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Luxury Living Inside & Out

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Fabulous Florida Keys outdoor living! 1br/2bath sleeps 4. Luxury living inside & out. Spend your days swimming in the deep waters of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico or under the palms in the fresh water swim spa which is solar heated in the winter and shaded and cool in the summer. Enjoy evenings overlooking spectacular sunsets from the waterfront patio. Deep water dockage on the gulf with easy access to the ocean (available for additional charge). Outdoor marble wet bar with many amenities. Marble tables for outdoor dining, charcoal & gas grill on your private patio. Acadia kayak, washer and dryer. Lighted outdoor ping pong table, marble fish cleaning table.

Your home has 2 queen beds, custom woodwork, central vacuum & tile throughout. Sleeps 4 in air-conditioned comfort. Full kitchen inside in addition to outdoor kitchen and bar with oven & broiler and its amenities. One bath inside with another air-conditioned bath including bidet outside by the swim spa (both have large walk-in showers). Hardwired cable internet, Free WI-Fi, ePrint services available, Filtered drinking water, electronic safe, 32” LED HDTV with wireless apps including Pandora and Netflix all powered by Bose home theater speakers.

End of street privacy, while still conveniently located to everything. 5 restaurants are located within walking distance (.02 miles). 14 acre community park (.03 miles), with lighted tennis courts, skate board park, basketball, soccer, amphitheater, exercise trails & playground.

Outdoor facilities are common areas for the property which includes 2 other tenants.

Responsible pets & owners welcome: $75.00 non refundable pet cleaning fee & $200.00 pet deposit refundable in the absence of damage.

City License # PLR2013-00369

More Details

Muffett Barth
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2017

About Muffett Barth

I have lived in the Florida Keys for 30 years, and in this house for 24. When we first came to the Florida Keys my husband and I fell in love with it. It is the only place that comes anywhere close to the Bahamian Islands where I grew up and spent the first 12 years of my marriage. When it was time for our daughter to go to school, Marathon and this property was the perfect solution. My husband had been a shipwright and I had always loved working with wood which prompted us to start a Boat Refinishing business. I've always said, 'I get paid to play'. I continued the business successfully for 10 years until we had a Hurricane that did a great deal of damage to our property. I found It necessary to start the transition into working more on my house and less on my business. This was the best decision I have ever made. I love Building & Designing things and my years of experience with wood and varnish have given me the opportunity to make this property a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary for all to enjoy.

Muffett Barth purchased this apartment in 1991

Why Muffett Barth chose Central Florida Keys

You would never know that you are so close to everything. Hidden at the very end of the street on a corner lot providing seclusion from everything but the amazing views in front of you.

5 restaurants within walking distance- .02 miles

Publix & Winn Dixie (Grocery stores)- 1.1 miles

K-Mart 1.1 Miles

14 Acre Community Park, with lighted tennis courts, skate board park, basketball, soccer, amphitheater, exercise trails & playground.- .03 miles

What makes this apartment unique

There is no need to leave your home away from home. All the peace and tranquility of paradise awaits you right outside your front door.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Marathon in Florida Keys

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Main bath has a Large Walk in Shower & Mahogany Vanity
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Bath at spa has shower, toilet, bidet & ac for comfort
  • Bath inside has a walk in shower, toilet,varnished Mahogany Vanity & large closet area adjoining Bath located by Spa has a walk in shower, toilet, bidet and AC for your comfort
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - This is a platform style bed that has a regular mattress.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , This is a hand made walnut platform bed on wheels
  • Main Bedroom: queen platform bed on wheels. reading nook and over sized chair. Second Bed is in living area with complete Queen Size mattress that folds into wall.
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(53 traveller reviews)

Luxury Living Inside & Out
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews

Our best vacation yet!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Papaya Bay in December celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We fell in love with the Keys during our honeymoon and couldn't wait to come back! From the very beginning of the process, Muffett was so accommodating and helpful. She reached out to me before our trip to see if I had any questions and to get to know us so that she could make recommendations (restaurants, attractions, etc.) for us. She welcomed us during check-in and gave us a tour of her beautiful property, and even provided us a small Christmas tree since we were visiting during the holiday season! Papaya Bay is the perfect location if you like exploring like we do; close to beaches, close to great restaurants, easy drive to Key West or anywhere in the Keys. We cannot thank Muffett enough for her hospitality, accommodations, and friendship. We hope to return to Papaya Bay many more times!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Papaya Bay for a week in April. We loved this place. It was like coming home. The apartment is very comfortable and spacious and Muffet ensures that you have all you will need for your stay. The grounds are immaculate and there is a beautiful swimming area. The surrounding area offers everything you could want (restaurants, stores, parks, etc.), mostly within walking distance. We spent hours relaxing in rocking chairs watching the water and the phenomenal sunsets. One morning a manatee swam into shore to visit and another morning we saw dolphins swimming off the point. Key West is only an hour away and made for a great day trip. We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great vacation destination.....

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Papaya Bay the second week of October for our 25th wedding anniversary. Papaya Bay is in a beautiful setting with all the conveniences and even more than I could think of. We loved staying there. Muffet has thought of everything for making her guests comfortable in the apartment. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed for cooking. The bed was very comfortable. She had an ipad for our use in the apartment and even the use of Netflix. We cooked quite a bit but also enjoyed eating out at the Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House only one block away for a special night out. We enjoyed kayaking with Miranda among the mangroove trees through Aquaventures. We would highly recommend this activity. The sunsets are beautiful - right from Papaya Bay. Muffet is a wonderful host and does everything she can to make you comfortable during your stay. I would highly recommend Papaya Bay!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful/relaxing week!

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't do justice to the property and location. Everything was imaculately clean (you could have eaten off the floor) and in perfect order. Even the knives were sharp! If you want to know where to go or what to do, there is an iPad with everything you need to know. Muffett was a most welcoming and attentive host. Answers to any questions are just a phone call away.

Our mornings were spent on Sombrero Beach and evenings capped watching photo worthy sunsets from the property's own "amphitheater". Three of our dinners were enjoyed at Key Fisheries, just a very short walk from our doorstep.

We definitely would recommend Papaya Bay to anyone traveling to the Keys and looking for a private and relaxing place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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People & Place... That Sums it Up!

  • 5 of 5

I want you all to know in advance, that we seldom ever leave reviews...

But this one was Our Pleasure!

There are many places to stay in the middle keys, but what we search for is "the natural" whenever we can find it, and this is especially true when looking to relax as a family while on vacation.

Now I can go into every detail of our one week stay, but I'd rather summarize (in our opinion) the two main things that setup a great stay in a home rental... "People & Place"!

To say that Muffett was a "great host" would be an understatement.

It would be like saying that the "Beatles" were just a band. Getting to know her and her life's adventure first in passing, then later upon our request was one of the highlights of our stay.

Muffett was a "Gracious, Sincere and Caring Host"!

And because of which, Papaya Bay became "home" to our family in a matter of hours.

As for Papaya Bay, Muffett's decision to occupy this tranquil and quiet corner of Mother Earth is a testimony to her endearment! Furthermore, her decision to share it with others is likewise to say the least.

Papaya Bay is tranquil, cozy and hidden off the beaten path! Yet still, very close to everything domestic.

Now, whether your...

Resting by the Gulf's Edge

Watching Tarpon Roll in the Grotto

Playing a round of Ping-Pong

Walking to/from The Keys Fishery

Relaxing with a Banana Daiquiri

Catching Up on a Good Read

Watching an Immaculate Sunset or

Admiring a Brilliant Nights Sky...

These are all things that you can enjoy within steps of your front door at Papaya Bay!

And while doing so, you may be lucky enough to catch Muffett coming or going and be regaled with a tale of her past, which can only add to your experience!

Here's a tip... Ask her how that 20' sailboat got into "One a Particular Harbor?" For those of you who don't know... One PH is a Jimmy Buffett Tale, but Muffett has a verse all her own!

Folks... Whether an Introvert or Extrovert... Single, Couple or Family... If you're looking to decompress and really relax... Muffett and Papaya Bay are your match!

Enjoy your stay! That incredible View! And the company of Muffett! Again People & Place!

To Muffett... Thank you for sharing! You're a gracious soul and rightfully so, living the dream in paradise as we believe it to be!

Diane, Aiden, Buffett and I hope to see you again soon!

Until then, on any given day, our glasses will be tilted South in your honor!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nature lover's retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved our two weeks at Papaya Bay. The pool was wonderful on those hot and humid days. Having restaurants and bars within walking distance meant no designated driver required! The lobster fishermen provided a free show each afternoon as they unloaded their catch at the adjacent commercial fishery. Watching the local wildlife from the patio or pool was always a treat! Birds and butterflies, several types of lizards, nurse sharks, moray eel, lobster and crab, barracudas, parrot fish, angel fish, snappers and grunts made appearances most every day.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
46.8 Miles
Key West Airport Eyw
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Keys Fisheries
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Sombrero Country Club
Nearest Train
116 Miles
Amtrak Miami
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Florida Keys Lobster House
Nearest Beach
3.2 Miles
Sombrero Beach
Car: not necessary

7 Mile Bridge + Turtle Hospital + Dolphin Research Center + Excellent Boat ramp 1.4 Miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Marathon, Central Florida Keys

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak Season
15 Dec 2016 - 15 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mini & Lobster Season
23 Jul 2017 - 16 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Next Years Seasonal Rates
15 Dec 2017 - 15 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £100 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £240
Pet Fee £60
Property Damage Protection £47
Tax Rate 12.5%

Pets are allowed & welcome There is a $75.00 cleaning fee and a $200.00 refundable damage deposit in the absence of damage. Pets and not allowed on the furniture or beds. There is an additional fee for dockage & trailer storage.

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