Keys to Escape


Entire cottage hosted by Amanda

5 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 2 baths
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Ozello Keys is a quaint town perfect for those who love to be on the water. It’s situated between Crystal River and Homosassa with immediate access to fishing, snorkeling, and scalloping without the hustle and bustle. There is a fully stocked kitchen and a grill where you can prepare your days’ catch. Kayaks are available as well as a boathouse. You can watch the sunset over the small bay out front and relax on the swing overlooking the canal out back. Come relax and enjoy the outdoors.

The space
This cozy waterfront cottage is in the Ozello Keys, a quaint town within the city of Crystal River. This home is perfect for those who love nature and being on the water. Situated between Crystal River and Homosassa, you have immediate access to fishing, snorkeling, and scalloping without all the hustle and bustle of the neighboring towns. The home has waterfront views out front and a canal out back. There is a fully stocked kitchen and a grill where you can prepare your days' catch. Kayaks are on site as well as a boathouse to store your boat. You have direct access to the St. Martin’s River where you can be fishing in minutes. The front porch is a great place to drink your coffee in the morning and watch the sunset in the evening. Relax on the swing out back and watch the many birds that frequent this area.

Scallop season in Citrus County is July 1 through September 24. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website is a good resource for more information. Ozello is a perfect location if you want to get to the scallop grounds quickly. You can expect a 20-30 minute drive to the scallop grounds (depending on motor size), compared to an hour drive from Crystal River and Homosassa. There are several tour guides in the area if you don't have your own boat.

Dogs are considered. See the "Other things to note" section for more information. The house has been fully renovated so we have to be mindful of wear and tear. The yard is fully fenced except at the waters edge.

Grocery shopping is about 15-20 minutes away.

There is a Smart TV and WI-FI but no cable. We expect you’ll spend more time outside than in. Bring your passwords so you can log in to your streaming apps. We have an assortment of children’s and adult books, as well as games and puzzles.

Each bedroom has a queen bed and the spare room has a twin trundle that would be most comfortable for a child. There are no televisions in the bedrooms.

The bathrooms both have walk-in showers and are stocked with liquid hand soap, liquid body soap, and shampoo and conditioner.

Enjoy the outdoor shower with hot and cold water after a long day on the water.

Central heat and air means you’ll be comfortable in all seasons.

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare a full meal.
Kitchen items:
*mixing bowls
*baking dishes
*glassware containers for leftovers
*slow cooker (insta-pot)
*cast iron pans if you like to prepare your fish this way
*coffee pot can be used to make a full pot or single cup- the front porch or the back swing are great places to enjoy your coffee
*water dispenser with a 5 gallon jug for drinking *refrigerator has an ice machine
*dish soap, dishwasher tablets, trash bags, dish scrubber
*spices and olive oil
*paper towels

Park your boat in the boathouse to keep it out of the elements and ready to go. See the "Other things to note" section for information on the boathouse. There are two single and one double kayak on site. Kayak fishing is popular here because you can be on the fish in minutes.

The grill outside has all of the necessary grill tools you’ll need to prepare your days’ catch. The swing is so relaxing to enjoy your morning coffee or an afternoon beverage. We have seen dolphin, manatees, and otters out back. Out front you are right on a small bay where we have seen dolphin, otters, and so many jumping mullet. Kids can spend hours fishing out front. Out back you are likely to catch catfish.

You can bring your bikes or golf cart and cruise around. During non-COVID times there are craft fairs and chili cook-offs at the civic center.

Our goal is that you bring just the essentials and enjoy all that our house has to offer for a relaxing vacation. Please contact us if you have any questions and we hope to meet you soon!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

What this place offers

Canal view
Bay view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Free washer – In building
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Crystal River, Florida, United States

We hope you come to Ozello and fall in love with the town. The Ozello Marina is a half mile away where you can book fishing tours or airboat rides (a must do!), and buy bait, gas, bagged ice, ice cream, and souvenirs. The owners are very friendly and helpful.

There are three restaurants on the island itself so you never have to leave. Pecks Old Port Cove is the farthest away at mile marker 9 (we are at MM 6). The sunsets at Pecks are the best on the island. The Island Outpost is a local favorite where you can purchase convenience store items and order a delicious meal. Favorite dishes are the country scramble for breakfast, chicken wings, clam chowder, and their weekly specials. They also sell gas. Within walking distance of the house is Backwater Finns. They have a full bar and typically have live music on the weekends, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. Favorite meals are their stuffed angels (stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp) and their seafood platters.

Ozello Island Church is less than a half mile away.

Hosted by Amanda

  1. Joined in July 2020
  • 14 Reviews
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  • Superhost

During your stay

We love Ozello so much we refinished this home to share with others and purchased another one down the street. We are always available, and if for some reason we are not around, we have lovely neighbors who would be willing to assist.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
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Smoke alarm

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