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'Happiness Is!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms. 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6) King , 2 queen and l queen sofa bed

'HAPPINESS IS!' at GULFPOINTE II --an upscale condo complex located at MM 53.5 off of US 1. There are 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 with composite decking (no splinters in your feet!) 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 there 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.

Marathon Vacation Rental License: PLR2017-00431

Keywords: Condominium, Vacation Rental, Florida Keys

More Details

Janet & Bob Weidner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Janet & Bob Weidner

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!

Janet & Bob Weidner purchased this condo in 2003

Why Janet & Bob Weidner 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!

What makes this condo unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for allowing us to rent your beautiful place! We had the most wonderful time experiencing the KEYS for the first time...and we, for sure, will be back to take in some more of its beauty. You certainly have a GEM in your condo and location.
May 2016
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Marathon Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , His and Hers sinks, plenty of closet space
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Extra bedding & towels stored in this bathroom closet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Handy powder room off the L/R where sleeper couch is.
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Newer queen sleep sofa with upgraded mattress
  • 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 available., Baby Cribs (1) Nearly new portacrib for the baby is stored in the guest bedroom closet. We also have an umbrella stroller available for a young child. Both items have had only a few weeks use. The newer sleep sofa with delux mattress (1), a queen size convertible bed with all the bedding required, is in the living room. Bedding is stored in the living room hutch.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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.


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'Happiness Is!', Gulf Front, Heated Pool, Dock, Views!
average rating of 4.8444443 based on 47 reviews

Happiness Is a stay here!

  • 5 of 5

We have spent the last 6 years trying out different locations and accommodations in the Marathon area. Every experience is a little different and I would say that our stay at "Happiness Is" was the best! The condo is right on the water, easy to get to yet away from the road noise of Highway 1. It is just as pictured although I felt like it seemed really larger than the pictures. Everything we could need was in the condo including many extra bonuses such as fishing and snorkel gear, coolers, beach chairs and an umbrella. The condo is most comfortable and has the best views from the living/kitchen area and the master bedroom. From the outside deck we saw manatee, sting ray and a sea turtle! Right from the deck! We really enjoyed fishing on the dock and watching the boats come and go. We were able to walk to several restaurants and shops and Sombrero beach is just a short drive away. There is also a very nice pool on the property that was never crowded. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to spend time there ourselves and leave many of the things we want to have while we there, for our guests. We're glad to know that you consider our vacation home the "Best" place to visit in the Marathon area. We looked at many vacation places before choosing Gulfpointe 2. Please do come again. We'll be glad to welcome you back.
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Hampshire, UK

Perfect Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Janet and Bob’s condo was wonderful. It was our first time of renting a condo in the Florida Keys and we were most certainly not disappointed. The condo is just lovely, beautifully kept with good decor and furnishings, it is light and airy and when we walked in the door felt so pleased we had found such a perfect place. The condo sits back from Hwy 1 and so you don’t have the sound of the traffic constantly streaming past. The grounds are immaculate and the pool is clean and can be reached a few yards from the condo, it is very quiet and during our particular stay we seemed to be the only people enjoying it, it was great. The condo has a balcony around it and my husband and I enjoyed some lovely warm, balmy evenings with a bottle of merlot watching the pelicans fly home and later the moon rising over the water of the Gulf, it was just so peaceful and a perfect place to unwind on our holiday. There are nearby shops for your grocery needs and a lovely tiki bar and restaurant overlooking the water, walking distance away, which was great as it meant we could just unwind without having to always be getting in the car.

There are lovely beaches nearby and at Bahia Honda State park we enjoyed a snorkel trip out to the reef. The price is very reasonable and I would say to anyone who has never experienced this before to try it, it is amazing. It was a fantastic experience and we saw hundreds of small fish, the colours were just jaw dropping, we also saw barracuda, reef shark, turtles and lobster. We enjoyed a day at Key West which was just over an hours drive away, we soaked up some of the colourful evening entertainment and perused the unique individual shops.

We are so pleased we rented this condo, it has everything you could wish for, we can’t wait to go back again next year. It would be perfect for anyone from the UK who has not experienced the beauty of the Florida Keys, you will love it.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2008
  • Stayed: November 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love going to our condo in the Keys and are always happy to hear that our guests have enjoyed it and the surroundings.
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The property was exactly as advertised - beautiful and completely functional

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting the Keys for 15 years and because of Irma, we had to change our location - and found #113 - Happiness Is. The property was perfect - spacious, clean, very warm and inviting - we cannot say enough good things about it. The pool was crystal clear, clean, in great shape and refreshing. We have already contacted the owners about staying there again next year - and we're already looking forward to it! We'd recommend it to anyone, anytime.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

The condo was exactly as described. The location was perfect for traveling up and down the keys. The condo was clean and well equipped. Enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely vacation in Marathon at "Happiness Is"

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay at Happiness Is in Marathon. The condo was not a disappointment as it was clean, roomy and had lovely views of the gulf from the sliding glass doors, both downstairs and upstairs. It is centrally located in the Keys and only about one hour from Key West. We walked daily to Key Colony Beach and saw the sunsets at Sunset Park, only a short walk away. We spent afternoons lounging and reading by the well-maintained pool. There were a few restaurants still boarded up from hurricane Irma as well as the Winn Dixie, but we found plenty of places to eat and the Publix met our needs very well and was a short drive away.

Janet and Robert were very easy to work with and answered all our questions in a timely manner. All in all we had a very nice stay with no complaints. Thanks for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockledge,Fl. USA

Little slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, especially if you have a boat. You can launch nearby and keep it in the water. The dock area is within eyesight of the condo. Great fishing right at the dock, and just watching the parrot fish patrolling constantly was entertaining.The parking area under the condo was fantastic as well. The car was always shaded and cool when we needed to travel anywhere. The condo itself is very well stocked. From kitchen staples to outdoor activities, you're pretty much covered if you forget to bring something. Janet and Bob are easy to work with and in my opinion, will go out of their way to ensure your stay is everything you'd hoped it would be. I'm counting the days until we can return! Wish I was in the Keys...

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bill for the kind words. We love being at the condo ourselves and are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay. The condo is not just a "rental" for us. It is a home we love and since we can't be there full-time, we are glad to share it with others. We hope that all our guests will be as pleased as you were with your visit.
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Seven Mile Bridge
Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Nearest Ferry
53 Miles
Key Wesr
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Key Colony Beach Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Overseas Hwy (US 1)
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Cocoplum Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Sombrero Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
The Island Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Keys Fishery
Nearest Point of Interest
Cocoplum Beach
Car: necessary

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!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

*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 2017-00431

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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