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Bamboo Palms Open Water Home/Heated Pool/Kayaks/Paddleboards/Bikes/Dock

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den + Sleeper Sofa, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)



4 BEDROOM/2.5 BATH - Sleeps 12 Plus


Large heated pool, 300’ private dock with swim ladder, fishcleaning station, kayak launch on floating dock, outdoor shower, Adirondock chairs, Tiki umbrellas, bait freezer, indoor/outdoor dining, lush tropical landscape, fruit trees, nature trail, propane BBQ grill, high-speed wireless internet, printer/fax, Direct TV, kayaks, paddle board and adult bikes. Beautiful water view from master bedroom, loft, porch, and widow’s walk.

All beds have memory foam for total comfort.

Master Bedroom (Top Floor): King bed. Private bath with shower.

Flat screen TV. Water view.

Loft (Top Floor): Queen Bed. Water view.

2nd Bedroom (Bottom Floor): King bed. Hall bath with tub shower. Flat Screen TV.

3rd Bedroom (Bottom Floor): Queen bed. Hall bath with tub shower. TV.

Florida Room: Full Futon. TV

Living Room - Full Sleeper Sofa

Living Room: Direct TV, Flat screen TV, DVD Player, Hi-Speed Internet, Printer/Fax, Fireplace.

Kitchen: Fully stocked with blender, toaster, toaster oven, coffee maker, microwave oven. Plenty of dishes, bowls, silverware, stemware, drinking glasses, pots, pans and utensils.

Linens: All sheets, towels and beach towels provided. Iron and ironing board also provided.

Kayaks and Bikes: There are 2 bikes under the pool area in shed. A nature reserve is down the road. Bikes and Kayaks are included in rate.

Supplies: Dish Soap, dishwasher soap, new sponge, some large trash bags, liquid hand soap in bathrooms, propane for grill. We also supply laundry soap.

Laundry Room: Is located on the bottom floor with washer/dryer front loaders.

Boat Dockage: 300’ private dock - boats up to 30 feet, outdoor shower, swim ladder, fish cleaning station.

Parking: 4 cars, 2 boat trailers on property.

Central A/C: Not to be set below 70 degrees.

Other: Washer/Dryer, Ice Maker in Refrigerator

Location: 20 minutes from Key West, 15 minutes from Bahia Honda State Park.

Keywords: boat dockake, heated pool, hot tub, open water, waterfront, water access, boat access,

More Details

Leah Diamand Lightfoot
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2016

Why Leah Diamand Lightfoot chose Lower Florida Keys

Please see our reviews.


Sugarloaf Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2) All with Memory Foam, Queen size Beds (2) All with Memory Foam Also 2 queen inflatable mattresses, Double Beds (1) Sleeper Sofa Inflatable mattress, Twin or Single Beds (1) Inflatable mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper Sofa in Living Room Futon in Florida Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 3 garden chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Indoor/Outdoor Dining, 300' private dock with swim ladder, shower, fish cleaning station, hose, boat dockage, Adirondock chairs and Tiki umbrellas on Bow Channel, 2.5 acres private grounds with lush tropical foliage, nature path to dock. Bikes, kayaks and paddle boards are provided and included in rate. Bait freezer on premises.


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Bamboo Palms Open Water Home/Heated Pool/Kayaks/Paddleboards/Bikes/Dock
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews


  • 2 of 5

Five adult family members shared this location for a month in February 2017. We did not have the benefit of recent reviews, so will leave a thorough and honest one. We had visitors for two of the weeks, including young children and a pair of 24 year olds.

The good;

This is a large house with the benefit of numerous areas to relax, outside and in. The property has a great deal of potential -- privacy, ocean front along a pleasant pathway (about 2 minutes from the house), good parking, quiet area with some local areas in which to bicycle. It is also very well equipped -- the kitchen has everything you might need including spices. The are lots of beach towels. The loft and master are open to each other and to the lower level so not very private. Ocean is clear for swimming but sharks visit daily. The house is for sale -- my number was handed to an agent without my permission and we had to allow a home inspection.

The bad; Needs work, mangroves overgrown, splintery decking, torn cushions, pool heater broken for more than half of our stay, fridge leaked and freezer thawed everything out twice, kayak dock was rotting and launch posts broken. Much debris in water off the swim ladder. (we did work to clean these latter two up). SUP missing fin and paddle, kayak seat backs broken, the advertised bicycles are rusting and in very poor condition. We managed to make 2 useable but I would not take them far. There are no tiki umbrellas on the dock as advertised and it is hot. We rented a place advertising a hot tub -- there isn't one and I see the ad is now changed. There is someone living in a houseboat at the dock.

The ugly; We noted no screens on the loft windows, but opened to ventilate when AC not needed. Found chewed up things on a shelf. AC then on and windows closed and we were treated to the sound of animals trying to chew their way in twice, eating large holes in the screens and chewing at window frames. Rats, big ones. Our concerns were brushed off at first then we insisted on an exterminator who found lots of feces around. This is the tropics but there is too much uncared for foliage and debris around and many desirable places for rats to hide We were unable to open windows for most of our stay and avoided the upper decks and veranda due to the poop everywhere. We encountered a generally defensive response to concerns as we raised them and a refusal to compensate for the losses. We did receive a dinner voucher for a local restaurant.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Homeaway, These particular renters started nit-picking about the house from day one. My pool heater, which was new and still under warranty, had some issues and I alerted my pool company immediately who called the manufacturer. It took about a week to get the broken part and install. This was not an overnight job and unfortunately was beyond my control. The renters failed to close the freezer door properly which resulted in a sheet of ice forming on the bottom of the freezer and leaked under the refrigerator. I told them to make sure the freezer door was shut entirely, but the damage was already done and was not discovered until the cleaning crew arrived to clean the fridge. The instruction to keep the freezer door completely closed is in my welcome letter. Yes, we had a very bad case of rodents during the month of the renters stay this year. Not just my house, but the entire neighborhood and Lower Keys area, including Key West. This is their mating season according to the Monroe County Health Department and my exterminating company. I sent the email from the health department to the renters. The exterminator came out every day putting out black boxes all around the house to eradicate them which helped. These are the tropics...and the natural habitat is something we all live with. It is beyond everyone's control. I believe I was diligent in making the renter's stay as comfortable as possible. I have never had any of these problems with any of my other renters in the 4 years I have been renting. They complained that the ocean had nurse sharks and they couldn't go swimming. Really? Suggest that these renters are not tropical people nor tropic-savvy. Perhaps next time they should consider a high rise hotel in Disney World. The current renters haven't complained once. Please note that the house has recently been sold.
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5 1

Fantastic Vaction

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast at Bamboo Palms. Couldn't have asked for a better place to hang out with our family on our 1st trip to the Keys. The house was perfect, kitchen well stocked with everything we needed! Loved going up the the top deck and catching the evening breeze, or watching the sunrise or sunset. We didn't want to leave. Also only about 20 drive to Key West.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We strive to make our renters' vacation as memorable as possible. So happy you had a good time.
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Quakertown PA

Can you say "Ahhhhhhhh"

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a month and the moment I got there, it just felt like "ahhhhhhh!" My family and friends all felt the same way as soon as they arrived. The house is very warm and inviting with its beautiful decor and design and awesome views from the second floor and third floor deck. Even the stars in the evening sky were amazing! Sometimes there were 10 guests but it never felt crowded as there are so many cozy areas to "get away" and relax. We enjoyed the kayaks, pool and hot tub and the beautiful "boardwalk" to the dock. My friends and I agreed that this was the most fully outfitted home we had stayed in with plenty of towels and linens and a fully stocked kitchen with just about every utensil you can think of. The beds are amazingly comfortable. We are back home and it's cold, but all I have to do is think of the Bamboo Palms to recover that "Ahhhhhh" feeling. We are hoping to get back there again! Thank you Leah for letting us stay at your beautiful piece of paradise!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lorraine! Thank you for your wonderful review. We really appreciate it. As you know, we try so hard to make our renters comfortable and happy. I'm so glad you, your family and friends had a great time and we would be delighted to have you come back as our guests. Leah and Nathaniel Lightfoot
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Fort McMurray

Just Awesome !!!

  • 5 of 5

My family & I just returned from Bamboo Palms after spending a fantastic week there and are wishing we could go back already. We arrived to find the house to be even better than the pictures and were totally impressed with how far the owners, Leah & Nathaniel, go to make you feel right at home.

The house is stocked with everything you need to have a great vacation, all you have to bring is yourselves and some groceries!! We made good use of the provided bikes, kayaks , paddle boards and especially the gorgeous pool where we spent the majority of our time.

The house is located in a very nice quiet neighborhood with lots of privacy but there are ample great restaurants and shopping close by .If you are looking for a little excitement Key West is only a 20 minute drive away and well worth checking out.

Be sure to have coffee up on the Widows Walk and watch the sunrise and don’t forget to feed the fish off the end of the pier! (We got some great underwater video while doing this)

We highly recommend you choose Bamboo Palms for your Florida Keys vacation , you will NOT be disappointed !!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shayne, Thank you so much for your kind words. We work hard to make everyone happy and content on their most needed vacations. It was a pleasure having you here as our guests and hope to see you again soon.
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Central Pennsylvania

Vacation Delight

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful time was had by all and Bamboo Palms had everything needed to make sure of it. There were 12 of us and Leah has taken care of every single detail. She's even close by if you can think of something you need that she hasn't already thought of. From a well equiped kitchen to more towels and beach towels than I've ever laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, and a key lime pie that practically no one supplies. The house, grounds and pool are beautiful. We all had a great, lobstering, kayaking, swimming and just hanging out. It truly was one of our best vacations yet. Thanks for the memories.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Georgia! Thank you so much for your kind words. It is very much appreciated that your review was so favorable! This is our aim... happy, happy renters. Please consider Bamboo Palms the next time you want to visit the Fabulous Florida Keys. You will always be welcome here.
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How do you describe paridise?

  • 5 of 5

We started out planning our trip for our daughters 21st birthday to Key West. It turned out to be a birthday/family reunion. There were 8 in our party, age 21 to 77, and the consensus is Home! All agreed that it felt like Home. The pictures reflect the property but, we know pictures just don't do justice. Leah has made an incredible paradise for people to have a wonderful vacation. The grounds reflect her hard work to show the beauty of the Keys.

Lots of fun in the kayaks. Plenty of beach towels, no need to waste the packing space. The pool is awesome, along with the hot tub. All the kitchen amenities that you could need. The BEDS are so comfortable. Every one slept very well. Lots of room for a big family. Gorgeous sunrises from all decks.

Bamboo Palms is close to Key West which makes it the ideal place to stay. Very private and relaxing. Already talking about going back. Next time we want to stay for two weeks. LOTS to do and see.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen, Thank you so much for your kind words. As you know, I've worked so hard to make this place a paradise for all to enjoy. I pay close attention to detail and make sure all of my renters are "SPOILED"! THANKS LEAH
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Key West Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mangrove Mamas
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Key West Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway A!A
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mangrove Mamas
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Bahia Honda State Park; Fort Zach; Smathers Beach
Car: necessary

Bamboo Palms is a beautiful 4+ bedroom 2.5 bath 3 acre tropical home with open water access and views of Bow Channel in Sugarloaf Key. Relax in the large heated pool amongst the lush tropical surrounding landscaping. The house boasts of 2 king beds, 2 queen beds, 1 full futon, and full sleeper sofa; full laundry room; flat screen TVs; wi-fi; printer; CD player; DVD player; fully equipped kitchen; kayaks, and bikes included in rate. Take a quick 1 minute walk to our 300' dock to open water, where you can fish, snorkel, or just take in the breathtaking view.

Located at Mile Marker 19.5, the home is 20 minutes from Key West and near fine restaurants, grocery stores and shopping. Fishing on private dock - lots of Mangrove Snapper - kayak launch on floating dock also at your disposal.


Rates & Availability

Sugarloaf Key House Rental Rates

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28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 12.5%

40% of rate, plus tax, cleaning and security deposit. Balance due 45 days prior to arrival.

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.
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