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Laidback Beach Shack, with a Vintage Retro Vibe & Serene Feel.

Bedrooms 2
Space 920 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Come stay ....The Laid Back Beach Shack will be your home away from home for as long as you want to stay in the Upper Keys.

We welcome you to fall in love with the area's casual atmosphere.

Experience the coziness of an original Conch House from the 50's completely renovated in 2010 to suit all your needs with today's comforts.

Kick back, take off your shoes, and hang out on the deck.

Read a book outside or take a stroll to the neighborhood beach and park for a quick dip in the Bay. Do a lot or nothing at all.

Welcome to The Florida Keys!

Keywords: Little escape, original Upper Keys Conch House. Cottage with a water view. great for relaxation, fishing & intimate sunsets. Decorated with an eclectic vintage look, with surprises in every room. We even provide you with fishing poles and a cooler for your day at the neighborhood beach and pier. Charcoal and fuel for the small yet perfect brick barbeque. Old record player to play 1940's and 50's music, dance in the moonlight on your deck, enjoy the charm of the keys...

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Elsa or Katrina
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Elsa or Katrina

We own a travel agency in Miami and one of our favorite things to do is head for Key Largo after a long work week. The peace and quiet of the hammocks and the beautiful sunsets, are just what the doctor ordered for relaxation. Although I could go anywhere in the world, my favorite place is our Beach Shack. The drive thru the hammock on the 20 mile stretch from Miami, transports us to another world. A lazy beachside town which what we need after a hectic week in Miami. The southern most islands in the United States, with some of the worlds best fishing and the only Natural Coral Reef Natural park in the world. You can't beat, the bird watching, wild life and snorkeling . Rent a boat for a day or hire a captain to take you out, either way, it's real raw fun!

When I am not walking on the beach, I am listening to quiet music and reading a good book. Sometimes, it's just nice to sit by the beach and reflect. Whatever mood I am in, I always come here to feel good. My daughter is an artist and a decorator, this is her baby. She enjoys finding treasures to make this feel like home. If you love garage sales, and treasure hunting, then hit the streets early and go. Prices are great and you will find sea themed treasures to take home everywhere.

Elsa or Katrina purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Elsa or Katrina chose Key Largo Park

The house is very well situated. Only an 1 and 1/2 hours from Miami International airport and 2 hours from Key West, the southermost point of the United States.

We decided on a vacation house in Key Largo because it is like being on an island that you can drive to.

There is so much to do there. Swim with the dolphins, snorkel at the first underwater park in the United States, John Pennenkamp, or sail the calm waters of the Bay to witness the beautiful sunsets. The location of our house is minutes from everywhere. You can walk to the farmers market, to restaurants to the private beach and fishing pier, all activities are no more than 30 minutes away except for Key West. But you can go there for lunch and then return to the Beach Shack. It's a great little house for your stumping ground to explore all of the Keys Islands.

What makes this cottage unique

Stayng at our beach shack is a serene experience. Listen to the birds in the morning while you have a nice breakfast on the deck or stroll to the private beach to catch the sunset in the evening. When you come down to Key Largo, you get away and relax.


Key Largo Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 920 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Regular standard bathroom with a shower. No tub. The bathroom was rebuilt in 2010 to replicate an original mid-century bathroom with vintage sink and black and white tiles.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) The twin bed is a day bed in the second bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The aqua sofa in the living room is a foam twin bed, by removing the bolster back cushions.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Laidback Beach Shack, with a Vintage Retro Vibe & Serene Feel.
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Dover, NH

The Laid Back Beach Shack was the perfect get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Staying here was absolutely wonderful! We were greeted with wine and snacks and a welcome note, and immediately felt at home. The place was clean and well stocked with everything that we could possibly need. I was actually born in Key West, so I really appreciated the vintage island decor. Some of the things I actually recognized from having them in our own home growing up. We chose the location as we really wanted to explore the Everglades on this trip, and it was an easy trip to get there. It was also convenient to stores and restaurants and anything else that we may have needed. We also made our soujourn to Key West for a day, and that was only 2 hours away. Katrina and Elsa were wonderful to deal with and communicated right way to answer any questions. We also loved the private waterfront park right down the street. Everything was fabulous and we hope that our travels will take us there again. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maximum Chill..great vibe...very location for jumping off in the Keys!

  • 5 of 5

Came in exhausted from life...this place and the beautiful sunshine of the Florida Keys brought rest and revival to our spirits and souls! The place is so put together, mid-century decorated and cohesive with tons of every day products already stocked and even water bottles ready for the beach! My 2 friends and I LOVED IT!! Katrina was available with a quick response at anytime with answers to questions through accommodating and helpful. Our party of 3 was mostly interested in beaches and sun, but we also wanted to kayak through the canals and bay was fantastic!! You can rent kayaks for 24hrs(from local rental places) ., have them delivered right to the canal by the neighborhood beach(1 1/2 blks away)...and then you're off! Met up with a tribe of manatees in one of the canals plus beautiful birds and wildlife.

I would totally recommend this beach house for anyone looking for a place to relax, enjoy the Florida Keys (must have a car), take off on water sports, fishing, boating, kayaking, skiidooing, water's everywhere and really close by!! Plus the full kitchen gave us opportunity to cook a nice breakfast each day.

Thank you Elsa & Katrina for providing such a sweet retreat for the weary souls of the North!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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United States

Wonderful Stay in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay in the Laid Back Beach Shack! In addition to having every need anticipated and a fun mid-century decor, the location is excellent. A short walk takes you a good fruit market and a tasty lunch truck or in the other direction, a candy store, pizza, etc. I was able to walk to Publix and the local library and John Pennekamp State Park is also very close by for kayaking, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides. Absolutely loved the community dock, where my husband and grandson caught lots of fish and saw the manatees roll by. We will definitely return. The home is as described and Elsa was very responsive and helpful. The house feels surprisingly spacious, very clean and we were so comfortable there that we really hated to leave. Love the house, love the decor, love the location!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Loved Our Time Here!

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults and we all absolutely loved this house! It was pristine and clean and obviously well cared for and loved by the owners. Elsa and Katrina were great...everything went smoothly and all unfolded as it should...couldn't have asked for more. The private beach was a question mark until we got there...we loved that also...and spent time there...including with the local manatees. We heartily recommend staying at the 'Laid Back Beach Shack.' Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week and we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful location.

The owners were fantastic to work with-Great communication and very helpful. They have put a great deal of love and thought into this bungalow.

The bungalow was beyond cute! Great vintage/beach decor was unique and charming. The vintage stove is the centerpiece of the kitchen and it is awesome. Everything was neat as a pin. The owner put a great deal of though into making it comfortable for their guests, from extra pillows and blankets to DVD's to watch in the evening. There was not one thing that I can think of that wasn't available to us during our stay.

We spent most of our time of the lovely wooden deck/porch in the back of the house. We had breakfast, read our books and had cocktails out there! It also is very well cared for and tended. There is a nice privacy fence around the yard so if you were of a mind to just lounge all day in the chaise's, you could. A large, moveable umbrella made it possible to stay outside all day without a sunburn.

I cannot recommend this rental enough. We can't wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrisburg PA

Zen retreat

  • 4 of 5

On our recent stay at the Laidback Beach Shack, it was just what we were looking for.

May was the perfect time of year, with it being low season, the rental deal was awesome, and the birds were very entertaining at this time of year.

The private beach, which is no more than a block away, was our favorite sunset viewing area. Highly recommend making time for the sunsets as it is spectacular. It's not a beach as much as it is a boat launching area, but it has sand, and a nice covering for gatherings, with tables, and you need a key to get in, which makes it very private.

We used the back patio a great deal for eating, and also it made an incredible yoga space. We had a great time practicing yoga and just chilling and being zen with the birds and the outdoors. It's a very private space and was ideal for our needs.

As far as beaches go, we found the nearest state park beach very rocky, with no sand to speak of, but a nice view nonetheless. We preferred to visit Sombrero beach, which was our favorite, about an hour south on Hwy 1. We also visited Bahia Honda State Park beach as well, an hour an half south, as well. Anne's Beach is closer, but has very limited parking and is very crowded, for some reason. These were the closest beaches we could find.

We did not eat out, but we loved the Key Largo Fisheries and their fresh seafood caught daily. We cooked a great deal and the kitchen is very user friendly, with all you need to prepare your meals. The retro stove/oven center was certainly interesting, once you got the hang of it.

We enjoyed the bird sanctuary not far south on Hwy 1 very much. We also made our way down to Key West, which is accessible a little over 2 hours with the Hwy 1 traffic, and is doable as a day trip if you leave early enough.

The house is very clean, well maintained, and has a nice retro vibe. The pictures on the website do it justice. The rental process is very easy and everyone was very helpful when making the arrangements.

We wanted a place in a warm climate, with some access to the water, and this was perfect for us. I would recommend this to anyone who just needs to get away, as there is no wi-fi, and we couldn't find the dvd player, but this just made us disconnect, which was probably what we needed anyway.

If you are looking for close beach access, the only negative is the house is not closer to the nice beaches like Sombrero.

Laidback beach shack is the perfect description, and we enjoyed it!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
One of the few Natural Reefs in the United States, John Pennekamp has , boating, beach, mari...
Tower of Pizza
It's a short walk from the cottage and has excellent pizza. Good Lasangna too. They do deli...
Hobo's Cafe
Newly relocated local bar and hang out. Great on Friday nights.
The Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar
Casual yet Romantic atmosphere. Some weekends they have live music in the courtyard. Best ...
The Juice House
Local small restaurant with very inexpensive breakfast. Cuban toast , eggs and milk with co...
Key West Kayak Fishing & Eco-Tours
Mangrove Mama's
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Water boat rides at the Holiday Inn
Car: necessary

The Laid Back Beach Shack is located in one of the first original designated fishing camps in Key Largo. In the mid 40-50's men would come from the mainland by train from Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Palm Beach, originally by train. Because Key Largo was and the largest island, they started setting shop and building small houses to spend the weekends and go fishing. This house was one of the first houses ever built in Key Largo Park. The house is located only a block from the bay with beautiful views of the water and sunsets at the private neighborhood park.

We tried to create a feeling of bygone days in the tropics, with the period accessories and style of that era. But we have completely remodeled the house with all the 21st century amenities you would need to make your vacation comfortable and memorable. The atmosphere is so tranquil that you are awakened by the sounds of nature. When you are here, you can walk to a local Italian Pizzeria, another 2 blocks south is Key Largo Chocolates. Great Ice Cream and you can always get free tastings of the latest chocolate treats! Another block down across the street you have the Famous Conch House Restaurant. Best Shrimp and fish tacos ever! Even have live music on Friday nights.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Property Damage Protection $79
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

Deposit is non-refundable. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Rates are subject to change. Certain restrictions apply. Holiday rates apply for December 19 - Jan 9. Please contact us for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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