Playa Penelope - your own Tiki & Boat Dock

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“ Excellent ”
10 Reviews
101551 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Cottage
Per week: $595 - $700
Per month: $2,000 - $2,500
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Key Largo vacation cottage rental
Bright and airy 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with large lanai [705 sq. ft.] at mm 101.5 on deep water swimming canal in gated Key Largo Kampground.
The MINIMUM stay is a week, [see rates section listed above] plus 12.5% tax]
The preferred stay is a month. [plus 12.5% tax] There is a $65 cleaning fee per week- $ 75 for a month or longer. [I check my e mail daily for inquiries.]

We are an hour and 1/2 south of Miami International airport at the end of Sampson Rd, a few feet N. of the Tradewinds Shopping Center stop Light on the Overseas Highway / US 1 [oceanside] Turn at Sampson Rd.

Enjoy your own Tiki covered dock with table, chairs, bench, dockage for up to a 25' boat, and gas grill in your own backyard.
Easy access to our clear canal water to snorkel and swim via our new, deluxe swim stairway. We have one of the clearest canals in the entire Keys! Rinse off at the new outdoor shower.

Easy access to the Atlantic via Sound Creek, and to the Gulf via Adams Cut.

The home has a living room, fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave, full sized refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, full bath, and bedroom with queen bed.
On the lanai is a double bed sized futon -sleeps 2, [ a queen sized double high electrically inflated Aero Bed is available if needed], dining area and lounging area. There is generous storage throughout.
Linens,towels, hair dryer, WiFi, cable TV, DVD player, CD player,beach bag, and small cooler are provided. [Bagged ice is available at the office, Arby's or Publix.]

It is important to read the House Book,in the basket by the TV, to find how things work and ideas for fun. There are Noodles, games, DVDs, and CDs.

Heated pool, children's playground,volleyball court, shuffleboard, Laundromat, and seasonal activities on site.

The home is located in gated Key Largo Kampground and Marina, so you must arrive before 10:30 PM. Once you are here, you can rent a gate key from the office so you can come and go after hours- refundable upon return.
Area Information
Walk to Tradewinds Plaza: Publix, K Mart, Bealls, the library, Urgent care Dr office, & others.

Kayak from your dock or the park's beach.- we adjoin Pennekamp kayak trails... there are several businesses that rent canoes and kayaks- some deliver.
Bicycle- there are several bike rental places in Key Largo
Dive and snorkel our famous reef... many companies in the area provide this service.
Fish from the Bay or Ocean.
Swim with the dolphins, para sail, feed the Tarpon.
Visit historic Key West
Sight see- take a trip to Bahia Honda State Park by the 7 mile bridge and learn about Flagler's railroad.
See the Key Deer of Big Pine Key,
Enjoy fresh seafood from our many dining facilities or your own catch.

Local musicians provide great entertainment,

Visit Key Largo Chamber of Commerce on line & in person [mile 106] for more ideas and discount coupons.
Look up Key Largo Kampground on line to see pictures of the condo area.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Dec 14 2013 Apr 30 2015 - - $700 $2,500 1 Week
May 01 2015 Dec 13 2015 - - $595 $2,000 1 Week
May 01 2015 Dec 12 2015 - - $595 $2,000 1 Week
Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 12.5% Tax
Tax I.D.: licensed with Monroe County and the State of FL
Deposits: PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE STATE AND LOCAL TAXES I MUST COLLECT. $ 200 to reserve a week to a month; $ 400 to reserve longer than a month - also serves as a security deposit; returned within 4 weeks if no damage. 1/2 rent due 60 days prior to arrival; balance due 30 days prior to arrival along with 12.5% tax on the total amount. Cancellation: 60+ days= full refund. 59-30 days= 1/2 refund. Less than 30 days, 0 refund unless we can fill your reserved dates. [12.5% tax paid & cleaning fee refunded.]
Payment Options: Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: Cleaning fee of $65 for one week; $75 for a month or longer. You can purchase travel insurance from an online firm.


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • Screened Porch
  • Beach Towels
  • Heating
  • Outdoor Shower
  • View (Water)
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Waterfront
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Lanai
  • Private Pool
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • Toaster
  • DVD Player
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Pool
  • Aquarium
    (1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (1 mile)
  • Boating
  • Snorkeling
  • Basketball Court
    (1 mile)
  • Jet Skiing
    (2 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Volleyball Court
  • Park
    (1 mile)
  • Parasailing
    (2 miles)
  • Children's Pool
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (3 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (1 mile)
  • Hiking
    (7 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Ocean
    (<1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (12 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (1 mile)
  • Golf
    (22 miles)
  • Playground

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Gated community of Key Largo Kampground offers heated pool & childrens pool, Laundromat, shuffleboard, volleyball court, boat ramp $10 launch fee], 2 small beaches, and seasonal activities.

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Key Largo, Florida

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Sally Baron

Miami, FL

Another Month in Paradise

We are so fortunate to have been able to again spend a month at Playa Penelope, and just like last year, we hope to be able to return -same time next year! We’ve spent much time sitting on the dock under the chickee watching the water & the world go by, enjoying breakfasts, lunches, and dinners there, toasting sunsets, and enjoying friends. We've spent many hours riding our bikes away from the park, paddling our kayaks north and south from the KLK waterway, and exploring this beautiful Key Largo area. The condo itself is comfortable & inviting with everything you need to enjoy your visit. This year, a new range & new gas grill made life especially easy. Penny takes great care in making sure that everything is ready and that you have all of the information you need to get the full benefit of your visit . Maps, charts, brochures, reference books, and flyers galore assist you in finding great places to visit, eat, and enjoy in the Upper Keys. -and if you have a question she’s always available by phone. The other owners, renters & staff at KLK have been friendly and helpful. Facilities at KLK are kept in good shape -the beaches even received a new bed of sand while we were here. It's amazingly peaceful and quiet, a wonderful respite from the busy world we -and many visitors -leave behind. We wholeheartedly recommend Playa Penelope to those who want to get away from the hustle & bustle to enjoy some time in a comfortable, well-maintained unit located in a South Florida tropical paradise. Contact Penny, and "C'mon down!"

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

Sally and Frank have taken care of our place like it was their own. We are so happy they were able to return and enjoy so many activities.
Thank you Sally for the glowing review!

Ed Seniorchief

Tampa, Florida

Loved It... Loved It....Loved It

It was time for a father & son get away. We brought our boat and stayed a week right on the water. The price is what sold me. The amenities, functionality, location, and super nice owner will bring me back again. I loved having my boat at my own private dock. I could see it and the water from the living room. We had BBQ and swimming and our own tiki hut deck. The condo was perfect! Everything we needed was there. Penny's communication and thoroughness was beyond expectations. She wrote to us all the details well ahead of our visit including tips on diving and fishing. She had everything waiting for us with the staff at the gated community office. Instructions were clear on everything from Wi-Fi to the all-important A/C once inside. Everything worked. The condo was clean, comfortable, well organized. I felt so well taken care of it was like we were family. It was truly like staying at the home of a family member. Thank you so very, very much. Charles Ramsey

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

You have me excited with your kind review!
It's gratifying that you felt right at home- that was our goal. I hope you can come again. Thank you!

Missy Duncan

Tampa, FL

We will definitely be back

We had a great time at this home away from home.

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

We strive for a home like experience and are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for letting us know!

Loretta Gallman

Floral City FL


My husband and I enjoyed 16 days at Playa Penelope in May. We spent one week there in May, 2013. The location of this rental is great, especially for us with our boat , being able to fish either the ocean side or the bayside waters. Everything is clean and just as pictured on the rental website. We love having our morning coffee on the tiki dock , then the convenience of hopping into our boat tied to the tiki dock for a day of fishing.. The security at the Key Largo Kampground is 24/7. The owners are very helpful and always available for any issues that came up. We will definitely return again. The Gallman's

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

Thank you Loretta and John for the nice review. We hope you can come again- maybe the weather Gods won't blow as hard!

Sandra Hendricks

Stewartstown, PA

Felt like home

Spent January and February, 2014. The community activities were enjoyable, as well as the people in the community. My mother, 86 years old, loved sitting on the dock and watching all the activities. If you take the time to join in you will have a wonderful vacation. Traveled to Key West, Big Pine (Key deer refuge), Marathon Turtle hospital/rescue. So many things to see. Not to mention the snorkeling and kayaking. Penny and Keith were able to handle any difficulties that arose, in a timely manner. If we have the opportunity to come again we will definitely stay at Playa Pennelope.

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

We loved having Sandy, Rick, and Mom, Neta.
They were apprehensive re the vacation home rentals venue- would it be as advertised?
They weathered unexpected storms- colder than normal . [better than the unexpected weeks of snow and -30 degree wind chill for weeks on end this year up North.] They also experienced the unexpected failure of our Wi Fi and were gracious enough to let the repair person come and install a new router.
Thank you for your patience. Come again. You were great!

Tiger Stewart

Lake Mary, FL USA

Little Piece of Paradise

My wife, 2 daughters (10 and 17) and I spent a week at Playa Penelope over the New Year. We had a wonderful time. Snorkeling and Fishing in the canal from the private dock was memorable. Already planning our next trip to the Florida Keys and we will definitely be staying at Playa Penelope. Daniel S. Lake Mary, FL

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the stay- it's encouraging to hear that that your girls had a good time! Thank you for staying at Playa Penelope.

Becca Jackson

Pennsauken,New Jersey

Perfect Area

This place provided everything you need and more. Some things were surprisingly unexpected. The views from the tiki dock and beach were so enjoyable during the sunrise and set. I enjoyed the recommended place John Pennekamp. You have to stay to understand you have plenty to enjoy within the area. Don't forget to try the dolphin swim.

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

I am glad you enjoyed the home and the area. Thanks for taking the time to write a review.!

Barbara Ferguson Cook

Caldwell, ID

Key Largo Home

We had a great time in Key Largo staying at Penny's wonderful home. We had everything you can want in a home and spent wonderful evenings sitting on under the Tiki Hut on the channel watching fish go by. Penny is a wonderful host and provides you with enough information on the local eateries and activities to keep you going for weeks. The home is close to a grocery store, drug store, and restaurants galore. We didn't want to leave.

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

It makes me feel very good that you enjoyed your stay and took the time to tell me. Thank you!

Kathleen G. Urban

Waukesha,WI USA (near Milwaukee,WI)

Perfection in paradise aided by an angel

We enjoyed February & March in Paradise. #1In renting anyplace - is the cooperativeness & friendliness of the person you are renting from! Penny excels in all areas.The place made living ..a dream. Not a day would pass that we didn't sit under the wonderful tiki hut,(right outside our door). "Our neighbors" introduced themselves & we joined them at a pot luck in the community center. Also we enjoyed bingo nights& games where all took part. The beach was very close(kayaks could even be delivered there for your use or a heated pool was just as close in the opposite direction.The lanai was absolutely wonderful for those bug - free, hot nights.The comfort of being in a gated community can't be beat.Penny had everything any renter could need or want! With all of the wonderful eating places so close we were able to try everything from crab bisque to shark & yellow tail! The Pilot House proved to be a favorite. The Hiddenout , Buzzards Roost,Mrs.Mac's & Dillon's'(a bit farther) all are great too. If you like watching sunsets bay side is it.There is a nice place, tucked behind the Salvation army. Extremely good service,lovely sunset & good food. At Senor Frijole's a building is in the way of a good view but the food is very good. "Woofstock" at Founders Park was a great time as well as the Sea World with all of the dolphins & parrots too. Off the same hwy. is a bird refuge. Right near the Kampground is John Penncamp Park,they have so much to do you should be sure to ck. it out. We loved this paradise for 2 months & wanted to stay an extra month but sadly it had already been rented.....PERHAPS ANOTHER YEAR!!!!!

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

Thank you to Kathleen and Pat for being thoughtful guests, taking good care of the home and the kind review.
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay!

Donna Friesen

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Just a bit of Paradise

Spent 5 days at this location, the property is wonderful and is so close to all amenities. There is a large shopping centre within walking distance. Key Largo is full of activities that are very close to the property.The property is nestled on beautiful clear water right at the back door. Would return tomorrow if I could but definetely have it on my radar for next year. The owner is so pleasant and helpful it made for a wonderful time

Penelope MacKenzie

Owner's reply:

Thank you for your review- we feel so lucky to have this property and be able to share it!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

We've been fortunate to travel for several years in the US, Europe and S. America. Our stay with you was among the best. Morning coffee under the Tiki Hut was a great start to a day of SCUBA, snorkel, or just exploring. The simple touches from your helpful notes, to the decor, and so much more really make you feel at home and relaxed. The area is quiet at night so we always got a good rest for the next days adventures, and all the neighbors were warm and friendly. There's a lot more we could say, but the best thing to do if you want to visit the Keys is to call Penny right away! PS. We wrote this with 2nd thoughts. The calendar is filling up quick and making it difficult for us to get back here! :-)

Our stay was exactly what we needed, full of relaxation. The photos don't do the dock justice, I spent hours watching the fish in the crystal clear water, and swam straight from the dock. The home had everything we needed, including a rotisserie to cook our Christmas dinner. We enjoyed the local eateries, including the Pilot House and Hobos. We used a local taxi ($5 pick up then $2 a mile) so we could both enjoy a drink. Other days we stocked up at the super market and rented DVDs for the evening. The neighbours are really friendly, even offering a boat ride. Penelope was a wonderful host, even calling to see what restaurants where open Christmas Day for us. I would definitely go back if we get the chance.

Ahhh the Florida Keys.. Heaven!!! Penny's place is wonderful, a great little spot to get away and relax. The house has everything you need for a great stay away. I went snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, to the beach at Bahia Honda Key and had a brilliant day in key west about a 2.5 hour drive. So many good food options and bars to watch the sunset. Really good times, highly recommend!!!

We spent a week loving the Key Largo life from a tiki hut on the water. We rented a canoe and a kayak from Paddle the Florida Keys (kayak) and Florida Bay Outfitters (canoe) and tied them up to our backyard dock. We paddled from the Kampground canal through the mangrove water trails to John Pennekamp State Park, relaxed dockside and watched fish swimming in the canal, and explored the Keys from our home base in the Kampground. We went snorkeling with the Pennekamp outfitters, taking a boat five miles out to sea to swim in the reef, spotting tropical fish, barracuda, stingray, live coral, and incredible blue water. We grilled out on our dock on the canal, and enjoyed the view. We kayaked through Blackwater Sound, under US 1, and into a residential canal to see three manatees who hang out in the warmer (if murky) water. We drove to Key West for sunset and dinner at Le Maison de Pepe, enjoying Cuban cuisine and live salsa music (and the best Cuban coffee on earth). We bought a whole key lime pie from Mrs. Mac's Kitchen with extra whipped cream and watched Gilligan's Island, feeling happily ensconced on a tropical island ourselves. We found the Kampground itself charming and efficient, filled with pelican statues decorated with Santa hats and whimsical lights and wreaths decorating doors, trailers, and tents. The heated pool was delightful once the sun set and the day turned cool. A row of tiki huts on the canal is a most welcome sight to greet boaters returning from a day on the water. Penny was wonderful to work with. She made the process of renting her tiki hut in paradise a breeze. She was communicative and helpful. Her directions were clear and easy to follow. The binder she left of menus and attractions was equally user-friendly! You were wonderful, Key Largo Kampground. We'll be back soon!

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Penelope MacKenzie

Penelope MacKenzie


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  • School:

    York Community High School, Augustana School of Nursing and St Joeseph's College, Maine
  • Work:

    retired RN
  • About:

    My husband and I have been coming to Key Largo Kampground from IL for many years, so when the opportunity came to own this home, we jumped. We have invested alot of love in the home. One of the best things is walking out on the Tiki dock with coffee- ahhh!
    We love to snorkle, dive, lobster [yummy],...
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