7 Lighthouses You Can Rent Around The World

If you've ever daydreamed of staying in a beacon of light overnight, Airbnb is here to help. And so are we.

Why just pass by an incredible lighthouse when you can actually spend the night in one? Thanks to Airbnb, you can, and there’s plenty to choose from.

Lighthouses are a distinctive part of any region’s history. In turn, one of the most fascinating parts of touring them is being reminded that someone used to live and work in these isolated, yet incredibly lovely places year-round. Today, we can get a feel for what that might’ve been like to be a lighthouse keeper, but in a much more relaxing, retreat-style way.

Whether you traveling alone, as a pair, or just want a unique summer party venue, you can call historic head keeper cottages and converted lighthouses home for a hot minute. Making it even more worth your while (and money), they’re all located in some of the most beautiful destinations on earth.

From lush private islands to the glittering California coast, we’ve rounded up some of the most charming, unique, and historically significant lighthouses on the map. So before you book another typical hotel, peruse seven of the most popular, scenic, and Airbnb guest-approved lighthouses on earth.

Isla Pancha Lighthouse, Lugo, Spain

Ribadeo, Spain featuring the lighthouse at Illa Pancha, an island in the coast of Galicia

Jutting out from the glorious Galician coast, this 19th-century lighthouse has been converted into a luxury stay. Located in northwestern Spain, the Faro Isla Pancha Lighthouse now offers two apartments, state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen and bathrooms, two private gardens, and most of its original architectural charm.

“Warm and welcoming,” this lighthouse offers the opportunity for you to take a bubble bath while taking in the oceanside view. Or, climb to the tower. It’s been re-purposed for guests to gaze into the sea from the highest vantage point. This crowd-pleaser boasts a 5-star rating on Airbnb.

The Lighthouse Inn, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

lighthouse at Quirpon Island, Newfoundland, Canada

If you’re headed to Toronto, this special stay might be worth an overnight pitstop. Budget-friendly and brimming with natural wonder, the Lighthouse Inn comes with breathtaking views of the harbor, a salmon river, and trails. And the inside’s not too shabby either.

This four-level lighthouse has a kitchen, sitting area, and bathroom on the first floor and a bedroom on the second. If you need an extra bedroom, there’s one awaiting you on the third floor. When you make it to the top, you’ll arrive at one of the most magnificent views the region has to offer. The hosts say it’s the perfect perch for enjoying your morning coffee.

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Lighthouse Verudica, Pula, Croatia

lighthouse and keeper's cottage rental in Croatia

Located at the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, you’ll find a globally celebrated food scene, Roman ruins, and this charming little getaway. The Verudica lighthouse was built in 1877. Flash forward to 2012, when it underwent a massive renovation with guests like you in mind.

You’ll have your pick of three bedrooms, a top-tier kitchen, and Wi-Fi. Best of all, it sits seaside atop a cliff, overlooking the pebble-covered beach within strolling distance.

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The Lighthouse Cottage, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Beautiful lighthouse and buildings on the island of Bressay in the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

If you’re looking for something special and especially remote, book your stay at the Lighthouse Cottage in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Peaceful and unimaginably picturesque, this rentable keeper’s cottage sits on 2.5-dreamy acres.

Adding to the wow factor, your stunningly restored accommodations are sprawling with interior and exterior beauty. On top of the incredibly serene view of the sea, you’ll be surrounded by gardens and nature trails.

Point Arena Lighthouse Head Keeper’s House, Point Arena, California

Point Arena Lighthouse

Located a few hours north of San Francisco, this cozy lighthouse and head keeper’s cottage is ideal for a family trip. It boasts two bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, and 23 private acres.

Along with the gorgeous backdrop and waves rolling in, you’ll get a sense of what it felt like to live a day in the life of the head lightkeeper and his family. As a guest, you’ll be granted full access to the grounds, including the hiking trails, museum, and lighthouse tours.

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Galatea Cottage at Whitby Lighthouse, Yorkshire, UK

cliffside lighthouse in England

From the top of the cliff to the boardwalk below, England’s North Yorkshire coast is a remarkable sight to see. Unsurprisingly, the view from Whitby Lighthouse is globally revered as one of the best.

You’ll have two cottages to choose from, but the Galatea cottage comes highly recommended. Sleeping up to five guests in three bedrooms, this east coast accommodation gets consistently high marks for luxury, seclusion, and that jaw-dropping view.

Playa Venao, Provincia de Los Santos, Panama

lighthose tower, hut, palm trees and houses at beach on sunny day

Feast your eyes on this island dream. The Playa Venao lighthouse awaits you on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. Outside your door, you’ll be a few steps from the white sand beach and glittering sea. And be sure to check out the interior shots on Airbnb. You won’t’ believe just how decked out and luxuriously livable this rentable beacon of light really is.

Here’s what the hosts have to say. “Our lighthouse apartment, featuring a spectacular 360º look out of the bay. With its own kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bathroom, you just might want to stay forever.”

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