Marathon Key Vacations

Marathon is a 10-mile-long family-oriented island community located in the middle of the Keys island chain, to include Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key and Grassy Key.  Visitors enjoy Marathon’s fishing heritage, an old-Keys lifestyle and seafaring traditions, which is a theme found in the area’s accommodations.  Marathon Key has annual seafood festivals and waterside restaurants that harvest fresh fish, lobster and stone crab claws from local waters.   Marathon Key vacations are going to be full of activities with spectacular sailing, fishing, world-class wreck and reef diving and snorkeling, in addition to the island’s impeccably maintained beaches, eco-attractions and marine-based educational programs.

Marathon Key is a great place to take a very relaxing vacation. There are many great hotels and fantastic restaurants that serve fresh seafood and some good shopping with many gifts and crafts from local artists. Marathon has some very nice communities including Key Colony Beach and Sombrero Beach.  If you are looking for a Florida Keys vacation with some relaxation, then Marathon Key is a great place to visit on your travels through the Florida Keys.  Visit the beautiful beaches of the Florida Keys.


Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 64°F to 91°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 93°F.  The warm season lasts from May 28 to September 29 with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 91°F and low of 81°F.  The cold season lasts from December 8 to February 25 with an average daily high temperature below 77°F. The coldest day of the year is January 13, with an average low of 64°F and high of 74°F.


There is one airport in Marathon Key, Florida Keys Marathon Airport.  Key West International Airport is 47 miles away from Marathon Key. To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price.  Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare.  For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights.  I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase.  Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time.  You can  Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.

Miami International Airport

Florida Keys Marathon Airport

Car Rental

Rent a car in Marathon TX and get ready to experience all the neighborhood has to offer! Why waste your precious vacation time waving down pricey taxis or trying to navigate confusing bus routes? has cheap car rentals in Marathon Key that are perfect for your rental needs. Thinking about a two-seater for a romantic getaway? has you covered. Traveling with the whole family in tow? Let help you find the spacious vehicle that’s right for you. No matter what type of car you require, they’re sure to have it in stock.

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Best Places to Eat & Drink

sparkys-landingSparky’s Landing

They combine culinary excellence with the Florida Keys on the water lifestyle to create the ultimate dining experience.  Sparky’s is not another cookie cutter keys eatery – it’s Marathon’s best combination of great food and delicious cocktails that embraces both seafaring locals and vacationers alike.  Sparky’s Landing was founded in February of 2006 and their focus is good times, fresh fish & refreshing cocktails.  Sparky’s is located on the working charter boat fleet docks of the Key Colony Beach Marina.  Call them at 305-289-7445 or visit them at Sparky’s Landing.

island-fish-tiki-barThe Island Fish Company & Tiki Bar

Their spectacular sunset views and tropical waters will make your lunch, dinner, drinks and desserts that much more pleasurable. After eating, mosey through their gift shop where you will find Island apparel with original artwork and their exclusive logo on quality tank tops, t-shirts and sweaters. The mercantile shop is packed with great gift ideas to remember your trip to the Keys or make your friends who didn’t come along jealous. If you are looking to just relax and enjoy the scenery, pull up a bar stool to the longest tiki bar in the Florida Keys. The bartenders are sure to put a smile on your face when you sip on one of their frozen favorites or cold draft beer. Call them at 305-743-6014 or visit The Island Fish Company & Tiki Bar.

herbiesHerbie’s Bar & Chowder House

They capture the essences of “The Keys” flavors with innovative recipes… some from the “old days” and others created right here. They’ve taken the best of traditional Keys cuisine and put their own unique twist on them — recipes you are certain to love! Their kitchen prepares every dish from “scratch” meaning it’s fresh and as local and in season as possible. Herbie’s has been serving locals and tourists alike for 50 years. But, under it’s former ownership(s), this little Florida Keys shack has been operating since the 1940’s!  Don’t let the outside fool you… This is the biggest little restaurant you will ever walk in to!  Call 305-743-6373 or visit them at Herbie’s Bar & Chowder House.

burdinesBurdines Waterfront ChikiTiki

Burdine’s waterfront bar is located in Marathon, Florida at the end of 15th Street. Once you find 15th Street, you follow it all the way back to the waterfront. There you will find an old Florida beach bar called Burdines. Burdines has a chiki tiki bar. Tiki bars are always fun. This old style Florida beach bar serves up fish any way you want it. You can also order a Green Chile Cheeseburger, any way you want it. Burdines aims to please. Based on the location of this Florida beach bar it definitely attracts the locals and the fisher-people. Food is fresh!!!  The locals have an expression. It is “the Keysi way”. The “Keysi” lifestyle. It is all about the Keys any way you use it. Relax and enjoy a “Keysi” kind of bar, a true Florida beach bar. Call them at 305-743-9204 or visit them on Yelp.

kflogoKeys Fisheries Bar

Their restaurant serves the freshest seafood cuisine available including their appetizers, entrees, and signature dishes in varieties that everyone can appreciate. Start with the Conch Fritters, move on to the Lobster Reuben and finish the meal with a fresh slice of Florida Keys Key Lime Pie. Or, select from one of the other wonderful fresh seafood creations on our menu. Best of all, everything on the menu they can happily prepare for take-out or to be packaged and shipped.  Come down to Keys Fisheries and enjoy a cold beer or cocktail as the sun sets over the flat water of Florida Bay. Enjoy the best atmosphere that the Keys has to offer. Call them at 305-743-4353 or visit them at Keys Fisheries Bar.

Things to Do

imagesAquaVentures Eco Tours

AquaVentures provides kayak tours for all ages, and different tours to accommodate everyone.  They are not your average kayak company!  Beginners welcome! This is an activity for the whole family! All levels and ages welcome! They will personally teach you how to kayak. They provide you with the knowledge and skills to be safe, comfortable and, confident on the water! They also offer a 1 hour Mangrove Lazy River Tour that is a great option for beginners!  Their guides are highly trained to track down all creatures great and small! From the ever-popular manatees and dolphins to the small critters that most people would paddle right past.  Discover the Hidden biosphere of the mangroves with AquaVentures!  They carefully chose their tour locations! Getting their guests away from the crowds and closer to nature is a top priority at AquaVentures!  Call them at 305-731-3135 or visit them at AquaVentures Eco Tours.

spiritSpirit Snorkeling

Spirit Snorkeling provides daily snorkel trips and sunset celebration snorkel trips to Sombrero Reef & Pirate’s Cove. Specializing in families and first time snorkelers, their friendly crew will take you on a fun filled adventure to the either the Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary and Lighthouse or to their special location on the Florida Bay—Pirate’s Cove.  Marathon, Key Largo, Islamorada and Key West have some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Florida Keys.  Call 305-743-4403 or visit Spirit Snorkeling.

captainpipslogoCaptain Pips

Captain Pip’s Marina & Hideaway in Marathon, Florida Keys (Mile Marker 47.5) is known for its spotless accommodations and friendly island atmosphere. Located on Florida Bay a half mile from the Seven Mile Bridge, there’s easy open water access to the bay and the ocean. They offer quality Florida boat rentals, parasailing, Spirit Snorkeling and beautiful Florida Keys accommodations in their tropical vacation suites. They also have kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals and bicycle rentals.  Call 305-743-4403 or visit Captain Pips.

dolphin-research-centerDolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1984 by Jayne Shannon-Rodriguez and Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez. Their goal was to ensure the dolphins had a home here for life, and in doing so to establish a unique education and research facility.  The bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions presently living here provide a range of personalities and backgrounds. Over half of their family was born at the Center, while the other members have either come from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated and deemed not releasable back into the wild by the Government and now have a forever home at Dolphin Research Center.  Call 305-289-1121 or visit the Dolphin Research Center.

Crane Point Hammock

Crane Point Museum, Nature Center and Historic Site is a non-profit natural history museum and nature center located in Marathon Key.   Crane Point features several facilities.  The Museum of Natural History of the Florida keys with exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural history of the Keys area.  The Florida Keys Children’s Museum. which features two saltwater lagoons and many marine touch tanks.  The George Adderley House which is a historic museum that was built by George Adderley, a Bahamian pioneer, in 1903 that still stands on Crane Point’s property.  The Marathon Wild Bird Center which is a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wild birds. Some recovering birds can be viewed in the outdoor flight cage and nature trails.  For more information call 305-743-4403 or visit Crane Point Hammock.

Top Marathon Key Hotels

Seashell Beach Resort

This beachfront hotel is located in the Florida Keys and is 9 miles from downtown Marathon. The hotel offers beach access and studios with free WiFi.  Seashell Beach Resort studios include a refrigerator and air conditioner. The studios feature views of the Atlantic Ocean.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Seashell Beach resort.

Hawks Cay Resort

Featuring a full-service spa and the chance to swim with dolphins, this resort hotel has 5 pools and a tennis court. Fishing, diving, and jet skiing are offered in the clear waters of Hawks Cay.  Spa services include massages, body bar treatments, and facials. Salon services are also available, and the property houses a fitness center, complete with cardio and strength training machines.  There are 6 on-site dining options. Alma offers Latin fares while Beach Grill offers lagoon-side seating and seafood dishes. Island Time serves pastries, Starbucks coffee ®, and light breakfast fares.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hawks Cay Resort.

Tranquility Bay Resort

Tranquility Bay Resort offers beachfront accommodation in Marathon, FL. Three pools are located on site, including an adult-only pool and a heated pool for children.  Relax with in-room spa services or workout in the on-site fitness room. Water sports, such as kayaking and paddle boarding, are available.  Open for dinner, Butterfly Café serves fresh seafood and offers indoor and outdoor dining. T.J.’s Tiki Bar features salads, paninis, and a selection of appetizers and cocktails.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Tranquility Bay Resort.


  1. Craig


    A ton of information here. I think I am going to have to read through a second time.

    My wife and I have been looking for a nice place for a family getaway. I want someplace with a nice beach for some relaxation. She want a place with some activities and things to do, but not too swamped with people. I’ll have to show this page to her and see how she responds.

    I’m very impressed with how much info you provide.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Craig, let me know if you have any questions 🙂  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations!

  2. James

    It certainly looks like a lovely place to visit. I do always wonder about sharks and jelly fish when I see these places, and I always neglect to venture into the sea when I am actually on holiday.

    Have there been any shark attacks in the local area in the last few years? What is the deal with jellyfish, are they a concern to the average swimmer?

    If not, I might be brave enough to try some swimming when I visit there.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You don’t have to worry about Jellyfish here, but there are sharks in the ocean of course but shark attacks are more prominent in California and even Australia. Thanks for reading James.

  3. Smart Prince

    I’m glad that I found your website. It was really great to read your post.

    My friend has been there and she never get tired of talking about how much she enjoyed there and how great of an experience that was.

    I would also like to say that it’s hard to find a place that contains so much of info on one page, and thus one has to search for different things differently. But you did a great job of putting things together and making it much easy for someone planning of a vacation.

    Thanks for the info, it really helped a lot!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are most welcome! Beaches are a passion of mine and I absolutely love Florida beaches 🙂

  4. Infowize Media

    I am so glad I found your site! My wife and I were just talking about tropical places we could vacation within the US. We talked about the Keys but neither of us had any idea where to find trustworthy information. Your site gave us everything we needed to start planning our vacation! Thanks!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome! I am glad you can use the information. Have fun in the Florida Keys!

  5. Emily

    Wow!! Great page about Marathon Keys Vacations!! Very thorough with great information about the destination. Also great information what to do when you are there and where to eat, etc. This definitely looks like a place that I would love to visit. What is the best time of year to visit?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know you can go to the Florida Keys anytime of year. It is kind of like America’s Caribbean. I am heading that way next week and the weather will still be spectacular. I think you would enjoy Marathon Key anytime of the year!

  6. Linda

    As a travel agent my bucket list is never ending, and it seems as though I have just added another destination to that list. I absolutely love the beach, especially the white sandy ones with a lovely blue sea.

    The mangrove river tour sounds amazing! I’m not much of a kayakker, but I think I could manage for an hour.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think you could manage no problem and you would enjoy it! Thanks for visiting Linda and I hope you will revisit Beach Travel Destinations again!

  7. Mary Vercoe

    Awesome, when can I leave? I live in AZ now but I lived in West Palm Beach for 6 years while growing up. I have fond memories of family trips to the Keys. We would be taking our RV down, are there RV parks on or near the beaches? It’s nice to see all the eateries available as we do enjoy good seafood, which is missing in AZ. The temperature chart is extremely helpful in planning a trip.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad it brought back fond memories Mary. Wow, how nice to have been able to make so many trips to the Florida Keys!

  8. David

    Hi there and thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading your post.
    Marathon Keys seems like a wonderful place for relaxing and beautiful beaches. It’s also great to find all the information, links to flights, hotels and things to do in one place. Do you recommend any travel insurance companies?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      David, thank you for visiting Marathon Key vacations. Yes, you are right that everything is right there to have a great beach vacation. I tend to not use travel insurance. I know that some do like to have it, so I guess I am not familiar with it.

  9. Sophie

    Thank you for putting together a page that has so much key info on it about a place. It’s difficult sometimes to find separate info on airports, weather and things to do or see so you’ve made life a lot easier having this in one place! Make me way more excited while planning to go away on holidays!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Sophie! I am glad you enjoyed visiting Beach Travel Destinations. I hope when you are ready to travel to one of these amazing beach destinations, you might consider letting me help plan.

  10. Marilyn

    Ooh these beaches look incredible! They are definitely calling me to come!

    Living in Australia this will take some planning but it does encourage me to start thinking.

    Do you feel it would be good to visit in our Autumn? I guess that would be your Spring? Does it stay warm enough at that time of the year or would it be better to move it into Summer? I guess it gets crowded then though… what do you think?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, the weather is going to be beautiful in the spring, that is when I usually visit Florida. It will not get super crowded until school lets out. That is probably the busiest. But you know, I have been there during the school break, and I didn’t think it was all that bad. Some Texas beaches are much more crowded.

  11. Kenny

    This sounds like a great vacation destination. I love the hot weather so I would love to Vacation there. 87 degrees sounds perfect to me. Can I ask if you have stayed here yourself? Herbie’s Bar & Chowder House sounds like a great place I love seafood. I will be checking this out for my next vacation! Great site you have here.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Kenny! Yes, I have been to Marathon Key. I love the Florida Keys all together. So many nice beaches, wonderful atmosphere and great weather. Nothing not to like.

  12. Charlie

    I loved the info on the islands. I’ve always been fascinated by the keys and the tropicalness of them even though they are technically part of the mainland US. I would love to visit them some day and see what they’re all about. Did you know the citizens of the keys want to break off from the US and form their own colony?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for reading Charlie. It does seem like a whole new “world” going to the Keys. I did not know that they wanted to break off from the U.S. That is craziness!

  13. andreabobby

    I’ve never even heard of Marathon Key but it definitely looks like a place I’d like to escape to. It looks like the perfect spot for something beachy, romantic and relaxing!! From the main photo, it looks like the land is man-made, am I correct? If so, it looks very similar to the Palm Islands in Dubai! Thanks for the great information!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Andrea! Marathon Key is part of the Florida Keys and not man made. You would really love it here, so peaceful and beautiful…not to mention the great Florida Keys beaches!


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