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Cortez Dockside Cottages & Venue

Take a step back in time in the historic Cortez fishing village as you explore our beautiful waterfront property.

Nestled in the heart of the country’s oldest fishing village, you’ll find a charming acre estate complete with historic cottages, a 1,000 square-foot boat house event space, private Courtyard, 150-foot boat dock and much more located just over the bridge from Anna Maria Island.

Relax in one of our five 1936 cottages and enjoy the balmy ocean breeze along with views of the bay. Each cottage was restored in 2022 and offers gracious amenities perfect for the modern traveler while allowing the original charm and old Florida feel to shine through. The 4 one-bedroom, one-bath cottages and 1 three-bedroom, three-bath cottage each feature a fully equipped kitchen, televisions, Wi-Fi and other modern touches coupled with original porcelain fixtures, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams and antique doors. The old and the new meld together at this one-of-a-kind property to provide you with a tranquil, private setting, whether you’re joining us for your next vacation, a family gathering, reunion or wedding celebration.

Our newly renovated Boathouse provides the perfect place to host your next celebration with it’s wrap around waterfront bar.

Surrounded by coconut palms and mangroves, the Boathouse also provides serene views of the bay as you enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast. After breakfast, step out onto the dock for easy access to your boat or to enjoy one of our dolphin tours.

The tastefully lit private Courtyard leads right to our historic waterfront net camp where guests can enjoy the sunset. The net camp is also an amazing place to host a smaller gathering for cocktail hour or a group game night.

Rental packages are available to suit every need, whether you want to enjoy a quiet trip to one of the cottages or utilize the entire property for your dream wedding. Venue packages are available for up to 100 guests with the property able to accommodate up to 32 overnight guests.

Shopping, world-class restaurants, museums, spas and the famous white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island are just a short walk or bicycle ride away.

Come enjoy a piece of old Florida paradise and let us help you make memories that will last a lifetime!

Wedding & Events

Contact us about renting our entire venue for your big event! ​

Venue packages are available for up to 150 guests with the property able to accommodate up to 32 overnight guests.

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Gorgeous waterfront cottages in historic Cortez, FL

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Some words from our happy guests

Sande Caplin
Sande Caplin
2023-10-31
These cottages are "gems" in the quaint Village of Cortez, Florida. A must place to stay!
Ron Smith
Ron Smith
2023-10-23
We just completed a weeks stay in The Grouper cottage, and can verify all previous positive remarks. Awesome accommodations, great boathouse for gatherings, located in a real old established fishing village with many close restaurants. Heidi the owner/hostess, has not missed a thing to insure all our needs were met. Also perfect to block a few cottages for family gatherings or groups, as great space with many options.
Ted Brauch
Ted Brauch
2023-10-06
As a reluctant traveler, I have to admit I plan our trips around the most important part… Where we will be staying ! So first I find a place to stay and then I plan the trip. Grouper cottage was perfect. We brought Piper the Corgi and we settled in. First time to ever bring our pup anywhere. It was wonderful… Made everything feel more like home. Heidi has thought of everything. She had every appliance you could think of, and every kind of a beach accessory… perfect for the beautiful beaches. And she does not scrimp … All of her appliances are top notch. A quick trip to a nearby Publix and we had everything we needed, including all the fixings for our piña colada’s ! Everything was very clean. She had big, lovely, white, fluffy towels, and plenty of them for the bathroom. And large beach towels as well . Along with all of her new and modern touches are the charming old school architectural features of the cottage. Very reminiscent of my first trip to Saint Pete nearly 60 years ago. I always worry about a comfortable bed. This bed was very comfortable. Kind of a crossover between a memory foam and a pillow top. Not too firm. Slept great -even though it was a queen and I am used to a king. That was a very nice surprise. I had the pleasure of sitting on the front porch and gabbing with her for about 30 minutes one afternoon. She is a real go-getter. She seems like one of those women that can just get everything accomplished. And she does it with purpose and joy. But her most important task seemed to be making sure that we were happy and content. If you text her, she will respond pretty much immediately. It takes a lot for me to be impressed by anyone these days. But I have to say she is truly impressive. I would come back here in a heartbeat. Thanks Heidi for such attention to detail. You have really done a great job !
McKenzie Wallace
McKenzie Wallace
2023-06-15
We hosted a group of 13 friends from Nashville for our one year anniversary and this place was beyond amazing!!! Heidi is the best hostess and she has each cottage stocked with everything you could possibly need. Being able to hang out in the boat house, have coffee on the water and walk to all kinds of wonderful shops and restaurants is the absolute perfect setting for any occasion! Thank you so much Heidi, we will be back!!!
Daniel Santana
Daniel Santana
2023-06-11
This is a great property! As of June 2023, there is plenty of parking for a trailer if you decide to launch a boat nearby. The docks on the property can accommodate anything you trailered and more. Literally a 5 minute walk is tide tables. A 2 minute boat ride and they have great blackened seasoning. In the other direction a 10 minute walk you have swordfish restaurant and it too has docks. Cross the Inter coastal and you have Bradenton pier with new public docks and plenty of restaurants to pick from. A5 minute boat ride and you’re at jewfish key with its sandbar and manatee area. Great place and good host. Cottage had plenty of Amenities. Extra towels, bar games, bicycles and a commercial ice maker with plenty of ice for the boat.
Kim Blakeney
Kim Blakeney
2023-05-22
The perfect place to pay tribute to my husband with our friends and family. Fabulous location, breathtaking view, beautifully decorated cottages with all the comforts of home. It was amazing! THANK YOU Heidi and John!
Sande Caplin
Sande Caplin
2023-04-07
A perfect vacation experience. We had so much fun.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Excellent service for our guests is very important to us.  We try to answer all correspondence within 24 hours.

Cortez and the surrounding area offers a number of options for getting around including rentals, taxi services, and public transportation.

Cortez Florida offers some of the most beautiful weather all year long.  

Absolutely.  We offer a number of options that work perfectly for large events such as weddings and reunions.  Contact us today and found out how we may offer you the perfect venue and accommodation for your event.

Owners Heidi and John Banyas

When Cortez Dockside Cottages and Venue owners Heidi and John Banyas were looking for the perfect place to say “I do” none of the available local venues seemed to fit just right. After creating their own fairytale wedding space, the couple decided to do the same for others in the heart of the historic Cortez Fishing Village.

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