Our Happy In The Keys Story
Our story starts with the Mexican Drug Cartel in December of 2009.
The more we spent time in the Keys, the more we loved it.
The "Keys Disease"
Welcome to The Caribbean
Before that first trip to the Keys, Stanley and I did not truly understand that the Keys are really Caribbean islands that share the same turquoise blue ocean waters as the Bahamas, Cuba and the other islands of the Caribbean. In fact, Andros Island in the Bahamas, is closer to Marathon, Florida (the middle Key) as the crow flies than is North Miami or Fort Lauderdale. And most other people who have never known the joy of being in these magical islands do not realize that geography and island reality. By way of island culture and ocean views, the Florida Keys have more in common with the Bahamas than the mainland of Florida.
A Familiar Story
A New Business Was Born
Because we loved sharing the Keys with other people and because we are entrepreneurs at heart, Stanley and I started buying and building homes for a vacation rental portfolio. One of our best friends, Kim Portner, had been one of our frequent guests who loves the Keys like we do. Kim happily accepted our offer to manage our properties and she moved immediately to the islands. And that is how our business was born. A deep friendship and a shared passion for these very special islands. Just like all of our adult children, even our standard poodles, Layla and Chopper, are happiest when they are in the Florida Keys, running the beaches, chasing iguanas and fishing the sandbars. Just like us and just like we know you will feel too: Happy in the Keys.
to share with you our found paradise in the Florida Keys by providing inspired rental properties and an exceptional level of service for the best vacation of your life.
We put our heart & soul into everything we do
Our job as we see it, is to make sure that the vacation rental homes are exceptional in every way and exceed all expectations. We want you to feel immediately at home and extraordinarily comfortable in your HappyintheKeys vacation home.
Happy In The Keys
Our ultimate wish, and the reason we began this journey…
We want you to walk in the door, fall in love with every designer detail and never want to leave. We want you to experience the best sleep you have ever had, spend more time in the ocean waters restoring your soul than ever before, catch the most saltwater fish than ever in your life, eat the most exquisite seaside cuisine you have ever had in all of your years, and finally, we want you to smile and laugh so much during your time in the Keys that your facial muscles ache.
We want all our guests to feel as Happy in the Keys as we do: And we hope that our story will become your story, as you make one of our amazing properties your vacation home away from home, returning to it time after time, in the years ahead. Living and belonging like a Florida Keys island local.
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Explore The Keys
In our goal to provide more and more assistance and tools for you in planning and experiencing the best vacation ever, we provide recommendations and information that can truly make your life easier as you prepare for your trip and while you are here.
We also have launched a blog that will discuss what to do while you are in the Keys, where to purchase some of our home decor and furnishings, where to eat or shop while you are here and what to order ahead of time, oh and even what kind of bait is best off the docks!
Destination Guide & Newsletter
Download our Keys Destination Guide, with a 7-Day Relaxation Itinerary and Property Overview.