Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner

Cottage in Florida Keys, Marathon Area, Conch Key
5/5 ( 21 Reviews)
  • Sleeps
  • Bedroom(s)
  • Bathroom(s)
    2 full, 0 half


Kens Conch Key Cottage is a small romantic cottage in a quaint Old Florida Keys style lobster fishing village, located on a small tropical island named Conch Key. We are about 10 miles from Marathon and close to various state parks and beaches.

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Centrally located, we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West. It's a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing. We offer a quiet underdeveloped island (only 3 short residential streets) and an easy relaxing pace of life. You can take a leisurely stroll or bike ride on our bikes (no traffic) to explore the island, look for our hidden beach cove, take an ocean water swim off our private dock, or take a nap under the large Tiki hut in our hammocks and still embrace the authentic historical charm of the Old Florida Keys.

From the cottage you can embark on a scenic water adventure! Launch the kayaks and fish the flats or explore the island waterside. Paddle to surrounding sandbars or island beaches (close by) via scenic waterways accessible by small boat or kayak only. All our guests may enjoy the use of our bicycles & kayaks without charge.

Your back yard is on an old Keys, picturesque, water view setting. Your back door 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, perfect for relaxation & cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic and 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 commercial lobsterman Steve & Jeff, will sell you fresh caught lobster and stone crab right off their boats 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. You won't have 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 you 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 (a few blocks) from the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge (the old bridge converted to 3 miles of dedicated pedestrian fishing). Day or night you can cast your bait from land or bridge to hook up with 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 bring a boat, 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.

For boaters that don't bring their own boat we can certainly help guide you to a boat rental company that is close by and practical.

Comfortably 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 only, not through the body of the main cottage. It provides 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 thermostat 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. There are security cameras around the perimeter of the cottage.

REFUNDS - We will provide a 100% refund including the reservation deposit for any booking we are restricted by mandate from or unable accept guests on their check in date. Otherwise: ALL 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, when the balance and all monies are due & non refundable. Guests that pay in full then request to cancel more than 60 days before the arrival date, receive a refund minus the non refundable reservation deposit.

Please provide us with an e mail address & phone number for information on booking the cottage. We require a copy of your Drivers License with signed rental agreement (we provide this attachment by e mail in our answer to your inquiry) during or immediately after you book. This is definitely a NON-SMOKING/NO PET and absolutely a NO PARTY rental.


About owner

I am retired Firefighter from the Dade County Fire Department, there I served at one of the busiest stations on the Eastern Seaboard for 31.5 years. I grew up in Dade County spending much of my time boating,diving and sailing in Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. I bought this cottage after I fell in love with this Island. I fell in love with this island because it has retained so much of the Old Florida Keys character that I grew up with. It is actually zoned as a Commercial Fishing Village and remains maybe one of the only islands that hasn't been overwhelmed with modern structure. It still maintains the charm & charisma of the old style cottages and historical Keys character and identity.


Address: 44 Seaview Ave. Marathon, Fl
Zip Code: 33050
Nearest Airport Florida Keys Marathon International Airport 15 miles
Nearest Bar Wreck Sports Grill 4 miles
Nearest Beach Long Key State Park 4 miles
Nearest Grocery Store Publix & Winn Dixie 15 miles
Nearest Highway Overseas Highway 0.25 miles
Nearest Restaurant Wreck Sports Bar 4 miles

Additional Location Information

We offer a Small Motor Boat Option( Craig Cat rental/ seats 2 people only) for island hopping, boat only accessible beaches, & scenic exploration on the water close to land. Traditional beaches and state parks are close by. Larger power boat rental, fishing charters, and fresh seafood are available close by or literally feet 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.

Accommodation, Features

Property Type
Cottage, 800 sq. ft.
2 Bedroom(s), 5 Sleeps
Queen: 2
Sleep Sofa / Futon: 1
2 Bathroom(s)
Walk-in Shower: 2
Location Type
Near The Ocean
Ocean View
Water View
Vacation Types
Boat Friendly
Budget Friendly
Family Friendly
Historic Homes
Near Sporting Events
Access & Parking
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
Private Car Park
Satellite / Cable
Popular Amenities
Air Conditioning
Clothes Dryer
Deck / Patio
Linens Provided
Outdoor Grill
Towels Provided
Washing Machine
Indoor Features
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Dishes & Utensils
Living Room
Outdoor Features
Beach Chairs
Kayak / Canoe
Lanai / Gazebo
Outdoor Charcoal Grill
Outdoor Furniture
Porch / Veranda
Water Sports Gear
Activities & Adventure
Bird Watching
Deep Sea Fishing
Eco Tourism
Fly Fishing
Jet Skiing
Outlet Shopping
Pier Fishing
Scenic Drives
Sight Seeing
Sound/Bay Fishing
Water Tubing
Wildlife Viewing
Nearby Attractions
Aquarium (10 miles)
Churches (10 miles)
Cinemas (15 miles)
Marina (300 feet)
Restaurants (4 miles)


- Nightly rate Weekly rate Monthly rate Min. Stay Change-over
Week Weekend
Rate summary $300 - $365 $2,000 - $2,555 - 4 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 08-Apr-2021 - 26-May-2021 $300 - $2,000 - 5 Nights -
Memorial Day Holiday 27-May-2021 - 31-May-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 01-Jun-2021 - 30-Jun-2021 $300 - $2,000 - 5 Nights -
July 4 Holiday 01-Jul-2021 - 05-Jul-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 06-Jul-2021 - 23-Jul-2021 $300 - $2,100 - 5 Nights -
Sportsman lobster mini season 24-Jul-2021 - 31-Jul-2021 - - $2,300 - 7 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 01-Aug-2021 - 04-Aug-2021 $300 - - - 4 Nights -
Begin Regular Lobster Season 05-Aug-2021 - 15-Aug-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 16-Aug-2021 - 01-Sep-2021 $300 - - - 5 Nights -
Labor Day Holiday 02-Sep-2021 - 06-Sep-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 07-Sep-2021 - 06-Oct-2021 $300 - $2,000 - 5 Nights -
Columbus Day Holiday 07-Oct-2021 - 11-Oct-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 12-Oct-2021 - 27-Oct-2021 $300 - - - 5 Nights -
Halloween Fantasy Fest 28-Oct-2021 - 01-Nov-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 02-Nov-2021 - 23-Nov-2021 $300 - - - 5 Nights -
Thanksgiving Holiday 24-Nov-2021 - 29-Nov-2021 $325 - - - 5 Nights -
Non Holiday or Special Event 30-Nov-2021 - 19-Dec-2021 $300 - $2,000 - 5 Nights -
Xmas/New Year Holiday Season 20-Dec-2021 - 02-Jan-2022 $365 - - - 7 Nights -


Check in: 15:00 / Check out: 11:00
No Smoking, No Pets, No large Parties, no additional overnight guests other than the number of guests indicated for the booking. You must be 26+ yrs to book the property, 30+ yrs to include a Small Motor Boat (rental) Option. We require a copy of the booking persons driver license with signed copy of our rental agreement, & credit card holder booking guest must occupy the premises.

We provide NORMAL CLEAN UP & HOUSEKEEPING at your departure. Extraordinary cleaning,scrubbing pots and pans, tracking down equipment, housekeeping etc., at your departure will be charged and deducted from your damage/security deposits if necessary. All equipment, bicycles, kayaks, life vests, and etc., are your responsibility to return to their correct places in the same reasonable condition you found them.
Additional Info
Small Motor Boat Option(SMBO)- Conditions, charges & damage deposits, are additional to the cottage booking rate. Requires a 7 night cottage booking & experienced 30+ yrs of age boat operators/captains, a preliminary oral interview, signed written agreement, & practical boating skill test prior to use. Forfeiture of damage security deposit or a 200.00 fee (owner discretion), may be charged in event of interview misrepresentation. $200.00 fee may be charged for cancellation requested by guest within 2 weeks of the check in date, at the owners discretion. Boat may not be available if not booked in advance. May be cancelled after being booked (refund issued) without prior notice for safety, mechanical, maintenance, any other or no issue.

Currently 1 two passenger Craig Cat is available. See our pics in our listing, it looks like 2 surfboards with 30hp outboard & joy stick steering.
Cancellation Policy
Your booking charges include a $500.00 per week or part of, non refundable Reservation Deposit that secures your dates. All Charges are due 60 days prior to your arrival date. Guests that pay in full and request a cancellation more than 60 days before the scheduled arrival or check in date are refunded the difference between monies collected and the non refundable reservation deposit.
Pet Friendly: No
Smoking: No smoking
Children: Yes ( children over 5 yo. )
Long term rentals: No
Seniors: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Suitability Details
The 2ndbr/bth may be unsuitable for very young children without an adult. The entrance/exit door of this bedroom opens to the fenced courtyard located street side, next to the front door of the main cottage. It does not open to the interior of the cottage.

21 Reviews

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Great Place to stay and explore the Florida Keys

My wife and I along with our friends found Ken's place to be a great location and provided the comfort and uniqueness we were looking for. The cottage provided a great place for two couples to use as their home port as we explored the Florida Keys. Great neighbors on each side, fresh lobster and Dan is a great fishing guide. We definitely will be back!

Stayed February, 2021

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Beautiful views on waterfront home

Beautiful views on waterfront home
This was a nice property with ocean views from every vantage point. Enjoyed meeting the neighbours in the town who were more than hospitable. Ken was a great host, quick with communication and so friendly. The property manager Casey went above and beyond to make our stay one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken in the Keys. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us for the week.
02/08/2021 at 4:43 PM

Stayed February, 2021

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Awesome Stay!

We have been adventuring to the Keys hauling our boat down from Michigan for years and, in past, staying at a motel with dockage. We feel so fortunate to discover Ken's Conch Key Cottage. Mom, dad, girlfriend and I enjoyed an amazing ten days here. We fished, shelled, explored, and relaxed. Highlights include the privacy of our own tiki hut for meals and cocktails and the close proximity to all things good but still quaintly secluded in a safe and private setting. Ken was awesome and we will be back! Thank you!

Stayed December, 2020

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Christmas week in the Keys

Christmas Week in the Keys
Great Location being centrally located, allowed us lots of Day excursions opportunity. Enjoyed the dockside covered patio and barbeque to cook our fresh caught lobsters and seafood. Wonderful place to kick back and relax with all the amenities needed. Thanks Ken for the vacation cottage. We will see you again!!
12/28/2020 at 8:27 PM

Stayed December, 2020

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Quaint and quiet in the Keys

We stayed at Ken’s Conch Key Cottage with our two teenage daughters. They loved having a room and bath to themselves and we all loved gathering in the main area for meals and movies. Ken provides bikes and kayaks and we took advantage of all of that. This part of the keys is laid back and quiet and offers all of the water fun you could ask for. The cottage had all the amenities and was clean and well cared for. It’s also a short drive to marathon and many other fun places explore. Ken was super helpful every step of the way. We would stay here again.

Stayed March, 2020

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Perfect cottage stay that exceeded all expectations

Four of us stayed 5 nights at Ken’s cottage as part of a fishing holiday to celebrate my partners 40th birthday. We picked this cottage because it was on a key that wasn’t a tourist spot and we wanted to feel part of the community for the short time we were there. We also loved the look of the dock and how close it was to the bridge where we would be fishing.

Ken’s cottage was quirky, cosy and certainly felt like a home from home. It was so well stocked with equipment that it was easy to do meals at home to then enjoy our on the dock. The dock is just magical. Evenings under the tiki hut were fun, daytimes we were able to catch fish and watch the nurse sharks swimming past.

This home was comfortable and Ken was really helpful with making suggestions before we checked in. We were all really sad to leave and hope to be back one day.

Stayed July, 2018

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Quaint little cottage, perfect for a quiet getaway to the Keys

Ken, the owner was very hospitable and responsive as we researched and considered his cottage as we reviewed many properties to rent in the Keys. The cottage is a slightly older, one bedroom, one living room, small kitchen cottage with an adjoining 2nd bedroom with separate bathroom (sort of a mother-in-law room) if you need it. Our daughter slept there, while my wife and I had the main cottage to ourselves :-) . The cottage is on a canal a very short boat ride into the larger bay and less than a mile from the ocean. A boat rental is highly recommended to see the area, snorkel and fish. I used Pier 68 (Jay is excellent!) for a two day rental of a 22' deck boat that I tied up to Ken's pier (fit perfectly). Just an hour or so by car from Key West, it was an easy trip to go visit the Cat Man, do some shopping, and people watch. Evenings at the cottage under the stars on the back deck were beautiful. Should have been a 5 star rating but we had a little trouble with water temperature control in the showers that caused us a little discomfort. Ken was quick to apologize and refunded a substantial portion of our rental cost to compensate us for the inconvenience. I am sure he has fixed or replaced the water heater, but be sure to ask about it. This is a very reasonably priced property for a romantic stay almost exactly in the middle of the Florida Keys. There isn't much to see ashore on Conch Key, but Marathon and Islamorada are both only 15 minutes away. With a boat though, you have immediate access to crystal blue, clear water a short ride away. If prices in Key West are too high, or you want more quiet and solitude at night, Ken's Cottage is an excellent choice.

Stayed March, 2018

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Great Location...

The cottage is conveniently situated on a channel that had easy access to the bayside. Cottage is in the heart of a fishing community. We rented a boat for 3 days from Pier 68 and spent our time fishing, snorkeling and sightseeing. The nearby SS Wreck provided excellent dining and seafood was our choice each day. Enjoyed shopping in Islamorada and feeding the tarpon at Robbie’s. A day trip to Key West was about 1.5 hours away and is a must do. The hammocks and tiki hut allowed us to enjoy a nap and some reading time. The cottage provided everything that we needed for a relaxing family vacation. Ken was very accommodating and helpful.

Stayed March, 2018

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Great place to unwind and enjoy family and friends.

Great location centered in The Keys to do different activities. Great sunset kayaking. Wonderful RnR cottage.

Stayed March, 2018

Kens Conch Key Cottage - Pay direct to owner
Very Enjoyable Stay

The cottage is situated very centrally, so is ideal for exploring the Keys by car. (There is plenty of parking space). This is a small, "real" nieghbourhood cum working key, which we found a refreshing antidote to glitzy but band holiday resorts. Well equipped, cozy, homely and characterfully decorated, everything was very clean and worked well. The air conitioning was quiet and efficient. There is a good space outside the back door to sit on the quayside. The nearest public beach we found was Sombrero - lovely - (just beyond Marathon town) but there may be others; we were only there 3 days. Ken's pre-arrival information was very helpful and there seems to be plenty of opportunity for watersports here, although we didn't have time to explore these.

Stayed February, 2018

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