With summer water temperatures in the mid-70s, forested shoreline that stretches 165 miles around 1.6 million acre feet of water, and located only 45 minutes from Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa is a beautiful vacation destination for houseboaters who love water sports, fishing, nature watching, or kicking back and relaxing under the heat of the California sun.
Conveniently just off Highway 128 on the south side of the lake, Pleasure Cove Marina offers visiting houseboaters beautiful rental options and a full compliment of marina services. Pet-lovers will appreciate their policy of allowing your pet onboard their rentals with a $100 non-refundable fee for those times you have trouble making other arrangements (or maybe just can’t stand leaving them behind). With three houseboat models that offer a range of price, space, and amenities, you’ll find an option from the bare-and-simple houseboater to the luxury-seeker among this fleet.
On one end of the spectrum, Pleasure Cove Marina offers their 59-foot Deluxe houseboat for rental prices starting at around $1800 (for a two-day rental), depending on the season. Though this model is considered the most conservative option, it rewards its guests with a fully equipped kitchen, TV with DVD player in the living room, a water slide for the adventurous-hearted, and a canopy top and wet bar on the sun deck. This vessel comfortably sleeps 10 people but can accommodate up to 12.
On the other end of the spectrum looms the 70-foot Titanium, with more room to spread out and more amenities to pamper your indulgent side. With an open-style living area, guests can lounge under the ceiling fan in the front salon, at the dining table, or at the breakfast counter complete with Corian countertops. This houseboat boasts DirecTV satellite, a grand-sized hot tub, a sun canopy, and a wet bar. Kids will love whizzing down the waterslide on the spacious top deck. This rental option starts around $3000 (for a two-day rental) depending on the season and accommodates 12 comfortably.
You can also rent out PWCs at Pleasure Cove, with options from ski boats to deck cruisers, canoes, and kayaks. Hit your honey hole before the sun breaks over the horizon or make some wakes for skiers and tubers on these convenient rentals. If grabbing up a PWC is your thing, remember that rental packages are available with most houseboat trips when they’re reserved at the same time.
With over 1.5 million visitors throughout the year, it’s clear that Lake Berryessa has a lot to offer the traveling houseboater. Call Pleasure Cove Marina at 800-255-5561 or swing by and see for yourself.
Bottom four photos credited to Pleasure Cove Marina.