Have you ever considered staying on a Marina? I’m not talking about only on a sailboat, but in a luxury condo, as well?
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.
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.
And the best part, the most famous treasure hunter of all time – Mel Fisher – keeps his boat here for the never ending treasure exploration.
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.
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
A super cozy living room
A full entertainment center
And three bedrooms
One with a bunk bed and sofa sleeper
And two bathrooms
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.
I’ve never seen so many houseboats
And what character!
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.