Vacation Memories

 

 

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Below you will find reviews, photos, and great memories that our previous guests
have kindly taken the time to share with us and you! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

 
 
 

We had such a wonderful time at Sunset Bay.
Between the dock, heated pool, hot tub, kayak and paddleboard - we never got bored.
We spent a majority of our time on the dock, fishing, watching the nature life and sunsets.
We didn't want to leave and will definitely be back.

The Lamond Family from NY

 
 
 
 
We had a great time at Atlantic Breezes!
The floor plan worked very well for 3 families and the home is as nice as the pictures!
Booking was easy and all our questions were answered quickly.
Tim & Ramona from NY
 
 
 
 
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gulf Star!
The outdoor space is fantastic and the inside was also so nice and open and just perfect for our vacation.
We used the hot tub and pool everyday so that even with the not so perfect weather
conditions we could still spend our time outside. We hope to visit the Keys again soon and
we will be sure that we use Dolphin Vacation Rentals!
Tracy from GA
 
 
 
 
Dear Mary and Gabby,
I can't thank you enough for introducing us to such a wonderful vacation spot!!!
We had such a nice time relaxing and .....snorkeling, kayaking, pool floating.
hot tubbing ,fishing, paddle boarding and sunset gazing!!:)
Mary, I really enjoyed meeting you. You are as lovely in person as you are on the phone. (even more-so)
Sorry I missed you Gabby. I hope you had fun on your cruise!
We would love to return to Gulf Star. It truly was our best family vacation to date.
Sincerely and with great appreciation,
Cathleen from MD
 
 
 
 
Margarita on the Gulf did not disappoint! We woke up to a million dollar view everyday for a week! The house was clean and suited us all. The memories we are leaving with are priceless. We will definitely consider coming back again!
the Brenner and Turngren families
 
 
 
 
We had a great week. The home is perfect. The weather was grand and we will remember this vacation for years to come. Thank you for all of the information!
the Crydermans, Thibaults, and Browns from MI
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
Beautiful home! So much to do with the kids and the heated pool is a MUST HAVE! We will be back next year !
the Lynch family from MD
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
Glorious week with dear friends. What a cozy sweet house - heated pool - fabulous!
the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and North Carolina crew
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
Great time, great weather and pool. Incredible view. Restaurants - amazing! Especially Burdines.
Borelli & Payne families from Canada
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
Had an awesome time here in Marathon Key. Weather was great and the people, even better! GO Bucks!!
Brandon from OH
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
Life is good. Nice one week stay here at Margarita on the Gulf. Loved Charlie, my favorite pelican who loved to fish with us. Lots to do in the area and all through the Keys. We will be back! P.S- thanks for spending my 50th birthday with me!!
the Grosticks, Tamfords, Poormans, and the Kolars.
 
 
 
 
We had a fantastic time! The house & view was amazing. Thank you so much, we had an unforgettable vacation.
the Hagel family from FL
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
What a great week in paradise! The home was everything we hoped it would be! Well equipped and SPOTLESS!
Always made time to relax in the pool. Highly recommend renting a boat & going over to Sombrero Beach.
Thank you for the great memories. We will definitely be back!
the Dolezal family from Naperville, IL
from Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf
 
 
 
 
What a wonderful stay we had at Margarita on the Gulf!
We brought our families together under one roof and had plenty of space for 8.
We had a great time in the pool & hot tub, and good food on the grill! We wish great memories for all who stay after us!

the Rice family from Jacksonville, FL
 
 
 
 
Second stay at the Gulf Star home. Beautiful sunsets and extremely accommdating staff at Dolphin Vacation Rentals. We loved Sombrero Beach on the windy days - the white sand is awesome and the beach is so protected. We ate at Herbies, Sunset Grille, and Uppercrust Pizza. Wooden Spoon has the best breakfast. Spent a day in Key West; lunched at Southernmost Cafe and saw the sights. Well worth the drive! Thanks again.
the Blackstones and the Griffiths
from Guest Book at Gulf Star
 
 
 
 

A fantastic 3 week stay. Beautiful sunsets, great location, fabulous fishing, and a spacious accommdation.
We hope to return someday, thank you.

Mr. and Mrs. White & guests from London

from Guest Book at Gulf Star

 
 
 
 

We enjoyed staying here very much. No wonder they call it Dolphin Vacations - we saw a dolphin on the first day!
There was lots of sealife such ass sting rays, turtles, and lots of jellyfish. We enjoyed this trip.

the Hrovatic's and Holloways
from Guest Book at Gulf Star

 

 
 
 
On the left of our dock there was a swarm of a billion fish to swim through and an angel fish as big as a basketball !
from the Guest Book at Gulf Star
 
 
 
 
We came for a family vacation, 9 of us in all, we rented the lower and upper house.
There was plenty of room for everyone, good size kitchen with all the necessities, large dining room, tvs in all the bedrooms, small but comfy backyard with very chlorinated small pool. We walked to almost everything, great location.
We are planning to return and have another fabulous vacation soon. We Highly recommend!!

Kim from FL
Five star review from VacationHomeRentals.com
Casa Rosa in Key West
 
 
 
 
I had an excellent time at Casa Rosa...the house was perfect. It was clean and had everything we needed (plenty of towels and everything you could need to cook and serve.) My family enjoyed their time by the pool and the area off the dining room by the pool was really nice. The location was perfect. Right off of Duval in Old Town and close to everything worth doing in Key West. My family has stayed with Dolphin Vacations for five years now and every stay has been great. We dealt with a woman named Mary, I suggest you talk with her because she makes sure we always have the perfect place when we come
Review from VacationRentals.com
Casa Rosa in Key West
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Breezes is wonderful. Dont worry about the low tide the water will come back up.
Great places to eat and things to do. Go on "Marathon Lady" fishing boat. It was a blast.
Must go to Key Colony Inn, Burdines, and Sunset Grille for meals.
Try walking the old Seven Mile bridge in the mornings.
Kayak out and to the left for a fantastic mangrove area. Had a blast!

the Noells from AR
 
 
 
 

We had such a wonderful time! We kayaked and saw many large sting rays, starfish and bonnett head sharks. We saw "Stanley" the very last night of our trip. We fished but caught only a few yellowtail. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub. We spent one day in Key West and took the bus all of the way there and back! Coming back took 2 hours as the bus was full & made many stops. We also went to Bahia Honda State park and had a great time. Go when its not real windy so you can kayak and snorkel. We saw a lot of stingrays there and a manatee! We will definitely be back!

the Pavey's from GA

 
 
 

We came with 3 kids (7, 5, 1.5 yr olds) and had a blast!
We spent a lot of time out back in the pool and playing in the sand.
The sun is less brutal back there before 11 am and after 5 pm.
We loved going to Sunset Grille where the kids can swim! We had a blast this week!

the Moons from FL

 
 
 
 

Spring Break - what a lovely place. 2 families enjoyed the week. beauty everywhere you look.
Came down from Michigan after a long winter and really enjoyed the keys.

the Brodeurs from MI

 
 
 
 

Cook at the house and on the porch - it's very relaxing the view is beautiful. Coffee on the porch is a must every morning. Very quiet and peaceful. & you can watch the pelicans fly in. Keep your eyes open for "stanley", he makes daily appearances.

from Atlantic Breezes Guestbook
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much, we all enjoyed our stay. The location is very convenient and has beautiful views. There are lots to do and we recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay in the Keys. We will definitely stay here agaiin whenever we go back to the Keys.

Thank you !

Munoz family from NY

Bird of Paradise condo

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had an amazing time!!!! Your house was perfect and it was absolutely the best view and we will definitely be using you all again and most likely that same house!
Hillmans from FL

Margarita on the Gulf

 
 
 
 

Gulfstar was the first house our family has ever rented for a vacation as we are usually on a cruise ship. Not only did the house meet all of our needs, we were able to swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board in our very own backyard. With a laundry room in the house we were able to go home with clean clothes which is a big plus for this mom of boys. Marathon is a destination our family will return to again and again. Thank you Dolphin Vacations for making this one of our best family vacations to date. Oh, and I didn’t even mention the pool and hot tub, awesome!

The Palmers from VA

Gulf Star

 
 
 
 
 

Mary and Gabby,

Just wanted to tell you that we had a wonderful time at Sunset Bay. It was perfect.
Thank you for your quick responses and making sure our time at the house was enjoyable.
It truly is a special place and we would love to come back again.

Bob from Flint Hill, VA

Sunset Bay

 
 
 

Playing with coconuts at Gulf Star

 
 
 
 

We had an amazing time at Gulf Star.

Best Vacation Ever. Thank you so much.
We have so many pictures from the back of the house,
with the gorgeous sunsets, fishing, and just relaxing.

We really enjoyed looking at pics on your website.

Thanks again,

Chastains, Deckers and Grahams.

Gulf Star

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture pretty much describes our stay at Gulf Star. We spent each day in the backyard watching the sunset. Taking this vacation allowed us to take a break from our fast-paced lives and reconnect as a family. We loved it there!!!!

Michelle and family from Hockessin, DE

Gulf Star

 
 
 










We had a great time at Caribbean Sunset!

We enjoyed snorkeling, sunsets, and a great view from the backyard!

the Dillmans from FL

Caribbean Sunset

 
 
 

 

Sunsets from Sunset Bay dock

 

 

Photos taken at Atlantic Breezes
Courtesy of Jon from Woodlawn, IL

 
 
 

Mary and Gabby,

Just wanted to personally thank you for your assistance with our vacation rental.

Your ability to accommodate our situation was greatly appreciated.

It is a pleasure to do business with caring professionals.

I will be in contact with you for our 2016 vacation plans. Thanks again,

Paul & Mary from Margate, NJ

 
 
 

Hi Mary and Gabby,

We had a great vacation, the house was great! The location was great also.

We were glad we had the pool heated, the weather was a little cool but we made the best of it.

You were both very helpful and friendly everytime we spoke. Thanks again!

Cindy from Brookfield, MA

 
 
 
 

My husband & I stayed at Key Lime condo in January 2015.

The condo was exactly as advertised. Everything was clean and the furnishings were exactly as presented on the website.

It's a nice little complex. Nice swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Very quiet. We had a great time.

Mary & Barry from Plattsmouth, NE

Key Lime condo

 
 
 

We stayed at Island Bay and had a wonderful time.

We had plenty of room, felt very safe, and are already planning for next year!

Gary and friends from MN

Island Bay

 
 
 

 

 

Dear Mary and Gabby,

We have enjoyed our vacation in Marathon immensely! Thank you for letting us stay in your Coconut Beach home. It was beautiful and comfortable, and what other view could a person wish for?!

What beautiful waters in the Keys! We enjoyed the ocean in many ways, also right from our own little private beach on kayak and paddleboard with our 8, 12, and 16 year old kids. Our 8 year old son tells us this is his "mostest favoritest" vacation place :-)

Fred, Yoka, & Family from Lakin, KS

Coconut Beach

 
 
 

We had a wonderful stay at Sunset Bay. The house met all of our needs.
My husband, myself, our 18 year old son and 16 year old daughter loved the dock the most out of everything.
We were able to observe so much sea life. The kids went snorkeling and the breath taking sunsets
were above and beyond our expectations. We enjoyed using the pool and hot tub as well. The kids were worried there wouldn't be much to do staying at a house by ourselves, but they even asked a few days to just stay at the house! Thank you,

The Sommers from Rogers, MN

Sunset Bay

 

 
 
 
 

The Ginkel Family from Prior Lake, MN

 
 
 
 


Sunrise photos taken by Melissa during her stay Atlantic Breezes.

from Chagrin Falls, OH

 
 
 
 

 

 

Thank you Mary and Gabby for a spectacular
week in Marathon at the Bird of Paradise. Each view from the decks were awesome, especially the sunrises ~ what a way to jump start the day!
Loved walking the beach and visiting my
husband at the pool. We so enjoyed visiting Sombrero Beach, the turtle hospital, Key West, Sunset Park, King's Seafood, etc. and of course stopping by the little stand on Coco Plum for the best key lime pie ever! Attached are a few of many pictures taken during our stay!

Cynthia and Al from Aiken, SC

 

 

 
 
 
 

This photo was taken from the dock at Caribbean Sunset
Louise from Quebec Canada
 
 

 

Sunset Bay is a great place. We want to thank you again for our stay. We had a great time.

It was hard to leave the house and go do things because it was so nice in the pool,

in the hot tub or on the dock watching the fish.

Jeff from MO

 

 
 

 

 

Dear Gabby and Mary,

Caribbean Sunset was perfect for us.

We loved to hang out by the pool, watch the sunsets and hear the ocean when we lay in bed. Thank you so much for this great vacation! Switzerland is fine but really cold. We missed the sun and the temperature as soon as we've got out of the airplane. Thank you again!

Ulrike and Jan from Switzerland

 

 
 

We had a great time at the Coconut Beach home. The boys had a blast with all the coconuts. We met a new friend, "Spike" the giant lizard that lives in the tree out by the shore. Day trip to Key West was fun. We highly recommend Captain Hooks boat rentals. We all had a blast catching the hammerhead sharks. They were unharmed and released.

Thank you for a great trip to the Keys!

The Faulkners from GA

 
 

The Coconut Beach house in very nice and relaxing and there was a lovely view.

The pool was great. The fireworks on the 4th of July were awesome.

We watched them from the balcony, it was a great view!

Laura and Daniel from Ireland

 
 

Mary & Gabby, We just want to say that we had another fantastic vacation!

We had a beautiful view from the Hibiscus condo; an amazing sunrise to wake up to peacefully every morning, a large clean pool right outside the door and a quiet neighborhood with plenty of things to do and see within a close distance. Our condo was very clean and provided with all of the necessities that we would need during our stay.

We look forward to many more stays at the place to refer to Paradise, as we do.

Angie, Tim and Lauren from PA

 
 

Mary and Gabby, Just a note to tell you ladies how much Jeannie and I appreciated your hospitality during our 10 day vacation before winter locks us in our CT home. The Bird of Paradise was spectacular. Ocean views, sunrises, pool views and the fantastic mile of beach..........All outstanding. The condo was a pleasure to stay in, clean as a whistle when we arrived and we tried our best to leave it in the same condition for you. A couple of photos of our stay, and another HUGE Thank You! We have reserved for next May before we left, so, we'll see you then.
Best Regards,

Russ and Jeannie, from CT

 
 

Dear Mary and Gabby,

We enjoyed our stay at Hibiscus condo very much.

It was a quiet and private time. The sunrises were incredible.

Nancy from FL

 
 

Amazing time! Simply paradise! We were married on Sombrero Beach. It was beautiful. Gulf Star was fabulous. We were able to get some great photos at the home before the ceremony. We spent a lot of time on the water; from Gulf to Atlantic. The private dock was convenient for our rental boat. Thank you Mary and Gabby for all of your help. We will be back next year! I will recommend you to everyone.

Angela from FL

 
 
 

This is our 4th year renting with Dolphin Vacation Homes and we plan on more
years to come. This is the first time we stayed at the Island Bay home in Key
Colony and we loved it! We recommend Dolphin Vacation Homes to all of our
friends and families. I also want to add that Mary is always so kind and warm that it's a no brainier to rent from Dolphin Vacation Homes. Thanks again for another Great Vacation! PS, we returned the little fish back to the Ocean!!

the Delpino family from FL

 

 
 
 

 

 

The Long family of 6 stayed at Bird of Paradise condo and had a wonderful time.

 

We rented kayaks and did lobserting right off the beach, as well as paddle boarding.

The kids loved the pool. We went to local beaches and snorkeled.

We did a fishing trip and two snorkeling trips.

We had lots of yummy food and loved the local hangouts.

We stayed at the Gulf Star home a couple of years ago..

We made so many wonderful family memories

on each stay that I would not trade it for anything.

We will be back!!!! Thank you for everything !!!

the Long family from VA

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Mary and Gabby, we just wanted to say thank you! We loved the Coconut Beach house. We can't wait to come back ! We went out to Sombrero Reef one day, to the Turtle Hospital, watched the sun set on the Seven Mile Bridge, ate at Kings Seafood, and went to Key West to Conch Republic restaurant and Kermits Key Lime Pie. What a nice secluded house that was. I like the peace and quiet of Marathon. We really enjoyed the kayaking. I could get used to the warmth and humidity. Thanks for all your good tips! We hope to make it a yearly trip.

Mary and Jeff from CO

 
 

 

A group of manatee passing through at Island Bay.

 

 

 

"Stanley" the iguana and family were alive and well at the Atlantic Breezes House the week of July 19-26, 2014. Stanley came to the house several times to say hello and to have photo ops! Our little grandchildren were thrilled that he decided to "rest" on the palm stump by the front porch and allowed all of us out to admire his beauty!!!!My husband and I celebrated our 50 anniversary with our children and their families at the Atlantic Breezes. We went deep sea fishing from Main Attraction Charters, with Capt Joe and Mate Nick, saw the Turtle Rescue, Key West, Pennekamp National Park, snorkeling and cherished our time with our family. Thanks for a wonderful place to stay----and the celebratory balloons!!!

the Schatzberg's from FL

 

Photos taken during stay at Gulf Star

Tonya and family from VA

 

Enjoyed our stay! Our family spent most of our time on the water fishing, tubing, and snorkeling.

We brought our own boat and liked the dock and access to the ocean side.

House was spacious and comfortable. Pool was nice and used a lot.

Kathleen and family from FL

From Guest Book at Caribbean Sunset

 

This is our fourth year at your beach house. We had a wonderful time. The house and yard look so great.

Thanks for sharing this little piece of paradise with our family. We can't wait to come back again next year!

The Baileys from SC

From Guest Book at Caribbean Sunset

 

This photo was taken off the deck at Dolphin Bay after a storm had passed.

the McIntyre's from FL

 

The Morrisons pose for a family picture on the beach at

Ocean Breezes after returning from their wedding ceremony in Marathon, FL.

the Morrison's from FL

 

 

We had a great time at Atlantic Breezes!

Carol and Family From FL

 

 

Well, it has been decided. This has been our best vacation yet.

Your home was beautiful, and simple a perfect way to spend our Spring Break.

I'm sure we will be back!!!!

Gubser's and Kleindl's from MO

From Guest Book at Margarita on the Gulf

 

 

We had a great time !

Mary & Friends From NJ

 
 

 

We had a great time. The photos start with this little heart, a piece of seagrass that was just lying there beneath the water. I happened to look down while we were taking a walk on the beach in front of the condos, and there it was.

It was appropriate since this was the first vacation that we have taken alone since before we had children. We are now grandparents of three and celebrating our 30th year of marriage in July.

 

The other picture is from after we came home from Key West on a beautiful moonlit night. We sat out on the sand in front of the condo, and just stared at the beautiful moon and sea.

It was a gorgeous night!

Joe & Denise from CT

 

We had a great time. I am looking to return to the condos for a month during the 2015 season.

John from PA

 

 

 

Had a great time with the girls.

Thanks,

Vicki from FL

 

 

 

 

Dear Mary & Nicole, We had a great time on our Dolphin Vacation. You were right. Marathon had a lot of activites for families... Snorkeling on the "Starfish", the Turtle Hospital, Sombrero Beach, Pelican Point. "All ten of us" enjoyed the week. The house was perfect for us too, even had a high-chair & crib supplied for the 2 year old! Thank you for your help in making this "Grandma's dream come true!"

The Nabers from WI

 

Spent the middle two weeks of March in Poinciana Condo, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Florida Keys. The unit, as usual, was spotless and had all we needed to enjoy our stay. The beach is wonderful, the fishing great, we had kayaks delivered and enjoyed paddling the local area. Short trip to Key West without the hassle and cost of staying there. Home by 10 each trip. Restaurants in the area are the best. Sparky's Landing, Keys Fisheries and Sunset Grille top our list. The Staff at Dolphin vacations, Mary, Nicole and Gabby are there to help make our stay enjoyable. We could not be happier. Plan to go back in October. To use an old cliche`, the people we met at the condo pool were just friends we had not met. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The pool is incredible. See you in the Fall.

Russ and Jeannie from CT

 

 

 

We were very happy during our stay at Dolphin Bay House in Grassy Key. The house was spotless as was the Pool and the Hot Tub. Privacy was wonderful. The Deck that surrounds the house was wonderful and used by all. The gas grill was clean and operated flawlessly. We had views of the Dolphin Research Center and were able to watch some of the shows. Wish we had binoculars. Hoping to get back with more friends. The house is big enough to handle 4 couples with ease and still give plenty of "ME" space. Thanks Dolphin Vacations Staff. Much Appreciated

Tassie Family from VT

 

Watched the dolphin next door everyday. Swan in the pool everday and the hot tub was wonderful. Second time renting from Mary and Dolphin Vacations and we will be back again. Great stay, looking forward to coming back.

Tami from IL

From Guest Book at Dolphin Bay

 

Enjoyed the pool and watching the birds on the beach.

Ross from WY

From Guest Book at Ocean Breezes

 

We all had a great time, our second time here. Another great week.

Lori & Roger from FL

From Guest Book at Island Bay

 

Our time on Marathon was great. The house was perfect. Birds on the dock and interesting waterfront. Every morning we watched the dolphins being fed at the Dolphin Research Center. Curry Hammock State Park is beautiful, a great place for relazing. It's only a bike ride away.

Lisa from NY

From Guest Book at Dolphin Bay

 

We have had the most relaxing stay here at your beach house. The pool, hot tub, and gently swaying palms have been especially memorable! Very many thanks and kindest regards.

Mackenzie from Brighton, England

From Guest Book at Ocean Breezes

 

 

Just returned from our first trip to the Florida Keys. We found Dolphin Vacations through the local Chamber of Commerce and rented a home called Sunset Bay. It was a wonderful house and vacation, and have decided to return again next year.

Barb & Greg from MN

 

Sunrise at Condos

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise photo taken during our October stay at the beach condos. Our 12th year of enjoying the Keys and condos. We'll see you in May. Thanks again,

Russ & Jeannie from CT