Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Book this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Ramrod Key today! A total of 12 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a deck, outdoor grill, and air conditioning among other amenities offered by this rental.
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Villa Marquesa in Ramrod Key Florida keys Ramrod Key, Florida
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HISTORY AND RAMROD KEY, FLORID
visit: www.villamarquesa.com for official proces, calendar and our Sister property Casa Senerity http://www.flipkey.com/ramrod-key-vacation-rentals/p300040/
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The vacation home is located on the Ocean Side of Ramrod Key, between Mile Marker mm 26 and 27.5. We call our Lower Keys Islands, the windy keys due to their favorable geographical position, which allows the flow of tropical trade winds to blow in all directions, delivering its cooling breezes and also reducing mosquitos. Luckily our average temperatures never dip below the 60's in winter and never rise above the 90's even in the hottest summers, making theses islands a true Tropical Caribbean Paradise all year around. We owe our great weather to the Carribean Tropical Trade Winds and the Gulf Stream, a super current of warm Caribbean water that constantly bathes our islands year round. That's why you will see an abundance of Tropical plants, animals, fish and corals. The warm winter water temperatures also allows for year round snorkeling, fishing, diving , beach-going or other water-sports.
Long before our island was named Ramrod Key and officially charted, it was visited by Calusa Indians and they used our island as a refuge from the warlike Creek Indians, who were induced by English settlers to make slave raids on the Calusas. Finally, chased by the Creeks and decimated by European diseases, the remaining Calusas escaped to Cuba and were assimilated into the local population. Before the Calusas, there was probably a small population of other Native Americans occupying the various islands of the Florida Keys. The name Key West, is an anglicization the Spanish name "Cayo Hueso or Bone Key"; since spanish exporers found so many Native American bones covering the entire island, after the indian tribal wars.
After the native americans came the Spanish Explorers to whom we owe many of our island names such as Dry Tortugas; Islamorada or the "Purple Isles", Key Largo "Cayo Largo or Long Key"; Key Rodriguez, Bahia Honda " Deep Bay"and Vaca Key or Cow Key. The Spanish also gave us many of our local foods, like Key Limes, Conch Fitters, pineapples, tropical fruit trees and hundreds of sunken spanish cargo vessels and Galleons, who's sunken treasures are world famous and can be seen at the Mel Fisher Atocha Musuem in Key West. On April 2, 1513 Ponce de Leon claimed Florida (La Florida) in the name of Spain. Indians right's were never considered and Florida was owned and governed by the Spain from 1513 until 1821. Spain called Key West the Gibraltar of the Caribbean. Spain then sold the Florida to the United States in 1819 but kept the Florida Keys or "Cayos de los Martires or Islands of the Martyrs", but kept the Keys for themselves. In 1821 a U.S. buisnessmen bought Key West and most of the keys from a Spaniard living in Cuba and it was officiay made part of Florida on February 22, 1821.
Since the time the Spanish discovered these islands and well past U.S. occupation of 1821, the Pirates of the Caribbean, used our islands as hideouts and bases of operations. This was time heroic villains who rose to fame and figures like Black Ceasar, Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Captain Avery, Captain Morgan and others became household names in the keys. They were the famous anti-heroes of their time. This was also a historical period from roughly 1680 - 1730 when large numbers of Anglo-American mariner's also engaged in piracy and privateering, often against Spanish or other targets of opportunity in the Atlantic Ocean, and often used the Keys as their bases. The Pirates of the Keys would hide their shallow draft boats among the many islands and ambush any ship caught on the reef. Pirates would also attack any wreckers driving them from the treasure ships and seize their bounties. After all treasure was removed from the ship, it would often be set on fire, leaving nothing that would warn other ships of the dangers below the surface.
Black Caesar was an 18th century pirate who choose the Florida Keys for his home. Black Caesar, a former slave, preyed on boats throughout the Florida Keys, as well as Cuba, the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico. For nearly a decade, he raided ships in the Florida Keys and later served with Captain Blackbeard's aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Caesar's Rock, one of three islands located north of Key Largo, is the present-day site of his original headquarters and named in his honor.
The Florida Keys are also refered to as the Conch Republic as our islands declared a mock secession from the United States on April 23, 1982. It has been maintained as a tourism booster for the city of Key West and the Keys since. Since then, the term "Conch Republic" has been expanded to refer to "all of the Florida Keys or that geographic northward to 'Skeeter's Last Chance Saloon' in Florida City to Key West as the nation's capital and all territories north of Key West being referred to as 'The Northern Territories'. The Conch is the large pinkish shell native to the keys and the Caribbean and the main ingredient in Conch Chowder and Conch Fritters; as must try dish when your visiting Villa Marquesa and the Florida Keys.
While the protest that sparked the creation of the Conch Republic (and others which have occurred since then) have been described by some as "tongue-in-cheek", they were motivated by frustrations over genuine concerns, such as taxes, customs, and immigrations policies. The original protest event was motivated by a US Border Patrol roadblock and checkpoint which greatly inconvenienced residents and was detrimental to tourism in the area. Our island motto is "One Human Family" and " a Change in Latitude a Change in Attitude".
The Conch Republic celebrates its Independence Day every April 23 as part of a week-long festival of activities involving numerous businesses in Key West, and a mock water cannon and stale cuban bread naval battle. The organization – a "Sovereign State of Mind," seeking only to bring more "Humor, Warmth, and Respect" to a world in sore need of all three according to its Secretary General, Peter Anderson – is a key tourism booster for the area. Other Festival not to miss are Goombay and Fantasy Fest which are are generally held the week prior to Halloween, New Years Eve, Mini-Lobster Season, Bike Week Poker Run, the Key West Literary Festival, and the Marathon Seafood Festival.
Ramrod Key got its name from a ship named “Ramrod” that was wrecked out on the coral reef the early 19th Century. It is now a popular tourist site due to the short three mile distance between the island and the world famous Looe Key Reef. The island has its own gasoline and conveince stores, several bars, and resturants like the famous 5 Brothers Cuban Restaurant, Looe Key Resort and a putt-putt course. Right offshore you have the Famous Little Palm Island Resorts and the famous Picnic Island Beaches.
Villa Marquesa was one of the first homes built on the Atlantic/ Ocean Side of Ramrod Key, in Breeze Swept Beach Estates, that's why its architecture is very distinctive and unique. The home is built on a perfect east-west / north-south axis in order to take advantage of the Tropical Caribbean Trade winds. Rarley do visitors use the air-conditioning system in winter and we have never had to use the heater!! The home is decorated in authentic Caribbean Colonial style and filled with teak and mahogany furniture which give you the feeling of staying at one of the great Caribbean Beachside Villas. The house's name is also unique and has alot of history behind it. The name "Villa Marquesa" means the "Grand Home of the Marquis" in Spanish. The Owner's grandfather was a a Spanish Marquis and part of the Spanish Royalty and Nobility. Her family history in Spain goes back 750 years, to a time of chivalry, conquests and conquistadors.
In and around our island we have several places to eat, drink and be merry like: all within a short walking, biking or driving distance: Boondocks Grille, 5 Brothers Cuban Market and Cafe and the Looe Key Reef Tiki Bar are local favorites. They offer everything from Cuban Coffe "Bucci", Cuban sandwhiches, great beers, elaborate fish entrees, miniature golf courses, a gift shops, dive tours, live daily music and weekly bar specials.
We are a few minutes by car, bike or bus to Little Torch Key: which was the famous resturants like the Little Palm Island Resort and Parrotdise; Big Pine Key: which has famous several bars and resturants like the No Name Pub, and a grocery store: Winn Dixie in the Deer Key Shopping Mall. On Summerland and Cudjoe Keys there are several fish markets, resturants, and bars to choose from, and the Square Group on Cudjoe Key is a must.
Also we can put your in contact with several deep water or flats fishing guides, kayak rentals, nature / history / ghost tour guides, massage studios, bike rentals or maid services.
visit: www.villamarquesa.com for offiicial proces, details and calendar for this and our Sister property Casa Senerity.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: key west
Nearest ferry port: key west
Car is not necessary
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Ramrod Key Attractions
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Ramrod Key Attractions
Rates shown in $ USD
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the owner’s discretion.
- Damage Deposit | $1,000 per stay
- Tax rate | 5% of rent | tax rate
Additional notes from the owner
Prices Villa Marquesa please see our Website for oficial prices, deals and deals for Monthely or Long Term Rental
www.villamarquesa.com for our Official Price List, Calendar, specials and our Monthly Renter Disount for those wishing to rent on a monthly basis.
See us featured on TV as one of the Best Budget rental Villas:
We also have our sister property Casa Serenity Available: http://www.flipkey.com/ramrod-key-vacation-rentals/p300040/
Prices Villa Marquesa
Low Seasons: May 1st to October 20th / High Season: October 20th to May 1st
Monthly rent for the Whole House both 3/1 up and 1/1 down: $4,200.00 in Low Season and in $4,500.00 for High-Season .
Weekly Low-Season or the Whole House both 3/1 up and 1/1 down: $2200.00 in Low Season and $2500.00, for High Season
The Deposit is $1000.00 for the whole house, The cleaning charge is $250.00 for the whole house (or $200.00 upstairs and $100.00 downstairs if rent seperately), and tax is 15%. You can also give your deposit through VRBO, Homeaway, or Pay or reserve online with Paypal.
You can also give your deposit through VRBO, Homeaway, or Pay or reserve online with Paypal.
- A/C or climate control
- Local Guides/Maps
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Cleaning Service
- Alarm Clock
- Ceiling Fans
- Linens Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Central heating
- Towels Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Ocean or water views
- Private fishing
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Stereo or CD player
- Pool Table
- DVD Player
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Boat available
- 8 Dining chairs
- 8 Lounge chairs
- Pet - ask
- 2000 square feet
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Beware!! the owner,we rented house from June 27 until July 5 2015.after giving him 2450.00 plus 1000.00 deposit he notified me we could not get in house until June 28th or reschedule our stay,we came on the 28th.i tried getting in touch with him on the 28th by phone,text and email I never heard back until after we left house.luckily there were no major problems. The house. Master bath had a lot of ants.front of house was a converted screen area.front bedroom. Had no air conditioning vent. In 20 years I have never seen my wife sleep without covers. Upstairs deck needed repairs and was very old,I thought I might fall thru some areas. Washer and dryer were outside,had to use pliers to turn on dryer. My brother rented bottom unit and u could not adjust the air.The dock.west end was shallow,east end deeper but leaves from trees left a lot of stains on my boat.a lot of work to keep boat clean while we were there.out door furniture was old and very dirty.we have rented houses for 20 yrs in the keys and never had a problem.he kept my 1000.00 deposit and said we destroyed the house. I have a very reputable business and dealt with about 2000 customers. This is a very special type of scumbag your dealing wth. I have now learned to always deal with a propertymanager. Beware!!!!!
Response from the owner, Miguel Mirabal - 04/29/2016
please be aware these tenants / so-called guests are complete liars and scum bags, they left my property in utter destruction. First of all they has a 28 day lease and left after July 5 2015, they left b.c they DESTROYED MY HOME, THEY CAUSED OVER $3,000. IN DAMAGES. Our lease was for a month and they left early and skipped out leaving the house destroyed. HOME OWNERS BEWARE, THESE PEOPLE LIED OT MONROE COUNTY THAT THEY RENTED FOR A WEEK NOT BEFORE CAUSING THOUSANDS IN DAMAGES... BE WARE OF THESE PEOPLE DO NO RENT TO THEM ROBERTO MORSE FROM WEST COAST OF FLORIDA
A FlipKey verified reviewer
In the beginning of our vacation, everything was going well. About 3 days into it, the toilet got clogged (not our fault) and we had to call the house keeper, so he called the plummer and he fixed the issue for $315. Keep in mind that our deposit was for $1000! About 3 months later we receive a check for $500!!! I contacted the owner Miguel and he stated that it was our fault it got clogged! therefore he had to charge me the bill, I told him that I saw the receipt and it was only said $315 not $500 so he went one saying it was for house keeping and flushing!!! lol none of that was in the contract!!! we were aware of house keeping which we paid $200 for it. So it didn't make sense, therefore I asked for the receipts of everything and I am still waiting! Please don't go there!!! you will never get you full deposit back!!!
Response from the owner, Miguel Mirabal - 09/12/2013
In our contract it clearly states that the guest shal lbe responsbile for any damages to the house. The plumming issues were a result of over 10 tampons and feminine hygiene products flushed down the tolilette by these guests, the proif I have is that the whoel pummming system was reviewd in May 2013! a month before the guests arrive, and I did nto take 3 months to retun their deposit, it was retunred in less than 30 days as per the contract. The plummer was called and he removed all the tampons andshowed the guests what he had pulled out of the pipes and toilettes and the guest admited to him they were theirs. Before these guests arrived we had stayed in the home for over a month and there were no tampons flushed. The house keepng / cleaning is $200.00 but this does not include going to the house and fixing a problem caused by the tenants, themselves. if a guest breaks something they have to fix it or i keep the deppsit and refund the rest. I have to charge the tenants ( from their deposit) what I am charged for their own damages. The tenants has the reciepts from the plummer and can call Joe our maint. man who had to come out to assist the renters. He is not our "employee"n not on my payroll and Villa Marquesa is a personal residence and not a Hotel, therefore Joe charges every time he needs to come out to fix something casued by Tenant damages. If there is soemthing boroken in the home, I take responsability, fix it and have even credited guests for any inconvince when it is caused by me, the home, or anything not in the guest control. I have never had to with hold deposits from tenents, and this is the first time. Everyone esle who has stayed in the home raves about its bueaty, its location and every year we have the same repeat guests and they are already treated as family and have begun to refer Villa marquesa as their second home.
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