Cedar Key, FL

 Cedar Key is located about one hour west of Gainesville, 2 hours north of Tampa, and 3 hours southwest of Jacksonville, Florida. A bit off the beaten path, Cedar Key is a haven for fisherpersons, artists, and eco-tourists. Whether you’re coming to fish, boat, kayak, birdwatch, or just relax – we invite you to stay awhile in our Cedar Key condo, kick off your shoes, and learn why our guests can’t wait to return to Cedar Key…

The hundred-plus islands which make up the Cedar Keys and the shoreline to the north have remained almost totally in their primitive state, despite the development of most of Florida. Thirteen of these islands comprise the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. The many bays, marshes, rivers, and creeks provide a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. Take a kayak trip around the islands or up the famous Suwannee River, looking for dolphins, manatees, and birds, or try your luck with rod and reel to catch some of the many species of fish that are found in this area.

The city of Cedar Key is one of the oldest in the state. In its time, it was a bustling port at the western end of Florida’s first large railroad line. Pencil blanks made from local cedar trees were part of a thriving manufacturing industry which also included fiber broom and brush manufacturing, turpentine and salt production, and the harvest of seafood and sponges. Much of that manufacturing is gone today, but the seafood industry is still very important. When you visit, be sure to try seafood specialties such as farm-raised hard shell clams, oysters, and smoked mullet dip.