Simple Mellow Sailboat w/Kayak(s) Key West


Boat hosted by Scott

4 guests, 3 beds, Half-bath
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You’ll have the boat to yourself.
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YOU KAYAK TO THE BOAT. Rustic accommodations! Budget "boat camping" ideal for 2 backpackers/adventure travelers. The 22-ft sailboat is fun, cute, & anchored in a shallow channel, roughly a 4-min drive from Duval St. Access from the boat to shore is a 2-min kayak ride & free to use. Come & go as you please using the kayak. There are bars, restaurants, mangrove trails & cool things near the boat. Arrive before sunset.

The space
Sailboat camping on the anchor for adventurers, kayak included! The boat is not a shared space, all yours.
This is minimalist style camping on a boat & is not in a marina, but a shallow channel which is accessed though kayak. Surrounding water is 4-ft deep. This boat name is The SMURF! Your stay includes unlimited use of kayaks which YOU NEED TO GET TO the boat. This listing lets you come & go as you want on your own 24/7 (after initial check in) The boat is only for sleeping on, not sailing.

Free street parking nearby 7-10 minute walk from the kayak launch point.

We are located on a channel without a lifeguard, so knowing how to swim is REQUIRED.

Please note that that boat accommodates up to 4 Guests (tightly). Extra charge applies for more than 2 guests which is automatically adjusted when you enter the CORRECT guest count.

We don't have unlimited kayaks so it is very important you tell us if you need to change the guest count. Don't just show up with extra people. It's not an apartment where you can just crash on a couch ;) Extra beds have to be rowed in from shore. Thanks for understanding on this :)


1. Primitive "camping" on a sailboat means NO REAL ELECTRICITY or running water but there is a shared land based tiki shower and solar shower camp bags that hang in the sun are on the boat. SOLAR power to power the lights (is NOT THE same as shore electricity).

A Porta-Potty is provided on the outside deck, which can be taken inside for privacy. Privacy curtains for outdoor solar shower and toilet.

2. Around 4 to 5 miles to Duval/Old Town by car. Free overnight parking is nearby on a side street that's a few minutes walk.

3. NOT in a Marina. You WILL KAYAK YOUR SELF TO THE BOAT. This boat is one of the furthest one of our fleet to shore. It takes about 5-min. Closer boats available see BoatCamping D0t Org or ask us :)

4. Small space ideal for one or two people. We set one double bed up for 2 guests. Otherwise there is a padded bench.

5. Check in is between 2:00-5:30pm. Please communicate what time you expect to be there so someone is on site. Any late check-ins will have a $50 charge due to safety and off hour schedules. NO EXCEPTIONS. We do NOT have self check in and are NOT available in the evenings to meet. After check in you can come and go as much/late as you want using the kayaks.

6. During high winds kayaking can be a little challenging. During calm weather the channel is an easy paddle, but we can't predict the weather. You should be in relatively good shape. Kayak has a 250 pound weight limit.

7. There is no way to cook onboard, just a cooler for you to store snacks.

This space is basically an unusual & peaceful place to lay your head & live like a pirate (practically camping). There is no air conditioning (but we provide a usb ports for your charge your phone and plug in the led lights). The ceilings are low - you won't be able to stand up. We provide locks for gear.

Anything you bring must travel over water by kayak, keep that in mind when packing.

Catch the sun slip below the horizon, watch egrets & other birds soar by, & gaze up at the stars. Open the top hatch above your head & fall asleep to a breeze and stare up into the night sky. See the fish jump & listen to the sounds of nature. Some guests have even seen dolphins and manatee while exploring the area around the boat.

On a rare occasion, you may see bio-luminescence in the water.

It is an experience in its own but you must be ok with basic camping amenities. There is no bathroom just a Porta-Potty, and the mattress is comfortable.

We provide:

*A small cooler (can hold a few drinks or sandwiches)

*We do recommend bringing additional flashlights

*Bed linens - fresh sheets for the mattress, blankets, & pillowcases

*Bath towels

*Porta-Potty & toilet paper (which we empty & clean, hence the cleaning fee).

*One to two kayaks with paddles (depending on number of guests.) which you can have unlimited use of. There are some awesome mangrove-lined channels near the boat you can explore that feels like you are in another world.

*Life Jackets and all necessary safety equipment required by the Coast Guard.


Fun & adventurous. It is an affordable option in town & ideal for people who like to be in touch with nature, learn about the world of boating, & want to see a different side of the the Keys.

We clean the boat regularly but it isn't a dazzling work of art. It's an old live-aboard boat that we are breathing new life into specifically to give budget travelers another option.

Sorry, no pets.

The entire boat is yours (NOT A SHARED BOAT) to sleep on.

CLOSE THE BOAT WHEN NOT ONBOARD!! If you leave the boat open and it rains inside a fee will be charged. Very important you close it!

You must secure the gear. Kayaks/paddles/life jackets. We show you how to do this. If you don't & the gear floats away/goes missing we have to charge you for it. Kayaks are not cheap. Take the extra second or two to double check that it is attached.

We have both tandem & single kayaks. While we try to accommodate everyone based on size, skill level or preference, we cannot guarantee one type of kayak or the other. It's what is available, so both guests should be capable of kayaking.

We do recommend having a working phone.

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Where you’ll be

Cow Key Channel, Florida, United States

There is an outdoor tiki shower at the kayak launch dock on land that is utilized by all of our boat camping guests. We have several boats all docked in the same area, so the kayak launch/outdoor shower has other people coming and going. However, only YOU will be staying on YOUR boat.

Immediately surrounding the boat area (on land) is residential. There are two restaurants, a bar, and mangrove mazes you can kayak to. This is one of the BEST areas in Key West to kayak.

Hosted by Scott

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Hi, Travelers! I'm Scott, the owner of Boat Camping Key West

During your stay

Hosts will meet guests (please arrive BEFORE SUNSET). One of the hosts will kayak to the boat with you to the boat and show you a few boat-y things. Then you may come and go as much or as late as you want using the kayak.
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No smoke alarm
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal

Cancellation policy

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