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'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, 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 here 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.
King size beds (1) King bed with newer mattress in the master bedroom., Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen sized beds with newer mattresses in the guest room., Child Beds (1) Porta crib, bring your own sheet or use a folded twin sheet. Stroller and baby gate also availabale., Baby Cribs (1) Nearly new portacrib for the baby is stored in the master bedroom closet. We also have a newer stroller available for a young child. Both items have had only a few weeks use. The new (2014) sleep sofa (1), a queen size convertible bed with all the bedding required, is in the living room. Bedding stored in the living room hutch & in the upstairs bathroom closet....moreless
Extra bedding & towels stored in this bathroom closet...moreless
Bathroom 3: toilet
Handy powder room off the L/R where sleeper couch is. ...moreless
Gulfpointe is unique. Convenient to US 1, yet you feel miles away from civilization. Limited traffic. Peaceful and safe, surrounded by nature. You'll see dozens of fish, maybe a manatee or ray breaching the water, some resident iguanas, pelicans and osprey. Oh and yes, sunrises, sunsets--pink and gold and blue, and fabulous clouds and water. See the water change color from greenish, to green to aqua and often to a clear, clear blue! Be sure to get to Sombrero reef and watch fish jump all around you. Children & adults will find it magical....moreless
Audio Tape Player
Many, many, paperbacks & hardcover. Feel free to take one, leave one. The Chapman Book is for reference only!...moreless
Books For Adults
Scrabble, battleship,cards & more. Check them out--sometimes it rains!...moreless
Games For Kids
Currently 16 CD's of various generes--all music prior to 1990's....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
(3) Main TV, a new flat screen is the living room. There are good size TV's with remotes in each of the bedrooms also. Service is with Comcast....moreless
Pool noodles, beach ball, probably pails and shovels. Take a look and see what you find in the L/R hutch....moreless
Currently there are more than 6 movie DVD's, 16 music DVD's and 6 movie VCR tapes. As of 2014 we have net-flix movies available....moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
Our condo is waterfront, on the Gulf Side, coral shore. There are 3 free sandy beach areas nearby....moreless
Downtown is about 3 miles away with 2 major grocery stores, pharmacies and a large K Mart. Other major shopping is in Key West....moreless
Our building is situated directly on the Gulf with a large dock & easy access to the ocean through Vaca Cut. Our unit has Gulf views from the side of the building. Guest bedroom has view of the pool. Beach chairs are available to sit by the water. One to 3.5 miles to 3 nearby beautiful sandy beaches....moreless
All rooms except the guest bedroom have water views of the Gulf....moreless
Condo measures 48 ft. from the Gulf. The shore is coral, but it is easy to access the water and swim or snorkel right in front of the building....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Lovely glass topped table with 6 sturdy chairs. 3 additional chairs at the breakfast bar. There is also a table outside....moreless
Everything you need plus 6 large beach towels and bath sheet towels...moreless
Two 10 ft sliders bring the outdoors inside. Flat screen 42' TV, new sofa bed and loveseat and 2 new (arriving 5/15) Lazy Boy swivel recliner rockers. Wrap around balcony with views of Gulf & pool....moreless
Local Activities Guide
Local Restaurant Guide
Covered parking under our unit for 2 mid size cars. Convenient off site free parking for your trailer....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Boat trailers must go off site. Convenient nearby free parking is available with prior planning....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
Convenient off-site parking for your trailer....moreless
(3) Local calls including all of the Keys are included with your rental....moreless
White towels stay indoors. Plenty of beach towels and a supply of 'boat & fish rags' for your dirty jobs. ...moreless
Apartment size, located in kitchen. New in 2011, use HI E detergent, generally provided....moreless
When your there call us for the latest pass word....moreless
Early Winter Jan 3 - Jan 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Winter Jan 31 - Apr 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Spring Apr 4 - May 29, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Summer May 30 - Jul 24, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Mid-Summer Special Jul 25 - Aug 23, 2015 30 night min stay
$3,300 flat fee
Fall Aug 29 - Dec 19, 2015 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
*Rates vary by season. *****Last Minute Booking Discount. ******Call for rates & discounts.
*PayPal Accepted. Most rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Possible exceptions in the Fall season.
*Normal Cleaning Included. Extra laundry $35.
*Marathon City License # PLR 2014-00468
Confirming deposit within 7 days. Weekly rentals, balance minimum of 5 weeks prior to rental. Longer term, 1/2 of balance 3 months prior to occupancy, final payment 5 weeks prior.
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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!!
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: 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!
Why the Owner Chose Marathon: 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!
The Unique Benefits at this Condo: 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!