House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys
About Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys
Captain Rick and Connie your 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.
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys purchased this House in 2000
Why Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys chose Marathon
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.
What makes this House unique
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!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Property Not Clean Inside
Lizard poop in the refrigerator, silverware drawer, and everywhere. Hair in the refrigerator also. Bathroom was dirty. Contacted homeowner and she came and cleaned again but still dirty. I spent about 4 hours cleaning myself before settling in. Very disappointed in having to clean since cost includes cleaning. Otherwise, nice property.
The location is a nice, central location fairly close to Key West, nice beaches and water sports. Connie was very nice upon arrival, with a quick tour of the property and cold Corona in the fridge. Rick was quick to respond when we needed something (i.e. turning up the heat on the hot tub). The only downside was the cleanliness of the property. While the living room and bedrooms were clean, it seems the master bathroom, kitchen floor and microwave had been overlooked. I also think it's only fair to disclose in the description that the owners live on site. While that wasn't an issue, as they mostly kept to themselves and you'd never guess anyone was living next door, it still should be listed in the property description (if it is, I overlooked it). For paying almost $2000 for the week I expected a little more but, all in all, we had a great time on our vacation and the hot tub was a definite plus!
Ron and Connie could not have been any better hosts. Appreciate the hospitality and location! Thanks guys for a great stay.
Thanks all, Your family were some great guests. Just love it whenever everybody from Grandparents to Grandkids have a wonderful time. Hope to you see you all back down in the future.
Connie @ Carpe’Diem Marathon Fl Keys
Hospitality and close to everything
We use VRBO often for vacations. I can honestly say we have never had such a warm welcome to our rental. There is not anything that you could possibly need for a week vacation that is not available in the home. Our parents were renting another (more expensive) home in the area and were frustrated by the lack of supplies and cookware. We did not experience that at all. We were delighted that any cocktail we could think of making had the appropriate glassware to accommodate it! The area outside of the canal is perfect for paddle boarding. The dock is exceptional with an inviting lush entertaining area, and a very user friendly step down to the water and a hot tub area for relaxing any sore or tight muscles. The location is close to grocery stores and restaurants. It is also close to Sombrero Beach and Crane Point Nature Preserve a hidden gem we discovered for hiking in the Keys. Both are a perfectly delightful (rental) bike ride away. The home is Keys quaint with the very normal bathroom quirks that most rentals have. The master bathroom shower takes a little getting used to due to the 2 shower heads but everything was tidy and clean so it was not a bother at all. Thank you for sharing your home Connie and Captain Rick!
This family were the dream spring break guests. They brought their K9 buddy and 3 teen age girls down all the way from Wisconsin towing a trailer full of Paddle Boards and boy were they good on them. I just loved watching them take off down the canal in the mornings off on their adventure. I have thought about renting one at a place just down from us maybe a half block but just know at my age I couldn’t match their skill or beauty so maybe I better stick with a rental kayak! Sure looked like fun though gliding over the water and they got rave reviews from our neighbors who really miss seeing them paddle by now that you’ve gone home. Thank you so much for sharing your break with us and a real Big Thanks for the pristine condition you left our home in upon your departure. While it is true our guests are always shocked we take our time to really be there in person to greet you when you arrive and it’s not just a key hanging on the door but like I have always said “It is our primary goal to offer each and every guest way more than expected for the price, we are in the business of making wonderful memories for your family to always look back on.” We are local, we are your next door neighbors and we are your hosts while your here! Thank you all again for coming down to our island home and for seizing the day on your Marathon trip to Carpe’Diem.
Glad you enjoyed the bar area too kids so until we meet again we will keep the sun shining, the palm trees swaying and the drinks flowing cold! Your always welcome back anytime , you too Tuco. Your hosts,Connie & Captain Rick
All the comforts of home in the heart of the Keys
We had a most wonderful stay and all the basics + more was provided for. Rick and Connie were more than accommodating for our non-standard arrival and departure times due to late/early flights out of Miami. The Keys are so beautiful and there is much to see and this home is so central to everything so minimal time in traffic! Added bonus of key lime pie and beer in the fridge upon arrival makes the journey there complete:)
All was as described and clean and we would certainly consider coming again. The hot tub was an added nice touch on cooler nights or to just take the kinks out of an otherwise active day.
Thank you so much for coming all the way from Canada to our island get away and the wonderful care you took of our home during your stay. We knew you all were in the air on a marathon just to get here so we wanted to be sure that you had your first beer on us and what else would be waiting but some key lime pie. We always like to show our appreciation to our guests for choosing Carpe’Diem And you guys won the long haul Keylime Pie award this season. Thank you and we do hope you make it back to island time in the future when the snow flys. Until than just let us know when and we’ll keep the door open ,all the lights on, beer cold and the sun shining friends.
Rick and Connie
Couldn't have been better
My husband's work schedule doesn't allow for much free time to travel. So when we do I want it to be a thoroughly enjoyable vacation for him. Carle Diem offered exactly that.
Lodging comfortable, well furnished, convenient. Outdoor dining and hot tub on canal an extra treat. We would love to make a return visit!!!!
Flats and deep sea fishing
Diving & snorkeling
Parks of all kinds
Close to beachs
Close to tiki with pool,lunch or dinner & cocktails