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

Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
4 out of 5
1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
The price is $143 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Marathon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Turtle Hospital and Pigeon Key Foundation. Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (955 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

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
The price is $239 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Nestled on the beach, this Marathon resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vaca Key and The Turtle Hospital. Seven Mile Bridge and Florida Keys Country Club are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,048 reviews)
"Great one of a kind property in the Florida Keys."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa
Banana Bay Resort & Marina
Banana Bay Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
4590 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
The price is $175 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Situated in Marathon, this golf hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Sombrero Beach. Fishermen's Community ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,068 reviews)
"Our room was nice overall. The grab and go breakfast was also nice. The resort fee seemed not very appropriate for what was offered, especially considering the amount we paid for the room."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Banana Bay Resort & Marina
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.
Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
3 out of 5
40 Kyle Way W, Marathon, FL
The price is $99 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Vaca Key and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Seven Mile Bridge. Pigeon Key Foundation and The Turtle Hospital ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (752 reviews)
"Great location, clean apartment."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
Skipjack Resort & Marina
Skipjack Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
19 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL
The price is $180 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Situated in Marathon, this golf aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Florida Keys Country Club and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Sombrero Beach. Crane Point Museum and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (766 reviews)
"Good little place to get away from it all! Staff is friendly and helpful. Restaurant on site has delicious food, bartender Ward makes a good drink! We will be back!"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Skipjack Resort & Marina
Tropical Cottages
Tropical Cottages
3 out of 5
243 61st Street Gulf, Marathon, FL
The price is $119 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Situated in Marathon, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sombrero Beach. Florida Keys Country ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (260 reviews)
"The canal view was nice, but on the other sides of the property, it was trashy. Additionally, there’s no thermostat for the room and the stairs needed more lighting."

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Tropical Cottages
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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