Along with the spotless bathrooms and showers, several wifi hotspots, 24-hour fitness center, two pools, and three on-site dining options, Stock Island Marina Village goes above and beyond with amenities.
Dog owners will find not one but two dog parks, one for small dogs and one for large, just in case your pup prefers his alone time. The entire property is 100% pet-friendly all throughout the village, including the marina, boatels, hotel, and they are even welcomed on the outdoor dining patios at Salty Oyster Bar, Matt's Stock Island, and The Barrel House.
The organic community garden is available to all guests, run by a local volunteer who organizes monthly clean-ups and weeding. Fun fact: Two boaters brought their bee hives all the way from Colorado when they moved to Stock Island, and the native bees just made themselves right at home! The pollination helps everything in the garden bloom and grow. Anyone can contribute, so even when you're underway you're never far from spending a day in the garden.
Nearby Boca Chica Air Station brings the occasional flyover, which has begun a new tradition: the Salty Oyster Bar, the poolside bar, toasts each flyover, with a collection for donations to go to a local charity each time they do.
The local artist community encompasses curations and studios that are directly on property. Make a point to visit the hotel gallery, which is run by a local artist (and also one of the foremost fly-fishermen in the world), which has an opening to feature a new artist each month. (The artist installation replaces a typical hotel store stocked with Alkeseltzer and dental floss.) Talented onsite artists included Leo Gullick, Alan Kennish, and Daniel Siefert. Alan Kennish and Leo Gullick produced the artwork that you'll find in the rooms at The Perry Hotel.
Stock Island History
The nods to the Stock Island history and culture are far from marketing gimmicks; the love of their community which is clear when talking with the staff who shared some additional history:
As Key West's tourism industry evolved and grew, the fishing industry moved to Safe Harbor. At 25' deep, Safe Harbor and Stock Island were a perfectly accessible new home for the fishing boats – but the channel and harbor depth aren't due to dredging. The reason it's so deep is because in the 1940s and 50s, they took the soil from Stock Island and moved it to New Town on Key West, which was formerly estuaries and mangrove swamps.