"We stayed 8 nights at Alize's beautiful house and grounds. We chose this location because it was a 20 minute drive from Duval Street and it had a boat dock. Let me start by saying that everything relating to the house was great and Sandy was super helpful and flexible with regards to scheduling. While plenty of other reviewers have gone into detail about the house itself, I will spend a little time discussing the boating situation. The dock, fishing area, shed with some nets, and bait freezer provided with the house are exactly what anyone with a boat would want. Perfect, in fact. However, people thinking of bringing a boat to the house should take into account a few things first.
1) Let's start with finding a rental. We rented a 25' cat but we had a very tough time finding a company that would let us keep the boat at the house. We tried about 20 places (even with referrals) in Key West and just could not find any; they either were day rentals or required docking at a certified marina every night. Docking ran around $100/night. We decided to look to other keys and finally found one in Summerland Key, which was 20 miles away. It would probably be better if you had your own boat, as there is a slip right next to the bridge east of Boca Chica Channel. But if you have to rent, be prepared to spend time searching and for travel to get the boat there.
2) Getting in and out is VERY tricky due to the shallow areas. This is probably one of the reasons why boat rentals wanted boats returned to marinas. Expect to spend time getting used to maps and keeping a close eye on the tides, as there aren’t any buoys guiding you to the house and some areas are too shallow at mean low tide. The best approach from the house was to do a large sweeping turn out of the canal to the middle of the bridge. Do NOT cut the corner out of the canal. Once under the bridge, hug the bridge and head east until you are longitudinally aligned with the buoys leading to Murray’s Marina, which are due south. Head south and then follow the buoys out to sea. Most of the other boats flew under the bridge on plane, but we were much more cautious as we saw many different submerged hazards, such as bikes and even a scooter, that would have taken out our props. After a couple of times, we were finally able to relax and it took us about 30 minutes to get from the house to the ocean."
Guest: Dillon K.
Date of Stay: April 2016
Review Submitted: May 9, 2016