With the summer sun beaming down, there’s nothing like dipping your toes in the cool water on a stifling summer day. If you’re looking to experience that seasonal bliss, HomeExchange has a wide selection of waterfront vacation homes to help you cool off and dive into summer fun.

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Michael’s Lake Home in Shelton, Oregon


“What a great house! We loved the lake, kayaks, and enormous raft/trampoline! The hot tub on the deck overlooking the lake was great for the cooler days. And our kids just loved the bonus room. Thank you, Michael, for sharing your great vacation spot with us!” - Janice and Sharon

Norman’s Seaside Condo in Nice, France


“The apartment of Mr. Norman is quiet and has an unparalleled panoramic view of the sea. The spaces available are large, bright, welcoming and all very functional. Thanks again Norman for making our stay perfect!” - Nadia

Mary and Ted’s Oceanfront Villa in Bahía De Banderas, Mexico


“This is a wonderful oceanfront escape that is close to Puerto Vallarta but far enough away to be able to relax. The private pool and patio is perfect and a great spot for enjoying the sunrise or sunset. Very comfortable beds and spacious and private surroundings. Loved it!” - Heather and Martin

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Pedro’s Beach Cottage in San Diego, California


“We had a fabulous 4 night stay at Pedro’s home. Honestly, it is aesthetically the nicest home in the area. The location was amazing, a 5 minute walk to the beach and excellent for day trips (we did the SD zoo , Del Mar and LaJolla). The parking space was definitely appreciated as it’s a popular beach for surfers and beach goers. Ocean beach is a great family destination and I highly recommend Pedro’s place.” - Kelly

Joan and Joe’s Island Waterfront Home in Fernandina Beach, Florida


“Joe and Joan were the PERFECT exchange for us. We are on the water. They are on the marsh but you can also see the boats go by on the Intercoastal. The setting is magical. Plus they provide access to the beach via their private club with pool and tennis. Thanks Joan and Joe for being such great guests too! We hope to exchange with them again in the future!” - Greg and Heather

Bobby’s Riverfront Home in Quepos, Costa Rica


“We absolutely loved our experience at the Family Riverfront. Bobby set us up with a guide, Cesar, who provided exactly what we needed. He had a wealth of information about the plants and animals in the area and took us to some amazing places where we were able to swim in waterfalls and experience the rain forest away from the crowds. From the house we had a great view of the river and forest and saw toucans, squirrel monkeys and iguanas. It was the perfect combination of relaxation on the deck overlooking the river and the adventure of the outdoors.” - Leslie

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Kathleen’s Waterfront Home in Prospect Harbor, Maine


“Kathi and Mike were wonderful hosts. The house was as described, and we spent most of our days on the big rock in front of the water watching the world change with the tides. Easy access to Mount Desert Island but with none of the crowds, which was exactly what we needed during this time.” - Maria

Naomi’s Oceanfront Suite in Ucluelet, Canada


“A gorgeous setting with a stunning view! Wonderful and friendly hosts who provided us with lots of local info and even helped carry our bags. A very clean and well designed accommodation. The view from the hot tub on the edge of the cliff was stupendous! Primo location for the rest of beautiful Ucluelet. A highlight was when Jeff knocked on our door so we could experience the Orca whales swimming in our bay!” - Ron

Tricia’s Cottage, Nassau, Bahamas


“We had the best exchange with Tricia and John. They were very helpful and charming. The mangos and coconuts fell out of the trees daily in the garden, so we had them for breakfast everyday. The direct access to the sea, with lots of fish just in front of the house and kayaks available was great! All around a perfect exchange.” - Anaïs

Heidi’s Beach Home in Ventura, California


“The photos don't do this home's location justice. You're about 5 properties from the most beautiful white sand beach, it's fun to watch the activity in the park and from the balcony you can watch surfers. You can easily walk to a few restaurants, kayak rental and produce shops, and Ventura itself is only a short drive away.” - Nola

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Summer isn’t summer without at least one swim day. Make this season last with a waterfront getaway by the lake or ocean with these homes. Remember to stay safe when swimming, use plenty of sunscreen, and have fun!