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Mermaid's Retreat - Key West, FL

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Max. occupancy: 2 1 queen bed 1 bedroom 1.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Charming, colorful two-story apartment with two balconies - walk everywhere

Welcome to Julia Whitehead Guest Suites! Built in the 1890s on the site of what had been a small provisions and butcher shop, this charming building has a rich and captivating history. In the 1930s, while Hemingway was living a few houses down, it was home to a popular Cuban bodega. From the1980s through the turn of this century, potter Charles Pearson created ceramic masterpieces which are still collected today. If you keep a watchful eye, you will find some of his ceramic fish adorning buildings and homes in the neighborhood still.

Its current guardians have spent nearly a decade painstakingly bringing the building back to life, with three one-bedroom apartments, and hosting Dog Tired Studio gallery up front as the proud face of the building. Julia Whitehead, the patron mermaid of the building, has been keeping an eye over this landmark since she first surfaced here in the 1800s, and she invites you to come and live like a local, just steps from Duval, in the shadow of the lighthouse.

Here, at Mermaid’s Retreat, you’ll find a beautifully updated space, with colorful, eclectic decor and abundant natural light. Balconies off both the living room and bedroom upstairs are ideal for languid afternoons with a good book and some sweet tea, while the comfortable living room is a cozy hideout for a quiet evening spent watching TV or using the free WiFi to scroll social media. The full kitchen holds everything you need to whip up meals and snacks. When bedtime calls, head upstairs to drift off in your serene Key West sanctuary.

All three apartments in the building may be rented as Julia Whitehead Guest Suites to accommodate up to six guests.


City/town permit number: LIC2018-000312/LIC2018-000315
County permit number: 25230-136069

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.




Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

House rules

Not suitable for children

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Golf nearby




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9 reviews