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Blue Palms ~ Exceptional Gulf Front Vacation Home ~ Private and Pristine

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Marathon - Blue Palms

3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Piece Of Paradise

Tucked away on Grassy Key's sought after Morton Street, Blue Palms offers incredible open water views; in a private and secluded tropical setting. Completely renovated and upgraded in 2013, Blue Palms has it all; new kitchen, pool, furniture, Linens, laundry, decks, pretty much everything, beautifully decorated in a coastal retreat style.

Morton street is a high-end residential area with spectacular views and the peace and quiet that makes for a great vacation. A five minute drive will put you into Marathon which has all the conveniences you would ever need. There are Restaurants, Bars, shopping Centers, Grocery Stores, Fast Food, K Mart, Boat Ramps, even an airport.

Grassy Key is located right in the heart of the Keys.

Visit the Dolphin Research Center, The Turtle Hospital, Rent a boat, Fish from a charter boat, Enjoy the bike paths, Take the very scenic ride to Key West, enjoy the night-life, take in a few of the countless events all thru the Keys which make this such a special place.

Or...just relax by the pool, fish, kayak or snorkel off the dock and do what most people do here, take your beverage of choice, stroll down the dock and enjoy the sunsets. The dock extends to four feet of water and can accommodate almost any boat up to 40 feet.

Blue Palms also offers 4 complimentary Adult bicycles, 2 children's Bikes and 2 kayaks!

Please see additional pictures on the two slideshow links below.

Rental License #PLR2014-00007

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Tom & Shari Ruchalski
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2016
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About Tom & Shari Ruchalski

We are New Jersey residents who have owned and managed an Ocean front Duplex on the Jersey Shore. We know what it takes to provide our guests with the best vacation experience possible. Since we started looking for a home in the Keys, we were absolutely confident we wanted to be on Grassy Key, and definitely on Morton Street.... It just has the feel of a quiet, secluded private tropical piece of Paradise.

Tom & Shari Ruchalski purchased this house in 2013

Why Tom & Shari Ruchalski chose Central Florida Keys

Blue Palms is beautifully decorated with incredible open water views, private pool, boating access and is in an extremely quiet and private setting. Your own tropical oasis!

What makes this house unique

Complete renovation in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you for your prompt return of our deposit.

We enjoyed our stay to the absolute fullest. The accommodations were so lovely, fresh and clean. We were delighted by all the extra touches. Not only was the property amazing but communication with you was great. We rented a place this past March and we couldn't even get ahold of the owner/caretaker to get into the property when we arrived. We had to ask the neighbor if they knew anything about it... So needless to say your communication and instructions for us were prompt and straight forward. We really appreciated that!

Our daughter loved the room she stayed in and she slept amazing there in the pack n play. This was also a nice amenity to have instead of traveling with one. The pool temperature was fantastic and we found it to be a perfect amount of sun and shade.

We have only positive things to say about our stay and when we return to the Keys will absolutely consider your property again and will refer it to others should the opportunity arise!

We are so happy to have found such a lovely vacation spot. And the location between Islamorada and Marathon was perfect for us!! Thank you so much, we are still on cloud 9 :).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec 2015
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based on 35 holidaymaker reviews

Blue Palms ~ Exceptional Gulf Front Vacation Home ~ Private and Pristine
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 36 reviews

Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent the last week at Blue Palms to celebrate our anniversary. Having read the past reviews, i was concerned that I might have too high of expectations, but I was wrong - it exceeded my expectations! The setting on the Gulf is beautiful, and the home is beautifully decorated but very comfortable and inviting. The kitchen is not only well stocked but is stocked with quality items. This is also the first place we have rented in the keys were there was such a large stock of good quality beach towels, right off the pool area. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing by the pool, watching the fish and the blue crab off the dock, kayaking and trying the local restaurants. We highly recommend Sparkys if you are looking for a casual local place with amazing food and the best key lime pie we had all week!

Tom and Shari do an amazing job of making sure you have everything you could possibly need for a stay in the Keys. We definitely will go back next time we are in Marathon.

Thanks again for sharing your home!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Blue Palms from August 27 - September 3, 2016.

Reserving the home was very easy and the owner responded quickly to our questions. Arrival was made easy with the keyless entry to the residence negating driving to the rental agency to pick up keys.

We have been staying in vacation rentals in Grassy Key for over 14 years and this home was by far the best rental. It is a beautiful home, very clean, with new appliances (and even a freezer for your fish bait and any fish you catch), comfortable beds, and very nice furnishings.

Awesome views, lighted dock with sink, walk around deck, pool with beautiful sitting area, hammock, bikes, kayaks, and fishing gear. Everything for a great vacation!

While snorkeling out from the dock, we swam with two manatees, saw lots of fish, nurse sharks, sting rays, and eagle rays. There were ospreys, frigate birds, egrets, herons and lots of iguanas.

The best restaurants in Marathon are:

Frank’s (great Italian food), The Wreck (best Key Lime pie), and Sunset Grill (great seafood dishes overlooking Seven Mile Bridge.

A great party fishing boat is the 73’ Marathon Lady, on Highway 1 adjacent to Vaca Cut in Marathon.

Nearby places to go in Marathon:

The Dolphin Research Center (you can swim with the dolphins). The 1960s show “Flipper” was filmed there. A couple of his offspring still reside there. There are also sea lions, parrots and other critters to enjoy.

The Aquarium is across from the Marathon Lady on Highway 1 and was featured on the TV show, “Tanked.”

The Turtle Hospital, near Seven Mile Bridge.

We highly recommend this rental home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time at Blue Palms this past week. The home is beautiful and very well maintained and equipped. They even have a crock pot and griddle! I have been staying at vacation rentals for at least 10 years and I always have to bring those two items. The pool was very refreshing after a day on the boat fishing and snorkeling. There was plenty of room for all 8 of us. We enjoyed snorkeling right off the dock, and feeding the iguanas fruit. We even named the big one Scar since his was missing part of his tail. He came around often. The owners and care takers were very accommodating answering any questions we had and giving great suggestions on where to take the family to eat. The house is located close to the public boat ramp which made it easy for our boat. We will definitely come back again, hopefully next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great all around

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed staying at Blue Palms! I would highly recommend this property. It is located off of a quiet street along the gulf. It is located very close to Marathon where there are many things to see and do. The property itself is well maintained and the decor is also very nice. We had everything we needed. I would definitely stay here again! Thank you for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Blue Palms. The house was in excellent condition and very clean. The dock, patio, pool and view were just what we were looking for. Adding a ceiling fan on the patio would make the days with little breeze more comfortable. Getting into the water was easiest from the ladder on the dock so as to avoid the muck at the shoreline. We enjoyed fishing from the dock and caught a few nurse sharks (not many fish). We kayaked out a bit and found a coral reef near by loaded with fish. Saw turtles and spotted rays on the way out. It was awesome!

The kitchen was well stocked, beds comfortable and living space nicely laid out.

We would definitely come back again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation house and property.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Tom,

We had a fabulous vacation at Blue Palms last week. All parts of the house and property were exactly as described. The heated pool was very refreshing and the dock was perfect for up to three boats. We cleaned fish at the nice cleaning station with water on the dock. The kids loved using the bikes and kayaks. The parking area was large. The beds were great and the master suite was fabulous. The kitchen was well equipped and spacious. We had 7 manatees visit the dock one day and a single later in the week. There were numerous fish off the dock including a few spotted eagle rays (I am not a biologist, but I did google a picture). The iguanas were also to watch, I counted 13 on the neighbor's sea wall at one time. One came and took a sip out of the pool while we were swimming. The kids loved it and were not scared at all. The overall location allowed us to easily take day trips to Key West and up to Key Largo. Several stores are located within a few minutes with everything you would need. Overall a GREAT time!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Benjy, Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. 7 Manatees, what a treat! The wildlife there is spectacular, so pleased you had such a good experience. Please keep us in mind if you return to the Keys. All the best, Tom & Shari
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Dolphin Research Center,,

Marathon Turtle Hospital

John Pennekamp State Park

Theater of the Seas

Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West Nightlife


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Marathon, Central Florida Keys

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall 2016
27 Aug 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving Week 2016
19 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2016
24 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week 2017
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter - Summer 2017
31 Dec 2016 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 Mini Lobster Week
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving Week 2017
18 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 30 Dec 2017
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Pool Heat (Set to 85*) £123 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Thanksgiving Week $3,850
Christmas Week $4,300
New Years Week $4,200
Lobster Mini Week 7/25/2015 - 8/1/2015 7 Nights

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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Marathon in Florida Keys

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1648 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Double Walk-in Shower, Separate Jacuzzi Tub, Great Views
    Main Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Pool Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Conveniently located off the Pool Area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Guest Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Beautiful Comfortable Room w/TV
    Kids Room - 2 Single Bed , Perfect Kids Room
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Onsuite Bath, Double Shower, Jacuzzi Tub, Incredible view
  • Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Graco Pack & Play, New Dock Bench

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