Are you bored of typical hotels that mostly look the same? Or simply looking for something different? This is where AirBnB comes in handy. Travelers who like unusual lodging have plenty to choose from in California, as there are many themed AirBnBs in California. And more importantly, they’re all affordable!
I picked out these Instagram-worthy Airbnb vacation rentals for you to enjoy the California beach life and endless fun from.
Some of these places are more affordable than others, but I decided not to put a price cap on any AirBnBs, because maybe you’ll fall in love with some so much that you’d like to splurge!
Most Unique & Themed AirBnBs in California
This designer 5-acre hillside villa almost looks like a castle. It’s reputed to be the former home of legendary magician Harry Houdini. And it’s also pet-friendly, so your furry friends can enjoy it too.
This uniquely constructed cob Gingerbread House is decorated with stained glass windows with LED lights inside the glass. It has an outdoor shower and animal sanctuary nearby. Great if you want to glamp in the middle of the forest.
Love Nest Ranch
A Beautiful ranch that has a variety of animals that are very socialized for you to enjoy. All guests will have a tour of the property and a complimentary drink in the Saloon. Those who want to be pampered can also book a massage or facial.
Pirates of the Caribbean Retreat
The totally magical decor of the Pirates of the Caribbean retreat will transport you in the jungle. Great place for a romantic getaway.
House of the Rising Moon Airsteam
A classic Airstream travel trailer, that has been converted into a fully functional Glamping unit. If you get too hot, you can always use the hot tub outside.
Treehouse in LA
Originally built in 1947, this one owner cabin was the former residence of music composer Franklin Lacey and one of the highest homes of Los Angeles. Inside the house you feel as if you were living in a huge treehouse built onto an array of trees.
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This treehouse dome offers the best of both worlds – securely nestled above it all in a quiet forested canyon and close enough to Giant Sequoias Park. Must stay!
Camper at the Organic Ranch
Wake up to a rugged, beautiful landscape with picturesque mountain views close to the beach. The patio nestled in a small avocado orchard provides a peaceful place to relax
Stripped down and past its aluminum studs, this airstream has been redesigned into a large studio with three large frameless glass panels that slide open to a huge cantilevered deck with unrivaled views of County Line beach, the Channel islands, Catalina and Deer Creek Canyon.
A two-bedroom house with an outdoor hot tub and gorgeous views made entirely out of tiles. Both inside and outside.
Sunset Yurt Retreat
Enjoy a private and secluded eco-friendly Yurt with all the modern conveniences. Right in the middle of an all-organic farm that can make you home-cooked meals too. It’s also very pet-friendly!
My dreams came true! They finally built a place for mushroom lovers.
Cabin in the Woods
Beautiful cottage with an outdoor hot tub on the deck and infinity pool nearby. All surrounded by trees.
Japanese Tea House
Traditional Japanese architecture tucked away in a great Berkeley neighborhood. The place has Tatami mats, an organic queen size futon, and an “Ofuro”- a deep and luxurious soaking tub.
Awesome tipi with amazing energy in the Mojave Desert next to Nevada. You will hear roosters crowing in the morning, owls calling to each other at night and our local coyotes who can be heard “yipping” to each other.
Luxuriate in safari romance in this secluded African-style ‘Out Of Malibu’ canvas tent with en-suite bath and sun-warmed shower. Super private location in a canyon, surrounded by nature.
This 1908 tugboat is berthed in one of the finest marinas on the west coast. You can arrive there by bike, by car, or by ferry as it’s quite easy to reach.
Do you have any other recommendations for the unique AirBnBs in California? Let me know in the comments below! BONUS: if you’ve never used AirBnB get a $40 credit by clicking here.
Thursday 10th of June 2021
I found a lot of places in this article for my next visit to California. thanks for sharing...
Tuesday 13th of April 2021
Pipes Canyon Retreat is a great place to stay. Located on 5 acres in Pipes Canyon. Fire pit, hot tub, amazing views. Short drive to Joshua Tree National Park. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/45242760?source_impression_id=p3_1618282552_5y5U5SBZXwxpVcMX&guests=1&adults=1
Friday 26th of February 2021
Anna, they're all an interesting experience. I think more travellers are going to go for these types of rentals, after being cooped up. Just a hotel room won't be enough. I like the Joshua Tree place where you could sit in the hot tub and watch the stars. That would be relaxing. I found another, a tree house that would be very unique for a family rental. https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/plus/4950937/ in Aptos California. Might be pricey but that's very different!
Friday 7th of August 2020
You missed Yosemiteshuteye...a most romantic get a way!
Friday 10th of April 2020
I would love to try these out except I don’t know how to find them on the Airbnb site. I clicked on the names of them but it just takes me to the general homepage. Makes me sad because I was genuinely looking to stay at one of these places
Monday 4th of April 2022
@Anna Karsten, Hi Anna, my name is Daniel and I`m Polish too, from Warsaw. I also travel the world since I was 18 years old. I would like to know more about your RV life, I`m about to start my new chapter in my life and do some traveling in RV.
Sunday 12th of April 2020
If it takes you to the homepage it means the listing got deleted from AirBnB site. Unfortunately, it all changes so quickly, properties get banned etc. :(