All the best reality shows have featured at least one episode where the cast members stay in an overwater bungalow while on a luxurious vacation. We've seen it on more than one of the Real Housewives franchises and several seasons of The Bachelor, yet the idea of sleeping inside a little cottage that hovers right above the ocean still seems like peak vacation goals.
Though overwater bungalows in top tropical destinations like Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Panama are tried-and-true favorites among reality stars, staying in one isn't necessarily out of reach for those of us who don't have TV networks comping our travel expenses. There are actually plenty of overwater bungalows available on Airbnb right now.
Ahead, you'll find 13 overwater bungalows listed on Airbnb that range in price and location. Some are splurges located in dream vacation spots like Belize while others are more affordable and not so far away in California and New Hampshire. Peruse all the options ahead and then bring this staple of reality TV vacations into your very own spring break.
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"The overwater cabana features glass floor openings in every room. A full-length patio deck equipped with a private plunge pool, swings, and hammocks. A full kitchen and living room combo with views of beautiful ocean."
Location: San Pedro, Belize
Price Per Night: $285
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"Bungalow N°3 is a unique overwater bungalow with an open flow living room and kitchen design leaving you with unobstructed 180° panoramic views of Bora Bora's famous lagoon. It's no wonder that this luxurious bungalow was once owned by Hollywood's own Jack Nicholson. You will find paradise relaxing on the terrace, enjoying cool ocean breezes, swimming in the lagoon, watching the setting sun or enjoying the nightly animation of fish swimming around the underwater lights."
Location: Bora Bora, Leeward Islands, French Polynesia
Price Per Night: $437
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"The most beautiful private over water on the island! You are just minutes to wonderful restaurants, boutiques, supermarkets, and beaches. You’'l love the peaceful, true Polynesian life, quiet and unhurried. It is paradise. The Black Pearl truly is one-of-a-kind. You will love the outdoor space, the comfy bed, the light, the kitchen, and the lagoon.. This bungalow is for couples only."
Location: Bora Bora, Leeward Islands, French Polynesia
Price Per Night: $480
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"One of our two overwater bungalows at the edge of Old Bank town on Isla Bastimentos with a collapsible 12 x 8-foot front wall, 180-degree ocean views from the bed and giant over water deck with overwater hammock. The bungalow features a king size bed and twin daybed with luxury linens, a spacious hot water shower, handmade local toiletries, and a mini-fridge. Gourmet breakfast at our restaurant next door is included."
Location: Bastimento, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Price Per Night: $148
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"This IS the Real thing! We are DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH. Why settle for a view of the beach, when you can have the entire ocean at your feet?! Malibu's best kept secret 'Malibu Road' Homes of the Stars! Located on most-desired, secluded beach Heart of Malibu."
Location: Malibu, California
Price Per Night: $350
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"Treat yourself to a dream holiday in this bungalow and enjoy the whole family! This 2-bedroom bungalow is ideal for two couples. An extra bed is also available for a fifth person! Featuring air conditioning, this large, water-front bungalow offers beautiful lagoon views. It also has a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a private platform for swimming at the foot of the bungalow."
Location: Paopao, Windward Islands, French Polynesia
Price Per Night: $198
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"We will be happy to receive you in Vairao, in a wonderful small and quiet village at 8 km from Teahupoo, next to a beautiful white sand beach. Facing the lagoon, watersports lovers will be happy : surf (5 surf spot), whales excusions, diving, snorkeling, kayak, va'a (Polynesian pirogue), and aquabike. At the center of Taxi-boat "tahitiititourandsurf", you will be able to enjoy the different excursions that we offer. Come and discover this little spot of paradise."
Location: Vairao, French Polynesia
Price Per Night: $158
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"New Private Island Rental- 2 Bed, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4 comfortable and 5 with 1 guest sleeping on family room futon. Thatch roof overwater bungalow with mahogany and granite throughout. Private blue lagoon with LED lighting. Warm tropical breezes and 360-degree views of the Caribbean and Mayan Mountains. World class snorkeling just minutes from the second largest barrier reef. Guests have the entire island to themselves. Fee includes three meals daily, beverages, personal concierge, private chef, and two caretakers."
Location: Hopkins, Stann Creek District, Belize
Price Per Night: $975
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"We have two ecological bungalows with panoramic views of the Pearl Lagoon, next to a newly-built hotel. We also organize tours to the Pearl Cays, the indigenous and afro-descendant communities nearby, as well as other destinations, and free use of kayaks for sunset picnics in the lagoon. We try to offer our guests a true Pearl Lagoon experience!"
Location: Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua
Price Per Night: $30
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"Strategically placed to catch the sunset, this quaint waterfront cabin is designed for ultimate relaxation. Dominated by a king sized bed, with screened french doors onto your own lagoon patio. Perfect for sun bathing, sunset gazing and when night falls, strong bioluminescent waters makes this cabin seem like its out of a fairy tale. Unique screened walls to welcome in the ocean breeze. A wonderful coral reef lines the whole property for world-class snorkeling, kayak, or SUP expeditions!"
Location: Cristóbal Island, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Price Per Night: $82
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"My place is close to the beach, family-friendly activities, and the airport. You'll love my place because of the ambiance, the neighborhood, the outdoor space, the light, and the comfy bed. The villas are good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and big groups."
Location: Savaneta, Aruba
Price Per Night: $349
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"• *Overwater* Bungalow (cottage) with 180-degree Lake Sunapee and Mountain Views
• Private, attached boathouse for your boat
• Kayak/paddle board from your wrap-around dock outside of your living room
• Hotel quality mattresses and super-soft, pima cotton sheets
• "Boathouse-Modern" Decor. Ultra-clean with a ton of sunlight
• Cozy-up in front of the woodstove on the Leather Article Sofa
• 10-mile lake views from the reading swing
• Chef's kitchen for family meals
• Snack and hot chocolate station"
Location: Newbury, New Hampshire
Price Per Night: $119
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"Our cool and comfortable double occupancy over the water bungalow welcomes you to paradise. Enjoy the leeward side of the island inside a coral reef, pristine white sand beaches, and jungle treks."
Location: Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Price Per Night: $298