***This Anchored Houseboat is for Adventurous Campers***
Welcome to The Shark Pup houseboat, a floating retreat anchored in calm Key Largo waters. Enjoy the slow down of boat life as you bob calmly in the still waters. Fish and swim from your private deck. Sight see on your way over to the boat on your own private water tender dinghy that you can use to transport yourself to and from shore on your own timeline.
After meeting your on location host you will be on your way through beautiful waters which are home to the tropical wildlife found in the Keys. Along your 10 minute dinghy ride you may see manatee, dolphins, tarpon, iguana, the Great White Heron etc. Use this tender for the entirety of your stay, taking full advantage of a sunrise or sunset cruise that will give you a view like no other from right on the water.
Once you arrive at The Shark Pup you will find an outdoor bar with seating area, across from a Coleman BBQ under the shade of a palm tree, giving you a true island vacation feel with spectacular views. Swim, fish, snorkel or sight see right from the front of your deck.
Inside the houseboat grab a cold drink from the fridge and settle on your premium coil futon mattress, which pulls out into a full bed for those nights you get to fall asleep gently swaying on the water. Enjoy a late night DVD (please bring your own) on your 40" flatscreen television or sit under the stars taking in every ounce of Key Largo beauty. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, silverware and BBQ utensils, as is the unit with towels and bed linens.
Bathroom facilities on The Shark Pup include a Dometic marine chemical toilet and a hand held Helio rinse off shower for a quick bathe on the deck after your mid day swim. Full shower and bathroom are available to you at the marina where you parked.
Our wonderful online and on location hosts will be in touch with you from booking onwards and will be there at the marina to greet you, show you your private dinghy, explain your cabin and then leave you to relax! Check in must happen between the hours of 2 and 4 so please arrange to arrive early and grab a bite to eat or cold drink at the Blackwater Siren while you wait.
Once you’ve arrived at the marina with secured, onsite parking (please bring $10/day cash for the marina), and have boarded your private 9.4ft SunDolphin water tender dinghy, you will embark on the 10 minute ride to your cabin. As you begin your adventure you will pass local hot spots such as Blackwater Siren restaurant with great food, entertainment and drinks, as well as Gilbert’s Restaurant which boasts the largest Tiki Bar in the Florida Keys. There you will also find great food, drinks, live entertainment, as well as lounge chairs on a beautifully maintained beach available for you to relax, order food or a drink, and perhaps dive into a long awaited novel. Jet ski rentals, kayak rentals and other water sport activities are also available on the beach.
This houseboat is eco friendly, being fully powered by solar energy from the Florida sun! The views from this vacation, and the relaxation you feel, will be etched in your memory and a reminder of your adventure filled Key Largo vacation!
This is an outdoor experience reserved for camping, outdoors, adventurous people. Please do not book this if you cannot be flexible with weather, wildlife or the water. You are on the water and on a still night there may be mosquitos so please come prepared with your choice of bug repellant.
As a reminder, like camping, there is no AC. We do offer an exhaust fan, bedside fan and a bug screen so you can keep your door open during the night. Seeing as you are in the Keys you most likely won't be spending your days in doors, so just bring light sleeping attire to keep you cool.
We do not offer full refunds if you cannot make it due to travel delays, bad weather or user error with the units.
Please pack light! You reach your unit with a 9.4 foot dinghy and large suitcases will both take up space and weigh down your boat. There is weight requirement due to the size of our tenders, all cargo (humans and baggage) cannot exceed 450 pounds. There is also minimal storage on board. We advise that if you are staying in the area for awhile that you pack an overnight bag to take while you campout on our units.
Guests must be relatively fit to be able to climb in and out of dinghy, climb swim ladder onto unit and spend their vacation in a smaller area.
Check in times are 2-4, no exceptions! Our on location host will be in touch with you prior to your arrival to set a more firm time and we ask that you respect her time and arrive within the alotted time. There will be a fee if she has to return to the marina after hours to check you in. Absolutely NO CHECK INS AFTER SUNDOWN. If significant travel delays happen you will need to find other accommodation for the night as we cannot check in a guest after dark.
Best plan is to aim to arrive early, enjoy the area, connect with our host and she can often check in guests earlier if possible!
Thank you for reading this in its entirety and considering the Shark Pup for your unique getaway experience! Please reach out if you have any questions :)