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Rent Your Own Private Island with boat...Seabird Key, Marathon, Florida USA

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8

Seabird Key is a private 10 acre tropical island hideaway located one-half mile offshore Marathon in the heart of the Florida Keys. As our guest, you have the entire Island to yourself, including an exquisite hardwood beach house (the only house on the Island) and a 19' Boston Whaler for your personal use. The runabout is used to visit the mainland, go fishing, snorkel on beautiful coral reefs, or enjoy a serene sunset cruise. The home is fully equipped, sleeps eight persons and is furnished with nautical antiques and Caribbean accents. Special features include multi-level porches, decks and a 35' widow's walk which affords 360-degree ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the bird sanctuary at sunset.

A palm shaded, white sandy beach with hammocks provides an unbelievably beautiful setting for private sunbathing, exploring jungle trails, and enjoying the ocean breezes and relaxing tranquility. Our manager, who lives on the mainland, is a phone call away 24/7 to assist you.

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Deborah Davidson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2017

About Deborah Davidson

My husband & I currently live in Miami where Jim works in the financial industry and I work with Seabird Enterprises, Inc. in the marketing/reservations/accounting areas. We have 2 college age kids and an older daughter + family. I play the piano for fun and accompany a couple of local groups. Jim and I both stay busy with work, but also find time to volunteer in our local school, church, opera and community homeless assistance center. Jim and I were both working in New York City when we purchased the Island. We share a passion for creative projects. Jim worked long hours on Wall Street, but co-owned a Southern Style restaurant as a hobby. The fun for him was in designing and building the restaurant. When that was sold, he purchased the Island and our new adventure began.

Deborah Davidson purchased this house in 1983

Why Deborah Davidson chose Central Florida Keys

It was my husband's childhood dream to own an island.We lived in NYC and came down to the Keys for a quick vacation and fell in love with the Florida Keys. The weather, the gorgeous water, the coral reefs, the fabulous fishing and the 'laid-back' feeling of the area captured our hearts and provided the perfect get away from New York's fast pace. While visiting the Keys, Jim saw an ad that read 'Island for Sale.' The Island posted for sale was fabulous with white sandy beaches, but it was a risky purchase because it could literally get blown away in a hurricane. We returned to NY with a seed planted in Jim's mind. Months later we got a call from a broker who said an island was for sale that might meet our needs. Located on the bay side and made of solid coral with good water access, it didn't matter that the island looked pretty rough. Jim realized that a thorough clean-up and some heavy duty palm tree planting could transform the Island into the paradise we feel it was meant to be. 26 years later, we're all enjoying Jim's vision.

What makes this house unique

Seabird Key has been described by our guests, friends &

Guestbook comments from the owner

After 14 months in the Iraqi desert, Seabird Key was the paradise that we needed. What an amazing job you all have done to ensure that we wanted for nothing. We loved the wildlife and the kayaking. Even though the Keys were brushed by hurricane Fay during our visit, it was handled beautifully and everything was perfect. We look forward to visiting next year. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Aug 2008
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Rent Your Own Private Island with boat...Seabird Key, Marathon, Florida USA
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 27 reviews

Tropical Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Words really cannot describe how much we enjoyed our week on Seabird Key. We had a wonderful time tubing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, bird watching, searching for hermit crabs and iguanas, and sunbathing. Late afternoon would find some of us relaxing in a hammock. A vacation where we all enjoyed cooking dinners in the outdoor kitchen along with the unique experience of showering in the outdoor shower. The central location in the keys made for easy access to have fun off the island too. We drove to Key West and took a float plane to Dry Tortugas National Park/Fort Jefferson. We also enjoyed a jet ski tour around Marathon and taking the boat out to Sombrero Light and Reef. Wonderful vacation. Sadly a week, goes by way to fast!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know....right? A week goes by so fast on Seabird. Glad to know that our guests really enjoy all the activities on the Island. So many people come to the Keys for the water sports, but you mentioned bird watching as one of the things you really enjoyed on Seabird. It's amazing to go up on the widow's walk and watch the birds fly in around sunset and nest for the night. We're also happy to hear that you took advantage of a day trip to Key West and the trip out to the Dry Tortugas National Park. You must have had a great day. Thank you so much for the great review!
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A private paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from this beautiful place this past weekend. It was like a tropical park.. 50+ different palm trees. Everything in place yet gives the illusion your on your own tropical getaway.

The outdoor kitchen is where the most time was spent! The pictures don't do this place justice! We've stayed at several islands in the keys but I think this is our new favorite spot! Looking forward to booking our next stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love reading these great reviews! We are very detail oriented and prepare the Island for each guest just as if we were planning to spend a week on Seabird with our own family. Our guests are special to us and we appreciate their decision to vacation on Seabird Key. We are delighted that this family enjoyed their stay and plan to return. That's the best news for us! Thanks for the review!
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Beautiful island, perfectly maintained and designed with all the toys to have a great time.

  • 5 of 5

This is a rare and unique opportunity to stay on your own island in a beautiful, remote setting yet only minutes from the mainland. The owners have designed and maintained this property perfectly. You have plenty of toys with a boat, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, tube, and more. The house and outside bar have all the amenities to cook, store food and drink, eat, clean your fish, swim, or just hang out and enjoy the view.

You can tell the owners care about this place and that it is a true passion project for them. Their local caretaker/manager is there to take care of anything that may need attention and to give advice about the local goings on.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful property with us.

Mac Riddick

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mac, Thank you for your very kind words and mostly, thank you for taking the time to submit a review for Seabird. We're happy you found the Island to be unique and well cared for. We give it our best and feel that taking care of Seabird has been an important task for us. We're delighted to share the Island with great guests like yourselves. Thank you again for your review and remember, Seabird will always welcome you back.
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  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place!!! If I could describe paradise the island was it!! Everything about the island was awesome and the owners had catered for everything!! Jeff who is the Island Keeper was a top bloke and was on hand for anything that we needed. The views, setting, house, boat, flowers, trees and the list goes on was breath taking. There is nothing like and early morning coffee sitting on the dock watching the world pass you by, if it was not for technology, such as a watch or phone you would not even know what day it was it was that peaceful. Fully recommend anyone to take a break here. We are now suffering from the holiday blues and sitting drinking coffee in my back garden just does not cut it!! Thank you Deborah and Jeff for everything. We will 100% be back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Your review was AMAZING! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. You're the best. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay on Seabird and we're happy to have you as a member of the Seabird family. Any time, just give us a call and Seabird will welcome you back! Thank you again.
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Beautiful, tropical getaway all to yourself!!

  • 5 of 5

"This is way more impressive than the pictures!", were basically the first words I said to Jeff, the manager, as we stepped onto the dock and walked the tropical pathway toward the house. We had never visited the Keys & booked this trip for our 25th anniversary. Most places don't live up to my expectations, but Seabird is one of the few places that did. It really is beautiful, the landscaping, pathways, private beach and outside kitchen area are done so well, I can't think of anything it lacked! Property is very well maintained and has everything you should need from bug spray, to kayaks, floats, etc. The radio playing throughout the house, outdoor kitchen & around the beach was a nice touch. The use of the boat was great & getting to mainland was no problem. Before going, I wandered if it would feel "too secluded" but it didn't at all. From the private beach you can see the back of a small island (Dolphin Jump Key) & you will see boaters & jet skiers go by often. So you have privacy & seclusion while still in civilization! I also wandered if bugs and critters would be a problem, but not bad at all. The crabs walking everywhere were a surprise. Fun to watch! Saw an iguana twice on island ( I was hoping too!) On the back dock, where we watched beautiful sunsets, the water was so clear we saw stingrays, a nurse shark & lots of fish! With all the wonderful outdoor setting I forgot to mention the house which was adorable! Loved the island style!! On the mainland, we enjoyed Stout's & The Wooden Spoon for breakfast, very good food. Castaways was delicious for dinner (although unappealing as you are driving up! & waterfront dining was lacking) but the recommended hogfish was great! We went snorkeling (for 1st time) with Spirit Snorkeling which was awesome! Deep sea fishing with Jimmy Gags was great, caught a lot & couldn't believe all the fish following the boat! Needless to say, we would definitely recommend Seabird & would love to go back & bring our kids for this wonderful vacation experience! I hate to say anything negative, but we would try to go at a cooler time, really hot without a/c in July! (which Deborah warned us about!) Deborah was so nice to work with. Very helpful, informative, professional & always quick to respond to any questions I had. Jeff the manager was also great to show us around & inform us of all we needed to know. Thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise! It was one of our best vacations ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you for this beautifully written review! We so appreciate your remarks. It's really awesome for us to hear this feedback and know that our Island guests enjoyed their stay. You have made my day with your kind and thoughtful words. We welcome you to the Seabird family where you'll always be welcome back. And, not to worry, I think we've found a solution to the a/c issue. Perhaps when you return, we'll have it installed. Thanks again!
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Tropical wonderland

  • 4 of 5

Seabird Key is beautiful and serene and we thrilled in the experience. The tree house is amazingly built and placed in the middle of a tropical wonderland. The house is great for people who want privacy and the construction is wonderful. The outdoor kitchen is a perfect evening hang out area. The week we spent was affected by unusual winds that meant no snorkeling anywhere in the keys....but the boat allowed us easy access to amazing local experiences. Jeff is a great caretaker and provided us with information and even brought out a new toaster in very choppy seas. Not a place for non- boating people. I will hold the memories close. We were a group of seven and if the group doesn't mind bunk beds, then it is perfect. The outdoor shower on the main floor is so wonderful and designed beautifully. The botanical overload is the best of all!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The owners of Seabird Key appreciate every guest who takes time out of their busy lives to submit a review of the Island. Thank you for the beautifully written message. We thank you for your business and sincerely hope that you'll return to Seabird when the wind is not blowing quite so hard. We're happy to hear that you found other things to do and made the best of it. When you return, the tropical gardens will be there for your enjoyment.
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Marathon for private jets. Miami International.
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Island Restaurant is just across the bay.
Nearest Golf
0.05 Miles
Sombrero Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.03 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Island Restaurant is a short zip across the bay.
Car: recommended

Enjoy the breathtaking drive down the historic scenic highway US-1 to the heart of the Florida Keys, Marathon. ''Seabird Key, Your Own Private Island' is located 1/2 mile offshore in beautiful Florida Bay. Marathon is best known as the fishing capital of the World, but you may never want to leave the Island. Drift away in a palm shaded hammock on your own private sand beach. No one but you will know if you've gone fishing or not. If you must have a night out on the town, there are many great restaurants in Marathon or enjoy the 45 minute drive across the seven-mile bridge and down to Key West where you're sure to enjoy fabulous dining, shopping and most of all, the famous Key West sunset at Mallory Dock.

Other Activities: kayaking, tubing, bird watching, canoe, boating, 14' Hobie Cat

Golf: Sombrero Key, but it's not the greatest golf course. Marathon is known as the fishing capital of the world, not a golfing destination.


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jan 14 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $54 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $54 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $54 per night, per additional guest
Off Season 2
Dec 2 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $54 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 1
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $59 per night, per additional guest
New Year's
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $59 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $54 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 12.5%

Thanksgiving + Christmas + New Year's are considered Holiday Weeks and have a 10% extra cost to book. Also, there is a fee of $375 + tax per person/per week for more than 4 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Seabird celebrates the outdoor shower! If you're on your own private island, why not? Yes, there is an indoor shower for those who cling to their established habits, however...if you have a bit of a free spirit, enjoy the pleasure of showering with a banana leaf towering overhead. If you think you've lived before, just wait until a great white heron flies over while you're showering. The experience is unforgettable. Seabird's 3 bathrooms are basic, but are not lacking in comfort or refinement.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Second - 1 double
    Loft - 4 twin/ single , Loft has 4 bunk beds + 1 full size futon
  • The bedrooms (like the entire house) are constructed of hardwoods and designed with dramatic high ceilings. The architecturally stunning home features tropical design with wooden louvers and ceiling fans in every room and above every bed for the most exotic away from it all feeling. The bamboo furniture compliments the Island decor and the hardwood floors add to the cool and breezy look. French doors open to porches and balconies adding to the exquisite pleasure of your own island. The views are breathtaking and the outdoor shower is an experience not to be missed.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Over the top amenities: 2 docks on Island + mainland dockage with secure parking for your car (boat included with rental) 19' Boston Whaler outboard, 14' Hobie Cat, 3 Sea Kayaks, Canoe, Towing tube, Chickee Huts, Hammocks, Beach Lounges, 35' widow's walk, multi-level porches & decks, fishing gear, snorkeling equipment, and fabulous bird watching, wooden walkways & sandy paths, outdoor kitchen/bar. Ice maker on mainland property for your exclusive use. A large collection of movies for both adults and children plus an extensive music library complete with lots of Jimmy Buffet CD's. Private yoga instruction is available upon request (at extra cost) as well as a private chef and mid-week maid service. Most of all, a world famous Key Lime Pie awaits you in the freezer as well as a cooler filled with ice and drinks to toast your arrival. Bicycles are provided for your ride across the old seven mile bridge...a 'not to be missed' Keys opportunity. Dont' forget to swim w/ the dolphins!

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