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Seven waterfront Airbnbs to rent for a getaway from NYC

From houseboats to quaint cottages, these oceanfront Airbnbs are just begging to be booked for a vacation

Shaye Weaver
Georgia Evans
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Georgia Evans
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New York City has a fair share of scenic waterfront Airbnb stays that can provide that beachy vibe you may be looking for. With so many wonderful shores along Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Orchard Beach, and more, staying right on the water is possible. Escape to one of these coastal neighborhoods and feed your wanderlust with our pick of gorgeous waterfront Airbnbs just a short distance away from the city.

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This 'weird little paradise' on the water is a boathouse within a private Rockaway Beach marina called The Franco. The owner of this home says a stay here means you'll be a part of a quaint artist, surfer, fisherman community just two blocks from the beach. You'll get full reign of the boat, which has a full kitchen, an outdoor grill, air conditioning, a full bathroom, and two longboards on the side of the boat you can surf with. Plus, the vibe is just plain cool.

A romantic cottage in Howard Beach awaits you. With a dining room by the water, surrounded by big windows and skylights, it'll feel like you're on a cruise, whether you're enjoying a cup of coffee or cooking dinner in the open kitchen. There's also a huge tub for soaking yourself in and two plush bedrooms, as well as an impressive dining space for watching local swans cruising along the shore. 

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This Jamaica Bay houseboat is perfect for those who want to have a short walk to the beach from picturesque lodgings. The interior is all white with beautiful, beachy decor, from a hammock in a window to reclaimed wood accents and modern furniture. Meanwhile, the boathouse itself can accommodate 12 people, but the host says it's not a party boat and only renters who are responsible and clean will be given the keys. There's no bathroom, so you'd have to use the marina toilets...which isn't a big deal when you see where you'll be staying.

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This private hideaway is found just one block away from the Hudson River and has all you need for an escape from city life. The space features its own kitchen, bathroom, and comfy queen bed. However, we'd say the real seller is the charming outdoor terrace, which boasts amazing views of the water. When you're not lazing around with a good book, you can explore the adorable town of Piermont which surrounds you.

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Really looking to splash out? Then this is the way to do it. Found in Amagansett, this sleek modern home is designed by architect David Ling (your host) and is found right on the coast of Ocean Beach. When you're not splashing around in the ocean, you can enjoy expansive vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows, curl up by the open fireplace and cook up a storm in the kitchen. There's even a gorgeous terrace overlooking the beach, equipped with a BBQ, and an outdoor shower for the warmer months.

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