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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

Overview


Details
Property
condo
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
7 - 30 nights

Description

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 with composite decking (no splinters in your feet!) 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 there 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.

Marathon Vacation Rental License: PLR2016-00460

Keywords: Condominium, Vacation Rental, Florida Keys

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Janet & Bob Weidner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2016
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About Janet & Bob Weidner

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 Weidner purchased this condo in 2003

Why Janet & Bob Weidner chose Central Florida Keys

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 so much for allowing us to rent your beautiful place! We had the most wonderful time experiencing the KEYS for the first time...and we, for sure, will be back to take in some more of its beauty. You certainly have a GEM in your condo and location.
May 2016
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

'Happiness ~Is~!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 39 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.
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5

Marathon Boating Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful vacation at Happiness Is in Gulfpointe II in Marathon. The condo was very nice and perfect for our needs with plenty of space for our boating supplies. The dock was great, secure for the boat, and fun to fish from at night. Right on Vaca Cut, so location could not be better for Atlantic or Gulf fishing. The condo's location is perfect. You'll find anything you need in Marathon and Key West is so close for a day trip. Janet and Bob were wonderful to work with in the rental process. Made everything very easy. We had a great vacation and highly recommend this condo for a Florida Keys vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

First trip to the keys!

  • 5 of 5

We escaped the snow and cold of Michigan to spend two weeks in paradise! " Happiness Is" is just what it says, very happy. We had no idea what we were going to due with so much time.

The crab and seafood festival just happened on our middle weekend and it was great. Excellent food everywhere we went and the service was very personable. We took a day trip to The Dry Tortugas National Park out of Key West, long day but worth the trip!

The condo was fantastic, it's everything as stated on the web site or better. We could not have found anything better for the money. Plenty of room for us and our daughter. One of the most amazing qualities of this unit are the neighbors, we were welcomed as if we were life members. Everyone helped us out when fishing off the dock or looking for a store. Very friendly people!

We simply loved Marathon Key. None of the craziness of Key West, yet everything you need without leaving the island.

The pool was always perfect, warm and clean.

Went on snorkeling tour, beaches and charter fishing trip all were great!

If we get the chance to return to the Keys, "Happiness Is" is where you will find us!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marathon Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife, kids and mother in law stayed at this condo at the end of January. We had a great time and enjoyed our stay. The amount of space was perfect. Everything was very clean and well kept. The kids enjoyed the pool and grounds. We generally stayed in Marathon as there was plenty to do but we headed to Key West for a day trip which was also a lot of fun. We enjoyed our trip and I would recommend this condo to others who are interested in heading to the Florida Keys!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Steve for taking the time to write about your visit to "Happiness Is!." It is our personal vacation get-away and we are happy to be able to share it with others when we cannot be there. Glad to know too that the cleaning crew is doing a good job. Our grandkids will be visiting on our next trip and we love their enthusiasm for the pool, collecting coconuts, going snorkeling and scuba diving with us. Glad your family enjoyed it too!
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Dover, OH
5

"Happiness is..." is a joy!

  • 5 of 5

This spacious condo is well designed and furnished. My wife and I arrived after dark and encountered a little difficulty finding the place. A very helpful neighbor a short distance away helped us out. This neighbor was a precursor to nearly all the folks we met during our two week stay! The pictures on the VRBO site don't lie one bit. Everything was as pictured and then some. Our visit did coincide with some of the worst weather locals could remember. This enabled us to cut a wide swath through the many and varied restaurants and bars on Marathon. I can't recall a less than average meal and most were much above average. When you tire of the abundant and well prepared seafood available, try the "Wooden Spoon" café for quite possibly the best BLT that I have ever enjoyed. Conch, however, appears to be an acquired taste....

If you are a golfer--especially a duffer, like me--give the par-3 course at Colony Key a try. Just a couple of miles away and the folks were friendly and welcoming. I had an enjoyable 9 holes using only a 7-iron and a putter!

Another good vacation adventure we had was a boat trip on the original "African Queen" from the movie of the same name starring Bogart and Hepburn. It is berthed at Key Largo, about 40 miles toward Miami.

The weather was too rough to go out fishing, but we did catch some beautiful yellow tail at one of the many fresh seafood markets and prepared them at the well-stocked condo kitchen.

The owners, Bob & Janet Weidner, treated us well and were always available for consultation, if needed.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joe and Sue for taking the time to write a review. Weather is so unpredictable! In the Keys, it generally is good, but unfortunately you hit a rare time that wasn't. Glad you found non-water related ways to entertain yourselves The "eating" is always good! We haven't visited the African Queen, although we loved the movie, but there are lots of "rainy day" things to do on a visit. The history of Diving Museum is one we particularly like. Do hope you'll plan a return trip, so you can get some fishing in! If you don't rent a boat, try the Marathon Lady, a great party boat, docked nearby just over the Vaca Cut bridge.
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Don and Hope B.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Bob and Janet for allowing us to rent your condo. It was everything that it was described to be an more, very clean very spacious and very organized. Love the location love the Boatdock the pool was very clean the surrounding grounds were very well cared for. For a person with a boat looking boat dockage in a condo this place was very accommodating. The trailer parking that you arranged for us with the business in front of the condos was very nice and had no issues or problems with parking the trailer where you advised us to. We had a lot of fun watching the sharks fish Tarpon stingrays and other marine life off of the end of the dock as well as trying to catch some of those. Being that close to Vaca Cut was very very nice and the waters are so pretty in that area thanks again we really enjoy this stay and we will be back in touch when we come back to the Florida Keys.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!!

Rates & Availability

Marathon Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Fall
Oct 29 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
$1,625
 
 
Early Winter
Jan 7 2017 - Jan 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
Winter
Jan 28 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,600
 
 
Spring
Apr 15 2017 - May 19 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,250
 
 
Summer
May 20 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,325
 
 
International Summer Special
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 19 2017
29 night minimum stay
$3,550
Flat fee
 
 
Early Fall
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
Fall
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
$950
 
 
Late Fall
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,025
 
 
Pre-Holiday
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,350
 
 
Holiday
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,675
 
 
Early Winter
Jan 6 2018 - Jan 19 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,550
 
 
Winter
Jan 20 2018 - Apr 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,650
 
 
Spring
Apr 14 2018 - May 18 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,250
 
 
Summer
May 19 2018 - Aug 17 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,325
 
 
International Summer Special
Jul 21 2018 - Aug 19 2018
30 night minimum stay
$3,550
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

*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 2016-00460

Confirming deposit within 7 days. Weekly rentals, balance minimum of 60 days prior to rental. Longer term, 1/2 of balance 4 months prior to occupancy, final payment 60 days prior.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Marathon Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
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 guest bedroom closet. We also have an umbre;;a stroller available for a young child. Both items have had only a few weeks use. The newer sleep sofa with delux mattress (1), a queen size convertible bed with all the bedding required, is in the living room. Bedding is stored in the living room hutch.
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 ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 bicycles
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
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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