"After reading the many positive reviews about the Happy Tarpon house, I have to say my expectations were high. Let me tell you, this house did not disappoint! Many people have stated that the pictures do not do the house justice, and I have to agree. The kitchen was top of the line and had everything we needed (plates, utensils, pots, pans, blender, toaster, etc.), including a lot of the items you would normally need to buy, like foil, Ziploc bags, paper plates. The bathrooms looked brand new, and thanks to their being 3.5 bathrooms in the house, no one ever had to wait. The view from the master bedroom is stunning – what a way to wake up each morning! The deck is so cool, with coral fish swimming all over in the clear water below. Every night we would go out on the deck to watch the HUGE Spiny Lobsters come out to eat for the night. We rented tandem kayaks from PADDLE! the Florida Keys, and had them delivered to the house free of charge. One trip out on the kayaks, right by the deck, we encountered a momma and baby manatee grazing in about 3 to 4 feet of crystal clear water. My daughter was the most excited little girl ever to see them so close (they actually swam right under our kayak). Fishing is great too – I actually caught a nice size barracuda from the deck, which was a lot of fun and quite a workout. We swam in the pool almost 3 times every day we were there, which was so wonderfully refreshing after kayaking or going to one of the many gorgeous beaches nearby. Did I mention the water is crystal clear, which made snorkeling from the deck really enjoyable with so much to see! We rarely needed to use the A/C simply because the breeze from the bay coming in from the doors and windows was perfect! My kids actually set an alarm every morning to get up early, open the sets of french doors, and just be in awe over what they saw! This house is situated in a very private setting – surrounded by palm and mangrove trees. Ellen was very helpful and attentive to every need we had. This is our new permanent first choice for vacation!"
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: April 6, 2015