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Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

We are happy to say we are back and our first guests are expected to arrive October 21st. We would like to thank the many contractors and friends for their assistance in gutting her out and putting her back together again. She is just beautiful and new pictures will be posted soon. Thanks again to all our friends and fans for your concern throughout this set back. Yes it was devastating but living here we all are aware of the price of paradise and we appreciate that we are able to seize each and every beautiful day. Once again we are able to welcome guests back to the Fabulous Fl.Keys and to Carpe'Diem Marathon!

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 summer 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 credit cards, check, bank Check or and Cash. We only book our weekly dates from Saturday to Saturday through out the year .

Thank you for your interest.

Carpe'Diem Vacation Rental

Owner / Agents - Connie & Captain Rick

PBR 2011-00081

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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
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 ...
  • 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 ladde 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


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

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Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
average rating of 4.1136365 based on 44 reviews

Quirky, fun, convenient house

  • 4 of 5

Overall a nice experience. The house is comfortable and the layout was nice. The kitchen was well equipped and also had a large refrigerator.The patio area on the canal with the hot tub was a plus. The parking area was adequate for our cars. The house's location is convenient to Sombrero Beach and Key Colony and a myriad of good restaurants. Also, the house is far enough off of Rte 1 so that the neighborhood was very quiet. Connie and Rick, the owners, were very accommodating to our needs. Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have decorated in the what is regarded as Keys nautical style and we like to offer plenty of things to put you on island time throughout your stay.and am glad you found it quirky and fun. These kids were great! They were on the go the whole 2 weeks they were down. Wish we could have spent more time with them as I am sure they had some great stories regarding their island stay, maybe next time as I 'm sure they will be back on island time again in the future. I would really like to thank them for the lovely condition they left our home in upon their departure as they really did take care of everything. We can always use all the help we can get from our guests to help with the next arrivals and they were great. They are always more than welcome as guests at our home. Thank you all so much again. A Plus Guests in our books. It was a long drive from Massachusetts and we sure am glad they came all that way to visit our islands, they really knew how to seize that day. Connie and Captain Rick Carpe'Diem Marathon Fl Keys
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some good, some not

  • 3 of 5

First, the positive. This is a cozy cottage in a good location. The manatees come right up to the bulkhead in the lagoon to drink from the hose which was very fun. All of the appliances and the furniture were new.

On the not so good side, despite being promised a hot tub with the unit, the hot tub was not working and did not get repaired while we were there. The owner declined to give us any adjustment in the rent for that. The place would benefit from more plates so that you did not

have to wash everything each time you used them and you could make use of the dishwasher.

The owners were nice people trying to recover from the storms, so some latitude for that.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Property in Marathon, FL

  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful about our stay. The Manatees in the water out back were fun to watch. We used the grill on the porch several times, made it feel like home. The washer & dryer was very handy. The house was more than described, with very comfortable beds. Captain Rick & Connie were very helpful & wonderful neighbors. We plan on coming back soon. All our future stays in the Keys will be here. Best value in the Florida Keys! Well worth the 1,000 mile trip. Thanks again for all. David Kennamer

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks ever so much guys. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and really look forward to your return. Going to come over for those margaritas when you guys come back. You all were great helping us work the bugs out. It was a lot to pull together in a short time and we really appreciate your help on looking for those little things we couldn't find here on our island while touring the Keys on those beautiful Harley's you brought down. Thanks again and you all will always have a second home here at Carpe'Diem. Connie and Captain Rick Carpe'Diem Marathon Fl Keys
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We enjoyed our stay.! Perfect size for us and having the boat out the back door was just what we wer

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay.! Perfect size for us and having the boat out the back door was just what we were looking for. Will be rebooking for our next trip to the Keys.!!

Thank you Rick and Connie

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming down all. Rick says your boat was right out the front door as he considers the back door out by the street. Tee Hee... You all were a pleasure to have down as it was wonderful the way you all took such great care of our home and just consider it yours any time you can make it down. We just love to have great families like yours come and visit. See again any time. Connie and Rick
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The real keys feel

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful,cozy, and inexpensive. It only needs a little TLC,.and would be perfect. The owners Connie and Rick, make up for whatever it may need. They are what every renter which their landlord could be

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fantastic family. During their 2 week stay we met numerous members of the family who stopped in to stay for a few days making it a real family reunion. It was a joy to also meet their K9 counterparts whom were not only well trained but also well mannered. They are the type of guests that every owner loves to have come visit and will always be welcome at Carpe'Diem. Just a side note: Our home was left in perfect condition upon their departure and we will show our appreciation with a discount any time they wish to return. Every owners dream guests. Can't wait to have them all back down again! Thanks for choosing Carpe'Diem for your 4th of July vacation in the Fabulous Fl. Keys. Connie and Captain Rick Owner/Agent Carpe'Diem Marathon Fl Keys
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Very nice stay.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was wonderful, comfortable beds, pleasant hospitality, clean house. Wonderful memories made there.

Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys, we loved having you all down. Loved your K-9 buddy. He was soooo sweet. Hope to see ya all back again. Connie and Rick
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Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

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 Marathon

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!


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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Boat dockage fee $0
Property Damage Protection $59
Trailer storage $0
cleaning 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.