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Key West Outpost Houseboat: Floating Florida Cottage

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This is the Outpost houseboat in Key West, Florida.

The floating cottage, situated off-grid in the backcountry waters of Key West, Florida, features two private decks, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom area, a secondary loft bedroom, and a topside sitting area with panoramic 360-degree views!

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Off-Grid Outpost Houseboat in the Florida Keys

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The houseboat features a wraparound deck and an upstairs deck with 360-degree views. It’s powered by solar panels and a generator, so the AC can always be kept running if necessary.

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The floating cottage is situated in the backcountry waters of Key West. The operators have a suite of other boats for excursions & other adventures that are available to guests.

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The wrap-around deck lets you enjoy gorgeous sunrises and sunsets from any angle you wish.

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Inside the floating cottage, there is a futon that turns into a bed on the main level, and it has beautiful water views.

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Step outside to the salty air at any moment.

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It is an excellent place to wake up and enjoy hot coffee or tea.

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You can see the futon turned into a comfortable-looking bed below.

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Of course, the views are incredible from every angle.

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Even the kitchen gets water views. No surprise, but it’s worth mentioning!

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The houseboat offers just about all of the luxuries of home.

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This ladder takes you up to the cozy bedroom loft.

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The loft bedroom makes you feel like you’re in a tiny house loft with its window, air conditioning, and exposed beam ceilings.

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The bathroom has an antique look and feel with a rainhead shower and exposed pipes.

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The bathroom has some mermaid art to enjoy as you go in and out.

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A Jabsco marine toilet!

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There’s a vented closet-style door to the bathroom.

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There’s a small amount of deck space, so you could carefully walk around the boat if you wanted, though many would prefer to go through the house to get to and from the front or rear decks.

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There’s a giant cooler to keep your groceries cold and two motors to move the boat around.

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The hosts have several other boats, too! This is likely how you first board the houseboat.

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You may be fortunate to see beautiful wildlife like this spotted eagle ray.

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Or you’ll be fortunate enough to experience a dolphin encounter.

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A tree swing with clear water!

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Would you hop aboard to stay in this floating cottage in the Keys?

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  • The Outpost houseboat in Key West, Florida, offers a unique off-grid experience with all modern amenities.
  • Guests can enjoy two private decks, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedroom nook, loft bedroom, and a topside sitting area with panoramic views.
  • The space includes a sitting area/game room, spacious kitchen, living room with a futon bed, and a loft with a second bedroom.
  • Solar power and a generator provide electricity for a small refrigerator, air conditioner, and limited hot water for showers.
  • Guests have exclusive access to the entire boat and can engage in activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, and light tackle fishing.
  • Sunset trips and eco-tour excursions to the backcountry are available for booking during the stay.

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  • Jimmy G
    May 8, 2024, 2:43 pm

    Who designed and built this magnificent space ?

    • James D.
      May 11, 2024, 12:47 am

      You’d have to contact the owner for that information. However, it appears to be an old Cottage Houseboat they restored and turned into an AirBNB, which could mean the builder may no longer be in business, but there’s multiple companies that produce this type of houseboat. So just do a search on Cottage style Catamaran Houseboats if interested in getting one… New and old units are regularly sold on the market…

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