***This Floating Cabin is for Adventurous Camping People***
Welcome to “The Salty Seahorse” panoramic floating cedar barrel cabin in gorgeous Key Largo, Florida! This truly unique gem floats in the Gulf of Mexico. A one of a kind vacation rental camping experience that comes with your own tandem kayak for transportation to and from shore (Sundolphin tender can be rented additionally). PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO ENSURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR EXPERIENCE ENTAILS! Thank you :)
Swim, fish and snorkel whenever you want right off your own floating getaway! As you open the cabin door the smell of red cedar relaxes you and you can gaze out the panoramic window that overlooks the water. Lay down on your comfortable queen size bed and watch as dolphins, tropical fish, manatees and other indigenous birds and wildlife pass by your private window. As you fall asleep at sea you can look up through your panoramic view and gaze upon the moon and stars, letting the sound of the water lull you to sleep. While floating on your own private oasis, away from the rush of the world, kick back at your onboard tiki bar. Here you can enjoy a cold drink and allow the warm breeze and tropical view to cause everything around you to slow down.
If you have never had the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor shower surrounded by mother nature, then you are in for a treat. But if the sound of an air temperature outdoor shower doesn't appeal to you, there is a shower at the marina where you dock your kayak and park.
The whisky barrel outdoor sink adds a piece of old Florida Keys charm to your stay which is next to the Coleman propane grill that awaits your catch of the day or some food from the local grocery store.
To the side of our floating barrel cabin, under the shade of an umbrella, enjoy the stunning view on one of two deck chairs. Inside the cabin is a flat screen TV and DVD player as another small luxury available on your floating retreat. There is no antenna out on the water so please bring along your favourite entertainment. A portable chemical toilet is provided onboard and there is also an onshore bathroom and previously mentioned shower at the marina dock. The toilet is kept on deck but can be easily moved into the cabin for privacy or placed in the shower curtain surround for privacy. However you feel most comfortable.
Inside the tiki bar you will find all the necessities available to make your stay as effortless as possible: A Yeti cooler to keep your drinks and food cold, kitchenware (all of your plates, bowls, cups, glasses, cleaning supplies etc), a coffee press, as well as shower, bathroom, BBQ and outdoor utensils. Your towels, bed linens, toilet paper, soap, shampoo and conditioner are also provided.
Our wonderful online and on location hosts will be in touch with you from booking onwards and will be there at the marina to greet you, show you your kayak, explain your cabin and then leave you to relax! Check in must happen at the pre arranged times (230 or 4), so please arrange to arrive early and grab a bite to eat or cold drink at the Blackwater Siren while you wait.
All our units come with a tandem kayak (weight limit 400lbs) to transport you in and out to your unit. The paddle out is 5 minutes if you are taking your time. Using a kayak allows you to paddle back and forth after dark and also stay during more windy weather.
We also have private 9.4ft water tender dinghies that can be rented for $75 the first day and $50 every day after during your stay (must be docked at the marina 30 minutes before sundown). These are set up with 2018 Suzuki or Yamaha motors, ranging from 2.5-4hp. First tank of fuel is on us! There is a weight requirement due to the size of our tenders, all cargo (humans and baggage) cannot exceed 450 pounds. Our host can show you the dinghy, gives you a run down of the safety equipment and how to run the motor. These tenders CANNOT be used after sundown, which is why all guests are given a complimentary kayak with their rental. If you wish to have a tender added to your stay please let us know and we will prepare it for you. This cost can be paid cash at check in to our host, a receipt will be given. The dinghy boats take a different, longer route to the units and some days the wind does not allow this to safely take place. It is up to the discretion of our local host if the tenders are rentable day by day due to the forecasted weather.
Once you’ve arrived at the marina with secured, onsite parking (please bring $10/day cash for the marina parking), and have boarded your kayak, you will embark on the 3-5 minute paddle.
Nearby are local hot spots such as Blackwater Siren restaurant with great food, entertainment and drinks, as well as Gilbert’s Restaurant which boasts the largest Tiki Bar in the Florida Keys. There you will also find great food, drinks, live entertainment, as well as lounge chairs on a beautifully maintained beach available for you to relax, order food or a drink, and perhaps dive into a long awaited novel. Jet ski rentals, kayak rentals and other water sport activities are also available on the beach.
“The Salty Seahorse” panoramic floating barrel cabin is a completely green energy powered unit, running off of solar power, making it one with nature and a friend to the beautiful wildlife the Florida Keys has to offer. Please note that this means you must be conscious of your power usage. Please no appliances that pull large energy loads, like hair dryers etc, or you will quickly use up the stored power and have to wait for the batteries to recharge.
We have no doubt that a stay with us on our little piece of floating bliss will be an opportunity for connection with nature, a loved one or simply yourself.
This is an outdoor experience reserved for camping, adventurous people. Please do not book this if you cannot be flexible with weather, wildlife or the water. You are on the water and on a still night there may be mosquitos so please come prepared with your choice of bug repellant.
As a reminder, like camping, there is no AC. We do offer an exhaust fan, bedside fan and a bug screen so you can keep your door open during the night. Seeing as you are in the Keys you most likely won't be spending your days in doors, so just bring light sleeping attire to keep you cool.
We do not offer refunds if you cannot make it due to travel delays or user error/misundertanding with the units.
Please pack light! You reach your unit with a tandem kayak which can fit a bag/cooler between your legs. Kristy can help bring out some items at your check in, but you would need to bring those items back in at self check out. There is also minimal storage on board. We advise that if you are staying in the area for awhile that you pack an overnight bag to take while you campout on our units.
Guests must be relatively fit to be able to paddle out, climb the swim ladder onto unit and spend their vacation in a smaller area.
Check in times are 230 and 4! We run our check ins like a boat charter as it takes about 30 minutes for check in and we need to ensure everyone gets settled before sundown. Our on location host will be in touch with you prior to your arrival to confirm and we ask that you respect her time and arrive within the allotted time. There will be a fee if she has to return to the marina after hours to check you in. Absolutely NO CHECK INS AFTER SUNDOWN. If significant travel delays happen you will need to find other accommodation for the night as we cannot check in a guest after dark.
Best plan is to aim to arrive early, enjoy the area, connect with our host and she can often check in guests earlier if possible :)
Thank you for reading this in its entirety and considering the Salty Seahorse for your unique getaway experience! Please reach out if you have any questions :)
This is one of six units floating approximately 250ft away from each other. You are 10 minutes from the marina where indoor toilet and shower can be found as well as other local amenities.
Key Largo, Florida, United States