Got the summertime blues? Need to escape the stress of everyday living? Try vacationing on a houseboat—a floating hotel where waterfront views are guaranteed.
If you don’t equate landlocked Arizona with an aquatic getaway, think again. Located just three hours west of Phoenix, constant-level Lake Havasu could provide the perfect setting for a fun houseboat vacation.
From your hotel room on the water, you can splash into refreshing water from the on-deck slide, dive off the swim platform, or toss your fishing line with hopes of catching dinner. Lake Havasu is a great place to watch the morning sun rise over the shore, look for wildlife, nap on the canopy-covered sun deck, and spot shooting stars at night. Although many houseboats have flat-screen televisions, you probably won’t want to stare at a screen when there’s so much natural beauty outside.
Once at the helm, chart your course around the 45-mile long lake and 450 miles of shoreline. Formed by Parker Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Havasu has many secluded coves where you can drop anchor to go swimming, fishing, kayaking, or just lounge on the sun deck. The lake also has more than 30 dive sites—a haven for scuba divers interested in checking out sunken boats, planes, vehicles, and fish habitats.
Rent a houseboat.
A houseboat is ideal for family reunions or get-togethers for several couples. Spacious floor plans and modern conveniences for entertaining, dining, and sleeping bring creature comforts to the water—perfect if you’re planning to stay for a weekend or longer.
On Lake Havasu, houseboat rentals range from 60 to 85 feet with rates ranging from around $3,700 to $6,000 for a three-day, two-night rental, depending on the size of the boat and when you rent. Most sleep 10 people comfortably and are well-equipped with all the amenities you might expect and more: air conditioning, full baths, beautiful wood bars, more storage than a typical cruise ship cabin, fully equipped kitchen, bedding and linens, hot tubs, and plentiful outdoor furniture for enjoying the view. And don’t forget the great fishing opportunities and gas grills to cook your catch.