Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Carpe'Diem is located in the Heart of the Fl.Keys

Mile Marker 50.3 on the island of Marathon. The style of our home is a ground level classic Conch home featuring just a couple steps both in the front entrance and out to the deck/dock area. This is a feature that has all but disappeared on our islands due to building codes therefore it is one of the few making it great for both children and seniors not to mention not having to carry everything up and down a steep flight of stairs. That was one of our primary reasons for opening our vacation rental at this location and speaking of locations we are located in in the middle of everything. A direct access canal to the Great Atlantic and minutes to the beach, transit service, shopping and fine dining. Being in the middle of our island chain makes easy to take advantage of exploring all our beautiful islands from a central location. Our home has been extensively updated and is absolutely beautiful and we look forward to welcoming back both old and new friends that suffer from the need to enjoy all the many beauties, relaxations, and warmth the Fl. Keys has to offer for all ages. As you can see we are already booking for the 2018 summer season and we have some wonderful weeks open plus once again they are calling for a early long cold winter so we hope to hear from you all soon if you are thinking of coming down to play by the sea in the sun. Our rates as you can see are very competitive for our amenities and we do have an insurance policy included in your final cost to protect against any unforeseen accidents that may occur during your stay however if not needed upon your departure it is refunded. Another item we would like to make our future guests aware of is the price listed is for the number of guests you list when making your reservation and if this number should increase please contact us as there will be price increases that will need to be adjusted .We do offer a really deep hurricane gamblers dicounts we offer starting in Sept and running through November for those of you with a brave heart. Last year everybody lost but in all of the past few years everybody that has taken advantage of our special total weekly rate of $1,175.00 have been big winners! However please remember if we all have to evacuate or we are already gone on your Hurricane reserved week we all lose and there are NO REFUNDS. As always we have your keys to the Keys awaiting your arrival and thanks once again to all our many friends for your continued visits to our hide away in Marathon over the past 20 some years.

Remember to always contact us or book your dates early as island time openings are here today and booked tomorrow! We always keep the sun shinning and the drinks cold down here by the sea side!

For all who are thinking of visiting our island home let us tell you alittle about it.

We love to welcome our guests with our lovely island decore!

Our island hide away is a 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, ground level home that features 50 foot of furnished dock which includes a six person spa tub and gas grill. Our dock also has the convienance of a step down feature for easy loading and unloading of your boat and is on a direct access canal to the Great Atlantic.

We have Italian tile throughout the livingroom and kitchen areas with carpeted bedrooms. Our bedrooms have a king bed in the master, queen bed in one guest room and full bed in the other.

Our master bedroom has a beautiful screened in furnished lanai to relax on over looking the canal and it's bath features a seated shower encloser. The guest bath has both shower and tub which is located off main living room area.

You will love our new kitchen which features a ex large

refrigator/freezer,dishwasher,micro wave,electric stove with oven and a round dining table. Enjoy setting the table either in the house or on the dock with our beautiful island tableware even if you did just call one of our many fine dining establishments for carry out. However, if

you do choose to cook it's all there for you to use.

We try to keep our prices at a rate that everyone can come and enjoy the beauty that only the Fl. Keys can offer.

There are so many ways to arrive on our islands so may we just suggest a few:

You may want to fly into Ft. Myers and consider taking the four hour cruise across the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on the Fast Cat which runs out of Ft. Myers Beach to Key West. Everyone agrees this is a wonderful way to arrive and the view is breath taking as you zip along with the dolphins where the water meets the sky.

However you may also choose to fly into either Miami or Key West where rental cars are available or if you choose not to do the driving you may catch the Keys shuttle or coach service to our lovely island hide away.

Once you are on our island chain, we now have our new public shuttle service which allows you to island hop in both direction for as little as $3,00 round trip. This allows you to relax and enjoy all the islands of the fabulous Flordia Keys and Yes, we do still have our local cab service that will take you and your guest anywhere on our island of Marathon for the small fee of $5.00 a trip per car load.

The Flordia Keys are one of America's most beautiful gifts to all mankind and a life style experiance we hope to share with all of you.

So take advantage our low prices and all the amenities the islands now have to offer our visitors and guest! Don't just go down South to visit, Go All The Way Down South and be our guest in the Fabulous Fl. Keys.

See Ya Soon!

Until than: Remember to Seize The Day were ever you may be. We accept person credit cards, check, bank Check or and Cash. We only book our weekly dates from Saturday to Saturday through out the year .

Thank you for your interest.

Carpe'Diem Vacation Rental

Owner / Agents - Connie & Captain Rick

PBR 2011-00081

More Details

Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys

Captain Rick and Connie your Owner/Host

Captain Rick one of your host arrived on our island in his 60 foot John Alden Schooner and a custom built Pan Head Harley Chooper over 35 years ago. Now a retired charter boat captain he will not only be your host but is presently with the USCG MWR here in Marathon hosting all branchs of active and retired military for their much earned RR on our island paradise. Over the years he has become one of those locals you read about who has watched the islands change and has all the knowledge and stories you may ever need concerning fishing,active charter boat captains,weather, hurricanes, diving, boating, attractions, having a great time and just plain relaxing on our island chain. A real live Captain Jack of the Keys!

Connie is a retired Professional Animal Handler that one day in the 70's was blown over the rainbow after a storm on her farm in Kansas and landed in the Fl Keys Ruby slippers and all! After buying her 1st home in the Keys she was only able to fly in and spend limited time in the Keys but in 1999 after Hurrican George damaged her home in the Keys she was forced to spend 6 months repairing it, she returned to Kansas however found the Keys disease was just to strong and retired returning to her island home for the turn of the century Dec 28, 1999. She is the one that brings that island charm and beauty to the interior decor and gardens of Carpe' Diem. It was Connie that decided our home had to be ground level making it assessable to all. She didn't want her guests warn out climbing steps before they even got in to relax. 2 steps get ya in the front or out the sliders onto the furnished patio/dock area. Wifi and Tv's everywhere. You see Connie when you look at our photo gallery.Her easy living decorater shows thru. Besides being your Host/Owner at Carpe'Diem she is also currently with Home Depot Corperation Special Services Marathon where she works as a customer problem solver/order specialist in her spare time.

Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys purchased this house in 2000

Why Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl.Keys chose Marathon

Connie and Captain Rick are locals that live in Marathon Year Around! If a question should arise they can get you an answer pronto and the same goes for any problems that may occur.They are all about making your island visit to their home one to remember from begining to end. They have taken the time to ensure the home is just as advertised and that the rates are affordable. Special treatment is given to one and all from the moment you call to inquire. Their home is always ready on time and they are waiting to meet and greet you upon arrival with your keys to the Keys.They pride themselves in working with guests to see that all is just as requested. If you have rented a boat to be dlivered to the dock Rick will ensure that it is of high quality and safely tied to the dock. They have ample safe parking for trailors and will assist you in getting it in position.They have even been known to arrange a minister for a beach wedding upon request & for a small fee they will even go as far as having snacks and cold beverages awaiting your arrival. Their home has direct Atlantic Ocean access no wondering around to get out on the water. It is at MM 50.5 truly in the middle of the island chain. The beach, shopping,bus service and island resturants and bars of all kinds are just minutes away. They have taken great care in selecting this property to ensure convenience and relaxtion for guests of all ages. The guests that come to Carpe' Diem are Connie and Captain Rick's #1 priority. They don't want you to just come once they want you to want to return as so many have over the past 14 years.They specalize in making fantastic memories for your family and friends by extending a helping hand in every way at any time requested by thier guests. The specials rates are unbeatable and they will work with you and making your island dream stay a reality. It only takes a phone call and as little as a $500 deposit and you will be on your way to seize the day at Carpe' Diem Marathon.

What makes this house unique

Location,Location, and Location! Sun, Sun, Sun! Food, Food, Food! FUN,FUN,FUN!

Location-This is the prefect locations to hang your sun hat in on our island chain! In the middle of eveything. You can either take the car or catch the shuttle bus and travel up or down the island chain. For as little as $2.50 try the shuttle and get off on the different island communities or go all the way and do the Duval Crawl in Key West. Don't come to see part of it come to see all of it from Key Largo to Key West and everything in between. We are close to the beachs, shopping, restaurants,water activies, dancing and about everything you can imagine on the island of Marathon which by the way is only 6 miles wide and 10 miles long. Sun as you know just keeps on shining down here when it's 40 below and there a shoveling snow up North and we like it! Island breezes sway the palms at about 78 degrees down our way in the winter but once in a while we may have a cold snap of about 60 in the dead of winter.Enjoy the end of each beautiful day with a majestic sun set over our emerald seas. FANTASTIC! Food - Some of the best Chef's in the world are right here in the Keys. Choose for a 5 star restaurant of a Mom and Pop joint for some of the best fresh seafood you can eat. Maybe you just want to catch or buy your own and grill a quiet dinner on our patio deck, which ever the fresh produce and seafood will tantilize the taste buds and don't forget the Key Lime Pie!

FUN,FUN,FUN - You have just stepped into the twilight zone of FUN. Spend a day on the water on one of our party boats, take out a jet ski, spend the day like a beach bum up and down the island chain, snorkle or dive the reef, have a dolphin encounter, theater, take a biplane or helicaptor ride. parasail, water ski,and always plan to catch a sunset at the Sunset Grill, dance til dawn! The list goes on - like the saying goes,'If you want to try it the Keys have got it!' and at Carpe'Diem we know where it's at!


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master Room Bath is a full bath with Seated Shower Guests Room Bath is full shower bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bed Room is a King bed with full bath Guest Bedroom is Queen bed Guest Bedroom Full bed
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Central air & Heat Washer & dryer Furnished dock Step down dock Swim ladde Ground level, No high steps Full dock lighting Spa Fully loaded kitchen Lovely neighborhood Close to shoping Close to beach Airport Bus service Auto night lighting Boat rental delivery Beautiful island decor throughout Fantastic dining close Screened furnished lanai room Direct access canal Central location in island chain Free WiFi


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(49 traveller reviews)

59% Complete
20% Complete
4% Complete
6% Complete
10% Complete
Carpe' Diem Heart of the Fl. Keys Specials
average rating of 4.122449 based on 49 reviews

Quirky, fun, convenient house

  • 4 of 5

Overall a nice experience. The house is comfortable and the layout was nice. The kitchen was well equipped and also had a large refrigerator.The patio area on the canal with the hot tub was a plus. The parking area was adequate for our cars. The house's location is convenient to Sombrero Beach and Key Colony and a myriad of good restaurants. Also, the house is far enough off of Rte 1 so that the neighborhood was very quiet. Connie and Rick, the owners, were very accommodating to our needs. Would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have decorated in the what is regarded as Keys nautical style and we like to offer plenty of things to put you on island time throughout your stay.and am glad you found it quirky and fun. These kids were great! They were on the go the whole 2 weeks they were down. Wish we could have spent more time with them as I am sure they had some great stories regarding their island stay, maybe next time as I 'm sure they will be back on island time again in the future. I would really like to thank them for the lovely condition they left our home in upon their departure as they really did take care of everything. We can always use all the help we can get from our guests to help with the next arrivals and they were great. They are always more than welcome as guests at our home. Thank you all so much again. A Plus Guests in our books. It was a long drive from Massachusetts and we sure am glad they came all that way to visit our islands, they really knew how to seize that day. Connie and Captain Rick Carpe'Diem Marathon Fl Keys
Did you find this review helpful?
3 1

Other than exiting the canal with the boat the channel was to shallow between the PVC pipes .

  • 4 of 5

House was located in a great location. The channel leading out where the PVC markers were needs to be dredged and cleaned up had tree limb get wrapped up in prop and had to get out and push the boat thru in alot of spots being to shallow. This has nothing to do with the owners they were great.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do hope you enjoyed your stay and happy you like the location. Sorry you had problems getting out. We have just been informed that they plan to finally start moving the canals of debris as the government has finally come thru with funds as promised to dredge and open all the canals damaged from Irma. It has been a long haul but as long as we stay clear of any major storms we should be back to 100%. Thank you for coming and we do hope we see you all again. Connie and Captain
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Rick and Connie for your gracious hospitality! We had everything we needed and loved the remodel! We would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to one and all. I’m so happy you all enjoyed your stay. It was great to meet you all and look forward to seeing you all again. Until than we will continue to keep the sun shining and the drinks cold. Connie. And Captain Rick Carpe’Diem Marathon Fl Keys
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Naples, Florida

Very comfortable and inviting!

  • 3 of 5

We really felt relaxed right away. The house was decorated just perfect for the Keys.

It could've been a little cleaner. The main bathroom had cement dust dripping down while your showering. Lots of dust. A plank on the dock gave away on one of us. It was only nailed down with only one nail. The hot tub was not adjustable with the temperature, so we used it twice. Since, it was too cold for the beach, I was counting on the hot tub. Not enough room for more than one vechicle. We were able to use a vacant muddy area down the street.

It is very close to everything: stores, restaurants, and supermarket.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Keys Strong

  • 5 of 5

Hi folks, if you're considering a trip to th Keys this where you should stay.

Connie and Captain Rick are the definition of Keys Strong, hard working, great hosts, very kind , welcoming, and fun loving. They're great Keys guides too. They know all of the best places to eat and play.

The house is adorable. Well equipped kitchen with new appliances, and everything you need to mix your favorite libations.

We spent most of our time outside on the deck. Feeding the iguanas, soaking in the hot tub, and baking our bones in the winter sun.

Thanks Connie and Rick, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great week in Marathon!!

  • 4 of 5

What an awesome week we had! The location of the house was perfect. Everything we needed was close by. Although we hit all the fun touristy restaurants and bars, we also enjoyed hanging out at the house. It was very comfy, just like home. The weather was great- windows and sliders open- nice breeze flowing in... Seeing the manatees out back was so cool! Again, the house was comfy, cozy, beds were great, we all had an awesome time. Rick and Connie were attentive to anything we needed. Very much looking forward to staying here again. Hopefully soon!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Miami,Key West or Marathon
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Lulu's or Brass Monkey
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Key West Express
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sunset Grill
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Jet Ski
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Enjoy the warm beautiful waters of the Fabulous Fl. Keys.

* Enjoy our wonderful local fresh seafood.

* Dance to the great local music under the stars!.

* Boat out and swim, dive, or fish..

* Enjoy our local shuttles to all the islands and explore..

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* A picnic day at the beach!.

* Fish off the many bridges for the big ones..

* Party on the patio and swim off the dock..

* Take a day for shelling on our many beaches.

* Go on a habatait & bird watch..

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Swim with the Dolphins.

* Visit the reef and visit Nemo!.

* Take a keys bus shuttle and explore all the islands..

* Take a day out on our many party fishing boats..

* Enjoy a Keys tradition at The Sunset Grill.



Flats and deep sea fishing

Diving & snorkeling

Bike paths

Parks of all kinds


Close to beachs


Para sailing

Jet ski


Island hopping


Dolpin encounters

Fine dining

Close to tiki with pool,lunch or dinner & cocktails


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Marathon, Florida Keys

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas Week
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
New Years Week
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Boat dockage fee £0
Property Damage Protection £46.1
Trailer storage £0
cleaning Fee £0

Special Bonus Rates listed throughout the year!
Dec thru March ....$1675.00
winter season!!
April thru Aug.....$1375.00 Weekly
Sept thru Nov......Watch for Gambler Deals
Holidays and Fantasy Fest may very in price.
Weekly booking are Sat. to Sat.
Mini Lobster Dive Week $1,675.00 6 guests
Lobster Seanson Opening Week Aug. $1,675.00
Call or check our site availabilty calender for specials

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Ask Owner a Question

You might like these similar holiday rentals