Located midway between Key Largo and Key West, this house is a hidden gem along the unassuming strip of US Rt. 1 on Big Pine Key. Don’t be fooled by the eyesores of local boat rental businesses, repair shops, and Winn Dixies of the surrounding area. When you arrive at the secret garden, you will immediately step into the tropical vacation paradise you’ve been longing for. The yard spills over with lush vines, palm trees, and potted tropical plants that cocoon the entire property. You’ll enjoy visits from lizards that lounge along the outside of the screened porch dining area and may hear a distant cock-a-doodle-doo of the roosters that hang out at the grocery store. The little key deer may even come up for a look-see while you take a morning walk. Adorned with eclectic pub art, paintings of salty ships and contemplative old men, chaise lounge chairs, swings and hammocks, mirrors, and mixed textiles, every nook and cranny of this little house will invite you to explore and relax. Oh, and there’s an outdoor shower. You’ll feel 10 years younger after washing away the salt and sand of a day at sea.
If you want to experience both the outdoor and city experience of the Keys, this is an ideal location. Bahia Honda State Park - where you’ll find some of the most turquoise beaches in the Keys and a really cool view of an old train bridge – is a 5 minute drive NE on Rt. 1. Veterans Memorial Beach, a couple miles further up Rt. 1, offers calm waters, covered picnic tables, and grill. For the adventurous, there is snorkeling at Looe Key a couple of miles by boat offshore and the American Shoal Lighthouse. Thirty minutes toward the mainland there is more snorkeling at Islamadora. For people wanting to experience the city nightlife in Key West, it’s about a 35 minute drive to Duval street. The secret garden house is central to everything in the Keys, and there is much more to see than we during our stay. Just check out the handy guide the hosts left to help make the most out of your stay.
The house is also decked with great amenities, toiletries, and outdoor gear, which will stretch your vacation dollars. The hosts have thought of everything you may need, from bikes, to snorkeling gear, to kayaks. You’ll be thankful for the house’s vicinity to the grocery store and boat rental businesses, which will make your stay in the Keys extremely convenient. You can truly live like both a local and a vacationer at this spot, as in the Air Bnb way. We thank the gracious hosts of this house for a very memorable and relaxing vacation!