This July we went to Key West for my daughter's wedding. The hotel in Key West was totally misrepresented, the weather there was miserable, and the day we left we were caught in a monsoon and were completely soaked. We had already checked out of our hotel and had nowhere to go, and had to get in our rental car and drive to Marathon where we had booked one night at Tropical Cottages.
On the drive to Marathon, I honestly planned to spend the one night and drive straight to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale and come home. I was not a happy camper.
We arrived at Tropical Cottages and went inside where we met Debbie, the manager. We told her we couldn't sit down because we were soaking wet. She told us that she had two other cottages available and wanted to show them to us because the previous tenants in our reserved cottage had mentioned that the showerhead wasn't working at full power. We viewed the two cottages, which were very clean, very cozy, and the grounds were immaculate. I let my daughter pick because I was still wet and not in the best of spirits. She chose to go with the original wooden cabin that we had booked online. We drove up to our cottage, got the luggage out of the car and went inside to change into dry clothes.
I then went out front to our table with umbrella and chairs to try and decide how upset my daughter was going to be when I told her I just wanted to go home the next day. No sooner had I sat down than Debbie was driving down in the golf cart and asked if I would like a complimentary cocktail (she later said I looked like I had needed it! ha,ha). I said that would be nice and she went back to her cottage, made me a wonderful margarita and brought it back to me. She said if we wanted to watch DVD's in one of the vacant cabins later to let her know and she would let us pick through her library of videos. She also asked what we were thinking about doing for dinner - I didn't know any places there, so told her I wasn't sure what to do. I explained that my daughter was a vegetarian and she began listing off restaurants that would serve the excellent seafood I wanted, as well as a vegetarian alternative for my daughter.
At this point I was starting to feel much better about the trip and asked my daughter if she would like to delay our trip to Ft. Lauderdale by one day and stay there another night. She agreed and we told Debbie we would like to stay another night. We visited for a while and I told her I wished I could find a coconut and she said she would have her husband, Harv, get me one out of the trees before we left. That night we took her advice on one of the restaurants and had a wonderful dinner.
The next morning we woke up and it was lightly raining. Apparently we got to Florida in the rainy season. Debbie saw me and walked over to tell me that she felt terrible that my vacation was being ruined by the rain and once again offered to let us come up to the vacant cottage and look at DVDs rather than just watch the TV in our cottage. Now how many times have you had that happen on a vacation?!
When the rain stopped Debbie told me there was a beach right there (which I didn't know), so we went down to it and had a very nice time. When we got back from the beach and shopping there were two coconuts sitting on our table outside our cottage. That night we went to another restaurant Debbie suggested and she told us that after we got back to come to their cottage around 9:00 to watch the raccoons that play on their porch. (We're animal lovers).
After we returned from dinner, I wasn't paying attention to the time and a little after 9:00 there was a knock on the door; it was Harv telling us that the raccoons were there and to come on up. We went over and sat on their porch while they popped us popcorn and offered drinks. I felt like I was visiting an old friend! I can't tell you what a wonderful experience it was.
The cottages are exactly as shown on their web site. They were clean and bug free. They are close to a road, but there was no traffic noise. The palm trees and flowering trees with 2 hammocks is just a completely relaxing, beautiful atmosphere.
If you want wild night life, this isn't it; but if you want to feel like you are part of their family in a comfortable, clean, relaxing and beautiful area ... this is the place for you. I could not recommend them more highly, and I am not an easy person to please.
When it was time to leave the next day for Ft. Lauderdale renewed and rejuvenated, I felt like I was leaving old friends... which I know I was.
When I'm in Florida next time, I will go out of my way to go back to Marathon and stay and visit with my new friends.
Sandy, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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