Hello! I am the owner of 'Pride of Little Torch', and I'd like to sincerely WELCOME YOU TO THIS PAGE! If you have any questions before you are ready to make a reservation, please use the "ASK OWNER A QUESTION BUTTON" and I will promptly and happily answer. One question I am sometimes asked is "can I rent the house for less than 28 days?" Unfortunately the answer is NO because Monroe County Rental Code dictates a 28 day minimum stay requirement. Thank you for understanding!
'PRIDE OF LITTLE TORCH' is a young 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house nestled in a cul de sac in a quiet friendly neighborhood, with no through traffic. A screened porch, from where you can view the sunrise overlooks the canal, the garden, and the fenced pool. The 11 foot deep canal is clean and ideal for boating, kayaking, fishing or swimming. The well furbished 60 ft dock, which can accommodate two boats, is ready for you, and a free public boat ramp only two blocks away.
The house is light and airy with high ceilings, it's well furnished and equipped, tastefully decorated, crisp and clean. WIFI Internet, Cable, large flat screen Smart HDTV and DVD player in living area, flat screen TVs in all bedrooms, ceiling fans in all rooms, land line phone.
From our dock there is easy access (within 5 minutes) to the pristine waters of Gulf of Mexico (turn left) and Atlantic Ocean (turn right)! The location is perfect for trips to the Gulf to explore, fish, or perhaps relax and picnic at Content Keys, or take a short boat ride to Newfound Harbor Key Reef Sanctuary on the Atlantic side, where you can moor at a buoy, snorkel and view beautiful tropical fish and underwater treasures. From there it's an easy boat ride to Looe Key Reef, a world-renowned reef with spectacular snorkeling and diving, and beyond Looe Key Reef you can reach deeper water ideal for sport fishing.
There are two kayaks at the house for your enjoyment. The canal is a good place to start, and we lower the kayaks into the canal and use the step ladder to access them. Very near our house there's a 'secret entrance' to a large salt marsh, which can be accessed at high tide, and it's a delightful place to watch feeding birds, or the sunset. If you want a good 'work out' you can kayak around the whole of Little Torch Key, which usually takes us about three hours.
The property has plenty of room for parking, some of it undercover, and on ground level there's a large storage room with chest freezer for ice/bait/fish. We've also provided two bikes for you to enjoy - there are bike trails and plenty of places to explore.
There's a plethora of good restaurants within a short driving distance, several with live music. Our favorite is the Square Grouper. Another favorite is the No Name Pub! Or you can motor your boat or paddle your kayak from our dock to a lovely bar and restaurant nearby. On Big Pine Key, 3 miles away, there's a large supermarket where roosters and hens sometimes strut around the parking lot! There are other stores too including pharmacies, banks, two fishing tackle and bait stores, a diving outfitter (offering snorkeling/diving tours to Looe Key Reef), a gas station and a Post Office. Big Pine Key holds a two day flea market every weekend, and the Key is populated with small endangered Key Deer - so drive carefully!
Key West is an easy 28 mile drive away where there's an abundance of great things to see and do. Explore on foot, or hire a bicycle or scooter, ride on a hop on/hop off trolley tour, or ride a miniature train around the town. You can relax and enjoy 'people watching', or visit some of the many museums and art galleries, including Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (with 50+ famous resident cats)! Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, Harry Truman Little White House, Key West Lighthouse, Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Southernmost Point Monument, Key West Botanical Garden, and Key West Aquarium. Maps of the town and ideas for tours are available at the Tourist Visitor Centers. Of course there are an abundance of interesting shops, also a beautiful harbor teaming with boats, and hundreds of restaurants and bars. Every evening just before sunset Mallory Square comes alive with Street Entertainers and people gathering to watch the sunset.