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Feeling Closer To Heaven Starts Here

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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. 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

-Barbecue

-WiFi

- 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 certain dates that you are interested in are unavailable please view our sister apartment (right next to this unit) VRBO Listing #646192.

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 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

Amenities

Marathon Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • 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
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Luxurious king bed
  • King bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews
5

Breath-taking ocean views!

  • 5 of 5

This homey, comfortable pad was JUST what we were hoping for as our first time visiting the Keys. Absolutely gorgeous cruise like views off the balcony and perfect little kitchen to prepare nightly home cooked meals. Sunset cocktails on the deck while the grill was preheating was a must! You also have an amazing view of the sunrise in the shower! The home owners are courteous and very respectful. It very much felt like we were staying in a good friends house. We will be back - hopefully can stay longer next trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Can’t get much closer to Heaven than this!

  • 5 of 5

You will NOT regret staying here! Isabelle & Bill are the most gracious hosts and will make you feel completely welcomed! We were concerned when we heard about hurricane Irma last fall, but they have survived with great spirit and flying colors! It was the most beautiful, peaceful and relaxing week that we have ever spent anywhere! Exactly what we needed to renew and refresh! We have already made our reservations to return next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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5

Can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked 3 days at Closer to Heaven at the last minute, and already we're trying to pick a week that we can come back next year. The apartment was clean, comfortable, and immediately felt like "home." The kitchen was equipped with basic pots and pans, and we cooked most of our meals. There wasn't a need to go anywhere else. When the tide was low, we walked on the beach; and when it was high, we went out in the kayaks. We watched the sunrise every morning and caught a full moon rise one evening. We were able to just relax and enjoy being in the moment.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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5

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful setting just a few feet from the Atlantic. A nice quiet spot in the Florida Keys. Isabelle and Bill were wonderful hosts. We look forward to returning again.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Oh the sunrises!

  • 5 of 5

Isabelle and her family have created a peaceful place for anyone wishing to just slow down and enjoy. They are recovering from Hurricane Irma which devastated this part of the Keys. You would not know it here! The apartment has exactly what is needed for cooking and relaxing. The decor is simple and comfortable. Kayaks and bikes are ready for use. It was windy during our stay so we didn't kayak, the only activity we "missed". Close to incredible beaches and don't miss Captains 3 Fish Market and La Niña Cuban Resturant.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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5

Clean, private feeling even though it’s an apartment. Had everything we needed .

  • 5 of 5

Owners are on site and very hospitable. I felt like we had a true Florida Keys experience, you can’t get any closer to the water. We made use of the kayaks everyday. It is not a luxurious place but a good value for the money. Highly recommend. Natalie and Ron

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Marathon Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
JJ's Doghouse
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Key Colony Beach
Nearest Motorway
US1
Nearest Restaurant
Grassy Key Outpost (Next door)
Nearest Beach
On Property
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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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