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9 Picturesque Lighthouses You Can Rent on Airbnb

Isn't it about time you switch it up from hotels?

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Braddock Point Lighthouse in Hilton, New York

This functional lighthouse on the shores of Lake Ontario is now a charming Victorian B&B. It’s just half an hour from Rochester, New York, and has a solarium and lakeside patio to make sure to soak up all the sunshine you can. If you’re thinking of renting your own home, read these 10 things every Airbnb host should know first.

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Point Arena Lighthouse in Point Arena, California

With the Pacific Ocean both in front of and behind you, plus a mountain range to your east, this lighthouse feels like the ultimate retreat. As a special treat, the hosts provide wine and chocolate, plus unlimited time in the Lighthouse Museum and Tower. For more vacation ideas, check out the 12 best beaches in America.

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Wings Neck Lighthouse in Pocasset, Massachusetts

This U.S. Coast Guard used this lighthouse near Cape Cod Canal between 1849 and the 1940s. You can get to the lighthouse through a breezeway that connects to the charming three-bedroom home. But you won’t want to stay inside all day—the property has a private beach just 600 feet from the house. Brush up on these 42 water safety tips from lifeguards before you go.

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Galatea Cottage in Yorkshire, England

Just look at that view! This picturesque lighthouse looks over the Yorkshire Esk, which is filled with sea trout and salmon. Nearby you can visit the seaside town of Whitby or explore the North Yorkshire Moors. For more stunning English stays, don’t miss these castles for rent on Airbnb.

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Desert View Tower in Jacumba, California

Not into the whole waterfront idea but like the idea of a lighthouse? The Desert View Tower could be for you. The building was a beacon for travelers in the early 1900s, and it became a roadside attraction. While you’re there, hike through the In-Ko-Pah Gorge or take a sunrise yoga class—you’ll get these 10 life-changing benefits of yoga.

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Selkirk Lighthouse in Pulaski, New York

Built in 1838, the Selkirk Lighthouse is one of the few lighthouses left with the unique birdcage-style lantern. It sits near Lake Ontario on the Salmon River, which as the name suggests, is an ideal spot for fishing.

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Cromer Lighthouse in Norfolk, England

Golf lovers, take note: This historic 1833 lighthouse is right next to an 18-hole course. If putting isn’t your thing, you can take a boat tour, rent a kayak, or even walk on water by “zorbing” in a giant inflatable ball. For a different type of adventure, don’t miss these haunted Airbnbs you can actually rent.

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Porer Lighthouse in Istria County, Croatia

Talk about a secluded getaway! For the ultimate escape, head to the tiny island of Porer, which lies about a mile and a half from the mainland. The four-bedroom lighthouse was built in 1833 and offers total privacy. Make your stay even more relaxing with these 15-second tricks for shutting down stress.

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St. Anthony’s Lighthouse in Cornwall, England

In Sally Port Cottage, you’ll have easy access to the beach on Roseland Peninsula. If you think St. Anthony’s Lighthouse looks TV-perfect, you’re right—it was the location for the 1980s Muppet series Fraggle Rock. (Don’t miss this great life advice from the Muppets.)

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.