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CannonPointFortress1/2beer to Ocean FreePoolHeat, Spa,7Kayaks,2 Zayaks

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Marathon House Rental Photos and Description

4,200sq.ft.Secluded 4BR/4BA 528 Foot of deep waterfront dockage,Kayak to Beach

Private wide waterfront home. 4,200 square foot with banquet hall, seats 14.

The city says I can only have 10, but put the smallest one in a suitcase and you can add an extra one or two. Three central air conditioners, the house is so big. Party room with unique Bar embedded with sand dollars, a real $100 bill that only kids can find, sometimes drunken adults; watch out for the 8 piranhas. Game table, big screen TVs

A cannon guards the direct channel to the Atlantic. Please bring 2 pound balls and powder with you. Fed Ex will not deliver. I used the last of it on a boat that I sunk within view of the house. Luke's Law, if a boat passes the home does not wave to my guests or is not playing Jimmy Buffet music, you have permission to fire the cannon on them. Examine the remains of the boat I sunk with use of my free kayaks. Rental boats can be delivered to my 528' of seawall. Cut in boat slip for dockage. Cornhole Game(bring your own stickers,I can't pick a team. Park 3 trucks and Trailers. Pirate parties on request. Have someone kidnapped.

Lately I've noticed evidence of a pirate spending the night in the red hammock. I know he must be a pirate because kids tell me they find a gold silver dollar in that area.

There is only 52 weeks a year for 52 lucky families.

Fishing from our docks is always an exciting surprise... tarpon, barracuda, nurse shark, sting rays; don't touch my pet lobsters at the seawall. Close to mediocre Golf courses. Swim with the dolphins.

Go to Keys Fisheries for a Lobster Rueben sandwich. It's so big, buy one for 2 people.

Next go to Captain Pips for a Fried Key Lime pie, buy 2 for one person or there will be a fight for the other persons pie.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Patricia luke Ripley
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 10, 2016
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About Patricia luke Ripley

I'm on my zayak out near Gilligans Island, (couple of miles away) looking for the downed Malaysia Boeing 777. Come help me look!

In 2001 was on my sailboat in the process of buying an incredible home overlooking the Sea of Abaco when an aerial photo of CannonPoint showed up on my laptop. I started to worry about maintaining the Abaco property having to boat to the mainland for parts. Marathon had just put in a Home Depot so I bought CannonPoint sight unseen. I'm addicted to kayaking and the Keys are my favorite place in the World.

Patricia luke Ripley purchased this house in 2001

Why Patricia luke Ripley chose Central Florida Keys

Top Ten reasons to Book CannonPoint

1. Iguana races

2. Pirate protection

3. Lobster Rueben

4. Free Zayaks (only place in the Keys)

5. Turtle hospital needs your money

6. 528 feet of private seawall fishing

7. Bike ride 6.9 mile bridge aka 7mile bridge,

where the Gulf of Mexico collides with the Atlantic Ocean.

8.FRIED key lime pie

9. Kayak ancient mangrove tunnels. Secret maps at

Wheels-2-go, across from McDonalds

10.Swimming Elephants in season (manatees)

What makes this house unique

Commercial ice maker installed 7/23/2016


based on 21 traveler reviews

CannonPointFortress1/2beer to Ocean FreePoolHeat, Spa,7Kayaks,2 Zayaks
average rating of 4.428571 based on 21 reviews
Royal Palm Beach, Florida

GREAT RENTAL! Awesome owners!!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 families stayed for a week in September. Patti was a great host and was always available for phone call or email leading up to our stay. On our arrival the owners were present to help us out with our boat. The local boat ramp is only 2 roads down and was a cheap $10 fee to use. We docked our boat in the slip with no problem, water is plenty deep. The home was big enough that our group never felt crowded and the separate 1 bedroom room next to the laundry room was perfect for the family who had little ones. The game room was perfect at night for the adults and the pool and spa were great for the kids. Everything was as described. The hot tub breaker tripped one night and the owner quickly fixed by the next morning; There was plenty of parking for our 4 vehicles and boat trailer. We had no issues with any Green line. The sunsets were perfect. Great location on Marathon. We were able to make trips to both Robbie's on Islamorada as well as Key West. I would highly recommend this home to any large group with children looking for the perfect keys vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

First, let me start with thanking Patty for ALWAYS answering our phone calls and emails leading up to our vacation. The home was everything she advertises it to be and more. We had 3 families in that house and we were never in each others way. The beds were very comfortable. The home is well stocked with towels, extra pillows, linens, cookware, laundry detergent, etc. The pool and spa were perfect. It was a little tight backing our boat trailer in the driveway, but the neighbors were happy to help us. Grill worked great. Plenty of seating inside and out. We saw sharks, barracuda, manatees, jellyfish, etc. from the dock. Beautiful sunsets too. Honestly, the only thing we would have liked to see is an industrial ice maker, but no big deal. We would highly recommend this rental home.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old, No Charm - Snooping Owners

  • 1 of 5

This place is in horrible need of maintenance and repairs. I don't even know where to start... all the beds sagged, black mold in the shower, obvious flood damage, floors dirty, cracked, and covered with stained rugs, mildew, old furniture (not antique), bugs, very dirty overall, yard desperately in need of fertilizer, and pesticide, wasps in the shore power box, pool filthy when we go there, had to buy our own toilet paper, tissues, and towels, hid the extra gas for the grills, instructed us to bring trash cans down to the street. Laundry rooms were supposed to be for our use, but the owners who are right next door and watching everything were using it for their clothes. We had to wait until they were done. We parked a foot over the green line in the driveway, not even knowing it was there, and they came out and yelled at us. Don't advertise all that parking space, then get mad when we use it. Some of the seawall was also off limits for another boat, not ours.

Last but not least, we came back unexpectedly during the day and found the owner in one of the bedrooms. We did not give them permission to come in, nor were we notified they would be entering the premise while we were out. They came in the side unit and turned off the fan, which had to be left on because the wall unit wasn't blowing very cold air. The door knob mysteriously fell off and they leave the keys out for everyone and anyone. The sliding glass door wouldn't lock either.

Owners would not provide a rental agreement either.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

My Family had an awesome time, the pool was perfect for the 8 grand kids, the boat dock was also perfect. Patty was a wonderful host. we had no issues but if we did am sure she would have addressed it. Fishing was awesome, either off the seawall or in the canal that leads to the ocean. there was more than for everyone to relax and enjoy ourselves. will be booking another week for June 2016 and hopefully every year after that . Thank you Patty, see you soon

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wedding Perfection

  • 5 of 5

Out overall impression of Cannon Point is that it is Perfect! 11 of us stayed there for the week of my daughter's wedding. Patty graciously allowed us to host the reception on her property! We loved the layout of the home, and the property. We do not have a single complaint, and hope to return in 2 years for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our group of 12 spent the holiday season at Cannon Point Fortress and loved every second of it. From the yard, to the views off the point and from the house, to the amenities provided, it made for a perfect vacation spot. The house was big enough to where everyone had enough space to relax and enjoy themselves, yet spend time together at the same time. The "Love Shack" was a nice additional room to the property and was very comfortable. Paradise Patty made sure that we made the most out of our stay and kept everything running and in working order. We could not even notice that she was living on the same property at the same time we were staying at the house - very respectful of our privacy, as were we of hers. The huge yard was a bonus and the amount of seawall provided some excellent space to fish off of. Everything was in working order and well maintained including the pool, hot tub, and kayaks. The physical location of the house was also far enough off of the main road to where no traffic could be heard which made for some very peaceful nights. We even had the joy being able to swim with a manatee in the canal on the last day of our stay. Most certainly a great spot to vacation and get away! This property will definitely remain on our list of re-visits in the future and is definitely a recommended spot for larger groups with kids of any age.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.04 Miles
Car: recommended

We are located at Mile Marker 54; Key West is Mile Marker Zero. Yup, the calculator says that's 54 miles away. A scenic one hour drive and the most memorable sunset ever at Mallory Square with the circus performers. Free Kayaks Fishing, fishing, fishing. Anything that swims in the Atlantic swims past this house. As a matter of fact, the fish swim circles around this property as we are a bridge connected island. Come have your photo put on my wall with an iguana nestled on your shoulder. These cold blooded creatures love the heat of your body. On the mangrove edge of the property are my lobster breeding condos. I counted 36 all sizes.

Next time I showed my guests there was a bunch of carcacas with heads missing. I couldn't blame poachers. Just then, a nurse shark dove into the remaining baby lobsters and all I could do was throw rocks at him. Later we caught the nurse shark, and ate him. But the problem is, there is another one living in the boat slip eating the baby seahorses or maybe the octopus was the guilty one. I need you people to come investigate for me.

PS The dolphins are innocent, I watch them at sunrise and sunset feeding on bait fish...lots of bait fish. Grab a kayak, small fish net and head to the mangrove side of CannonPoint Bay and collect your own bait fish. We just added a commercial ice maker to the breezeway with the bait freezer and the gas grill. Everything is here.


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Cheapest Season
Aug 27 2016 - Nov 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

WE are affliliated with Wheels-2-go or it should be named Tourist Toys-2-go.
Paddleboards and bicycles to rent.
Check it out, across the street from McDonalds, Mile Marker 50
If you are looking for a business to buy, talk to Gary 305-395-0897
Book an Eco tour through the ancient mangrove tunnels.

Be decisive; only 52 lucky families a year get Pirate Protection at Cannon Point Fortress!
1/2 the rent is due to get your name engraved with the wax seal confirming your chosen date.
The other half is due one month before arrival.

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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 1 jacuzzi tub, 3 showers
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen, 3 kings, 7 singles, No sofa beds they are too uncomfortable! 3 Hammocks for complainers. Florida state law, and county ordinance, you must have a good time or I will personally call the tourist police.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Top Ten reasons to Book CannonPointFortress 1. Iguana races 2. Pirate protection 3. Lobster Rueben 4. Fried key lime pie 5. Turtle hospital needs your money 6. Sassy seawall fish 7. Bike ride 6.9 mile bridge aka 7mile bridge or walk on water, where the Gulf collides with the Atlantic. Best fishing 8. Zayaks 2 go 9. Kayak ancient mangrove tunnels. Secret maps @wheels-2-go 10.Swimming Elephants in season (manatees)

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