1 Bedroom and 1 Bath - Totally Renovated
Bernie & Alina
- english, spanish
About Bernie & Alina
We love flip floppin' around in the FL Keys and spending our free time in Paradise!
Bernie & Alina purchased this House in 2014
Why Bernie & Alina chose Marathon
We immediately fell in love with this oceanfront property and decided to make it our own. We've completely renovated the property and turned it into an upscale oceanfront bungalow, naming it Turtle Cove. Our vision was to customize our home into a hidden getaway, where we can relax & unwind in Paradise.
What makes this House unique
Turtle Cove is uniquely located on a quiet street and directly across from the new peaceful Oceanfront Park.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful but disappointed
First off the home is absolutely beautiful and clean inside and out!
One of the disappointing factors is that it is a 4 unit home not 2. The other two units are owned by someone else and they live there year around. You could hear everything, TV, music, talking, cupboards closing, toilet flushing, etc. Nice people, but not the privacy we expected and I assume they could hear us as well. The kayak was the other issue, and a big one because we expected to do a lot of kayaking. Unless you had a truck or racks on your vehicle (to transport to the park)there was no way of getting the kayak in the water. We assumed by the pictures and description we could put it in there, but there is no way of getting it down to the water. There was no ladder (which we assumed all places on the water did for safety reasons) down to the water or floating platform and it is about a 5-6 foot drop and we were not allowed to use the boat lift. This home is also very close to the airport and there was a lot of construction going on in the neighborhood as well (not the owners fault we know, just a FYI). So it wasn't as peaceful sitting outside as we hoped for. The Tiki Hut is cute and has a TV out there, so that was a plus. It does get extremely hot in the afternoon and to hot to sit out there because the sun does shine in there at the latter part of the day.The home inside was beautifully decorated, but there are no chairs to sit on. The couches are comfy to lay on but to big and overstuffed to sit on for any length of time. If you're there a week it might not be an issue, but we stayed a month. No dining chairs only benches and again not very comfy. The bed was extremely comfortable and roomy. They have quality linens and towels. The kitchen has mostly everything you need. It did not have the coffee, creamer, sugar, paper products, bottle water that it said it would. No baking sheets, storage containers for leftover foods, hot pads or broom (a Swiffer duster, but that doesn't get up crumbs), so things to bring if you think you need them. It comes with 2 bikes, which we had a lot of fun riding around, especially the park close by. My husband did have to replace one of the tires but they were kind enough to reimburse us for that. The owners are very nice and nice to deal with. If you're coming for only a week some of things might not matter and would not effect your stay. But for the extended stay and the price we paid it did for us
Thank you Verna for your feedback about our vacation home, as we continue and strive to improve our guest experience.
Turtle Cove is an upscale boutique style town home with only two units. Our neighbors are excellent and very respectful of our privacy, as well as our guests. They are retirees living the dream in paradise!
The kayak is available for the guests, but due to a high seawall & insurance liability, the kayak cannot be launched from our home. The Ocean Front park directly across the street has a launching pad for kayaks. It’s truly a beautiful and peaceful park, as noted from all our previous guests.
The construction noted in your review, pertained to a new homeowner 7 houses down the street which was constructing a pool for their family. Fortunately, it only lasted for the final 5 days of your stay (30 day total stay).
The private airport is 2 miles away, which is open only to personal private jets, and closed for commercial use. Our home has Hurricane impact windows, which significantly minimizes any noises (if any). The airport has not inconvenienced our guests (past 3 years), which speaks volumes about the Hurricane windows. The airport provides helicopter and bi-plane tours. My wife and I went on a sunset bi-plane tour (a true blessing), which we highly recommend for all our guests.
The tiki hut has 2 large fans, keeping it cool during the day and afternoon. We understand that the sun does shine into the tiki hut, but it wouldn’t be the Florida Keys without sunshine at Happy Hour. We’ve never had any complaints about too much sunshine in the Keys.
As noted in the pictures, the sofas are a high end, and truly provide great comfort for afternoon naps while on vacation.
We do have a breakfast/dinner area with plenty of space for seating and pillows. We do not advertise coffee, bottle water or baking sheets, but we do offer all the cooking essentials for great meals. There are also great restaurants and bakeries in the area, which have received great reviews from all our past guests.
We encourage our guests to experience delicious local foods in and around Marathon, relaxing from the daily chore of cooking while on vacation.
There is no Tupperware for leftovers, as we want our guests to truly soak in all the Marathon local seafood and restaurants, as Marathon is a gem of a foodie town.
We pray your futures stays and trips, are as happy and as pleasant as your stay at Turtle Cove.
Fabulous home with fabulous owners
We have had the most amazing month staying in Ali and Bernies home, the pictures do not do it justice, the decor is bright and modern with all you could ever need right there for you. We had breakfast every morning on the dock under the tiki even had a manatee for company some days.
The bed Is probably the best one I've ever slept in, sooooo comfy with all the linens etc you could ever need.
Being British we got completely confused by the air con but Ali was easy to contact and had us sorted in seconds flat.
We were delayed flying out from th UK due to hurricane Matthew and Ali was so kind to just shuffle our booking on a couple of days.
Cannot recommend this home highly enough, Marathon is Marvellous location for two of the keys best beaches and right in the middle for exploring all the islands, just wish we had enough holiday to go straight back.
Thank you for all your kind words, and taking such great care of the home.
Hopefully we see you next year :)
Ali and Bernie
Perfect Anniversary Getaway
Turtle Cove was the picture perfect place to spend our anniversary for a once in a lifetime vacation in the Keys. The property is conveniently located on a quiet street in Marathon. It is on the 2nd floor of a duplex home that is accessible by an outside stairway from the parking area. The gravel parking area is large enough to accommodate two full size cars or in our case a full size SUV and a boat trailer for a 21 foot boat.
The enclosed ground floor area of this side of the duplex home is used by the owners. The owners stayed there a couple of weekends during the month and checked in with us in person to ensure everything with the property was perfect.
Turtle Cove is just the right size for a couple. A partial list of amenities included a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, small appliances, washer and dryer. The furnishings and interior of the home is immaculate. The deep water canal and boat lift added convenience and enjoyment to the trip. The canal opens straight out into the Atlantic Ocean through the reef.
As owners, Bernie and Alina have done a wonderful job renovating the home and making this a beautifully unique retreat. They were exceptional hosts who made us feel at home in this tropical paradise. Five stars all the way.
We enjoyed every day in this home and would not hesitate to stay again should we ever get the chance.
Thank you for taking such great care of the vacation home!
Many more years of blessings to you both :)
Alina and Bernie
Great Vacation Home and Host/Hostess
We had a wonderful time at this home.. Bernie and Ali were super hosting our stay, and the home was extremely clean and neat. Could nto ask for a nicer place to live.
A Beautiful, well maintained and very nicely decorated vacation home. It was furnished with all new appliances and was spotless when we moved in. It has everything a couple could want. The owners couldn't be more helpful and pleasant. The tiki in the back of the house on the canal was the perfect spot for breakfast. We would go back in a heartbeat.
Thank you for staying in our vacation home and taking such great care of the home :)
Hope to see you guys soon!
Comfortable refreshing very nice property would stay there again
Amenities include: wireless internet access, flat screen TV with premium channels, new state of the art washer and dryer, kayak, tiki hut, new stainless barbecue gas grill, hammock, picnic table, outdoor furniture, yoga-stretching mats, books, A/C, KING bed, refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender, juicer, toaster, hair dryer, clothes iron, tea pot, and cooking utensils, spices, coffee, cream and sugar, all paper products, linens and towels.