Private home: 3 bedroom, 3 baths, private pool, deep-water dock, free wifi
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
Islamorada is not like any other place in the world. 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.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
There is 1 crib
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
The House and Pool rules are available in the house information books on arrival.
Boating information will be provided after booking. This includes "put-in" and trailer storage information.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect Island Hideaway
Beautiful waterfront property with unobstructed views of the sunset. A well equipped home with caring owners, Happy Tarpon is a very comfortable rental for two couples, as we were. Close to great restaurants or simply lounge around the property and cook-out on the gas BBQ. Wonderful experience!
Amazing home with lots of space, the perfect pool and close to everything. Will come again!
It was literally perfect for our family of 4.
Fabulous Homey Stay
This place is like home away from home. Everything needed was available. A dock available for your boat which gave easy access to the water for fishing, snorkeling or a leisure boat ride. A refreshing pool to lounge in after a day of play. A beautiful patio to sit on and watch the amazing sunsets. Our favorite was the visits from the manatees by the dock. Walking distance to a cute waterfront restaurant.
This house has everything you need and close to everything. Amazing views and you have your own little oasis.
Great Keys Vacation Spot
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.
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 Natpawn@yahoo.com. 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.
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.