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.

Where to stay around Cortez?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,843 vacation rentals near Cortez. From 1,651 Houses to 1,527 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cortez for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cortez?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cortez:

  • Lido Key: 1,918 vacation rentals
  • Pass-a-grille: 1,669 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Beach: 1,214 vacation rentals
  • Isla del Sol: 229 vacation rentals
  • Casey Key: 4,248 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cortez?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cortez. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez: 8,597 vacation rentals
  • Blue Water Explorers: 8,642 vacation rentals
  • H2O Watersportz: 8,685 vacation rentals
  • St. Armands Circle: 8,343 vacation rentals
  • Point of Rocks: 6,614 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cortez listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cortez?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,651 Houses in Cortez. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cortez include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,527 rentals available
  • Cabins: 203 rentals available
  • Cottages: 203 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cortez?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,038 vacation rentals with pool available in Cortez. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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