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20% Spring Discount (Wks 4/29, 5/6 & 5/13) Exceptional Gulf Front 5 Star Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,648 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

Tom & Shari Ruchalski
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Marathon in Monroe County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1648 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(43 traveller reviews)

20% Spring Discount (Wks 4/29, 5/6 & 5/13) Exceptional Gulf Front 5 Star Home
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 44 reviews

Relaxation is your only option

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week of New Years 2017at Blue Palms and could not have been more pleased. The owners have decorated the home tastefully and with an incredible attention to detail. The house is very well-appointed and clean, and the amenities set this property apart. We are a family that likes to stay active and this property promotes exploration by supplying cruiser bikes and kayaks. We spent the mornings jogging through the neighborhood or biking along the easily-accessible path 1/2 mile away. We kayaked the calm water frequently and snorkeled off the dock daily. Although the water temp. was at its seasonal nadir, the weather had been so warm that we were able to snorkel without wetsuits. We saw multitudes of fish, including schools of parrot fish, cowfish, angels, etc. We also saw lobster, horseshoe crabs, stingrays, and even a pair of nurse sharks under the neighbor's dock (secret: the neighbor's dock is like a mini-reef). And if you want to just kick back and relax, the pool and surrounding deck and hammock are the perfect places for taking in the sun with a cocktail if that's your thing.

I find some of the comments about the bug volume or sea grass interesting. Yes there are bugs, and many bite, especially at night. And the sea grass will wash up on shore, creating a bit of a mess and smell. But this is the Keys. You are in the tropics. Simply use insect repellant and wade through the sea grass (and keep the TV off) and forget the outside world. Lay on the patio and watch the shooting stars at night. Peer through crystal clear water to spot the fascinating sea creatures. You will be rewarded by the peace and tranquility of Blue Palms.

Additionally: the fishing poles have been abused by previous guests, so if you are intent on fishing, bring your own gear. The kitchen has everything you will ever need to cook/eat. The grill is in great shape.

Dining: skip Island Fish co. Enjoy Herbies for dinner, Burdines for lunch. Tarpon Creek is decent, good for kids. If you want to drive 30 min for a great fish sandwich and beautiful setting with live music, try Lorelei's in Islamorada.

Fun: Take the snorkel trip out of Bahia Honda Park and enjoy the park after your trip. Some of the best snorkeling we've had.. 6 ft reef shark, spotted eagle rays, and 300-lb grouper.

We hope to get back to Marathon soon. We'll be checking with Tom in order to rent Blue Palms again. FYI, He fixed a bike the day after learning it was broken, Wow!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home for a family!

  • 4 of 5

Clean with real nice amenities and a nice pool. Loved the sunken jet tub in the en suite bedroom! The only negative thing would be the beach was a little littered with debris and water bottles, etc. I would definitely stay here again!👍𣐼􎿻

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location! Perfect House!

  • 5 of 5

This is the best location and house that we have stayed in among all of our trips down to the Keys! Beautiful private location with amazing gulf views! The house was impeccably clean and all of the furnishings were perfect. The kitchen had everything we needed which is important as we normally enjoy doing quite a bit of cooking. The view from the house was fabulous and the pool was just what we needed after a long day on the boat. A dock for our 20ft boat is a must and this one definitely suited our needs. In addition, we spent numerous days just fishing off the dock and even had a visit from a sea turtle! There was plenty of space in the driveway to park our boat trailer and the boat ramp was just a few miles away. Marathon is just close enough to make quick shopping trips (10min or so drive) but far enough away to be out of the hustle. We also made two trips into Key West which was about an hour drive. Definitely our best Keys vacation to date! Hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful quiet property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, quiet neighborhood & just a few minutes from Marathon. Owners were very easy and great to work with and you can tell the property is very well thought out to accommodate families of all ages. This property truly has it all...a definite must stay!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Keys Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first vacation rental through HomeAway and Tom was very helpful. He responded to all my emails in a timely manner. It really gave me confidence that we chose the right property. We stayed Thanksgiving week, arriving early Saturday evening. Home was exactly as described...clean, cozy, comfortable and inviting. We had 5 adults, 3 kids, and a baby. Plenty of room for all of us and something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. Everything we needed for a great vacation. We all enjoyed the view of the gulf from the house. Great outside space. Snorkeling right out the back door. Saw puffer fish, spiny lobster, and coral. Kids enjoyed riding bikes and kayaking. Got some great pictures of all the Iguanas sunning on the seawall. Everything we needed in the kitchen for meal prep. We even prepared a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a little help from the Winn-Dixie! The location is superb. Just a short drive to Sombrero Beach, Bahia Honda Park and all the other keys. One week is not enough time to explore all of the keys. Will definitely be back and hopefully Blue Palms will be available. Thank you Tom and Shari for sharing your house.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Found at the Blue Palm

  • 5 of 5

I was planning a surprise getaway for our 25th Wedding Anniversary when I stumbled onto The Blue Palm. These pictures just don't do it justice. Some places look better in a picture but leave somewhat of an after taste when seen in person. This is not at all the case with The Blue Palm.

Tom's communication was not only timely but easy to comprehend. Tom helped me with surprise gifts and flowers that needed to be delivered prior to our arrival. All we're perfectly in place in our fresh and impeccably cleaned water front paradise when we arrived. My wife was speechless upon our arrival which typically never seems to be the case. Now this possibly could be due to the fact that I had finally pulled off a successful surprise anniversary but I'm sure the quality and location of The Blue Palm helped. The home is so tastefully decorated and the Master Suite Spa Retreat was delightful not to mention the heavenly King sized bed. The Kitchen had everything we needed and then some but we found ourselves mostly dinning out at the many delicious restaurants in the area. We enjoyed the heated pool and sipping coffee in the morning and libations in the evening at the end of the pier/dock. We found the location on Grassy Key to be perfect with just a 10 minuet drive to Marathon. Private, quiet and we really enjoyed not being in town. You will see that attention to detail is throughout this home including the heavenly bed, sheets, plush towels and comfy robes. We felt very at home for our first time to the Florida Keys and we will definitely be coming back. Thank you for the great time and memories we will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sean & Cara, So glad you enjoyed your stay. We couldn't have pulled it off without our Great Friends Maria & Janet. Since I was out of town, they took care of everything. If you guys ever return to the Keys, we'd love to have you back. All the very 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, Florida Keys

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter - Summer 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 Mini Lobster Week
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 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 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week 2018
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £397
Pool Heat (Set to 85*) £119 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Thanksgiving Week $3,500
Christmas Week $4,300
New Years Week $4,300

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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