Beach House Rentals That Families Will Swoon Over

Hawk's Nest cozy cottage in Connecticut includes a private beachfront. Photo courtesy of Airbnb
Hawk's Nest cozy cottage in Connecticut includes a private beachfront. Photo courtesy of Airbnb
3/20/21 - By Ally Noel

We suspect everyone could use a little dose of Vitamin Sea right about now, so we've rounded up some gorgeous, kid-friendly beach house rentals on Airbnb. It's hard to resist a charming beach cottage and all the vacation can offer to a busy family: fresh salt air, lazy days, gorgeous views, ice cream after every meal, board games on rainy days, and long walks with the family along the shore.

These lovely beach cottages along the East Coast come stocked with tons of family-friendly amenities like pools, easy beach access, sports and beach equipment, and more. From the charming New England coastline of Maine down to the sunny shores of Florida, these beach house rentals offer plenty of room to stretch out those sandy toes and sip a glass of sunshine on the porch.

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Hawk's Nest cozy beach front cottage in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Hawk's Nest cozy beachfront cottage in Old Lyme, Connecticut, is just right for families.

New England Beach House Rentals

Barn at Tapley Farm — Maine

This mid-coast Maine antique farm offers a private oasis with beachfront, gardens, and more. Tapley Farm has been lovingly maintained by the same family for generations. The property is surrounded by water making it the ideal location for a little rest and relaxation. Guests can walk to two beaches, kayak, or just relax on the screened porch. Did I mention that resident alpacas are due to move in this year? It's about an hour from the summer tourist hub of Acadia and Bar Harbor. Book this Maine beach house rental for a summer parenting win.

Emerald on the Cove — Massachusetts

You will swoon over this Cape Cod stunner! Kids will love climbing the rustic wooden ladder to the lofted toy room, while the grown-ups will love sipping a cool beverage on the back porch. This home has a little something for everyone with its three bedrooms and laden family-friendly amenities, such as a private beach landing, water views, SUPs, and more. 

Hawks Nest Beach Cottage — Connecticut

Take in breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound while you enjoy a meal on the screened porch before heading out to your private beach to gather around the fire. This is the stuff of family vacation dreams. There is room for everyone in this four-bed, two-bath cottage, offering plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a change of pace.  

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Greenport Beach House - New York
Good luck getting them to leave the pool at the Greenport Beach House.

Mid-Atlantic Beach Cottages 

Greenport Beach House — New York

Your own private paradise awaits you in Greenport, New York on Long Island's North Fork. Steps away from the beach, this three-bedroom, two-bath home sleeps eight comfortably. Even though your family may love taking advantage of this home’s close proximity to the beach and the Greenport Boardwalk, I suspect you'll have a hard time getting them to leave the private, saltwater swimming pool.

Bay Beach Cottage — New Jersey

Walk to hiking trails, an ice cream shop, and a market where you can grab all the ingredients to cook up a feast in your fully stocked outdoor kitchen at this Jersey Shore beach house rental. Shaded by a cedar pavilion, the outdoor kitchen comes with a Weber Grill, mini-fridge, prep sink, and bar (complete with stools). After your meal, snuggle up for the evening around the built-in gas fire pit. 

The three-bedroom White Stone Beach cottage rental has beach on all sides.

Virginia Beach House Rentals

White Stone Beach —  Virginia

Immerse yourself in the 360-degrees of sandy beaches and water at this three-bedroom two-bath beach house. Search for crabs along the shore or try your luck at fishing steps from your front door. The area is also known to be home to many bald eagles that nest in the trees. This home also has a secluded beach and dock where you can relax and take in the scenery. 

The Cottage at Misti Cove  — Virginia

This cute Virginia cottage is packed with so many family fun amenities. Bright and colorful decor? Check. Direct beach access? Check. Waterfront fire pit? Check. Hot tub? Check again! Beautiful views from the primary bedroom? Yep. Hammock? Check. Kayaks? Check. Fully stocked games and puzzles? Check. Bikes, life bests, pool floats, and sports equipment? Check, check, and check! All you have to do is show up and unpack your bags.

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Lighthouse Cottage on Saint Simons Island, Georgia
The Lighthouse Cottage on St. Simons Island overlooks the water while also offering a private pool.

Georgia Beach House Rentals

Three Friends Cottage — Georgia

Four bedrooms, five baths, and a whole lot of family memories are waiting for you at this St. Simons Island beach house rental. This home may be steps from the community pool and beach, but you may never be able to get your kid out of your own personal elevator. Three Friends Cottage also offers tons of luxury amenities like a Jacuzzi tub, gourmet kitchen, and ocean views.  

Lighthouse Cottage — Georgia

As the name suggests, this home is located 100 feet from the famous Lighthouse on Saint Simons Island, a gorgeous, sandy barrier island off Georgia. Guests can enjoy a private pool, hot tub, and screened-in porch overlooking the ocean. Situated walking distance from downtown amenities and right on the beach make this home a wonderful place to call home for a while. 

The Coral Sky bungalow in Folly Beach is just steps to the beach and moments from town. 

Carolinas Beach House Rentals

Coral Sky — South Carolina

Rock away all the stress of the last year on the porch swing while sipping a tall glass of sweet tea at this South Carolina home. This brightly colored beach home in Folly Beach, South Carolina (a pretty barrier island) is filled with Southern charm and was recently updated. Cook family meals from the fully stocked kitchen and enjoy outdoor dining on your large deck and patio space. 

Beach House on Stilts — South Carolina

Bring your family, friends, and anyone else who can fit into this five-bedroom, three-bath beach house rental in Myrtle Beach. In addition to the stunning interior, this home offers ample room for outdoor entertaining including a 42" television, dining table, and lots of lounge space. It's located in the Ocean Lakes Family Campground and guests are allowed to access all of the resort amenities including a beach, pools, lazy river, water slides, lakes for fishing, and more. 

A kid-friendly bunk room at Casa Cielo in Fort Myers, Florida.

Florida Beach House Rentals

Casa Cielo — Florida

Vacation mode hits the second a family steps into this newly renovated stilt home. Casa Cielo has three bedrooms and is steps away from the white sandy beach of Fort Myers. There is a bunk bed room for the kids, while grown-ups can enjoy relaxing on their king bed and enjoying some quiet time by their own personal fireplace.

Turtle’s Nest — Florida

Place your feet in the soft white sand and watch dolphins and turtles swim on by this Melbourne Beach home. Turtle’s Nest features its own walkway that leads right to the beach and a large deck with absolutely stunning views of the Atlantic.

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