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Venture Out #465 2/2 Tropical Getaway on Canal with Open Water View

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Colorful, yet practical 2 bedroom 2 bath with stocked kitchen for gourmet cooks!

This home is in a great location in Venture Out with easy and quick access to open water. We're also on a wide point in the canal (see 4th photo taken from our porch looking out into the canal). As the new owners in May 2014, we updated with fresh paint and all new family room furniture, including a very comfortable leather couch and small size leather recliner. There's also a new flat screen tv in the family room and flat screen tvs in each bedroom. Cable with an upgraded channel package and WIFI are included. We've added a good bit of new bedding, including pillows/sheets/mattress pads. A new refrigerator was installed in 2013, a new dishwasher in 2014, and a new air conditioner in 2017. We have three bikes, two with baskets if you want to ride over and buy anything at the marina store. The home is a two bedroom, two full baths cottage - perfect for 2 to 4 people (any more than 4, it's too crowded. Therefore, we accept up to 4 people only). It's on a wide deep water canal with a 35’ dock and an open water view. And only six houses from that open water!

The house is a charming and happy place. It has true Keys character, as it was originally decorated by a spirited artist and an array of tropical colors abounds throughout. You'll feel like you're on a vacation in the Caribbean even if it's raining. The kitchen comes fully stocked with all the utensils, dishes, pots/pans, and small appliances you need to prepare a gourmet meal (including a standing Kitchen Aid mixer). You'll be impressed! There are plenty of quality linens and towels for a comfortable stay. Rattan ceiling fans are in every room and the floor is completely tiled throughout. A small dorm size, upright bait freezer is installed under the deck. We also have a fishing rod holder near the guest dock box for your rods. Even though we have a responsive onsite property manager, we are active owners, coming down twice a year to make sure the contents of the house and grounds are being maintained and in tip top shape! *****PLEASE NOTE, AS OF 4/27/2018, we still have a couple of items to take care of on the OUTSIDE of the home courtesy of Hurricane Irma. We are missing the awning covering the back deck (to be replaced late 2018) and therefore, have installed two large umbrellas for shade. Bahama shutters covering the windows on road side of the house will also be replaced late 2018.

The 35' seawall has a swim ladder, dock posts, cleats, fish cleaning station, and a concrete picnic table. The deck has a view of the ocean and two picturesque canals. You get to see the sunrise on your left and the sunset on your right (one of the prettiest panoramic sunset views in Venture Out in my opinion!). An electric grill is provided. We have a dock box containing swim noodles, snorkel equipment, a couple of beach chairs, and a few tennis rackets.

Please note that there is an entry fee for our gated community that you will have to pay at the front gate. This gives you FULL access to all of the resort’s amenities. The resort amenities include: 24 hour security, lighted tennis courts, Olympic-sized heated pool (the cleanest pool I've ever seen!) kiddie pool, spa Jacuzzi, ping pong, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, golf putting area, lighted basketball court, children's playground, pool table, darts, marina complete with two boat ramps, a free pressure washer, gas, store, ATM and fish cleaning station, open water picnic areas, ocean front tiki hut, lending library, post office - and MORE - all in a wonderfully managed community where you can feel safe and secure.

There is no charge for launching your boat at the Venture Out Marina. It's also a great spot for kayaks. You can swim or fish from the open water areas. And there is a big TIKI HUT on the open water where picnicking is perfect.

Within several minutes there are some great restaurants. A couple of our favorites are the Square Grouper (right here on Cudjoe Key!) for all you gourmet foodies out there and Boondocks on Ramrod Key for a more casual, open air atmosphere with tons of flat screen tvs for watching your favorite sports teams. Boondocks also has a mini golf course for added fun. Last but not least, between Cudjoe and Summerland Key, is a fantastic little bakery called the Sugerloaf Food Company. Excellent high quality gourmet desserts and sandwiches, open for breakfast and lunch. And of course, Key West is only 20 minutes away for first class shopping and dining.

The Marina Store within walking distance in the resort stocks many necessities, such as soft drinks, beer, and wine.


Trailer parking is an additional fee. Lobster Season, Christmas & New Years require a 7 day minimum stay. Security deposit required.

More Details

Property Manager
Waterfront Keys Realty
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Waterfront Keys Realty

We are from South Carolina and have been making annual treks to the Keys for over 20 years now. It was our dream to have our own little vacation home and we finally made it come true in 2013. We always liked the peace and quiet on Cudjoe Key, especially in Venture Out. The amenities in VO make it just about perfect and each time we come down, it gets harder and harder to leave. In fact, my love of the Keys inspired me to write and publish two historical fiction novellas, both incorporating true Keys history. Check them out on Amazon! VINDICATION KEY and INDIAN KEY. Both are available in paperback and Kindle.

Waterfront Keys Realty purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Waterfront Keys Realty chose Cudjoe Key

First and foremost, a fantastic location! We are six houses from open water, with quick and easy access to the Atlantic and our home is on a wide point in the canal (see the 4th photo taken from our porch looking out into the canal). The tropical colors inside and outside the house make it feel like you're on vacation all the time, rain or shine. You get the sunrise on your left and sunset on your right sitting on our cozy porch. One of the prettiest panoramic sunset views in Venture Out!

What makes this cottage unique

We have a wonderful property manager, Waterfront Keys Realty. Should you choose to book our place, please call them with the phone number provided, as they handle the entire booking process. Their office is in Venture Out, so if you have any sudden issues or problems, they are right there to help. My husband and I are active owners, and try to make it down twice a year to maintain and update the house outside of the property manager. So you can be assured little things like bed pillows, sheets, towels, dishes, etc. are being assessed and replaced as needed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cudjoe Key in Monroe County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • resort
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Venture Out #465 2/2 Tropical Getaway on Canal with Open Water View
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this property! It had everything we could possibly need, and the colorful happy vibe creates the perfect setting for a relaxing keys vacation. Check out the owners' two books - Vindication Key and Indian Key. They are both historical fiction novellas which can be downloaded. I loved being able to be entertained and educated at the same time about some of the history of the keys. I'll be looking forward to more stories!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at our little piece of paradise. And thrilled you liked my historical fiction novellas about the Keys! They were both a labor of my love for the Keys and it's lesser known history. Working on my third Keys book which is a modern day version of the Canterbury Tales. Hopefully the summer of 2018? Stay tuned :)
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Comfy cottage, beautiful area!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this unit for a short, first time visit to the Keys. It was perfect for the 4 of us. The description is correct-more than 4 would probably be too cramped. The decorations are very beachy and soothing and beds were comfortable. Bikes are a plus and we did use the pool which was nice. We could not get the wifi to show up as available when we turned our devices on, but that was not a big problem. We would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leigh Ann, so glad your group enjoyed our cottage and your first visit to the Keys. You don't know how much that thrills us since we haven't had a chance to get down and repair the cosmetic issues to the outside of the house post Irma. We're driving down today to work on them over the next several weeks. We were incredibly fortunate that the inside was untouched by the hurricane, thus affording you a positive and memorable experience. As far as the wifi, we're so very sorry. New Uverse equipment was installed in our absence and the password was changed. The info was not updated on the refrigerator or in the welcome book as it should have been. It's since been done. Next time anything like that happens, contact our onsite property manager, Waterfront Keys Realty. They'll be able to help regarding such issues. Please come back and stay in our little piece of paradise next time you're in the Keys. And thank you for taking the time to do a review. It's so very much appreciated!! The owners, Robin and RIck
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We love staying in Cudjoe Key in Venture Out. We've stayed in unit #465 for three years now!

  • 5 of 5

Can't wait to go back! We love this unit and location.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Over all I would say this bungalow kept with the true fashion of the keys. It Made us feel at home

  • 5 of 5

Pulling up to the property it was extremely easy to find with the green shutters! The property was very neat and all the basic amenities described in the VRBO were at hand. All the pots and pans and even mixers were at our disposal. The only down side to this property was the small bait freezer. It is a college dorm sized freezer that wasn't clearly described so all my bait didn't fit. That was not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. The electric grill on the back patio worked surprisingly well as we had a evening drink to wrap up the whole day. I will be booking this property again! the owners were very nice and accommodating through the whole process. They even went down there the week before we got there and ran into some electrical problems which they fixed before we got there and we had no clue! Two thumbs up!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Steven. Glad you enjoyed our little piece of Keys paradise! As per your suggestion, I've updated the VRBO listing (in the description) to reflect that our bait freezer is dorm size. Wish we could accommodate a larger one, but since we keep it outside under the porch, the smaller upright freezer works best. Look forward to you booking with us again!
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great, perfect for our family of 4 and the boat!

  • 5 of 5

it was a great house and community. made our first keys trip with the boat fantastic

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ed, so glad you enjoyed your stay in our house and the amenities of the Venture Out community. Thanks for taking the time to submit a review and please stay with us again! Robin
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Great little place

  • 5 of 5

Perfect size, close to the water, the kitchen was well stocked, clean and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Square Grouper
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Square Grouper
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Key West
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £109.48

A refundable Security deposit is due at the time of booking.
If the CSA Damage Waiver is purchased the security deposit will be $100.00.
If you do not wish to purchase the Damage waiver, the security deposit will be $1500.00.
Venture Out has a gate fee of $53.75 due upon arrival, paid via cash or check.

Trailer/Extra Car Parking Fees: $2/day under 18', $4/day over 18'

Security Deposit is due at time of booking.
Payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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