About the Property
Lemon Key Cottage
Thanks to Hurricane Irma, we now have a beautiful newly renovated home! We've spent over $150K on a complete restoration and modernization. (check out the new pics) Lemon Key Cottage is absolutely stunning with new: bathrooms, kitchen, appliances, flooring, windows, metal roof, doors, lanai and pool bathroom, landscaping, furniture, pool equipment, and much more. We LOVE the result! Everything is new, and it looks beautiful, bright, clean, cozy, and rejuvenating. We know you'll like the result too. Ring us at four, one, nine, three, four, one, three, one, nine, nine.
Jeff and I would like to welcome you to our Florida Keys home. We desire that your stay with us is memorable, relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoyable. Grab your sunglasses, flip-flops, and sunscreen and make your way to our beautiful heated pool. Don’t forget to make your favorite umbrella drink! It’s your time to slow down, relax and let the Keys’ mystique envelop and rejuvenate you. What we have is yours to enjoy…
Lemon Key Cottage is located on a deep water (12’) canal only 5 homes from the ocean. So, bring your boat and tie up to our 60’ lighted dock with electrical outlets. Our canal contains a variety of fish species especially bait fish like mullet and pilchards. Feel free to use the provided fishing poles to catch dinner off the dock. Use small hooks baited with shrimp or squid and fish under the dock or boats for some decent snappers. Throw a cast net and see what you catch. A lighted fish cleaning station is provided with a wash down hose. You can see the occasional predator fish at night around the dock. There’s a baitfish available. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding or flats fishing is accessible right at the end of the canal. If diving is your thing you'll find some of the best dive spots minutes from our dock. Occasionally, our canal is visited by Manatees, so be careful when operating watercraft.
The canal empties into the ocean through a flats area. Our flats are an amazing aquarium of ocean life. Do yourself a favor and take the two provided tandem kayaks through these waters to see a plethora of sea life. From our canal, you can reach the Gulf by taking Vaca Cut, which is less than a 5 minute boat ride.
We purchased Lemon Key Cottage in July of 2012. We made additions and renovations including; the heated pool with fiber optic night lights, landscaping and outdoor lighting, hurricane shutters, utility improvements, kitchen appliances, davit and dock improvements, 42” Flat panel TV, wireless high speed internet, 3- 36” flat panel TVs, and various cosmetic enhancements.
Unlike some other vacation rental homes, we decided to stock all the general necessities of home so that others can immediately start enjoying their vacation without running to the grocery store to buy toilet paper and hand soap.
The home is ~ 1500sq ft of central air conditioned living space with 2 bedrooms , 3 full baths, kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, laundry room, and a screen enclosed lanai. The kitchen is fully equipped including pots, pans, toaster, coffee maker, plates, silverware, the very important blender, and much more. Linen closet includes all bedding sheets/blankets, bath & pool towels. Many renters comment how much they enjoy our plush wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedrooms as it's much more cozy and 'knee' friendly compared to cold, hard tile/marble floors. Should you wish to grill your catch of the day outdoors, there is a Weber Grill waiting for you master chefs.
Our neighbors are full time residents that you’ll enjoy meeting. Neighbor Paul is a commercial fisherman of lobsters and stone crab. Usually, you can watch him clean his catch each night at the dock. Paul's wife, Danielle, owns the floral store in town and caters weddings. Neighbor Freida owns a local hotel and dives frequently for lobsters on her free time. You can imagine the seafood recipes that these guys have! Neighbor Cori is a marine biologist, and she is working hard to preserve and build our coral reefs in the Keys.
Call us if you have questions: Four, one, nine, three, four, one, three, one, nine, nine.
Wishing you an excellent vacation at Lemon Key Cottage.
* 5 homes from the Atlantic Ocean
* Beautiful LARGE, heated Pool
* Nearby Beaches within 2 miles
* 60' Dock on a peacefull and deep canal
* Fishing off the dock
* Kayaks with all accessories
*Fish Cleaning Station
* Outdoor Grill
* Bait Freezer
* live Bait Cage
* Fishing Guide Appointments made for you
* Beautiful Home with all the amenities
Why Kids Love It
Marathon offers many activities for your and your family. So here's a short list of things that you could do during your stay.
Aquarium Encounters - encounters with all kinds of sea life like hand feeding sharks and stingrays..
Dolphin Research Center to swim with the dolphins
Turtle Hospital - lots of turtles, learn about them
Robbies Marina in Islamorada - Feed the Tarpon by hand ! Really cool...
Reef Fishing with Jeff's friend, Eddie - an inexpensive fishing trip to catch yellow tail, mangrove, and lane snappers. leave from our canal. Call Eddie at: or email: hannahedward92@
Snorkeling or spear fishing with Eddie - Jeff can hep set this up too...
Kayak our flats area just outside the canal.
Sombrerro Beach - it's a great city beach and is usually busy. Only about 1 mile drive
Bahia Honda State Park - prob the best beach in the Keys...many good comments about this place
Jet ski rentals all over Marathon
Fishing Guides - expensive, but a fun day on the water...Eddie is cheaper but catches fish.
Snorkeling Trip to Sombrerro Reef - find a nice day and it's an inexpensive trip to the reef on a large boat. swim and see all the sea life at the reef.
Parasail out of Marathon
Kayak tours through the Mangroves
Walk along Coco Plum Beach
Day trip to Key West (45 min drive): sunset at Mallory Square; Hemmingway's House Tour; Train Tours to learn about Key West History; Southern Truman White House; shopping on Duval Street; bands and entertainment on Duval Street; Sunset dinner cruises; etc...
Hang out at Lemon Key Cottage and sip Rumrunners by the pool !!
I'm sure you'll find lots to do around Marathon. Jeff and I are happy to help you with planning activities, so just call.
Marathon is a beautiful city that offers the best of the Florida Keys while having all the nearby conveniences such as: grocery stores, pharmacies, hospital and emergency care, retailers, marinas, airport, movie theater, live entertainment bars/nightlife, parks, public beach and walking bridge, and excellent restaurants (most of which are dock-up ).
Marathon is surrounded by water: the ocean to the south and Gulf to the north. People come from all over the world to enjoy our warm waters colored in various shades of blue and turquoise.
If you don’t have a boat, don’t worry. You can still enjoy the water by renting a boat, hire a fishing charter, or take a dinner cruise right here in Marathon. Or, make your way to the 7 Mile Bridge and walk along the old car bridge.
Some my family’s favorite restaurants in Marathon are: Franks Grill (Italian), Sunset Grill (seafood and sushi ocean side), Stouts (breakfast on our street !), Island Fish (near Holiday Inn bayside), Lazy Days (excellent food on water ocean side), Marathon Fish Company (on water 35th St. bayside), Castaways (15th st ocean side), and Burdines (great fries – 15th st. ocean side), Porkys (BBQ- bayside), and 7Mile (bayside by the bridge). Most of these restaurants are accessible by boat and have plenty of dock space. There are other restaurants that are excellent too, so just explore and you’ll find your favorites.
About the Southern Keys: Our home is a one hour drive from the beautiful and popular town of Key West; the southernmost outpost in the continental USA only 90 miles from Cuba.
If you have a day or evening available, take a ride south to one of our country’s top tourist destinations and enjoy a sunset in Mallory Square. You can see the cruise ships come and go, enjoy the live street entertainers in the square, or shop at the hundreds of retailers along Duval Street. Or, you can party away at Sloppy Joe’s, Hogs Breath Saloon, or Irish Kevins !
One relatively unknown restaurant/bar that my family likes to frequent is No Name Pub located on No Name Key. Just over the Seven Mile Bridge, turn right at the light in Big Pine Key and find your way to this little pub…the food is excellent and it’s worth the search. By the way, you will undoubtedly encounter endangered Key Deer along the path so drive carefully.
One of the nicest and largest beaches in the Keys is located on Bahia Honda State Park. It’s an excellent white sand beach that is nicely maintained. It’s located just over the 7 Mile Bridge about a 15 minute ride from the house.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
The whole town of Marathon !! We are in the heart-of-it-all, but on a very quiet and calm canal street....
Favorite Places To Eat
Fav restaurants: Burdines Ocean side 15th St.; Castaways Ocean side 15th St.; Lazy Days Ocean Side 5th st; Tiki Raw Bar Bay Side 35th St; Sparkys Ocean Side behind Holiday Inn Express; and Island Fish - Bay side across from Holiday Inn Express. Other restaurants we love: Sunset Grill, Lazy Days, Franks Grill, Stoudts Breakfast, Stuffed Pig breakfast, cracked conch, and many more. Just go and explore.
Call us and we'll let you know !!
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
We have two roll-away beds as well, and an outdoor Weber Grill .
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Dec 21 2019 - Jul 25 2020
Jul 25 2020 - Aug 15 2020
Aug 15 2020 - Dec 19 2020
Dec 05 2020 - Dec 19 2020
Dec 19 2020 - Jan 09 2021
Cleaning Fee: $150
Tax Rate: 12.5%
DEPOSIT of $250 is required.
Last updated on June 29, 2020
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: Our family resides on Catawba Island, Ohio, which is a small island on the western basin of Lake Erie. God blessed us with four children: Austin, Addison, Aidan, and Isabelle. I’m a school teacher and Jeff is a salesman of medical products.
Why this property? Lemon Key Cottage is our sanctuary from the hustle of life. We truly come here to rejuvenate, relax, and unwind. There’s a certain mystique about the Keys…perhaps it’s the “come-as-you-are, don’t worry, be happy” attitude that everyone seems to enjoy. Whether it’s deep sea fishing for large Mahi Mahi or sipping on Rum Runners by the pool, there’s always something for everyone.
Our family vacationed many years in Florida including the Keys. Having fallen in love with the Keys’ tropical treasures and recreational activities, we decided to make our claim (actually a mortgage!) in paradise.
Calendar last updated: June 29, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my own boat?
Yes, Lemon Key Cottage has about 35' of dock space available. There's plenty of room for your trailer in the driveway. Follow the canal through our flats area by keeping the white poles to your east.
Can I fish from the dock?
Yes ! We provide fishing poles and some terminal tackle. There are some large snappers at our dock behind Jeff's boat. Most renter's catch their dinner from our dock ! Talk to Jeff for some tips on how to catch these "smart" snappers.
Are there fishing charters near-by?
Yes, there are many charters or party boats to take you fishing or snorkeling. In fact, my neighbor, Eddie, will take you fishing at a very low cost and will fill your cooler for the week. There are so many activities around Marathon to share, so just call us and we'll give you the scoop.
5 stars go to both the rental home itself as well as the home owners
If I were to own an island getaway in the keys, I would design and furnish it exactly as the owners of Lemon Key Cottage have. My wife and I, both retired, found this retreat fulfilled all of our needs perfectly. We have vacationed in many of the Florida Keys cottages, resorts, b&bs, and apartments over the years, but have found Lemon Key Cottage to the best. Kudos to the landlords from Ohio.
Stayed: March 2020Submitted: April 06, 2020