12 beautiful lighthouses you can hire with your crew

Fresh, coastal air awaits when you book your next family vacation at one of these charming lighthouses. From a private island in Maine to a few beauties along the Northern California coast, these lighthouse rentals provide the perfect escape from the daily grind your family craves. Dream of yesteryear and spend time with the family at an Airbnb vacation rental you won’t soon forget!

East Coast

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For a real New England vacation with stunning views, you can have this entire historic lighthouse and its adjacent home all to yourself. Located at the tip of Wings Neck Point along the west coast of Cape Cod, the lighthouse was built in 1849 and fully renovated in 2003. A former US Coast Guard lighthouse, the lighthouse still stands next to the house of ‘origin of the guards of three rooms. Kids will love climbing the swirling stairs and the next ladder to reach the glass top of the lighthouse, where they will have a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent rocky shores. And when Just watch water is not enough, there is a private sandy beach nearby where children can swim in the gentle waves of the bay.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $ 850 / night
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This property was established in 1828, making it the oldest operating lighthouse in Maryland and the fifth oldest lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay. This site has been lovingly restored so that it can be enjoyed by all. The proceeds from this magnificent rental site will support the CMM and a flagship endowment set up for its ongoing care.

Sleeps: 16
Cost: $ 401 / night
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You will enjoy a 360 degree view at this charming east coast lighthouse. Formerly a US Coast Guard lighthouse, the lighthouse tower is still attached by a covered walkway to a fully functional three-bedroom gatehouse. Guests can climb the mahogany spiral staircase and admire the Atlantic from the lantern room, read the history of the lighthouse, and explore the rocky slopes around the property.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $ 400 / night
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Relax in this spacious rental that even has an elevator for easy access to all three floors. Three bedrooms allow you to stretch out and the large kitchen is at your disposal to take your meals. Walk to nearby restaurants or enjoy the marina life.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $ 325 / night
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If you’re looking for an off-grid adventure with your team of kids, head to Maine where you can stay at this gorgeous property that has four bedrooms and a cottage to rent. This lighthouse station property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and you will find it peaceful and secluded. Take the postal boat from Stonington to Isle au Haut Town Landing where a van will pick you up and take you to the property.

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Big lakes

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Your whole family will love staying at this carefully restored 1850s lighthouse. The breathtaking interior opens onto an incredible four-season veranda and a panoramic terrace with panoramic views of Lake Superior. Soak up the lake breeze, relax on oversized sofas, or savor meals in the gourmet kitchen.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $ 450 / night
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Built in 1838, the Selkirk Lighthouse still keeps the Salmon River harbor at its convergence with Lake Ontario, its lighthouse shines today for the fishing charters that call the marina and for sailors and families enjoying a special stay in this historic structure. Stunning sunsets, a beautiful sandy beach directly across the river and plenty of activities in the area are available.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $ 319 / night
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West Coast and Alaska

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You will love the serenity that accompanies this rental on the Mendocino Coast. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a full kitchen with a lounge to relax in, but the best is the property around it. You can walk to the top of the lighthouse to see if you can spot any passing whales or walk the coastal trails to get some fresh air. Read all about what to do in Mendocino with kids here.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 304 / night
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This stunning location along the Mendocino coast is home to sunbathing seals, migrating whales, and all the shorebirds you love. They recently renovated the house of their assistant lighthouse keeper and two cabins available for rent. Accommodating up to six people, these residences offer easy access to the lighthouse and the beautiful coastline.

Sleeps: 6 in the house and two in each chalet
In line: mendocinovacations.com/maisons

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This hostel recently converted its rooms to private rentals and they are perfect for families. There are three units available and each can accommodate up to 10 people. You will have your own kitchen and an outdoor dining area with a magnificent view of the California coast. Walk just north of the lighthouse and you will find easily accessible tide pools perfect for exploring. Pass through downtown Pescadero or Pie Ranch for some delicious food. Read this story for more must-see places in Pescadero.

210 Pigeon Point Road
Pescadero, California
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This beautiful house has three bedrooms for rent, each with its own bathroom. The rest of the property, including the crow’s nest, game room, and hot tub, are shared between guests. The views over Humboldt Bay will be your favorite.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $ 200 / night
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With two bedrooms, the lighthouse can accommodate around 6 people. The main level features a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and full bathroom, as well as outdoor decks that surround the entire property. The master bedroom is on the second floor with a queen bed and the third floor has the second bedroom, equipped with four bunk beds and a powder room. The lighthouse has an outdoor hot tub that everyone will love.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $ 749 / night
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—Kate Loweth

Please note that the prices quoted were valid at the time of publication, but the rates may fluctuate at different times of the year.

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