If Craftsmans and cottages aren't your style, here are 9 out-of-the-ordinary beachfront stays that will feed your curiosity.
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Pula, Croatia Book It(starts at $170 per night)
Perched on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, this 1882 lighthouse has a completely updated interior. The exterior has been left intact, though, calling to mind a bygone era of dangerous seafaring among the rocks and islets of this scenic spot. It sleeps eight, with three bedrooms and two baths.
Puna, Big Island, Hawaii Book It(starts at $171 per night)
In this contemporary home, you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world. The all-concrete structure is perched on Kehena Point, close to one of Hawaii’s famed black-sand beaches. Its distinctive geometric windows offer practically endless vantage points from which to watch the Pacific, and the nearest lava flow viewing site is just a short drive away. The Cliff House sleeps four and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
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SoCal Water Tower
Seal Beach, California Book It(prices vary by season)
Touted as one of the most famous beachfront landmarks in California, this more-than-85-foot-tall tower offers an unforgettable beach escape for up to eight people. The top-floor living room enjoys 360-degree views of the surrounding area, including the ocean, and the whole structure is luxuriously decorated, so guests can enjoy the finest amenities while taking in absolutely unbeatable views. The Water Tower has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
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New Orleans, Louisiana Book It(prices vary by season)
Located next to the famed French Quarter, this seven-bedroom, seven-bath building was once a functioning firehouse. It has since been completely renovated and converted into a vacation rental accommodating up to 14 guests and offering modern amenities. With easy access to some of New Orleans’s most popular neighborhoods, the firehouse provides a unique residence from which to explore the city.
Santorini, Greece Book It(starts at $479 per night)
What’s not to love about this perennially popular Mediterranean escape? A cozy retreat in a restored fisherman’s cave, this intimate rental offers guests phenomenal water views and a simple, rustic setting. The cave has two bedrooms and sleeps up to five people – and updates like wifi, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a fully equipped kitchen ensure that the novelty of staying in a cave won’t detract from the relaxation factor.
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English Channel Radio Tower
Jersey, United Kingdom Book It(starts at $381 per night)
Built during WWII by German Occupying Forces, this six-story radio tower on the island of Jersey now serves as both a distinctive landmark and an impressive vantage point. Carefully restored in a modernist style, the tower sleeps six, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The top-floor living room overlooks both a stunning bay and an iconic lighthouse, with 360-degree views.
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Chilean Boat House
Valparaiso, Chile Book It(starts at $247 per night)
Made of stone and wood, this beachfront property resembles an overturned boat, perched above the Pacific Ocean. Beyond the unique house, guests can enjoy a barbecue, an outdoor oven, a hot tub, and a tennis court. The house has direct access to a small beach with a natural freshwater lagoon. This boat house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and sleeps up to eight guests.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Book It(starts at $306 per night)
Made with a repurposed 727 airplane, this unique rental is perched on a 50-foot-tall platform, with decks built atop the plane’s wings and rooms inside the plane itself, which has been lined with local teak. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and living spaces sit inside the plane, offering guests both excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park. The airplane sleeps up to six guests and includes access to an adjacent hotel’s pools and amenities.
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Orcas Island Forest House
Orcas Island, Washington Book It(starts at $225 per night
Situated high in the trees on a serene, beautiful island off Washington’s coast, the Forest House is a fabulously removed retreat. With one bedroom, one bathroom, and unbelievable views, it makes for a perfect romantic getaway, and its easy access to the natural wonders of the island allow for hours of outdoor activities.