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"A Wonderful Time Together!"

My adult children planned this get away to take me away from a dreary New York February. It was for the one year marking of my husbands passing.
We wanted a secluded place full of sunshine. It was the perfect place. The weather, sunny, hot and enjoyable. We rented the 2 bedroom house with the island. The house had all the amenities of home, with plenty of room for all of us. Jim Hutchins was so very helpful. The islands solar power was out, due to lightning. He provided solar lights and lanterns for the island. We were able to spend the night on the island, and shared our memories of a wonderful husband and father. We set off 20 colorful paper lanterns and did a fireworks display for him. The residents on the other island applauded and hooted their approval, adding to the remembrance of him .My daughters and sons enjoyed fishing, kayaking and exploring the island. The Iguanas were beautiful. We were able to coax them out of the trees by feeding them cubed red apples. Another helpful hint from Jim. When the motor of the boat fouled out, due to bad gas, I was disappointed for my kids, but Jim came to the rescue with another boat. He brought the live lobsters and humongous steaks  We enjoyed the feast. The local restaurants were an added enjoyment. I met and made a new friend, Trish. She was visiting her son who lived across the canal from the house. She brought us home baked cookies and we helped look for her sons dog, Ranger, who got loose when she came to visit. I rested and refreshed in the comfy atmosphere. We were able to share our memories and made new ones.. A wonderful time for our family. Thank You!

Dora, Sons David, & Don, Daughters Cheri & Gail.

Thanks Patty and Jeanne.  We had a memorable week.  Very, very cool place.  Very windy week which seemed out of character as I know the Keys.  That storm this past weekend was something else that moved thru. By the way, King Iguana - the biggest of the big ones - lives/crawls into an opening between roof joints from outside above the shower and Jacuzzi.  Given his size, it's mind boggling he can hit there.  They all might be more active since April is egg laying season. One Iguana literally cleared (ate leaves almost to the ground) a 5' x 5' section between the umbrella table and the deck on the water.  Thanks again, look forward to our next visit.

John S.

2 Bedroom /
2 Bath Home

on Private Tropical

"What an Amazing Experience!!"

"We so enjoyed our trip to Charley’s Island & the house boat.  John & the guys who helped us get set up went way above & beyond what we had expected.  The entire experience was above and beyond anything we could of imagined.  The solitude and privacy was amazing, we were greeted by dolphins in the mornings & evenings almost every day we were there. The Pelican’s were fun to watch, the kayaks were cool, and there was fishing poles & snorkel gear.  If you are a camper this is the place for you, if you are a hotel person than probably not.  The Island Fish company was about a 10 minute boat trip and had amazing food & service.  The Holiday inn express in Marathon is also a very nice place to stay while waiting to board your boat or island.  We told every person we talked to at all of these places that Rent My Island is the best kept secret of the Keys.".

Ken & Theresa


2 Bedroom /
2 Bath Houseboat at Island

It was a great week.  The house worked out well for two couples as the deck, porch, dock and living room provided 'mini-retreats' when we wanted time alone to read.  The giant lizards were a real plus especially when they approached to help me eat a bag of cherries.  Thanks for sharing your place...


2 Bedroom /
2 Bath Home

on Private Tropical

"What an amazing vacation. ."

Dear rent my Island .I recently rented the 2 bedroom house w/private island 
The Maine house was clean, tastefully decorated and in great quiet neighborhood.  The island was amazing with wonderful quaint island charm and also impeccably clean. we lounged on dock snorkeled and had lunch with our friendly island iguanas. The staff is amazing from the owners to property manager. Roy Met us at check in and he is no mess around kinda guy. The boat was gassed up ,grill ready and even help carry in our bags. He could not have been friendlier. He checked in a couple of times during week and could not have been more helpful from suggesting restaurants to day trips  Patty made booking a breeze and was very knowledgeable about area prior to trip. I would highly recommend this or any other properties owned by this group for you Keys vacation. I did sight see throughout the keys and will tell you that Islamorada and Marathon is where you want to be if visiting the Florida Keys

Kim M.

2 Bedroom Gulf Front Home w/

The houseboat fit our needs for the “camping” we did while we were there.  We enjoyed the open-air feel and “back to nature” aspect of Charlie’s Island.  While I enjoyed using the fishing poles for catching some fresh “grunts” for lunch and dinner on a couple of days, we got the most use out of the kayaks………..definitely a nice addition.  The location of Charlie’s Island is very good, also.  The view from most angles is of unpopulated or developed land or water, and the proximity to civilization is more of a security blanket than an intrusion. The week seemed all-too-short.  I’ve already shown the photos to the folks in my office and they were very impressed/envious.  We’ll definitely keep this option for vacation in mind for future occasions.

2 Bedroom /
2 Bath Houseboat at Island

"Time of our lives!"

"We stayed in your home the last week of January and absolutely had the time of our lives!  It was even better than we anticipated, and it made our honeymoon more special than we ever could have dreamed.  We loved every second of our time on the island, and as soon as we got back, we couldn't help but refer Pretty Joe Rock to everyone we talked to!  While we were on the island, we spent our time snorkeling and lobstering around the reef, kayaking over to the nearby (unofficial) bird sanctuary islands, feeding and hanging out with the three iguanas (which we affectionately named, by the way!), taking trips onto the mainland to Key's Fisheries, Wooden Spoon and the Stuffed Pig, three of our favorite marathon spots, and just relaxing and enjoying being with each other -- and, more importantly, being AWAY from it all!!!  The trip, and your home, were exactly what we needed after the stress and craziness of planning a wedding and being stretched so thin.  It was perfect.

We truly can't sing the island's praise enough.  The only issues we had were minor and very few - these being the master shower being out of commission (we were disappointed, because it's SO beautiful and romantic!... After all, we were honeymooners!) and the only other thing was the little boat we had for transportation.  Roy told us that the boat we were using had been purchased/picked up that same day because the most resent tenants had damaged the previous one.  It didn't run very well and struggled a little bit getting from point A to point B (kind of like 'the little engine that could'!), so we were pretty hesitant to take it to far from home, and it was slow going when we did venture to and fro.  Those two things are honestly the only things that weren't absolutely perfect.  Again, we had the time of our lives and couldn't ask for a better place to stay or for better hospitality.  Roy was very helpful.  We had several questions for him about Marathon and beyond, and he obliged every time. :)

As a matter of fact, we had SO much fun on your island that we would love the opportunity to come back in January 2013 to celebrate our anniversary!!  We really want to book the island for the same timeframe.  We can't think of a more perfect getaway, we are literally counting down the days!!

Again, we can't thank you enough for your kindness to us, and for being so helpful along the way!  We are thrilled to return to Pretty Joe Rock, and especially excited to hear back from you!!  Hope you are doing well and have a wonderful 2012 :)"

Adrienne & Ryan


2 Bedroom /
2 Bath Home

on Private Tropical

"We had a fantastic time."

The house was wonderful, the view was super and we loved the dock, we spent a lot of time on the deck enjoying the view.  The only problem we had was the pool was cold, I do not think your solar heater was working. 
We would definitely stay again and highly recommend your vacation home.

Trish H.

4 Bedroom /
2 bath Gulf Front Home

"Fun adventure"

Renting the houseboat was a unique experience. I was concerned about the logistics of our stay, but we were well instructed on the workings of the houseboat and island, and felt comfortable there. We went with our young sons, and they had freedom to run around and explore - however there is not any open space on the island. Most of it is mangrove and there is no beach, so most of the useable space is under the metal canopies where the grill and patio table are. The houseboat is well equipped, but basic. We didn't do any cooking, but a generator allows you to use the fridge/microwave/toaster/coffeemaker and there is a propane stove and cooler. A grill on the island was our main source of meals. Fishing poles/snorkel equipment and kayaks were all provided, and except for the occasional grocery run, made leaving the island almost unnecessary. It was a great experience.

Ann P.

2 Bedroom /
2 Bath Houseboat at Island Island

"The Best Honeymoon and Private Island Paradise!"

We rented this place for our honeymoon and flew out to Miami and than rented a car and did a two hour drive down to marathon where Pretty Joe Rock Island is located. The drive by the way is very beautiful if you are not used to tropical locales. The place that you have to park at the dock on the shore where you take the boat to the island is the only thing that I can complain about at all. Don't be to worried thought the distance to the island from the mainland dock is only a 1/4 to maybe a 1/3 of a mile the boat ride only takes maybe 5 minutes getting in and out and tied up are the longest part of the trip. The house is GORGEOUS and the Island is beautiful. I can't over state how great a locale this is. It is a two bedroom place and me and my wife rented the whole thing for our honeymoon, but two couples or a small family would be more than comfortable. The island had a few large live iguanas that were just awesome to take pictures of and find in the trees. The island was also covered with tiny lizards that were every where. You could Kayak right off the island. You could Snorkel right where you were or take the boat and find a nice secluded reef to explore. I went to a Caribbean island once before but this was a much better experience. Plus with it's location on highway 1 you can get to key west attraction easily and also see great wildlife attractions like Theater of the sea and other wildlife rescue operations. You can also find all the great shopping you could want in the area. If you like beaches the Island is on Coral Reef and doesn't have one (you should bring water shoes because it can be sharp) but you can find many in the immediate area and George the island Caretaker provides local knowledge of great places to eat and visit on your stay if you ask him. The house has all the amenities you could ask for and the hot tube is a great pleasure! The house also has AC units, Fans, Microwave, Stove, Washer Driver, Dishwasher, Various Smaller Kitchen Appliances a nice gas grill TV, DvD players, Stereo, and Fishing Equipment. You might want to bring Snorkel equipment. The house was nice and clean and the linens were freshly washed.
The wildlife that can be seen just in the immediate area of the island is amazing a beautiful. This was just a great great place to stay if you are thinking of going to the keys consider this place!

Sean B.

2 Bedroom /
2 bath home on Island

“Imagine having an entire island all to yourself. My family just experienced something we thought you had to be rich for"

We were hesitant to book this vacation because it sounded too good to be true. I never would have believed that we could rent a 2 bedroom home on the water, with a boat and an island for under $2500 for the entire week. 7 nights. We didn’t have to share the island with anyone. As far as the island goes, it was amazing. We spent a ton of time there. There was a nice little cabin we could eat in or play cards in when we wanted to get in out of the sun. There is a bathroom on the island. There was lots to do as well. We used the free kayaks, we went fishing and caught quite a bit of fish, we swam and snorkeled around the island and seen sting rays, lobster, crabs, etc.., we also seen dolphin swimming out a little ways. There is a cool Iguana on the island. He is pretty big and just hangs out. He will take off if you approach him, but if you leave him be, he will get pretty close. As far as the house, it is very nice. It really has some cool décor. The second bedroom has 2 full beds in it so my boys each got their own bed. There was a sofa sleeper in the living room, but we didn’t need it because of the 2 beds. The boat was nice. Probably about a 16’ motor boat with a canopy top. We also spent a day in Key West. Duval Street was fun. The kid’s enjoyed the aquarium and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. Marathon also has some great beaches to go to. We will be going back next year and staying here again for sure.

Lynett K.

2 Bedroom home with Island

"Our best family vacation ever!"

We had such a wonderful time on this vacation, I just wanted to take the time to comment on this property. We stayed during mini-lobster week and had such a great time diving for lobster off the island, it was great. We traveled with several children and this island is the best place for kids. The kids caught crabs, fished from the dock, snorkeled every day, traveled around the island in kayaks and just had a generally fun time playing in the mangroves and exploring the island. They have been talking about their "private Island" since we got home. Location was great for exploring the rest of the keys as well. An hour or so from key west or key largo, so we were able to go to both as well as Bahia Honda park for a great beach. Lots to do around here for kids. The kids really liked the Theater by the Sea in Islamorada. It was nice having the boat to just run out to the island and back to the main house whenever we wanted to. The property manager "Kokomo Joe" really made our vacation special. He was always around for advice, to help us with the boat, he even found us fishing poles for the kids and helped the kids chop a fresh coconut up with a machete. They really thought that was special. The house is small but very clean and well maintained, the manager came several times throughout the week to clean the outside and the yard and make sure everything was in order. Having the washer and dryer was very helpful with all of the children. It was also nice having the full kitchen to cook meals. Not a fancy place but a great base for your vacation to sleep, cook meals, do laundry and shower. I definitely would recommend to anyone with children, they will love the island. We saw snapper, nurse sharks, spiny lobster, crabs, sea urchins, many types of coral and fish while snorkeling. Caught fish easily off the dock at the island. No sandy beaches on the island, but there are several very close by in marathon if you want. Coco Plum is a nice beach and they let dogs go there, Annies Beach in Islamorada was nice, Bahia Honda is a white sand beach and good snorkeling for little kids, and Sombrero Beach right in Marathon was very nice with white sand and a playground for the kids. Really a vacation to remember for us. The kids haven't stopped talking since we got home.

HomeAway Review #2266413
Reviews Team

We had the most wonderful time in the keys. The island was great, we spent most of the time there, so peaceful. Snorkeling was very good, we even saw a manatee swim under the dock, and four dolphins came up to the dock another day. Stingrays circled the island every day, they were very colorful.
We will definitely come back again.
Jessie & Linda
Boca Raton, FL

We had a wonderful time at the two 4 bedroom houses in Marathon---the setting was beautiful, the houses were spacious and perfect for our family reunion, and the weather was unbelievably good. Everyone in our family (age range 6 months to 78 years) enjoyed our stay; the houses were great, and there were plenty of nearby attractions to keep everyone happy and occupied. We definitely recommend the houses to others! It was an unforgettable, wonderful way to close out the old year and bring in the new.

Anonymous, Chapel Hill NC

Just a note to say thank you.  My family had the most wonderful time in Florida. We loved the house and hope we will have an opportunity to return some day.
Karen & Family

We had such a wonderful time at your home in Marathon. The Island is to die for, I could live out there with the Iguana. Rick was awesome, you need  to keep him around. I have some great pictures so I'll email you some later. I'm trying to talk my husband into going again next year. Thanks again.


"We loved our week in Marathon and our stay at your house. It was one of the best weeks of my life." Paul

"I just wanted to touch base and let you know what a wonderful three weeks we had at Dolphin Jump Key - Again!. We have truly enjoyed the two years we have spent in paradise (on vacation)! I will be checking your website for info on the Houseboats - Stay warm!


Did you enjoy your trip to Marathon? "Yes, Lots of Adventures! Saw 5 Manatees, caught wild iguanas! Ate fresh-caught Lobsters!" Dal

We really did have a very nice week in Marathon at your 4br/2ba house. It's very attractive, nice and clean with plenty of room. We especially liked the bigger modern bathroom, the view out onto the backyard and the convenience of being able to do laundry.


"The island was truly magical - like something out of a dream." Richard

"Everything was great. Had a wonderful time. Thanks"


Did you enjoy your trip to Marathon? "Yes - it was the nicest stay we've had in Marathon." Susan

"Beautiful home. Home was very accommodating & we've told all our friends how much fun your home was & recommended it often"


"We had a wonderful time at your place! The island was fantastic, as was the home. We hope to do it again! Mike

"We again wanted to express our thanks for the opportunity to stay at your home in Marathon. We enjoyed our stay at the shore house and our visit to the island. We spent the week soaking up the sun, reading and eating - that is really a vacation!

Michelle & Wendell

"We had a great time, overall very satisfied." Josh

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy our island vacation in paradise!!!  We and the dogs loved it and hope that you will allow us to come back again!!!

Maxine and Mike

We really enjoyed our time in Marathon. We enjoyed the island--what a nice addition to the water front home. We would definitely like to come back in the future!! Tanya Cincinnati, OH

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