General Questions

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How do I make a Florida Keys Vacation Rental Reservation?

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Call us at 1-262-650-0246, Click Here to fill out our online Reservation Request Form or Email rentmy@gmail.com to confirm availability and reserve your week.
*After we confirm that the week you requested is available, we will ask for your complete contact information, phone numbers, etc. We will prepare & email you a rental agreement with details as well as a boat agreement, if you will have one of our boats.
*A security deposit will be required to hold your reservation along with your signed rental / boat agreement. The rental fee is due at least 60 days prior to your arrival (90 Days for holidays). Payments can be made using a personal check, cashiers check or credit card including MasterCard, Visa or Discover. American Express credit cards are considered on a case by case basis.
*30 days or so before you arrive, you will receive a Welcome Letter that will include information you may need during your stay.
*Your security deposit is usually returned to your credit card just days after checking out. Upon occasion, we may have to return it via postal mail. We will send it no later than 10 business days of your departure, after our property manager has inspected the property. If there are any complications, you will be contacted either by phone or email.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

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*Our cancellation policy provides that once you place a security deposit to reserve a week at any of our vacation rentals, you're asked to sign the rental agreement and agree to pay the full rental amount 60 days prior to your check-in date (90 Days for Holidays). If you must cancel before the 60-day window (90 Days for Holidays), a $100 administrative fee (which may be credited towards a later booking) will apply and the remaining balance of your security deposit is returned to you.
*If you must cancel within the 60-day period (90 Days for Holidays), we aggressively attempt to re-book your week. At that point, you have already paid your rental amount and have signed a rental agreement with us. Quite often, we are successful in re-booking cancelled weeks, however, this is NOT guaranteed. (The longer we have, the more likely we will be able to re-book it) If we are able to re-book your week, we will refund up to the amount you paid. (If we end up re-booking your week for less then you paid, we will refund you the amount we re-booked it for.) If we are unable to re-book your week, then you are responsible for the rental amount and your security deposit will be returned in full.

How do I check Vacation Home Availability?

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Check the calendar on the 'Rates and Reservations' page, call 1-262-650-0246 or email rentmy@gmail.com -(Please include Name, Dates & # of Guests)

Do you have Fishing & Snorkeling Gear?

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Yes, we rent fishing and snorkeling gear to our guests on a first come, first serve basis.

When do rental weeks start & end?

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The weekly rentals are Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. See the rates page to view each property.

What time is check-in & check-out?

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Check in is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 9:00 am at most of our properties.

How do I get the keys?

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The address of our homes and directions are explained on your Rental Agreement or Welcome Letter

Do you take Credit Cards?

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We take MasterCard, Visa and Discover for Security Deposits and Last Minute Bookings. We may accept credit cards for the rental, taxes & cleaning fee on a 'one on one' basis.

Do you take pets?

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On a case by case basis, please call to discuss

Is smoking allowed?

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Our homes are smoke free, thank you for your cooperation. (If you are caught smoking or having smoked in our home, you will be charged $250)

Are there fences between the homes & the water?

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No fences, just a gorgeous view!

How do I know if my children are considered adults?

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We consider children to be between the ages of 3 and 12. 13 and above are adults.

Do you have somewhere for a baby to sleep?

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We have a Play Pen / Pack 'n Play available upon request on a first come, first serve basis.

Do you have a highchair or a stroller?

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We have a highchair and a stroller available upon request on a first come, first serve basis.

Do you have a roll-away bed available?

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We have a couple twin size roll-away beds available upon request on a first come, first serve basis. These are not cots, they are actual twin beds.

Where do you fly into?

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Most people fly into Miami Airport, however Fort Lauderdale airport is only 30 minutes further and usually cheaper. Key West & Marathon each have an airport but are usually quite expensive. Check with your airline for possible connections. Check out The Florida Keys Blog for more information.

How far is Marathon from Miami?

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Approximately 100 miles or About 2 hours away. Fort Lauderdale is about 2.5 Hours away.

Is there parking?

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Most of our properties have off street parking for 2 cars and 1 trailer, maximum of 3 vehicles

Hurricanes

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How do hurricanes effect the Florida Keys?

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Very little... CLICK HERE for lots of info and statistics on hurricanes, Florida and The Keys... or check out The Florida Keys Blog for more information.

1-2 Bedroom Rental with Island

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How far is the island from shore?

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About 1/2 mile north of home, about a 5 minute boat ride. The island is in the Gulf of Mexico.

How do I get to the island from shore?

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An outboard boat is provided along with operation instructions from our boat manager.

What kind of boat is provided?

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A four to five passenger outboard skiff with 25hp electric start Yamaha motor or the equivalent. Plus one and two person kayaks.

Is there a dock?

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The 2 bedroom shore home has a 100 ft. of deepwater dock. This private island also has a deepwater dock. Both docks are about 7 feet deep at high tide.

Is the island private?

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The island is private for your exclusive use only and is included at no extra charge with the 2 bedroom vacation rental package.

3-4 Bedroom Rental

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Is there a public boat launch nearby?

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Yes, boat launch available about a 1/4 mile away.

What is the bed layout?

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The 4 bedroom/ 2 bath has 3 queens, 2 doubles. The 4 bedroom/ 4 bath has 3 queens and 1 double.

Is there a dock?

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Both homes have an approximate 100 ft. dock

Is there a Swimming Pool?

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Both homes have a Private Swimming Pool

Is there a sandy beach?

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Most of the Keys shoreline is coral reef. The backyards of both 4 bedroom homes have natural beach sand. The floor of the gulf is sandy. There are several beaches near by. Coco Plum Beach, Curry Hammock State Park Beach, Sombrero Beach, and best of all - Bahia Honda State Park Beach just across 7 Mile Bridge..

How many kayaks?

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At least 2 kayaks are available for each home, but more may be available.

8 Bedroom Rental (2 adjacent 4 bedroom homes)

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Is there a boat launch nearby?

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Yes, boat launch available about a 1/4 mile away.

What is the bed layout?

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6 queens, 3 doubles.

Is there a dock?

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Each home has its own 100 ft. dock.

Is there a Swimming Pool?

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Both homes have Private Swimming Pool

Special Notes

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Rates do not include security deposit, Florida tax and cleaning.
Rates are subject to change without notice (confirmed rates do not vary).
All boat fuel tanks will be full when the boat is rented and to be refilled at renter's expense upon return.
Check in time is 3:00 P.M.
Check out time is 9:00 A.M.

There are 5 ways to book your vacation:

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Fill out our online Reservation Request Form
Email rentmy@gmail.com (Please include Name, Dates, Phone & # of Guests)
Call us at: 1-262-650-0246
Fax: 1-262-650-1889
Text only to: 262-385-7680

Reservation Procedures

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Click Here to fill out our online Reservation Request Form, call Mark, Bob or Jeanne at 1-262-650-0246 or Email rentmy@gmail.com to confirm availability and reserve your week.
After we confirm that the week you requested is available, we will ask for your complete contact information, phone and fax numbers. We will prepare & send a rental agreement with details and a boat agreement via email, fax or regular mail to you.
Deposit will be required to hold your reservation along with your signed boat agreement. rental fee is due at least 60 days prior to your arrival. Payments can be made using personal check, cashiers check or MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit cards.
Deposit is usually returned via mail within 10 days of your departure after our home manager has inspected the property.

Air & Water Temperatures / Precipitation

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Month Average Daily High Temperature Average Daily Low Temperature Average Monthly Precipitation
January 75º 65º 2.22"
February 76º 66º 1.51"
March 79º 69º 1.86"
April 82º 72º 2.06"
May 85º 76º 3.48"
June 88º 79º 4.57"
July 89º 80º 3.27"
August 90º 79º 5.40"
September 88º 79º 5.45"
October 85º 76º 4.34"
November 81º 72º 2.64"
December 77º 67º 2.14"
Average Water Temps for the Keys
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
º F 69º 70º 75º 79º 83º 86º 87º 87º 86º 82º 76º 72º

Florida Keys

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If when you think of the Florida Keys you think about Ernest Hemingway imbibing at Sloppy Joe's and penning another masterpiece in his study, or the black and white images of Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo weathering a hurricane in an old clapboard house you may be far from the reality of today's Keys. Today the Keys are a tourist, diving, and sport fishing Mecca that draws over a million visitors each year.

The Keys are increasingly touristy and overdeveloped and although romance, intrigue, and hipness may be a bit overstated by the media, different attitudes do exist here that might not be tolerated on the mainland - misfits, dropouts, artists, writers, gays and lesbians, and anyone else not quite in step with society provide a glimpse of exotic attitudes.

Here we'll explore some of the questions I'm most frequently asked about the Keys... What is the weather like?... How are the beaches?... What is the best way to get to the Keys?... What is there to do?... and then we'll give you an overview of each Key.

What is the weather like in the Keys?

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Common sense would dictate that daytime temperatures in the Florida Keys, the southernmost region of the continental United States, would average significantly higher than in the nation's northern climates. Surprisingly, that assumption is incorrect.

Situated between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys' unique geographical location benefits from ocean breezes that keep temperatures moderate year-round.

Key West, the Keys' most far-flung island, boasts an average daytime high temperature of 81.9 degrees Fahrenheit. With similar readings for the entire island chain, the Keys are the perfect place to enjoy water recreation - with scuba diving or snorkeling on the region's rare living reefs, water skiing, sailing and offshore swimming - any time of year.

During the late evening, when the temperature in Key West reaches its average low of 73 degrees Fahrenheit, the weather creates a climate conducive to celebration into the wee hours in the city's streets.

There are basically two seasons in the Keys - winter and summer, or 'dry' and 'wet.' Winter brings day after day of short-sleeve weather and clear blue skies.

In the summer, brief daily showers are the norm. Weather systems move swiftly in the tropics, so summer showers in the Keys are short and sweet, providing sudden shade from the summer sun. Visitors caught in downpours find that they dry rapidly when the bright sun reappears.

How are the beaches?

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If you are looking for miles and miles of gleaming white beaches, then this is the reason to NOT come to the Florida Keys. There is no natural beach. The offshore reef eliminates the surf action needed to carry in the sand and many of the shores are sharp with coral shards. The best public sand beaches may be located at Bahia Honda State Park (3rd highest rated beach in the continental United States) just west of 7-Mile Bridge, Sombrero beach in Marathon, Coco Plum Beach in Marathon and Long Key State Park.

What is the best way to get to the Keys?

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Most who are making the Keys their vacation destination, arrive at Miami International Airport, rent a car, and drive to their final destination. You can be in the Upper Keys within an hour or plan on a three-hour drive if you are traveling to Key West – the southernmost Key. This is mostly a two-lane road over land and water and you can expect routine backups Friday afternoons and Sunday evenings as South Floridians head for their favorite getaway.

Connections to Marathon and Key West International Airports are available from Miami and Fort Lauderdale International Airports. Facilities are available at both airports in the Keys to accommodate travelers flying in private aircraft.

Visitors not interested in air travel have a wide variety of ground transportation options to reach their destination as several shuttle bus and limo services are also available from these airports to the Keys.

Ferry services between Key West and Fort Myers and Marco Island are available. These services are seasonal and are closed May through November.

What is there to do in the Keys?

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Many visitors to the Keys are outdoorsy people who come to enjoy the islands' unique location. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico provide plenty of water and a fantastic array of marine life for visitors who come to dive and snorkel among the only coral reef in the United States and take advantage of world-class sport fishing.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a wealth of things to do and see – world-class snorkeling; scuba diving; deep-sea fishing; exploring the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, a 19-th century coastal fortification off Key West that is only accessible by boat or sea plane; taking a kayak trip to the Keys' backcountry to view the lush flora, birds and marine life; and, a glass-bottom boat ride that puts you at eye level with marine life. These are but just a few of the possibilities.

Those that prefer the party life are right at home in the vast number of bars and restaurants that provide endless entertainment including street festivals like the annual Fantasy Fest and the nightly Sunset Celebration at Key West's Mallory Square.

And finally, for those looking to explore the history of the islands and do a little sightseeing, there is the Best of Key West – Ernest Hemingway's Home, the Key West Aquarium, the Key West Lighthouse Museum, Theatre of the Sea, Key West's Shipwreck Historeum, and more.