Marathon, FL

Travel Guide
Marathon featuring tropical scenes, a sandy beach and swimming
Visit this thriving coastal community in the heart of the Middle Keys for old-fashioned family fun, seafood festivals, kayak adventures and sandy beaches.

Join the “snowbirds” from the northern United States and Canada who annually escape the cold northern winters by flying or sailing to Marathon. The coastal settlement is one of the best places to relax in the Florida Keys. Lounge on the beach or take long fishing trips and get to know the friendly locals.

Marathon is a community that covers a 10-mile (16-kilometer) long group of islands in the middle of the Florida Keys. It is surrounded by stunning natural beauty that charms visitors of all ages from far and wide.

Head to Sombrero Beach for some of the best fishing, swimming and diving in the region. Explore the protected waters of the Curry Hammock State Park on a kayak to meet local wildlife. Marathon is a boating paradise with extensive marina facilities so investigate your options for getting out on the water on a charter or rented vessel. While you’re out on the water, dive or snorkel on the colorful coral reef that runs along this coast.

Drive, walk or cycle along the Seven Mile Bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering that crosses the junction between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, running all the way to Little Duck Key. Back in the Marathon area, stop by Dolphin Research Center for education and entertainment for the whole family.

Dine on delicious seafood while looking out on the sparkling ocean at one of Marathon’s many restaurants. Each day, boatloads of freshly caught fish arrive. A seafood festival is held in March each year, allowing you to taste stone crab and other delicacies.

Reach Marathon by air via private plane or charter, car or boat through the Boot Key Harbor. Boaters should be aware of the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and use the provided mooring buoys to protect the reefs.

Come during January or February to enjoy warm sun, as the temperature never reaches freezing in Marathon. If you visit in the summer season, cool breezes keep even the most tropical days pleasant in temperature.

Where to stay in Marathon

Kingsail Resort
Kingsail Resort
2 out of 5
7050 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL, 33050
The price is $109 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$109
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this motel in Marathon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Lo recomiendo 💯"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Kingsail Resort
Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
4 out of 5
1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL, 33050
The price is $136 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$136
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Marathon. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 2 restaurants, and a marina. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,126 reviews)
"Would definitely recommend to anyone with kids and pets. Will be coming back"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa
Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Knights Key Boulevard, MM 47, Marathon, FL, 33050
The price is $210 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$210
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Marathon. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,005 reviews)
“Relax, you are on vacation!”
"The rooms were spotless and beautiful. There is nothing that says “Relax, you are on vacation!” like a warm salt water pool. Fantastic time."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tropical Cottages
Tropical Cottages
3 out of 5
243 61st Street Gulf, Marathon, FL, 33050
Stay at this 3-star cottage in Marathon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and Florida Keys ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (439 reviews)
Tropical Cottages A+
"Great place in Marathon! Highly recommended because of the comfort of the rooms- they were large in size and also taco truck and tiki bar on cottage resort!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Tropical Cottages
Skipjack Resort & Marina
Skipjack Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
19 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL, 33050
Stay at this 3-star golf aparthotel in Marathon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (915 reviews)
"Loved it and will becoming back The staff was awesome pool area and food and drinks were great. Close to everything you need and want to do. A gem in the keys"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Skipjack Resort & Marina
Knight's Key Suites
Knight's Key Suites
3 out of 5
40 Kyle Way W, Marathon, FL, 33050
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Marathon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and free bicycles on site. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (880 reviews)
"Staff was friendly room was spotless"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Knight's Key Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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