Destination guide

A classic Floridian fishing community

Sitting on Florida's Gulf Coast, Cortez is one of the region's last remaining fishing villages. If you're looking for a taste of the Sunshine State of old, look no further _ life hasn't changed all that much since this sliver of coast was initially settled back in the 1880s. You'll still find locals fixing up colorful fishing boats in their front yards, and you can expect the warmest of welcomes in any of the family-run restaurants and stores that line the seafront. Cortez vacation rentals run the gamut from cozy cottages to lavish historical family houses, so you can find a home-away-from-home that's just right for your needs.

Things to do

Get to grips with Cortez's seafaring heritage

You'll find plenty of inspiring attractions within easy reach of your Cortez vacation rental. The village's seafaring heritage is celebrated at the Florida Maritime Museum. Its extensive collection includes spectacular seashells found around the Gulf of Mexico, intricate model ships, and countless beautifully preserved historical artifacts and photos. Less than 20 minutes away by car, the South Florida Museum explores the region's natural history, with fossils of its earliest animal inhabitants and archaeological evidence of its earliest cultures. The museum is also home to the Parker Manatee Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with some gentle ocean-dwellers.


Lazy days on the open seas

You can't say you've really experienced Cortez until you've tried your hand at fishing. A number of local companies operate daily deep sea excursions, where you'll be steered in the direction of Key West snapper, sea bass, king mackerel, trigger fish, and other highly-prized catches. Guides will be all too happy to offer instructions to beginners, and they'll even clean your fish for you. If angling isn't your bag, there are endless other ways to amuse yourself in Cortez's crystal-clear waters. You could hire a pontoon boat and chill out on deck with the whole family, or rent jet skis and race across the waves.


Warm winter sun in Cortez

Cortez enjoys an enviable subtropical climate, ensuring favorable conditions for the beach at most times of year. Cortez vacation rentals are in particularly high demand during the winter, when visitors flee snowy climes to enjoy the pleasantly warm, dry, and sunny weather. The peak summer vacation season also sees an influx of out-of-towners, but the humidity can be intense, and there's more of a chance of heavy rain and thunder storms. Spring and fall are great times to visit, with less intense heat and thinner crowds.

Natural features

Awe-inspiring animal encounters in Cortez

Nature lovers of all persuasions will flip for a wildlife-watching boat trip. Jump aboard and keep your eyes peeled for graceful dolphins and marvelous manatees. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can don a snorkel mask and swim off in search of stately sea turtles and otherworldly sting rays. Turn your attention inland, and you'll find unspoiled nature preserves, replete with verdant wetlands and tranquil hiking trails. The Cortez region is haven for birders _ on any given day you may spot pelicans, herons, ospreys, bald eagles, or any number of migratory birds.

How many vacation rentals are available around Cortez, FL?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 3,960 vacation rentals around Cortez. From 1,728 house rentals to 1,597 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in Cortez?

Waking up in the morning to glorious sea vistas and the rumble of waves crashing on sandy shores. This is the stuff vacation fantasies are made of! Vrbo has 1,562 places to stay beside the beach. On the hunt for something a little different? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our options for this destination include:

  • 1,175 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 1,021 beach vacation rentals.
  • 858 beach-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Cortez?

Rather than staying in a cookie-cutter hotel room this vacation, you could just go for a whole house. You'll be part of the neighborhood in no time! There are 1,846 options available on Vrbo. Prices start at $55 a night. If that doesn't match your posse's taste, we've got a number of different rental options to select from, such as:

  • Condo: 1,593 vacation homes. Prices start from $45 per night.
  • Villa: 169 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.
  • Cottage: 149 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.

Can I stay in Cortez in a large group?

Getaways with your friends and loved ones can be stacks of fun, especially when you're staying under the one roof somewhere new! If you'll be traveling with a large group, Vrbo can help. The most popular option for larger groups here are house vacation homes, and there are 688 currently listed. Properties in the area that can house large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 1,584 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Book a night for as little as $69.
  • If you've got 8 in your group, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 569 vacation homes perfect. You can book one for as little as $83 a night.
  • Organizing a trip away with a group of 5? We've got 154 vacation homes that fit the bill. Prices start from $50 per night.

You and all your buddies will be well catered to when you organize your Cortez vacation through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Cortez?

Friends become our chosen family. Catch up with those who mean the most to you and arrange a budget-friendly stay with Vrbo. When it comes to seeking out an amazing deal, the first place you look should be Palmer Ranch. Here, Vrbo has 160 rentals at an average price of $114 a night. Isla del Sol is another great option. We have 190 rentals here, and the average price is around $123 per night.

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