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Spectacular Panoramic Ocean View Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 28 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment, right on the beach with large ocean view balcony.

Sunrise over the ocean, sunset behind the coconut trees, stars reflecting in the water like diamonds; this is what frames your daily life over here at Ray's Place. Here, you are reminded of how beautiful the world is.

Once in your vacation home, let yourself be charmed by the gentle sound of the slow rolling waves on the beach, grab your binoculars when spotting a pod of dolphins passing by, or stay up to enjoy the moon rise over the ocean.

It is our pleasure to welcome you here to our little slice of paradise. We offer a clean and functional apartment with a breath-taking view over the Atlantic ocean. There are two other apartments in the same building. One vacation rental to the West side of the unit and the owners occupy the first floor. In addition to all the attractions you have planned to visit there is plenty to do right here on property: you are welcome to enjoy a barbecue cookout at the Tiki, a leisurely swim in the warm waters right in front of the house, or a kayak excursion.(kayaks available to owners and vacationers only). The beach is your backyard... snorkel gear comes in handy, so do water shoes and a fishing license.

For your convenience we have buoys right off shore of the property for your boat.

We also have a coin operated laundry room on property.

Across the street is the beginning of a very nicely renovated section of the Florida Keys Heritage Trail that leads you all the way to the town of Marathon. We particularly like to 'go for a walk' there early in the morning when a variety of birds are out and about. These include cardinals, mangrove cuckoos, white-crowned pigeons and yellow throat warblers.

Bird watchers need not go any further than the balcony to share the sky with birds. A loft in the heavens is really what this balcony should be called.

...back on earth, it's time to eat and we do not feel like cooking or getting in the car to find a restaurant, not a problem, the Grassy Key Outpost restaurant is next door offering a nice selection of dishes, it is also a convenience store (closed on Mondays)

In our neighborhood, Tursi, Gambit and friends are waiting to put on a show for you at the Dolphin Research Center. Home to Flipper in the 60's, DRC is located 1/4 of a mile from the property.

One mile South of us is Curry Hammock State Park where you actually do not need a park entrance ticket to stroll the hammock, just ask a local.

Three miles out to sea is marker 45, a nice place to fish mangrove and yellowtail snappers, and a few more miles South is Coffin's Patch Reef, a delightful protected area to dive or snorkel. Both locations are a few minutes away by boat from the property.

These are merely suggestions in addition to all the wonderful things that are yours to discover throughout the Florida Keys. We are so proud of our Grassy Key Island that we had to boast about it!

Amenities At A Glance:

-Free use of kayaks



- Beach towels

- Beach chairs

-Washer and dryer on property at no additional charge. Laundry soap provided as well.

-Conveniently located in the middle of the Keys at mile marker 58. Ideal for day trips from Marathon to Key West, Key Largo and Islamorada.

- Buoys right off property in the Atlantic for small boats, jets skis and kayaks.*

-Boat ramp for small boats, jet skis and kayaks. Accessible only at high tide. *

-Boat trailer parking. *

*We only accept boats that are 17 ft or smaller.

If this unit is unavailable for certain dates that you are interested in please check out its sister unit which is designed exactly like this unit and is right next door:

Please let us know if you would like to reserve by check.

More Details

Property Manager
Heather Herd
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017


Marathon Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Bathroom has tub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Direct access to the Florida Keys Heritage Bike Trail right across the street.


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Spectacular Panoramic Ocean View Apartment
average rating of 4.887097 based on 62 reviews

Welcoming, kind, and perfectly charming

  • 5 of 5

The Herd family went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Isabelle gave us a tour of their property and the apartment, offered suggestions for local attractions and restaurants, and made us feel very at home. Hurricane Irma cut our trip short, but we enjoyed every minute we were there. (Hopefully they weathered the storm well.) We hope to go back as soon as we can!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway place, quiet and serene...

  • 5 of 5

From the photos you cannot tell the real beauty of this quiet place. If you want peacefulness this is the place to be. The owners Heather and Isabel go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and warm. From the "thank you basket" to the extra amenities that are there there is no other place like this. The Tiki hut is a place to sit relax and sip a cool drink or coffee and watch either Sun or Moon rise over the Atlantic. The peacefulness of the balcony no matter what time of day is perfect for any thing your heart desires. You actually feel like you are on a Cruise Ship in your own private stateroom looking out over the rail at the Ocean.

The furnishings of the Condo are perfect, the bed is better than you would and could find in an expensive Hotel/Motel. The refrigerator is stocked with condiments and there are other condiments in the apartment. If you need anything at all the owner is right downstairs and is more than happy to get ti for you. If you wish to grill there is one available also.

Don't miss going to Sombrero Beach it's the best around and then have dinner at "Lazy Day's Restaurant" 11 miles south just before the 7 mile Bridge on the left, look carefully for the sign it's easy to miss. Their food and portions are fantastic friendly atmosphere there also, eat outdoors and enjoy the water views and the boats.

All in all this was one of the BEST mini vacations ever. We will be going back again.....

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nederland, Texas

Stunning views, perfect get away!

  • 5 of 5

The Herds have thought of everything in this quaint, super-clean, and comfortable apt. The views are mesmerizing! We had so much fun during our week here. We saw many horseshoe crabs, barracuda, ballyhoo, snapper, and even a small nurse shark in the water at the property. Also, osprey, gulls, pelicans and other birds, along with some little iguanas! This locatiom is close enough to visit Key West for the day, but never wanted to return because this place is just spectacular. The perfect place to de-stress. The Herds are so helpful, but also give you privacy. We hardly noticed they were here! If we are able to return in the future, we will most definitely choose Ray's Place again!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kerry & Pam for your kind words. It is so rewarding to hear that you consider our place the perfect spot to de-stress. We make it our goal to offer our guests a relaxing stay, abundant wildlife being a bonus. We look forward to welcoming you on your future visits to the Keys. Best regards, Isabelle, Bill & Family
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Asheville NC

Wonderful stay! Perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here because we wanted to be half way between Fort Lauderdale and Key West. Little did we know we absolutely loved Marathon. This place is perfect! Beautiful sunsets! Clean apartment! Great hostess! I promise you won't be disappointed!! Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning sunrise and sunsets, great location, relaxing stay/Wedding and Birthday celebration!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay. We truly look forward to our time spent here which allows us to recharge after our busy lives! We can never get enough of our views with the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Our apartment is super comfortable and clean and of course there is that view!!! Staying in Grassy Keys Marathon is a perfect location for taking day trips to Key West, Key Largo and even the Everglades if you want! We had a fun time using the kayaks the Herds provided for us as well as bikes! We look forward to returning next year. Until.......

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very laid back vacation

  • 5 of 5

The place is exactly as advertised with a beautiful view and old Florida decor. Heather and family are lovely. Plenty to do on Grassy Key; highly recommend dolphin research center and turtle hospital. Had a great day in Key West.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Marathon Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Island Tiki Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Key Colony Beach
Nearest Motorway
US1 - Overseas Highway
Nearest Restaurant
Grassy Key Outpost (Next door)
Nearest Beach
On Property
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.5%

A rental agreement made through VRBO must be signed upon making your reservation. Please call us at 305-879-5524 if you would like to discuss any questions you might have.

Manager'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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