Top 14 Airbnb Houseboats In And Near Wilmington, North Carolina - Updated 2022

houseboats in wilmington nc

A charming port city in North Carolina, Wilmington has a lot to offer, from beaches, historical attractions, to delightful eats. The city has two famous beaches, Wrightsville, which is perfect for surfing because of its strong waves, and Carolina, with its long and scenic boardwalk. Another must-visit attraction here is the Riverwalk, lined with numerous shops, dining options, and galleries. Also, if you’re into history, you shouldn’t miss the chance to see and explore the Cape Fear River, where you’ll find Battleship North Carolina. And if you haven’t decided where to stay during your holiday in the city, make sure to check out our list of the top Airbnb houseboats in and near Wilmington, North Carolina, for your guidance.

1. Lovely houseboat for three (from USD 135)

If you wish to rent a boat near Wilmington, then look no further than this lovely vessel. A comfy cabin on the water found near the beach, this houseboat is the ideal accommodation for people who want to experience a different kind of living situation. The boat is small and features a full teak and mahogany interior, giving the space a rustic look. It contains a bedroom and a sofa bed in the aft, which can accommodate up to three guests. It is also complete with a functional kitchen, with a refrigerator in the galley. Additionally, the upper deck is perfect for observing the gorgeous surroundings.

Sailing Vessel Halo, Cozy Cabin on the Water
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
153 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioned climate was continuously pleasant; the off-boat facilities adequate and easily accessible
it was hot and muggy but he had the air conditioner running and it was cool inside
sleeping space is small but bed is very comfortable
everything was beautiful and clean and absolutely wonderful
it was clean and comfortable for a small space
really cool place to stay and it was all clean and as described
the boat was clean and well-kept
it was clean and captain dylan showed us where everything was
the hosts were available for questions and the boat was very accommodating and relaxing thank you again
dlyan is a good host
the hospitality was great the hosts are very kind and really care about their guests enjoying the stay
beautiful boat great weekend exceptional host
dylan was very friendly responded to messages promptly
the location is lovely
cool and romantic place to stay close to beach
minutes from the beach super easy close by restaurants etc
this is your best bet for a unique experience and an affordable place to get away from everything
awesome sailboat it was convenient and close to the beach
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2. Floating condo ideal for fishing (from USD 259)

Located in a gated community in the Intracoastal Waterway, this floating condo is one of the best boat rentals near Wilmington. It is modern, fully furnished, and has all the usual home essentials. It features two bedrooms that can sleep up to four guests, a private bathroom, and an open space that has a kitchen, a dining, and a living area. It also comes with a deck where you can fish. You can also go to the nearby pier for more chances of catching a fish. Moreover, the property is just minutes away from the beaches and other attractions in the city.

Houseboat on the Intercoastal Waterway
Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
6 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

3. Yacht on Wilmington's Riverwalk

Poised in Port City Marina, on Wilmington’s Riverwalk, this 41-foot (12.50-meter) yacht features 2 staterooms and a pull-out bed in the living area. It can accommodate up to six people. The living area has a kitchen, a seating area, and a dining set-up, just like in a real home. Apart from the usual home features, the cabin has a good sound system, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen television. In case you’re wondering what you’ll find in the area when you step out of the yacht, don’t worry, being in the Riverwalk has its perks. The place is lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, giving you plenty of dining and shopping options.

Yacht On The Riverwalk Wilmington, North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool and club house is exceptional and the “local” yachters are friendly
the boat was amazing very clean and comfortable with lots of special touches
the boat was super clean and we had enough room for the four of us to spread out
dean’s yacht is beautiful he & his wife were very nice & helpful
dean was a great host and our stay was wonderful
the location was amazing
location was ideal and within walking distance to the many shops and restaurants along the riverwalk
easy access to the dock private parking and restaurants within walking distance
the yacht is docked at the perfect location near many restaurants & shops
the neighbors were friendly and we couldn’t have asked for a better location
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4. Boat with an old-world charm (from USD 85)

This Airbnb houseboat is a classic 1960’s Chris Craft Roamer turned holiday home with an old-world charm, given that the boat is already 50 plus years old. It has one bedroom with a bunk bed and a double bed, which can accommodate up to five people - ideal for family or friends. Apart from the sleeping area, the boat features a galley with kitchen, dining, and seating areas. And the aft deck has a living room set-up, where you can have cocktails while watching the sunset.

Classic Retreat
Bald Head Island, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the boat rocked us to sleep the ac and fan made it very comfortable at night
having electricity and wifi on the boat was a very nice touch
nice marina with easily accessible facilities
a vintage clean and tidy boat accommodation
it was small but clean and provided a fun place to stay at bhi
he was a great host and answered our questions promptly
everyone was super friendly on the island j
he was extremely friendly and even offered to help carry our bags
the place is at a great location especially if you want a quiet secluded location on bhi
bathrooms at the marina were close and clean
great island location and boat for those that like the full boat camping experience
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5. Charming two-bedroom yacht (from USD 139)

Those looking for yacht rentals near Wilmington will be interested in this listing. This 40-foot (12.19-meter) yacht is in a private marina, which will keep you secured and away from the crowd. There are two aft cabins and a sofa bed in the living area, so it can accommodate up to six people. The host also recommends sleeping on the deck at night, so you could go stargazing before falling asleep. Apart from the bedrooms, it also comes with a kitchen with all the essentials and a cozy living area. There is a bathroom inside the yacht, but you can also use the bathroom in the marina, which is just 10 steps away from your boat.

40’ SAILING YACHT-private marina/secure in slip/AC
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
108 reviews  Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
waking up to that view was a hundred times better than a hotel room somewhere
the air conditioning at night was comfortable and there was easy access to anything we needed
the inside is plenty comfortable but we loved spending lots of time on the deck and relaxing
the space was cozy and nicely decorated
the marina was clean nice and friendly too
the boat is clean and well kept and the marina is very nice
the boat was very clean and the sleeping quarters were comfortable
our stay on kevin's boat was wonderful he had thoughtful touché s & it was very clean
the beach was easy to walk to and the neighborhood was safe clean and friendly
kevin is a gracious host
kevin is a great host
kevin was more than accommodating and is an outstanding host
kevin was most helpful and available to answer questions
kevin was very attentive and helpful
great location w a very cool sail boat beautiful sunset
this was in a great location and a again a wonderful experience
the location was perfect and easy to get to local restaurants and activities
oh also the walk to the beach is a bit of hike but it is beautiful
the walk to the beach was a beautiful stroll through stunning wetlands
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6. Lovely houseboat with a spectacular sunset view (from USD 94)

Located at Carolina Beach, this 33-foot (10.06-meter) yacht is ideal for people who want to live in a cabin on the water. Living here for a day or two will give you a new experience and a chance to see a beautiful sunset over the water. Also, you’ll be close to a lot of things that North Carolina Beach has to offer, including its local restaurants, shops, and nightlife. As for the inside of the cabin, you’ll find that there are two bedrooms, perfect for four guests, a cozy seating area, and a kitchen. You can also use the deck, where you will have breakfast or wait for the sunset.

Cabin in the sea
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
161 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ac cooled off the place quickly and was comfortable for sleeping
it’s a cozy place with nice style touches and everything you need
check in was easy and there is a bath house with shower and three private toilets as needed
the boat was amazing clean and homey feeling
great boat and great host
brandon was a superb host
brandon was a great host as well
brandon is a great host and easy to work with
the host is kind attentive and responsive to any needs you have
great location and great experience
the location is super close to carolina beach but is also in a quiet location
such a perfect beautiful unique get away location
the marina location is 200 yards from freeman park and the pier at carolina beach
brandon’s boat was in a great location
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7. Gorgeous cabin with a deck

This yacht turned home is a great option for people who are tired of the usual hotel-room accommodation. It might not be as lavish, but it will surely give you an experience you can never forget. The yacht has two bedrooms that can accommodate up to four guests, a cozy seating area, a kitchen in the galley, and a small bath. It also has an upper deck, where you can view the sunset and have a romantic dinner with your loved one. Make sure to take amazing photos to remember this experience.

The Moral Compass Floating Oasis
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
6 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
breathtaking sunsets and comfortable living quarters
peaceful and friendly place to stay on the water
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8. Beautiful cabin on the water

Located at Port City Marina, in the center of Historic Downtown Willmington, is this 46-foot (14.02-meter) motor yacht turned lovely home. This rental is an ideal place for two couples, four friends, or a small family. It has two bedrooms, a functional kitchen, and a living area, with a plush sofa that can seat up to ten guests. You’ll also love that the place is bright and airy, furnished with rich wood interiors. Another great thing about this Airbnb vacation rental is its proximity to many restaurants, galleries, local shops, as well as beaches and local attractions like Riverwalk and USS North Carolina Battleship.

Wilmington Serenity II Motor Yacht
wilmington, , North Carolina, United States
22 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
the boat is super clean and roomy for 4
the hosts rick and susan are down to earth friendly and great hosts
great getaway rick and susan are wonderful hosts and serenityii is amazing
it’s unbelievable from the host to the boat a wonderful experience mark & connie
susan and rick are excellent hosts and their yacht is spectacular
wonderful location with many great restaurants all within walking distance
great place with easy access to downtown wilmington
good people great location
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9. Houseboat with a complimentary cruise

Are you planning to have a unique getaway with your loved ones? If so, why not start by booking this beautiful yacht as your accommodation? It is in Downtown New Bern, where lots of shops, restaurants, and nightclubs can be found. This yacht turned Airbnb vacation rental has two bedrooms and it can accommodate up to four guests. It is also complete with a kitchen, dining area, and a deck, where you can watch the beautiful sunset. Additionally, if you plan to stay longer, and if the weather permits, you can cruise around the river.

Da's Dream sleep aboard bnb only $79.00per guest.
New Bern, North Carolina, United States
21 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
shower is hot bed is comfortable ac works
in fact my 10-year-old son loved the “cozy“ feel of the sleeping quarters
i really enjoyed staying on lyle's boat it was quiet and comfortable sleeping in the marina
super clean and looks brand new
plenty of space and very clean
he was a great host
lyle who was super helpful and accommodating
boat is in a friendly marina
and lyle is very helpful
definitely recommend a great experience and great location
it was great the boat was clean in a great location and walking distance to everything
" i felt like i got and up close and personal experience to the town
so close to everything but it was hard to leave the boat because it was so much fun
beautiful sunset and great place to unwind
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10. Luxury Italian yacht for six

Stay in a luxurious motor yacht built in Italy during your trip to Wilmington. Docked at Port City Marina, this yacht can comfortably accommodate six guests in its plush interiors. There is a well-appointed salon, a kitchen, two plush bedrooms and bathrooms, and a lower and upper deck in the yacht. Take in amazing views from the beautiful upper flybridge that is perfect for entertaining with its wet bar, grill, table and ample seating. You can even charter the boat to explore nearby areas for an additional fee.

50 Foot Azimut Italian Luxury Motor Yacht Sleeps 6 Port City Marina WilmingtonNC
21 reviews
yacht 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
that size group is perfect for the two room and pull out bed
everything was clean and comfortable
always clean and neat and welcoming is the interior
the crew were so friendly and made everything very easy for us
would highly recommend this yacht and the owner steve
you will not go wrong with the boat the location or the owner
the location is perfect
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11. Capacious yacht with custom interiors

Perfect for eight guests, this roomy yacht offers luxury and convenience. It has a full-time chief stewardess and captain on board who will be available to assist you. Custom interiors add a distinct charm to this yacht rental. An open-plan dining area and kitchen, a plush living room, elegant and stately bedrooms, plush bathrooms, a flybridge with a hot tub, and a covered outdoor deck with an alfresco dining area are available in this yacht. Guests can also enjoy trips to nearby attractions like a 19th-century lighthouse or Bald Head Island.

Yacht Designed to make Everyday Extraordinary Sleeps 8 Local Charters Available
6 reviews
yacht 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
captain ross and chief stew marta were gracious hosts and made us feel at home
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12. Lobster boat inspired yacht

Designed in the style of a traditional lobster boat, this yacht is charming and full of character. It is ideal for a fun-loving group who wish to enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, diving, fishing, and more. An afternoon cruise to your chosen destination is included in the rental price. The interior of the yacht is luxurious and consists of an open-concept living and dining area, a comfortable bedroom, a full bathroom, and a shaded deck.

Private Yacht "Civility". Cruises, Cuisine & All Accessories Included!
yacht 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Live in a houseboat in Wilmington

From Wilmington yacht charters to cozy houseboats, there are a lot of accommodations you can choose from here. But booking a houseboat will make your trip unique and memorable. So make sure to stay in one of these Airbnb houseboats in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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