The World's Most Unique Coastal Vacation Rentals
Costa Rican Airplane Home
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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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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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.
SoCal Water Tower
Seal Beach, California
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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.
Fern Forest, Hawaii
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Located on the island of Hawaii (aka the Big Island), this treehouse charmer is one of Airbnb's most wish-listed rentals, and it's obvious why. The one bedroom, one bath beauty is perched 15 feet off the ground and is flooded with natural light, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows. The decor is laidback island chic, with palm print wallpaper, bamboo fixtures, and airplants that adorn the bathroom's cork board wall. The getaway is environmentally friendly, too: it's powered by solar, has a gray water system, and uses rain water.
Grecian Cave House
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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.
English Channel Radio Tower
Jersey, United Kingdom
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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.
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.
Charming House Boat
Charleston, South Carolina
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The only thing dreamier than a beach cottage? A beach cottage on the water. Literally. With design details like beaded board paneling, a cheerful turquoise and orange palette, rope detailing, and a painted ceiling, this Charleston, SC houseboat serves up all the charm of a classic beach cottage—plus 360-degree water views (including views of the Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge). Docked at a private marina slip in downtown Charleston, the gutted and rehabbed boat can sleep four and boasts a full bath, heat and AC, and a large deck onboard. Soft wave-lapping sounds and gentle rocking to sleep included.
New Orleans, Louisiana
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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.
Shell-Shaped Beach House
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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It just may be the ultimate beachcomber’s fantasy: a private beach home shaped like a giant seashell. Make that two giant seashells—a conch (dubbed “Queen Conch”) and a nautilus (“Moon Shell”)—designed by architect Eduardo Ocampo. This Isla Mujeres retreat sleeps 4 people (with two bedrooms and two and a half baths), features a pool that overlooks the ocean, and is a 15-minute golf cart ride from the beach. Additional shell design details include: swirling shell-shaped “headboards” sculpted right out of the plaster walls, shell-trimmed mirrors, shell-shaped soap dishes, and large shells converted into faucets and shower heads. Really.