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'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!

Janet & Bob

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Marathon Condo Rental Photos and Description

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 Largo and 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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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Janet & Bob (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2015

About Janet & Bob

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

Why Janet & Bob chose Marathon

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!

What makes this condo unique

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!

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.

Thanks,

Mike, Sharon & the girls!
Jun 2005
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
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'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
average rating of 4.8125 based on 33 reviews
Hampshire, UK
5

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
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.
4

Breathtaking!

  • 4 of 5

We recently vacationed in Bob & Janet's beautiful place in Marathon. The condo was located in a great location and had stunning views

The condo was very comfortable and had everything you could ask for - plus it was just steps away from the pool and fishing dock. The nearby residents were friendly and gave us great tips where to go. our favorite was the Sunset Grill for happy hour. Thanks Bob &

Janet !

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Ohio
5

Thank you! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Bob and Janet - Thank you for a great family vacation week at your condo! We deeply appreciate that you are so responsive and easy to work with, and the condo itself was perfect for us. The location was great: Water on three sides, a quiet development back from the road, a great pool, and close to everything we wanted to do. Even our teenagers enjoyed the quiet after days out snorkeling or kayaking! Wish we could've stayed longer to revisit the Island Fisheries restaurant and Tarpon Creek Grille, each of which had great service and food. Your Welcome Book is quite useful too. I must be quite candid that I don't really want to write a stellar review, for fear others will beat us to reserving your condo for next time! But alas, I must be honest and let you know that we loved your place, and hope to return soon. Many thanks!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Jacksonville, Florida
5

Great Condo!

  • 5 of 5

Sorry this review is so late! We had a great time with our family at this condo. The unit is fully stocked with everything you might need, fishing poles, snorkeling gear, huge towels, beach chairs, etc.

We caught keeper mangrove snappers right off the dock. Also had a huge barracuda lurking all week as well as other interesting fish swimming around.

Fully stocked kitchen too. Owners were easy to work with and we will be returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Gastonia, NC
5

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
Scituate ri
5

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
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

Map

Seven Mile Bridge
Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Key Colony Beach Public Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Overseas Hwy (US 1)
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Cocoplum Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Sombrero Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
The Island Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Keys Fishery
Nearest Point of Interest
Cocoplum Beach
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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Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per week

Marathon Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Apr 4 2015 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,250
 
 
Summer
May 30 2015 - Jul 24 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,300
 
 
Mid-Summer Special
Jul 25 2015 - Aug 23 2015
30 night minimum stay
$3,300
Flat fee
 
 
Fall
Aug 29 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
Holiday
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,550
 
 
Early Winter
Jan 2 2016 - Jan 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
Winter
Jan 30 2016 - Apr 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
Spring
Apr 2 2016 - May 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,250
 
 
Summer
May 28 2016 - Jul 22 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,300
 
 
Mid-Summer Special
Jul 23 2016 - Aug 21 2016
30 night minimum stay
$3,300
Flat fee
 
 
Fall
Aug 22 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
Pre-Holiday
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,350
 
 
Holiday
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,550
 
 
Early Winter
Jan 7 2017 - Jan 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 

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. Most rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Possible exceptions in the Fall season.

*Normal Cleaning Included. Extra laundry $35.

*Marathon City License # PLR 2014-00468
Confirming deposit within 7 days. Weekly rentals, balance minimum of 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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Amenities

Marathon Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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. The new (2014) sleep sofa (1), a queen size convertible bed with all the bedding required, is in the living room. Bedding stored in the living room hutch & in the upstairs bathroom closet.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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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