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Sanctuary in Paradise Featured on H G T V

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Sanctuary in paradise.

Unique property featuring:

~1BR 1BA main house

~2BR 2BA downstairs apt.

~1BR 1BA cottage

~3 Full Kitchens

Wheather you are planning your very first visit to the Florida Keys or are a returning guest, we'd like to welcome you to our paradise. Islamorada, meaning purple isle, has more fishing vessels per square mile than any other vacation destination in the world and is known as the sport fishing capital of the world.

Andy Cancela
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2017

About Andy Cancela

God-loving, family oriented, and likes to keep things simple.

Andy Cancela purchased this house in 2008

Why Andy Cancela chose Upper Florida Keys

We think Plantation Key is the jewel of the Florida Keys. Islamorada is the coined the 'fishing capital of the world'. Andy has completely remodeled the property inside and out planting over 600 trees and shrubs to create a lush private paradise.

What makes this house unique

It offers an abundance of open space and privacy. There are breath-taking sunrises and an ever-changing lure of the ocean view. This unique property is somewhat of a compound. We have the main house which is comprised of a 1BR 1BA master suite and a 2BR 2BA downstairs apartment. Privately located adjacent to the main house is a unique Red Cross cottage built in the 1930's.


Islamorada House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Please enjoy use of our kayak and canoe. What's ours is yours. There are two hammocks and plenty of searing areas. This unique property has a 1BR 1BA master suite with a 2BR 2BA downstairs apartment. It also has a separate private 1BR 1BA Red Cross house adjacent to the main house.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Sanctuary in Paradise Featured on H G T V
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Huge Property!

  • 4 of 5

We have rented before in the Florida Keys but never on the Ocean Side. I definitely recommend it! We really enjoyed the sea life and the view. Property is expansive with several buildings and the cottage is very neat. Property is also very private. It felt like a private oasis. Photos are exactly as they are in person. All minor issues were taken care of promptly by the owner and he was easy to get ahold of and Andy worked with us to accomodate our unique travel situation. Several large boats came by and there was so much sea life, dolphins, sharks, sting rays and much more greeted us out on the dock. We fished a bunch off the dock and enjoyed our evenings in the upper level of the house. There were 13 of us ranging from age 3 to 73 and there was plenty of room for all. I definitely recommend a charter fishing outing with 5 star fishing. We caught over 100 fish in a little over 3 hours. Founders Park is a must for anyone with children. Admission is free with your contract from Andy and it is only 3 miles away. Cant wait to get back to the Keys!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5
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We rented this home for our first visit to the Keys. Our group was 6 adults and the house fit our needs very well. It was exceptionally clean and the property is gorgeous. House has everything you might need. We rented a boat for the week and made good use of the dock. Saw lots of wildlife on the property and enjoyed the porches and the hot tub. The home is close to shopping and restaurants. It was a great trip!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our adult family of 5, completely enjoy this home and location!

  • 5 of 5
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This was our 3rd. stay in the keys, first time ocean side. It is in a perfect location, close to shopping and great restaurants. We rented a boat from A1A Watersports and Boat Rentals, and fished the whole time, close to two cuts through to the bay, and several reefs. We would rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Island, New York

First trip the Keys!

  • 5 of 5

Our family was swept away by the beautiful ocean front views and many amenities of this island retreat. It is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway or a family reunion and is situated perfectly as a haven for many popular day trips. It is just an hour from the Everglades national park, minutes from swimming with the dolphins, beautiful family, friendly beaches and snorkel spots, and is a scenic drive to key west. So if you are a sports enthusiast, love lying on the beach or enjoy exploring the "tastes" the keys have to offer, this sprawling home is perfect for you. Love cannot begin to express our emotions when telling others of this amazing spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sanctuary of the upper keys

  • 5 of 5

Sanctuary of the upper keys is A huge property. we took our two kids and their grandparents and our family dog and had more than enough space and accommodations. The dock was nice to have and at night we saw squid by the dozens Tarpon barracudas and mangrove snapper. The area has good local restaurants and shopping. The kids thought the property was cool with the iguanas banana trees and coconuts. It was so hard to leave !!!!! Wanted to stay forever !!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, S.C. USA

Life long memories were made on our recent vacation at this beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

The owners are the most gracious and loving people you will ever meet. Our family enjoyed every minute of our stay. My wife and I have four children who were not ready to leave at the end of our stay. We will be talking about this trip for years to come. We enjoyed swimming and kayaking in front of the house. The fishing from the pier was excellent! From the pier we saw a variety of tropical fish. A couple of our favorites were the stingrays and snapper. On our last evening a manatee swam by the end of the pier. That was one of the highlights of our trip. We also saw an Atlantic bottle nose dolphin up close while visiting Founders Park.

The home itself is beautifully furnished and is ideal for a multi family vacation. The landscaping which included perfectly arranged palm trees and number of different shrubs in bloom was beautiful. To say that is a picturesque place is an understatement. We took in the incredible sunrises and enjoyed viewing the reflection of the moon on ocean each evening.

The home, hammocks, landscaping, ocean front view, privacy, and plethora of fish and wildlife make this a perfect vacation destination. It was a vacation our family will never forget. The memories made with our children (17, 16, 13, 10) were priceless.

The home is in close driving distance to the main marinas, grocery stores, and sea food restaurants. You will enjoy soaking in the sun and beauty of God's creation from this tropical vacation spot.

Andy and Marianne are the best. Praise the Lord!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Keys is home to every water sport imaginable. There are activities for adults and children alike. There is the Theatre of the Sea which is a marine life zoo offering swimming with dolphins. Islamorada has once been coined the fishing capital of the world offering fishing of every kind. Another big attraction is the John Pennekamp State Park which offers some of the best snorkeling/diving with the famous underwater Jesus statue. There are also several other area attractions that can be found to suit your needs. We have a list of our favorite things to do and places to eat located in the handbook upon arrival.


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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.5%

Rentals only available Sat. thru Sat.

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