Marathon Key

Smack dab in the middle of the Florida Keys lies the quaint marine sanctuary of Marathon Key. At Marathon Florida, you can enjoy all that the Keys have to offer in one setting. A laid back feel mixes with the excitement that comes with unique Florida Key Marathon eco-tours, superb Florida Keys diving and snorkeling, and world-class fishing. At least one day should be spent relaxing at the impeccably manicured Sombrero Beach, or at the highly rated nearby Bahia Honda State Park beach. And after a full day of activity, visitors can get a taste of the fresh local seafood and other fare at one of over 40 Florida Key Marathon restaurants that are often found just on the water. Watch the sunset color the skies and sparkling water as you sip on a margarita and recount the day's events, all while you try to plan what you'll do tomorrow, and the next day. With a wide selection of Marathon Key hotels, you'll be sure to find the perfect lodging for your family or romantic getaway.

Marathon Key
Marathon Key

At Marathon Florida, fishing is in, and fisherman often make room in their days for some exciting tarpon fishing. Dubbed the "silver king", tarpon have incredible endurance, can make strong runs on your line, and will dazzle you with lofty leaps out of the water. Novice anglers and experienced fisherman can catch this big fish just by tossing their lines off either the Seven Mile Bridge, or the Bahia Honda bridge. Stick to the east and west ends of the Seven Mile Bridge, or wet your line at Long Key Bridge, and enjoy the fish that frequent these artificial reefs. Of course, when you think of fishing in Florida, you likely conjure up the images associated with offshore sportfishing.

Marathon Key Marina
Marathon Key Marina

At Marathon Key, offshore fishing is a treat. Charter ships and party boats offer the best way to get out and troll for Gulfstream sailfish, dolphin fish, and wahoo. At the Marathon West Hump, fisherman get a unique chance to fish an underwater platform that rises from 1,100 feet below the surface to a peak of 480 feet. Many interesting gamefish feed here, and the usual catch often includes amberjack, blue and white marlin, Mako shark and blackfin tuna. Try lightcasting the Marathon Florida boneflats for bonefish, permit and tarpon, head out reef fishing, or enjoy bay fishing Gulfside at Marathon Key, where the bay is deeper and more open than that of surrounding keys. Bay fishing is great for families, and when it's too rough for offshore or reef fishing, you'll find it's still calm and comfortable on the bay.

Marathon Keys Scuba Diving  Image: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau

Ecotourists will find Florida Key Marathon kayaking gives them a great opportunity to visit coral patches, where the shallow water also offers excellent snorkeling and some top Florida scuba diving. The coral patches attract sea life in all forms, with tiny tropical fish and sea turtles among the marine life you will see. Experienced kayakers with a GPS receiver can locate these coral patches quite easily, and the less experienced can enjoy them as well with a guide. Ecotourists looking to hike their cares away can head to Crane Point Hammock, which is a 64-acre paradise not far from the center of town. A hammock is a raised patch of land with just enough soil to sustain a variety of plant life, and the tropical hardwood trees at Crane Point are among the unique foliage at Marathon Key. On Crane Point, witness white crowned pigeons, raccoons, ibis, herons, dragonflies and butterflies along the two miles of walking trails.

Marathon Florida hotels look to fill every niche, which makes finding the spot that is right for you a fairly easy task. You can find options for luxury Marathon Key hotels, or more budget-conscious establishments, all with plenty to offer. The Ocean Beach Club Resort is a lovely option among the Marathon Key hotels for your romantic getaway. It is a newly renovated boutique hotel with its own sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean. It has three levels of one bedroom suites and single rooms. Families might consider the spacious accommodations at the CocoPlum Beach & Tennis Club. The "rooms" are tropical villa's with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The full kitchens are ideal for cooking the day's catch, and all units have a family room with a sleeper sofa, 2 televisions, a free washer and dryer, and air conditioning. On-site there is a heated pool and sandy beach. Relax in the jacuzzi after some tennis. Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway has a unique location on the bay and has hosted famous Keys visitors like Hemingway and Jimmy Hoffa. They offer clean accommodations in their tropical vacation suites, boat rentals, charters and guides.

One of the great things about Marathon Key is that it has its own airport with rental car agencies, making transportation to this central Keys location easier than you may have thought. Also, those flying into Miami will find that renting a car is also easy, and that within an hour's drive south on Highway 1 you hit Key Largo, your entry point into the Florida Keys.

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