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Location, Location, Location On Water! Walk To Sombrero Beach ~ Only 450 Steps!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home On An Oceanside Canal With 24' Dock Space.

Welcome to Betty’s Place on Treasure Cove, where peace and tranquility are the order of the day. Conveniently located off U.S. Hwy 1, with local grocery, pharmacy and discount department stores only 2 miles up the road, and within walking distance (2 blocks/450 steps) of Sombrero Beach, Betty’s Place is the perfect location for retirees who wish to take a break from the cold winter months.

Located on a canal with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, Betty’s Place has a comfortable and cozy atmosphere and easy layout. This updated 3-bedroom, 2-bath, single story home sleeps 6 and has sliding glass doors that open out onto a back deck where the sights and sounds of everyday life disappear and all you hear are the sounds of nature.

The master bedroom has a king bed and separate bath with an over-sized shower that includes a bench seat. The two guestrooms have queen beds and one has a desk for workspace needs. The house also comes with a queen-sized pillow-top air mattress. A second bath (with tub/shower combo) is shared between the two guestrooms.

The kitchen is fully equipped with an oven & stove-top, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender, as well as silverwear & cooking utensils, dishes, pots and pans. A small table for 2 sits off the kitchen and there is a table in the dining room that seats 6. A separate laundry room with a full size washer and dryer is located off the kitchen.

The house also comes with satellite TV, Hi-Speed Internet and WiFi, a Blu-Ray Disc player and a CD/Cassette player. Books, DVD's, puzzles and games are also available.

Enjoy sitting on the back deck in the afternoon, sipping a nice glass of iced tea or wine, hearing the fish jump and seeing the many species of birds and other wildlife that live here. There is also up to 24' of dock space available, along with a ladder and steps that lead to the canal.

NEW THIS YEAR! We now have a fish cleaning station located near the canal on the back left side of the house. Easy hookup to water using the hose and bowls, buckets and a knife to help you clean your catch.

Sombrero Beach, only 450 steps away (yes, we counted!), offers a volleyball court, pier, white sand beach, swimming and snorkeling, grills, playground and shade gazebos. A great place to spend your day or to take in a beautiful sunrise.

The house comes with parking for 3 cars and one boat trailer.

Key West is a 1 hour drive, Islamorada is a 45 minute drive, and Miami Airport is approximately a 2 1/4 hour drive.

*Discount provided for rentals of 3 weeks or more. Inquire with owner for details.

More Details

Suzanne & Hank Lander
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Suzanne & Hank Lander

I inherited this home in July of 2007 after my mother passed away. My husband and I live outside of Orlando and aren't quite ready yet for retirement. My mom loved living here and thought it was paradise and we knew she would enjoy us sharing that with others. For more on my mom, whom the house is named after, read below.

Suzanne & Hank Lander purchased this house in 2007

Why Suzanne & Hank Lander chose Marathon Area

Betty's Place is named in honor of my mom, Elizabeth 'Betty' Vail, who lived here for over 20 years. A woman born before her time (she was born in 1918), she is listed in the Who's Who of American Women for being the first woman to manage a regional airport in the U.S. and she received many awards and accolades over the years for her work with the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, the Marathon Airport, and the Marathon Economic Development Council, to name a few. She was also very involved with local politics and served for 8 years as treasurer for one of Monroe County's Commissioners. Out of all the awards Betty received throughout her life, there were two that meant more to her than anything. She was made an 'Honorary Conch' by Wilhelmina Harvey, the first woman mayor of the Florida Keys; and she was also made an 'Honorary Mayor' of Marathon by Mayor John Bartus in 2006.

Betty loved the 'Fabulous Florida Keys', as she referred to them, and she was very involved with the Heart of the Keys Tourism Association, serving as co-chair of the Public Relations committee.

Betty enjoyed sitting on her back deck with her daughter and granddaughter, enjoying the peace and tranquility the Keys has to offer and she would be happy to know that others are getting to enjoy this little piece of paradise.

What makes this house unique

Location is what sets this house apart. Situated on the inside end of a canal, this house is only 2 blocks (450 steps - yes we counted!) to the beach and only 2 miles to local shopping and dining (also walkable!) A back deck provides peace and tranquility while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature (hear and see fish jumping, watch pelicans dive for fish, see Manatees and more). The house has over-sized sliding glass doors that lead from the living room to the back deck, providing beautiful views to the canal.


Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Oversized shower with bench seat.
    Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms have recently been fully updated and each contains a linen closet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Room 1 - 1 queen
    Guest Room 2 - 1 queen
  • Three bedrooms that sleep 6. Master bedroom has satellite TV and private bath. Guest Room 2 has a desk for workplace needs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Location, Location, Location On Water! Walk To Sombrero Beach ~ Only 450 Steps!
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for our family with 2 teenagers. We did some fishing in the backyard, we also rented kayaks that we put in the canal at the back of the house. Will definitely come back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, VA

2nd trip to Betty's Place even better than the first

  • 5 of 5

On our first visit in 2015 it was just 3 guys fishing, this time we brought our wives and we all had a great time. The addition of the queen bed in the third bedroom made it possible. The new fish cleaning table was also much appreciated. We had no trouble tying up a 24' boat rented from Coco's. This place is a great location, easy access to fishing, kayaking, or Sombrero Beach. The house has everything you need, even manatees in the canal. We hope to be back again soon. We did drive to Key West one afternoon to watch sunset on Mallory Square, only because the wind was too high for boating.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dated but very clean

  • 5 of 5

At first glance we were a bit reluctant with this place. But as we looked around, it kept coming up. I am a germ-a-phob, so dated appearances some times scare me. Not only was this house clean, but it was perfect for our 2 adult children, my husband and myself. The only complaint I would have is one of the chairs in the living space is very worn and tired, so none of us would sit in it, but there was plenty of other space. Also one of the queen size mattresses was in the same condition. This unfortunately, we could not avoid. The beach is a very short distant away, and being on the water was great. The people are a pleasure to work with. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Springfield MO

Great Area

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location to enjoy nature and the serenity of the area! Very comfortable and accommodating! We will be back 😊

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and found our home to be comfortable. We look forward to your return in 2019!
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Great Home!!!

  • 4 of 5

Betty's Place was a perfect spot for our family. Great, relaxing waterfront for coffee in the morning and wine in the evening : ) and a quick walk to the beach. Beds were comfortable and plenty of other accommodations (towels, dishes, etc). Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great weather, great location

  • 5 of 5

The weather was gorgeous and tropical. It never dropped below 78 F at night. The a/c in the house was very nice. The location of the house, just a couple blocks from Sombrero Beach, was great for us. You could put a stand up paddle board (SUP) in at the canal at the back of the house, and especially if the wind was blowing the correct direction, which it often was, once out of the canal you could surf over to Sombrero Beach by SUP in about 15 minutes, then go on to explore the mangrove mazes of Whiskey Creek on Boot Key. The owner was helpful and quick to respond to any questions!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your stay and appreciate you letting others know how easy it is to navigate the canal on a paddle board. Many guests have also kayaked up the canal and over to Boot Key to see the beauty and wildlife of the Keys. Winter in the Keys is beautiful and temps usually stay in the 70's - a great place to get away from the cold winters!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
The Hurricane
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Key Colony Beach Golf (9-hole)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
U.S. Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Plaza Grill
Nearest Beach
Sombrero Beach
Car: recommended

Located in Marathon, just 2 miles off U.S. Highway 1 and only 2 blocks/450 steps to Sombrero Beach, where you can enjoy snorkeling, fishing or just relaxing on the beach or on a float in the water. Centrally located near shopping, dining and attractions (within 2 miles), including Publix Supermarket, Walgreens and K-Mart. Bahia Honda State Park is approximately 15 miles away and Key West is a one hour drive. Local attractions include Crane Point Museum & Nature Center (2 miles), Aquarium Encounters (4 miles) and The Turtle Hospital (2.5 miles), all located in Marathon. And don't miss the Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key (9 miles north of Marathon). Kayak and bike rentals available within a 2 mile drive (delivery and pick-up offered on Kayak rentals).


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate - Spring/Summer
Apr 15 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Lobster & Mini Season
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate - Fall
Aug 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate - Spring/Summer
Apr 14 2018 - Jul 20 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mini Lobster Season
Jul 21 2018 - Jul 27 2018
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate - Fall
Jul 28 2018 - Nov 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Holiday 1
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Nov 24 2018 - Dec 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
Holiday 2
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 4 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

City of Marathon Vacation Rental License #PLR2014-00286
State of Florida Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation - Hotels & Restaurants Division License #DWE5403718

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