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Rent Your Own Private Island with boat...Seabird Key, Marathon, Florida USA

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8

Seabird Key is a private 10 acre tropical island hideaway located one-half mile offshore Marathon in the heart of the Florida Keys. As our guest, you have the entire Island to yourself, including an exquisite hardwood beach house (the only house on the Island) and a 19' Boston Whaler for your personal use. The runabout is used to visit the mainland, go fishing, snorkel on beautiful coral reefs, or enjoy a serene sunset cruise. The home is fully equipped, sleeps eight persons and is furnished with nautical antiques and Caribbean accents. Special features include multi-level porches, decks and a 35' widow's walk which affords 360-degree ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the bird sanctuary at sunset.

A palm shaded, white sandy beach with hammocks provides an unbelievably beautiful setting for private sunbathing, exploring jungle trails, and enjoying the ocean breezes and relaxing tranquility. Our manager, who lives on the mainland, is a phone call away 24/7 to assist you.

More Details

Deborah Davidson
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018

About Deborah Davidson

My husband & I currently live in Miami where Jim works in the financial industry and I work with Seabird Enterprises, Inc. in the marketing/reservations/accounting areas. We have 2 college age kids and an older daughter + family. I play the piano for fun and accompany a couple of local groups. Jim and I both stay busy with work, but also find time to volunteer in our local school, church, opera and community homeless assistance center. Jim and I were both working in New York City when we purchased the Island. We share a passion for creative projects. Jim worked long hours on Wall Street, but co-owned a Southern Style restaurant as a hobby. The fun for him was in designing and building the restaurant. When that was sold, he purchased the Island and our new adventure began.

Deborah Davidson purchased this house in 1983

Why Deborah Davidson chose Marathon

It was my husband's childhood dream to own an island.We lived in NYC and came down to the Keys for a quick vacation and fell in love with the Florida Keys. The weather, the gorgeous water, the coral reefs, the fabulous fishing and the 'laid-back' feeling of the area captured our hearts and provided the perfect get away from New York's fast pace. While visiting the Keys, Jim saw an ad that read 'Island for Sale.' The Island posted for sale was fabulous with white sandy beaches, but it was a risky purchase because it could literally get blown away in a hurricane. We returned to NY with a seed planted in Jim's mind. Months later we got a call from a broker who said an island was for sale that might meet our needs. Located on the bay side and made of solid coral with good water access, it didn't matter that the island looked pretty rough. Jim realized that a thorough clean-up and some heavy duty palm tree planting could transform the Island into the paradise we feel it was meant to be. 26 years later, we're all enjoying Jim's vision.

What makes this house unique

There are so many unique settings on the Island with beautiful vistas whether you're on the beach, on the dock, or reading in the gardens, there are Adirondack chairs in abundance along with a good supply of sturdy hammocks. Seabird Key has been described by our guests, friends & clients as a place where they come to refresh and restore. The beauty of the Island is only a part of what makes Seabird Key a special place. Being at one with the environment and nature has true healing effects. The many species of birds that come to roost every night on the Island are fascinating to observe. The 35' widows walk offers an opportunity for not only 360 degree views of the Florida Bay, but you are literally towering above the birds' nests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After 14 months in the Iraqi desert, Seabird Key was the paradise that we needed. What an amazing job you all have done to ensure that we wanted for nothing. We loved the wildlife and the kayaking. Even though the Keys were brushed by hurricane Fay during our visit, it was handled beautifully and everything was perfect. We look forward to visiting next year. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Aug 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Marathon in Monroe County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • The boat cannot be driven after dark except to go to and from the mainland. Night fishing on the boat is not allowed.
  • Adhere to the "no wake" zone in the canal coming to and from the mainland.
  • Look carefully at the navigation charts and do not take the boat in shallow water where the prop on the boat could be damaged.
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower
  • Seabird celebrates the outdoor shower! If you're on your own private island, why not? Yes, there is an indoor shower for those who cling to their established habits, however...if you have a bit of a free spirit, enjoy the pleasure of showering with a banana leaf towering overhead. If you think you've lived before, just wait until a great white heron flies over while you're showering. The experience is unforgettable. Seabird's 3 bathrooms are basic, but are not lacking in comfort or refinement.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed
    Second - 1 Double Bed
    Loft - 4 Single Bed , Loft has 4 bunk beds + 1 full size futon
  • The bedrooms (like the entire house) are constructed of hardwoods and designed with dramatic high ceilings. The architecturally stunning home features tropical design with wooden louvers and ceiling fans in every room and above every bed for the most exotic away from it all feeling. The bamboo furniture compliments the Island decor and the hardwood floors add to the cool and breezy look. French doors open to porches and balconies adding to the exquisite pleasure of your own island. The views are breathtaking and the outdoor shower is an experience not to be missed.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Crow's Nest
  • Terrace ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Sand Pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Over the top amenities: 2 docks on Island + mainland dockage with secure parking for your car (boat included with rental) 19' Boston Whaler outboard, 2 Paddle Boards, 3 Sea Kayaks, Canoe, Towing tube, Chickee Huts, Hammocks, Beach Lounges, 35' widow's walk, multi-level porches & decks, fishing gear, snorkeling equipment, and fabulous bird watching, wooden walkways & sandy paths, outdoor kitchen/bar. Ice maker on mainland property for your exclusive use. A large collection of movies for both adults and children plus an extensive music library complete with lots of Jimmy Buffet CD's. Private yoga instruction is available upon request (at extra cost) as well as a private chef and mid-week maid service. Most of all, a delicious Key Lime Pie awaits you in the freezer as well as a cooler filled with ice and drinks to toast your arrival. Bicycles are provided for your ride across the old seven mile bridge...a 'not to be missed' Keys opportunity. Dont' forget to swim w/ the dolphin


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Rent Your Own Private Island with boat...Seabird Key, Marathon, Florida USA
average rating of 4.965517 based on 34 reviews

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have been searching for something like Seabird Key since moving to the US 3 years ago and this is the first island we have found where you are able to completely relax and operate on "island time." The island includes many thoughtful touches throughout and it enables you to enjoy your time wherever you are on the island, it is obvious that the owners have really invested in making this a place that feels like home. The boat allows you to move easily and freely between the island and the mainland to get supplies and the island includes all the equipment you need for snorkeling and tubing, which is a nice touch.

Our 5 year old son spent hours fishing off the dock at the back of the island and the sea life is amazing - it is not often that your son can catch 15 snapper in an afternoon, almost catch a barracuda and see half a dozen rays and 2 baby sharks. We caught a number of barracuda during the week, dozens of snapper and a couple of tarpon. I also had an excellent day offshore fishing with Jimmy Gags - look him up.

Overall, we found Seabird Key to be a very relaxing island and a place that you can create real family memories. We spend a lot of time on islands around the world and if you are looking for a place that you can wear whatever you like, eat whenever you like and get away from everything then I would highly recommend Seabird Key.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this outstanding review! We're so happy that you and your family enjoyed all the Island experiences Seabird offers. I loved hearing how your 5 year old son enjoyed fishing off the dock and I must say, it sounds like he's a natural. We've worked with true dedication in keeping the Island beautifully maintained and it is so rewarding to get this positive feedback from our guests. I'm so happy you enjoyed your fishing experience with Captain Jimmy Gags. He's the best in the Keys! I hope you had an awesome day with him and caught lots of fish for dinner. Again, thank you for the kind remarks!
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A great place to reflect, relax and enjoy the company of others

  • 5 of 5

Seabird Key has it all, if you’re looking to get away from it all. A private beach, nicely kept tropical plants and trees from around the world, plenty of wildlife from bird to fish to yes, iguanas. It’s real charm for me lay in how the place draws you outdoors. The outdoor kitchen is superb, and huge, surrounded by a bar. There are places to sit, relax, walk, run, play, kayak, swim everywhere. The house, should you want to go indoors, is well equipped with an LCD tv, directv, and high speed internet sufficient to stream HD movies too. Working remote is easy from here. Parking is easy and secure in the islands own gated lot onshore just a short boat ride away, and the boat while showing it’s age is included free.

Negatives: there are a few. You’re still near shore, an airport, and marinas so you will see and hear other people doing the things they do in a warm climate. Loud music from boats, aircraft taking off, etc. overall it’s not too bad. The house isn’t air conditioned, so, if you’re there during the summer be prepared-it gets hot hot. It’s just perfect in the winter.

The property endured Hurricane Irma well and while the vegetation there was damaged and quite frankly blown away, it has recovered nicely in just three months, and the physical damage and such repaired by the properties owners promptly. You can’t tell there was a hurricane there!

We always enjoy this place and will be back again. It’s a great place to spend a holiday with good people.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and your family will be welcomed back to Seabird anytime. We so appreciate your business and this great review. I'm glad you mentioned the features of the Island that weren't the best...it was an honest perspective and I'm sure those considering booking the Island will appreciate your notes. We were happy to see that your son is wearing his Seabird Key hat. I hope he wears it with pride.
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  • 5 of 5

Like most guests, we read every review and googled every video clip we could find prior to booking. Allow me to echo words used by others: gorgeous, breathtaking, tropical paradise. Let me perhaps share some different insights as well:

For perspective, we are told we were the first guests since Irma. With that category 5 storm in mind, you look at the structures on the island with fresh appreciation. The buildings on the island were clearly built with much foresight. The beams likely much thicker than building codes of 30 years ago, the stonework of higher quality than required, etc. We left with the view that this island was really a labor of love, built from the beginning with the intent of having something that will survive many generations as an oasis. And boy did it survive!

My biggest regret that I plan to address during our next stay: Jeff Davis is the property manager who had been there since they started building 30 years ago. I wish I had arranged a 90 minute historical tour of the island to just listen to the story of the Seabird Key creation. Example: show us what the struggles where as it relates to bringing fresh water. I’d like to hear some of the stories of the building process. When you look at the construction and carpentery you realize it was done with an eye towards quality not cost. A lot of challenges tied to things like flood preparation, salt air, environmental regulations, must have weighed in to much of what was done. It would be fascinating to hear the stories.

A few other random comments:

I loved the book collection in the library!

I am still amazed at the iguanas, crabs, and other wildlife on the island.

The ocean, even in late October, is plenty warm for swimming.

Thanks to all who made the stay possible: Jeff, Deborah, and others.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing, far more than expected! Unbelieveable experience to have your own private island!

  • 5 of 5

We could hardly believe it when we arrived and saw what a spectacular, beautiful and tranquil island we would have to ourselves for a week. We were greeted at the mainland dock by Seabird's manager and escorted to Seabird while he pointed out what we needed to know about the boat's operation, and the best spots for fishing and snorkelling . Once on the island, we were shown around and briefed on the various amenities to make our stay the most enjoyable. The bar and outdoor kitchen had every thing needed to have a fun party every night and enjoy the sweet ocean breezes. We enjoyed just hanging out every day at Seabird and enjoying a private dip in the ocean when we wished, lolling about at the beach in hammocks, or exploring the surrounding waters on paddleboards and kayaks. For serious diving and exploring the coral reefs at Sombrero Lighthouse, the 18 foot outboard will take you there in 20-25 minutes. We cooked most evenings on Seabird, but a couple of nights went to terrific restaurants on the mainland just 10 minutes away. Nice snapper are fun to catch for dinner right off the dock, and one evening, a large tarpon was caught and released--a thrill! Best vacation ever, and can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property.....Outstanding Customer Service!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how beautiful and well groomed the Island was and how well we were treated. The property owner is such a great person and went out of her way to make sure our vacation was everything we hoped it would be. The Island was beautifully kept and my children fell in love with exploring the property. Our experience was made even better by the property manager who assisted us with everything we needed and was available for all of our questions.

Thanks again for the truly unique experience!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this beautiful review! Seabird will welcome you back anytime. Please know that you are a very special client and we can say without pause that you are among those who we will fondly remember. Seabird is unique...it's not for everyone...but for those who are connected to the natural beauty of Island living, there is a sweet surprise in every day on the Island. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write a review. Hope to see you again in the future!
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Relaxing adventure for all ages!

  • 5 of 5

Family members from 82 years to 11 years thoroughly enjoyed this island get away. The house is well setup for any of your needs along with all the outdoor amenities such as the outdoor kitchen/bar area, private beach, and the boardwalks. This family looks forward to our next island getaway. Thanks for the great memories!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this great review! We applaud the 82 year old in your group for taking on the adventure of Island living. We hope it was an experience of a lifetime and we look forward to your return in the future. We enjoyed having you as our guests.
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Marathon for private jets. Miami International.
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Island Restaurant is just across the bay.
Nearest Golf
0.05 Miles
Sombrero Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.03 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Island Restaurant is a short zip across the bay.
Car: recommended

Enjoy the breathtaking drive down the historic scenic highway US-1 to the heart of the Florida Keys, Marathon. ''Seabird Key, Your Own Private Island' is located 1/2 mile offshore in beautiful Florida Bay. Marathon is best known as the fishing capital of the World, but you may never want to leave the Island. Drift away in a palm shaded hammock on your own private sand beach. No one but you will know if you've gone fishing or not. If you must have a night out on the town, there are many great restaurants in Marathon or enjoy the 45 minute drive across the seven-mile bridge and down to Key West where you're sure to enjoy fabulous dining, shopping and most of all, the famous Key West sunset at Mallory Dock.

Other Activities: kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, bird watching, canoe, & boating.

Golf: Sombrero Key, but it's not the greatest golf course. Marathon is known as the fishing capital of the world, not really a golfing destination. But, if you wish, the golf course is there for you.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Marathon, Florida Keys

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Prime Season
1 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mini Lobster Season
21 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August, September 2018
4 Aug 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October, November 2018
6 Oct 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving Week
17 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Fall
24 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £44 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £71.49
Tax Rate 12.5%

Thanksgiving + Christmas + New Year's are considered Holiday Weeks and have a 10% extra cost to book. Also, there is a fee of $375 + tax per person/per week for more than 4 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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