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Sanctuary in Paradise Featured on H G T V

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 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.


Tavernier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • limited accessibility
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 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Sanctuary in Paradise Featured on H G T V
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews

Ideal Keys Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Sanctuary in Paradise was indeed paradise! The property was perfect for our family visit, with an upscale 1 bedroom upstairs for my parents, a comfortable 2 bedroom downstairs for husband, children and myself and a separate cottage for my brother. We had plenty of space when we needed it, but the upstairs unit was perfect for us to have meals together and watch movies.

The property and beach were amazing! Close to restaurants and shopping, but completely private. A++

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Owners were extremely kind and accommodating.

location was perfect and the view was breathtaking!

Kids had a great time playing in the large yard while parents kicked back on the porch. The separate living quarters and kitchens made it great for a multi-family stay.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our week in paradise

  • 5 of 5

After spending seven days in paradise, my husband and I left the “Sanctuary in Paradise” recharged. Each morning we took in the beautiful sunrise from the deck in the master upstairs. We rented a boat and could have it docked at the house for immediate access to the ocean, and in the afternoon, we laid under the sun relaxing on the hammocks. Our evenings were spent fishing on the dock, catching nonstop.

We decided on this house so we could host an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Our guests were stunned when they pulled into Schooner Bay Road and were welcomed by the breathtaking ocean view. The property is so spacious and had room for us to have a ceremony by the sea and followed by a reception.

The house was stocked with everything you would need from beach towels, to air mattresses and kitchen cookware. There was little for us to think about.

The property owner, Andy Cancela, was beyond gracious and accommodating each time I had a question. This was the best week I could have imaged. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect week in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from a wonderful week in Plantation Key. We went with our daughter, my elderly parents, sister and brother. The house is set up perfectly for multiple families to have there own space but still enjoy the week together. Every morning we woke up early to see an amazing sunset and my husband, who is an avid fishermen, spent a great deal of time fishing off the end of the dock. He caught a multitude of fish and we enjoyed kayaking, swimming and sunning. All in all a beautiful week in a beautiful place. We highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

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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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.


Rates & Availability

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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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