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Recent Big Pine Key reviews
A COMFORTABLE VACATION
"Frankies house is the comfortable accommodating type of vacation home. I emphasize home because that is what it is!This was my 3rd year @ Big Pine Key and prior visits were @ a more lavish house( not a home)! Iam an Amputee and was comfortable in here in this ground level home. Im returning again and again and....."
Guest: FrankDate of Stay: January 2015Review Submitted: March 12, 2015
"Delightful find. Jorge is a wonderfully accommodating host. We have used VRBO on other occasions and must say this is without a doubt the nicest home we have rented. Already booked again for February 2016. Exactly as pictured and more! Amenities too numerous to mention. Extremely clean, beautifully decorated and maintained. Jorge's love of carpentry is exhibited throughout the home. The most elegant "fishing shack" we have ever been in. Loved the neighborhood. Perfect area for us. Bicycling, Kayaking, Fishing in a quiet nature preserve with all the comforts of home. Easy access to exploration of other areas in the Florida Keys. We love to cook and grill and were very happy with the beautiful kitchen. 3 of our children and their spouses joined us at intervals during our month stay. All have high pressure jobs and said they felt they had found a piece of heaven on earth during their visits. We have 2 small yorkies and could tell they much preferred the warmth and playing with the Key Deer to our Wisconsin snow and freezing temps! We would highly recommend the Ele Shack for a perfect stay in a quiet area of the Florida Keys."
Guest: Jo & MarkDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: March 3, 2015
"We stayed from June 13th-20th. Due to some flight changes we didn't get in until quite late and had a bit of a hard time finding keys (our fault, not Nikhila's) but the cleaners showed up promptly and got us squared away. There were 9 of us, 7 adults and 2 little kids and the downstairs area was just a bit warm for a bunch of Scandahoovians but the upstairs area was large (great a/c) and well set up that it was not a big deal and we were able to get everybody situated. The freezer part of one of the most impressive fridge/freezers in captivity wasn't working but the small chest freezer was more than capable of accommodating everything. The weather was warm but the ESE winds at 10-15 that had been ongoing for some time made kayaking impossible and pushed a lot of weed up into the western shoreline of Spanish Harbor. That was of no surprise to us and should be an expectation of anyone going to the Keys. This was primarily a fishing trip-centric stay with trips out wide from Whale Harbor and into the back country from KW and the house was a perfect jump off spot for both. The proximity to Bahia-Honda (western beach the best) was great for the kids as well. The pool and the incredibly tame Key Deer visits (including a buck in full velvet) were a highlight for everybody. The fishing off the dock wasn't too shabby either considering the conditions and we came loaded for bear. Tons of pin fish available especially in the AM on sabiki rigs. Evening outgoing tides produced a lot of mangroves including several keepers (1/0 and smaller circles on 25-30 fluoro leaders with 2 oz running barrel sinkers, 12-20 lb main line mono). Lots of 2-3 foot nurse sharks. You will need to chum up pretty hard and de-weed a lot but fish are certainly there. I got wasted a few times by good sized 'cuda even fishing with wire and live baits. Same spot every time, cast directly toward the end of the dock on the left. About 3/4's of the way there seems to be some kind of gut or break in the weeds. I would recommend getting a cheap gaff and some gloves at the Marathon K-Mart to handle the toothy critters along with some cheap needle nosed pliers. I've stayed at a few VRBO places now in the Keys and Hawaii and I believe in terms of price, location and alignment of expectations and reality this is the best value for money I've experienced. If you are bringing or renting a boat in the 12-24' class then I can't think of a better place to use as your base of operations. Thank you Nikhila!!!"
Guest: John B.Date of Stay: June 2015Review Submitted: July 1, 2015
"The house was much nicer than the photo's shown on the website. The interior was very clean, comfortable, well appointed and felt like home. The beds were all new and comfortable, the downstairs bedroom provides privacy and is fully self contained with it's own A/C system. The exterior of the house was very well kept and maintained.
The storage room downstairs was useful to store fishing tackle, coolers and the additional "bait/fish" freezer came in handy as we caught lots of fish. The neighborhood was very quiet, yet close enough to the grocery store and local shops to provide easy re-supply for the essentials of any vacation, food, beer & ice. Although we ate at The No Name Pub and Boondocks alot! The pizza is always great at the Pub and the live music & food was always great at Boondocks. The canal was always clean and clear, with easy access to the gulf side bay area. Fuel and ramp facilities are available at Dolphin Marina on Little Torch Key just across the small bay heading into the Atlantic.
In about 4-5 minutes of idle time through the canal, you were in open water. The canal is deep and the approaching channel is deep enough for larger boats and the canal is wide enough to turn around without alot of hassel. We caught tarpon, snapper, sharks and barracuda in the bay within 5 minutes of the house. It is only a 15 minute ride into the Atlantic side around Little Palm Island resort. Plenty of fine bottom fishing (snapper & grouper) is available 1-mile offshore of that resort, or if you go 5 miles out, the trolling can heat up in a hurry. Bahia Honda bridge is about a 20-30 ride, depending upon conditions.
One of our favorite spots after returning to the house was to sit on the couches downstairs and enjoy a cold beer before cleaning fish. Although, sometimes the couch was almost too comfortable! Over the past 17 years of renting several homes in BPK, I must say this is one of the best I have rented. We will definitely keep it in mind for our next trip."
Guest: TimDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: June 2, 2015