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Water levels can rise in the Backcountry Marina basin at any given time. If the water level becomes too high, we are unable to accommodate off-dock reservations as we need to pass under a bridge. Last-minute decisions could be made as late as the hours before arrival.

Location to check in for the houseboat rental: The Activities Booth.

Pricing starts at $350 (plus tax, per night) for a floating cottage – the houseboat does not leave the dock – no minimum night restrictions.

Pricing starts at $450 (plus tax, per night) for an off-dock rental experience – two-night minimum required.

Each boat sleeps a maximum of 6 guests.

Embark on a relaxing journey through Whitewater Bay with your family and friends while enjoying the comfort of these aquatic accommodations. The 42-foot houseboats sleep a maximum of 6 guests (due to a cozy fit, we strongly recommend only 4 adults maximum at one time!) and are fully equipped with all the necessities as well as essential amenities. All houseboats are located in the backcountry marina at Flamingo, located 38 miles from the entrance to Everglades National Park.


Take a tour of what it’s like on the inside of a houseboat with our  How-to Houseboat blog!


Houseboat Testimonial

"A truly amazing way to see the Everglades! The boat was a floating home with all the amenities. We loved it!"

— Kim C.


  • Two bedrooms: one with a queen bed and the other with a full-size bed (three houseboats are available with this arrangement)
  • Two bedrooms: one with a full-size bed and the other with a full-over-full bunk-bed (one houseboat available with this arrangement)
  • Living area
  • One bathroom – shower, no bathtub
  • Galley with: 3 burner stove, gas-electric refrigerator (8.5 cu ft) with a freezer, microwave that will work at the dock, small coffee maker with filters, a basic set of cooking utensils, glasses, dishes, silverware, pots/pans
  • The fridge & hot water will automatically switch from shore power (electric) to propane once the boat departs from the dock
  • Houseboats have A/C while at the dock or with the generator
  • Each boat sleeps  6 guests
  • 70-gallon water tank
  • Screened Windows
  • Propane grill & fish cutting table (both mounted to back)

Provided with houseboat rentals:

  • Linen for beds and bathroom
  • Generator
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels
  • Marine toilet paper


  • In compliance with Florida state law, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, must have a valid boater’s safety card or certificate to operate the boat.
  • All operators must possess a valid Everglades Boater Education card.
  • The minimum age to rent is 25.
  • All houseboat rentals will depart with full tanks of fuel. Refueling costs will be charged upon the return of the boat. (2) 12-gallon tanks and (2) 5-gallon tanks.
  •  Houseboats will be piloted by one of our Captains from the Flamingo Marina, up the Buttonwood canal, and into Coot Bay. The guest will then operate the houseboat until the return trip from Coot Bay back to Flamingo Marina.
  • Rentals will be limited to the boundaries of Whitewater Bay and will not be allowed to travel out of  Oyster Bay into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • A two-night minimum rental is required year-round  for all off the deck rentals
  • All boats are smoke-free.
  • NO pets allowed onboard
  • Check-in is available after 3:00 PM. No night operation. Flamingo Marina will contact the guest to arrange an arrival time.



House Boat Gallery