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The 6 best Airbnbs in the Rockaways for a relaxing escape from NYC

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Retreat to one of these Airbnb properties in the Rockaways.

Written by
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte
Alys Lloyd

The Rockaway Peninsula, a beautiful spot just south of Queens, is a gem for both locals and wanderlust-filled travelers. It's become the go-to place for a quick weekend getaway from NYC, and it's easy to see why - it's a real slice of paradise near the city.

We get it, after a day lounging under the sun and beachside fun, the last thing you want is a long subway ride home. So, why not turn that day trip into a proper staycation next time you head to the Rockaways to escape the city hustle?

To make your trip planning a breeze, we’ve handpicked a range of awesome Airbnbs in the Rockaways. Whether you're into unique stays like boats or treehouses or need a big space for a group, there’s a little something here for everyone. So, pack your beach gear, grab a page-turner, and get set to relax in these fantastic Airbnbs.


☀️ Check out our full guide to Rockaway Beach in NY
🏖️ Explore the best beaches in NYC
🇺🇸 Discover the best things to do outside in New York

Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Airbnbs in the Rockaways

The Ziggy Stardust boathouse in Jamaica Bay
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1. The Ziggy Stardust boathouse in Jamaica Bay

Check out this fabulously redesigned 80s houseboat, a short stroll from some of the Rockaways' top surf spots. While it might be a tad splurge-worthy, it sleeps up to eight and the interior is an absolute stunner. The double-height ceilings and contemporary updates blend effortlessly with its original charm, making this Airbnb a standout stay. The best part? The beach is right at your doorstep, perfect for those wanting to surf or fish. Pretty sweet, right?

Rooms? Four bedrooms. Sleeps up to eight guests.
The mood? A real work of art.
Location perks? You can’t get much closer to the area's surfing and fishing scene.
Budget range? A bit of a splurge.

The designer pad for two in Rockaway Beach
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2. The designer pad for two in Rockaway Beach

Embrace the perfect designer-meets-bohemian vibe with this Rockaways Airbnb gem. Tailored for couples seeking a weekend escape, this modern sanctuary seamlessly blends luxury, comfort, and style. The space flaunts soothing nude tones and washed woods, topped with a bed that’s been dubbed the 'most comfortable ever'. Unwind in the backyard, opt for an alfresco shower if that’s your thing, or just kick back and soak in the fresh sea breeze. Your ultimate vacation oasis is ready and waiting.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps up to two guests.
The mood? Bright and airy. Clean girl vibes.
Location perks? Super close to Rockaway Beach's boardwalk, which is perfect for biking or walking, and taking in those beautiful sunsets.
Budget range? Working remotely? Opt for a month-long stay for a sweet discount.

The surf shack in Rockaway Beach
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3. The surf shack in Rockaway Beach

This place is a stone’s throw from Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Tacoway Beach, and, well, the beach itself. Inside, it’s got a rad winding staircase and a hanging chair (because why not?). Plus, there’s this massive front yard, complete with an actual lawn. It’s the perfect setup for kicking back, cracking open a cold one, and soaking up the sun before diving into some Rockaway-style fun.

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps up to six guests.
The mood? A surfer's paradise.
Location perks? Just
 steps from the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Tacoway Beach, and Rockaway's best beaches.  
Budget range? On the pricey side of things.

The surf house with a tiki bar in Rockaway Beach
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4. The surf house with a tiki bar in Rockaway Beach

Nestled in the heart of Rockaway Beach, this five-bedroom home is a treasure trove of comfort and convenience. With a whopping eight beds spread across the bedrooms, it’s perfect for impromptu sleepovers, while the two spacious bathrooms help avoid the morning rush. Outside, a sprawling yard awaits, decked out with a hammock, picnic table, mini bar, and a BBQ grill – ideal for those outdoor dinner plans after a day at the beach. Just toss in the sunscreen, and you’re all set for a fantastic family getaway.

Rooms? Five bedrooms. Sleeps up to fifteen guests.
The mood? The perfect retreat for large friend/family groups.
Location perks? You're just two blocks from the beach and a very walkable ten blocks to the NYC Ferry (if you fancy a trip to the city).
Budget range? Expensive but reasonable when split between fifteen.

The restored bungalow of Rockaway Beach
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5. The restored bungalow of Rockaway Beach

This chic bungalow Airbnb is perfect for up to four guests spread across two bedrooms. As you step inside, the warm vibe welcomes you, complete with a notable touch of American pride in the form of a giant flag that adds character to the living space. Thanks to the double-height ceilings and ample windows, you'll soak in the sunny weather and embrace those relaxed beach vibes seamlessly. The entire bungalow is yours, and don't miss the chance to unwind on the front deck with a refreshing drink in hand. Cheers to that.

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps up to four guests.
The mood? Cozy and comfortable.
Location perks? A great spot all year round, whether you're surfing in the summer or enjoying a snowy beach walk in winter. 
Budget range? Enjoy a sweet discount for monthly stays.

The beach bungalow in Hammels
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6. The beach bungalow in Hammels

Looking for a budget-friendly Rockaways stay? This modern studio Airbnb has you covered. Not only does it boast a fantastic location, within walking distance of the area’s vibrant nightlife, bars, restaurants, and shops, but its cozy interiors make you feel right at home. Featuring a mezzanine bedroom and a downstairs shower room, it's a snug space perfect for a getaway. Plus, the hosts suggest trying out the local beach ferry service – a great way to explore more of what the Rockaways have to offer. Smooth sailing, matey.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps up to two guests.
The mood? Compact but perfectly functional.
Location perks? You're within walking distance of Rockaway's best restaurants, bars, and shops.
Budget range? As with most New York Airbnbs, this one's got a 30-night minimum stay.


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