Permanently parked next to the hosts’ home, the trailer sits adjacent to sand dunes that lead down to the beach. 

The accommodations are small but charming with a modern boho vibe. Light walls and wood furniture are accented by Mexican blankets and homey quilts. A wood deck extends the living space and features a patio with chairs and decorative succulents. The screened outdoor shower and clawfoot tub are especially nice touches, completing the whole luxe-minimal vibe.

Beaches here are known for good surf as well as their proximity to Redwood National and State Parks. A trip out to see the majestic trees is a must for any visitor, and hiking and cycling opportunities abound, as well.  

Modern vintage bungalow in LA’s South Bay

A beach bungalow on Airbnb in Redondo Beach, California
Redondo Beach is a quiet, under-the-radar gem compared to busier beaches like Venice or Santa Monica.

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Well situated in South Redondo, this 1917 historic coastal bungalow has been updated with modern amenities including a new Queen bed, cable TV, and Wi-Fi while retaining its vintage charm with touches like traditional wall moldings and plate rails.

The blue and white coastal color scheme is playful but relaxing, and special touches like a claw-foot soaking tub are particularly inviting. Guests can also take in the sea air from the front yard, which is nicely landscaped with trees and plants and a small table and chairs. 

The property is two blocks from the beach and Redondo Beach Pier, with restaurants and bars, water activities and rentals, fishing, harbor cruises, and whale watching excursions.

Serene studio near Ocean Beach in San Francisco

Airbnb Serene Modern Studio near Ocean Beach in San Francisco
This studio makes it easy to beach it one day and see the city the next.

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Situated in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, this studio apartment is located blocks from Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park, allowing you the option to beach it one day, and see the city the next. 

The space occupies the lower level of a duplex and has its own private entrance. It’s been newly renovated with clean lines and a friendly color palette of neutrals, blue-grays, and muted yellow. There is a full kitchen and a sweet little backyard patio with a succulent garden, where the owner’s dog may greet you.

A number of reviewers appreciated the neighborhood’s breakfast spots, while noise-sensitive travelers should be aware that upstairs noise could be an issue. 

Beachfront guest suite in Cambria

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Rugged Cambria coastline awaits out the front door.

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Cambria’s rugged windswept coastline exudes romance, and this guest suite places you in easy reach of it. With a private entrance across the highway from must-visit Moonstone Beach, these accommodations get high marks for cleanliness, spaciousness, and location. It appears to be part of a bungalow-style hotel complex. 

Appointed in nautical style, the room has a King-size bed, a small round table with two chairs, and a full bathroom. There’s a TV, Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, and a Keurig coffee maker.  Step outside, and you have that stunning view of the ocean through the Monterey pines.

Town center is just a couple of miles south, and although it’s currently closed (as of publication), Hearst Castle, the famed mansion of eccentric newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, is just seven miles to the north.

Spanish revival guesthouse near Santa Barbara

Airbnb Spanish Revival Guesthouse in Montecito
Stay in Montecito, the home base for celebrities like Ellen, Oprah, and Harry and Meghan.

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Just east of Santa Barbara, the sleepy, ritzy beach enclave of Montecito is home to celebrities such as Oprah, Ellen, and Harry and Meghan.

So, to find this little guesthouse oozing with local Spanish Revival charm and at an affordable price really feels like a win. 

The studio has vaulted wood ceilings with skylights, white plaster walls, and neutral white and wood rustic furniture accented with colorful textiles. Off the bedroom is a dining nook with a basic kitchenette and a small bathroom.

French doors lead to a picturesque patio with a lush container garden, a wood-burning fireplace, a tiled fountain, and tables and chairs. There’s also an upstairs terrace, as well as a lovely private outdoor shower, however, it’s the only shower. Though, I’m not sure who would choose an indoor one after being given this luxe option.

In general, what the place lacks in some amenities, it makes up for in others: beach towels, boogie boards, a long soft board, and a kayak. The prime location is also an easy walk to restaurants and Butterfly beach, a favorite among Santa Barbara locals, as well as a short drive to wineries.

Modern cedar cottage with views of Tomales Bay

Airbnb Modern Cedar Cottage with Views of Tomales Bay
This home is dubbed the “Heron’s Nest,” for all the birds that can be viewed from the deck.

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The scenic Point Reyes Peninsula north of San Francisco is a vast coastal wilderness area and preserve with outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, and more. As such, this cottage on its eastern border represents a great base from which to venture out.  

With cedar paneling throughout and sleek modern lines, the cottage feels homey and warm and also spacious and bright. The updated vintage gas fireplace adds cozy appeal, and the pièce de résistance, are the sweeping views of Tomales Bay from the front deck.

The home is set on two acres surrounded by trees and wildlife, across the road from the bay. The listing is even titled “Heron’s Nest,” because the birds can be viewed from the deck flying across the estuary. 

Laid-back suite with a hot tub and pizza oven in Santa Cruz

Airbnb Laid back Guest Suite with Patio Jacuzzi and Pizza Oven in Santa Cruz
The patio is a knockout with a hot tub, hammock, fire pit, and pizza oven.

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Two blocks from the surf and a short drive from the boardwalk, this in-law suite has a relaxed style with a pretty little patio trimmed out with a hot tub, hammock, fire pit, and a pizza oven.

In case that wasn’t enough, surfboards and electric bikes are available for use, and guest passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium are provided. 

As for the basics, reviewers appreciated the studio’s cleanliness, the cozy bed, and the thorough guest manual the hosts provided. The jacuzzi also got high marks, as did the overall location. 

Santa Cruz’s idyllic beaches, laid-back NorCal vibe, and proximity to destinations like Monterey and San Francisco make this spot the perfect place to unwind or explore as you wish.

Cabin with views of Redwoods and the ocean in Mendocino County

The deck of a Mendocino home on Airbnb in California.
Savor dramatic views of both giant Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean.

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You won’t have to choose between mountain or ocean views at this special property set among giant redwoods and overlooking the Pacific in Northern California’s Mendocino County.

The views are breathtaking and the home is lovely with vaulted wood beams, picture windows, and natural light pouring in through skylights. The decor adds personality too, with fringed rugs and patterned pillow alongside a rolled-arm and sectional sofas.  

With a fireplace, string lights, and a hammock on the patio, plus board games and a foosball table, the house is well suited for a family or group of friends, but could also serve as a couple’s retreat.

Natural wonders abound in this region, and it’s a short drive to beaches and hiking trails, or about 15 minutes out to see the Point Arena Lighthouse.  

Classic beach cottage in Half Moon Bay

Airbnb Classic Beach Cottage in Half Moon Bay
The covered porch offers front-row views of the sunset.

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This sweet beach cottage in El Granada sits across the street from Princeton Harbor in Half Moon Bay with prime sunset views, ocean breezes, and is within proximity to the beach and fresh seafood from the wharf. 

Inside, the feel is homey with mostly clean-lined furniture accented by bohemian touches like Mexican blankets and quilts with geometric, unfussy patterns. The large kitchen is made for cooking unless you prefer the outdoor barbecue, and the home is well stocked with board games and a record player. 

The outdoor shower is a must after a day at the beach, followed by a relaxing sit on the covered porch to watch the sunset. Turn on the fireplace and keep an ear out for foghorns as mist rolls in. 

Historic cottage on the Venice canals

Airbnb 1928 Cottage on the Venice Canals
This canal-front home comes with a private dock and boats, including a canoe, rowboats, and kayaks.

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Los Angeles’s coastal town of Venice is well known, but fewer are familiar with the quaint residential neighborhood within Venice known as the Venice Canals Historic District.

Built along a series of canals, it’s responsible for inspiring the city’s name. The picturesque community features upscale and meticulously maintained homes and gardens, many with their own docks and boats. It’s fun to walk and gawk, but most visitors don’t get to come inside, and anyone interested in paddling the canal has to bring their own boat. 

However, this special Airbnb lets you try out living like a local. The house has all the usual modern comforts, including a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, and extras like a jetted bath tub and a barbecue. But the most fun is visitors’ access to the house’s private dock and boats, including a canoe, rowboats, and kayaks. All that, and you’re also mere blocks from the Pacific and all the shopping, food, culture, and attractions that Venice has in spades.  

Historic home Across the San Francisco Bay

Airbnb Historic Home Across the San Francisco Bay
Walk to the beach or hop on a quick ferry to downtown San Francisco.

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This Alameda historic home across the bay from San Francisco is a great option for families with room for eight and an approachable price tag. It’s also within steps of the beach or a ferry ride to downtown San Francisco. Alameda itself is also a charming place to explore on its own. 

The home offers bay views, breezes, and modern decor that is well-appointed but not precious, which means you won’t have to worry too much about kids running around being kids. (Read: a number of the sofas look to be upholstered in sturdy fabrics or leather, and the wood furnishings look well-made and just a little well-worn, so no one would notice a new scuff here or there.)

The backyard is fenced, with citrus trees, a barbecue, and a patio table and chairs. Also provided are beach supplies including towels, an umbrella, and chairs. 

Airy midcentury beach bungalow in Orange County

Airbnb Airy Midcentury Newport Beach Bungalow
This comfortable home is a well-suited base for a stay in the OC.

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The O.C. beaches are legendary, and Newport’s shoreline definitely falls into that category. For a getaway in the center of things, this bungalow offers a convenient location and remodeled interiors with a sunny midcentury slant.

White walls, wood flooring, and furnishings in grays, whites, and woods are the backdrop for a Saarinen-style dining table and plastic tub chairs, as well as colorful wall art that evokes the beach.

In fact, the home is just a block from the sand, and also provides bikes, boogie boards, and water toys for a full day at the beach. 

The pier, bars, and restaurants are also a short walk or bike ride away, or take advantage of the barbecue and full kitchen and enjoy the comforts of home. 

Modern Spanish duplex in San Diego

Airbnb Modern Spanish duplex in San Diego
A rooftop boasts stunning views and a well-placed hot tub.

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This San Diego property has a very appealing price point for its location, amenities, and ability to accommodate as many as six guests. It’s located in the La Playa neighborhood of Point Loma, which is a quiet community on the bay, close to the waterfront and San Diego Yacht Club.

It does seem to have some quirks, such as one reviewer’s note that you have to walk through a bedroom to get to the kitchen, which is quite small, from the front door.

But a lot can be forgiven for that deck-top hot tub and view of the city skyline. The space also looks light, bright, and modern.

Contemporary beachfront condo in Malibu

Airbnb California contemporary beachfront Malibu Condo
A private outdoor staircase leads straight down to the beach.

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This slice of heaven has a four-night minimum, but if you can swing it, it’s a rare opportunity to get a taste of how celebs live at a fraction of what a Malibu beach home typically costs. 

The space is small, at 576 square feet, but floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open to the ocean, making it look far more spacious, and the vibe is tranquil, warm, and contemporary. A brick accent wall and eclectic decor blend with whites, neutrals, and touches of blues and greens for a designer-led feel.

The condo is maximized by a full-size Murphy bed in the living room in addition to a King size bed in the small bedroom. The kitchen has a microwave, cooktop, and full fridge. 

Access to the beach is, of course, top of mind, and just down a private outdoor staircase. The building sits on stilts, allowing the waves to roll right under it during high tide, but when the tide is low, there’s a perfect sandy beach to laze or frolic on. 

Rustic ocean view guesthouse in Carmel

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This guest house offers horizon views of the ocean and Big Sur coastline.

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Along Highway 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its mix of rugged coastline and accessible beaches, storybook cottages, and many art galleries. This French chateau-style guesthouse in the nearby Carmel Highlands offers a well-appointed and serene resting place from which to discover it all, and stunning vistas as well. 

The guesthouse is set over the owner’s garage, apart from the main house on 1.5 lush acres, giving lodgers plenty of privacy. 

The balcony and its views are the real stars, overlooking the Carmel landscape and ocean beyond. Inside, vaulted, wood-beamed ceilings and large windows bring the view inside and help give the already good-sized (950+ square feet) place a larger feel. The kitchen has a sink and cooktop but no oven, and only a mini fridge. 

There is also a King and Queen bed of differing firmness, a large sofa, and a dining table. Sites as Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge are a 20-minute drive.

FAQ: Airbnb California beaches and coast

Where should I get an Airbnb in California? 

The character and geography of different cities and regions mean there’s a coastal or beach vacation for every type of traveler.

More urban and urban-adjacent locales around San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego will naturally have more tourist attractions beyond the beach, while smaller towns in the north and central coast would offer a slower pace and more opportunities for seclusion and nature.

This article offers a mix of both options and can help you start to pinpoint what kind of location best suits you.

What is the weather like in California?

While most of California enjoys sunny, warm climates throughout the year, the weather can vary depending on where you go.

For example, there’s a quote popularly attributed to Mark Twain that goes: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” The foggy city can indeed get chilly, even in summer, with the weather in the 50s and 60s.

Other Northern California beaches are warmer than that, but the warmest beaches will be in Southern California

What’s the best time of year to visit the coast of California? 

If you’re looking to swim in the ocean, you’ll need a wetsuit anytime other than summer in Northern California. In Southern California, the weather can be warm enough to swim from late spring to early fall, with summer being ideal.

For hiking and other out-of-the-water activities, the California coast is really a year-round destination, especially in a drought year like this past year was. If you want to be more certain of avoiding rain, plan for a trip anytime from around late May through September. 

How do I find a cheap Airbnb in California?  

The weather and peak vacation times typically mean higher prices. Summer is peak season, as are weekends, holidays, and times when schools are on winter and spring break.

If you’re able to take weekdays off, or book for September or October when most schools are back in session, for example, those are ways to find cheaper prices during the warmer months. 

Is Airbnb safe? 

CDC guidelines indicate that vacation rentals are a safe travel choice because they allow people to minimize contact with vacationers outside of their household. They also recommend travel as safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

For added peace of mind, we only highlighted those Airbnbs that have committed to following the company’s Enhanced Clean guidelines. 

What should I consider when booking an Airbnb? 

It’s important to read listings carefully so you know what you’re getting, and also to remember that you’re staying in a home rather than a hotel. The benefits of this can include access to a fully-stocked kitchen, or enjoying more privacy (and COVID safety).

But it also means you won’t have turndown service, and you should remember that every home has its quirks. If you go in with your eyes open and choose a place with positive reviews, it can be a great way to travel.

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12 Airbnbs in the Hamptons we’re eyeing for an end of summer escape

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  • On Long Island’s east end, the Hamptons are known for big money and oceanfront mansions.
  • But you don’t need to be a celebrity to stay here; we found Airbnbs from $199 to $1,207 per night.
  • Our choices for the best Hamptons Airbnbs include apartments, cottages, and homes with pools.

If you’re a New Yorker, you know that for many, summer is synonymous with the Hamptons. Long Island’s famed string of beach towns lure city dwellers to its sandy shores, upscale boutiques, and ritzy parties.

My husband and I spent our youth pooling money with friends on share homes in the Hamptons. Our frugal experience was the antithesis of the big-moneyed, celebrity-studded reputation the Hamptons now enjoys.

Eventually, we purchased our own cottage in Amagansett that we rent in the summer on Airbnb and Vrbo. Being a host has given me a unique peek into the vacation rental market. I spend hours sleuthing out the competition and even installed a classic cedar hot tub to set our listing apart.

Knowing a thing or two about standout vacation rentals, I combed Airbnb to select well-located, appealing, reasonably-priced homes. In other words, my competition. But unlike most Hamptons rentals, these properties are priced for mere mortals, too.

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These are some of the best Airbnbs in the Hamptons, sorted by price from low to high.

Sunny cottage near downtown East Hampton

East Hampton is where many celebrities call home.

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Many people consider East Hampton to be the hottest spot in the Hamptons. This is where celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin live (and it’s not uncommon to see them in town).

This enticing one-bedroom cottage is a short distance from the lively downtown, which is full of chic boutiques and restaurants. It’s also an easy stroll to stunning ocean and bay beaches. The cottage itself isn’t fancy, but it’s full of light with soaring ceilings, and people usually pay a much steeper price to find prime real estate like this.

Artist’s apartment in Sag Harbor

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Save time for a soak in the living room tub.

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While perhaps not as overtly posh as some of the other entries, this funky home brings loads of character to the table that’s hard to replicate. 

This eclectic guest home trades the gleaming white interiors seen in most Hamptons homes and replaces it with terra cotta floors, stucco walls, and hand-painted Costa Rican-style sink and tiles. The layout eschews tradition too: there’s a freestanding clawfoot tub smack in the middle of the living room, and the flow is railroad-style, meaning each room connects to the next. The TVs aren’t up-to-date, but this isn’t really the type of place you come to binge stream.

There are simple luxuries too, with a new outdoor shower, a fenced-in yard with colorful blooms, and free use of bikes, surfboards, and a four-person canoe. 

Bungalow with ocean views in Montauk

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Savor boho midcentury vibes in this Montauk cottage.

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We love the boho laidback vibes found out east in Montauk, where things feel a bit slower than other villages within the Hamptons. Of course, that secret is now out and the crowds have followed, but that shouldn’t keep you from considering making your base here.

This simply furnished cottage is a steal considering you’ll only pay around $300 per night midweek in summer. Or, visit in winter to curl up beside the retro-looking working fireplace. There’s a Queen-sized bed, stand-up shower, full kitchen, cable, Wi-Fi, and ocean views to savor. Outside, take advantage of chairs and a grill, as well as the beach, which is only a short walk away.

Cottage with a hot tub in Southampton

Chilly nights are best spent stargazing from the hot tub.

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Great for experiencing the best of all worlds, this studio is set between old-moneyed Southampton and funky Sag Harbor, and is just one block away from Peconic Bay Beach.

It’s hidden away on an acre of evergreens, and relaxation is encouraged ⁠— the hosts built this home as an artist’s studio inspired by their love of staying at five-star hotels and as such, added a full luxury shower, crisp white linens, down bedding, and feature art and vintage furniture widely. Beach towels and beach chairs are provided and there is even a deck and little koi pond with a waterfall. However, note that children and pets are not allowed.

Waterfront beach house with a dock in Southampton

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Dreamy bay views feature prominently throughout the house.

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This three-bedroom stunner overlooks a tranquil pond with a first floor surrounded by French doors and windows that offer front-row views of the bay.

This year-round home makes it easy to enjoy warm weather with a deeded deep-water dock for your boat, or take out a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard for a ride around the adjacent pond. The Cold Spring Point Sandy private beach is a one-minute walk away too when you need a refreshing dip.

There are three spacious bedrooms, including one kitted out with baby gear including a crib and a changing table, making this a great choice for families.

But the star of this home is the huge deck framed by water views in every direction flanked by garden patio seating areas with umbrellas and a fire pit. 

Tiny home in Southampton Village

This beachy tiny home is an Airbnb Plus listing.

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Given that it’s part of Airbnb Plus, you know this property will be well-designed with thoughtful touches. Indeed, it boasts one-of-a-kind design details, a responsive host, and extra creature comforts like beach gear and local products. The one-bedroom cottage is located right in Southampton Village, which means you’ll have great access to shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and more.

The cute dwelling includes many design nods to the local beach surrounds, as well as funky finds like a retro microwave. A tranquil brick patio includes comfy-looking loungers for sunbathing.

Surf house in Amagansett

Sleek decor showcases a designer’s touch.

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With its midcentury modern fireplace, soaring ceilings, and sleek furniture, this three-bedroom surf cottage in Amagansett looks like it could be featured in a home-design magazine. It’s also located a short walk from a great beach.

The space is calm and soothing with bright white walls, arched ceilings, a wall of books, and a wood-burning stove. High-tech entertainment amenities feature heavily and you’ll have access to Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon TV, and Amazon Echo/Alexa. But taking in the sea air is also encouraged and there’s an inviting hammock in the backyard that beckons you to chill out and watch the clouds.

Ocean view studio in Montauk

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This Airbnb within a hotel is oceanfront and comes with a kitchenette and a deck.

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If you prefer a hotel over Airbnb, you’ll love this oceanfront studio, which is actually operated by a hotel: Beach Plum Resort. The rooms are also listed on Airbnb and this unit stands out for direct ocean views at a fraction of what you’ll likely find elsewhere in Montauk. Rates are well under $200 in spring and even midweek in summer, they hover around $300. Of course, expect to pay much more for weekends.

The apartment-style room comes with a kitchenette and a seating area separated from the Queen-sized bed by a small partition. There’s also a private deck, though, it’s worth noting that units vary and the pictures in this listing might not be the exact room you end up staying in.

There are also full resort amenities such as outdoor showers, direct beach access, an in-ground heated pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. There are also barbecue grills and play areas.

Contemporary home near the beach in Sag Harbor

This large home is ideal for families or groups.

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Less than 1,000 feet from the mile-long stretch of beach known as Long Beach, this home feels like a classic modern Hamptons home with clean lines and furnishings done up in hues of cream, light blue, and wood.

The living room is inviting with an open-plan layout alongside a dining room, all set under high ceilings, and bathed in natural light. There’s also a bright and sunny lower level room for watching TV, while a deck outfitted with an outdoor shower and gas BBQ grill overlooks a large lawn that enjoys privacy through well-kept landscaping.

There are three bedrooms, making this a strong pick for a family getaway or group share.

House within walking distance of East Hampton

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Industrial garage-style windows blend with midcentury mod furniture.

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This contemporary one-floor home in East Hampton includes modern decor such as translucent dining chairs, ’60s style chairs and sofas, and a sloped wood ceiling. Light pours in through floor-to-ceiling garage bay-style windows in both the living area and main bedroom.

There is a second bed, which is actually a Murphy bed hidden above the couch. Outside, guests may relax by the hot tub or sink into a large plush seating area with a fire pit. If you can manage to tear yourself away, hop on one of the provided cruiser bikes to ride to East Hampton Village.


Modern luxury retreat with a gym and pool in East Hampton

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Live luxuriously in this lavish home with a gym and a large pool.

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This five-bedroom home covers two lush acres near East Hampton and channels the area’s posh feel within every inch of the house.

There’s a large chef’s kitchen with a charcoal water filtration system, a spacious living area with midcentury modern furniture, a fireplace set under a dramatic beamed ceiling, as well as four bedrooms with statement wallpaper, goose down bedding, and 500 thread count sateen linens. The bathrooms have walk-in showers, high-end products by Oribé, and robes by Matouk.

Other standout features include a lower-level gym with a Peloton bike, a large deck, covered areas to lounge, as well as an expansive heated pool.

Safe haven with a pool in Quogue

Worth the splurge for a large family, this spacious home has a private pool, five bedrooms, and a huge deck.

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Some snobs say that the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it village of Quogue is too far west to be counted as one of the Hamptons, but you’ll find the same charms and gorgeous beaches as in all the other towns. Plus, it’s got convenience on its side since it’s closer to New York City. Best of all, there are better deals to be found here since it’s not in the heart of the scene.

While pricey, this home counts five bedrooms and an overall California-boho style that feels refreshing among a sea of beach homes. The standout feature is, of course, the large pool, and there’s also an enormous deck for grilling, complete with a blackboard where you can write up the day’s menu. A nature reserve is nearby where you can go bird watching. 

FAQ: Airbnbs in the Hamptons

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Where are the Hamptons?

The Hamptons are comprised of a string of towns, villages, and hamlets that stretch roughly 50 miles from Westhampton to Montauk on the tip of Long Island in the state of New York.

What towns make up the Hamptons?

The Hamptons is made up of hamlets and villages within the areas of Southampton and East Hampton. Popular places within Southampton include Westhampton, Quogue, Hampton Bays, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Sag Harbor (shared with East Hampton). Within East Hampton, you’ll find East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk, among others.

Where should I vacation in the Hamptons?

Where you stay in the Hamptons entirely depends on your personal style, taste, and budget. Some people consider East Hampton to be posh and upscale while Montauk has long been a laid-back surfer’s haven.

How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in the Hamptons?

If you want to rent a private vacation house in the Hamptons, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to beach and town, added amenities such as a pool, and perhaps most importantly the time of year you plan to visit, and the day of the week.

For example, a simple studio apartment might start at $125 per night off season, but surge to $1,500 per night for a summer weekend. A lavish mansion could cost $10,000 any time. For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still quite pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for inventory. If you’re set on a summer trip to the Hamptons, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off season, or a few thousand for a weekend or summer visit. Be sure to also budget extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by vacation rentals such as Airbnb.

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

Consider criteria like the items we use to select homes to recommend to readers. This includes positive recent reviews (often with a minimum review score), Superhost status, homes that participate in the Enhanced Clean program, affordable price ranges (under $1,000 per night to start), as well as interesting amenities, design, and location. This might include homes with pools, beach access, free use of bikes or beach gear, outdoor seating, and thoughtful design — the very amenities you’d want when booking a beach vacation.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ from home to home and is set by each individual host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

How do I book a home in the Hamptons on Airbnb?

Search for homes based on location, price, date, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. Once you’ve found a home to suit your needs, be sure to check for cancellation policies, and review your price in pull. For more information on the full process of how to book on Airbnb, click here.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?

According to experts, yes. If you’re wondering if Airbnb is safe, private home rentals are thought to offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels. They minimize interactions with others, and Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures

The CDC also says travel is safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

What is there to do in the Hamptons?

People visit the Hamptons to go to the beach where they swim, sail, and surf; shop at designer boutiques, eat farm-to-table fare, and sip on wine at local wineries, among many other draws. 

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18 of the best Airbnbs in Rhode Island that are big on coastal charm

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  • Rhode Island is dotted with quaint coastal towns and historic sites.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Rhode Island in Newport, Providence, Block Island, and other areas.
  • These vacation rentals make it easy to enjoy delicious food, sandy beaches, and creative cities.

Rhode Island is well worth a visit for its stunning coastal towns, historic villages, and ample outdoor opportunities.

While it is especially lovely in the summer and spring when visitors can enjoy its sandy beaches and coastal cities, Rhode Island is also quite idyllic in fall and winter with its plentiful cozy cabins and colorful fall foliage.

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the US, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with vibrant offerings, from the Newport cliffs to quaint Pawtuxet village, and the creative capital of Providence.

The best Airbnbs in Rhode Island are equally alluring and varied, ranging from sleek apartments to waterfront studios, chic townhomes, and reinvented barns. Here are our favorites.

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Elegant designer studio in Providence

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Cozy but chic, this studio is a solid option for solo travelers or a couple.

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This chic apartment housed within a renovated, gothic-style Victorian mansion is just the right size for a couple or solo traveler. While it’s a cozy studio, the bedroom area is nicely sectioned off from the living area via a large glass pane.

The gray and white interiors feature exposed brick, subway tiling in the kitchen and bathroom, a brand new plus Queen-sized mattress, and plenty of plants. A bar-style table with tools makes for an easy place to enjoy a meal and the kitchen features modern, stainless steel appliances. 

Located in Federal Hill, it’s just a quick 10-minute walk to downtown Providence. 

Club house-inspired apartment in Providence

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This apartment bills itself as “The Polo Club” and boasts classy, old-school interiors.

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Billing itself as “The Polo Club,” this apartment sets the tone for a unique stay from the moment you step through the bright red front door with navy trim.

Once inside, you’ll find a leather sleeper sofa with plaid pillows, tasteful horse paintings, and posh gold fixtures. A vintage writing desk adds charm.      

The hotel-like bathroom includes a clawfoot soaking tub, a huge walk-in shower, and marble countertops, while the kitchen boasts dark wood cabinets, blue tiling, and a round dining table. The apartment is an easy 10-minute walk from downtown and comes with a parking spot in a lot across the street.  

Bohemian wonderland in Providence

Bohemian wonderland in Providence, $136
The bold decor is a designer’s dream.

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This artfully decorated spot is a color lover’s dream. The living area includes a green couch, a pastel pink armchair, and a tile fireplace. Meanwhile, a light blue Smeg refrigerator and matching dining table chairs add pizzazz to the kitchen.

The eclectic theme continues throughout the rest of the house via fun wall decor, including dog wallpaper in the bathroom and an array of artwork in a wide range of styles.

The outside is just as inviting with a fenced-in yard, a covered and furnished patio, a stone walkway, and a grill. 

Midcentury apartment in Providence

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Overnight parking is included, which is a major perk.

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Located on the east side of Providence, this midcentury style apartment is cheerful and uplifting with bright yellow walls and turquoise cabinetry.

Located near Brown University and RISD, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes in the neighborhood, as well as outdoor parks. 

Highlights include a full kitchen, a complimentary beverage station, shower products, and a FioS smart TV. 

While the unit is private, it is located on the first floor of a house, though it has a separate entrance. One overnight parking spot is included, so there is no need to worry about securing city parking, which is a major perk. 


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Condo with harbor views in Newport

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This resort condo is part of Club Wyndham Newport Onshore and enjoys shared facilities.

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This resort condo is part of Club Wyndham Newport Onshore, right in the city center. Being on the water is a prime spot, and this apartment features views of the harbor and its bobbing boats and yachts, which can be enjoyed from the balcony off the living room.

The living room itself has a soothing color palette of neutral grays and creams, with a turquoise armchair that brightens up the space. A brick fireplace, marble end table, and long wooden dining table round out the modern look.

The bedrooms feature crisp white linens and cerulean accent walls, while the kitchen is small but stocked with all the necessities.

Guests have access to a community indoor and outdoor pool, gym, and grills, as well.

Modern apartment close to the harbor in Newport

Modern apartment close to the harbor in Newport, $276
The spacious kitchen makes whipping up meals a breeze.

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This renovated Airbnb Plus listing exudes welcoming warmth thanks to timber floors, rich, neutral color tones, billowing sheer curtains that allow for privacy without blocking all the sunlight, and a cozy couch teeming with fluffy pillows.

The spacious kitchen features marble countertops, blue cabinets, and new stainless steel appliances, including a huge fridge. Tall wooden chairs allow for bar-style seating at the countertop.

Tufted headboards, all-white bedding, chaises at the foot of the beds, and robes left out for guests give the bedrooms an elevated feel. 

Chic downtown apartment in Newport

Chic downtown apartment in Newport, $185
This Airbnb Plus listing has standout design and decor details.

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This conveniently located apartment earns its Plus designation thanks to the standout design and decor details like a plush Cloud couch from Restoration Hardware, a pastel-colored stained glass window, restored antique wood floors, and a sleek white and black color scheme in the bedrooms and kitchen.

Large windows give the space plenty of light and numerous mirrors throughout make it feel even more spacious. The bedroom and bathroom have a hotel-like quality thanks to high-end bath products, all-white linens and comforters, matching table nightstands, and thoughtful details like rolled towels found on tiered storage baskets.

Historical cottage in Newport

Historical cottage in Newport, $194
This spacious home is great for groups and families.

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This renovated cottage dates back to the 1890s and features exposed wood beams, sliding doors, and brick that’s been painted white. The spacious main area includes a working fireplace, a comfy leather couch, a silver coffee table that looks like a vintage trunk suitcase that travelers will love, and futuristic-looking, curved metal armchairs with leather padding.

Though there are just two bedrooms, two single beds plus a Queen-size bedroom in one room, along with a discrete Murphy bed tucked away in a cabinet in the living area means plenty of guests can sleep here. 

Out back is a fenced-in yard with a furnished patio and next door is a bistro where the host leaves all guests a designated complimentary bottle of wine to be enjoyed. There’s also off-street parking available for up to four cars.

Classic home steps from Thames Street in Newport

Cottage steps from Thames Street in Newport, $543
This designer home is elegant and sophisticated.

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A good option for larger families or small groups of friends traveling together, this two-story Airbnb Plus has loads of charm. Subtle grays, whites, and blacks make up most of the interiors, but colorful patterned armchairs, pillows, and rugs add flair.

The spacious kitchen includes marble countertops, sleek modern appliances, and stools at the countertop in addition to a long dining table that can seat up to six.

Every inch of the home is thoughtfully decorated, from chic entryway vases adorning to an industrial-style bookcase with silver bowls that match the lamps in one of the bedrooms.

There’s also a small fenced-in yard, and staying here places you within easy walking distance of downtown.

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Top floor suite with private entry on Block Island

Top floor suite with private entry on Block Island, $300
Savor ocean views and salty breezes.

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Situated in a quiet area just a 10-minute drive from many of Block Island’s top beaches, this suite is the top floor of a home where the hosts live, but you’ll have your own entryway and the suite is entirely separate.

From the living room, look out over a lush lawn to the ocean peeking out in the distance, or sink into the hammock on the small private deck.

There is a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and small dining table that sits two. The living area is minimalist but quaint with a couch, canary yellow armchair, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Wake up to the sound of the ocean breeze from memory foam mattresses; one bedroom has a Queen-size bed while the other room has bunk beds.

Spacious farmhouse with ocean views on Block Island

Spacious farmhouse with ocean views on Block Island, $580

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Soaring ceilings and panoramic ocean views make this a light and airy beach hangout. An open concept layout leads to an upstairs loft area with twin beds that overlooks the spacious living area with two gray couches, a bright blue rug, and a long wooden dining table. A furnished deck with couches and a dining area adds even more space for enjoying the salty sea breeze.

For the work-from-home crowd, there’s a small study area with built-in bookcases and a desk looking out at the waves. Both bedrooms are spacious and the master even has an upright piano and a potbelly stove. 

The house is a five-minute walk to many of the island’s best shops, restaurants, beaches, and the ferry landing. There are also farm animals on property that guests are welcome to walk over and visit.

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Charming cottage with hot tub in Narragansett

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This cheery yellow home makes it easy to take advantage of area beaches and hiking.

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This bright yellow cottage with Adirondack chairs out front is a cheery spot that’s close to beaches and hiking, and is just a 15-minute drive from Newport.

There’s plenty to enjoy on-site too, including the big backyard with an outdoor shower, private hot tub, and gas fire pit with wicker furniture for s’mores roasting.

Inside, you’ll find a spacious kitchen, living area, a small office, and a small coffee station. Though some may find the decor slightly dated, beachy touches like a seashell bedspread and nautical pillows and towels are nice touches.

French-inspired home in Narragansett

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French-style chandeliers offer an elevated sense of design.

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Feel transported from Rhode Island to France in this chic home in idyllic Narragansett. The host, who originally hails from France, infuses authentic culture into every corner with French-style chandeliers, Venetian mirrors, and paintings by his mother. 

This cottage is a good pick for a small group of friends or a family thanks to a Queen-size bed, a Full-sized bed, plus a pull-out couch. It also comes with three parking spots.

Bring your own kayaks for a ride down the nearby Narrow River, or spend the day lounging on Narragansett Beach. Afterward, gather ’round the outdoor fire pit or perch on the private deck and enjoy the evening breeze. 

This home is also optimal for guests who prefer to cook as the kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials.

Tree house by the ocean in South Kingston

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This home has all the comforts of a house with the enchanting feeling of a treehouse setting.

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Fulfill your childhood dreams of living in a treehouse in this space originally built as a carriage house that has since been transformed to mimic a whimsical treehouse. 

Decorated to promote an ultimate level of serenity, guests can spend their day reading a book, listening to records from the host’s collection, or breathing in the crisp air on the outdoor deck. 

There is a Full-sized bed and an additional couch, though, the true highlight is likely the fully outdoor shower, however, it is only available during warmer months.

Located in Kingston on the south coast of Rhode Island, guests can borrow provided bikes to head into nearby Wakefield, or bike straight to the beach.

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Tiny home by the lake in Greenville

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This waterfront cottage offers pretty views from the front porch.

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This cottage may be small, it has everything you could need including a kitchen equipped with spices, cooking utensils, a microwave, and more. The bathroom has the essentials and toiletries, too, and there’s even a washer/dryer stocked with complimentary detergent.

The home is well-positioned for walks to the nearby beach and lake, or spend time relaxing on the private outdoor deck. In the evenings, take advantage of the 46″ smart TV and Wi-Fi, and you can even customize your indoor experience from remote-control temperature settings and control the brightness and color of the built-in fireplace. 

The cottage is only a 15-minute drive from Providence and a 40-minute drive from Newport.

Family-friendly townhouse in Jamestown

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Expect an activity-packed trip thanks to provided bikes, beach chairs, paddleboards, kayaks, and surfboards.

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Palm tree rugs, nautical artwork, and seashell-lined decorations fill this generously sized townhouse. There is a Queen-sized bed in the main bedroom, as well as a Full-sized bed in the loft. Pets are also welcome but must be approved by the host prior to arriving.

Expect an activity-packed trip thanks to host-provided equipment such as bikes, beach chairs, paddleboards, kayaks, and surfboards, best paired with time spent relaxing on the huge outdoor roof deck with views of Narragansett Bay.

Jamestown is located on quaint Conanicut Island, nestled in between Kingstown and Newport. The town, beach, waterfront, restaurants, and grocery store are all within a 5-minute walk of the Airbnb. 

Past guests rave about the excellent hospitality and mention receiving free wine, beer, food, and toiletries.

Lake house in Chepachet

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Stay in this rustic cabin for a remote lakefront getaway.

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This charming wooden cottage is located right on the picturesque Ponaganset reservoir for full immersion into the great outdoors, despite being a short 30-minute drive from Providence.

Splash on the lake with three kayaks and a rowboat offered by the host, or spend the day swimming, fishing, or relaxing on the nearby beach. The host is verified as a super host and has received positive reviews for hospitality, going so far as to provide fresh bread, eggs, and wine upon arrival, in addition to badminton and croquette rackets available for guest use. 

The cabin includes amenities like a grill and fire pit. While there is a bath with a hand-held showerhead, there is no walk-in shower. 

Waterfront boathouse studio in Cranston

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This boathouse places you right on the water.

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Overlooking the beautiful Providence River, the bright red patio of this boathouse studio is a standout spot for morning coffee or taking in impressive sunsets. With one King-sized bed, an in-unit washer and dryer, and a full kitchen, the listing is best-suited for couples. 

Located on an estate down a private driveway, the boathouse affords a high level of privacy, while still being conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and museums in Pawtuxet Village. The home is also a short 10-minute drive from Providence and major highways. 

FAQ: Rhode Island Airbnbs

When is the best time to visit Rhode Island?

One of the best times to visit Rhode Island is in the shoulder season from September to November. Prices tend to be lower than in the peak summer season and travelers can also enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. 

While summer is undoubtedly the best time of year to enjoy many of Rhode Island’s beach towns, keep in mind that hotel and vacation rentals tend to soar from June through August and popular areas tend to be crowded.  

What are the best places to visit in Rhode Island?

Newport is a popular coastal town known for upscale hotels, seaside views, yacht culture, and excellent shopping. Providence, Rhode Island’s capital, has a creative spirit thanks in part to being the home of the Rhode Island School of Design. 

There are also numerous great beach towns in Rhode Island, including Narragansett, Jamestown, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Block Island, and more.    

What are the best activities in Rhode Island?

A coastal haven, Rhode Island is particularly known for its beaches and sailing. 

In Newport, don’t miss the Cliff Walk, a beautiful public walking path along the seaside that winds past many of the area’s iconic mansions. Tours of The Elms, The Breakers, and the Bellevue Avenue Mansions are also a popular activity.

In Providence, families, in particular, won’t want to miss the Roger Williams Zoo. In the spring, summer, and fall, you can also catch WaterFire Providence, when over 100 bonfires are lit on the river, making for a spectacular display.

Of course, Narragansett Bay beaches, the Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, and exploring the state’s numerous lighthouses are also popular attractions.

Is Airbnb safe?

The CDC says travel is safe for vaccinated individuals.

Additionally, experts consider private vacation homes one of the safer places to stay since you can book an entire home protected from interaction with others. Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which all hosts must now follow.

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