Best Sausalito houseboat rentals in California - Updated 2022


A city in Marin County, Sausalito, California, is a scenic town, famous for its Richardson Bay houseboats, pristine ocean, and rolling foothills and mountains. Visitors can enjoy various things to do such as walking around the city, soaking in the big city views of San Francisco or the Golden Gate Bridge. And, if you are planning a vacation away from the big city, but still enjoy having an amazing view of the city and the ocean from the comfort of your home, Sausalito should be one of your must-visit destinations. For a truly unique experience during your vacation here, stay at one of the Airbnb rentals or these Sausalito houseboat rentals in California.

1. 1. A vintage guest cottage with panoramic views (from USD 256)

Located twelve minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge this floating cottage features a beautiful blend of vintage decor and amenities from the 1960s and 70s with today’s era. Accommodating up to four people, this space comprises two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchenette, a living area, and a dining area. You can enjoy dining outdoors on the spacious deck situated upstairs by the master bedroom, soaking in the panoramic views. Also, enjoy unparalleled views of the bay, the rolling hills, and majestic Mt. Tamalpais.

Floating Guest Cottage (houseboat)
373 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice for having coffee on the deck and a complete kitchen for cooking meals
lovely comfortable houseboat with terrific views
it has just enough amenities to be comfortable yet not cluttered
full kitchen beds very comfortable clean and the views oh the views
the hosts provided starter coffee and other appreciated amenities like laundry and dish soap
the place was very clean the area was beautiful and our hosts fantastic
great place to stay very clean nicely decorated and owners are very responsive
nature will nurture and this houseboat was clean and serene perfect combination
great location very clean and well stocked
wonderful hosts and very helpful
lois was a great host who answered questions promptly and clearly
lois is the perfect host
phenomenal digs and a great host
lois and bob were excellent hosts quick to respond with great suggestions and answer any questions
location is ideal for san francisco if inclined
easy access to the city by bus or ferry
unique experience close to many great restaurants in sausalito
wonderful play to stay and close proximity to the city
highly recommend this wonderful location
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2. 2. Live on a historic ferryboat (from USD 650)

The SS City of Seattle, a historic ferryboat, launched in 1888 and is only one of the best places to stay for rent for couples or families. This oldest surviving ferryboat on the West Coast has interiors that combine modern luxury and comfort with plenty of natural light and bright colors to amp up the living space.

Set on the open water, this ferryboat has all the modern amenities you need and features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living area, a kitchen, and a dining space. You can enjoy the nearby attractions, such as the Ancient Redwoods, Golden Gate Bridge, Disney’s Art & Innovation, and more.

Historic Ferryboat In Sausalito
Sausalito, California, United States
184 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
huge kitchen swinging couch sun room etc
the furniture was comfortable and the rooms spacious
gorgeous view from all rooms on the main floor
we were so comfortable it was truly lovely to wake up to the amazing views of sausalito
huge kitchen with everything a chef would need
everything was clean and well-maintained
the beds were comfortable with clean towels and linens
absolutely beautiful spacious and clean
what a relaxing getaway we arrived to a spotless houseboat with keys waiting
a really unique place to stay very clean fully stocked three rooms giant space of a bathroom
the owners were very nice and kept to themselves
chris was a great host
this place is perfect and the hosts are remarkably generous of their time and their water toys
one of a kind experience
chris is a very considerate and professional host
the location was wonderful not far from sonoma and close to san francisco
peaceful and great location for hiking and trip to sonoma
idyllic location in a quiet and stunning area
the yellow ferry of sausalito is truly an awesome location and a welcoming place to stay
we enjoyed the local restaurants and the ideal location
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3. 3. A modern, well-lit, two-level accommodation (from USD 225)

This stylish floating home comfortably accommodates four guests. The two-level houseboat on Liberty Dock features two bedrooms with teak floors, a bathroom and a kitchen with Italian tiles, a dining room, side and roof decks with a barbecue, and twelve skylights. Feel free to cook your favorite dishes in the full kitchen, which is equipped with everything you will possibly need, and make use of the free internet available throughout the accommodation. Most of the attractions are found close to the houseboat, including some of the best hiking and trekking spots in Marin County, beaches and Golden Gate Bridge, making it one of the most sought-after Sausalito floating homes for rent.

TOBIKO Houseboat: Top Bay Place to Stay by NBC
Sausalito, California, United States
10 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
clean comfortable beautiful rooftop deck fantastic location sunsets over mt
shannon's floating home is a wonderful sanctuary and shannon is a responsive and considerate host
the location of the boat on the dock is peaceful and provides beautiful views
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4. 4. A private houseboat with luxury amenities and fixtures (from USD 825)

The modern decor of this houseboat will make anyone feel like they are vacationing in a beautiful studio apartment. Featuring a long list of luxury amenities, this houseboat is surrounded by pristine views of San Francisco, East Bay, Sausalito, and the seals. Accommodating up to six guests, the houseboat features three bedrooms and two bathrooms with high-end fixtures, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, two large decks, and a barbecue on the patio deck.

Magical Sausalito Floating Home !
Sausalito, California, United States
47 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved the style the amount of space and the comfortable yet sophisticated decor
a wonderful comfortable space with wonderful views
great well equipped comfortable home with fantastic views
kids happily spread out in the lower level beds
it’s a fabulous space with many thoughtful touches and plenty of room to spread out
the place was clean and comfortable and we immediately felt at home
very clean large complete kitchen and nice touches throughout
all interaction was fast and helpful
pati is a very nice and helpful host
everyone on the dock was very friendly
pati was a fantastic host and communication was easy and quick
he was always responsive available and attentive without being intrusive
absolutely beautiful home and location
we had a wonderful stay the location is serene but yet so close to everything
very nice place quiet and close to everything
wonderful houseboat extremely well located and nicely decorated
we had such a nice time super fun location and wonderful little home
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5. 5. A romantic houseboat with well-equipped amenities (from USD 165)

This luxury houseboat comfortably accommodates two people and boasts all the modern amenities for your comfort and convenience. There is one bedroom, one bathroom, a living area, a kitchen, a patio deck, and a dining space. The houseboat also offers kayaks and bike rental for guests looking to explore the water and the town. Step outside and sit on the patio and enjoy watching beautiful sunsets and pristine views by the bay.

Little Lux. Floating Home
16 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
centrally located in the quaint houseboat community and has all the amenities for a very comfortable stay
huge flat screen tv bbq kayaks bikes etc
clean and modern with beautiful unobstructed views
stylish decor clean and warwick was always communicative and accommodating
warwick is the perfect host
warwick's floating home is simply one of a kind
warwick is a perfect host - friendly and responsive
last but not least warwick himself is a fantastic host - so responsive and accommodating
warwick was very helpful and easy to communicate with
great location close to 101 nice restaurants and grocery store close by
a special location that we hope to visit again
his location is the best in the area
if you want a special place on the outskirts of san francisco you've found it
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6. 6. Live in a beach house-like floating home

This houseboat decorated like a beach house is perfect for couples looking for a getaway. With one bedroom and one bathroom, this floating home features interiors and furnishings made of recycled materials, driftwood, wainscoting, shiplap, and beautiful fixtures that represent the ocean. Along with this, there is also a floating deck with a gas grill, which is the perfect spot to drink a cup of Joe or a glass of wine amidst the serene nature.

Floating Home: Beach House on the Bay
Sausalito, California, United States
14 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room was comfortable and private
john was a fantastic host and great to chat to
john is also a great host
john is also very responsive if you need anything
it was easy to drive around and free parking was close to his pier
this place was awesome very cool atmosphere in a great location
the location was beautiful and his home is fun and comfortable
great place to stay wild love to stay here again in the future
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7. 7. A spacious houseboat with a roof deck (from USD 311)

With aesthetically pleasing interiors and big windows, this is one of the most charming yet quirky Sausalito, CA, houseboats, and accommodates up to five guests. The houseboat features two bedrooms, one bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, a living area with a fireplace, and a dining area. Spend your day grilling meat and veggies with your family or friends out on the spacious roof deck, offering panoramic views of the Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and San Francisco.

Sausalito houseboat living
Sausalito, California, United States
16 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lots of light easy parking well equipped and very comfortable
it was quiet well furnished and clean
house has all you need and it is really clean
great place very well located but not exactly a modern or clean place
alan is a very attentive host and his home is really comfortable and spacious
alan is a great host the boat house is a unique experience
alan is a wonderful host his place is a is simply spectacular
if you want a peaceful stay this is the place very family friendly and quiet
great place in a houseboat community close to downtown sausalito and the highway
this is a great place to stay for a couple or family
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8. 8. A bright floating home, featuring a sundeck (from USD 275)

This houseboat is bright, modern, and roomy, with a large living area that easily accommodates up to five people. The fully furnished floating home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a refrigerator, and a microwave. From the sundeck of the houseboat, one can enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Tamalpais and Bay Bridge, while chilling on the lounge chairs.

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
Sausalito, California, United States
7 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
owner was quick to respond and very friendly
great place and great host - would definitely stay again - sheri
zach is a great host awesome location
zachary’s lovely houseboat was the perfect location for our san francisco trip
if you’re looking for some ware close to san francisco you can't go wrong with this lovely house boat
great location the space is unique and is exactly as described
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9. 9. Relax and see great sights while on this cozy Sausalito houseboat (from USD 125)

For those looking for houseboat rentals in the Bay Area, this accommodation could be an ideal option. It will let you experience authentic Sausalito living while you stay at a unique type of accommodation. And it is also quite easy to embark on some of the best day trips from Sausalito, California, from this amazing houseboat.

19 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
very clean such a great ambience and location
susan is a wonderful host i’m sure everyone will enjoy personality
sue is a generous welcoming host
susan was a fabulous host
susan is so friendly and kind and knowledgeable about the area and gave us lots of great recommendations
our stay was with a casual friendly host who lives on the houseboat with one other person
this is a unique interesting convenient and fun place to stay
her place is artistically eclectic and fun
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10. 10. Spacious houseboat with San Francisco Bay views (from USD 285)

A family or group of six guests will love staying in this spacious houseboat that offers fantastic views of San Francisco Bay and beautiful sailboats bobbing on the water. Originally constructed in 1910, this property is completely remodeled and comes equipped with modern conveniences like WiFi, Sonos sound system, heating, and more. Enjoy alfresco meals on the outdoor deck, lounge about in the furnished living room, rustle up delicious meals in the full kitchen or sleep soundly in the three well-appointed bedrooms. Two luxe bathrooms, an office and a den are also accessible to guests. Golden Gate Bridge is just 4.6 mi (7.4 km) away.

Spectacular 3Br/2Ba Houseboat For Rent
Sausalito, CA, US
6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

11. 11. Stylish houseboat close to attractions

This pet-friendly houseboat is the perfect accommodation option for a small group or a family of four. It has a unique shape and a luxurious, contemporary interior. A gorgeous kitchen, a cozy dining area, two sleek bathrooms, a welcoming living room, and two inviting bedrooms are available in the houseboat. Take in Bay Bridge and mountain views from the well-appointed and covered porch or spend time on the rooftop deck. Downtown San Francisco is just a 20-minute drive away.

Beautiful, renovated floating home
house boat 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

12. 12. Remodeled houseboat with Mt. Tamalpais views (from USD 217)

Those who wish to stay in a houseboat in Sausalito that provides unhindered views of Mt. Tamalpais will be interested in this listing. Ideally suited for up to four adults, this remodeled houseboat is chic and well-appointed. Decked out in modern furnishings, it has an open-concept living area and kitchen with large windows to take in the views. A furnished den, two beautiful bathrooms and bedrooms, a lovely top deck with seating, and an additional front deck are also accessible to guests. All the attractions of San Francisco are a quick, short drive away from this houseboat.

Chic casa flotante en el pintoresco Sausalito
44 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 31
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
janet was very helpful and responsive and made our stay easy and comfortable
the house was immaculate and the beds were perfect for a good night's sleep
comfortable bedding great towels (including the black makeup washcloths ) arrival flowers and spirits and so much more
both beds were first rate the kitchen was very well equipped and the entire unit was very bright
super clean and cozy
it is spotless comfortable and furnished beautifully
very clean and was ready before we got to san francisco
the home is tastefully decorated and well appointed impeccably clean very comfortable and carefully maintained
met the owner and everything was more & better than expected
owner thought of everything and has great instructions in a nice book if something comes up
the houseboat neighbors were very welcoming and friendly and were happy to talk about houseboat life
janet is easily the most experienced organized and thoughtful host we've ever dealt with
the location was absolutely perfect
tam is calming and uplifting
perfect home perfect location
walking up and down the docks was an adventure in and off itself
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Nearby houseboats

13. 13. Spend a beautiful getaway at the Happy Place (from USD 147)

Looking forward to spending some quality time with your significant other? Then you must see what this houseboat has to offer. Situated north of the Golden Gate Bridge, this floating home is roomy and cozy and features a bedroom and a bathroom, a living area, a kitchen, and a dining area, all equipped with modern amenities. And, if you want to explore the city, you can rent a car and head to the nearest wine country to sip some of the tastiest wines or go discover the local hiking trails of the country.

The Happy Place - A Floating Home (Houseboat)
Mill Valley, California, United States
8 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views wonderful trip loved the bathroom nightlight
but it’s clean safe and michael is a really nice guy that clearly respected our privacy
micheal was a wonderful host thoughtful flexible on check out and the setting was beautiful
fabulous hosts of this cute floating home
walking distance to a great breakfast place and a short drive into sausalito
peaceful and authentic houseboat community and great central location just minutes from the highway and mill valley
location is outstanding the house boat community is very friendly
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14. 14. Take in the beautiful views from this floating home (from USD 245)

This floating home can sleep up to four guests, making it great for a small group of friends or a family. Nestled at the end of the dock, this home has a lot of natural light flowing in because of the floor-to-ceiling windows. It comprises two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living area, a dining area, and a kitchen with a farm sink, a Wolf stove, and a dishwasher.

Guests have full access to the grills outside and can also venture out to the closest restaurants and supermarkets nearby. Because of its perfect location amidst the city and nature, you will love sitting on the deck, soaking in the stunning views.

Beautiful Floating Home at the End of the Dock
Mill Valley, California, United States
31 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from the living room is even better than in the pictures
i enjoyed the hammock; the space was stylish and comfortable and the gas heater kept us warm
a very unique experience with a beautiful view sunset and sunrises are beautiful from the living room
the inside is spacious the kitchen well-equipped the bedroom comfortable (with a small private deck)
loved staying there & hoping to return soon super comfortable and oh the views of sunrise- amazing
the place was clean quiet and exactly as described
great communication with our host as well
wonderful style location vibe and just as expected
very charming place great location and great host
the place is beautiful if sort of unique
our stay at sasha's place was great; our son had a tremendous time watching the birds
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15. 15. Have a unique staycation on this houseboat on the bay

Located in Richmond, CA, this houseboat will let you have a staycation in style.

Richmond, California, United States
6 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the perfect get away to semi-unplug (there is wifi and netflix)
she was a wonderful host
alta is a great host
alta was very responsive when i checked in
close to the city and a very cute unique stay
a great place to stay if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city
great place hope to come again
an excellent place to relax and reflect
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Witness the beauty of the city from the ocean

If you are planning a getaway to Sausalito and want to see the city in a whole different way and experience something new for a change, here is your chance. Stay at one of these best Sausalito houseboat rentals in California during your next vacation.

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