We are a small romantic cottage on a tropical island named Conch Key; It's a quaint & Old Florida Keys style lobster fishing village located about 10 miles from Marathon. Close to various state parks and beaches.
Centrally located we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West, making us a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing.
We offer a quiet underdeveloped island with an easy relaxing pace of life consisting of small residential streets, where you can take a leisurely stroll, bike ride on our bikes(no traffic), take an ocean water swim off our private dock, explore the island & find our hidden cove & beach, or take a nap under the large Tiki hut in our hammocks, and still embrace the authentic charm of the Old Florida Keys.
You can embark on an adventure, launch the kayaks and fish the flats or explore the island waterside, paddle to surrounding sandbars, other islands & scenic waterways, as well as island beaches accessible by small boat only. All our guests may enjoy the use of our bicycles & kayaks without charge.
On a beautiful waterview setting, the back yard opens to a large Tiki Hut with electricity, ceiling fans, and night time lighting on the water. Under its roof you'll find swinging hammocks and dining table for relaxation, perfect for cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic & on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime, or shine a light into the water at night and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other sea life passing around our dock.
Your next door neighbors Steve & Jeff, professional commercial lobstermen, will sell you fresh caught, off their boats, lobster and stone crab when in season; or ask your other next door neighbor Captain Dan, professional captain & fishing guide to take you on a 1/2 day or full day charter on his boat and catch your own fish without having to drive anywhere: just wake up, step off your back porch & onto his boat. After a beautiful day on the water Captain Dan will help or filet your fish. You can cook them on the grill as soon as you get off the boat, or take it to many of the local eateries that will cook your catch for a delicious meal.
If you like to fish without a boat, we are located within walking distance of the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge ( apx. 3 miles long) where you can cast your bait for tarpon & many other variety of salt water fish. The bridge is also a great place take a bike ride, go for a walk, or jog if you are a runner, and catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.
For our guests who own or bring boats, the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate a boat up to 23' in length (no additional charges) & there's plenty of room on property to store you trailer (again no additional charges). There is immediate Bay & Ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and other water activities.
To qualified boaters we can also offer (with additional charges & booked in advance with a minimum 7 night booking) Small Motor Boat Options (SMBOs) - small motor boat rentals available with the cottage booking only, capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat only accessible island beaches. Our boats are capable of getting under the many smaller lower height bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways etc. They are not for use in deeper ocean side water, if you are interested in a Deep sea or larger boat rental, we can certainly help guide you to a close & practical boat rental company.
Tastefully furnished, the cottage is a cozy 2bedroom/2bath romantic getaway with WIFI internet access. Accommodations are comfortable for 2 guests on each queen size bed, and if necessary 1 guest on the couch (a bit crowded). The 2nd bedroom/bath is attached to the cottage but accessible by a private front porch courtyard entrance/exit, not through the body of the main cottage, providing an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families, but may be unsuitable for younger children. Each side includes its own bathroom, Direct TV with premium channels, & separate thermostatically controlled central a/c & heat.
THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE RENTAL, NO LARGE GATHERINGS. We love great guests that are respectful of our neighbors & our property on this quaint island & thus allow no more than a respectful number, or limit of non-booked guests at any time during your stay.
We apologize in advance as the VRBO/Homeaway platform, programming & logarithms don't always mesh with our practical needs & policies concerning online rentals, it works but does not always work flawlessly. Estimated rates (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) from the VRBO/Homeaway sight are based on a 2 bedroom 2 bath rental for 2 couples, a maximum of 4 guests (sharing 2 queen size beds) DURING NON HOLIDAY & NON SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS only & therefore may not be an accurate pricing for your selected dates. HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS & ADDITIONAL GUESTS are not reflected accurately on the estimated rental rate (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) prior to our formal reply or our edited quote, & incur additional charges and/or higher damage deposits .
LOBSTER MINI SEASON (usually the last Wednesday & Thursday in July) REQUIRES A 7 NIGHT BOOKING & other Special Event or Holiday periods may require a minimum number of nights to reserve a booking also.
Families please provide the ages of any children in your initial inquiry to receive our best possible rates.
We require a copy of your Drivers License with signed rental agreement after you book.
1BEDROOM/1BATH COTTAGE RENTALS
The cottage may be rented as a 1br/1bth rental at a cheaper rate for 1 couple renters only, with a minimum 7 night booking. The "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab where you enter your booking dates, will not provide this pricing for 1br/1bth rentals. For 1br/1bth rentals click on "send e mail" (inquiry only, not automatic booking), request a quote for the 1br/1bth option, 7 night minimum.
The courtyard 2nd bedroom with bath, is closed for individual couples who request (on the initial inquiry prior to booking) to rent as a 1br/1bth at the lower rates (*see our 1br/1bth rates under 'additional info about our rates'/ 'Notes') who would not have the need for a second bedroom (couple or couple with infant).The courtyard 2nd br/bth is never booked or available for booking by another party during a 1br/1bth cottage rental, insuring your privacy & exclusive use of the property.
Again, a written request for the 1br/1bth cottage rental must be made with the initial inquiry prior to online or automatic booking, in order to receive the discounted rate (as we must edit the pricing manually).
Advanced Bookings require a non refundable $500.00 - $1000.00 reservation deposit for each week or part of a week booked until 60 days prior to the check in date, then the balance and all monies are due & non refundable.
This is definitely a NON-SMOKING and absolutely a NO PARTY/NO PET rental.