|Minimum Stay||28 nights|
Our home is about a mile from Hawk's Cay resort of the quaint, historical island of Duck Key at mm. 61. This home features a master bedroom upstairs with adjoining bath as well as a bunk room that comfortably sleeps 6. Brand new floors, kitchen and bathrooms. Washer and dryer conveniently located on 2nd floor. Sit outside and enjoy the tropical breezes off the water under the chickee hut. Grab one of the kayaks and discover all that the island of Duck Key has to offer or just put on your mask and fins and jump off the dock. Dockage available for your boat or boats.
My husband and I purchased this home so that our six girls could have the same childhood memories that I had coming to Duck Key with my family. Even though we live in Fort Lauderdale and get plenty of sun there, it is nothing like the keys. This is our paradise and our escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We love to come here, slow down and spend time with each other.
Kim Nava purchased this house in 2007
My parents home is on the same street. I knew from experience that we wanted to enjoy the easterly breezes in our back yard and did not want the heat of the west sun in the afternoon. We are experienced Floridians. This house screams 'beach house'. It is casual, relaxing and simple.
When we bought this house, we knew it had a chickee hut and thought it was like the cherry on top. We were wrong. That chickee hut is the sundae. It is the place we long to be when we are not here. Two hammocks hang at either end, and we have stereo out there as well. There is nothing like taking a nap in the afternoon, with the ocean breezes blowing while swinging in those hammocks. They are rarely empty.
From the moment we pulled into the driveway we couldn't stop smiling!!! There is always worry and apprehension when renting online but all of our worries both from the anticipation of seeing the home and any worries we had in the world totally melted away. We walked in, saw the home and view, hugged and said "WE WIN!" The owners must be incredible proud of their home! We are so very thankful that we were lucky enough and they were gracious enough to share it with us. We arrived with 4 very energetic children and 4 adults. The children's room has two sets of bunk beds and couldn't have been more perfect. The Master bedroom was a soft and delightful hideaway for mom and dad and the downstairs suite was the perfect getaway for the Grandparents. The detail the owner have put into every inch of this home is amazing! It is hard to describe in words how wonderful this home is. How do you describe the feeling and smell of the soft breeze as you lay in the hammocks? Or describe the feeling of home and comfort when you walk into the room? We enjoyed everything there was to offer! We cooked in the WONDERFUL kitchen most nights. We enjoyed running to places like the "Cracked Conch" on Marathon for lunch. We took day trips to Sombrero Beach and Key West. We took a chartered fishing trip. We went on a scuba dive tour. We paddled around the entire island on the kayaks. We snorkeled, swam and fished off of the pier. We made a list of all of the fish we saw and we finally stopped at 50! The smells, the sounds, the feelings were something that my entire family will take with us for life. We cannot thank the owners enough for allowing us to have, as my father said, the "Best Vacation Ever!". There were NO Con's to this home! The Pro's are endless but the ones I appreciated the most were AMAZING SHOWERS!, full sized washer and dryer(we used them daily), dishwasher, garbage disposal, grill, kayaks and other fun toys, peaceful island with lots to offer and friendly people, LOTS of room!, easy access to everything but hidden away from everyone .We cannot wait to get an opportunity to go back! You will not be disappointed if you rent this home!!! The pictures are beautiful but do not give the property justice!
We cannot thank you enough for the use of your home this week. Usually, a vacation home serves primarily as a “home base” from which we come and go to our daily adventures, but your house was so much more. For one week, your home was truly our home. Our family just loved living here for the week. From the minute we arrived, until the minute we left, Mark and I and our four girls felt comfortable and happy and had everything we needed here. Yes, we packed so much fun into our vacation here in the Keys in one short week (great HOT weather, reef fishing one day and backcountry fishing another out of Hawks Cay, fishing and swimming from your dock, kayaking, snorkeling, feeding tarpon by hand, interacting with the dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center down the street , saw a manatee and plenty of iguanas, took a day trip to Key West) but through it all, your house was the constant and also afforded us valuable time to rest and relax. The joy and family time we burned into the memory of photos and video will always be with us, lest we ever want to relive our precious time here.
This rental exceeded our expectations! Our stay on Duck Key was really enjoyable. The July 2014 weather helped a lot, but the accommodations and comfort of this house helped to put a positive "exclamation point" on everything. Days on and off the water began and ended in the comfort, convenience, and beauty of Duck Key. The descriptions and pictures of the property give a 2-D perspective, but being there is all 3-D! All details and correspondence with the owners and team were extremely pleasant and understanding. A++!
My wife and I had never been to the Keyes before, staying at this place makes us want to go back. We were there for 17 days. For the first were our daughter and her two daughters stayed there (age 3 and 10). they all loved it. There were small kid games there that the youngest one loved. the 10 yr old got to kayak by herself, caught fish off the dock and snorkeled there. They didn't want to leave. The last ten days my sister and her husband came. they also loved the place. Rented a boat for 4 days. Tricky following all the channels. Make sure you are very familiar using a GPS. This place had everything we needed. Loved sitting on the second deck or under the TICKI hut any time during the day. Loved the BIG Green EGG grill. Would go to a local fish market and for fresh fish and than bring them back TO bbq. This place is in great shape and has everything you need. The main AC unit went out one morning, TXT Kim regarding it. She immediately replied that some one would be out to fix it. Left for a few hours, repaired by the time we got back. Only ate out a few times. Marathon has some good restaurants that are good and reasonably priced. Had fried conch at Key Colony Inn for lunch. Excellent, enough for 2 at about $11. Would recommend this place every time for a great vacation. Kayaks were an added plus.
Please make sure you pay with a credit card (preferably through VRBO) and don't mail a check. At least you will have recourse if you disagree with any deductions. The price advertised for a monthly rate is increased significantly for a shorter stay. We were fine with the price increase, but it is deceptive.
The house is advertised as a 3 BR, but is deceptive because you have to go outside and downstairs to get to the 3rd BR, which may not be a problem for some, but being on a different level than our children in the bunk room was completely inconvenient and resulted in our four year old sleeping in our bed (she was too scared to sleep upstairs because she didn't want to go outside to get to our bed if she got up in the middle of the night).
The TV didn't work until we only had 2 days left of our week stay and we had to interrupt a boating trip to come back to the house meet a dish network person who we helped remove palm fronds that were blocking the dish. TV may not have been a big deal on vacation except we missed the basketball Final 4 in which two of our native Kentucky teams were playing. Basically - it was significant to us. The owner didn't get on it immediately and we had to wait through the weekend to get the TV back on and by that time we didn't need it.
In the basement, we found 2 large millipedes in our sheets. I woke up in the middle of the night and one was on my neck. However, the primary issue is concerning the handling of our security deposit. The owner reduced our deposit. Her rational was $50 for an outdoor faucet handle that broke off when I was turning it off. It was on the dock and fell apart in my hand because it was corroded from the salt water. The only reason that she knew this was because I also manage property and have owned vrbos and wanted her to take note of it along with other items that needed attention that I sent to her in an email. The other reduction was because of cleaning issues. We paid a significant non-refundable cleaning fee up front and left the place in good condition. She claims her cleaning person spent 4 additional hours cleaning, which is absurd. The amount of money $XXX (because $ can’t be posted in vrbo reviews) is not that significant given the amount of money we paid to stay there; however, since we paid with a check, we have no recourse, no documentation from the homeowner, and the principle of the matter is enough to warn you in this review. Pay with a credit card through vrbo.
Our family just returned from a week long vacation at this wonderful home. The home offered everything you could want. The house was absolutely beautiful inside. We spent most of our time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. We only had one morning of rain,most of the time the temps were in the mid 70's.
My children and their families all said it was the best vacation ever.
The Dolphin Research Center is about 5 miles from our home. This is a very popular place to swim with the dolphins and learn more about this wonderful creature.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Memorial to Labor Day
May 28 2016 - Sep 10 2016
28 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
28 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Please email or call owner for additional rate specials.
Payment can be made by check. 50% deposit in order to reserve your dates with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.