Highly Rated Houseboat Rentals In Florida

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Sunny Florida - the perfect place for a vacation in the sun. Many people love going for holidays in Florida thanks to the sun, sand and the excitement that seems to permeate the air.

There are many attractions that bring people to Florida, and hotels are sometimes booked to the brim, especially during high season.

But have you ever thought of spending time on the water, living in a house boat that has all the amenities that you would enjoy at home?

There is a growing trend among holiday-makers to spend time on a house boat, living in it, taking a dip in the water from time to time, and spending hours sunbathing on the beautifully designed decks.

In this article, we explore the top 5 house boat rentals available for you in Florida.

  • Stock Island, Florida houseboat rental
  • Key Largo, Florida Houseboat
  • The Salty Seahorse, Key Largo, Florida
  • Starfish Aqua Villa House Boat Tavernier, Florida
  • Cozy Aqua Villa House Boat, Tavernier, Florida
  • Houseboat Rental In Florida Price Summary


STOCK ISLAND, FLORIDA (NEAR KEYWEST)


Enjoy living in luxury at a middle class cost. This is a 43’ Luxury charter boat, situated in a picturesque little marina. The marina is approximately 4.5 miles from old town Key West.

If you want to do some shopping, it is only one mile from the city limits. There is a great seafood restaurant nearby, for those who want to taste some gourmet cooking.

The marina can be found off a beaten path, where people come and stay secluded from the hustle and bustle of the town.Permanent tenants include artistes from all walks of life and you can see their work all around the marina.

Fridays and Saturdays are fun days featuring live events, although the music stops at 9:30 PM so you can retire to the house boat for a peaceful night.

The yacht is sound-proofed so you cannot hear much noise from the events happening outside. You may opt to sit on the deck outside and enjoy the music coming from afar.

The house boat has 4 staterooms with 2 beds in each and also 2 bathrooms. It can comfortably accommodate 6 guests.This is a private rental and available for families and friends only.

Boisterous parties are not allowed. The minimum booking is two nights, for a minimum of 2 Pax.


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Very beautiful looking isn't it?

Let's take a look at the features of this houseboat.

HOUSEBOAT FEATURES

Bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 4

Sleeps: 6
·        Bedroom 1 – Double
·        Bedroom 2 – Double
·        Bedroom 3 – Twin/Single (2 Bunk Beds for the crew)
·        Bedroom 4 – Queen Double, which tapers down towards the bottom to fit the shape of the bow.

Note: The double beds are extra-long.

Baths

Number of baths: 2
·        1 general bath with a toilet and a shower
·        1 private bath located in the forward cabin

Featured Amenities

·        Air Conditioning – all staterooms have AC and a salon too.
·        Washer & Dryer
·        Internet – Wi-Fi available
·        Roadside Parking
·        Towels
·        Linen
·        Small dipping pool
·        Satellite/Cable TV

Kitchen

The following are available in the kitchen
·        Full-size Refrigerator
·        Microwave Oven
·        2-burner Stove
·        Coffee Maker
·        Toaster
·        Dishes & Utensils
·        Table with 4 seats

Outside
·        Deck and Patio
·        Communal Pool and Spa

BoatHouse Rules
·        Check-in: 4:00 PM
·        Check-out: 11:00 AM
·        No parties/events
·        No smoking
·        Small children not allowed, but teenagers who are able to swim are allowed.

COST TO RENT THIS HOUSEBOAT

The price to rent this houseboat varies depending on season or availability.

Typically prices average $200 per night (before taxes & cleaning fees)  

This is a regularly booked houseboat in Florida so please book early to avoid disappointment.

You can book this boat below but check out the reviews first. When you give a booking fee, the houseboat is available within the next 7 days.

This fee is non-refundable. If you do not complete the balance of your booking within 7 days, the houseboat will be open to other prospective customers.

Reviews

Well, it is always great to hear from those who have stayed on this Charter Boat so you know what you can expect. Here is a sampling of reviews from people who stayed on the boat within this year.

Fun Experience
5/5 ***** Stayed Jul 2019 Renee T.Duluth, GA

The boat was lovely and we enjoyed sitting at the table on the dock right outside for drinks and conversation. The Hogfish Bar and Grill (almost next door) is fantastic. Good food, drinks and service.The people who work there are very friendly and accommodating.We texted Andy several times with random issues (due to our incompetence- ha ha) and he answered us right away.Truthfully, we probably had more fun in the Stock Island area than we did in town. Walked to a cute, stationary food truck a few blocks away one morning for breakfast & coffee. It was very good. Also ate at Roostica Pizza on Stock Island - another great choice.Thanks for everything, Andy.!
Published Jul 17, 2019

Awesome and Beautiful
5/5 ***** Stayed May 2019 John C.

The pictures don’t do this property justice. The boat is amazing. Very clean and had no problems what so ever. Andy is one of the nicest and greatest people I have dealt with on a property.Everyone in the marina was so nice and easy to talk to and were very willing to give advice on what and where to go and things to do while there. And I still can’t say enough about the owner Andy. We are already trying to figure out when we could come back.
Published May 19, 2019

Experience of a lifetime
5/5 ***** Stayed Mar 2019 jim b.

I have staying on a luxury boat ever been on your bucket list if not it should be. This was one of the best experiences we could have imagined. The bar and restaurant was steps away from the boat but it closed early so it was never an issue with noise. The marina was quiet. Andy was an exceptional host as he stayed up late to make certain that we found the right boat in the right slip at the marina. It is a little ways away from Duval Street in Key West but was very easily accessed by Uber for approximately $20.I would recommend anyone to stay with Andy and rent the boat, you won't be disappointed.
Published Apr 9, 2019



BOOKING THIS HOUSEBOAT

If this houseboat is something you would love to book for a peaceful getaway or for your next vacation, fill in your details below and we'll get back to you with availability and prices.

You can book this boat through our contact us page

When you request a quote, we'll get back to you with the availability and total cost including service fees etc.
A lot of people like to book these for weekend vacations so book early to avoid disappointment.

Houseboat #2: Key Largo, Florida


Come enjoy your vacation aboard this 70’ houseboat situated between the areas of Waterview Suites, Marina and Key West Inn.

Located within the center of Key Largo, you have various nightlife and shopping options to suit your tastes. It comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and one shower and can comfortably accommodate 6 Pax.

The house boat is near a hotel, where you can get items such as ice for mixing your favorite drinks. All sleeping quarters have queen size beds for added comfort.

The fully stocked kitchen allows you to make your favorite meals with ease.

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This is a beautiful boat you can enjoy at any time of the year. Cook up a delicious dish and enjoy it by the water with family or friends or head to the local area and enjoy everything it has to offer.

HOUSEBOAT FEATURES

Let's look at some of the features this boat has to offer.

Number of bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6

·        Bedroom 1 – Queen
·        Bedroom 2 – Queen
·        Bedroom 3 – Two Queen beds,each accommodating one person comfortably

Baths

Number of baths: 1.5
·        2 general baths each having its own toilet
·        1 shower, which is shared and located between the two bathrooms.

Featured Amenities
·        Air Conditioning
·        Concierge services available
·        Heating
·        Fire Extinguisher
·        Smoke Detector
·        Carbon Monoxide Detector
·        Washer & Dryer
·        Internet – Wi-Fi available
·        Clothes Dryer
·        Hair dryer
·        Shampoo
·        Toilet Paper
·        Parking at hotel
·        Satellite/Cable TV
·        Stereo
·        DVD Player
·        Towels
·        Linen

Kitchen

The following are available in the kitchen
·        Refrigerator
·        Microwave Oven
·        2-burner Stove
·        Separate Oven
·        Coffee Maker
·        Dishes & Utensils Table with seating for 5 people

Outside
·        Deck and Patio
·        Kayak and Canoe, with accompanying paddles
·        Paddle Board
·        Communal Pool and Spa
·        Security Cameras

BoatHouse Rules

·        Check-in: 4:00 PM
·        Check-out: 11:00 AM
·        No parties/events
·        No smoking – only allowed outside the houseboat
·        Children under the age of 5 are not allowed
·        No pets allowed

COST TO RENT

The average cost to rent this boat is $300 per night. There is also a cleaning fee of $50 and tax to be included on the total.

There is a cleaning fee of $175, Additional guest fee of $50 Property Damage Insurance fee of $59

All guests have to sign a Waiver of Liability form when they are booking. The rates can be changed prior to booking.

You can book this boat below but check out the reviews. Like we said above, the reviews are all authentic from real guests.

REVIEWS

Before you book your stay at this huge houseboat, get to know more about what others have said about their stay. Here is a sampling of reviews from people who stayed on the boat within this year.

Great for divers! A+!
5/5 ***** Stayed Aug , 2019

this was a great place for a group of divers! We planned 3 days of diving with Rainbow Reef, and our VRBO was just steps away from the dive boats. Super convenient.

The houseboat was spotless upon arrival. The host was easy to work with and met us at the boat to check in.

Property included Cable TV and Netflix along with Wi-Fi. We had plenty of space to spread out and hang our scuba gear up to dry on the upper deck.

It’s a quick walk away from Sharkey’s and Skippers for food and drinks. A/C on the boat worked flawlessly and kept us comfortable throughout our stay.

We also used the gas grill outside to cook some brats. Nice clean towels and linens were provided. Any negatives would be price (extra $50 per person, per night)and it would be helpful to have an external lock on the door because the integrated lock is tricky to get locked properly.

By and large, our whole group really enjoyed having a whole houseboat just a short walk from the dive boats!

Published Aug 30, 2019

Fishing and relaxing paradise
5/5 ***** Stayed Jul 2019

The place is better than detailed. We were able to enjoy the entire boat, slept great, cooked super meals and enjoyed the view of the many boaters that went by.

Great spot to enjoy the rest of Key Largo from. We look forward to coming back. Marie, our host was awesome.
Published Aug 1, 2019


Life onboard
5/5 ***** Stayed Jul 2019

Carrie J:

What a unique experience! We were a group of 6 getting away for a girls trip. Check living on a house boat off the bucket list!

The accommodations were great and plenty large enough for us all. Between the living room, the lower deck and the upper deck we always had room to roam.

We took advantage of the hotel pool and ice maker to cool off on a regular basis. Key Largo was the perfect launching place to go to Key West and many other fun adventures.

Check out Sharkies, the local haunt for a good time.

The owner was always prompt in getting back to me with any questions I had about where to find the best local hang outs. Would definitely stay again!!Published Aug 1, 2019

BOOK THIS HOUSEBOAT

Book this boat through our contact us page.We will get back to you with a quote. All quotes are total prices with everything included (i.e. there are no surprises)

HOUSEBOAT #3: THE SALTY SEAHORSE PANORAMIC FLOATING CEDAR BARREL CABIN

For those of you who would like an adventure like no other, the Salty Seahorse panoramic floating cedar barrel cabin is an experience you will never forget.

It is located in Key Largo, Florida and it floats in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For you to understand why this is a memorable “houseboat” you need to have a feel of what it is like to stay in it.

Open the cabin door and enter a world filled with the tantalizing aroma of Red Cedar. Look out of your panoramic window and see how the water looks like all around you.

See the beautiful manatees, tropical fish, dolphins, birds and other forms of marine wildlife pass by the window as you relax on the Queen sized bed. You can look out into the night sky, count stars as you let the sound of the gentle waves slap the sides of the barrel.

There is an onboard Tiki bar, where you can enjoy a cold drink and have a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

For those of you who have never enjoyed a shower while surrounded by nature, this is the perfect way for you to start.

The outdoor shower allows you to take a bath with the gentle rays of the sun falling on your skin – you may never think of showering indoors again.

The outdoors sink, made from a real whisky-barrel adds charm to your stay, and the Coleman propane grill is always ready to roast the fish that you catch.

Two lounge chairs are located at the front of the barrel cabin, under a large umbrella, where you can enjoy the amazing vista all around you.

When you are tired of staying outdoors, retreat inside and enjoy the flat-screen TV, with an accompanying DVD player.

There is a portable chemical toilet that you can use on the deck, or carry inside the cabin, or placed in the outdoor shower area with the curtain closed for a little added privacy.

A closer look at the Tiki bar reveals a wealth of comforts available at your fingertips. Kitchenware of all types to ensure that you enjoy your drinks and food with leisure. A coffee press, BBQ and outdoor utensils are also provided.

Now let’s have a look at the itinerary for the whole adventure.You will find helpful online and on-location hosts who will be your partners from the time you make the booking till your arrival date.

They will take you to your private dinghy and take you through a tour of the cabin. Then they will leave you so you can unwind for awhile.

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NOTE: You must check in between 2 – 4 PM so make sure you are early; the nearby Black-water Siren is a great place to have some snacks and a drink as you wait for your departure time.

The marina has safe and secured parking, at a rate of $10 per day. You will then board a 9.4’ Sun Dolphin water tender dinghy and head to the cabin, located just 15 minutes out into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Salty Seahorse panoramic floating barrel cabin runs on pure green energy, with a solar powered unit installed aboard.

It is one that is dedicated to conserve the flora and fauna of the Florida Keys.Have a great time aboard this fantastic floating barrel; it will be something right out of a fantasy magazine.

HOUSEBOAT FEATURES

Bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
·        Bedroom 1 – With a Queen bed

Baths
Number of baths: 1
·        1 outdoor shower with a portable chemical toilet

Featured Amenities
·        Washer & Dryer
·        Parking at Marina
·        Towels
·        Linen
·        Flat-screen TV
·        DVD
·        Covered forward area (Umbrella)

Kitchen

The following are available in the kitchen
·        Outdoor BBQ
·        Propane Burner
·        Dishes & Utensils
·        2 lounge seats

Outside
·        Deck and Patio
·        Gulf of Mexico for snorkeling,swimming and fishing

BoatHouse Rules
·        Check-in: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
·        Check-out: 11:00 AM
·        No smoking in cabin
·        Children NOT allowed
·        Pets NOT allowed

COST TO RENT THIS HOUSEBOAT

The rental rates of this amazing houseboat range from $150 in low season to $250 in high season per night.
There is a cleaning fee of $83

REVIEWS

This is great for people who want to have a memorable adventure out on the Gulf of Mexico. Here is a sampling of what others have to say about their stay.

Nice weekend getaway

4/5 ***** Stayed Jul 2019 Victor R.Lehigh Acres, Florida

My wife and I stayed here as a result of the glowing reviews on this site. The stay does not disappoint, but as the listing states, there is no AC. My wife and I brought 4 fans and still felt hot at times. We had a lot of fun fishing and even caught a Baracuda. We did stay on a Holiday weekend so there were many boats and jet skis in the water something to keep in mind. If we could do it all again we would probably comeback during a cooler time of year. Other than that the stay is everything it says it is. We did have a lot of fun riding around and fishing from the dinghy but it is worth noting​ that it does not have lighting so you cannot go out after dark.Published Jul 30, 2019

Great glamping
5/5 ***** Stayed Apr 2019 Michael P.
Loved the boat! Loved the dingy. Kristy is great
Published May 6, 2019

Great experience!
5/5 ***** Stayed Feb 2019 Fabian R.

Best moment in the best place...Published Mar 5, 2019

Fantastic getaway
5/5 ***** Stayed Jul 2018 Pat H.Lakeland, FL


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Again, as a reminder, we recommend to book early to avoid disappointment.

Houseboat #4:Starfish Aqua Villa House Boat Tavernier, Florida

Come to the Aqua Villas at Mangrove Marina Resort and have an exhilarating vacation aboard the Starfish House Boat.

The boat comes equipped with a Queen bed, Queen Sofa and an extra pair of bunkbeds.
The house boat comes with a wide variety of amenities such as flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi.

The fully equipped kitchen has a lot of space for you to move around when preparing your meals. It has sliding doors that lead out to a patio, where you can bask in the sun during the day and watch the stars at night.

You will find the Starfish in the region between Islamorada and Key Largo at Mile Marker 91.7. It is on the Bayside,lying in the safe Oasis Cove of Community Harbor, Florida Keys.

Houseboat Features

Bedrooms
Number of bedrooms: 1

Sleeps: 5
·        Bedroom 1 – With a Queen bed,Queen Sofa and 2 bunk beds.

Baths

Number of baths: 1

·        1 general bath with a toilet and a shower

Featured Amenities

·        Air Conditioning – allstaterooms have AC and a salon too
.·        Washer & Dryer
·        Internet – Wi-Fi available
·        Parking at Marina
·        Towels
·        Linen
·        Satellite/Cable TV

Kitchen
The following are available in the kitchen

·        Refrigerator
·        Microwave Oven
·        2-burner Stove
·        Coffee Maker
·        Toaster
·        Dishes & Utensils
·        Table with 4 seats

Outside
·        Deck and Patio
·        Communal Pool and Spa

BoatHouse Rules
·        Check-in: 3:00 PM
·        Check-out: 11:00 AM
·        No smoking
·        Children allowed
·        Pets allowed

Cost To Rent Houseboat

This houseboat has a rental rate ranging from $350 to $450 per night.

There is a cleaning fee of $75. This sleeps up to 5 people so you can split the costs with friends or family if you'd like to make it more affordable.

Reviews

This small getaway is perfect for a young couple to have a great weekend, whether staying alone or with children. Here is a sampling of what others have to say about their stay aboard the Starfish

Great little getaway
5/5 ***** Stayed Apr 2019
RaymondZ.

Vanessa, Victoria, and the staff at Mangrove Marina were awesome!
Published May 15, 2019

Weekend on the Starfish
5/5 Stayed Mar 2018 Nicole D.Miami FL

We had a wonderful stay at the Mangrove Marina. The staff was great and helpful, the Marina is centrally located to many attractions in the upper keys John Pennekamp State park, Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, & Robbies where you can rent boats, snorkel, take glass bottom boat tours, go fishing, and see amazing sunsets. The houseboat is perfect for a couple or family and adults and kids could spend time out on the deck looking at the fish, Manatees, and stingrays swim by. Our boat slept 5 with a common area including couch, table with 4 chairs, and a large kitchen and its own bathroom. Marina also had bathroom facilities, washer and dries and a pool for the guest.

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Houseboat #5:Cozy Aqua Villa House Boat

Just as the named depicts, this is a cozy houseboat having only one Queen sized bed. It is ideal for a couple, with or without children and looking for a weekend getaway.

You have lots of space to move around as you prepare your meals, and then go out on the patio to enjoy them.

The ambience of the boat is romantic and that is why it is suited for a small family. There are a lot of amenities available on the boat, and for those who don’t mind sleeping with the children, just a single bedroom with some bunk beds for the kids.

Houseboat Features

Bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 5
·        Bedroom 1 – With a Queen bed,Queen Sofa and 2 bunk beds.

Baths
Number of baths: 1
·        1 general bath with a toilet and a shower

Featured Amenities
·        Air Conditioning – all staterooms have AC and a salon too.
·        Washer & Dryer
·        Internet – Wi-Fi available
·        Parking at Marina
·        Towels
·        Linen
·        Satellite/Cable TV

Kitchen
The following are available in the kitchen
·        Refrigerator
·        Microwave Oven
·        2-burner Stove
·        Coffee Maker
·        Toaster
·        Dishes & Utensils
·        Table with 4 seats
Outside
·        Deck and Patio
·        Communal Pool and Spa

BoatHouse Rules
·        Check-in: 3:00 PM
·        Check-out: 11:00 AM
·        No smoking
·        Children allowed
·        Pets allowed

Cost To Rent

This houseboat has a rental rate ranging between $245 and $275 per night.

There is a cleaning fee of $75

Reviews

Are you looking for a romantic weekend with your significant other? Or are you a small family looking for a way to spend time together? Look at what others have said about their stay.

Cozy and romantic
5/5 ***** Stayed Nov 2017
Annie & Manfred S.Orangevale

We wanted a different option over a hotel.So glad we found The Cozy at Mangrove Marina. Nicely remodeled and very comfortable. Cozy have everything you need for your Florida Keys stay.Centrally located to all the Keys and attractions. It's a nice drive to Key West Too. The staff was amazing. We had to do a late check in and the staff there had everything we needed ready for us and not one hiccup in finding the Cozy on the docks. The marina is clean and clear of storm debris, like it never happened. Great Job!!! Great Stay!!! AMAZING SUNSETS!!! We will be back.
Published Nov 30, 2017

Great weekend on the water
5/5 ***** Stayed Aug 2017
Pamela H.

We had difficulty finding the Mangrove Marina but Todd guided us in. Heidi checked us in and gave us the tour of the houseboat Tarpon, We enjoyed our stay in the Tarpon it is roomy with comfortable bed, fully equipped kitchen, lovely shower. Nice deck to sit out at night and enjoy a glass of wine. We highly recommend staying here so much more interesting than a hotel room. The staff is very accommodating.
Published Aug 27, 2017

Fun and different
4/5 **** Stayed Aug 2017
Amy k.

Manatees swimming right by the house was a highlight
Published Aug 14, 2017

Book This Houseboat

You can book this houseboat through our contact us page

HOUSEBOAT RENTAL IN FLORIDA PRICE SUMMARY

#1 Stock Island, Florida

$200 per night + cleaning fee/service tax

#2 (Houseboat 1) Key Largo, Florida

$300 per night average + cleaning fee and taxes

#3 (Houseboat 2) Key Largo, Florida

$150 -$ 250 per night average + cleaning fee

#4 (Houseboat 1) Tavernier, Florida

$350 - $450 per night average + cleaning fee

#5 (Houseboat 2) Tavernier, Florida

$245 - $275 per night average + cleaning fee

As a reminder, you can book the individual boats above.

When you are looking for the perfect getaway or a long vacation, Florida has a wide range of houseboats that you can rent.
These houseboats accommodate from 2 to 6 people, and have a lot of amenities available.

Most are situates near the shore and you can easily step out and enjoy the nightlife before retiring to your houseboat for the night.  

They are pocket-friendly when it comes to the costs and you will find the staff members very helpful should you need their help.

We also have some highly rated houseboats in both Texas and Seattle worth checking out too.

The bookings are available in advance with some customers booking right up to the end of the year.

Kindly check on the availability before planning your vacation or weekend retreat. Make your booking right away and enjoy all the fun that these houseboats have to offer on your next getaway or vacation.


Paul L

I enjoy blogging, business & sailing. From Ireland, I've loved sailing from a young age and love to hit the waters whenever I have time. You can check out more info in the about us section. Hopefully you're enjoying the site and if you have any questions, you can reach out (just subject the email with my name) so it'll get sent to me and I'll happily get back to you. Feel free to share photos and stories of your sailing experiences with us too

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