|Minimum Stay||7 - 30 nights|
'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
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
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!
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.
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.
We had a lovely Christmas vacation at Janet and Bob's condo in Marathon and they are very responsive and easy to work with. It was our first VRBO experience and we were a bit apprehensive but it was such a good experience with Janet and Bob as owners, we will definitely use VRBO again. From an ease of transaction perspective, it could not have been easier and they communicated regularly and quickly with us. The condo is exactly as it appears in the pictures. If you are wanting the most up to date décor, this probably isn't the place for you. However if you want large, comfortable, very well appointed with many extras you wouldn't have in a hotel (all cooking supplies your could ever need, beach towels, fishing gear, beach chairs, etc.), steps to either the ocean or pool, a wonderful dock to fish from, awesome wildlife, a central location, and clean and neat accommodations- then this is the place for you! As you can tell- I'll take Happiness Is. There are huge and expansive balconies on both levels to view the ocean. There is a large and very comfortable living room. Kitchen is small but has a big dining table easily seating 6. Kitchen may be small but they have every cooking utensil you could possibly need- we wanted for nothing. As an added bonus, there is a full size newer washer and dryer- very handy. Also on the first level is a 1/2 bath. Upstairs contains 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master is huge with great views. It's a bit of a strange layout- there is an on suite bath however no door to separate from the bedroom so might be odd if you need a lot of privacy. Bath is big as well as the large closet. The owners are quite generous and happy for you to use their beach towels, chairs, and fishing supplies and it's all very nice. My other caution is the master BR mattress. It tends toward the very soft so could be uncomfortable if you need/prefer firm. The 2nd BR has 2 full size beds (may be queens) and also plenty of space. 2nd full bath is also a good size. There are 3 large flat screen TV's (living room and both bedrooms) as well as WIFI. I cannot think of 1 single thing that we needed that was not already in the condo. Fun things to do: Dolphins + in Key Largo, Seaplane excursion to the Dry Tortugas park, deep sea fishing and fishing off the dock (we caught 2 sm hammerhead sharks!), Mangrove Mammas, Castaways, Hemmingway house in Key West, renting bikes and kayaks. I would absolutely recommend Happiness Is!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!!
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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*Marathon City License # PLR 2016-00460
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