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Houseboat with a great sunset

Bedrooms 2
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property


We are pleased to let you know our houseboats did amazing through Irma, we are open and ready for your lodging, If you're coming on vacation, we can guide you to amazing activities, restaurants, fishing and diving avenues open for business. Or should you need lodging while here to help the area recover. We look forward to your stay here with us. Centrally located in the upper keys….

'Welcome Aboard the "Sand Dollar" as we say here at Mangrove Marina.

Home of the Houseboat Resort

We are in Tavernier Florida which is just south of Key largo

and north of Islamorada (I-La-Mah-Ra-Da)

We are on the Bayside in a protective tranquil Cove of the beautiful Florida Keys.

Our 'Aqua Lodges' are a boat lover’s dream!

Each Aqua Lodge has a master bedroom with a queen size bed, a loft with two twin beds and a pullout sleeper sofa. They have a full bathroom with a stand-up shower.

The Galley comes equipped with everything you will need for cooking on board. The Aqua Lodge has vaulted ceilings and a front porch with seating for 4 and a small back deck.

There is a TV in the living area and one in the master bedroom.

Our Aqua Lodge guests are invited to use our full-service Marina. We offer a continental breakfast each morning from 8am-10am. The Marina has high speed internet, a shower and bathhouse with a laundry facility. We have a pool with heater and chiller, a BBQ area and Tiki huts which are great for relaxing

Want to bring you own small boat? Or rent a small boat while you are visiting? You can do that!

There is an additional fee for a separate slip, use of our boat ramp and trailer storage.

Please inquire when making your reservation.

. No other resort in the Keys offers such a unique combination of amenities and 'On the Water Living'

Whether it’s relaxing right in the marina on the boat, the thrill of seeing the manatee's swimming right at our docks, fishing from the back deck of the boat, or exploring our wonderful islands, we never underestimate the importance of transforming your vacation into a one-of-a-kind adventure!

OH, and the memories you will take home with you!

Please note our Aqua Lodges are rented for accommodation purposes only as they don't leave our dock.

No smoking allowed on Houseboats or decks. Designated smoking areas are available

So 'Welcome Aboard' and looking forward to seeing you......

More Details


Tavernier House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full bathroom with spacious shower and all enmities
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • A full bedroom with a queen size bed, a sleeping loft with twin beds and living area with a queen size sleeper sofa. Vaulted ceilings with ceiling fan
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Check out time is at 11 AM Check in time is at 3 PM Marina Office opens daily from 8 am to 5 pm, if you are planning to arrive after hours, please let staff know so we can make special arrangements.


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Houseboat with a great sunset
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Absolute GEM!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I planned a last minute trip to Tavernier for Memorial Day Weekend. Every hotel in Islamorada was booked, which is where we wanted to stay. After calling about 30 hotels I stumbled upon VRBO and Mariela was an absolute sweetheart and on top of everything and super accomodating. It was definitely meant to be! This house boat was so cute/spacious and there were no noisy obnoxious neighbors to worry about! We had a blast and in comparison to the shoebox hotels our friends were staying in, we definitely hit the jackpot. Everything was clean, there were towels, shampoo, conditioner and mini soap bottles as well as a TV and AC. We felt right at home and we loved the little tiki bar. I felt so safe and I would absolutely recommend this house boat and stay again! Also, I left one of my favorite hats and they let me know it was in lost and found. Great deal for what you get!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miami, Fl

Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just spent 4 days at the Conch Shell Aqua Lodge houseboat and had a great time.

The houseboat was extremely well maintained as was the marina .

The houseboats are in Boatman's Mangrove Marina.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

The house cleaning staff made daily visits to offer to clean the houseboat and asked if we needed anything. I was not expecting that.

Great sunsets right from the marina and even better if you went just outside the harbor.

I am a boater and could not have asked for more. They included dockage for my boat, storage for my trailer, a ramp to launch and retrieve the boat, and ice for the coolers.

The marina is in a well protected harbor and just about a minute at idle speed to get out to Florida Bay.

The location of the Mangrove Marina was great, it was just a few minutes to Tavernier Creek and out to the ocean.

Highly recommended for boaters.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Great Keys Escape

  • 4 of 5

This was a great way to spend some time on the water in the Keys. The houseboat decor was very up-to-date (unlike other houseboats we have rented in other locations by other vendors). Heidi was fantastic and responded to our every need. The location was great as we were able to walk across US 1 to a park for the dog. We had a car but if not, there are several options for food nearby. I've only given 4 stars because the bed was a little too hard for me and as a result I did not sleep more than 6 hours each night. Next time I'll bring my air mattress. Highly recommend this to anybody who is looking for some place to stay and make new friends.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, FL

Unique and fun stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stumbled upon this houseboat in our search for a weekend escape in the Keys. What a great place to spend a couple of nights! The boat was just as described and the marina is an interesting locale. Heidi was a great host – she even let us come in a night earlier than planned, at the last minute, when we needed to escape a terrible week of work drama. She met us at the boat and made sure we were settled in and even sat by the fire that night with us and the other houseboat renters. There’s a very nice bath house, you can bring your own boat (we were able to tie ours up right next to our rental) and we even had a visit from a giant and friendly manatee who enjoyed drinking from the fresh water hose on the dock. The boat was decorated very comfortably and our only recommendation would be to have some pots/pans for cooking (yes, we’re the weird travelers who actually enjoy cooking up our catch or other specialties while on vacation – but the grills outside sufficed to get us through). Our dog Scally loved the experience, too. I’d highly recommend staying here and we’ll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jupiter, FL

Awesome Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in the Aqua Lodge for a weekend with 5 friends and had the best time! Already planned a trip back to the house boat. All the amenities you could possibly need, clean, nicely decorated and perfectly located. Heidi was so nice and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we so enjoyed you! Very amazing guests :) Can't wait to see you again <3 Heid
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Awesome place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the houseboat for 4th of July weekend and loved it! Brought our boat and tied it right up to the house! Super convenient, great location, very clean and comfortable. The owner (Heidi) was great and very helpful if we needed anything. Would definitely recommend this place and we will be back soon for sure!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was really great to have you all stay on our Aqua Lodge Houseboat here at Mangrove Marina and we are certainly looking forward to you all coming back, all the best, Heidi
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Property Manager

Aqua Lodges Staff
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Aqua Lodges Staff

"Welcome Aboard" as we say here at Mangrove Marina! We are located between Key Largo & Islamorada in Tavernier at Mile Marker 91.7 on the bay side in a protected, tranquil oasis cove of the beautiful Florida Keys.

The Space:

This Aqua Lodge has a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, equipped with TV and Air Conditioning unit. The cathedral ceilings offer a loft with two twin beds. There is also a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room couch. There is a second air conditioner and TV in the living room. The boat has a full bathroom with stand-up shower and full kitchen with 4-burner stove. The boat comes stocked with towels and coffee for 4 quests and have limited cooking utensils for your convenience.

Guest Access:

You are invited to use our full-service marina, offering high speed internet access, a bathhouse with additional showers and coin operated laundry facility. We have a swimming pool, Tiki huts & BBQ area.

A fuel dock with both gas and diesel, boat ramp, trailer storage and ice machines are available onsite. (additional charge)

Why Aqua Lodges Staff chose Tavernier

Mangrove Marina-- Home of the Houseboat Resort

We are just a half mile north of Tavernier Shopping center with Winn Dixie grocery store, family dollar, McDonalds, liquor store, jewelry store, banking, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Dillon's Pub, movie theater, Pier 1 Imports, Chinese restaurant, CVS and more..

Close to many attractions in Key Largo and Islamorada including dive charters, fishing excursions, snorkeling, kayak and paddle-board rentals, excellent dining and much more.

Other things to note:

Check out time is at 11AM

Check in time is at 3PM

Mangrove Marina office opens daily from 8 AM to 5 PM

Late check in is available with prior notice

There is NO SMOKING on the houseboats in ANY area inside or on the decks. Designated smoking areas are available.



Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Miami International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Ocean Reef Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Overseas Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Harry Harris State Park
Car: not necessary

Check out time is at 11 AM

Check in time is at 3 PM

Marina Office opens daily from 8 am to 5 pm, if you are planning to arrive after hours, please let staff know so we can make special arrangements.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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