An Unknown Secret for the Florida Keys Vacation Rentals

Have you ever considered staying on a Marina? I’m not talking about only on a sailboat, but in a luxury condo, as well?

florida keys vacation rentals - stock island marina village

These types of difficult choices are only to be made when you start searching for Florida Keys Vacation Rentals. As you can see, they are truly tough choices indeed.

When I was planning our mini-honeymoon to the Florida Keys, my main goal was to stay on a Marina. Because staying at just at any Inn isn’t really what it is all about, now is it? After a lot of researching, I narrowed our stops to two places. A sailboat on Key Largo and the Stock Island Marina Village in Key West.

I knew that a sailboat would be tiny, and since I am not a big sailor, one night would do the trick. But I didn’t want to compromise my Marina stay and that’s how I wound up learning all about the most adorable village.

After our delicious visit to Hogfish Bar and Grill which is located at the front of the Stock Island Marina Village, Bobby (the owner of the restaurant) gave us a quick tour of the area. And we simply fell in love with it and wanted to stay there. That’s how he turned us on to the vacation rental.

His good friend, Mike Bullock, rents out a luxury three bedroom condo which we immediately agreed to stay.

Why We Decided to Stay on the Stock Island Marina Village

If you have read any of my articles on the blog, it is easy to see that I am a history buff that loves to find the most unique staying and eating experiences for each location we visit. And this village was simply bursting with history and uniqueness.

Historical Background

Stock Island is where the ex-headquarters for the Bay of Pigs operation was held. Before that, during peaceful times, this was where the main ferry to Cuba used to board.

Stock Island marina village, Key West, Florida - bay of pigs

But that’s not all. One of the owners of a trailer and dock space bought the sinking Jackie Onassis yacht (Jackie O) and is rebuilding it.

Stock Island marina village, Key West, Florida -   jackie o yacht

And the best part, the most famous treasure hunter of all time – Mel Fisher – keeps his boat here for the never ending treasure exploration.

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - mel fisher's treasure boat

And this was all in our back and front yard. What a way to stay while visiting Key West.

Our Condo and Neighborhood

To get into the Marina with your vehicle, in our case we rented a Harley Davidson, you need to pass an electric small gate. The remote comes with the rental and you can park right in front.

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - harley davidson

Our condo had a sitting area outside in the back and the front, which are both lined with water.

Our condo had a full kitchen and dining room

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - kitchen and dining room

A super cozy living room

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - living room

A full entertainment center

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - entertainment center

And three bedrooms

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - three bedrooms

One with a bunk bed and sofa sleeper

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - sofa sleeper

And two bathrooms

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - bathroom

You can easily fit eight people here comfortably. Plus, a housekeeping service, which is rare with vacation rentals.

The best part of it all, was the actual village.

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  house rental - collectors

I’ve never seen so many houseboats

Stock Island, Key West, Florida -  docks with houseboats

And what character!

Stock Island, Key West, Florida - quirky houseboat

My Take On It

This is truly the only way to stay when visiting the Keys. Nothing beats waking up to a sunrise over the water.

Find more information about the waterfront condo here.



About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

6 Responses to An Unknown Secret for the Florida Keys Vacation Rentals

  1. When I win the lottery – I will do it. Hopefully, I won’t be in my old age!
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  2. Lori says:

    Good to know – they look like a nice place to stay. Plus, the view is great!
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  3. What a neat place to stay! So beautiful! Thanks for the great post!
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  4. Andrea Bertelli says:

    I’ll arriva in Kwest next 28 june for 3 nights
    With my family(2+3)and I’m looking for a tipical housboat.Do you have avilibility?hoe much the total price?

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