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  • Great outside space, hot indoor space.

    "My family vacationed here for a week prior to dropping my son, husband and friend at Boy Scout Sea Base High Adventure. We were with 4 teenage boys (and two grandparents) looking for something with amenities that would keep these active scouts busy. We were drawn to the kayaks and waterfront location with close proximity to good snorkeling. The outside of the house totally delivers. It is exactly as the pictures show. The tiki equipped with hammock and hammock chairs was terrific but we spent most of the time on the beach, enjoying the sea breeze and fishing from the bulkhead. There is no pier or dock but if you do not have a boat, there is plenty of room to fish. You will need a FL license if you are over 16. Check with your local bait shop for regulations and bait recommendations (we loved Brenda across the street at Capt Pete's who is a wealth of knowledge!) A few things to note about the property: I would not consider this a 3 bedroom. Yes it does have the beds that it states however the lower level is one large open room that has 2 beds in what is largely a family room with large sectional and television. It is more of a studio. We had planned on my parents staying here but it did not give them any privacy from the teenagers and there is no inside staircase that leads to the upstairs. One must go outside and use the front stairs or the spiral staircase out back. Not a problem when the weather was nice but there were several severe thunderstorms throughout the week which I understand is a regular occurance in the summer. Also, the air condition is not adjustable. It is set to 81 degrees (which was hot and not very comfortable for my mom who suffers from asthma) during the day and appears to come on full blast late in the evening, leaving everyone searching for blankets in the middle of the night and early morning. Lastly, do not expect anyone to sleep in the terraced area during the warm weather months. The owners ask that you keep the sliding doors closed during the day and open them after 8 pm. This room was unbearably hot and two of the boys were forced to sleep on loveseats and sofas in the cooler living room. There is no ice maker which is a bummer when frozen drinks are on the bar menu. It is vacation after all! If you plan on snorkeling in the sound, make sure you stop and pick up a dive flag at any local grocery store, Walgreens or dive shop."
    Guest: Lisa S. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 19, 2016
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  • Great find!

    "Stayed here for two weeks with my daughter and her husband, my son and his wife and my three granddaughters aged 9,7 and 5. We chose this place after extensive research online. As we were visiting from the United Kingdom we wanted to be sure that it was exactly right for our needs - a base from which to explore the Keys and somewhere to relax and have fun. It was perfect for us. The pool was just great and it was difficult to persuade the children to get out! None of us tired of the stunning view from the house and beach and we took back some amazing photographs. We didn't know what s'mores were but quickly did some online research and made good use of the fire ring to make some! We're now experts. The house itself was perfect for our needs… Particularly the kitchen area which was well stocked and ideal for socialising in the evenings round the big central island. The outside space provided some ideal spots to relax in the shade or bask in the sun. We loved the peaceful, private location of the house/beach but with restaurants and supermarkets so close by we had the best of both worlds. Lots of magical moments in, on and by the ocean with some fabulous memories to take home."
    Guest: Viv Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 10, 2016
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  • Hidden Paradise !!!

    "This place is amazing!!! From the moment we arrived the private aquarium started the excitement. We spotted Parrot fish, Lobsters, Stone crabs, Starfish, Horseshoe crabs, tons of Mullet and on our last evening a visit from a baby manatee to top it all off. This relaxing paradise comes with everything new grill, bikes, kayaks, life jackets, snorkel gear, fishing poles, all kitchen accessories. I even found a skill saw in the shed to cut up wood for the chimenea. On our relaxing vacation right across the street is pier 68 boat rentals. No guided tours for our first time we rented a boat and explored the keys first hand anchoring off and snorkeling where ever we wanted. Also pulling up to a local dock at safari lounge grabbing a bite to eat and then back off we go what an awesome adventure we had renting a boat. Great Memories! We reserved a sport fishing trip with Captain Rick & the Sea Horse charters located at blue whale harbor. My wife didn’t want to go and by the end of this trip she was so excited and glad she went. We caught Black fin tuna and Mahi-Mahi Dolphin. Captain Rick booked us a reservation at Lazy Days restaurant where they prepared our catch of the day with a very impressive platter right on the water’s edge. Thank you Captain Rick! Key West is only 1 hour away and it was the perfect distance to go and enjoy the day. We ate at Pinchers seafood restaurant walked the streets shopping and getting brain freezes at fat Tuesday. we visited the southernmost point and then we headed back to our quiet and relaxing Paradise. Bahia Honda state park is a very nice local beach. My buddy Mike & his wife Shawna have never snorkeled. This beach is the place to teach it’s clean with white sandy and very well taken care of. Very nice! Enjoying the area I would recommend these locations. Robbie’s feeding the live tarpon; Olive Maranda imported Olive Oils, Islamorada Beer company brewery & tasting room, Lazy Days restaurant, Shell world, pier 68 Rentals and Sea Horse Charters. Lasting impressions! The owner Jerry was nice and very easy going once we arrived he gave us the tour and pointed out some of the best things to do in the area. We all loved knowing that after our day of fun in the sun we had an awesome location to come back home to. Relaxing, enjoying and share our stories with our friendly Acquaintances also renting on property. Thank you very much Jerry for the memories we made. Jason, Lisa, Mike & Shawna"
    Guest: The Bing's Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
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  • What a gem!!!

    "So HAPPY this house became available. I could not have found a more perfect spot to spend the month of April for my daughters' wedding. I LOVED the beach, the sunsets at the marina, the pina coladas at Snappers, bike riding EVERYWHERE, the outdoor shower, view from the house on rainy days, the view from master bedroom, friendly neighbors and other renters I met and spent time with, QUIET neighborhood. I really did not want to leave!! The only negative I have is the bed pillows. I travel with my own and the ones in the master were fine but the kids complained about the ones in the other bedrooms. Julie was very nice to rent from. She text me to make sure I had arrived and warned me about speeding. Everything was clean and stocked really well. Hopefully I will be able to go back in the near future."
    Guest: Betty G. Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
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