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Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Carpe'Diem is located in the Heart of the Fl.Keys

Mile Marker 50.3 on the island of Marathon.

We have done our best to offer some of the most fantastic reduced rental fee deals in the Keys to our guests and we would like to thank all our old and new friends that have taken advantage of these offers. We hope to continue offering the best bang for your buck in dicount rental fees and look forward to welcoming even more new or old friends that suffer from the need to enjoy all the many beauties, relaxations, and warmth the Fl. Keys has to offer for all ages. As you can see we are already booking for the 2017 winter season and we have some wonderful weeks open plus once again they are calling for a early long cold winter so we hope to hear from you all soon if you are thinking of coming down to play by the sea in the sun. If you don't see a deal for the dates you are considering coming down on just give us a call and we will always work with your party to give you the best rates possible if we have your dates open. Please remember the really deep hurricane gamblers dicounts we offer starting in Sept and running to November. For the past few years everybody that has taken advantage of our special total weekly rate of $1,175.00 have been big winners! But remember if we all have to evacuate or we are already gone on your Hurricane reserved week we all lose and there are NO REFUNDS. As always we have your keys to the Keys awaiting your arrival and thanks once again to all our many friends for your continued visits to our hide away in Marathon. Remember to always contact us or book your dates early as island time openings are here today and booked tomorrow! We always keep the sun shinning and the drinks cold down here by the sea side!

For all who are thinking of visiting our island home let us tell you alittle about it.

We love to welcome our guests with our lovely island decore!

Our island hide away is a 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, ground level home

that features 50 foot of furnished dock which includes a six person spa tub and gas grill. Our dock also has the convienance of a step down feature for

easy loading and unloading of your boat and is on a direct access canal to the Great Atlantic.

We have Italian tile throughout the livingroom and kitchen areas with carpeted bedrooms. Our bedrooms have a king bed in the master, queen bed in one guest room and full bed in the other.

Our master bedroom has a beautiful screened in furnished lanai to relax on over looking the canal and it's bath features a seated shower encloser. The guest bath has both shower and tub which is located off main living room area.

You will love our new kitchen which features a ex large

refrigator/freezer,dishwasher,micro wave,electric stove with oven and a round dining table. Enjoy setting the table either in the house or on the dock with our beautiful island tableware even if you did just call one of our many fine dining establishments for carry out. However, if

you do choose to cook it's all there for you to use.

We try to keep our prices at a rate that everyone can come and enjoy the beauty that only the Fl. Keys can offer. We have chosen Marathon for our home as it is located in the very center of the island chain and allows you to visit all the islands from a central base.

There are so many ways to arrive on our islands so may we just suggest a few:

You may want to fly into Ft. Myers and consider taking the four hour cruise across the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on the Fast Cat which runs out of Ft. Myers Beach to Key West. Everyone agrees this is a wonderful way to arrive and the view is breath taking as you zip along with the dolphins where the water meets the sky.

However you may also choose to fly into either Miami or Key West where rental cars are available or if you choose not to do the driving you may catch the Keys shuttle or coach service to our lovely island hide away.

Once you are on our island chain, we now have our new public shuttle service which allows you to island hop in both direction for as little as $3.00 round trip. This allows you to relax and enjoy all the islands of the fabulous Flordia Keys and Yes, we do still have our local cab service that will take you and your guest anywhere on our island of Marathon for the small fee of $5.00 a trip per car load.

The Flordia Keys are one of America's most beautiful gifts to all mankind and a life style experiance we hope to share with all of you.

So take advantage our low prices and all the amenities the islands now have to offer our visitors and guest! Don't just go down South to visit, Go All The Way Down South and be our guest in the Fabulous Fl. Keys.

See Ya Soon!

Until than: Remember to Seize The Day were ever you may be. We accept person check, bank Check or PayPal and Cash. Please call for deposit information.

Thank you for your interest.

Carpe'Diem Vacation Rental

Owner / Agents - Connie & Captain Rick

PBR 2011-00081

More Details

Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2017

About Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys

Captain Rick and Connie your Owner/Host

Captain Rick one of your host arrived on our island in his 60 foot John Alden Schooner and a custom built Pan Head Harley Chooper over 35 years ago. Now a retired charter boat captain he will not only be your host but is presently with the USCG MWR here in Marathon hosting all branchs of active and retired military for their much earned RR on our island paradise. Over the years he has become one of those locals you read about who has watched the islands change and has all the knowledge and stories you may ever need concerning fishing,active charter boat captains,weather, hurricanes, diving, boating, attractions, having a great time and just plain relaxing on our island chain. A real live Captain Jack of the Keys!

Connie is a retired Professional Animal Handler that one day in the 70's was blown over the rainbow after a storm on her farm in Kansas and landed in the Fl Keys Ruby slippers and all! After buying her 1st home in the Keys she was only able to fly in and spend limited time in the Keys but in 1999 after Hurrican George damaged her home in the Keys she was forced to spend 6 months repairing it, she returned to Kansas however found the Keys disease was just to strong and retired returning to her island home for the turn of the century Dec 28, 1999. She is the one that brings that island charm and beauty to the interior decor and gardens of Carpe' Diem. It was Connie that decided our home had to be ground level making it assessable to all. She didn't want her guests warn out climbing steps before they even got in to relax. 2 steps get ya in the front or out the sliders onto the furnished patio/dock area. Wifi and Tv's everywhere. You see Connie when you look at our photo gallery.Her easy living decorater shows thru. Besides being your Host/Owner at Carpe'Diem she is also currently with Home Depot Corperation Special Services Marathon where she works as a customer problem solver/order specialist in her spare time.

Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys purchased this house in 2000

Why Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys chose Central Florida Keys

Connie and Captain Rick are locals that live in Marathon Year Around! If a question should arise they can get you an answer pronto and the same goes for any problems that may occur.They are all about making your island visit to their home one to remember from begining to end. They have taken the time to ensure the home is just as advertised and that the rates are affordable. Special treatment is given to one and all from the moment you call to inquire. Their home is always ready on time and they are waiting to meet and greet you upon arrival with your keys to the Keys.They pride themselves in working with guests to see that all is just as requested. If you have rented a boat to be dlivered to the dock Rick will ensure that it is of high quality and safely tied to the dock. They have ample safe parking for trailors and will assist you in getting it in position.They have even been known to arrange a minister for a beach wedding upon request & for a small fee they will even go as far as having snacks and cold beverages awaiting your arrival. Their home has direct Atlantic Ocean access no wondering around to get out on the water. It is at MM 50.5 truly in the middle of the island chain. The beach, shopping,bus service and island resturants and bars of all kinds are just minutes away. They have taken great care in selecting this property to ensure convenience and relaxtion for guests of all ages. The guests that come to Carpe' Diem are Connie and Captain Rick's #1 priority. They don't want you to just come once they want you to want to return as so many have over the past 14 years.They specalize in making fantastic memories for your family and friends by extending a helping hand in every way at any time requested by thier guests. The specials rates are unbeatable and they will work with you and making your island dream stay a reality. It only takes a phone call and as little as a $500 deposit and you will be on your way to seize the day at Carpe' Diem Marathon.

What makes this house unique

Location,Location, and Location! Sun, Sun, Sun! Food, Food, Food! FUN,FUN,FUN!

Location-This is the prefect locations to hang your sun hat in on our island chain! In the middle of eveything. You can either take the car or catch the shuttle bus and travel up or down the island chain. For as little as $2.50 try the shuttle and get off on the different island communities or go all the way and do the Duval Crawl in Key West. Don't come to see part of it come to see all of it from Key Largo to Key West and everything in between. We are close to the beachs, shopping, restaurants,water activies, dancing and about everything you can imagine on the island of Marathon which by the way is only 6 miles wide and 10 miles long. Sun as you know just keeps on shining down here when it's 40 below and there a shoveling snow up North and we like it! Island breezes sway the palms at about 78 degrees down our way in the winter but once in a while we may have a cold snap of about 60 in the dead of winter.Enjoy the end of each beautiful day with a majestic sun set over our emerald seas. FANTASTIC! Food - Some of the best Chef's in the world are right here in the Keys. Choose for a 5 star restaurant of a Mom and Pop joint for some of the best fresh seafood you can eat. Maybe you just want to catch or buy your own and grill a quiet dinner on our patio deck, which ever the fresh produce and seafood will tantilize the taste buds and don't forget the Key Lime Pie!

FUN,FUN,FUN - You have just stepped into the twilight zone of FUN. Spend a day on the water on one of our party boats, take out a jet ski, spend the day like a beach bum up and down the island chain, snorkle or dive the reef, have a dolphin encounter, theater, take a biplane or helicaptor ride. parasail, water ski,and always plan to catch a sunset at the Sunset Grill, dance til dawn! The list goes on - like the saying goes,'If you want to try it the Keys have got it!' and at Carpe'Diem we know where it's at!


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
average rating of 4.290323 based on 31 reviews

Great value!!

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from another great week fishing and staying at the Carpe' Diem! This was my 8th or 9th stay at the property and as always it was clean and comfortable. I noticed a new refrigerator and couch in the Lanai! Connie and Rick always make us feel welcome and it was good to see them again. If your looking for a clean comfortable place to stay at a reasonable price the Carpe' Diem is for you. It is centrally located in Marathon and close to many good restaurants. Thanks again Connie & Rick, see you next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to have return guests come back like you all and just for the record this is your 9th visit. Glad you liked all the new changes this year as we work very hard to keep our home up to date, clean and somewhere you look forward to returning to in the fabulous Fl Keys. Thanks for already settling up your reservation for 2018 That really let's us know we're doing it up right.We'll keep the drinks cold and the sun shining until we see ya all next year. Connie and Captain Rick Carpe'Diem Marathon Fl Keys
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  • 1 of 5

This property had comfortable, relatively clean seating in the living room and a well-equipped kitchen. It was in an excellent location being very close to beaches, restaurants and grocery stores. It was, however, very dirty. There was dust and grime covering lamps, light fixtures, fans, inside A/C vents, pictures etc. As well, there were insect droppings on window ledges and in the cutlery drawer. Pots and pans were covered in grease and the fridge and stove had not been cleaned. There was dust/debris under the beds and even the larva casings of a fairly large insect under the master bed! There was mould/mildew in the shower and vanity in the master bathroom. I have travelled a fair amount and stayed in a number of different types of establishments and never been faced with the unacceptable condition I was faced with in Carpe Diem. I do not recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We'll once again my friends from Canada have decide to continue with there rendition of War and Peace which we always love to have reviews from our former guest but 3 terrible off the chart exaggeration are really something new for us as anyone can attest to Proof of this can clearly be seen by reading all the ones left prior to there arrival and just the week after their departure which all are 5 star ratings. Makes these seem a lot off our par ratings left by guests. Unfortunately we have now collected more bad reviews from this group than guests that were even here at that time but thanks for your many reviews and I can only hope that in your future travels you find your discounts you requested upon arrival at another owners home so they too can enjoy your company long after your departure. Constance Merando Owner
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Some charm, but very dirty.

  • 1 of 5

This property had comfortable, relatively clean seating in the living room and a well-equipped kitchen. It was in an excellent location being very close to beaches, restaurants and grocery stores. It was, however, very dirty. There was dust and grime covering lamps, light fixtures, fans, inside A/C vents, pictures etc. As well, there were insect droppings on window ledges and in the cutlery drawer. Pots and pans were covered in grease and the fridge and stove had not been cleaned. There was dust/debris under the beds and even the larva casings of a fairly large insect under the master bed! There was mould/mildew in the shower and vanity in the master bathroom. I have travelled a fair amount and stayed in a number of different types of establishments and never been faced with the unacceptable condition I was faced with in Carpe Diem.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for proving my point and I have spent all the time I wish responding to such ridiculous reviews. Have a nice day friends 😎
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Nice boat location but needs professional cleaning

  • 2 of 5

While this property is on the canal and ideally located for boat owners, is conveniently located to enjoy Marathon attractions, and is decorated cute, it is dirty and dusty. It also needs maintenance to fix doors which don't close all the way and other small, fixable features. We rented for two weeks in the beginning of January but left two days early due to my allergies to the dusty, musty home and our many noseeum bug bites. The owners were very cordial and accommodating but the home needs work and cleaning.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I want to thank our guest for taking the time for submitting a review and I must admit that this is the first time I have had a guest move the bedroom dressers away from the walls upon arrival and call me over to request a discount for the dust behind them. I did explain our crew was not allowed nor required to move the bedroom furniture when cleaning and to ensure their satisfaction I myself would supervise and assist the cleaning staff in picking up any tags or dust that had fallen behind them myself which we did while they spent a day at the beach. I was present upon their return from the beach to accept their seal of approval. I do want to thank them for bring this to our attention and thank my crew for their swift action in coming back to pick up tags that had fallen behind the dressers, sweeping and moving every thing back in place. Sorry about the noseeum however they have inhabited our islands for decades and if the breeze is clam they do come out to bite and it is best to use a commercial individual product such a OFF when setting outside as a deterrent. Unfortunately our insect control boards here have always failed in trying to eliminate them. They are just plain uncomfortable as a whole. Eat more garlic or buy the OFF. Thanks for coming down all the way from Canada we enjoyed having the experience.
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Holiday Rental

  • 5 of 5

We rented this place for the Christmas holidays and it couldn't have been more perfect. They had it decorated for the holidays but not over the top which was appreciated as it was a nice reminder of the season and to open our presents with the decorations in sight. The owners were very hospitable and made sure they showed us around the place and taught us how to use the grill and hot tub (which was amazing!) and available for questions or help if needed. It was a quiet house on a peaceful and safe street (didn't bother to even lock up our bikes) and it was well equipped with TV's in living room and every bedroom, fully stocked kitchen and plenty of room to gather or go off on your own. Towels, sheets, etc. were all in good condition and of excellent quality. No problems with washer/dryer and plenty of room to put our "toys" (bicycles, fishing equipment, etc). Located on a canal, there would have been room for a boat, jet skis or kayaks. Nice neighborhood to ride or walk around and it is within walking distance of Kmart and Publix (although I would rather ride my bike with a basket). We had a great time reef fishing, snorkeling, jet skiing, biking, and touring places like Key West and Turtle Hospital. We even fished off the dock. We did all this because this property is located perfectly within miles of the docks where the fishing charters take off, the snorkeling charters take off, the turtle hospital a short distance away and Key West is only 50 miles south. Thanks Rick and Connie for the perfect place to spend our holidays and vacation. Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so fortunate to have such a wonderful family come for the holidays and they left our home in such fantastic condition it was hard to tell anyone had been there for a visit. They truly did take care of it as if it were there own and are always going to be welcome at Carpe'Diem any time. The boys even made the last run fishing charter the day they departed. Just a joy to see them enjoy our hide away so much as that is alot of the reason why we own it. We'll keep the sun shining, fish running and tight lines until we meet again. Thank you all so much for being the perfect guests and we look forward to your return. Captain Rick and Connie Carpe'Diem Marathon Fl Keys
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  • 5 of 5

Our vacation at Carpe Diem was the best! Thanks Capt. Rick and Connie for being such good hosts. You truly do have everything you need in your home that anybody could need for their stay. Welcomed the washer and dryer so we could leave everything as we found it. We enjoyed the beach-y feel of your very comfortable home and its proximity to everything. Loved that the back of your home faces the canal and you could just linger their if that's all you wanted to do and call it vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys, We are so glad you dropped in for a visit and we truly look forward to having you all back as you sure did take care of the house like it was your own. Now it's your vacation home in the Keys and the next time you feel that Key's Fever coming on just give us a call on the ol coconut telegraph and come on down, your chair's waiting on the dock where you can watch the palm trees sway in the breeze. We'll keep the drinks cold and the sun shinning til than. Thanks for enjoying all that Carpe' Diem has to offer and we look forward to your return to paradise. Captain Rick & Connie
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Miami,Key West or Marathon
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Lulu's or Brass Monkey
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Key West Express
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sunset Grill
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Jet Ski
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Enjoy the warm beautiful waters of the Fabulous Fl. Keys.

* Enjoy our wonderful local fresh seafood.

* Dance to the great local music under the stars!.

* Boat out and swim, dive, or fish..

* Enjoy our local shuttles to all the islands and explore..

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* A picnic day at the beach!.

* Fish off the many bridges for the big ones..

* Party on the patio and swim off the dock..

* Take a day for shelling on our many beaches.

* Go on a habatait & bird watch..

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Swim with the Dolphins.

* Visit the reef and visit Nemo!.

* Take a keys bus shuttle and explore all the islands..

* Take a day out on our many party fishing boats..

* Enjoy a Keys tradition at The Sunset Grill.



Flats and deep sea fishing

Diving & snorkeling

Bike paths

Parks of all kinds


Close to beachs


Para sailing

Jet ski


Island hopping


Dolpin encounters

Fine dining

Close to tiki with pool,lunch or dinner & cocktails


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fishermans Spring Special
May 6 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
4th of July Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mini Lobster Dive
Jul 22 2017 - Jul 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Opening Lobster Week
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Gamblers Hurrican Special
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning Fee $0
Trailer storage $0
Boat dockage fee $0

Special Bonus Rates listed throughout the year!
Dec thru March ....$1675.00
winter season!!
April thru Aug.....$1375.00 Weekly
Sept thru Nov......Watch for Gambler Deals
Holidays and Fantasy Fest may very in price.
Weekly booking are Sat. to Sat.
Mini Lobster Dive Week $1,675.00 6 guests
Lobster Seanson Opening Week Aug. $1,675.00
Call or check our site availabilty calender for specials

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master Room Bath is a full bath with Seated Shower Guests Room Bath is full shower bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bed Room is a King bed with full bath Guest Bedroom is Queen bed Guest Bedroom Full bed
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Central air & Heat Washer & dryer Furnished dock Step down dock Swim ladder Out door shower Ground level, No high steps Full dock lighting Spa Fully loaded kitchen Lovely neighborhood Close to shoping Close to beach Airport Bus service Auto night lighting Boat rental delivery Beautiful island decor throughout Fantastic dining close Screened furnished lanai room Direct access canal Central location in island chain Free WiFi

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