Janet & Bob

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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

'HAPPINESS IS!' at GULFPOINTE II --an upscale condo complex, only 20 units in five buildings situated on a peninsula just off of the Overseas Highway and surrounded by the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Marathon is referred to as the 'Heart of the Keys.' Its mid-keys location, near the northern end of the famous seven mile bridge, puts vacationers in easy reach of all Keys attractions. Distance from Miami is about 100 miles, and to Key West, about 50 miles.

You can swim from the dock, lounge by the heated pool, and enjoy Gulf and pool views from every room in the condo and from the wrap around decks on both the main and the upper levels. You can even see what's happening at the dock from the master bath shower!! The dock, new in 2006, is a great spot for fishing, day or night. It has a new fish cleaning station with water for your clean-up.

If you prefer a more active vacation, you can do it all: boat in the gulf or the ocean, fish, snorkel or scuba dive, sightsee, tour historic and nature sights, bird watch, play golf and “eat” at a variety of restaurants from casual to gourmet. For boaters, our location near Vaca Cut gives you quick access to both the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean. There are too many things to do to try to list here. The Marathon Chamber of Commerce is a short walk west from the condo. Be sure to stop here for information, travel brochures, and lots of discount coupons including tickets for free beverages with your meal at the Keys Fisheries. There are just SOO many things to do in the area, you’ll find that a week is not enough. That’s why we and so many others just keep coming back—again and again. Plan now for next year to get the dates you want!

If you like the feel of sand between your toes, Sombrero Beach is only about 10 minutes away, ocean side at MM 50. In 5 minutes you can be at Cocoplum Beach. If you just want to sit by by the water, take our beach chairs downstairs and enjoy the views on site. There are 4 folding chairs. You can swim and snorkel right in front of our unit, no need to start up the car! You can walk to the local seafood market and enjoy fresh caught dolphin and shrimp to cook at the condo or walk or drive to a myriad of nearby restaurants. The Island Tiki Bar and Restaurant is just a short stroll to the east. Details on and directions to many of our local favorites are contained in the WELCOME BOOK at the condo. Gulfpointe is directly off US Rt. 1, so there's convenient access to everything--yet the peninsula surrounds you with beautiful water views and makes you feel you are on your own private island!

If you want to get away, the Keys still have the charm--and you don't even need a passport! (except for our visitors from across the pond.) You are away from super highways, tall buildings and everything that goes with the work-a-day world. If you are looking for KOKOMO, this is as close as you'll get stateside! Yet you still have nearby restaurants and shopping and the reassurance of a large local hospital nearby. Gulfpointe is a great place for families or couples of any age. The condo has room enough for 2 couples to comfortably share it for the entire winter season or for one couple to invite occasional guests or grandkids to visit. Maximum occupancy is 6. CALL US!

The unit is NOT wheelchair accessible. Pets are NOT permitted. Smoking permitted ONLY on the balconies.

Keywords: Condominium, Vacation Rental, Florida Keys

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  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you for the wonderful place to stay. We had an amazing time seeing all the sights & trying new restaurants. The condo was beautiful & we felt very much at home. Hopefully in the future we can make the trip again.


Mike, Sharon & the girls!
Jun 2005
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Janet & Bob

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Raising a family in CT, we spent many spring vacations checking out Florida. We did the east coast and the west and even the Panhandle, but once we discovered the Keys, we knew this was where we wanted to be. As retirement approached, we knew it was time to have our own place in the sun in the Keys. We and our family enjoy visiting at the condo and are happy to be able to share it with others. We're sure you and your family will enjoy it too!

Janet & Bob purchased this condo in 2003

We are 'water people.' Swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving--our family loves it all. Windy on the ocean, go to the Gulf. Windy on the Gulf, go to the Ocean. We had 3 weeks of time share in Marathon for many years, but when the place was sold to build million dollar condos, we knew it was time for us to buy our own place. We found the perfect small condo complex within 1/2 a mile of our old place. It had a dock for Dad and a pool for Mom and room enough for us to invite the kids and grandkids. We picked one of not too many that allow weekly rentals, which lets us share it with you. Marathon is close to everything in the Keys. It's just minutes to sandy beaches, shopping, restaurants and all kinds of entertainment. Having a large hospital in town also gives a comfort level when you are away from home. We love it here and think you will too!

Comfort and convenience! It's close to everything. We have the Gulf and the pool right here. The condo has all the comforts we are accustomed to at home. Having your own dock is tremendous plus--no need to get in the car and haul 'stuff.' Any boater knows how much 'stuff' you need as you head out for a day on the water. At the condo we have a lobster cooking pot, cake pans, a cookie sheet and 2 griddles for making pancakes and bacon and much more. We have been to places in the past where you are lucky to have 4 forks for 4 people and 2 pots to cook with--not comfortable for us, nor for you. So come, enjoy and be comfortable!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
average rating of 4.827586 based on 29 reviews
'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
+1 (603) 391-4128 (New Hampshire, USA)
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Hampshire, UK

Perfect Tranquility

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Janet and Bob’s condo was wonderful. It was our first time of renting a condo in the Florida Keys and we were most certainly not disappointed. The condo is just lovely, beautifully kept with good decor and furnishings, it is light and airy and when we walked in the door felt so pleased we had found such a perfect place. The condo sits back from Hwy 1 and so you don’t have the sound of the traffic constantly streaming past. The grounds are immaculate and the pool is clean and can be reached a few yards from the condo, it is very quiet and during our particular stay we seemed to be the only people enjoying it, it was great. The condo has a balcony around it and my husband and I enjoyed some lovely warm, balmy evenings with a bottle of merlot watching the pelicans fly home and later the moon rising over the water of the Gulf, it was just so peaceful and a perfect place to unwind on our holiday. There are nearby shops for your grocery needs and a lovely tiki bar and restaurant overlooking the water, walking distance away, which was great as it meant we could just unwind without having to always be getting in the car.
There are lovely beaches nearby and at Bahia Honda State park we enjoyed a snorkel trip out to the reef. The price is very reasonable and I would say to anyone who has never experienced this before to try it, it is amazing. It was a fantastic experience and we saw hundreds of small fish, the colours were just jaw dropping, we also saw barracuda, reef shark, turtles and lobster. We enjoyed a day at Key West which was just over an hours drive away, we soaked up some of the colourful evening entertainment and perused the unique individual shops.
We are so pleased we rented this condo, it has everything you could wish for, we can’t wait to go back again next year. It would be perfect for anyone from the UK who has not experienced the beauty of the Florida Keys, you will love it.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2008
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We love going to our condo in the Keys and are always happy to hear that our guests have enjoyed it and the surroundings.
'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
+1 (603) 391-4128 (New Hampshire, USA)
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Gastonia, NC

Happiness Is. . .PERFECTION

  • 5 of 5
Our family could not possibly have been more happy with our stay at "Happiness Is. . ." There are 5 of us with our children being 16, 13 and 10 and every one of us had a fabulous vacation with all of our children agreeing that the condo was the best place we had ever stayed!

The owners were so easy to work with and the condo itself was spacious, clean and well-stocked with everything we needed. Though, to be honest, we didn't spend a whole lot of time inside! The Gulfpointe community was very quiet, well-kept, and easy to find. The pool was very convenient as was the boat dock. We did not have a boat but we spent A LOT of time on the dock fishing, swimming, snorkeling and chatting with paddleboarders who went by. The dock is constructed of composite decking which was GREAT because we didn't have to worry about splinters! We loved all the big sliding glass doors--the views were fabulous!

The location is fantastic--there are tons of dining and fun options within walking, bike riding or very short driving distance. Key West is close enough to enjoy for a day trip but there is tons to do right in Marathon. We ate at Keys Fisheries, Burdines, Island Fish Co., Cracked Conch Cafe and they were all fantastic! We also visited Curry Hammock State Park to kayak, Sombrero Beach for swimming/snorkeling, 7-mile bridge for the sunset, Sweet Savannah's for ice cream, Big Pine Key to see the Key deer, went on a half day fishing trip on the Marathon Lady, spent a day at the Dolphin Research Center, and Bahia Honda State Park (definitely the best beach that we've seen in the keys with the added bonus of a spectacular place to watch the sunset!).

It really was a perfect trip and we hope to come back some time--even if we can't, we have already recommended "Happiness Is. . ." to several friends who are planning to visit the Keys.

The ONLY thing I wish the condo had was a "Guest Book." We've stayed at other places that had a Guest Book and not only is it fun to see where other people are from but it's nice to have recommendations for food/fun from other visitors.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
+1 (603) 391-4128 (New Hampshire, USA)
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Scituate ri

Fabulous week in the Keys!

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from the Keys and can't wait to go back. Janet and Bob's condo exceeded our expectations which made our family vacation seamless. The condo is spacious, clean and very well equipped. They have more kitchen utensils and gadgets than I have at home! It's so much more affordable to a family to travel this way than staying in a hotel. The ability to cook and do laundry (those chores never really go away) saved us thousands. The kids went night fishing every day and it was always a mystery what they would catch, and they caught something every time! The large barracuda under the dock kept things very interesting as well. We went on 2 snorkeling expeditions, a mangrove tour, fireworks at the local beach, and a tour or Key West. The kids (age 15 and19) were constantly busy and engaged and only used their phones to take pictures and videos. How nice is that! We were surprised how quiet and peaceful this location was, at times we felt like we were the only ones there. The pool was glorious. It was so helpful having beach chairs, blankets and towels, we only had to bring our clothes and snorkel gear. Would I go back? Absolutely!
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We always have a great time when we are at the condo--especially when our grandkids come to visit. So it's nice to hear that your family had a good vacation also. Entertaining teens is not always easy, and we were glad to know that yours kept busy and had a good time. Fishing is great, but catching is even better!! We'll be delighted to have you visit again. Regards, Janet & Bob
'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
+1 (603) 391-4128 (New Hampshire, USA)
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Tullahoma, TN

Always a wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in this lovely condo for a second time in February 2014. I'm not sure there is a better location anywhere in the Florida Keys. I was most impressed with some of the improvements the owners made in the past 2 years. The rooms are very spacious and almost all of the appliances have been upgraded. I would love to stay there every winter if only they allowed pets. I really enjoyed fishing off the dock and riding bikes every morning with my wife. Life really does not get any better!
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
+1 (603) 391-4128 (New Hampshire, USA)
Marathon Central Florida Keys

A Great Week at "Happiness Is"

A Great Week at "Happiness Is"
  • 5 of 5
Hi Bob and Janet – just to let you know we really had a wonderful time in the Keys and found your condo to be clean, comfortable and spacious. A great place to return to after a long day exploring. The heated pool was so nice to walk into and just say ahhhhh. I think our daughter and son-in-law saw a great white heron on the dock during their first night there and I understand this is a rare viewing. Apparently a huge bird! Not sure what else it could be based on its size?
  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathy and Dave for taking the time to add a review. We're always glad to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay at "Happiness Is!." We are eagerly looking forward to leaving the snow and ice of New Hampshire to travel to the condo ourselves for our spring spruce-up trip. Bringing some new pillows and towels and will stock up on whatever else is needed for the summer season. The sunshine, warm pool and warming waters of the Gulf are sounding very appealing right now!
'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
+1 (603) 391-4128 (New Hampshire, USA)
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Brighton, MI

Great Location/Condo

  • 5 of 5
This was our second stay in the Marathon area and our first stay at Happiness Is. The condo was very comfortable, spacious, and has a well equipped kitchen. Also, there were numerous extras, such as noodles for the pool, snorkeling gear and portable chairs. The views were wonderful and we spend a lot of time on the balconies enjoying those views. The bed in the master bedroom was comfortable and the linens and towels were all good quality.

We really loved this location as it was very quiet and the grounds were absolutely lovely. The heated pool was always nice and clean, with comfy chaise lounges for reading and enjoying the sun. While friends and family back home were in sub-zero temperatures, we were basking in the warm Florida Keys sunlight.

We absolutely loved spending time at the Dolphin Research Center and Crane Point. Kayaking at Curry Hammock State Park was lots of fun and we saw a bald eagle, a spotted stingray, green herons, a blue heron and, of course, pelicans. Also, not to be missed is a day in Key West. It is a port-of-call for cruise ships and definitely puts you in the mood for fun. We took a sunset cruise with Capt. Dale on the Sirius sailing catamaran, which is behind the Lazy Days Restaurant on Marathon. And, don't miss either the boat ride to Pigeon Key or walking on the Old No. 7 bridge to get to Pigeon Key.

Brutus Seafood, Lazy Days Restaurant and The Island Fisheries and Tiki Bar Restaurant were all excellent choices for dinner. Island Fisheries is a short walk from the condo.

We greatly enjoyed our second trip to the Florida Keys. We hope to do so again next year and would like to return to "Happiness Is." It is such a great location and has all the comforts of home. Thank you to Janet and Bob for sharing a piece of heaven on earth.
  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Alleyne, for sharing your good time with our VRBO friends. The condo is our home away from home, so we want it to have all the "comforts of home" for ourselves and our guests. In the Keys you can be busy or be lazy as the mood dictates and still have a great time! So glad you enjoyed the views, the colors of the water and the sunsets are constantly amazing! Winter of '15 is already booking, so be sure to let us know when you want to come back. We're sure future guests will enjoy knowing about all the things you enjoyed. The sunset cruise in Marathon was news to us. We will plan to include it in our Welcome Book. Thanks again.
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Seven Mile Bridge
Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Key West
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Overseas Hwy (US 1)
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Cocoplum Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Key Colony Beach Public Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Car: necessary

Charter fishing (both deep sea & back country) nearby. Party boats such as the Marathon Lady within walking distance. Swim with the dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, see turtles at the Turtle Hospital, see the miniature Key Deer and look for the alligators at the Blue Hole in Big Pine Key. Do 'sunset' in Key West, visit Bahaia Honda park, go snorkeling , learn to dive--have a great, memorable vacation!!

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Availability & Rates


Marathon Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 24 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Jan 3 2015 - Jan 30 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 31 2015 - Apr 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 4 2015 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 30 2015 - Jul 24 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid-Summer Special
Jul 25 2015 - Aug 23 2015
30 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%
Notes *Rates vary by season. *****Last Minute Booking Discount. ******Call for rates & discounts.

*PayPal Accepted.

*Normal Cleaning Included. Extra laundry $35.

*Marathon City License # PLR 2013-00401
Confirming deposit within 7 days. Weekly rentals, balance 5 weeks prior to rental. Longer term, 1/2 of balance 3 months prior to occupancy, final payment 5 weeks prior.
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Marathon Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Oven ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , His and Hers sinks, plenty of closet space
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Extra bedding & towels stored in this bathroom closet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Handy powder room off the L/R where sleeper couch is.
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) King bed with newer mattress in the master bedroom., Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen sized beds with newer mattresses in the guest room., Child Beds (1) Porta crib, bring your own sheet or use a folded twin sheet. Stroller and baby gate also availabale., Baby Cribs (1) Nearly new portacrib for the baby is stored in the master bedroom closet. We also have a newer stroller available for a young child. Both items have had only a few weeks use., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Full size (double) convertible bed with all the bedding required, is in the living room. Bedding stored in the living room hutch.
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • coin laundry
  • reefs
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • water sports
  • scenic drives
  • photography
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • basketball court
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
Gulfpointe is unique. Convenient to US 1, yet you feel miles away from civilization. Limited traffic. Peaceful and safe, surrounded by nature. You'll see dozens of fish, maybe a manatee or ray breaching the water, some resident iguanas, pelicans and osprey. Oh and yes, sunrises, sunsets--pink and gold and blue, and fabulous clouds and water. See the water change color from greenish, to green to aqua and often to a clear, clear blue! Be sure to get to Sombrero reef and watch fish jump all around you. Children & adults will find it magical.
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