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Property Details

Updated: Jan 23, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Carpe'Diem is located in the Heart of the Fl.Keys

Mile Marker 50.3 on the island of Marathon.

We have done our best to offer some of the most fantastic reduced rental fee deals in the Keys to our guests and we would like to thank all our old and new friends that have taken advantage of these offers. We hope to continue offering the best bang for your buck in dicount rental fees and look forward to welcoming even more new or old friends that suffer from the need to enjoy all the many beauties, relaxations, and warmth the Fl. Keys has to offer for all ages. As you can see we are already booking for the 2015 winter season and we have some wonderful weeks open plus once again they are calling for a early long cold winter so we hope to hear from you all soon if you are thinking of coming down to play by the sea in the sun. If you don't see a deal for the dates you are considering coming down on just give us a call and we will always work with your party to give you the best rates possible if we have your dates open. Please remember the really deep hurricane gamblers dicounts we offer starting in Sept and running to November 30. For the past few years everybody that has taken advantage of our special total weekly rate of $975 have been big winners! As always we have your keys to the Keys awaiting your arrival and thanks once again to all our many friends for your continued visits to our hide away in Marathon. Remember to always contact us or book your dates early as island time openings are here today and booked tomorrow! We hold you reservations for as little as $500.00 with your balance due upon arrival and we always keep the sun shinning and the drinks cold down here by the sea side!

For all who are thinking of visiting our island home let us tell you alittle about it.

We love to welcome our guests with our lovely island decore!

Our island hide away is a 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, ground level home

that features 50 foot of furnished dock which includes a six person

spa tub and gas grill. Our dock also has the convienance of a step down feature for

easy loading and unloading of your boat and is on a direct access

canal to the Great Atlantic.

We have Italian tile throughout the livingroom and kitchen areas with

carpeted bedrooms. Our bedrooms have a king bed in the master, queen

bed in one guest room and full bed in the other.

Our master bedroom has a beautiful screened in furnished lanai to

relax on over looking the canal and it's bath features a seated

shower encloser. The guest bath has both shower and tub which is

located off main living room area.

You will love our new kitchen which features side by side

refrigator,dishwasher,micro wave,electric stove with oven and a round

dining table. Enjoy setting the table either in the house or on the

dock with our beautiful island tableware even if you did just call

one of our many fine dining establishments for carry out. However, if

you do choose to cook it's all there for you to use.

We try to keep our prices at a rate that everyone can come and enjoy

the beauty that only the Fl. Keys can offer. We have chosen Marathon

for our home as it is located in the very center of the island chain

and allows you to visit all the islands from a central base.

There are so many ways to arrive on our islands so may we just

suggest a few:

You may want to fly into Ft. Myers and consider taking the four hour

cruise across the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on the Fast Cat which runs

out of Ft. Myers Beach to Key West. Everyone agrees this is a

wonderful way to arrive and the view is breath taking as you zip

along with the dolphins where the water meets the sky.

However you may also choose to fly into either Miami or Key West

where rental cars are available or if you choose not to do the

driving you may catch the Keys shuttle or coach service to our lovely

island hide away.

Once you are on our island chain, we now have our new public shuttle

service which allows you to island hop in both direction for as

little as $3.00 round trip. This allows you to relax and enjoy all

the islands of the fabulous Flordia Keys and Yes, we do still have

our local cab service that will take you and your guest anywhere on

our island of Marathon for the small fee of $5.00 a trip per car


The Flordia Keys are one of America's most beautiful gifts to all

mankind and a life style experiance we hope to share with all of you.

So take advantage our low prices and all the amenities the islands

now have to offer our visitors and guest! Don't just go down South to

visit, Go All The Way Down South and be our guest in the Fabulous Fl.


See Ya Soon!

Until than: Remember to Seize The Day were ever you may be. We accept person check, bank Check or PayPal and Cash. Please call for deposit information.

Thank you for your interest.

Carpe'Diem Vacation Rental

Owner / Agents - Connie & Captain Rick

PBR 2011-00081

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

Captain Rick and Connie you Owner/Host

Captain Rick one of your host arrived on our island in his 60 foot John Alden Schooner and a custom built Pan Head Harley Chooper over 35 years ago. Now a retired charter boat captain he will not only be your host but is presently with the USCG MWR here in Marathon hosting all branchs of active and retired military for their much earned RR on our island paradise. Over the years he has become one of those locals you read about who has watched the islands change and has all the knowledge and stories you may ever need concerning fishing,active charter boat captains,weather, hurricanes, diving, boating, attractions, having a great time and just plain relaxing on our island chain. A real live Captain Jack of the Keys!

Connie is a retired Professional Animal Handler that one day in the 70's was blown over the rainbow after a storm on her farm in Kansas and landed in the Fl Keys Ruby slippers and all! After buying her 1st home in the Keys she was only able to fly in and spend limited time in the Keys but in 1999 after Hurrican George damaged her home in the Keys she was forced to spend 6 months repairing it, she returned to Kansas however found the Keys disease was just to strong and retired returning to her island home for the turn of the century Dec 28, 1999. She is the one that brings that island charm and beauty to the interior decor and gardens of Carpe' Diem. It was Connie that decided our home had to be ground level making it assessable to all. She didn't want her guests warn out climbing steps before they even got in to relax. 2 steps get ya in the front or out the sliders onto the furnished patio/dock area. Wifi and Tv's everywhere. You see Connie when you look at our photo gallery.Her easy living decorater shows thru. Besides being your Host/Owner at Carpe'Diem she is also currently with Home Depot Corperation Special Services Marathon where she works as a customer problem solver/order specialist in her spare time.

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18 Reviews

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Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
+1 -305 7313739
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Charlotte, NC

Missing the keys already

  • 5 of 5
We are missing the keys after a wonderful week spent at Carpe' Diem.
Everything was great from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We picked this place because it was most affordable for us but Connie and Rick did not miss a beat if we had any questions or concerns throughout the entire transaction from my very first email until the day we left.
There was plenty of parking for any size trailer at the lot 2 doors down, the hot tub had just been cleaned before our arrival and was ready for us as soon as we got there. We cooked several meals in the full kitchen and used the grill quite often.
the canal behind the house leads directly out into the ocean where the sombrero key lighthouse and reef is only a short boat ride where you can enjoy great diving or snorkeling. key west was only about an hour away where we had a great day trip, but it was nice to come home to the peaceful atmosphere in marathon. We will definitely be coming back in the future one week was not near enough
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
+1 -305 7313739
Marathon Central Florida Keys
lake city florida usa

great deal

  • 5 of 5
my husband and two sons age 8 and 14 chose Marathon as our spring break destination. We were greeted by Connie who showed us around the house and gave us recommendations on where to eat and activities around the island. The house was spacious and comfortable. I was extremely pleased with the price we paid.
The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans and everything needed for cooking. we enjoyed most of our meals outside over looking the canal .We also enjoyed the hot tub. location was great not far from grocery stores and shopping. Sombrero Beach very close by and not a bad drive to Key West.
we hope to come back soon.
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We have had a great season this year with lots of returning guests that
we really enjoy. It is so much fun to meet people from al around the world as we are always there to meet each and everyone of our guests with a wounderful Big Keys Welcome. Living here year around as a host we feel it is our reponsabilty to tell our guests where the best of everything is to make thier visit one to remember. We just don't rent you a house, we like to feel we help your family and friends make lasting memories. So until we meet again we'll keep the sun shining and the drinks cold as we hold your parties keys to the Keys in reserve. Thanks to one and all & see ya once again soon!
Keeper of the Keys, Connie and Captain Rick Owners/Agents
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
+1 -305 7313739
Marathon Central Florida Keys

Missing Carpe' Diem in the Great White North

Missing Carpe' Diem in the Great White North
  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful time we had in the Fabulous Forida Keys. In no small part as a result of our stay at Carpe' Diem. Great location. Private yet close to everything. Although we needed no assistance during our stay we always knew help would only be minutes away from our hosts,Capt'Rick and Connie.
Great deep water canal at the dock provided direct access to the Atlantic via Vaca's Cut. All shopping and dining and entertainment within 10 minutes. Perfect location for couples,families or friends
I'll be back.
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Pilgram we are so glad you all enjoyed your stay with us in the Fabulous Fl. Keys and thank you for letting future guests know just what to expect when they visit us at Carpe'Diem. We would really like to give you all a great BIG thank you for the way you all took such wonderful care of our home during your visit and a gold star for the way you left it so nice upon your departure. Service for our guests has always been our first priority and as they like to say location, location, location. Everything you might need or want if not on hand is just minutes away. Keep eating well, boating safe and dancing to the music. We look forward to your next visit and until than we'll keep the sun out, the beer cold and the spa on!

Your keeper of the keys to the Keys,
Connie and Captain Rick @ Carpe' Diem Marathon, Fl. Keys
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
+1 -305 7313739
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Birmingham AL

Carpe Diem review

  • 4 of 5
Spending Christmas in the Keys with good friends has to be one of the best ways to relax and enjoy the Christmas season. Connie and Rick had a lighted Christmas tree in the lanai and some outdoor decorations which was much appreciated. This is a spacious, well-appointed home with lots of towels and ample dishes, glasses and cutlery. This is a great location with lots to do but if you just want to relax at home the patio provides two sitting areas as well as the hot tub. We had to call Connie and Rick on Christmas Day about a hot tub concern and Rick was right there to address the issue. Now that is great service! My only suggestion to Connie and Rick to increase your renter's comfort would be to replace the queen mattress in the 2nd bedroom and give the unit a good dusting and vacuuming. Beware the "no seeums" which appeared at dusk and were quite bothersome. Bring bug repellant.
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
+1 -305 7313739
Marathon Central Florida Keys
Marietta, GA

You can't beat a bit of Carpe Diem!

You can't beat a bit of Carpe Diem!
  • 5 of 5
Arrived late evening to an open door and a bubbling hot-tub! The perfect place to hang...and great driving distance to all the main Keys attractions! Here's how you do a convertible for a week, start your day (after a great night's sleep in comfy beds) with a little breakfast on the dock looking for manatee's (sadly, none showed up on our visit!). Greet the giant iguana's who roam around and will scare you when they are on the roof in the bathroom...but are surrounded by semi-tropic with it!
Jump in the car (delighting in the fact you have just slapped on factor 30...and it's December!), top down (ideal for two...our third was in the back and reported it was a tad windy back there - especially on the bridges! At one stage she reported she could not feel her face...we yelled "suck it up, Dorothy" from the front...because if you are not top down in a convertible in the Key's in December, then you don't deserve to be in the Keys in December!
However, make visits to the Turtle Hospital, Key West and dander Duval (better when there is no cruise ship in port - check for that or you will share the experience with 4,000 other folk!). Eat at Sloppy Joes, there and the usual guide book distractions. In Marathon, hit the The Stuffed Pig for breakfast (bring cash - nearest Wells Fargo is Key West!), Porky's for the oldest "never gonna succumb to a hurricane" bar, and if you want to club it up with the locals until "the ugly lights" come up, hang at The Brass Monkey (we did not brave the latter - our English / American NASCAR lovin' mate was too scared...)
Hit happy hour at Sparky's Landing for best shrimp and wing and beer deal on the water and the Island Tiki Bar and Cabana Breezes for a view and a good happy hour menu...and have a designated driver. Try Key Lime Pie everywhere you go and rate it...we found the best (that we liked) at Island Grill, Islamorada, but Fish Tales in Marathon did a decent job too...
Soak up a bit of coral reef at John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park and see the mining history at Windley Key Fossil Reef (closed Tue and Wed) and see history across the street at Crane Point. Have a few hot tubs, blend a few drinks in the fully equipped drinking kitchen (seriously...the Captain and Connie have you hooked up here!- there's a bar called Herbies just a stroll down the street...our bar was better (but Herbies is good too - but a walk) and you have the perfect getaway! Best value in the Keys!
  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
+1 -305 7313739
Marathon Central Florida Keys

Hurricane or not....

  • 4 of 5
Despite Hurricane Sandy we had a wonderful stay in the Keys. The rental was exactly what we needed. Captain Rick was great in allowing us to stay from a Wed to a Wed and was very hospitable. He loaned us dock lines when we did not have enough and checked to make sure we were comfortable. We definitely enjoyed our stay, hurricane or not!
  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children


From the Owner

Connie and Captain Rick are locals that live in Marathon Year Around! If a question should arise they can get you an answer pronto and the same goes for any problems that may occur.They are all about making your island visit to their home one to remember from begining to end. They have taken the time to ensure the home is just as advertised and that the rates are affordable. Special treatment is given to one and all from the moment you call to inquire. Their home is always ready on time and they are waiting to meet and greet you upon arrival with your keys to the Keys.They pride themselves in working with guests to see that all is just as requested. If you have rented a boat to be dlivered to the dock Rick will ensure that it is of high quality and safely tied to the dock. They have ample safe parking for trailors and will assist you in getting it in position.They have even been known to arrange a minister for a beach wedding upon request & for a small fee they will even go as far as having snacks and cold beverages awaiting your arrival. Their home has direct Atlantic Ocean access no wondering around to get out on the water. It is at MM 50.5 truly in the middle of the island chain. The beach, shopping,bus service and island resturants and bars of all kinds are just minutes away. They have taken great care in selecting this property to ensure convenience and relaxtion for guests of all ages. The guests that come to Carpe' Diem are Connie and Captain Rick's #1 priority. They don't want you to just come once they want you to want to return as so many have over the past 14 years.They specalize in making fantastic memories for your family and friends by extending a helping hand in every way at any time requested by thier guests. The specials rates are unbeatable and they will work with you and making your island dream stay a reality. It only takes a phone call and as little as a $500 deposit and you will be on your way to seize the day at Carpe' Diem Marathon.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Miami,Key West or Marathon at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Lulu's or Brass Monkey at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Key West Express at 50 Miles Nearest Golf : Sombero at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Miami at 75 Miles Nearest Motorway : HWY 1 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sunset Grill at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Jet Ski at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Sombero at 2 Miles Car: recommended



Flats and deep sea fishing

Diving & snorkeling

Bike paths

Parks of all kinds


Close to beachs


Para sailing

Jet ski


Island hopping


Dolpin encounters

Fine dining

Close to tiki with pool,lunch or dinner & cocktails


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Updated: Jan 23, 2015

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • cleaning Fee $0
  • Boat dockage fee $0
  • Trailer storage $0

We require a $500.00 deposit to secure your reservations. Payments accepted are Bank Check, Personal Check,PayPal and Cash. We do add a $25.00 handling fee for each $500 when using PayPal Credit Card As Payment. The balance of your total rental fee is than due upon arrival. No Credit Cards accepted upon arrival. Payments toward balance fees accepted & deducted thru out the year if you choose.

Special Bonus Rates listed throughout the year!
Dec thru March ....$1675.00
winter season!!
April thru Aug.....$1575.00 Weekly
Sept thru Nov......Watch for Gambler Deals
Holidays and Fantasy Fest may very in price.
Weekly booking are Sat. to Sat.
Mini Lobster Dive Week $1,675.00 6 guests
Lobster Seanson Opening Week Aug. $1,675.00
Call or check our site availabilty calender for specials


From the Owner

Location,Location, and Location! Sun, Sun, Sun! Food, Food, Food! FUN,FUN,FUN! Location-This is the prefect locations to hang your sun hat in on our island chain! In the middle of eveything. You can either take the car or catch the shuttle bus and travel up or down the island chain. For as little as $2.50 try the shuttle and get off on the different island communities or go all the way and do the Duval Crawl in Key West. Don't come to see part of it come to see all of it from Key Largo to Key West and everything in between. We are close to the beachs, shopping, restaurants,water activies, dancing and about everything you can imagine on the island of Marathon which by the way is only 6 miles wide and 10 miles long. Sun as you know just keeps on shining down here when it's 40 below and there a shoveling snow up North and we like it! Island breezes sway the palms at about 78 degrees down our way in the winter but once in a while we may have a cold snap of about 60 in the dead of winter.Enjoy the end of each beautiful day with a majestic sun set over our emerald seas. FANTASTIC! Food - Some of the best Chef's in the world are right here in the Keys. Choose for a 5 star restaurant of a Mom and Pop joint for some of the best fresh seafood you can eat. Maybe you just want to catch or buy your own and grill a quiet dinner on our patio deck, which ever the fresh produce and seafood will tantilize the taste buds and don't forget the Key Lime Pie! FUN,FUN,FUN - You have just stepped into the twilight zone of FUN. Spend a day on the water on one of our party boats, take out a jet ski, spend the day like a beach bum up and down the island chain, snorkle or dive the reef, have a dolphin encounter, theater, take a biplane or helicaptor ride. parasail, water ski,and always plan to catch a sunset at the Sunset Grill, dance til dawn! The list goes on - like the saying goes,'If you want to try it the Keys have got it!' and at Carpe'Diem we know where it's at!

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Waterfront


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Central air & Heat Washer & dryer Furnished dock Step down dock Swim ladder Out door shower Ground level, No high steps Full dock lighting Spa Fully loaded kitchen Lovely neighborhood Close to shoping Close to beach Airport Bus service Auto night lighting Boat rental delivery Beautiful island decor throughout Fantastic dining close Screened furnished lanai room Direct access canal Central location in island chain Free WiFi

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