Cortez, FL, USA

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Cortez, FL, USA

Cortez vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.