Islamorada Bayside Estate 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths Including Private Pool & Hot Tub
Steven and Kathy
About Steven and Kathy
We were born and grew up in Southern California. We were very fortunate to enjoy both mountain, river and oceanside activities. We now live in the Florida Keys. We love sunsets. Our goal was to be able to retire with a mountain home and a oceanside home. 'Sunset Reef' is our Islamorada residence with spectacular sunset views. We also have 2 other Islamorada vacation rentals, Snapper House in Bonefish Bay (www.vrbo.com/745651) and Sunrise Haven (www.vrbo.com/1174114). We also have a Park City, Utah, vacation home rental, Sunset Lodge (www.vrbo.com/206330), with equally fantastic sunset views. We are blessed in life with great family and good friends. The photo, taken in front of our Contender, shows the result of another day on the water and the freshest fish for dinner.
Steven and Kathy purchased this House in 1994
Why Steven and Kathy chose Islamorada
We have lived in the South Florida area since 1977. We raised our two children and spent our careers here. We have always enjoyed fishing, lobstering, sailing, motor boating and water sports activities since our youth in Southern California. We purchased our first Florida Keys property in Islamorada in 1994. There are many activities to see and do in the Keys. The location is perfect for outdoor minded people like us.
What makes this House unique
We fell in love with the Florida Keys when we arrived in the area in 1977. When our children were young we sailed the Keys island chain and the Bahamas in our Morgan Out Island. Now we enjoy motor boating activities from off shore fishing to back country fishing to lobstering. Matecumbe Bight is a safe and kid friendly bay area. We enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling off of the shoreline to catch lobster for dinner and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Everglades for fishing. The shoreline allows for all kinds of water sports activities. There is the hammock for relaxing and nice shade area to sit and read a good book while enjoying the fabulous bay views. The sunset views are incredible and we like the wood burning fire pit in the evenings. We enjoy music and have a nice stereo system with speakers in a number of the rooms in Sunset Reef, on the patio/pool/spa deck and the upstairs decks. The pool area has lounges for sunning and sitting areas. There are many ways to relax at Sunset Reef. If you are interested in leaving Sunset Reef, downtown Islamorada is just 5 - 10 minutes up the Overseas Highway with many fine restaurants, shopping, art galleries and the Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman facility and marina.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Weddings, Anniversary & Family Reunions allowed
Smoking inside the home will lose security deposit
Discuss pets with owners, fee may apply
Children must be pool safe and adult supervised
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
No Bachelor or Bachelorette Parties
Host/Wedding liability insurance policy required for events
Party events and meals will be catered and will be hosted outside the home
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful home and beautiful stay!
Steve and Kathy were more than hospitable. They were so welcoming and accommodated all of our needs and requests with zero issue. From leaving a bottle of and and water in the fridge to welcoming us with a smile! I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Steve and Kathy! Your house is AMAZING!!
We absolutely loved our stay at Sunset Reef. We had two families and had plenty of room. The accommodations were all that the pictures showed and more (pictures just can’t do those gulf sunsets justice!). We had plenty of room for both boats and the dock had shore power and water at very accessible spots. There was also plenty of room for our boat trailers in the driveway area (and they weren’t in the way at all of our vehicles as we came and went). The distance from the highway as well as the landscaping made the property very quiet and private. Overall it was a wonderful property and we can’t wait to return next year!
Great place to stay for the week!!!
The property is incredible!!! The house is HUGE! The kitchen is great and well furnished and once we figured out the stove life was great. There are two BBQ grills that worked fantastic. The beds were comfortable and the master bath shower is LARGE. The grounds are beautiful. We caught all kinds of fish off of the dock. The boat lift is great to launch the provided kayaks, paddle boards and swim off. You can snorkel right off the dock and see lots of wildlife. We saw nurse sharks, rays, a black tip shark (I believe) and all sort of fish. The only thing I can say that would be even remotely negative about this house is the pool is a little small and needed to be cleaned more often. Otherwise, rent this place. Wish I was there now!!! You'll love it!!!
It was great. Surpassed our expectations.
It was great. Surpassed our expectations.
Great home, excellent location, has everything you could want or need!
We could not have picked a better home for our vacation.
Perfect family vacation get away
Sunset Reef was a great choice for our family vacation. We felt like we were on a private island with beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The whole family enjoyed a week of relaxation, and we got to spend some memorable time together. The house is very convenient for vacationing and has everything you might need, it has all the amenities of a five star resort. The host Steve and his son Jeff were a delight to deal with, they overdelivered on everything that was promised. We will definitely visit Sunset Reef again.
Mariners Hospital and Medical Center is located at MM 91.5 bayside.
You may not want to leave the Sunset Reef property but there are a number of very good restaurants and other fun activities in the Islamorada area. The full moon party at Morada Bay is very nice. Back country fishing guides will pick you up in the cut in boat slip for fishing in the back country of the Everglades and Flamingo area. Great offshore fishing is also available from marinas in Islamorada. We can provide references for all of your fishing and/or scuba diving wishes. We provide a Welcome Packet and an in-house binder with all the information you need to have a fabulous vacation in the Florida Keys. There is a basket of area brochures in Sunset Reef. Key West is a great day trip. The Marathon Turtle Hospital is an incredibly fun educational experience, we highly recommend it. There is a new Aquarium Encounter in Marathon. In Islamorada or Marathon, you can swim with dolphins or just stand in knee deep water to touch and “kiss,” it is great fun. The bicycle/walking path outside the Sunset Reef Estate easily leads south to Anne’s Beach or north to the Islamorada Tennis Club and to Robbie’s Marina where you MUST feed the tarpon. There you can also rent boats, jet skis, kayaks, SUPs and/or book a charter boat. You can also reserve a kayaking excursion to Indian Key State Park or transportation to Lignumvitae Key State Park.