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Kick Back & Relax!! Knockout Views, Pink Birds, Fun Coastal Decor, Fishing Dock!

Bedrooms 2
Space 975 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Welcome to the Sandpiper at Cedar Key! We are located right on the water at Fenimore Mill.

Fishing, bird watching, boating, kayaking, dining, and shopping are all typical past times for Cedar Key visitors, but perhaps our favorite tourist activity is relaxing. There's a peace and quiet here that is rare in tourist communities. There's something about the place that makes you want to sit down, catch your breath and lean back and say Ahhhhhh..... If it's time for you to just kick back and relax, you have come to the right place!

The Sandpiper at Cedar Key, our Florida vacation rental, is located in Old Fenimore Mill. Our balcony overlooks the back bayous and Gulf of Mexico in Cedar Key Florida. Our condo boasts a vaulted ceiling with awesome two story views of the sunrise and wildlife right off our balcony. Available for rent by the night, weekend, week or month, we know that once you stay with us, the Sandpiper will become your preferred home on the island of Cedar Key. Our many return visitors certainly think so!

While relaxing in the great room or on the balcony, the view is spectacular! The panorama includes the island's greenery, mangrove islands and salt marsh with its wildlife, with the Wacassassa Bay and Gulf of Mexico to the east. It is inspirational for anyone wishing to draw, paint, or photograph.

So, come and visit the Sandpiper at Cedar Key and explore, discover, learn, relax and renew……

Please note: The Sandpiper is a non-smoking home!


For more info on the area, read below or skip to VACATION RENTAL FEATURES AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

After arriving, you will notice that the pace of life is slower in Cedar Key. People on the street say hello as you pass by; shopkeepers greet you warmly. One of our favorite shops is the Cedar Key Canvas Company. There you can browse the shelves of hand-sewn canvas bags of all types: wallets, purses, hand bags, backpacks, and duffle-bags. At the Cedar Keyhole, local craftsman and artists display their creations and also work in the store, so you can talk with them personally about their work.

At the Island Hotel and Restaurant, your waitress may proudly talk about Cedar Key leading the nation in clam production and the politics and natural resources that brought the industry here. The Island Hotel, a national historic treasure, is complete with old fashioned bar, good tap beer, and lots of stories surrounding its infamous past.

Another favorite eating place is the Island Room, a stone's throw from our condo. Both restaurants serve gourmet food and nightly specials with fresh seafood from the Gulf waters. The Island Room makes its own pasta and rolls to add to its already excellent menu. Both establishments have entertainment from local musicians to enliven your dining.

Cedar Key's Dock Street offers a variety of restaurants, art and craft galleries, and shops for your enjoyment. The best part is that all these places are within walking distance from the Sandpiper, so you need never get back in your car!


Step back in time and explore....By Land or By Sea

By Land...

There are several ways to see Cedar Key. You can rent a golf cart, a bicycle, or a scooter right in town or you can take a walking tour. Second Street is the town's historic main drag. As you travel along you will see buildings of wood and tabby (mix of mortar and sea-shells) and architectural styles with gables and verandas and facades reminiscent of an old western town. The street is a collage of private dwellings, lodgings, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and shops. Its an eclectic mix of old and new, peeling and painted, run-down and restored, all lending to the charm of this village on Florida's Nature Coast.

By Sea...

Imagine gliding across the water's surface with seabirds and dolphins cavorting above and below you; paddling slowly towards a bald eagle's nest to get a glimpse of the magnificent bird; or walking on a trail where early Americans lived hundreds of years ago. It's easy to explore the natural history and ecology of the region, in and around Cedar Key. The convergence of the Suwannee River and the Gulf of Mexico create a unique system of tidal salt marshes, estuaries, mangrove islands, and mud flats. Vast expanses of marsh grasses converge with tracts of forests and hammocks. The salt marshes, tidal flats, and mangroves are important nursery grounds for fish, shrimp, and shellfish.

Thirteen islands of the archipelago are protected as the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge. Many are covered by evergreen foliage of the live oak, cabbage palm, red bay, and laurel oak; these trees form an over-story for the greenery of the cherry laurel, saw palmetto, yaupon, wild olive, prickly pear cactus, Spanish bayonet, and the eastern red cedar. The islands range in size from 1 to 65 acres and rank as one of the largest bird nesting areas in all of Florida. Many of these birds are protected by state and federal law including white ibis, brown pelicans, snowy egrets, bald eagles, ospreys, tri-colored herons, and American oystercatchers. This group is part of the over 250 species of birds that inhabit the refuge islands.

Let Cedar Key become your island in the Sea of Life!!

Keywords: Waterfront condo..newly refurnished, January 2012. New pics will be on website soon, for now, please request pictures by emailing the owner!

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

We began visiting Cedar Key in the late 70's and early 80's as a respite from studies at the University of Florida. For us, it was like going back in time...imagine, time travel for just one day!

In those days, we drove over, browsed through the local artisans galleries and maybe had a picnic on the white sandy beach for lunch. The evening was usually capped off with a wonderful seafood dinner, overlooking the gulf, while viewing an incredible Cedar Key sunset. And believe it or not, we could feed the birds from inside the restaurant from a special feeding tray, (for lack of a better term), located just under the table side window!

The Owner purchased this condo in 2004

Why The Owner chose Cedar Key

Today, we still feel like time has stood still! We love going back in time at least 50 years every time we cross over that last bridge before town. In mid-2004, we purchased our amazing home away from home. It was definitely love at first sight. Once you step inside, the allure is overpowering! You have outstanding views of lovely marsh greenery and the Gulf of Mexico, from both inside the great room, and outside from the balcony!

We'd love to share, the world the way it should be, with you, our guests!

Once we stopped for breakfast at one of the local restaurants, and we didn't have cash, and they didn't take cards... Their policy was, just bring cash back at your convenience or mail a check in 10 quaint..Andy of Mayberry quaint!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've been here for about one week - our first time to Cedar Key. Your condo is spectacular. We couldn't believe our luck at finding such a phenomenal place, sight unseen off the Internet.


PS Our favorite piece of decor is the 3-D wall mural of the seascape up in the loft - so colorful and so much to look at!
Mar 2005
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Cedar Key Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 975 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - Loft - shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Loft - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), and Twins- (2) or convert to King!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
On grounds: Fishing dock and fish cleaning station, picnic tables, kayak racks, small white sandy beach area for sunning or launching kayaks. Also, a dog walking area. Nearby: Cedar Key Park and Beach w/ a very creative playground for the kiddos is only a short walk out the door. Rent kayaks, bicycles, golf carts, or canoes, paddleboards...whatever your pleasure!


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Kick Back & Relax!! Knockout Views, Pink Birds, Fun Coastal Decor, Fishing Dock!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Stone Harbor, NJ

Serenely Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

First trip to Cedar Key exceeded all expectations! Great birding and fishing. This unit was a big part of our memorable stay - tremendous vista with views of marsh and waterway!!. Very comfortable, spacious and well laid out to enjoy nature's splendor whether inside or out on the deck. At a very quiet end of the island. Owner provided many "little things" like sandwich bags and laundry detergent which made the stay much more pleasant. Its a bit of a climb up to the third floor, but that just warms your legs up for long enjoyable walks through an old time, peaceful town where everyone was sooo friendly. We will definitely be back !!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent view of nature

  • 5 of 5

This was a girls time away for relaxation. This place fit the bill. In fact, we saw many birds with different types of bills. The accommodations are just as described. This unit was clean and comfortable. The layout allowed for both social and private areas. If you want to layout the beach is a bit small for that but the rest of the amenities were great. If you are looking for a quiet place away from the busyness of life this was it. You can walk to about anywhere you would like to go in town.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your response...glad you had a great time! Cedar Key is definitely a trip away from the hectic lives we all have..that is the key to Cedar Key captured that feeling in your review! Come back and visit us again!
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Beautiful unit!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a fantastic stay at the Sandpiper! It had all of the comforts of home and was clean and peaceful. We especially appreciated the binoculars to watch the wildlife from the balcony, the menus from nearby restaurants, and the books on local history. Many thanks and hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. This is our third visit to cedar key. We've always stayed at old fennimore mill but this is our first stay in the sandpiper. It was clean and very comfortable. We had a great stay. Lots of walking and eating. Will absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankis so much for the nice review...glad you had fun, and hope to see you back! Warm regards, Tracey
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St Pete Beach, Florida


  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Cedar Key and we really had a great time. This condo is lovely, has a wonderful view, very comfortable and close to all the downtown action. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Penny, So glad you had a great time in Cedar Key and enjoyed staying at The Sandpiper...we hope to see you back! Thank you, Tracey
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Longwood, Florida

Nice weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Cedar Key. I really enjoyed the view from the balcony and the beautiful 2 story window overlooking the marsh area. The birds were beautiful to watch and fun to photograph. Both sunrise and sunset are visible from the balcony. The condo is accurately described in the listing. They have furnished it comfortably and we had everything that we needed for a great weekend. I would highly recommend this condo rental.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Park Beach, 2 minute walk,

After arriving, you will notice that the pace of life is slower in Cedar Key. People on the street say hello as you pass by; shopkeepers greet you warmly. One of our favorite shops is the Cedar Key Canvas Company. There you can browse the shelves of hand-sewn canvas bags of all types: wallets, purses, hand bags, backpacks, and duffel-bags. At the Cedar Keyhole, local craftsman and artists display their creations and also work in the store, so you can talk with them personally about their work.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Basketball Court, Photography, Canoeing, Art galleries


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please note that this listing site messes up our rates. Rates are as follows:
In Season Rates, (Jan. 15 to May 1.), Festivals, and Federal Holidays

$170/night (2 night minimum)

Off Season Rates, (May through Jan 15.)

$150/weeknight (2 night minimum)
$160/weekend night (2 night minimum)

*Holiday and festival weekends always require a minimum of 3 nights and will not be reserved more than 3 weeks in advance unless you reserve at least a 5 night stay.

Holidays and festivals book up quickly and the rate for holidays and festivals is the high season rate. The minimum booking is a requirement. Busy times include Christmas, New Years, the April Arts Festival, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and the Seafood Festival in October. Please email us with questions.
(Rates are subject to increase without notice. Please check with us at the time of reservation.)

Rates do not include Florida 9% tax. No additional cleaning fees are charged. A credit card number or check for one night's stay is required to reserve stays of up to one week. Longer stays require at least a week's rental deposit.

Please contact owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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