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These 50 Airbnb Houseboats Are Like Living in a Floating Tiny House

If you've ever wanted to take tiny-house living for a test drive, reserve one of these unique Airbnbs for your next vacation.

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 Houseboat Myrtle: Knysna, South Africa

If you’re charmed by the idea of living in a tiny house, but unsure how you’ll take to micro living, now you can take tiny-house living for a test drive, thanks to Airbnb. Here are 50 tiny houseboats that offer plenty of inspiration for the prospective tiny-home buyer. Take Houseboat Myrtle, for example. Permanently anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, just a two-minute dinghy ride from the Knysna waterfront in the Western Cape area of South Africa, she looks just like a little clapboard shed, floating on the water. Clever built-ins—like the dining room table that converts to an extra bed—maximize use of the small space. If you’re looking for something a little wilder, check out the wackiest places you can rent on Airbnb.

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A Pirate’s Life: Charleston, South Carolina

Featured on Tiny House Hunters, A Pirate’s Life was recently gut renovated using reclaimed materials. The vaulted ceiling in the main cabin makes even tight quarters seem spacious and the wrap-around windows provide stunning views of Charleston Harbor—a must-see if you’re visiting South Carolina. Check out the coolest tiny houses in all 50 states.

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The River Den: Gatineau River, Quebec

This tiny houseboat has a surprisingly roomy sitting room with a cozy wood stove, plus a second story sleeping loft. Custom built by the owner, the River Den features eight-foot patio doors and distinctive circular windows. Ready to take on a project of building a tiny house of your own? Check out the Build Your Own Tiny House course at Family Handyman DIY University.

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Jette’s Houseboat: Copenhagen, Denmark

Prepare to fall in love with Jette’s houseboat, located in what was once a working industrial shipyard in the heart of Copenhagen. Upstairs is a living room, bright with big windows, with a view of the water and neighboring houseboats. A ladder takes you below deck, where there’s a bedroom, a bathroom, and a small but well-equipped kitchen.

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Thames Houseboat: Central London


This Thames houseboat is just a stroll away from Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the National Theater, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, among other famous sights. It operates totally off the grid, with solar panels, yet has all the modern comforts, including hot water, a washing machine, and even a swimming pool.

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Brand Eigenbau: Berlin

This tiny houseboat located in Heidesee outside Berlin is designed for summer fun, with lazy hammocks, a BBQ grill, and a sun deck that extends over half of the boat. The fireplace makes it an equally a cozy winter retreat if you’ve got the right fire-building skills. This is how much money you could earn renting out your house on Airbnb.

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Louvre Barge: Paris

This tiny houseboat is in a historic Dutch barge, moored on the left bank of Paris, between the picturesque Pont Neuf and Pont Des Arts bridges. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, or below deck at the gorgeous reclaimed wood bar in the fully equipped kitchen.

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De Cornelia: Amsterdam

This 100-year-old houseboat is pretty spacious for a tiny house, with two beds, two baths, and a large, bright common area. The fully stocked galley kitchen makes good use of every inch of space.

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Friesland Houseboat: Grou, Netherlands

What you can see of this tiny Friesland houseboat is like the tip of the iceberg. Upstairs is one communal living/dining space and kitchen, but there’s more. Below deck, you’ll find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a small laundry room. Smart floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in the communal area provides never-ending sunshine and a view of the water and passing boats.

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Fantastic Houseboat: Copenhagen, Denmark

Jens’ houseboat has upper and lower decks and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the communal living areas bright and airy. When you’ve got a tiny house that’s all windows, the maintenance doesn’t have to take over your life.

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Eiffel Tower Houseboat: Paris

This tiny houseboat is located across from the Eiffel Tower in the 16th arrondissement. The owner packs a lot into the 650 square feet of space, and the artful decor has that certain Parisian je ne sais quoi. These are the top Airbnb rentals under $100 in every state.

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Sugar Shack: Seattle


The Sugar Shack is small, but the tiny houseboat is brimming with charm. Big windows and a colorful interior make it feel homey. And that windowed breakfast nook is a perfect spot for relaxing with a good book.

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Glamping Loft: Braine-le-Comte, Belgium

There’s a lot of small-space inspiration in this ultra-modern houseboat. The communal living area offers uninterrupted views of the water and the beautiful Flemish countryside. But it’s the space-saving bathroom fixtures that will give tiny house lovers design inspiration. And check out that the glossy white mini-kitchen. What it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in form and function.

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The Lil’ Bamboo: Key Largo, Florida

The Lil’ Bamboo packs a lot of fun into 38 feet of houseboat. It’s permanently docked in a Key Largo marina that features beachfront, tiki huts, and a bathhouse.

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Île de la Cité Barge: Paris


This tiny French houseboat offers tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live on the Seine, like a Parisian—in a tiny space. The mid-century modern furnishings give the living spaces a sleek and uncluttered look and feel.

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Converted Dutch Barge: Amsterdam

The owners of this 1903 Dutch barge rebuilt it from top to bottom and carved out a suite with its own entrance for guests. The private terrace overlooks the water, the city, and part of the old industrial harbor. But it’s the skylights that make the space work, making even the below-deck rooms feel bright, modern, and spacious.

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The Calidris: Amsterdam

The Calidris offers guests the experience of waking up to a panoramic view of the historic harbor. a clever built-in bed turns this square room with a view into a luxury suite that meets the guest’s every need. The dining table and fridge are literally built into the bed. These are the secrets your Airbnb host will never tell you.

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Kings Cross Houseboat: London

This King’s Cross houseboat offers visitors a chance to live like a Londoner—and to try out tiny-houseboat living. Check out that tiny, but efficient bathroom. Space-saving sink and toilet leave room for a full-size tub.

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Tony’s Trawler: Copenhagen, Denmark

Tony’s Trawler is located in the heart of Copenhagen, right over the bridge from the trendy meatpacking district. The guest suite in this floating B&B is like a miniature condo, offering all the conveniences. Check out that multi-tiered platform bed.

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GiaMaria: Richmond, Virginia

Living in the 50-foot Chris Craft, GiaMaria is just like living in a tiny house—that happens to be moored in a yacht basin. The efficiency kitchen has a full-size range, fridge, and double sink. The main cabin provides kitchen/dining/living space, while the cozy master is tucked away on the lower level.

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The Barge Jacoba: Nantes, France

Moored on the banks of the river Erdre, in the heart of Nantes, the barge Jacoba offers all the comforts of tiny-home living. The use of pocket doors is just one of the many space-saving tricks employed in this tiny houseboat. Watch out for these signs you’re about to fall for a bad Airbnb listing.

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Hot-Tub Houseboat: Paris

This tiny floating flat in Paris is about a 15 to 20-minute walk from the 1 Metro line in Paris, so you have easy access to the city center and all its cultural offerings. After walking your feet off sightseeing, relax on the terrace in the private jacuzzi with views of the river Seine.

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Vecht River Houseboat: Vreeland, Netherlands

This small floating villa has big, bright appeal, thanks to a wall of windowed doors that offers 360-degree views of the Vecht river.

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Péniche Studio: Paris

This Parisian péniche is located on the water in the tony Trocadero neighborhood of Paris, just a quick walk from the Eiffel Tower. The petite apartment is small on space but big on charm. Check out that micro kitchen, with sink, stove, and under-the-counter refrigerator all in one. Smart! Here are 13 more incredibly tiny kitchens.

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Wheelhouse Studio: Amsterdam

This quaint captain’s quarters in a renovated cargo ship is a 20-minute train ride from the heart of Amsterdam but has stunning views of the water, a nature preserve, and even romantic Castle Muiderslot in the distance. Portholes give every room that nautical touch.

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Knot Home: Seattle

This 700-square-foot houseboat was featured on FYI TV’s Tiny Houses was custom-built by Urban Houseboats of Seattle and it has a lot of modern charm. The full-size galley kitchen is an impressive use of space.

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Boutique Houseboat: Cambridge, England

Situated on the historic river cam, a short walk from Cambridge city center, this wide beam houseboat has beautiful shiplap walls and hardwood floors. The arched, tongue-and-groove ceilings give the main cabin a lofty feel. If you’re thinking about renting out your own home, make sure you read this first.

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Tiny Tugboat: Amsterdam

This tiny tugboat is moored on a canal on the Amstel river, central to everything worth seeing. Quarters are tight, but the owners made use of every inch of available space. Just check out that triangular platform bed!

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Le Grand Large: Metz, France

A tiny houseboat with the big name, the guest suite in the Le Grand Large is like a tiny floating cottage, complete with a gingham-skirted kitchen sink. The built-in bench seating in the lounge area makes great use of space next to the partitioned sleeping area.

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Péniche Bretonne: Rennes, France

The main cabin of this petite péniche is like a cozy cabin on the canal. It features beautiful knotty-pine tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling. Check out this tree house you can rent on Airbnb.

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Sleep Aboard: Providence, Rhode Island

The houseboat Sleep Aboard is the epitome of a tiny house, with a tiny white picket fence thrown in for good measure. The interior is kitted out like a small cottage that somehow fits in all the comforts of home. Don’t miss the clever pitched-roof sleep loft in the attic.

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Tugboat Sally S: Seattle

There are some great vintage metal pieces on the Tugboat Sally S, from the industrial lights to the porthole hardware to the brass grab bars and bathroom taps and towel bar.

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The Three Sailors: Avignon, France

The barge The Three Sailers is located on the banks of Piot Island, opposite the ramparts of the old town of Avignon with a breathtaking panorama of the Palais des Papes. There’s a generous deck that includes a swimming pool—something rarely seen in a home this tiny. These are the most popular Airbnbs in every state.

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Room to Rent: Amsterdam

New-construction lovers will go crazy over this brand new houseboat with a multi-tiered deck for outdoor fun, located just outside Jordan in North Holland. The guest suite has its own en suite bathroom; the rest of the communal rooms are shared with the owner—and three friendly cats.

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Authentic Barge: Amsterdam

This Dutch houseboat is also located in North Holland, but it couldn’t be more different. Built in 1905, this vintage barge has lots of charm, from original plank floors to gleaming metal portholes.

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Narrowboat: London

This authentic narrowboat manages to provide everything you need in a small space. The potbellied stove is a working heating system, and it’s enough to keep a tiny home more than cozy during winter months.

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Dutch Houseboat: London

Everything you need is literally at your fingertips in this tiny Dutch houseboat. And the fully stocked galley kitchen makes use of every spare inch, including clever built-ins that curve right into the triangular bow of the boat.

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 Maria: Amsterdam

The houseboat Maria guest suite has everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. But warning, once you’ve lived with the efficiency of its freestanding kitchen, you may be hooked on tiny-house living forever. Here are 15 ready-to-roll tiny houses that you can buy right now.

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Houseboat Studio: Paris

This ship’s pilot house and lodgings have been turned into a guest suite in this houseboat near Notre Dame Cathedral. It looks just exactly like a little wooden shed, floating on top of a barge. This is the difference between and Airbnb, VRBO, and Home Away listing.

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Stella Rask: Amsterdam

Historic coaster Stella Rask was built in Denmark just after the war and was only recently converted into a stylish houseboat in 2016. Below deck is a private guest studio that offers a kingsize bed, sitting area, and kitchenette, plus a luxurious ensuite bath that makes the most of this tiny space.

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Classic Riverboat: Paris

This classic riverboat, crafted in the Netherlands in the 70s, has an all-wood interior, including tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling. Everything is open, which make the narrow space seem wider.

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Aqua Villa: Stockholm

The houseboat Aqua Villa is moored in Pampas Marina. Like a stylish, ultra-modern house, floating on the canal, it has two levels of deck edged in metal balustrades that give it an industrial look that’s right at home in this canal-side scenery.

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Belafonte in Newport: Rhode Island

The Belafonte won “Best Room With a View” in Yankee magazine’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards, and given its spot in Newport Harbor, it’s easy to see why. If you’re the type who likes to put the glam in “glamping,” the hosts will set up cocktail parties, spa days, and more.

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Harmony in Kemah: Texas

Take a break from the excitement of the amusement park rides on the Kemah, Texas, boardwalk and escape to the quiet retreat of the Harmony. The hosts provide everything you need for fishing, crabbing, and kayaking (including a waterproof phone case) for outdoorsy guests.

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York-Wide Beam: United Kingdom

This unique and cozy houseboat sits on a private mooring in Bishopthorpe. It goes for $153 a night and has gorgeous views of Bishopthorpe Palace from the bow doors. The boat sleeps four, one room has a king size bed and there is a separate room with bunk beds.

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Railroad Stateroom: Michigan

This Airbnb houseboat used to be a 1920 railroad car ferry. The ship used to cross Lake Michigan carrying freight. Now, you can stay on the upper deck overnight for only $89. You’ll feel like you rule the open waters when staying on this boat.

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SS City of Seattle: Sausalito

This historic ferryboat is the oldest surviving ferryboat on the West Coast. This large houseboat is 2,500 square feet with a larger kitchen, a solarium, and three bedrooms. If you stay in one of the bedrooms on the lower deck, you might just see a seal pop by the window.

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Galatée: London

Galatée is a traditional houseboat located in the heart of London. It’s surrounded by water and trees and is a short walk from Kings Cross and Islington which has bars, restaurants, shops, and theaters.

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Boutique Houseboat: York

This floating house is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing weekend. It located in the quiet village of Bishopthorpe and has a private seating area overlooking the water. If you book during Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or New Years the host will leave you a few goodies to enjoy.

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Jordaan Houseboat: Amsterdam

This houseboat is located in the Jordaan neighborhood, home of the Anne Frank House, as well as lots of bustling café’s, restaurants, shops, and art galleries. If you’re looking for a luxury vacation in the States, check out the most extravagant Airbnb listing in every state.

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Sally Jones
Sally Jones is digital editorial director at Reader's Digest. A writer, editor, and digital media exec living in New York City, she has worked for many digital publishers including iVillage, Better Homes and Gardens, More, Parenting, Family Fun, Cosmopolitan, The Knot, YourTango, and Brit + Co, in jobs ranging from editor to COO. Renovation and interior design are her hobbies. Catch up with her latest projects at her blog Renov8or.