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Laidback Beach Shack, with a Vintage Retro Vibe & Serene Feel.

Bedrooms 2
Space 920 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Come stay ....The Laid Back Beach Shack will be your home away from home for as long as you want to stay in the Upper Keys.

We welcome you to fall in love with the area's casual atmosphere.

Experience the coziness of an original Conch House from the 50's completely renovated in 2010 to suit all your needs with today's comforts.

Kick back, take off your shoes, and hang out on the deck.

Read a book outside, take a day trip to Key West, or charter a boat for an exciting fishing trip. Do a lot or nothing at all.

Welcome to The Florida Keys!

Keywords: Little escape, original Upper Keys Conch House. Cottage with a water view. great for relaxation, fishing & intimate sunsets. Decorated with an eclectic vintage look, with surprises in every room. We even provide you with fishing poles and a cooler for your outdoor fun time! Charcoal and fuel for the small brick barbecue. Old record player to play 1940's and 50's music, dance in the moonlight on your deck, enjoy the charm of the keys...

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Elsa or Katrina
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
1 September, 2018

About Elsa or Katrina

We own a travel agency in Miami and one of our favorite things to do is head for Key Largo after a long work week. The peace and quiet of the hammocks and the beautiful sunsets, are just what the doctor ordered for relaxation. Although I could go anywhere in the world, my favorite place is our Beach Shack. The drive thru the hammock on the 20 mile stretch from Miami, transports us to another world. A lazy beach side town is what we need after a hectic week in Miami. The southern most islands in the United States, with some of the worlds best fishing and the only Natural Coral Reef Natural park in the world. You can't beat, the bird watching, wild life and snorkeling. Rent a boat for a day or hire a captain to take you out. Either way, it's real raw fun!

When I am not walking on the beach, I am listening to quiet music and reading a good book. Sometimes, it's just nice to go to the beach and reflect. Whatever mood I am in, I always come here to feel good. My daughter is an artist and a decorator, so this is her baby. She enjoys finding treasures to make it feel like home. If you love garage sales and treasure hunting, hit the street early and go. Prices are great and you will find fun sea-themed treasures to take a little piece of the Keys back home with you!

Elsa or Katrina purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Elsa or Katrina chose Key Largo Park

The house is very well situated. Only 1.5 hours from Miami International Airport and 2 hours from Key West, the southernmost point of the United States.

We decided on a vacation house in Key Largo because it is like being on an island that you can drive to.

There is so much to do there. Swim with the dolphins, snorkel at the first underwater park in the United States, John Pennenkamp, or sail the calm waters of the Bay to witness the beautiful sunsets. The location of our house is minutes from everywhere. You can walk to the farmers market, restaurants, and many activities that are no more than 30 minutes away except for Key West. But you can go there for lunch and then return to the Beach Shack. It's a great little house for your stomping grounds to explore all of the Keys Islands.

What makes this cottage unique

Staying at our beach shack is a serene experience. Listen to the birds in the morning while you have a nice breakfast on the deck. When you come down to Key Largo, you get away and relax.

**Rent our home and receive a Florida State Parks Annual Family Pass!**


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Key Largo Park around the Key Largo

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 920 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Standard bathroom with a shower. No tub. The bathroom was rebuilt in 2010 to replicate an original mid-century bathroom with vintage sink and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Family room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Turquoise sofa is a twin bed with 2 back cushions removed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Laidback Beach Shack, with a Vintage Retro Vibe & Serene Feel.
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Super cozy, adorable, retro cottage

  • 4 of 5

This property is so cozy and comfortable but most of all it is so cute! It is filled with antiques in every room that have been so thoughtfully placed and also has everything you would need on a vacation (e.g. beach chairs, beach towels, coolers, etc.). We snorkeled at Pennekamp, fished out of Islamorada, and even drove to Key West for one day--all from this Laidback Beach Shack. The park down the street is a definite bonus. We loved it here!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dover, NH

The Laid Back Beach Shack was the perfect get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Staying here was absolutely wonderful! We were greeted with wine and snacks and a welcome note, and immediately felt at home. The place was clean and well stocked with everything that we could possibly need. I was actually born in Key West, so I really appreciated the vintage island decor. Some of the things I actually recognized from having them in our own home growing up. We chose the location as we really wanted to explore the Everglades on this trip, and it was an easy trip to get there. It was also convenient to stores and restaurants and anything else that we may have needed. We also made our soujourn to Key West for a day, and that was only 2 hours away. Katrina and Elsa were wonderful to deal with and communicated right way to answer any questions. We also loved the private waterfront park right down the street. Everything was fabulous and we hope that our travels will take us there again. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maximum Chill..great vibe...very location for jumping off in the Keys!

  • 5 of 5

Came in exhausted from life...this place and the beautiful sunshine of the Florida Keys brought rest and revival to our spirits and souls! The place is so put together, mid-century decorated and cohesive with tons of every day products already stocked and even water bottles ready for the beach! My 2 friends and I LOVED IT!! Katrina was available with a quick response at anytime with answers to questions through accommodating and helpful. Our party of 3 was mostly interested in beaches and sun, but we also wanted to kayak through the canals and bay was fantastic!! You can rent kayaks for 24hrs(from local rental places) ., have them delivered right to the canal by the neighborhood beach(1 1/2 blks away)...and then you're off! Met up with a tribe of manatees in one of the canals plus beautiful birds and wildlife.

I would totally recommend this beach house for anyone looking for a place to relax, enjoy the Florida Keys (must have a car), take off on water sports, fishing, boating, kayaking, skiidooing, water's everywhere and really close by!! Plus the full kitchen gave us opportunity to cook a nice breakfast each day.

Thank you Elsa & Katrina for providing such a sweet retreat for the weary souls of the North!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay in the Laid Back Beach Shack! In addition to having every need anticipated and a fun mid-century decor, the location is excellent. A short walk takes you a good fruit market and a tasty lunch truck or in the other direction, a candy store, pizza, etc. I was able to walk to Publix and the local library and John Pennekamp State Park is also very close by for kayaking, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides. Absolutely loved the community dock, where my husband and grandson caught lots of fish and saw the manatees roll by. We will definitely return. The home is as described and Elsa was very responsive and helpful. The house feels surprisingly spacious, very clean and we were so comfortable there that we really hated to leave. Love the house, love the decor, love the location!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Loved Our Time Here!

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults and we all absolutely loved this house! It was pristine and clean and obviously well cared for and loved by the owners. Elsa and Katrina were great...everything went smoothly and all unfolded as it should...couldn't have asked for more. The private beach was a question mark until we got there...we loved that also...and spent time there...including with the local manatees. We heartily recommend staying at the 'Laid Back Beach Shack.' Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week and we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful location.

The owners were fantastic to work with-Great communication and very helpful. They have put a great deal of love and thought into this bungalow.

The bungalow was beyond cute! Great vintage/beach decor was unique and charming. The vintage stove is the centerpiece of the kitchen and it is awesome. Everything was neat as a pin. The owner put a great deal of though into making it comfortable for their guests, from extra pillows and blankets to DVD's to watch in the evening. There was not one thing that I can think of that wasn't available to us during our stay.

We spent most of our time of the lovely wooden deck/porch in the back of the house. We had breakfast, read our books and had cocktails out there! It also is very well cared for and tended. There is a nice privacy fence around the yard so if you were of a mind to just lounge all day in the chaise's, you could. A large, moveable umbrella made it possible to stay outside all day without a sunburn.

I cannot recommend this rental enough. We can't wait to go back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Water boat rides at the Holiday Inn
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
US 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Tower of Pizza
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Car: necessary

The Laid Back Beach Shack is located in one of the first original designated fishing camps in Key Largo. In the mid 40-50's men came from the mainland by train from Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Palm Beach, originally by train. Because Key Largo was the first and largest island, they started setting up shop and building small houses to spend the weekends and go fishing. This house was one of the first houses ever built in Key Largo Park in 1955.

We tried to create a feeling of bygone days in the tropics, with the period accessories and style of that era. But we have completely remodeled the house with all the 21st century amenities you would need to make your vacation comfortable and memorable. The atmosphere is so tranquil that you are awakened by the sounds of nature. When you are here, you can walk to a local pizzeria, another 2 blocks south is Key Largo Chocolates for ice cream and free tastings of their latest chocolate creations! Another block down, across the street, the Famous Conch House Restaurant offers great shrimp tacos and live music on Friday nights.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Key Largo Park,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Holiday Season
15 Dec 2018 - 15 Jan 2019
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
High Season
16 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £59.53
Refundable Damage Deposit £376.8
Cleaning Fee £150.72

Deposit is non-refundable. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Rates are subject to change. Certain restrictions apply. Holiday rates apply for December 15 - Jan 15. Please contact us for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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