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Kens Conch Key Cottage-2Br/2Bth or 1Br/1Bth Getaway + Optional motor boat rental

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2br/2bth cottage on the water. *Option to rent as 1br/1bth (see rate schedule)

We are a small romantic cottage on a tropical island named Conch Key; It's a quaint & Old Florida Keys style lobster fishing village located about 10 miles from Marathon. Close to various state parks and beaches.

Centrally located we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West, making us a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing.

We offer a quiet underdeveloped island with an easy relaxing pace of life consisting of small residential streets, where you can take a leisurely stroll, bike ride on our bikes(no traffic), take an ocean water swim off our private dock, explore the island & find our hidden cove & beach, or take a nap under the large Tiki hut in our hammocks, and still embrace the authentic charm of the Old Florida Keys.

You can embark on an adventure, launch the kayaks and fish the flats or explore the island waterside, paddle to surrounding sandbars, other islands & scenic waterways, as well as island beaches accessible by small boat only. All our guests may enjoy the use of our bicycles & kayaks without charge.

On a beautiful waterview setting, the back yard opens to a large Tiki Hut with electricity, ceiling fans, and night time lighting on the water. Under its roof you'll find swinging hammocks and dining table for relaxation, perfect for cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic & on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime, or shine a light into the water at night and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other sea life passing around our dock.

Your next door neighbors Steve & Jeff, professional commercial lobstermen, will sell you fresh caught, off their boats, lobster and stone crab when in season; or ask your other next door neighbor Captain Dan, professional captain & fishing guide to take you on a 1/2 day or full day charter on his boat and catch your own fish without having to drive anywhere: just wake up, step off your back porch & onto his boat. After a beautiful day on the water Captain Dan will help or filet your fish. You can cook them on the grill as soon as you get off the boat, or take it to many of the local eateries that will cook your catch for a delicious meal.

If you like to fish without a boat, we are located within walking distance of the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge ( apx. 3 miles long) where you can cast your bait for tarpon & many other variety of salt water fish. The bridge is also a great place take a bike ride, go for a walk, or jog if you are a runner, and catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.

For our guests who own or bring boats, the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate a boat up to 23' in length (no additional charges) & there's plenty of room on property to store you trailer (again no additional charges). There is immediate Bay & Ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and other water activities.

To qualified boaters we can also offer (with additional charges & booked in advance with a minimum 7 night booking) Small Motor Boat Options (SMBOs) - small motor boat rentals available with the cottage booking only, capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat only accessible island beaches. Our boats are capable of getting under the many smaller lower height bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways etc. They are not for use in deeper ocean side water, if you are interested in a Deep sea or larger boat rental, we can certainly help guide you to a close & practical boat rental company.

Tastefully furnished, the cottage is a cozy 2bedroom/2bath romantic getaway with WIFI internet access. Accommodations are comfortable for 2 guests on each queen size bed, and if necessary 1 guest on the couch (a bit crowded). The 2nd bedroom/bath is attached to the cottage but accessible by a private front porch courtyard entrance/exit, not through the body of the main cottage, providing an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families, but may be unsuitable for younger children. Each side includes its own bathroom, Direct TV with premium channels, & separate thermostatically controlled central a/c & heat.

THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE RENTAL, NO LARGE GATHERINGS. We love great guests that are respectful of our neighbors & our property on this quaint island & thus allow no more than a respectful number, or limit of non-booked guests at any time during your stay.

We apologize in advance as the VRBO/Homeaway platform, programming & logarithms don't always mesh with our practical needs & policies concerning online rentals, it works but does not always work flawlessly. Estimated rates (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) from the VRBO/Homeaway sight are based on a 2 bedroom 2 bath rental for 2 couples, a maximum of 4 guests (sharing 2 queen size beds) DURING NON HOLIDAY & NON SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS only & therefore may not be an accurate pricing for your selected dates. HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS & ADDITIONAL GUESTS are not reflected accurately on the estimated rental rate (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) prior to our formal reply or our edited quote, & incur additional charges and/or higher damage deposits . LOBSTER MINI SEASON (usually the last Wednesday & Thursday in July) REQUIRES A 7 NIGHT BOOKING & other Special Event or Holiday periods may require a minimum number of nights to effect a booking also. Families please provide the ages of any children in your initial inquiry to receive our best possible rates.

We require a copy of your Drivers License after you book.


The cottage may be rented as a 1br/1bth rental at a cheaper rate for 1 couple renters only, with a minimum 7 night booking. The "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab where you enter your booking dates, will not provide this pricing for 1br/1bth rentals. For 1br/1bth rentals click on "send e mail" (inquiry only, not automatic booking), request a quote for the 1br/1bth option, 7 night minimum.

The courtyard 2nd bedroom with bath, is closed for individual couples who request (on the initial inquiry prior to booking) to rent as a 1br/1bth at the lower rates (*see our 1br/1bth rates under 'additional info about our rates'/ 'Notes') who would not have the need for a second bedroom (couple or couple with infant).The courtyard 2nd br/bth is never booked or available for booking by another party during a 1br/1bth cottage rental, insuring your privacy & exclusive use of the property.

Again, a written request for the 1br/1bth cottage rental must be made with the initial inquiry prior to online or automatic booking, in order to receive the discounted rate (as we must edit the pricing manually).

Advanced Bookings require a non refundable $500.00 - $1000.00 reservation deposit for each week or part of a week booked until 60 days prior to the check in date, then the balance and all monies are due & non refundable.

This is definitely a NON-SMOKING and absolutely a NO PARTY/NO PET rental.

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Conch Key Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Outside Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 adults
    Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 adults & can accommodate 1 additional on couch
  • 2br/2bth COTTAGE RENTAL - Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 with queen bed + Outside Bedroom 2 with queen bed and private bathroom, sleeps 4 as 2 couples. Sleeps a 5th guest using the couch as a single (additional charges apply). Bedroom 2 is a room that enjoys its own private entrance/exit off the front porch courtyard(not accessible thru the main body of the cottage), and individual thermostat controlled central AC/Heat offering a higher level of comfort and privacy for couples and families. We are on the water, this bedroom may be unsuitable for younger children without an adult. Both bedrooms enjoy Direct TV with premium movie channels. *1br/1bth COTTAGE RENTAL - Exclusion of the Outside Courtyard Bedroom 2 creates the optional 1br/1bth rental @ lower rates (see "Additional info about rental rates" section below, additional conditions apply) for guests traveling as1 couple only.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Beautiful scenic sunsets on the water. Huge thatch roof Tiki hut with swinging hammocks for easy relaxation and lighted ceiling fan,table and furniture for outside dining and cocktails on the water. Kayaks and barbeque. Life vests and assorted snorkeling gear is available for guests use. Linens, towels (no beach or boating towels), basic supplies (starte soap, toilette paper etc.), cooking utensils. Washer/dryer are provided with weekly rentals or longer & available at charge for shorter rentals.


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Kens Conch Key Cottage-2Br/2Bth or 1Br/1Bth Getaway + Optional motor boat rental
average rating of 4.7105265 based on 38 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with another couple and this place provided privacy for all and great common space . We enjoyed using the kayaks and bikes the equipment was in good condition. The location was perfect and the neighbors were nice. We would love to return

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Little Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The stay here was great. I wish the weather would have cooperated a bit more, but what can you do? Loved the kayak rides we took, saw some sharks, and stingrays while we were out there. Did some fishing caught some neat looking fish. I would definitely stay here again, but next time, I will plan around the weather, and it will absolutely be a warmer stay. Thanks Ken for being so accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time vacationing over the holidays at Ken's cottage. We rented a boat at Duck Key for 3 days and was able to keep it at the dock at the cottage. Ken has a great outdoor setting with a tiki hut, great hammocks (look new) and great Adirondack chairs. We saw a nurse shark and turtle in the canal. Thanks, Ken for letting us rent your cottage.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything as expected

  • 4 of 5


Thanks for letting us stay at your place on Conch Key. Everything was in working order and as advertised. Having the ability to keep our boat right on the water out back was a huge plus for us.

Thanks again.

Derek Moore

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worst Vacation Ever!

  • 1 of 5

We were extremely unhappy with know the property looked, it was too small and too old with a terrible order. The dock was too small and there was metal construction that could have damaged the boat. It was almost impossible to dock. On Thanksgiving night my wife's elderly parents came with a surprise visit and at 5 a.m the following morning, the owner came with the police and ordered us to leave because her parents were not listed on the rental. We did not know they were coming. We have been using this company for 10 years and never have had such disgusting property and disrespectful treatment. This property should be off the rental list!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In the many years of providing our cottage for vacation rentals, this is the first time we have been forced into such an unpleasant & uncomfortable action. We have strived for quality & have consistently received only the highest reviews. This is the only negative revue we have ever received. This guest rented for 2 adults & a child only (total 3 guests), but brought 7 guests, all arrived on the same day. The guest & I had arranged unsupervised cottage access prior because I would not be available on the Thanksgiving Holiday to check them in. Our guest policy is clearly written & stated in 3 places, (1)the property description, (2)form letter sent to guests prior to booking, and (3)the rental agreement viewed & agreed upon by the guest prior to payment. The warning & policy read "This is not a flop house or party house rental, additional overnight guests above the stated amount are not permitted without the owners consent and violation will result in immediate expulsion & eviction from the premises". When made aware of the violation I called & spoke by phone. The guest still lied & minimized the number of guests (now telling me there were 5, we knew there were 7), became obnoxious, belligerent, refused to leave, & told me to call the police. They told me they would write a nasty revue if I showed up. I acquiesced to his request for the authorities the following morning, providing all the correspondence & rental agreement. The guest became belligerent with the police and left only after threat of arrest. All other complaints are sour grapes & of course the cottage is too small for 7 people which is why the number of guests are terms of our rental agreement.
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Kens Place, Conch Key 8/12/17 thru 8/18/17

  • 5 of 5

Kens Conch Key Cottage was a nice place to stay during our vacation. An hour North up US 1from Key West, was perfect for evening drives watching the sunset. The A/C gets cold as you want it and it was appreciated due to it was in the upper 90's while we were there. This cottage also has Wi Fi fast enough for an X box, so it is kid friendly. Especially with the bedroom off of the main house, made it very nice for all. Ken also lined me up with Pier 68 boat rentals and we cruised around the gulf and off of Duck Key for 2 days. The rate is $175 a day for the boat I rented. His dock out back was very convenient for boating. Conch Key is a quiet commercial Lobstering Key, it was interesting to watch the fisherman work.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kenneth E. Solis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018

About Kenneth E. Solis

I grew up in Dade County and Biscayne Bay where my family always enjoyed boating, diving, and general water activities. I became a firefighter and retired from Dade County Fire Department after 31.5 years of service.

Kenneth E. Solis purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Kenneth E. Solis chose Conch Key

I always enjoyed spending so much time in the Florida Keys with great friends, & grew a fond attachment to this particular island for its old style Fla. Keys ambience. This island fishing village is unique to the Fla. Keys experience and it is easy to visualize why its residents chose to call it home.

Because friends & family enjoyed my cottage so much also, they suggested & encouraged me to start the rental on a lark. Not intending more than an occasional rental I was quickly rewarded with a sense of pride from guests that raved about the cottage which fueled my interest on continuing.

What makes this cottage unique

Centraly & practically located, it is exactly the hafway mark from the mainland to famous Key West, approximately 1.5 hour drive to either, from the property. Located adjacent to the Long Key bridge it provides immediate bay and ocean access to the best diving, fishing, kayaking, beaches, and boating activities in the Keys without having to travel time consuming miles to reach a location to cross over from the bay to the ocean or vise versa for water activities. Far enough to feel disconnected from mainland society and relax on the hammocks under the Tiki hut in a very romantic setting.


Car: necessary

We offer small motor boat (option) rental for island hopping, boat only accessible beaches, & scenic exploration on the water close to land. Traditional beaches and state parks are close by also. Larger power boat rental, fishing charters, and fresh seafood are available literally feet away from the property. Also Hawks Cay resort, just around the corner offers a wide variety of water activities such as jet ski rental, para-sailing, powerboat rentals, and fish or dive charters. Lobstermen and local fishing guides with private charter boats are your neighbors and are happy to book a days activities. Fishing and diving are excellent and we are well situated with immediate bay and ocean access by boat. We have on many occasions caught our lobster dinners by snorkeling immediately around the island. Watching the neighbors bring in their daily fresh catch of fish, lobster, stone crabs, and tropical fish for aquariums is very interesting, and purchasing fresh caught from the neighbors for your meal, if you don't catch your own.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 12.5%

Holiday week/weekends & Special Event rates are higher. Each additional guest minimum $50.00 per night.
Lobster Mini Season requires minimum 7 night booking 2br/2bth rates only @$1950.00.
Minimum Advance Reservation deposit are non refundable minimum $500.00 per week, or part of. Balance & all monies due & non refundable 60 days prior to check in date.
Minimum Damage deposits are $750.00 or greater
Main Cottage only as 1br/1bth* for 2 adults only, @ the following standard non holiday rates (excludes Courtyard 2nd br/bth), 7 night minimum: Weekly (7nights) @ $1656.00 *
Monthly Rentals (28 nights) Off season consideration

*Special Event/Holiday week, weekend & daily rates higher for 1br & 2br rentals, additionally some Holiday/Special Event periods may require a minimum weeklong booking.
** Ask about rates for optional small motor boat (SMBOs) rentals with cottage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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