Longer and warmer days are approaching, inspiring waterborne adventures. We implore you then, not to merely dip your toe in, but rush to a life on the sea … or canal, or river, or lake, or body of your choice.
Houseboats and sailboats are more than offbeat lodgings. Life on the water is simpler and you gain a greater respect for the forces of nature. You also use less, the world is your backyard and nobody thinks it’s weird if you take a bath in the ocean.
Flip through the gallery above for 15 maritime picks, from houseboats to sailboats and even a South Indian kettuvallam. Enjoy and all aboard.
1. Venice. 2. South Africa. 3. Amsterdam. 4. Benicia, California. 5. Charleston. 6. Kerala. 7. Key Largo. 8. Montreal. 9. Murray Bridge. 10. Newport. 11. New Zealand. 12. Palawan. 13. Poros, Greece. 14. Sydney. 15. Wakefield, Quebec.
Sarra Sedghi is the assistant editor of Paste’s food and science sections.
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This Venice ship, which lists at $155/night, sleeps two and sits a mere five minutes from the city center. Extra touches like breakfast and a private shower ensure an enjoyable stay.
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This houseboat that's permanently anchored to South Africa's Knysna Lagoon sleeps four guests and runs for $98/night. Children and pets are also welcome to join the experience.
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This 2-bedroom Amsterdam houseboat sleeps up to four guests in a residential part of the city. At $133 a night, it's not a high price to live like a local.
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A short distance from Napa and the Bay Area, this welcoming houseboat sleeps two at $95/night. Aside from a charming atmosphere and lovely view, the space offers wifi, the nearly-essential force that people seldom want to leave behind.
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This expertly-adorned Charleston houseboat (which was even featured on Tiny House Hunters) runs for $289/night and sleeps up to three guests. The boat was recently remodeled and includes perks like air conditioning, an indoor fireplace, cable and wifi.
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This Kerala houseboat, locally known as a kettuvallam, sleeps three and lists for $119/night. In addition to lodging, the kettuvallam offers day cruises through local waters and Ayurvedic therapy.
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This Key Largo houseboat suits a low-key, secluded trip. In addition to basic amenities that elevate a stay from good to great, the houseboat is in prime location to observe and interact with marine life.
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At $573/night, this Montreal vessel seems pricey; that is, until you factor in its size. Sixteen people can comfortably stay in this massive stay that includes its own spa and gourmet kitchen.
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Situated 10 minutes outside of Murray Bridge, Australia, this houseboat can comfortably fit four guests and runs at $93/night. The hosting marina is an excellent spot for kayaking, fishing, birdwatching and more with families and pets.
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This houseboat is right on Newport Harbor and comfortably accommodates three guests. At $500/night, it isn't cheap, but the stunning views, expert location and private sunset cocktail parties and spa days make the deal a little sweeter.
Photo: Jacqueline Marque