8 Unique Airbnbs To Book Now

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The perfect mix of history and adventure, lighthouses have a captivating quality that appeals to travelers young and old. Secluded and right on the water, these navigational beacons are perfect for escaping real life. If you’ve ever dreamed about trying out life as a lighthouse keeper, now’s your chance: You can rent a lighthouse on Airbnb.

While there isn't exactly a lighthouse on every corner, there are a surprising number available to rent. Airbnb has lighthouse listings from California to Croatia. With unbeatable ocean views and cozy atmospheres, they're just such a fun accommodation for almost any kind of vacation, be it a romantic retreat or a unique family weekend. (And don’t worry; you don’t have to be in charge of running the lamp.)

We’ve rounded up eight of the coolest lighthouses from around the world. Whether totally offshore or mysteriously landlocked, they're all available to rent right now. Take a look through our favorites — and let them light the way to your next getaway.
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Salmon River Lighthouse, Pulaski, NY

The Selkirk Lighthouse was built in 1838 to guard the Salmon River Harbor on Lake Ontario. The light is incredibly unique; not only is it one of the last left with the historic "birdcage" lantern design, but it also sits on top of the main quarters instead of being housed in a separate structure. Selkirk sleeps eight (with four separate bedrooms), and guests have access to discounted slip rentals, so they can fully enjoy what Lake Ontario has to offer.


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Verudica Lighthouse, Pula, Croatia

Situated on a cliff right on the coast, Verudica has amazing ocean views and private beach access. The recently renovated villa feels totally secluded from the outside world, but the nearby village of Pula is only five kilometers away and has everything you could need, from grocery stores to restaurants and bars.

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks, Australia

This heritage-listed light-keeper's cottage promises a truly spectacular retreat from "real" life. The light is located within the Myall National Park, making it the perfect place to discover the outdoors — with nature trails, surfing, and diving. Marking the edge of the sleepy fishing village of Seal Rocks, the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse offers incredible views and rocky coves just waiting to be explored.

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Wings Neck Lighthouse, Pocasset, MA

Formerly a U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse, the Wings Neck property sits on the rocky shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests have full access to the original lantern room, also known as the best reading spot on Airbnb. The completely updated house maintains its historic charm, making Wing Neck the quintessential New England getaway, complete with lobster pot.

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Beachfront Marlera Lighthouse, Medulin, Croatia

The totally private Marlera lighthouse is surrounded by sea and sky. Located four kilometers away from the nearest town, it's close enough to bike to the nearest cafe but far enough away to feel absolutely your own. It's also just a short drive from the seafront city of Pula, a historic 3,000-year-old town, complete with Roman ruins. Enjoy this lighthouse all year long, by the beach or cozied up next to the beautiful open fireplace.

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Point Arena Lighthouse, Point Area, CA

At 116 feet, Point Area is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Point Arena Light is actually comprised of six different vacation cottages that can accommodate up to six people each. The property also contains a museum, a whale-watch room, and a gift shop. Though there are other people around, including lighthouse staff, guests have total access to the 22 surrounding acres, with 12 miles of coast.

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Goose Rocks Light, Fox Island, ME

Having secured the label as the only offshore lighthouse you can actually stay in, the Goose Rocks light offers a totally unique experience. Set in the ocean in Fox Island Thorofare, the light is comprised of three levels. Further affirming that Goose Rocks belongs on our vacation bucket list, the lighthouse is actually active to navigation, meaning that while renting guests get the place to themselves, the light will shine and the foghorn will sound if there's low visibility!

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Lighthouse Crna Punta, Koromačno, Croatia

In need of a completely rejuvenating vacation? This Crna Punta lighthouse is totally secluded, making it the perfect rental for a stay full of meditation, swimming, and beach walks. Made entirely of stone, the interior is cozy and comfortably sleeps eight. The villa also has a large terrace, which is great for outdoor entertaining or just enjoying the sun.

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