For an unusual overnite stay, consider being rocked to sleep on a floating hotel.
Here's a new meaning for water bed—sleeping aboard boats docked in harbors along the West Coast. Some provide breakfast; some don't.
Brass Bell Floating Bed & Breakfast Victoria, B.C.
Float back to the 1930s and '40s aboard charming, restored wooden power yachts the Thalia Bee and Dreamboat in Victoria Harbour. $126—$149. (250) 708-0301.
California Cruisin' Boat & Breakfast San Diego
The boats of this B&B sit in San Diego Bay, near the Sheraton Hotel & Marina, where guests receive a 20 percent discount on food and beverages and free use of the pool and Jacuzzi. Choose from five motor yachts 42 to 55 feet. $225—$325. (800) 449-2248.
Dockside Boat and Bed San Francisco, Oakland, and Long Beach, Calif.
The largest and oldest boat-and-breakfast outfit in the West features a fleet of yachts to fit every need, from romantic getaways to practical family vacations. All three sites are close to major tourist attractions: San Francisco's Pier 39, Oakland's Jack London Square, and Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor. $125—$500. (800) 436-2574.
Harbor Vacations Club San Diego
Located next to the Sheraton San Diego in Marina Cortez, this B&B accommodates guests on seven yachts from 32 to 55 feet. $189—$269. (800) 922-4836.
Lighthall Yacht Charters Santa Cruz, Calif.
Lighthall boats from 30 to 42 feet, parked in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, offer a taste of ocean life. $90—$300. (831) 429-1970.
Illustration by Michael Klein
This article was first published in March 2004. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.