About This Listing
Sunset views, on the water, dock with kayak, fishing poles, 2 bikes, beach is a quick swim away from our houseboat. open layout design with full bed on dock level, dining & efficiency kitchen, tiled bathroom inside. Dock with outside kitchen, BBQ, pergola and good swimming canal.
We have 8 other listings on Airbnb - houseboats, sailboat and other cottages if you are looking for something different:)
The SILVER MOON Houseboat is one of our VACAHAVEN in paradise places.
We keep a nice bloglog and movies of our Vacahaven, Silver Moon Houseboat
Staying on a houseboat is a different experience than staying on land. Besides being cute, clean and roomy, our houseboat IS SPECIAL BECAUSE:
her location, the beautiful water, great for swimming, no other houseboats near you,
our beach is a short swim, kayak & access to our Everglades backyard, bay side sunsets and more.
Wake up being on the water- feel the slight, gentle sway of her movement and hear the fish jump in the canal. Jump in for a swim right from the house- You WILL be visited by manatee. They are curious, gentle and endangered so look for them and be gentle.
INSIDE OUR BOAT:
Our 31’ Houseboat sleeps 2 adults, 1-2 children; or 3 adults.
For 4 adults, please consult the bed selection below.
This houseboat has a open layout interior, ceiling height is 6.5' and angles up.
three levels inside;
upper level: Full size bed;
middle level: dining, galley kitchen & head bathroom with separate shower; dining area can be converted into a single bed
lower level: the 'down under' has 3 separate bunks for sleeping. one bunk a single bed;Two bunks are 24" wide.
HD cable TV, WiFi internet, AC.
Tiled countertop galley kitchen, microwave, frig
large bathroom with separate shower,
OUTSIDE THE BOAT:
Wrap around deck with seating at the stern and bow, upper deck and fly bridge, gives plenty of access to the water for swimming, fishing.
She is docked in a clear, deep canal, just off the bay on a 40' dock on a 40’ x 100' property. There are no other houseboats on the canal. This shared dock, with Sun Bay Haven guests, extends your space with additional table and chairs under a pergola.
Enjoy cooking on the dock at the outside shared kitchen and BBQ grill. There is an extra toilet room on the dock as well.
ENJOY RIGHT HERE:
The outside are gardens all around, fruit trees, veggies and an orchid garden in which to relax.
On the dockside is our beautiful swimming canal and outdoor BBQ and pergola. The manatee are very frequent, if not daily visitors.
We have tandem kayak, water noodles, floaties, beach toys etc, for your use.
Our place is situated near the end of the street: quiet, peaceful, no traffic noise. There is parking in front. Sun Bay Haven is attached to Blue Keys Haven and the 40 foot dock is shared.
Our private beach & boat launch is a short swim or walk away.
Watch the sunset from our place or take a short walk through our community to our beautiful pier for sunset viewing.
What makes renting with us at any of our Key Largo places special??
good beds, good quality 100% cotton linens,
special care in cleaning our bedding, pillows, bathrooms;
gardens, flowers, fruit trees, herbs,
outdoor cooking, BBQ, spices,
our manatees in the canal, our kayaks, bikes, fishing poles,
Southern Everglades our back yard, mile from John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park; area coupons for events and area restaurants,
time/weather permitting, boat rides, parties,
personally met at the property and oriented to the area,
maps, recommendations and brochures,
We are WALKING DISTANCE TO:
KMart, Publix grocery, ice cream shop, weekend flea market, Library & restaurants are 4 blocks;
diving shops, dolphin swim, parasailing, best breakfast, Thai food, Cuban coffee & smoked ribs restaurants, laundry, banks & post office are all under 1 mile;
John Pennecamp State Park (2.5 mile).
The distance is an easy walk/bike/kayak/ or swim from our property to John Pennecamp State Park, John Dagney Botanical Park, snorkel/dive shops, grocery, nightlife, the famous Caribbean Club, Coconuts night club, our beach, the mangroves, sea life, the southern Everglades.
You are a short 20-30 minute drive to historic Homestead, Redlands Trail, alligator farm, Fruit & Spice park, Orchid botanical garden, & South Miami.
We are a 2 hour drive to Key West. There is a Harley bike rental a mile from the house. It is a lot of fun to motorcycle to Key West for the day.
Although Miami airport is closer, Ft. Lauderdale Airport is easier.
You can take public transportation, the Keys Shuttle, from the airports to within 4 short blocks of our property.
HOW TO BOOK:
Please look at the house rules section for clarification of all rental fees etc. The rental rate is different depending on the time and does not include Florida tax/cleaning.
Find us "vacahaven vacation rentals in paradise" bloglog for more details.
When you click on the button to reserve one of our places, Airbnb will collect the rental fee, their fee and will hold $300 for security/damage deposit. Our phone numbers and emails are at that time exchanged as well.
We then can go over in detail our place, our pricing and if it is the best fit for both of us! Renter agreement addendum, information, payment of Tax and cleaning is handled after booking and outside of Airbnb system. Upon checkout, with our place intact, the deposit is refunded either immediately or within 10 days.
When you are our guest, we will help with information on places to enjoy, we are close by.
All you need is your toothbrush and bathing suits.
*****we do NOT use Airbnb's calendar!! We receive bookings from other sources. If this place is not available we may have another place that will work for you. Pricing dependent on # of night stay. Please inquire for availability..*****
use of kayaks, bikes, common room with games, books, table/chairs, short walk/swim/kayak to homeowner park beach and swimming pier; shared dock at our manatee filled canal, great for swimming, outside shower, outside toilet/changing room on the dock,
Interaction with Guests
We know that our guests' privacy is a given and it is up to our guests how much interaction they would like. It is our guests' vacation. We live down the street and are here for assistance when needed.
Guests are always welcomed to visit us! Whether that includes going to dinner, kayaking or walking the dogs together or joining us on our pontoon boat out for a ride.
It is also a special treat to get to know our guests; many whom have become friends and returned to one of our Vacahaven vacation homes multiple times.
Some of our Vacahaven properties share common spaces: the manatee canal dock, the bike room & the kayak dock and yard.
After 23 years of hosting, we will take your lead on what is good for you!
Monroe County, Florida tax is 12.5% on the rental rate
Cleaning: $85 - $125
Reservation Deposit: $300 (refundable) is due at time of booking in order to hold the dates and converts to security/damage deposit upon rental payment.
Tandem kayak and two bikes are free with your rental.
Once the rental fee is booked with Airbnb, we have emails and phone numbers exchanged so the rest of the financials and paperwork can be worked out.
We have a renter's agreement that we both sign. The agreement is so we can be on the ‘same page’ with logistics and expectations.
Summary of our renter's agreement is below:
You will know the expected final price before having to book the base rental fee through Airbnb. More photos and info/reviews at our blog of Vacahaven.
After the reservation is confirmed, our phone and emails are exchanged. This reservation price does not include the deposit, Florida taxes, seasonal or # of person percentage, or cleaning fee. In Key Largo, the FL tax is 12.5%.
The refundable security/damage deposit is $300, and is handled via Airbnb.
There is a modest cleaning fee based on number of people and length of stay.
We also have an agreement so we both can be on the ‘same page’ with logistics and expectations. This is a vacation home by owner and not a hotel, therefore, forms such as these are standard faire.
The security/damage deposit is to assure you, our place will be ready and waiting for you and at the same token, assure us, you are arriving.
We endeavor to be clear in our communications with you about our place and the arrangements. Always feel free to visit our vacahaven blog to get more of a feel of our havens. Please ask questions if something is confusing.
We expect that who is listed on this agreement is who is coming. If you have a larger group wanting to vacation together, we may have a different option for you.
If there is something missing that was expected, excess noise from neighbors, something breaks, please contact us right away so we can remedy the situation.
Our home and neighborhood is not appropriate for wild parties or large groups.
Although on vacation, do your best to maintain the home.
We very much appreciate our vacationers taking good care while staying at our home: being energy conscious and being gentle on our environment.
For our Key Largo Florida places, being energy conscious and being gentle on our environment and manatees, is especially important. For example, only a few sheets of single ply toilet paper in the toilets, and other common sense care.
Please no smoking, really.
We want you to have a good vacation and enjoy the place. If you have any questions, please give us a call.
We stayed in Silvermoon for four nights at the end of April. We did not meet Chanoch, but he did answer questions over email. We were greeted by Maggie and Bobby. They were both friendly and helpful. The house was very clean. We had a lot of fun hanging out on the boat, fishing, and swimming in the canal. We enjoyed the kayaks and the park pass to explore the area. For future renters, the house boat is a good fit for 2 adults and maybe a small child. Do not expect to cook much; the stove top is sensitive to the weight of the pots and pans, so there is only one pot that works. We were able to fix breakfast, but eating out is a better option. There is a grill though. The wifi is fast. I would suggest bringing DVDs if you enjoy winding down with a movie at night. If I could suggest anything to Chanoch it would, if it was possible, adding a light in the bed area - it gets pretty dark and if you're like me and enjoy reading before bed, there isn't much light. Also, there were several trash cans, but no bags. Fortunately we had some grocery bags to use, it would be helpful if there were trash bags and extra paper towels. Lastly, we thank Bobby for providing us a couple of beach towels, that helped too, since we didn't pack that. I would recommend staying here if you're looking for something different, it's no hotel, but that's what it so fun! Thank you for sharing your place with us, we had a great trip! We also appreciated the attachments with the list of restaurants, etc. We enjoyed Hobo's, Fish House Encore, and the Pilot House.
Thank you again!
The boat was quaint and charming. The owner was very responsive to our requests. It's also a great location and we saw manatees! We would stay there again.
It was a pleasure to host you! It was great that you gave us a call in advance before your check in time, (always helpful for meeting arriving guests:) I hope on your next trip, you will have more time to stay longer and make use of the kayaks and bikes to explore our neighborhood! Safe travels:)
We loved our five night stay on the silver moon houseboat.
It was a little difficult to get to the lower bed and you can not stand up there. Our daughter 8 years old loved it.
At night there were a lot of little sounds to listen to but we got used to it.
The area next to the boat is shared with the renters in the two apartments. We shared the grill and the dinner table next to.
The best part of the place was all the sweet manatees. They visited the canals all day. We swam in the canals and they came and had a tickle.
We borrowed the bikes for a ride in the neighborhood. There are no helmets.
We also borrowed two kayaks and went around the canals and to the beach and the mangrove next to it.
We would love to come back.
Everything was wonderful and since this is our 2nd trip staying on this great houseboat, all was as expected and totally enjoyed! We love going from 1 spot forward on the outside of the houseboat to the aft side and sitting up top looking for the manatee coming our way, which they accommodated several times a day.
When we arrived in Key Largo, Maggie- a local- checked us in and gave us a tour. We were impressed with her care with details and freely offering lots of information about local restaurants and great places to visit. Our trip, however, was dotted with a few disappointments that I must share to leave an honest review. There was not a working grill, another couple renting down the road were using the only working bikes, and the cable was in and out. We didn't expect to spend hours in front of the TV- that's not the reason we went to Key Largo- but it was nice to have it when it worked at night. The first night we found out that the water heater on the boat did not work, which meant no hot showers in the boat after being in the salt water. People were in and out one day trying to fix it to no avail. Luckily, there was a shower in the house where the houseboat is docked that we were able to use 2 of the 4 nights we booked until new renters arrived. Sadly, we decided to leave a day early due to the hot water snafu and inconvenience.
The positives: Maggie was understanding, communicating with us as much as she could while they tried to correct the problem and Chanoch refunded us for the night we chose not to stay. The listing is otherwise accurate and we enjoyed being able to sit on the houseboat with our coffee in the morning. As promised, we saw two manatee: mom and child. We got fresh coconuts from the fruit/vegetable market which is a short bike/car ride away from the boat. Key West was a fun day trip, too- a beautiful drive and a fun little town. We took advantage of the jet ski tour and parasailing deal.
Considering the hot water heater was unexpected for everyone, I would suggest the houseboat the area to those who want to take advantage of the outdoor activities Key Largo has to offer. There is a lot of shared space if there are other renters, so be willing to meet new people, too :)
We had a wonderful time kayaking and snorkeling in Key Largo! The location was perfect.
We had a fun time staying on a houseboat for the first time and did get to see and swim with a manatee once during our stay. Enjoyed the use of the kayaks; the trip through the mangrove island was great fun. There was a snafu with the check-in and cleaning but Margie did all she could to help and Chanoch was kind enough to refund the cleaning fee for us. The cooking setup is a bit of a mission but we made it work.
Thank you for having good communication and working with us through the cleaning snafu! After hosting guests from all over the world for over 23 years, we have set standards we follow in order to make our guests comfortable, the vacation easy to enjoy and welcoming- a clean place and a cold drink! I'm sorry our slip was showing with your check in. Again, Robin thank you for your kindness and generosity. Please check your email for our gift to you.
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About the Host, Chanoch
HI! When I am not running my business, I am a projects guy- I love fixing up my vacation home rentals in Key Largo Florida.
The renovation team consists of us- fun-loving couple that are passionate about life, music, art, gardens and our wonderful black lab that travels everywhere with Giana.
We have hosted guests from all over the world: in our Brooklyn, NY home since 1992 and now in Key Largo Florida.
We love kayaking & fishing all through the waters of Key Largo and Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, biking along the bike paths of Key Largo, or Prospect Park, Brooklyn, snorkeling at John Pennecamp State Park.
We love traveling, and with that comes learning languages - we speak a little German and Italian and speak Hebrew fluently.
We are involved in many projects where we can spread compassion and generate good. They tend to mesh and outgrow from our interests and projects.
We are involved in the Arts- both creating and supporting. I play accordian and Giana, the piano. Our movie tastes range from Casablanca to Under the Tuscan Sun- then again, they are both love stories:) We both love to cook, especially with friend and family.
What's it like having us as hosts? First, we do this because we enjoy it- meeting new people, making people happy and sharing the great things our places have to share.
We are flexible to what you need in your stay with us- help with shows, a desk for your room, hanging out with us or wanting your privacy.
Our places have plenty of space, communal and private, porches, gardens, indoor kitchens and outdoor BBQs.
Common occurrences: will meet you at the door, hot coffee, ice water or beer/wine to share; take you on boat or kayak tours of our beautiful bay;
We both enjoy meeting new people and helping with making our places a good retreat. Giana had worked in the health care field and now her 'patients' are renovating our places and decorating! We are always doing something- gardening, new colors, adding a new kitchen tool. So if there is something you need, or would like, just ask-- it may be in our basement waiting to be used:)
We are conscientious about keeping our places clean, bug free; We expect our guests to be respectful of our home.
We think time away from the normal routines of life is important and vacations should be easy to enjoy. Easy to rejuvenate! Let us know if they need something, having a good time and visiting again:)