We reanted this home in June 2007, and it was just wonderful! The photos don't show how spotlessly clean, well appointed, and comfortable the house is. The ocean is only a short kayak ride away, and the canal is well marked and easy to find for boating. The owner was very easy to work with...would rate this home a 10!
Beautiful house in a great location. Clean and cozy. Couldn't ask for a better week. Thanks Manny.
We greatly enjoyed our stay. The place is clean, convenient, spacious, and nicely appointed. The pool and hot tub were welcome respites, where we enjoyed happy hour each evening. Manny is easy to work with and was very responsive to our questions.
Rented Manny's place for 3 weeks in Jan 09. Had a great time! If your going to rent a boat and fish then this is the place - great location for easy access to ocean and great ammenities for fishing. House was clean and pool and Hot Tub were great!! Thanks Manny!!
We spent the week at this house, and it was great - just what we needed. While everything was clean and inviting, my favorite was the backyard. We spent countless hours in the pool and jaccuzzi. Thanks, Manny!
We stayed at the home from 3/14/09 to 3/21/09 with our friends from San Diego. It was our first time in the Keys and we could not have chosen a nicer place to stay. Very clean, felt like home, loved the pool and hot tub. Can't wait to go back, Thanks Manny.
Great location, close to anything you need and want. Great house, it's laid out nicely and well maintained. Manny is great to work with. We are planning to return and hopefully stay at Manny's house next year.
We stayed the week of March 31, 2009. What a great spot! Hours in the pool and jacuzzi- enjoying the sunshire and the gentle breeze off the Atlantic - and the fishing was great. I'm afraid we didn't have your luck tho Manny! Not to far to Key West, and a beautiful drive. Thanks so much - 5 stars!
We stayed from 4/4 - 4/11 and loved it! The location is great, wonderful dock for our boat and the house was great! Very comfortable and relaxing -great access to the ocean and nice boat ride to Bahia Honda Key State Park! Loved the pool and jacuzzi, along with all the movies available in the house. We would defintely come back to stay! Thanks Manny! (Wish we could have caught some fish you have displayed!)
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful week's vacation at this house and can't say enough good things about it. Everything was well-appointed and comfortable. Outside was like a mini resort with its hot tub, pool and deck on the canal. And the inside offered a comfortable place to put up your feet and relax. Manny was very responsive and great to deal with. We'll definitely be back!
We had a great time, the house was clean and beautiful. The kids loved the pool. We will be back again. Thanks Manny.
This is our second year staying at this beautiful, relaxing home. We had everything we needed and more! The backyard arrangement is a great setup, so much so that you really don't even need to leave it to experience a great Florida vacation. Great ocean access and Manny's fishing advice was very helpful. Grocery stores are convenient to get to. The house and Manny are very welcoming and we would not stay anywhere else when visiting the Keys. See you next year if not sooner!
We stayed May 29th through June 6th 2009. The house was fantastic. Plenty of room for all of us and the pool and hot tub were great. The house was very clean and had everything you would need. It is a short boat ride to Vaca Cut for bait and gas and there are lots of diving sites close by. We caught lots of fish and ate fresh fish every day. The kids enjoyed catching pin fish and Snapper off of the bulk head at the house. We liked it so much we have already reserved the house again for 2010. Thanks Manny!
We rented here for the last week of August and our vacation was amazing! We had such a great time in Manny's home. Everything was perfect! We have no complaints!! Great location, great ammenities, spacious and clean!!
Just got back from spending 2 weeks in Manny's house (11/14-11-28). Even in our GPS we named it (The Dream House) I could write a book about how wonderful the house was. It was exactly as described and as shown in pictures and very clean and neat. House had everything a family needs for a weeks or a months stay. Outside (back) area is a little paradise on it's own - large pool and nice size spa, tiki bar, plenty of room for a family of 5-6. We had wonderful weather both weeks (80's and sunny) except one rainy day (we needed it for a trip to Key West).
Manny was wonderful to deal with - e-mails were replied to in timely manner. House was located very close to Publix, K-Mart and some good restaurants. Huge outdoor grill saw it's share of use also. Thanks also for letting us use the freezer, ice maker and ice - it came in handy.
If we EVER need a large house in the Keys again - Manny will be the first one to call/e-mail. Thanks again and again for letting our families to spend 2 fantastic weeks in your gorgeous house Manny
We had a wonderful, relaxing stay at this property during the third week of Dec, 2009. The house was spacious and accommodated our family of 4 adults and 2 kids comfortably. The house itself so comfortable that we had trouble stepping out for our daily activities. Marathon is a great home base for activities around the keys. Can't wait to return.
Our Family enjoyed a GREAT vacation Jan 2010 at Manny's home in Marathon Key! The house was very clean and meant all our expections! We loved the hot tub and pool and spend a large part of our vacation in Manny's back yard relaxing and enjoying family. Manny is a great host and very pleasant to do business with. Our stay was so enjoyable that we have already made plans to return Jan. 2011!!! and can't wait!, Bruce/Ellen Barret and family Thanks Manny and Family
We just returned from a week at Manny's house in Marathon, and we cannot rave enough about it. We were 4 adults, a 5 year old, a 2 year old, and a 6 month old, and we all enjoyed every minute of our stay. The jacuzzi was a lifesaver, as the weather was unusually cool. We were in it every day, and many nights. We all caught pinfish in the canal, and even had a visit from a manatee! We're planning at least 2 more vacations to this home and we're very much looking forward to it. This house is in a perfect location, and everything about it was perfect.
This house was perfect for our family fishing vacation. It was wonderful to wake up in the morning and have our boat right there. The house was very clean and had everything we needed. It is a perfect location as you are only an hour away from Key West if you want to go there for the day. There are also some great restaurants in Marathon too. I would definitely come back to this house!
We had a great time for the 2nd year in a row. House is clean and beautiful. Has a great time in the pool and hot tub. Would highly recommend this property. Thanks to Manny for all his help. Will be back.
I sent in a review with the wrong e-mail acct. I just want you to know that we had a great vacation staying in the house in marathon Keys. The house was in excellent condition, furnished nicely, kitchen well equipped. The weather was great. We would recommend this property to anyone., especially those with children.We will be looking forward to staying again. We didn't get to meet the owners but they were very helpful over the telephone. The directions they gave was right on the mark.Thanks again for a great vacation.
Ronald and Friends
My husband twin two year olds, and another family of four all stayed in the house in August. We really enjoyed the house and it's location. It was everything Manny promised. I hope to be able to visit again next year!
I just returned from Marathon, and stayed a week in this wonderful house on the canal.It is absolutely beautiful and the pictures are an accurate portrayal of what it looks like.It had everything it said it had and more. Some great memories were made with family there.
Hope to go back next year.
We had a wonderful time at this home. We stayed 11/6/10 - 11/13/10. This is the best house! We had plenty of room and all the comforts of home. We caught fish off the dock and enjoyed the hot tub everyday! Also, a manatee came up to the doc and let us pet it and take pictures! A vacation we will never forget! Thank you to Manny for everything! Will stay again..hopefully next year.
We had a most delightful stay at Manny's home. It is in a beautiful location, close to everything. The home is even better than the description and pictures. It is very well maintained and clean. Manny is very helpful and a pleasure to work with. His communications are prompt, pleasurable and accurate. I would highly recommend this home to a relative or friend visiting the area. We would love to stay at The Best House the next time we are in the area. The house is in a great location. We visited Curry Hammock State Park, Sombrero Beach and Bahia Honda State Park. They are all beautiful and worth a visit. It is an easy drive to Key West, Key Largo and any other Key from this house. And, if you don't want to do anything, it is a great place to sit and relax. The swimming pool and hot tub are great. The sitting areas outside are comfortable and a great place to just sit around and talk! The house has everything you could ask for. We had a great time and wish to thank Manny for everything he did for us! We are hoping to make a return trip sometime in the not to distant future! Thanks again Manny.
We recently spent a week at this lovely house and enjoyed it very much. It's well maintained, clean, in a good location and offers a great deal of privacy. The house is even better than the photos and it has all the amenities you will ever need. Manny was very easy to work with and everything went smoothly. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a great getaway in the Keys! I you do stay in Marathon, I recommend you check out the fish tacos at Sparky's and the Lobster Rueben at Key Fisheries!
We just spent 2 weeks, (Feb. 26 - March 12, 2011), at the Marathon House and loved every minute of it! The description and pictures accurately depict this rental, but it's even better in real life!
Although there were 3 couples in our group sharing this house, we had more than enough room for all of us. We never once felt crowded. This house has all the amenities you could ask for. It is well kept, very clean, neat, and tidy. The hot tub is awesome and the pool was a life saver when it came to cooling off in the beautiful Florida Keys sunshine. We have visited the Keys numerous times over the past 23 years and this was by far, the most comfortable and enjoyable accomondations thus far.
Marathon Keys is central to everything. Marathon itself has all you could ask for when it comes to shopping, (Sombrero) beach, restaurants, attractions, etc.. Be sure to visit the Turtle Hospital near the Seven Mile Bridge. They are doing awesome work there. Eateries we recommend are; The Wooden Spoon, Sunset Grill (beside Seven Mile Bridge), Key Fisheries, and Hurricane (awesome chicken wings)! Also be sure to walk the old bridge next to the Seven Mile Bridge, (2 miles each way). If you do this, check the water for Sea life and you may see a Manta Ray or Sea Turtle like we did. If you like fishing, The Marathon Lady, near the Vaca Cut Bridge, offers a very fun filled and successful fishing adventure. 5 of us caught 163 fish in about 3 1/2 hours. We were able to keep 1/2 of them, (in season).
The only thing we regret is not bringing our "fishin' poles" for the canal behind the house.
Janet and I are hopeful that we will be able to vacation here again in 2012.
Thanks to Manny for letting us vacation in his wonderful home. Thanks too for being responsive to emails and any questions we had.
My wife & I just spent a week at Manny's house April 9th-16th with two other couples. We could not have asked for anything more. The house was as advertised, only nicer. Pool & hot tub were great, as was the dock area & fish cleaning table. We rented a boat from Tropical Boat Rentals for the week(also a class act), and spent every day on the water. This house is a perfect base to begin each days adventure. We caught Grouper, snapper, mackerel , barracuda, Mahi mahi & wahoo as well as an assortment of reef fish. This is also a great location if you are looking to dive or snorkel as you are within a short distance from Sombrerro Lighthouse & many other local dive spots. I would highly recommend this property if you have plans to be boating or if you just want to relax the days away in the pool. We've only been home for three days & we already miss it. Can't wait to go back. Thanks for an amazing week Manny!
We are a group of firefighters that have been going to the keys since 1975 and have rented various houses, hotels, campgrounds, travel trailers, you name it. This year we came across this house on the internet and decided to give it a try. It was absolutely the best rental we have ever had. Clean, perfect location as you are close to everything, straight shot out to the fishing grounds, really enjoyed the pool and spa at the end of a long day of fishing. We have reserved the same dates with Manny for years in advance as we are done looking for a nice place to stay. If your looking for a clean house with all the comforts you could want, stop looking it just will not be beat. Enjoy your stay!!
This was everything we had hoped for. Nicely furnished and maintained, and exactly as advertised. For the kids there was the pool, dock for fishing and the air-hockey/pool table. The bait freezer, ice maker, dock, deep canal, and close run to the Atlantic was great for the fishing and diving. The jacuzzi was very relaxing in the evenings. And Manny was great , whenever we had a question about anything he was a phone call away. We are planning on returning again next year.
We've been coming to Marathon for over 13 years now. We've stayed just about everywhere on the island. This is absolutely the best house we've stayed at. You can't beat the location, ocean access, and I can't list everything the house has to offer. We had plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers, more than enough sea wall for dockage, and saved about $300 on ice thanks to the ice machine. We really enjoyed the pool in the afternoon after being on the water all day. It was nice to be in the shade having a cold drink. The other great thing is that you're only half a beer away from the ocean. Very quick access to offshore or backwater fishing, getting bait, fishing the flats, diving, spearfishing, or just a boat ride. It's only about 10 min. to sombrero reef. This house has something for everyone. It is set up for people who want to fish, boat, or just relax in paradise. Give it a try and you'll see just how hard it is to write a review listing everything this house has to offer. I'll be back next year!
We had reserved this beautiful home for our vacation this December. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we unfortunately had to cancel. I emailed Manny as soon as I saw we were not going to be able to go and it was right on the cusp of the contract deadline for a full refund of our deposit. Within just a little more than 24 hours from the time of my correspondence, he replied back that full refund was on its way. That is true customer service in my book and so much appreciated considering our circumstances for having to cancel.
Because of his consideration and understanding, this is definitely a place we will keep high on our radar for a future vacation. Thank you Manny for being so thoughtful and kind.
This place was great! Perfect location. Place to keep our boat, which was great because many places in the keys charge to use their boat ramps. Minutes away from the protected Sombero reef. Saw alot of cool fish and coral reef. Did a lot of fishing and lobstering, brought home 28 mahi and 1 tuna in one day! Only 1hr away from Key West and all the people watching. Per my husband the "fisherman" the place is perfect for every fisherman... Team 'choot um' agrees! House was comfortable and has that tropical vacation feel to it. Everything you need is there. Grocery stores close. Couple of places to check out or stay away close by: Porkys Pub had terrible service, but we got a glimpse of a manatee. Salty's had good food and friendly staff. The Island Company had great conk fritters. We loved this place, it was everything we expected and more. Hope to visit again soon, would recommend to families or groups of friends.
My family and I just returned from one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had. We have spent many weeks vacationing in the Keys, but this location, by far, was our favorite. The home has everything that you need to have a complete getaway. The house is quaint and comfortable. We spent most of our time though, outside by the pool laughing, eating and drinking cool beverages after long days on the ocean snorkeling, diving and fishing. The commercial grade ice machine is AWESOME to have for filling coolers and putting your catch on ice. Thank you so much for that! Easy access to ocean if you do have your own boat...it was outstanding. We were blessed with gorgeous weather the entire trip. The property owner (Manny) was accessible, honest and accommodating. This property was beautiful and affordable and will remain in our memories as one of the best vacations spots ever. We will most definitely rent again in the future.
First time to visit in the Keys for us. Picked Manny's house to stay,(GREAT CHOICE!!).House was easy to find with Manny's directions.House was spotless and obviously well maintainted.Had all eating & cooking supplies we needed.Nice quiet neighborhood! Relaxing by beautiful pool & spa along canal was FABULOUS! Went to some local restaurants close by & had good food.Grilled food & ate by pool in the evening.Took a great drive to Key West & enjoyed Duval St. & entertianment @ Mallory Square.Went to Sombrero Beach close by to see sunset.BEAUTIFUL! Had a great vacation!!!! Thanks to Manny & Elena for allowing us to stay in their home.Will be back! Thanks!!!!!
My friends and I have been renting in Marathon for over 15 years. This home is Excellent! It is exactly as it is pictured and described on VRBO....even better. They have bags of ice for you, grills ready with gas for frying or grilling. The place is very clean and comfortable. The backyard (on the water) is a playground. Great pool and jacuzzi, Party hut and fishing off the back deck. They even had three rods and reels available. Give it a try...you will love it. the owner Manny is a wonderful person and available if you have questions when staying.
Our family of 7 spent the most amazing week (the week before Christmas) at this lovely home. We played with the manatees right at our dock, and saw jelly fish, lobsters and more. The outdoors area was perfect for our family -- the "big kids" loved the pool, the "old kids" loved the hot tub. Both inside and out, the place was so well kept that we felt as if we were at a resort -- but we had privacy and it was affordable. Having the extras such as the ice machine, fish-cleaning station, covered picnic table and dock access made it so easy to do the thing we love most -- fishing. We can't wait to come back!
The house was exactly as described. It was clean and well maintained, with all the amenities you could want. We would definitely come back here the next time we are in the Keys, because it is so close to everything, but far enough away from the congestion of Key West. Thanks Manny and Elena for making this house available to us.
We spent a fantastic week at this house. Will definitely return. The house is clean, has everything you need and is in a great vacation. The hottub was first rate!!! We enjoyed the sun and water; didn't even leave the house for a couple of days. Just kicked back and relaxed. Great place - thank you Manny!
This house is exactly as pictured and described. Feels like your home away from home. Sombrero Beach wasn't as nice as we thought, but we did thoroughly enjoy Bahia Honda beaches and Veterans Memorial State parks. We had no problems whatsoever with the house. We arrived a little bit earlier than the 3pm check-in and Manny was very courteous in letting us drop off our things and we actually just kind of hung around until the cleaning person was done. We were so happy to arrive after 25 hours of driving. Very nice of Manny to let us in early. I would recommend this house to anyone. There were 4 adults and 2 kids and we had plenty of room for everybody. We will definitely stay here again someday. THANKS MANNY!!
Our children are already asking if we can return to the Keys next year and stay in this house again. We have three children 8, 12, 15 and they had a blast. They fished in the canal, swam in the pool, and lounged in the hot tub. We also had many games of air hockey! The location is great. Two of our children swam with the dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center...make sure you make a reservation ahead of time. We went to Sombrero Beach, Bahia Honda Beach, spear fishing, snorkeling and day trip to Key West. We highly recommend this house. Manny, thanks for making it so easy!!
The house and amenties are exceptional and very well maintained. The house is close to two boat ramps and has a dock accessable to the Atlantic. For our fishing trip, I was delighted that the house had a commercial ice maker, a separate outside upright large freezer for bags of ice and bait and a rod holder/sroarge center for rinsing/cleaning the 12 rods we brought for the trip. The hot tub and pool are in excellent condition. The kitchen, gameroom, outside Tikki bar and grill are top notch. I am looking forward to coming back and staying here again. JC
We stayed for two weeks in July (07/14/12-07/28/12) and this was by far the best vacation we have ever had. After thoroughly shopping for the perfect vacation spot for our family and deciding on this location we could not of been more happier. This home is truley what is says and so much more and is by far "the best bang for your buck" and you will not be disappointed. It truely has something for everyone to enjoy and was equiped with everything you needed to walk in and let the fun begin. Manny & Elena were very proffessional, friendly and have gone to great lenghts to provide the information on all the local attrations as well as a very clean rental property. We brought our boat, dive and snorkle equipment, bikes and used them all. We loved the convience of the commercial ice machine, outside bait refrigerator and frezzer which we used every day. If you are looking for a rental where all the little things mean a lot this home has it. We enjoyed snorkerling and diving Sombreo Reef, went to Key West for a shopping/parting day, enjoyed a full day deep water charter fishing trip with "Fins Up" ,had a great day on opening day of mini lobester season and celebrated my Inlaws "50th Wedding Anniversary and all I can say is "Wow" what a great time we had and memories that will last a life time with our family and friends. Ohhh and yes we will returning next year.
The house was just right for our weeks stay in Marathon. The rooms are decorated nicely, keeping with the tropical feel we all enjoy when coming to the keys. The house is well maintained and clean. Our group of six adults had plenty of room to enjoy inside. We had rented a 27ft. boat for the week and there was ample dockage for that. The pool and hot tub were a life saver after thoughts long hot days on the water. The provided ice maker and freezers where also a great benefit for keeping the boat drinks and catch cold. For boaters the access to the Atlantic and the gulfside through Vaca cut and the seven mile bridge was easy, although the access channel to the house was a little tricky at first, it's to be expected in the keys. Manny (the owner) was very helpful with a couple of small issues we had at first by just making a phone call. We will be renting this house again and I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing stay and to enjoy all that the Florida Keys has to offer.
The property was perfect for our group- 2 couples and a single. It was clean, well layed out with a great pool, spa, and boat dock. The best was the ice machine with unlimited ice. We look forward to returning next year to better weather since "Sandy" kept us off the water.
This was a very clean, comfortable home away from home, located in a quiet, relaxing neighborhood. It has a great set-up for fishing, and a nice pool and hot tub. Definitely considering a return visit next year.
This place had everything you could possibly need. It was spotless when we arrived. Everything, including the free WiFi, heated pool and hot tub worked perfectly. The linens and towels were clean. The pool was clean and refreshing. The kitchen was loaded with all the dishes, utensils and appliances you need. We literally just had to buy food. The location is great on a quiet residential side street but within just a few minutes drive to grocery stores, restaurants and bait/tackle shops. The best surprise was when were visited by a family of manatees that swam up the canal right to the deck behind the property! I would highly recommend this place to families with children. We had kids ages 10 months to 10 years with us and they all enjoyed their stay and we felt very safe at this location. The owner was very responsive to our questions and answered them promptly.
Best Marathon House was the perfect place for our family to stay on our winter vacation. The house was spacious, spotless, and included everything we needed. The kids absolutely loved the pool and hot tub. We had so much fun catching fish off the dock, and we even saw a manatee. Although there are many houses nearby, the spot was very peaceful and relaxing. The house is also very close to everything we wanted to do, including Sombrero beach, the Dolphin Research Center, snorkeling tours, various restaurants and shops, etc. We would definitely visit again. Thanks Manny and Elena!
This was the best beach/boating house I have ever rented. The house is truly conformable and includes all the amenities you can find at home and more; there is an ice maker, fryer, BBQ, and big freezer for your fish. It is very clean, well maintained, organized, and inviting. The photos posted can not possibly capture the beauty and comfort of this home. The canal is well marked coming in or out; even at low tide there is plenty of water to get your boat back home or out to the ocean. Please follow the coordinates provided by Manny, the owner, to find the channel. I got lost trying to find the channel the first night and Manny, who happened to be there, put his boat in he water and rescued us from a long night in skinny water. Today, I consider Manny a friend. He was very helpful answering all our questions.
Sombrero Beach and Key are excellent amenities. Captain Hook marina is a nice place for bait, tackle, and info.
I am looking forward to a summer week in this home.
I would definitely recommend this home to my family or friends.
Thank you again Manny.
Hope we can go fishing together in the future
My family and I spent a week at "The Best Marathon House" during spring break and we couldn't have asked for a better place to be. The house is in immaculate condition and has all the amenities you would expect to make your stay comfortable. There is a docking area for your boat, if you bring one. We spent time outdoors bird watching and relaxing by the pool and hot tub, which the kids enjoyed very much. The house is conveniently located minutes away from Publix, Win Dixie, gas station and K-Mart. It is also very close to parks, playgrounds, Sombrero Beach and the Dolphin Research Center, which is a must see if you are bringing children. There are a couple of nice restaurants closed by to enjoy with your family and/or friends with options to eat indoors or out, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Atlantic.
If you don't mind exploring further away, feeding the Tarpons at Robbie's Marina (Islamorada) is an unforgettable experience. Last, I would encourage a trip to "Cayo Hueso" my favorite city in South Florida. Key West has a welcoming atmosphere that brings you back in time. It is beautifully maintained and very picturesque. You can walk the streets or take one of the tour rides offered on the trolley or train. There are many good restaurants to choose from as well as a variety of gift shops.
Overall, The Best Marathon House, not only provides you with all of the comforts you would expect to make your stay memorable, but its convenient location allows you to explore the Florida Keys without breaking your bank.
Manny and his wife went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and were extremely helpful to us. On our first day, my husband lost his way back home while bringing the boat from the marina and Manny did not hesitate to go out on his boat to rescue him, for which we are very grateful.
I recommend "The Best Marathon House" to be your first choice to consider when planning strip to the Florida Keys, believe me, you will not regret it.
Our many thanks to Manny and his wife for making our vacation in their house, one to be remembered forever!
Ivette and Elio Hernandez
My husband, 12 year old daughter, and I spent a wonderful week at The Best Marathon House during our spring break vacation. We had a wonderful time, and the house was everything it was advertised to be. We loved the pool and hot tub, and the view of the canal was beautiful. The interior of the house is set up well. Manny and his wife also had a great selection of DVD's, and we watched a movie most nights. The kitchen is updated with everything you need--we ate breakfast and lunch each day at the house, and even cooked a few dinners too. Manny also provides a comprehensive booklet that gives information on local attractions, beaches, and restaurants. Even though my family doesn't fish, we found lots to do every day that made for a special and memorable vacation.
The house was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the linens were nice. We enjoyed having the washer and dryer to do a few loads of laundry. I would recommend this house to anyone visiting the Keys. We will come back to Marathon for a vacation in the future, and we plan on staying at The Best Marathon House again.
My husband and I spent a week at the house. My two daughters, son-in-laws and three grandchildren stayed at another house not too far away. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was everything that it was advertised to be. Very clean, comfortable beds, convenient to the area and the Keys. The pool and hot tub were the best part. Even though the weather was not the greatest we were able to do everything that we wanted. The kids and grandkids would come over and swim. They totally enjoyed the pool. Cooked out on the grill for lunch. I would spend hours in the pool just floating, sun or no sun. Every evening was spent in the hot tub for a relaxing end to the day. Would go to bed and sleep like a baby. I highly recommend this house for your next vacation. My husband says it is perfect for fisherman who want to plan a trip. Manny has everything there for you. Also, the restaurants are great with fresh seafood. If we ever get back down there we would stay again.
When we arrived we were able to park our cars and boat trailer in the front of the house with plenty of room. On both sides of the house there are two large gates making it easy to move gear into the back yard. We launched our boat at the ramp just down the street and easily navigated to and from. (Manny e-mailed us a map detailing both of the closest boat ramps around) Once we got in the house it was without question the cleanest house we have ever stayed at in the Keys. (I have been going down for over 20 years now) In fact, after two or three days it remained so clean we laughed that Manny has magic floors that never seem to dirty. Talk about changes in attitude my wife was defiantly in Margaretville. The beds were very comfortable (even with a 60lbs 6 year old wedged in between my wife and I) thank god for king beds. The flow of the house gave space when we needed it and had plenty of gathering spots when we came together. The games were a big hit with my son (pool, air hockey and Play station). The pool / hot tub / tiki Hut area was fantastic! We used it daily as we came off the boat each day and it satisfied my wife’s only request….” I want to be able to see the pool from the living room”. Manny being a fisherman was another unanticipated bonus. They say the devil is in the details and he has every detail covered. Fish cleaning table, hoses everywhere, vertical rod holders to wash many rods at once without them falling over, bait freezer, and the heaven sent ice machine. A never ending supply of ice in the Keys is something I may not be able to go without again. There are many stores close to the house (Publix, Home Depot, K-Mart & Bait). There is a very shaded play yard for children at the end of the road. We went to the Turtle Hospital and found the Cracked Conch Café (No AC but the food is good). I would recommend this house to anyone and will defiantly be back again.
Thank you Manny for sharing your home with us!
We had the opportunity to stay at ths fabulous house in August, and it was truly wonderful. When our previous place fell through at the last minute, the owner was incredibly helpful and flexible in accomodating our last minute arrangements. I would repeat business with him anytime. The house was even better than advertised, definitely the best we have stayed at in multiple trips to Marathon. The pool and hottub were highlights, and if you have kids, is really great as it can keep the kids occupied. We always rent or bring a boat, and the location was fantastic. While Key Colony is a great location, the quick access to open water is definitely a plus. When you add in all the ammenities in the house, from the modern updated kitchen with everything you need for cooking, to the multiple flatscreen TV's and entertainment system, along with plenty of dining room and seats both inside and out, well you have the recipe for a great vacation. Add in the pool table/air hockey table (for the kids again), and then the commercial ice machine which will save you time and money on that important commodity, the owner has truly made a destination getaway. Can't recommend it enough, grab some friends and cold beverages and head for the best house in marathon.
We stayed rental for a week and had a wonderful vacation. The listing description & photographs accurately reflect the rental's appearance and amenities. The property was very clean and well maintained. The owner was very friendly and helpful in every way. I would recommend this rental to anyone and would definitely consider renting this home again next year.
My husband and I spent a fabulous week at Best Marathon House. The house was immaculate. Not a speck of dust anywhere. The beds were comfortable. Every amenity you would love was here. Graciously decorated, and in a lovely neighborhood. The pool and spa were magnificent.
Easy access to local attractions as well as Miami and Key West. We recommend this home to everyone! Best week ever. We will be back.
We rented this house for the week of 12/7/13 to 12/14/13. What a wonderful home. The house is exactly as posted in the listing. It was extremely clean and had all the necessary items for a great vacation! The beds were more comfortable then my beds at home! Everything was so ready for our visit we did not even have to contact Manny. The house is very tastefully decorated displaying pictures of some of the incredible fish Manny has caught. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone looking for a fabulous, relaxing vacation. There are many attractions in the immediate area. My husband and I toured the Keys on his Harley Davidson. We watched the Eagles (hometown football team) play football in a snowstorm on TV while we floated in the pool and enjoyed the spa. This location is a FISHERMAN'S PARADISE! The neighbors were friendly and helpful. We did rent a 22' boat from All Aboard Boat Rentals and had a wonderful week fishing the local waters and sightseeing by boat. We will be back!!
Third time staying at Manny's. Everything was great as usual. House is very clean. Hot tub was great on the chilly days. We will be staying here again next time down. I highly recommend this house.
We stayed here for a week at the beginning of March. It was absolutely perfect for our group of two families. A nice sized kitchen stocked with all you need for cooking, a big dining table and a lovely living area that looks out over the pool and spa. The heated pool is wonderful to relax in at any time of day and the backyard feels very private. Right on the canal and near the ocean, but still very quiet.
Many nice restaurants nearby and a close drive to all sorts of tourist attractions. We drove about 1 hr 20 mins to Key West for the day...beautiful there. also visited the turtle hospital and dolphin research centre which are both just a few minutes drive from the house. Would highly recommend this house!
The house was wonderful, the area was nice, our vacation couldn't have been better. This home is clean, and beautiful. Great for families or fishermen! I wish we were still there!
Thank you so much for your hospitality!
We loved this house and are very thankful to Manny and Elena for sharing it with us. I have booked already for next year as well, and will continue thereafter for as long as we can. Normally towards the end of our second week I am ready to get back home. I DID NOT want to leave. The neighborhood is great, very nice and quiet. The house had everything we needed and then some. The pool is "awesome". the waterfall is very relaxing. The fishing the first week was slow but we made up for it the following week. Our 3 year old grandson had a wonderful time as well. I highly recommend this house to everyone who is willing to take good care of it as you will see the owners do a terrific job at taking care of it.
We visited the Keys for the first time and had a great time!!! This house is wonderful. It has all of the things you need to feel like you are at a home away from home. The pool is awesome!! The pictures just can't do it justice. Every morning you hear the gentle sound of water flowing from the spa and it is wonderful. The beds are really comfortable, the t.v in the family room is perfect for chilling around, and the kitchen is well stocked with dishes, etc.. The area that the house is located feels safe and is close to grocery stores, etc.. We were very sad to leave on our last day. We had a lot of fun hanging out at the pool and enjoying the beautiful beaches. Bahia Honda is absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend spending a day on the gulf side. Sparky's Restaurant was wonderful and had great Key Lime Pie. Trust me when I say you will love this house!!
The house is wonderful and it was great to have a pool to swim in every day. Nice outdoor space for your barbecue at night. All the creature comforts are there and then some. Wifi, nice kitchen and 3/2. Plenty of room for our family. Short boat ride to the Atlantic side and off you go! Lots of restaurants to choose from that are close. This is the place to come to relax and enjoy.
I planned and chose Manny's "Best Marathon House" for a Grandparents, daughter/son-in-law and grand-children's fall vacation. We've done this for the last couple of years and find Fla., close to a beach, to be a perfect spot. I chose Manny's rental home based upon the VRBO description and we were not disappointed. Home was very nice and comfortable for the six (6) of us. My son-in-law and I tried guessing the fish species for the pictures that decorated the family room. With the spa and pool this home has to one of the best finds the keys for price and value. It's about in the middle of Marathon, close to two (2) grocery stores, well appointed in the kitchen and only a couple of miles from Sombrero beach. There is also a childrens park a short walk up the street. The grand-kids loved it. Since Marathon is about in the middle of the keys it was short driving to Key West as well as north to Key Largo and John Pennekamp State Park. Being able to have family breakfast, lunch and dinner was wonderful. Of course we also ate out a couple of dinners, Marathon has numerous wonderful restaurants to choose from. With seafood readily available we did a lot of that at the house.
I give this a #10 and highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a fine home in Marathon.
Great house and location. Just as described and shown in the pictures. Our entire family enjoyed the house and trip. We go to the Keys every December and this was our first time at Best House Marathon and we would use it again. Very easy to work with. Thank your for a great trip and house.
This home worked great for my husband and I to have some serious relaxing time. We virtually lived at poolside enjoying the views of the waterway as well as the pool and hottub. Appreciated how easy it was to operate the hottub. Loved the tiki hut with the TV which was really cool! Inside, the home was very clean and set up was very convenient for everything we needed. Kitchen worked great for preparing our meals--plenty of utinsels and pots and pans. Manny was great to work with from start to finish. We definitely recommend this home when visiting the Florida Keys.
We couldn't have had a better place to go to celebrate. Since the Keys were on our bucket list Manny's house was the perfect place and the perfect location. The house was so clean and updated. Hubby often moves to a recliner during the night because of a back injury and he had a choice of two. Two weeks away from home was going to be a stretch for him and he stayed and loved it. I could have stayed longer, especially since an ice storm was hitting our town. The pool and spa were perfect and the spa was great for his back. We tried Key Lime Pie at 5 different restaurants during our stay and all were so good we couldn't pick one as best.
I'd recommend Barracuda Grill for excellent food all around. Pricey but worth it. Lulu's was good too and had great salads. Even the little Wooden Spoon had a good breakfast-kinda like home. To us, a must do is the Crane Point museum and tour. We learned so much about early life there. I could write a book about the place, but the main thing is Best Marathon House became a home to us because it was so comfortable and supplied everything we needed for the best vacation ever! (We've had a lot in 50 years).
Everything about this house was perfect! The pictures don't do it justice. Manny has thought of everything. We rented a boat so the ice machine and bait freezer were great. The only problem was we only booked for one week. We would definitely go back!
We were fortunate enough to find this gem and booked without hesitation. We came down (3 couples) for the week during "mini lobster season". We brought our own boat and were extremely satisfied with the dock, fish cleaning table and commercial ice machine to load the boat with ice - great feature!
Beds were very comfortable, kitchen was brand new, excellent showers and comfortable furniture.
We rebooked for next year and can't wait for the months to fly by.
Thanks Manny! You have a beautiful home...
Our friends (3 couples) came for vacation the first week of August. This house has everything you need. We only had to bring our cloths and groceries. The pool/spa was great to come home to each afternoon. The ice machine was great to have, no more trips to the store for daily ice! The location is great! We will stay again.
House was clean and well maintained had everything we needed favorite part was pool and hot tub.great location close to everything ,We take the family away every Christmas this is first time we rented a house and loved it will definitely do it again
We had a wonderful week on Marathon at Manny's. We were surprised at all of the amenities on top of a heated pool and hot tub right outside the door. I would definitely recommend it.
I've been coming to the Keys for about 8 years with family and friends for our annual fishing trips. I rent the house my buddy rents the boat for a week and it's time to fish and relax around the pool with umbrella drinks or a beer. This is the second time I rented the Best Marathon House. It would've been a third time but it was booked by the time we figured out our dates. We love this place. It's clean and has everything working in top shape and has everything we need. The bait freezer and ice machine seal the deal. Can't wait for next year!
My wife, two children (ages 12 and 14), and me stayed here for a week. We will undoubtedly return for another stay! Manny's home is clean and well kept. The pool and hot tub are amazing. We used the outdoor grill and there is plenty of outdoor seating under the tiki hut (as well as an outdoor tv), and two patio tables. The washer and dryer was a life saver since we beached it every day!
Location is perfect. We had an amazing time. The only thing I wished the home had was spices and condiments for cooking so we didn't have to buy that stuff (although there was salt and pepper).
Our deposit was promptly returned, and we had no problems getting into the house when we got there. HIGHLY recommend.
Great location in marathon. House spacious and well kept. Pool,spa and tiki bar awesome. Ice machine a plus and plenty of parking, especially if you bring a boat. Boat dock and easy access to open water. Recommend highly to visitors to the keys.Owners are very good at getting back to you with rental details and accommodating.
This is our second time to the keys. The first time we stayed at Hawks cay in duck key which was awesome so we decided to rent this house this time and really try to enjoy the keys. I stood here with my parents, wife, sister, cousin, and of course our little man Ayden (8yrs). The house was amazing and very clean. It had everything that you needed. The pool and hot tub is where we spent 90 percent of the time while we where in the house. The weather was perfect for our entire week. Sombrero beach is literally a 5 minute drive from the house and a must to go spot while your there. The house is perfect for a family getaway like the one we had. The grill and ice machine are a great asset to the pool area. We filled a cooler with ice (which is provided) and filled it with "adult" drinks and kept it by the pool which was so convenient. All in all the house is definitely a place where we would stay again. Great location..
Property is exactly as described. Very clean and well equipped. Direct access to the Atlantic, short run to the gulf. Convenient to shoping and grocery stores. If you are fishing the icemaker seals the deal. Highly recommeded.
Nice clean house with everything you expect, plus more! Nice appliances, electronics and well stocked for cooking. Owners replied to a question I had and offered some advice on some things to do on one of our rainy days. This was a last minute rental for us. We had no idea what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised.
This the third year my husband and I have rented this vacation home. The house is very clean and has the amenities necessary for a relaxing week. We used the pool and hot tub every day!!! This year we had to pleasure to get to see a manatee in the canal. We had a friendly white herring visit us daily also. There is no exaggeration of the property listed on this site. It is exactly as described. There are so many things to do while on vacation and this location is great.
We have been renting homes in the Keys for many years for our family Christmas gathering and are happy to say it was the best one so far. We thoroughly enjoyed all the very well maintained amenities. After a long day of fishing and exploring, we looked forward to relaxing in the Jacuzzi and pool followed by dinner in the tiki hut. The commercial ice maker and bait freezer was definitely a plus. Ice was readily available to keep our beverage coolers cold and our fish well ready for our catch avoiding trips to the store to buy ice.
Usually when we rent a vacation property, there is always some kitchen item we need that is not provided by the owner but this time was different. Everything we needed was there so cooking was not a hassle. True to the property description, the kitchen was well equipped and the house was clean.
Manny, the owner of the house, greeted us upon our arrival, showed us around the property and told us to call him if we have any questions or problems. We did have to call him when we had a minor problem with the kitchen oven and he immediately contacted an appliance repairman and the problem was fixed within hours of our call. Thank you Manny.
Super vacation rental!
Our stay was more than perfect! We hung out at the pool and spa for a majority of the time and just soaked in the sun. If we could suggest one thing it would be to have more plastic cups for the pool area. Other than that it had more than enough emmenities for a perfect stay. Thanks again!
Loved the home, loved the location! I will definitely be back! The owner was great to work with!
We had a great time! Everything was spotless and anything you could need was provided. The pool and hot tub were wonderful, and we even had a visit one afternoon with a Manatee, which made my week! We would highly recommend your property and will visit agan!
This home is exactly how it was described. It is well maintained and has everything you need from towels to a fully equipped kitchen. There were even some floats for in the pool. Although we did not meet Manny, he made himself available to answer any questions. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you, Manny!
Nice house...comfortable, quiet, and close to everything. Would definitely recommend.
Rosemary Dougherty. New Jersey
Everything was perfect! We could not have asked for a better rental property for our first time renting. We will definitely be back! Manny was awesome to work with. Absolutely nothing negative to say about this rental property. Everyone should check this place out. Loved every minute of our stay.
Another great week , 3rd time renting. As always everything was clean and ready to go. We will be retuning again.
Pure Bliss. A really super rental everything exactly as described. Great house well appointed and has all you could need. The Pool and hot tub perfect for the end of the day relax or burning off the energy in the children. The house is very well located with supermarkets just down the road. Close to one of the best Keys beaches, Sombrero beach. If you fish you have plenty of room to dock your boat and take care of the fish you will catch.
We have a young family and easy to watch the children in the pool and have fun with them. If you have a family this is perfect rental for you. I asked my children what they remembered the most about our stay. The reply "sitting in the hot tube at night looking up at all the stars while enjoying ice cream"
We are a group of firefighters that have been going to the keys for years and we always stay at Manny's Best House in Marathon. Here's why: 1) It's alway clean when we arrive 2)Location, Location, Location 3) Pool, Spa 4) Commercial Ice maker 5) Excellent Owner communications
If you want an excellent place to stay with everything you need (especially if you're fishing) Look no further..This is the home you have been waiting for. Take it from a group of firefighters, we expect a clean house and we got a clean house. It doesn't get any better than this!
Our original plan was for two of us to spend some time scuba diving but that changed when one of the four of us couldn't make the trip. Although we didn't scuba dive we certainly had a great time at this house.
Just stayed at this house the week that ended Aug 5th 2017. This house has it all , the kitchen is clean and functional , stocked with anything you could want or need. The baths were clean and have good water pressure and were stocked with nice clean washcloths and towels . My 2 teenagers loved the air hockey table/ pool table and of course the pool with jacuzzi. Every evening after dinner they were in it . A perfect back yard for relaxing . There is also a large ice making machine on the side of house to load up your cooler. This house really has it all , I would highly recommend it. Rick C
This is truly a special home where great memories are made. As a group of female business owners, we appreciated the time to work together on our businesses, brainstorm new ideas and recharge in such an amazing space. The large table in the dining room and outside is perfect for big family-style dinners. The location is close to great restaurants and coffee shops. It's very spacious and has a blend of character and modern charm.