Welcome to the Great Escape! Get away from it all, and yet, be in the midst of it all, in a location that offers everything needed for that perfect Florida Keys vacation (without sacrificing all the comforts of home).
The Great Escape is located in Pine Channel Estates, near mile-marker 29 of US-1, Big Pine Key, close to shopping and many fine restaurants. The home is situated on a very clean canal, offering access, via Pine Channel, to both the Atlantic Ocean for great fishing, boating, snorkeling, and diving and the Gulf of Mexico for back country fishing and kayaking.
Big Pine Key is home to the Key Deer and is only a 30-minute drive to Key West and a 20-minute drive to Marathon. Bahia Honda State Park, with its famous white sand beach is less than 10 minutes away. Travel by boat to the Looe Key Sanctuary for a unique day of snorkeling at a living coral reef.
The Great Escape is a very spacious, immaculate, three bedroom, three full bath, private home with central air. It is decorated in a relaxing, classy-tropical decor. The home will accommodate up to eight guests. No smoking or pets are allowed.
The great room includes a well-equipped kitchen, dining room with a large table and living room with plenty of seating for watching your favorite programs and sports on the flat-screen satellite TV (DIRECTV). Wireless Internet is provided. Three sliding glass doors lead out onto a large screened-in porch (southern exposure) with comfortable patio furniture for relaxing, eating, reading, or napping on the chaise lounge. Most likely, you will enjoy eating all your meals and watching TV from out there.
The master and guest bedrooms on the upper floor both have king-size beds and full bathrooms. All linens and towels are provided, as well as a front-loading washer and dryer.
On the ground floor, adjacent to the covered patio is the entrance to the guest bedroom suite. The suite has a queen-size bed, a full bath, TV, and a small refrigerator. It also has a Futon that can be used as an extra bed, or for relaxing and watching TV.
The glass sliding door from the guest bedroom suite opens to the covered patio that leads to the dock and canal. It is a great place to sit on a chaise lounge with your morning coffee. There is plenty of patio furniture and a picnic table for having an evening barbecue with friends. A gas grill is also provided.
Just a few steps from the house is the concrete dock with a fish cleaning table. The tiled, step-down patio area of the dock includes an outdoor shower and swim ladder. It is a great place to relax and get that beautiful Keys tan. The canal is very clean and is perfect for swimming. With 75’ of dock there is ample space to tie up your boat so it will be close and ready for you to hop aboard at a moment’s notice. Go fish, play, or take an evening cruise to watch our beautiful Keys sunsets.
The beautifully landscaped, fenced-in yard has garden pathways through the many tropical plants and trees. Sit and relax on one of the three benches. It’ll make you feel like you are at your own private resort.
Under the house, there is protected parking for your vehicle and a storage area for all of your fishing and snorkeling equipment. Also included is a chest freezer for bait and extras (And all that fish you will be catching!). Four bicycles, two kayaks, and a paddle boat are also included, free of charge, for your use.
“Better than a 5-star hotel” wrote one of our guests. Another guest wrote, 'Wow, what an amazing place. I hate to leave such a rousing tribute only because I don't want the place to fill up for when we want it next year'. Read more of what they, and some of our other guests, had to say about the Great Escape in the “Reviews” section.
We take great pride in our vacation home, and know that you will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable, relaxing, well maintained, and exceptionally clean it is. The home is supplied with everything you will need to make your stay enjoyable.
We are confident that you will be staying in the perfect home for a great Keys vacation and are more than happy to help in any way to assure you of that. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail us at any time.
Activities mentioned below are just a sample of the many that the beautiful Florida Keys has to offer. Get out and explore and you will fill your days with fun in the sun.
Escape from it all at the Great Escape!
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"Bette & Ski-
Thank you so much for renting your house to us for all these years. We certainly have many great memories! ! It's been a pleasure staying here and getting to know you both. Thank you again!!"
Thank you for being such great guests for 9 years and taking such good care of our home. We are sorry that circumstances have made it hard for you to return again next year. Please remember that you are always welcome. Best wishes to you both. We will miss you!
This was our first time staying at The Great Escape, but it certainly will not be our last! Not only was the home beautiful, spacious & had everything we needed, plus more, but Bette & Ski were a delight! I can't say enough wonderful things regarding our experience dealing with Ski & Bette, from the moment we started the rental process, to meeting them on our arrival and after our stay, in booking it again next year! If you're looking for a lovely home, with even lovelier owners you've found it at The Great Escape... You will NOT be disappointed!
First time for us. This home is lovely. It is in the middle of the keys. Easy traveling to key west and marathon. The owners were welcoming to us and were always there if we needed them. I would highly recommend this place.
This was our 5th year coming to the Keys. We have rented 4 other places before finding the "Great Escape". This place was the best we have ever found. The home was everything (and more) that it proclaimed to be. It was the best equipped place we have stayed in. The owners (Bette and Ski) were fabulous! We had a couple problems while there (no fault of the rental), and Bette and Ski were fantastic! They were there in a matter of hours! That is the good thing about having landlords that live right on the key! I couldn't have asked for a better equipped place. It was VERY clean and we really enjoyed our stay. I thank God that we have already put our deposit in for next year. Can't wait to get back and stay at "The Great Escape"!
We found The Great Escape on Big Pine Key after not finding an acceptable rental on Marathon where we have stayed for the previous 2 years. Wow, were we lucky!! Not only a fabulous home but incredible hosts who made sure we knew everything about the house, the canals and where to put in our boat and locations for snorkeling, fishing and eating!! Bette and Ski had the house PERFECT for us. Just like the other reviews stated, this house was beyond well-equipped with everything from linens, towels, kitchen equipment, porch and yard furnishing, etc. Did I mention the screened porch and easy-accessible dock. So easy to get on and off your boat!! We were here for the month of August and it was HOT, but you are in the Keys' and in the water so it was still great. Because of the warmer than normal water temps, we did have to deal with more jellies than we had seen in the past. We kept vinegar and Benedryl on the boat, just in case. Snorkeling was great in Looe Key and the sanctuary off Little Palm Island. So convenient to get to from the house. Yellow Tails and lobsters were more elusive, but we had a great time trying!! This is a great vacation rental for everyone!!!
The Great Escape - the name says it all! We spent the month of April 2015 here and cannot say enough good things about it. We've already reserved for next April and can't wait. We have been coming to the Keys for over 15 years and think we have found a "home". This house had everything we could have asked for and more. The house is well furnished and nicely decorated. Pictures were totally accurate. Bette and Ski were great. If we had a question or needed anything, they were just a phone call away. For me, lots of time was spent on the screened in porch reading the day away. For my husband, accessibility to get out fishing was the best. He was able to easily get out fishing anytime he wanted. During our month stay, our children, grandchildren and my husband's parents were able to visit and the house is very accomodating for all ages. The weather was ideal which made our stay even more enjoyable since Michigan was still experiencing snow! We felt very comfortable at the Great Escape, so much so that when my husband had to return to Michigan for 5 days on business, I was completely comfortable being there by myself. Ski even came over after a long 12 hour work day to re-tie our boat while my husband was back in Michigan. Cannot say enough good things about this place. If you choose to rent, trust me, you will not be disappointed! Thanks Bette and Ski - already counting down the days until April 2016!
We spent March, 2015 at The Great Escape for our second year. My husband and I hosted several guests during the month; everyone loved it as much as we did.
We can not say enough about how CLEAN and well equipped this house is. Bette and Ski are very meticulous about every detail to make sure their renters are comfortable and have everything they need.
We did not have a boat this year, which was the only thing lacking. Spent a lot of time just chilling on the beautiful screened porch or lying in the sun on one of the comfortable chaise lounges downstairs. We took several trips to Key West, enjoyed Sombrero Beach in Marathon, many happy hours at Springers, Looe Key and The Wharf, weekend dinners and bands at Boondocks, bike rides to Bistro 31 for breakfast,(excellent), shopping at Winn Dixie, etc, This year we discovered Geiger RV Park restaurant and bar. Nice location on the water, a little off the beaten path 30 min. drive from Big Pine, 10 min. from there to Key West. We rode the bikes to the end of Ranger Avenue most evenings for sunsets. We met several neighbors, there who were also renters from the frozen North, It seems to be 'the' spot for sunsets.
The Great Escape is truly as advertised. We are not renting again next year, only because we already had other plans. Would not rule out a return in the future. It is THAT nice.
Thank you, Bette and Ski.