Known for its tropical atmosphere, seafood restaurants and memorable outdoor adventures, the Florida Keys are perfect for when you want an island escape. But the palm tree-filled scenery comes at a hefty price tag, as most hotels often run higher than $200 a night. Fortunately for budget-conscious travelers, there’s an alternative option: Airbnb. To help you make the most of your vacation in the Sunshine State, we’ve highlighted the coolest Airbnbs in the Florida Keys, from a floating barrel cabin to a waterfront bungalow.
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Designed for adventurous travelers, The Salty Seahorse is a panoramic floating cedar barrel cabin in Key Largo. Floating in the Gulf of Mexico, it offers a one-of-a-kind experience where you can swim, fish and snorkel right from your accommodation. Watch dolphins swim by from your queen-size bed, kick back at the tiki bar and grill up your catch of the day on the propane grill. There’s even a flat-screen TV, two lounge chairs and a Yeti cooler.
Get away from it all in this luxury suite, which sits on a one-acre private gated estate. Sitting directly on the Gulf of Mexico, your doors open up to water views and secluded beach area. Outdoor adventures are encouraged here, including snorkeling and day trips to the Everglades, while it’s easy to take it easy with the outdoor grill and hammock. When hunger strikes, you’re within walking distance to local eateries.
Make a splash with your family or group of friends at this four-bedroom villa in Duck Key, which features a sparkling outdoor pool that’s perfect for cooling off in Florida’s heat. Up to 10 guests can split the bill at this luxurious getaway, where a spacious kitchen, living and dining room and outdoor area offer enough space to make this place your home. There’s even a private lanai off the master bedroom and a back patio with a grill.
If you’re a Real World fan you’ll love staying at this house in Key West, which was used to film the 2006 season. Large groups and families can take advantage of the 500 feet of oceanfront property at the “mini resort”, which has 10 bedrooms and 14 plasma TVs, while there’s also access to kayaks, paddleboards bikes and a gym. If that’s not enough to keep you busy, there’s also a pool table, racket ball court and boat dock.
All aboard this tiny floating home in Key Largo, which offers adventurous couples the chance to enjoy complete solitude on the Gulf of Mexico. Featured in Coastal Living, it features a gas BBQ, flat-screen TV, cooler, futon couch and loft bed. Watch wildlife pass you by as you enjoy a cold beverage under an umbrella, then take a sunset cruise on your private dinghy or join jet ski, kayak and snorkeling adventures or visit nearby Gilbert’s Tiki Bar.
Comprised of four cottages, Mermaid Cove can sleep up to 12 guests, each cottage featuring its own private entrance to the courtyard and outdoor patio. Set on Duval Street, it features a prime location for exploring the city within walking distance to major sights. Enjoy the tropical decor and outdoor patio with a BBQ grill, as well as the flat-screen TVs, kitchen/kitchenettes, air conditioning and French doors. Don’t forget to say hello to the resident iguana “Dino”.
Soak up the Bohemian vibes of this two-bedroom waterfront bungalow in Marathon, where you’ll most likely spend the bulk of your time relaxing in the outside screened-in porch. There’s a private dock for parking your own boat, and the bungalow is equipped with everything you need, including fishing poles, chairs and games for the family to keep entertained. You’re also within walking distance from grocery stores and restaurants.
Couples who love color will fall for this charming one-bedroom condo in Old Town, less than a block from Duval Street. It features a wrap-around porch with chairs, a spacious living room with a leather sofa and galley kitchen with bar seating as well as two flat-screen Smart TVs and Bluetooth stereo system. When you’re ready to explore, the Southernmost Point and Hemingway House are just a few blocks away.
For a vacation filled with dolphin and manatee spotting, fishing and stunning sunsets, stay in this luxurious yacht in Key Largo. Docked next to a tiki bar and a small bait shop that rents jet skis and pontoons, it’s also five minutes from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. It can sleep up to four people comfortably and includes a private area of the dock with a patio table and gas grill, while inside features a small kitchen. Two fishing poles and tackle are also included.
Located a few blocks from Duval Street, this private room features a king-size bed, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. Embrace the Florida Keys tropical vibe at the two outdoor pools and Jacuzzi, then sip cocktails from the on-site bar or grab a pick-me-up Starbucks coffee. Continental breakfast comes with the room as a part of The Southernmost Inn, and adults-only property.
You can’t get cuter than this Caribbean-style cottage in Marathon with its pastel-colored exterior. The one-bedroom cottage is perfect for couples, families or traveling friends, nestled within an enclave of 10 cottages, featuring a picnic area, tiki bar and hammocks. You’re only a half block from the Gulf of Mexico and includes two queen-size beds, a seating area and full kitchen.
Only about an hour from Miami’s top attractions, you can embrace tiny home living in this tiny house in Key Largo, where you’ll be located within a private community with two beach areas, a boat ramp and a heated swimming pool. Enjoy beach volleyball, let the kids loose at the children’s play area and entertain at the gazebo with two large dining tables. Active travelers will appreciate the two kayaks and standup paddleboards for guests.
The oldest operating guesthouse in Key West, the Island City House Hotel boasts a rich history, a part of the Key West Historic Market Tour. The three-story Victorian mansion was originally built as a private home for a wealthy Charleston merchant family in 1880, then converted into a hotel in 1912 in anticipation of the railroad’s arrival. The suite is furnished with Victorian antiques, lace curtains and hardwood floors, while a sparkling pool, infrared sauna and large sunning deck are adding perks.
Discover a prime location at this Key West gem, just a short walk from Mallory Square, Duval Street and Zachary Taylor Park, popular for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on hammocks. The one-bedroom unit is located in a gated community, which has a heated pool, while the covered deck is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. If you want to cruise on two wheels, there’s rental bikes available.
Up to four guests can fit in this vacation rental, which is designed as an open floor loft with French doors. You’ll have access to kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling equipment and bicycle rentals at this beautiful estate, where you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous the natural beauty of the foliage and fauna. There’s even a living aquarium in the lagoon area, as it’s part of the Marine Sanctuary that helps save local sea life.