|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Relax in this peaceful, open-water, bird and wildlife sanctuary with private views of the State Park. From your private deck only 9 feet from water's edge, you can watch fish swim and birds fly, or if you prefer, you may simply sit and enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide. In these environmentally friendly surroundings, you can observe, in a way you never have, marine life and native birds in unobstructed waters. Just off the property you can find nature trails leading to quiet beaches. The downstairs patio offers views of a back yard aquarium and the spectacular beauty of the Florida Keys. Launch our canoe or kayaks into this ecological paradise and paddle your way along easy-to-follow, marked mangrove trails. *
You will be very comfortable is these extremely clean and well-appointed surroundings. From your terrace you will have private views of the State Park. This property has brand-new everything: iPad 2, wireless internet access, flat screen TV with all premium movie channels and NFL Sunday Ticket, Saltillo tile floors inside and out, new Simmons Beauty rest queen bed, new furnishings, linens and towels, new bathroom, new kitchen and appliances with cherry wood cabinetry and granite counter tops. In the picnic area there is a tiki hut, patio furniture, picnic table, hammock and barbecue. All wildlife and scenic photos were taken off back patio.
*Includes canoe, kayaks and binoculars
We are minutes from Marathon and only 1-1/2 hours from the Miami International Airport, and an hour's drive to Key West, which makes this a centrally located vacation destination.
You will have the opportunity to relax in an open water nature preserve, offering private views of the State Park. From your sea wall, watch the annual migration of east coast sea birds. From the patio watch spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Later in the day walk across the street and watch a breath-taking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Or just hang out in the hammock and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this ecological paradise. Take morning or afternoon walks through the nature trails in the State Park and comb the beaches in undisturbed tranquility. Open your windows and enjoy the cooling ocean breeze. In the picnic area there is a tiki hut, barbecue and hammock.
* All wildlife and scenic photos were taken off back patio.
My husband and I found Jerry and Deborah's wonderful Long Key property when they had had a cancellation. We stayed in the smallest unit, which is the perfect size for two people. The small floor space is used very effectively, and the kitchen and bath are nicely appointed. I found everything I needed to cook, including a strainer to rinse quinoa! We have a lovely view from the small deck, and the common area has lots of equipment to make your stay interesting. Jerry and Deborah have been most helpful. This is a great place!
My husband and I stayed in this smallest unit of the four. It's about the size of a nice hotel room, but with a full kitchen and a wonderful view out the big front window. The unit was clean and comfortable and quite well appointed, with access to a full laundry. We both feel that just hanging out at "our place" was one of the highlights of our week long trip. The breeze off the water keeps things comfortable even when the temps are high, and there's a nice shady tiki hut so pale Northerners can enjoy the patio area without burning. Pelicans roost in the mangroves just a few yards away from the house, and you can watch reef fish from the window. There aren't many amenities on Long Key (which we liked because it kept things quiet), but good restaurants and groceries are less than a 20 minute drive in either direction. Several nights we brought home take-out because the view from our table rivaled anything in the area. Long Key is very centrally located. We did an easy day trip down to Key West, and a fun day trip to Everglades National Park in the opposite direction as well (leave by 6AM to see the best birds). We also spent several days kayaking and hiking around Long Key State Park. Easy access to this park is one of the best benefits of staying here. This isn't the right spot for someone who wants to party, but if you want the sort of place where the stresses of work and the chill of winter just melt away, this is it.
It's been a little over a year since we came down, but I'm still excited about our stay at Jerry's place on in the Keys. This place was so quite and so far away from the noise of all the tourists that constantly travel up and down the highway. It's in the back of a little known state park, so you don't get the boat traffic, but you get all of the scenery.
What's best is the owner and how he treats his guests. He's a great guy, who really goes above and beyond to make the place you stay feel like home. He's like an old friend you have known for years but haven't caught up with for a while who just wants to make sure everything is right.
Kayaks, life jackets, free netflix, free wireless and ipad usage, spices and oil in the kitchen (along with full cooking gear), and a newly renovated place with granite that certainly doesn't feel like "old Florida"- code for "hasn't been updated in 50 years).
You can also rent a boat across the street and dock it on the side of the property. He also feeds some pet snappers that you are not allowed to catch! :-)
We really feel like we lucked out with this place!
One note: It's miles to the nearest place to buy decent groceries at, pay attention as you drive down if you want to cook.
Thanks again, Jerry. We are planning on bringing the kids down one day.
We fell in love with this place on the first day and did not want to leave. Well thought out , high quality furnishings, appointments and most accommodating. You will not have to bring anything. We are very active and enjoyed the quality Kayaks and snorkel equipment. I will refer this place to all I know and recommend to anyone thinking of going anywhere in the Keys.
This place is all that it is cracked up to be. It is kind of like a double duplex and we rented one of the bottom units that sleeps four. The patio is right on the water and you share the property with others that are staying there. It is not a problem because it is big enough to accomodate everyone there. Because there is so much to do in the area, we felt we had the place to ourselves much of the time. The kayaks and canoe were almost always available. The pictures in the website don't do it justice. We would surely go back. We went during Christmas vacation and the traffic can be a little heavy at times.
Unbelievable! Better than represented in the ad. Quiet, peaceful yet interesting with rays, parrotfish, glow-in-the-dark tiny jellyfish, lobsters, and even a small shark moving in and out with the tides. Had everything we needed, very clean, very modern. Tiki hut, BBQ grill, kayaks located right outside the door also. Only minus-may be too secluded for some. About 25 minutes from a grocery store, 60-90 minutes from Key West. Plus- the marina down the street rents pontoons and waverunners for the best prices anywhere. Only resturant on the key is closed but due to open again soon. This really is backed by park property, is shown accurately in the photos, so don't expect any beach right there, just quiet entertainment watching the fish go by. It has my highest praise!
Activities include: fish and bird watching, reading and relaxing, wildlife photography, canoeing,kayaking, beach combing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, sailing, power boating, hiking and exploring nature trails in the State Park.
You can take day trips to the Everglades National Park, visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, The Turtle Hospital and Museum, Dolphin Research Center, The Theater of The Sea, Bird and Wildlife Nature Center, World Wide Sportsman, art galleries, enjoy fantastic seafood and watch the sunsets.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 1 - Apr 30
May 1 - Nov 30
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.