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Happy Tarpon House on Florida Bay: Heated Pool - Boat Dock - Fun!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Private home: 3 bedroom, 3+ baths, heated pool, deep-water dock, free wifi.

Happy Tarpon - the best of the Florida Keys. The best of Islamorada! Enjoy privacy in this recently renovated home in the heart of Islamorada. It is furnished for easy tropical living inside and out. We have a heated pool, protected deep-water boat dock and magnificent sunsets looking across the Florida Bay.

The boat dock holds up to a 25-foot boat in at the protected canal.

It is a great place to be between fishing trips or water sports. There is direct access to the Back country or a short run to the Ocean.

The center-piece of the home is a heated private Pool directly outside of the living room and kitchen. There is a sunning deck/wading area built in the shallow end of the pool.

You can watch spectacular sunsets from the house, pool and viewing-deck looking West across the Florida Bay.

This home is Perfect for fishermen, kayakers and paddle boarders alike. Fishermen love it. Families love it.

Happy Tarpon has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. A full-size laundry. And a fully equipted kitchen.

The marble floors, comfortable beds and tropical furniture make this home simply delightful easy living.

Islamorada, Village of Islands Rental License #VR-219

We have a fish cleaning station next to the dock with fresh water.

Happy Tarpon is centrally located to all that Islamorada has to offer: Walk 1/2 a block to the Lorelei Restaurant and Marina. We are also a walk or short drive to many other restaurants. We have the best shopping, dining, fishing, boating and scuba diving in the Florida Keys.


Keywords: Single-family home, Heated Pool, Boat Dock, Sunset views on the Florida Bay, A renovated Two-story Islamorada house, free Wifi, cable TVs, Easy Access to Back Country Fishing and the Ocean. Peaceful. Private Home.

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Will Dornan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Will Dornan

We grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with a passion for fly fishing. Will Dornan owns and manages Snake River Angler, the largest fly fishing outfitter in Jackson Hole and in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. He operates two retail fishing stores. One is in Moose, Wyoming and one is in downtown Jackson. He employs over 20 full time Wyoming fishing guides.

My mom, Ellen, will answer your inquiries. She might be out fishing but will get back to you ASAP.

Will's love of fishing and the ocean led him and family to Islamorada for the best in salt-water fishing. Will's wife and kids love to fish, stand up paddle board, canoe and enjoy the Manatees in the canal by the house.

Will Dornan purchased this house in 2009

Why Will Dornan chose Islamorada

I walked into the back yard of 118 Madeira, stood on the dock and saw a manatee swimming in the canal. I could also see schools of big mangroove snapper hanging out by the pilings. I have fished all over the world from Belize to Mongolia. I could not pass up the chance to buy Happy Tarpon after 22 years of visiting and fishing here. Islamorada is unmatched for the variety and access to backcountry and offshore fishing anywhere in the world. It is also a peaceful, private location for the family. Islamorada is good for the fisherman and the family with all the activities available in the area.

What makes this house unique

The variety of water activities is boundless with snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, boating, wind surfing, kite boarding, fly fishing, reef fishing, and offshore ocean fishing. The beauty of the Everglade National Park is right out the back door. White herons sit on the edge of the pool and look in our living room window (!!) and the manatees come and visit regularly all winter. Ever since I saw my first 100 plus pound tarpon jumping out of the water with my fly in its mouth I have been in love with Islamorada and the Florida Keys.


Islamorada House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No Fireworks Allowed. Read house rules in Information book in the house on arrival. Read pool rules in that book.
  • Turn outdoor water off when hoses are not in use! Close doors when a/c or heat is running.
  • Contact owner regarding boat trailer storage, where to park trailers and boat "Put-in" locations near Happy Tarpon.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom has it's own bathroom. The couches do not make into beds. There is one pack n' play crib.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private Pool is a saline heated pool. The shallow end is great for children or sunning in the water. There is a fish cleaning table next to the deep-water boat dock. It has fresh water there, too.


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Happy Tarpon House on Florida Bay: Heated Pool - Boat Dock - Fun!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Great Keys Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our 2 week stay here with another couple. It was convenient to walk to stores and restaurants. Lorelei restaurant is a hop, skip, and jump from here and we loved their sunset entertainment on Mondays, Weds, Fridays ... an entertaining magician. We cherished our mornings and evenings at Happy Tarpon on the patio/pool area. So quiet and peaceful and beautiful views of the bay. We had daily entertainment by local wild life, especially a bold/friendly great egret, lizards and even manatees. Ellen is wonderful ... very helpful and quick to answer emails, and calls and has the house equipped with everything you would need.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, ideal location, great vacation!!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectucular !!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you cannot get happy at Happy Tarpon then you just cannot get happy anywhere. This place is great, so relaxing just the perfect place to unwind. My wife and I stayed one week with our son ( 21 ) and our daughter ( 19 ) and they had a great time as well, later in the week my brother came down with his son and we had plenty of room. We fished from the deep water dock and from the the other dock as well, we caught a bunch of snapper and even a few nurse sharks from the dock. The kitchen is well equipped and everything works well. There is the Trading post grocery store just a few minutes away but there is also a Win Dixie ( much cheaper ) about 6 miles north. We usually like to explore other options when we rent a place but my wife and I both said that we would come back with no problem. If you have any questions about fishing or anything else that the owner ( Ellen ) can't answer then feel free to contact me at Ellen is great and very punctual with returning phone calls and replying to emails. I will highly recommend Happy Tarpon to anyone looking for a place in Islamorada.


  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Does not get any better

  • 5 of 5

we have spent many vacations in the Keys: from Islamorada to Key West. Happy Tarpon has it all! The photos don't show the whole experience. Perfect accomodations, pristine, with pool, boat dock and close to all Islamorada points of interest. Friendly, helpful owners made our stay even better. Don't pass this up>

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two daughters, a friend and I just spent 7 delightful nights at the Happy Tarpon House. Everything was perfect: the three bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, living room, and best of all the patio, pool, dock and access to the bay. We grilled on the patio and walked to our favorite restaurants and shops. We rented kayaks and stand up paddle boards for a week from Cowboy Outfitters up the street, they delivered them to the house, and we spent our days using them up and down the shoreline in back of the house. The views into the bay from the dock are beautiful. Watch the sun go down in the evening from the dock and patio. The pool is perfect and was used daily. You can walk virtually everywhere you would want to go in Islamorada from this house. Could not imagine a more convenient and beautiful place to spend a week.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

All ready booked for Feb 2017 !! Thanks again for everything.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Annie's Beach
Car: necessary

We have direct access to the Florida Bay and Back Country flats for water sports and Fishing. It is a short run to to the Atlantic Ocean for Salt-water fishing. Also for anchoring on a sand bar and watching the sunset, play water volley-ball and more.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.