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Kens Conch Key Cottage-2Br/2Bth or 1Br/1Bth Getaway + Optional motor boat rental


Property Details

Updated: Oct 17, 2016
2br/2bth cottage on the water. *Option to rent as 1br/1bth (see rate schedule)

On a small romantic tropical island named Conch Key, we are a quaint & old Keys style lobster fishing village located about 10 miles from Marathon. We are close to various state parks and beaches.

Centrally located we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West, making us a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing.

We offer a quiet underdeveloped island with an easy relaxing pace of life consisting of small residential streets, where you can take a leisurely stroll, bike ride on our bikes(no traffic), take an ocean water dip off our private dock, explore the island & find our hidden cove & beach, or take a nap under the large tiki hut in our hammocks, and still embrace the authentic charm of the Old Florida Keys.

You can ask your next door neighbors Steve or Jeff, professional commercial lobstermen, to sell you fresh off their boats lobster and stone crab when in season; or ask your other next door neighbor Captain Dan, professional captain & fishing guide to take you on a 1/2 day or full day charter on his boat and catch your own fish without having to drive anywhere. Just wake up, step off your back porch & onto his boat. Captain Dan will help or filet your fish, you can cook them on the grill as soon as you get off the boat, or take it to many of the local eateries that will cook your catch for a delicious meal.

If you like to fish without a boat, we are located within walking distance of the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge ( apx. 3 miles long) where you can cast your bait for tarpon & many other variety of salt water fish. The bridge is also a great place for a jog if you are a runner.

Tastefully furnished, the cottage is a cozy 2bedroom/2bath romantic getaway with wi fi internet access. Accommodations are comfortable for 2 guests on each queen size bed, and if necessary 1 guest on the couch (a bit crowded). The 2nd bedroom/bath is attached to the cottage but accessible only by a private courtyard entrance/exit (just left off the front porch, not through the body of the main cottage) providing an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families. Each side includes its own bathroom, Direct TV with premium channels, & separate thermostatically controlled central a/c & heat.

Estimated rates from this sight are based on a 2 bedroom 2 bath rental for 2 couples or a maximum of 4 guests (sharing 2 queen size beds) during non-holiday or non-special event periods. Families please provide the ages of any children in your initial inquiry to receive our best possible rates. Holiday or special event periods will not be reflected accurately in the automatic estimated rental rate that might be shown prior to our formal written quote from this site.

1Bedroom/1Bath Cottage Rentals - The cottage may be rented as a 1br/1bth rental at a cheaper rate for 1 couple renters only. 1br/1bth rentals require a request for the 1br/1bth option at the initial inquiry prior to a written quote. The courtyard

2nd br/bth is closed for individual couples who request (on the initial inquiry prior to booking) to rent as a 1br/1bth at the lower rates (*see our 1br/1bth rates under 'additional info about our rates'/ 'Notes') who would not have the need for a second bedroom (couple or couple with infant).The courtyard 2nd br/bth is never booked or available for booking by another party during a 1br/1bth cottage rental, insuring your privacy & exclusive use of the property. Again, a written request for the 1br/1bth cottage rental must be made with the initial inquiry prior to online (or automatic) booking, in order to receive the discounted rate (as we must edit the pricing manually).

In a romantic waterview setting, the back yard opens to a large Tiki hut with electric, ceiling fan, and night time lighting on the water. Under its roof you'll find swinging hammocks and dining table for relaxation, perfect for cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic and on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime, or shine a flashlight into the water at night, and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other marine life passing around the dock.

For boaters the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate our guests boat & there's plenty of room for trailer storage on property. There is immediate bay and ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and water activities. Our guests may also enjoy the use of our bicycles, kayaks, & row boat without charge.

To qualified boaters we can also offer (with additional charges) SMBO(s) - optional small motor boat rentals (available only with the cottage booking) capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat only accessible island beaches. Our small boats are capable of getting under the smaller bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches, & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways, etc.

Interested in Deep Sea or a larger boat rental? We can certainly guide you to a close & practical boat rental company.

This is definitely a NON-SMOKING and absolutely a NO PET rental.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

I grew up in Dade County and Biscayne Bay where my family always enjoyed boating, diving, and general water activities. I became a firefighter and retired from Dade County Fire Department after 31.5 years of service.

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Speaks: english, spanish

23 Reviews

based on 23 traveler reviews


Home was clean and convenient to water activities.

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend the house. It is small but has everything needed to enjoy the keys.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This is absolutely our new favorite home away from home! It was an ideal place to cool off and relax after our various adventures in the Keys. The hammocks, kayaks and bbq grill made our stay even more enjoyable than we could have imagined. The entire property was very well kept and clean and equipped with everything we needed to cook fresh meals of local fish! I can not say enough good things about this place, the owner answered all questions that we had and was a pleasure to rent from!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect and private

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is just what our family needed. It is not far from Marathon and easy to get in and out of to go wherever you want. Its only a little over an hour to Key West so very easy to take a day trip. The cottage is very homey and the kids enjoyed their own little house. The boats were a bonus that I'm glad we paid extra for them. It was fun to go exploring with them. It is a very clean cottage and has all that you need. Great place to relax and just enjoy. Thanks Ken.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot to stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights at Ken's cottage, and it was a beautiful, convenient spot. The tiki hut out back was our favorite spot, and the kayaks and bikes were great to have as well! Couldn't have asked for a better experience in the Keys!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home for a base in the Keys

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect place for us to use as a base for day trips throughout the Keys. The best part by far was taking the kayaks out each evening for sunset - simply amazing! The separate entrance for the second bedroom was perfect for the two teenagers who were with us giving them and us privacy. Everything in the house was just as described, and Ken was extremely attentive to our needs and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, unique and fabulous

  • 5 of 5

Our family, which consisted of 2 adults and two daughters aged 10 and 11, have had a fantastic stay at the Conch Key cottage. The facilities provided by Ken are top shelf.

The ability to use the kayaks and bikes really added to our vacation. We loved the Tiki hut. Our girls especially liked their own little home from home, it made them feel grown up, plus the advantage for us was having adult time.

A lovely and clean vacation home with lots of touches that made it special. Thank you to Ken for sharing this amazing place. The perfect relax.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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From the Owner

I always enjoyed spending so much time in the Florida Keys with friends on this, and other islands. I grew a fond attachment to this particular island for its old style Fla. Keys ambience. This island fishing village is unique to the Fla. Keys experience and it is easy to visualize why so many chose to call it home.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

We offer small motor boat (option) rental for island hopping, boat only accessible beaches, & scenic exploration on the water close to land. Traditional beaches and state parks are close by also. Larger power boat rental, fishing charters, and fresh seafood are available literally feet away from the property. Also Hawks Cay resort, just around the corner offers a wide variety of water activities such as jet ski rental, para-sailing, powerboat rentals, and fish or dive charters. Lobstermen and local fishing guides with private charter boats are your neighbors and are happy to book a days activities. Fishing and diving are excellent and we are well situated with immediate bay and ocean access by boat. We have on many occasions caught our lobster dinners by snorkeling immediately around the island. Watching the neighbors bring in their daily fresh catch of fish, lobster, stone crabs, and tropical fish for aquariums is very interesting, and purchasing fresh caught from the neighbors for your meal, if you don't catch your own.


Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

Holiday week/weekends & Special Event rates are higher.
Minimum Reservation deposit are $500.00 per week, or part of.
Minimum Damage deposits are $500.00 or greater
Additionally, the Main Cottage can be rented as a 1br/1bth for 2 adults only, @ the following standard rates (excludes use of the outside 2nd br/bth): Daily (3 night min.) @ $710.00 *
Weekly (7nights) @ $1650.00 *
Monthly (28 nights) Off season consideration

*Special Event/Holiday week, weekend & daily rates higher for 1br & 2br rentals, additionally some Holiday/Special Event periods may require a minimum weeklong booking.
** Ask about rates for optional small boat rentals with cottage.

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From the Owner

Centraly & practicly located, it is exactly the hafway mark from the mainland to famous Key West, approximately 1.5 hour drive to either, from the property. Located adjacent to the Long Key bridge it provides immediate bay and ocean access to the best diving, fishing, kayaking, beaches, and boating activities in the Keys without having to travel time consuming miles to reach a location to cross over from the bay to the ocean or vise versa for water activities. Far enough to feel disconnected from mainland society and relax on the hammocks under the Tiki hut in a very romantic setting.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Waterfront


  • festivals
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Outside Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Sleeps 2 adults
  • Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, Sleeps 2 adults & can accommodate 1 additional on couch
  • Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 has a queen bed and can accommodate a single cot for a younger child. Sofa can be used as a single bed. With the exclusion of the Outside Bedroom 2 it becomes the optional *1br/1bth cottage rental available at lower rates (see 'Additional information about rental rates' section below for 1br/1bth rate schedule, conditions apply) _______________________________________________________________________________ 2br/2bth Cottage Rental - Sleeps 4- 5 adults Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 + Outside bedroom 2 with queen bed and private bathroom. Bedroom 2 is a room that enjoys its own private entrance/exit off the back porch (not accessible thru the main body of the cottage), and individual thermostat controlled central AC/Heat offering a higher level of comfort and privacy for couples and families. We are on the water, this bedroom may be unsuitable for younger children without an adult. Both bedrooms enjoy Direct TV with premium movie channels


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Beautiful scenic sunsets on the water. Huge thatch roof Tiki hut with swinging hammocks for easy relaxation and lighted ceiling fan,table and furniture for outside dining and cocktails on the water. Kayaks and barbeque. Life vests and assorted snorkeling gear is available for guests use. Linens, towels (no beach or boating towels), basic supplies (initial soap, toilette paper etc.), cooking utensils. Washer/dryer are provided with weekly rentals or longer & available at charge for shorter rentals.

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