Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a lighthouse? There’s no better way to wake up than to gorgeous ocean views and the sound of waves crashing onto the shore. Built to help sailors find safe passage through rough waters, lighthouses occupy prime oceanfront real estate. To celebrate National Lighthouse Day, Vrbo searched for the best nighttime beacons you can stay in — from Newport, Rhode Island, to Cork, Ireland — and found six that you simply cannot miss. Rest assured, you won’t be tasked with guiding ships at sea.

Rock Hall, MD

This 3-bedroom lighthouse with an elevator is located in the picturesque town of Rock Hall, Maryland. On the third floor of the home you’ll find a wraparound deck with 360-degree views of Swan Creek and Blue Huron Park. A short drive will take you to Rock Hall Beach, various restaurants, marinas, and the Sunday farmer’s market in historic Chestertown.

Rent this 3-bedroom lighthouse in Rock Hall

Newport, OR

An unforgettable Newport getaway awaits when you stay at this stunning lighthouse replica home. You'll have everything you need to prepare tasty meals for your group in the spacious open kitchen, which includes ample counter space, updated stainless-steel appliances, and convenient extras like a French press, blender, and mixer. With the beach in your backyard and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area directly to the south, this vacation rental is perfect for families who wish to spend time exploring the great outdoors.

Stay in The Lighthouse at Starfish Cove

Highland, UK

Explore the unspoiled Loch Linnhe with its abundance of wildlife, stunning scenery, and endless walking opportunities. Available to rent for your next getaway, Corran Lighthouse Lodge is a detached house with a working lighthouse in the garden. Sleeping up to ten guests, this home offers direct beach access and a comfortable place to relax among family and friends after a day full of adventure.

Book Corran Lighthouse Lodge

Isle of Wight, UK

Attached to St. Catherine’s Lighthouse, this 3-bedroom cottage sleeps up to five travelers. Situated just outside the hamlet of Niton, the cottage offers a great location for exploring the nearby area. When your group is ready to venture out, enjoy a historical day visiting Carisbrooke Castle, stroll around Rosemary Vineyard, or visit the variety of nearby beaches. Make sure to bring your furry friends along on the trip, as the island offers nine beaches that welcome dogs year-round. 

Stay in Penda Cottage

Cork, Ireland

In 1843 the Lighthouse Commissioners, responsible for the safety of those at sea, built Crookhaven lighthouse and the adjoining cottage, available to rent through Vrbo. The cottage has been completely refurbished into a comfortable 4-bedroom living space with sleeping accommodations for 10 guests, providing your group with the perfect setting to relax and reconnect. 

Rent this 4-bedroom cottage in Ireland

Eagle River, MI

This carefully restored 1850's lighthouse boasts 3,000 square feet of living space, with a stunning gourmet kitchen, sunroom, and library for guests to enjoy. Spend evenings making smores at the fire pit, lounging on the deck, gazing at the stars, and chatting with friends. Previous guests have left exceptional 5-star reviews of Eagle River Lighthouse, recalling many wonderful memories created at the home.

Rent this historic lighthouse on Lake Superior