House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
I am a native Floridian and have come to Marathon for 20 years to dive. I have owned vacation rentals since 2001 to have a place to boat and dive.
Owner purchased this House in 2003
Why Owner chose Marathon
I have vacationed in Marathon for 30 years staying in hotels. I decided to buy my first vacation home in 2001. Having a kitchen and barbeque grill to prepare fresh catch is so valuable. Also, having private dockage is a must. The ability to leave gear on the boat is such a plus and so nice not paying a daily dockage fee at a hotel.
What makes this House unique
The home is on open water, so fishing is good. Snapper are plentiful and a grouper head on the line at dusk can catch a shark. Snorkeling for lobster at slack tide in the nearby seawalls can produce dinner. Boats available for rent. Inquire with owner.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Another great vacation
Another great vacation for us in our "home away from home." As always the home was our home base for fun in the sun. Since our last trip, the home has a new roof and updated dock. The linens and furnishings are always kept in top notch shape. The owners have also added large flat screen TVs in all the rooms.
We love this home because of the boating access to the gulf and ocean. You are on the gulf, and the Vaca Cut bridge is only a few hundred feet away. The kids also love to fish off the dock. So much action!
Thank you for everything and we will see you on our next trip!
Great place for a family vacation
We booked this home for the week school let out. We wanted a family vacation in a home that was close to everything, and this did not disappoint. We found this home to be close to restaurants and right across Vaca Cut from the local aquarium (highly recommended!)
The home was spacious and clean. It has a bait freezer in the laundry area, which is convenient. New TV's in all the rooms. The home was tidy and everything we expected.
Thank you Cindy, we will definitely be back next year!
Great place to stay and very clean!
Had a great time for memorial weekend, the property was as expected. Will definitely stay again
The property was clean and mostly as shown on Vrbo.
Work was being done on the property (not during our stay) which is understandable but is in need of further cleanup and maintenance on the outside of the home. Our overall experience was fair and would return if improvements were made. The highlight of the stay was the manatees that visited at the dock was awesome.
The roof was supposed to be replaced in November. Unfortunately the roof is still not finished. The house is water proof but the soffit and a little more work needs to be finished. I make sure they have my schedule so no work is performed while renters are there. Marathon buildings suffered a lot of roof damage after the last hurricane and the companies work schedules are still backed up.
Great views, great fishing, clean home
Great place to stay in Marathon! We first dropped our boat off at the public ramp about 1/2 mile away. We have a 31' boat and the ramp was fine to launch it. We motored to the home in Vaca Cut. Amazing location! The tarpon were rolling at about 5pm when we arrived.
We found everything to be in perfect working order and ready to go. Plenty of linens and towels. We liked the split floor plan. We put the little ones in the back bedroom and they loved it. Extra fridge/freezer for bait. Plenty of seating at multiple dining room tables.
We were able to walk to captain hooks for live bait. That walk across Vaca Cut when the water is running is so cool. We will definitely return next year.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to you vacationing again with us next year.
Very Unsanitary Conditions, owner only makes excuses. Our money was thrown away. UNPLEASANT!!!
This place was so disgusting and filthy the moment we grabbed the door knob to go inside when we arrived. Floors, appliances in kitchen, bathrooms, light switches, fixtures, cabinets, everything inside and out. This place has obviously not been cleaned in a long long time. It’s pointless to describe because EVERYTHING was so very nasty. Heed the reviews! Not to mention her business license had expired. The owner only makes excuses when she returns the call. She does not care! It was so bad that this needs to be reported to the Health Department and shut down. We totally waisted our money on this vacation with our kids and grandmother. Huge inconvenience and Very Unpleasant! We all were afraid to touch anything or set our belongings down or just sit in a chair or our beds because everything was covered in a stickiness and grime. Old food in the already nasty refrigerator, dried up sausage patty in the toaster oven filled with crumbs, drawers and cabinets full of crumbs, not to mention the untidyness of the untensils. Things were just randomly thrown in the closets, any corners, and the sides of the house. We’ve only seen college dorms this bad. We were scared to use anything unless we washed it first. It was disgusting! The amount of cleaning that needed to be done would take many hours for 2 or 3 able bodied people. She only called back because we had to constantly call her phone, which ended up her only giving excuses and trying not to do anything at all. Finally she sent a neighbor, an almost elderly gentleman, that wanted to try and help. Very nice fellow. He clearly said he is not a handyman by any means and did not have many tools. He said, “I don’t know what she expects me to do, I basically don’t know a screwdriver from a wrench”. It was far too much work and he was clearly not able enough to do this extent of work and we felt bad for him to even try. He was kind enough to loan us a mop because we could not stand sticking to the floor anymore.
We would have clearly went to another place but that time of year everything is booked months in advance. We were stuck and had no more money to afford other accommodations at the rate of the cost that we paid for this house for the week. We just made the best of it because it was ruining our vacation.
Even at the end the owner complained to us that she couldn’t find a remote. None of the remotes worked, they either had no batteries at all in them or they were dead.
I checked this house 2 days prior to their arrival. The house was in order. I sent my cleaner back twice and he was told not to bother cleaning the items on the list. This renter would rather have a reason to ask for a FULL refund. After spending the entire week at the house......
Before their arrival I checked the TVs to make sure they were working because the ATT remotes can be sensitive. The floors were clean as well as the kitchen and dining room table/chairs. All had been wiped down. The house was dusted, bathrooms were clean. All linens clean. Within 20 minutes I responded to this renter’s text stating he was unhappy and said I would send my helper over with mop, bucket and cleaning supplies and he would take care of any concerns. He arrived and they did not allow him to mop the floors or clean anything on their list of issues. They said they would do it themselves and asked to keep the mop and bucket. They continued to complain, as evidenced in both texts and voicemails and they show my timely response. I sent my helper back to the house with the list of items to be wiped down. Again, he was not permitted to do any cleaning. They said it was ok, they would take care of it themselves.
I removed the cleaning fee since they were unhappy. The renter stated on two occasions l needed to make this right. After an entire day of trying to get the requested items wiped down, I realized they were not going to permit anything to be corrected to “make it right.” They were looking for a free vacation.
My license is current. For 15 years I have many returning, happy guests. I will not fall victim to renters that complain but won’t let their concerns be met. Just to ask for a full refund...If they were so unhappy, they should have left on the first or second day. I would have then refunded their money. They can’t stay at the house the entire 7 days, not let my cleaner try to reclean any items, turn him away, then ask for a free vacation.....
Swim with the Dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key or Theater of the Sea in Islamorada. Visit the Turtle Hospital that cares for injured sea turtles in Marathon. Take the trolly to Pigeon Key off the 7 Mile Bridge. Stroll through Crane Point Hammock.