Escaping to a beach house is as much part of summer vacations as ice cream and fireworks. But not everyone is lucky enough to own one (or have a family member with one). Thanks to Airbnb, other people’s real estate is easily accessible for your summer getaway needs. The home-sharing platform revealed some of its most wish-listed beach houses with AFAR, everywhere from Honolulu to Montauk. Whether you’re looking for a four-bedroom house with room for your entire extended family or a cozy bungalow for your next romantic getaway, there’s something here for you.
Montauk, New York
With room for six guests across three bedrooms, there’s plenty of space for families and friends to spread out at this bright, modern house on the northern end of Montauk. Located about a five-minute walk from Culloden Beach and a five-minute drive into town, you’re never far from anything. But the backyard—complete with a pool and deck area—provides an oasis from the rest of the world if you’d like to stay in for a day or two.
Book Now: From $599 per night, airbnb.com
Arch Cape, Oregon
The quiet beach town of Arch Cape is on the northern Oregon coast, about four miles south of Cannon Beach and its famed Haystack Rock. Located right on the beach, this four-bedroom house has ocean views from nearly every window and enough room to sleep 12 guests. After a day on the sand, watch the sun set behind the ocean from the backyard fire pit. Ocean too chilly for swimming? There’s also a hot tub to soak in, so you can still enjoy the outdoors no matter the temperatures outside.
Book Now: From $499 per night, airbnb.com
A little over an hour’s drive northeast of Boston, this cozy beach house with a large deck facing the water perches right on a private beach outside the town of Gloucester. With one bedroom, this space is better for couples traveling alone. But if you’d like to invite friends along, the hosts rent out another one-bedroom unit in the same cottage with its own private entrance, kitchen, and bathroom.
Book Now: From $225 per night, airbnb.com
Folly Beach, South Carolina
While golfers and wedding parties may head to the exclusive shores of Kiawah Island, Folly Beach is a casual alternative popular with Charleston’s surfing community. At $299 per night, this beach house about 11 miles south of downtown is quite a deal considering that it has enough room for a group of nine to spread out across three bedrooms. Located across the street from the beach, the house is also within walking distance of the town’s restaurants and bars on Center Street. Don’t miss the tropical cocktails at Wiki Wiki Sandbar, a brand-new tiki bar with five distinct spaces—including a rooftop bar—just down the street.
Book Now: From $299 per night, airbnb.com
San Diego, California
This 1930s beach cottage is steps from the sand in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood and comes with charming retro details like turquoise tile in the kitchen. It’s best for couples or small families because there’s only one bedroom and a fold-out couch in the living room for guests. With more than 400 five-star reviews, you’ll need to book far in advance to secure a weekend getaway at this in-demand property.
Book Now: From $139 per night, airbnb.com
In nearly 200 five-star reviews, most guests call out the amazing sunset views over Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean as this Airbnb’s highlight. Inside, you’ll find a clean and cozy space for two that’s drenched in natural light. The host, Meera, has also kitted out her property with extra amenities like snorkeling gear and beach chairs to take down to the beaches in the area. You’ll need a car to get around, but this studio is a great home base to explore Oahu during the day and relax on the private balcony in the evening.
Book Now: From $125 per night, airbnb.com
Vieques, Puerto Rico
One of Airbnb’s trending summer destinations this year, Vieques is hitting its stride after being devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom house is an ideal home base for a trip there in the upcoming months. Most of the best beaches in Vieques are in reserve areas where residential development isn’t allowed, so you’ll need to rent a car to get to them (but this house has a pool with a view so you’re never far from water). Keep in mind the roads aren’t all perfectly paved in this part of Puerto Rico—renting a Jeep will make getting around easier. Be sure to ask the property manager, Tyler—who gets rave reviews from guests—for his tips on the best beach spots in the area.
Book Now: From $185 per night, airbnb.com
Located in the charming coastal town of Kennebunk, this four-bedroom home is two houses away from Middle Beach and steps away from Mother’s Beach. After a day at the beach, enjoy ocean views from the Adirondack chairs on the patio while dinner is grilling. Families or groups of friends traveling together will appreciate the open concept living room and kitchen. If you’d like to pop into town, Kennebunkport is a five-minute drive away.
Book Now: From $400 per night, airbnb.com
One of the most wish-listed coastal properties on Airbnb, this house is a three-minute stroll from the white sand beaches and emerald green waters of Destin, a family-friendly town on the Florida panhandle. Great for large families or groups of friends traveling together, it can accommodate up to 14 visitors with nine beds across three bedrooms. Between the large front deck and expansive backyard, you’ll have plenty of space to relax outdoors around a fire pit or ping-pong table once you return from a day at the beach.
Book Now: From $362 per night, airbnb.com
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