About this rental
Vacation Rental License 097. Welcome to Anglers Reef, a very special community of vacation homes with UNOBSTRUCTED OCEAN VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM!
We are new to this site so no reviews yet, BUT MANY AT OUR DIRECT SITE (SEE "LINKS" TAB ON THE LEFT) AND 12 YEARS of top reviews ON VRBO PROPERTY #186650. If you are seeking an Islamorada rental for your vacation, Anglers Reef is THE place and our #140 is THE home! Built in 2008, Anglers Reef is located at Mile Marker 84.9 in Islamorada. We are a private boutique vacation community of 52 homes inspired by Native Conch & British West Indies architecture. Gated and fenced for privacy, the Anglers community is a palette of Caribbean pastels with metal roofs bordering the ocean’s varying green and blue hues of the flats, the nearby sandbars and the deep Atlantic beyond.
Enjoy morning coffee, a good book, or evening cocktails and a BBQ on our spacious wraparound decks (OVER 600 SQFT OF COVERED DECK SPACE!) overlooking the Atlantic. Relax in the lushly landscaped pool area with heated & chilled community pool. Stroll the palm-lined streets and flowered walking paths, or just get a tan on one of two private beaches.
An optional 31’ boat slip is available with a private deepwater channel offering direct ocean access, as well as Gulf and backcountry access via Snake Creek just a few minutes away – so you have easily get to every type of Islamorada fishing! Whether you launch a kayak and explore the famed Islamorada Flats and nearby mangrove islands or charter with a local captain, there are many reasons why Islamorada is known as The Fishing Capital of the World!” You can even fish right in the Anglers boat lagoon!
Although the Anglers community is oceanfront, only 5 homes are themselves actually oceanfront and we are one of only two that rent. Past guests tell us we have the BEST views because we are directly overlooking the ocean for unobstructed panoramic views of the Islamorada Flats and Atlantic beyond; we are also on the south corner of the community with only two adjacent neighbors for some privacy. Other rental homes may have some ocean “peeks” but none have the wide views that we have – from inside and out!
In addition, we are one of the very few Anglers Reef homes offering 3 private bedrooms and spacious wraparound decks on both levels. We are also the closest home to the South Beach and just 150′ from the gorgeous heated and chilled pool area with His and Hers bathrooms for your convenience (we’re close enough for convenience, but far enough that you can enjoy a quiet afternoon or evening out on your deck!).
On the 1st floor, the fully equipped kitchen includes granite counters, a double sink, Viking refrigerator and convection microwave, KitchenAid stove and dishwasher, garbage disposal, and everything else you could need, from a blender to pasta pot to a pizza pan. There is also a fullsize stacked washer/dryer and half bath. The living area includes a flat screen TV, DVD, stereo, ceiling fan, a queen pullout sofa, loveseat and chair, with 3 full glass French doors providing water views from everywhere. The dining area overlooks the water — with 3 large windows and one of the French doors, it’s like dining al fresco but in the AC! The wraparound deck includes a bar-height dining set, wicker chairs and a quality propane BBQ grill.
The 2nd floor offers a sumptuous Master bedroom suite with king bed and 3 French doors to bring the water views inside. It also includes a private bath with tiled shower and frameless glass doors. The similar hall bath is just steps from the other two bedrooms. The Queen guest bedroom has water views shaded by palm trees from its two large windows. The center 3rd bedroom includes a day bed with twin mattress and also a pull out twin below; it has a near complete glass wall of windows overlooking the ocean as well as access to the second floor deck via another French door. The 2nd floor wraparound deck has a comfortable cushioned seating group as well as another table and chairs.
We have made continuous upgrades each year, including: 2013 – electric fireplace (with heater) in living room; 2014 – new area rugs, new dishwasher; 2015 – new TimberTech boards on 1st floor deck, dining chairs on 1st floor deck; 2016 – entire exterior painted, most of interior painted, new 2nd floor deck seating group; 2017– new carpet on stairs and in Master bedroom, new area rugs; 2018 – new queen sofabed couch and loveseat in living room, new washer/dryer; 2019—new additional outdoor café table and chairs, new BBQ grill. 2020 – 2 new Polywood bar tables and 6 chairs. 2021 – new Weber BBQ grill, new pillows, sheets and towels.
Best ocean views in the community - from every room!
Spacious wraparound decks!
Fully equipped Kitchen with quality BBQ grill on deck!
Optional boat slip available!
Quiet corner of community (close to but not directly on) the pool!
Closest home to south beach with community kayaks and SUPs for your use!
Walk to two Keysy restaurants, just 150 yards away!
Why Kids Love It
Catch fish right in the Anglers boat lagoon or from the beach!
Gated and 5 mph One-way roads for safety!
Flat screen TVs in every room with Comcast and Roku!
Hi-speed wireless internet!
Islamorada is the 2nd Key heading south from Mainland Florida - only about 90 minutes from Miami and perhaps 2 hours from Ft Lauderdale. It is known for offering many upscale restaurants, great shopping (including a Publix grocery store just a mile away), attractions like Theater of the Sea, and much more. Not to mention the great fishing that Islamorada is known for!
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Island Grill, Ciao Hound Italian restaurant, Hog Heaven sports bar and restaurant.
Theater of the Sea 1 mile south
Favorite Places To Eat
Hog Heaven, Island Grill, Morada Beach Cafe, Green Turtle, Chef Michael's, Square Grouper, Lazy Days, many many others
Get the big ones - pick your own bait shrimp at Isla Marina (formerly Smugglers) 1/4 mile away just north of the Snake Creek Bridge.
Be careful kayaking near any bridges as the tide can run very strong.
Fish are somewhat picky in the boat lagoon since everyone fishes for them, but are much more accommodating once you get out on the flats or along the mangrove shorelines in a boat or kayak. When you rent I send detailed fishing info!
Snake Creek drawbridge opens on the hour -- traffic backs up so avoid that time!
It can be hard to make a left hand turn out of Anglers in busy times so either be patient and safe, go right and turn around once over the bridge, or go at a less busy time of the day or the week.
If you plan to book a charter, book ahead - the good captains book early. If you wait until you get here, there may be no availability at all. When you book, I send you some captains I have used and lots of local fishing info.
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Anglers Reef 140 is one of the very homes that have spacious wraparound decks on both floors -- a total of nearly 600 sqft of deck space to enjoy!
Anglers Reef now provides community kayaks and SUPs on site for the free use of our guests and renters. A Usage Agreement is required and is part of our lease.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Jan 01 - May 05 2023
May 06 - May 19 2023
May 20 - Aug 25 2023
Aug 26 - Oct 20 2023
Oct 21 - Nov 17 2023
Linen/Setup fee: $250
Tax Rate: 12.5%
Optional boat slip available for $350/wk includes water and electric. Max length 31' including motors and overhangs, max bridge height 9' (no flybridges). Please reserve a slip at time of booking to ensure availability.
No smoking in house or on decks.
Sat to Sat weekly rentals, other checkin/out days may be possible in Sep-Dec -- contact owner.
Max occupancy per Islamorada is 8 total persons - 6 adults plus two children.
Minimum 7 night stay required per Islamorada.
Islamorada rental license #097
Last updated December 07, 2022
Hosted by Steve Sepanak
Member since 2021
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: I have lived at the beach on Long Beach Island in southern NJ since 1988 and am a boater and fisherman. Water and water views have always been important to me. I have also been a real estate broker here, doing both sales and rentals, and have owned several vacation home properties here at the beach as well as in the Outer Banks of NC, so I have learned what vacationers are looking for.
We are the original owners of 140 Anglers Reef, purchasing it brand new in 2008 after spending a month looking throughout the Keys for the right area and home. We wanted to be as far south as we could within the US, but not so far south in the Keys that the trip from the airport would be onerous. And we wanted an area with good restaurants and shopping, good fishing, and easy access to both Atlantic and the Gulf side - many areas (like Key Largo) have very limited Gulf-access points). We also fell in love with the style of the community and the blue/green hues of the Islamorada Flats right out front.
Why this property? First, we wanted one of the few homes that are directly overlooking the ocean -- we wanted unobstructed ocean views that we can enjoy from our decks and throughout the home. We chose to be on the south side of the community as the views are more open than the homes on the north side. The north side also gets the overflow of music at night from Hog Heaven on most weekends. We also did not want to be directly on the pool, which can get noisy (although we are only steps away from it).
Most other homes in Anglers are 2 bedrooms and some of those do not have both a living and dining area. We wanted 3 bedrooms for our family's flexibility and also for rental guests. We also are one of the few homes with large wraparound decks on both floors -- most have small balcony type decks that can only seat 2-3 people tightly.
Links to more information:
CLICK HERE - Our direct rental site with Availability Calendar, more reviews, and more info
Guestbook comments from the host:
Hi Steve, We loved our stay at your home in Anglers Reef! Anglers Reef unit 140 was a perfect location for our fishing/boating trip to the Florida Keys. We enjoyed the kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, boat dock and pool complex. The house was furnished with everything we needed, had comfy beds and the location right on the water was ideal. We would definitely like to visit again.
Location, location, location! This house is perfect for gazing out to the sparkling ocean waters, or watching the successful fisherman fileting their catch from the dock. This corner house has lots of fabulous French doors with delightful breezes and an upper and lower balcony. ( And, of course, there's great AC and ceiling fans in the bedrooms.) There's lots of tables on each balcony for outdoor dining. The table inside seats 6 easily and the kitchen counter seating is right next to the table. The kitchen is amazingly well set up, the kayak option for renters is wonderful (sign the paperwork!) and having two bikes with helmets is a nice addition. The pool is fabulous - always heated comfortably, and the Adirondack style chairs on the beach are great (no umbrellas). Steve is very responsive to messages. We've been back and will be back!
Thank you for an incredible stay! The house was perfect for our family and your location is awesome. Hope we get back down to Islamorada soon! The guest book is a great idea - we’ve stayed at several vacation rentals and yours is the first one I’ve seen.
This property is going to be really hard to beat! This unit is closest to the water and just a few steps away from fishing right off the dock, which we did almost everyday. The community paddleboards and kayaks are great for exploring the shallow waters right off the beach. Kitchen is well-stocked, though we didn’t do much cooking this week. The appliances are in great condition, a nice big Viking fridge and a washer/dryer with a surprisingly large capacity for a stacked unit! Plenty of linens and towels for everyone. Publix is SO conveniently close that we made numerous stops throughout the week. Also very close to Theater of the Sea, multiple restaurants, and marinas for boat excursions. The property is clean, well kept, and hopefully we will be able to return soon! Thank you again for a fantastic week at your place!
The house was wonderful and perfect for our family. The owner was very communicative and helpful. The view - spectacular!
Thank you for allowing my family to enjoy your wonderful home in Islamorada again, we had an absolute blast!
Thanks again and we look forward to staying there again soon.
Hi Steve, my wife and I loved staying at your home again! I would also like to reserve your house again for next summer. Your home is very nice and we absolutely liked staying there and spent lots of time enjoying the views from the porch. If there was a single thing I would like to see changed, it would be to replace the tired old grill (they don’t last long in south Florida’s salt water environment).
[Owner reply: Yes the "stainless" grills aren't really, and this one is not even 3 years old - but 3 years is about it when they are outside 24/7 in the salt air. No worries - I will be replacing it with a new one when I am there this Fall.] DONE!
Thanks, Steve. We thoroughly enjoyed 140 and can’t wait to come back next Feb...Thanks for your efficient and prompt communication- greatly appreciated.
What a wealth of fishing info!! Thanks for including the pics in your portfolio!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you only rent Saturday to Saturday?
Because we are historically fully booked from Christmas thru late August, we do limit check in and out to Saturdays during this time. We do offer flexibility from September into December depending on other bookings and lead time - just check with us.
Is a boat slip included?
We make our boat slip optional because about half of our guests do not bring or rent a boat, so they should not have to pay for an unused boat slip. If a guest wants the slip, the cost is $280/wk including water and electric. Since there are 52 homes and only 36 slips, if one of our guests is not interested in the slip we rent it to other owners for themselves or for their guests.
How large a boat can be accommodated?
The Anglers Property Owners Association and our state permit limits the length of vessels to 31 feet including engines. Boat height is limited to 10.5 feet about the water line (ie, no flybridge vessels), and maximum draft ta 3.5 feet.
What is the minimum rental period?
Both Anglers and Islamorada require a minimum stay of 7 nights.
How far ahead do people usually book?
For prime months, we get many booking requests 6 months to a year ahead. In that prime time, open weeks are rarely available within 30-60 days of checkin.
Why are there no reviews here?
We are brand new to this site ! Please see our many reviews on our direct rental site noted in the LInks section and also on VRBO Property #186650
Hosted by Steve Sepanak