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MarathonUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Marathon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
2600 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL
The price is $239 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Marathon resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Pretty Joe Rock and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Seven Mile Bridge. The Turtle Hospital and Vaca Key ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,798 reviews)

"Great relaxing vacation. No breakfast on site - good to know ahead of time"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort
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 $223 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Marathon resort is within a 15-minute walk of Vaca Key and Seven Mile Bridge. The Turtle Hospital and Florida Keys Country Club are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (769 reviews)

"This is a beautiful property! I did not like having a beach with pebbles instead of soft sand. A bike path or walking path would be recommended. I also recommend a microwave in rooms and fans on balcony. Food is priced too high considering it is pasta and pizza. More options for food would be ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys
Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys
3 out of 5
1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
The price is $189 per night

Located in the heart of Marathon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Turtle Hospital and Pigeon Key Foundation. Seven Mile Bridge and Crane Point Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,882 reviews)

"Love to stay here. Staff and rooms are excellent."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

Popular places to visit in Marathon

Sombrero Beach
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Sombrero Beach

4.5/5(416 reviews)

Play beach games; go swimming, kayaking or snorkeling; and lounge in the sun at one of Marathon’s most visited beaches.

Dolphin Research Center
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Dolphin Research Center

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Learn about the playful nature of dolphins before swimming alongside these clever marine mammals at this entertaining research facility.

Seven Mile Bridge
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Seven Mile Bridge

4.5/5(829 reviews)

Walk, jog, cycle or drive across one of the longest bridges in North America to take in the scenic ocean views it provides.

Top things to do in Marathon

Marathon Offshore Fishing Trip
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Marathon Offshore Fishing Trip

$650
Per adult
Florida Keys Tour to Key West from Marathon
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Florida Keys Tour to Key West from Marathon

$100
Per adult
Beginner Scuba Diving Tour
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Beginner Scuba Diving Tour

86% of travellers recommend
$99
Per adult

Reviews of Marathon

4.3

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3 - Okay 10.935023771790808%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 5, 2020

Very nice pace to stay on the way to Key West.

5/5 - Excellent

Jon

Mar 27, 2020

Great location midway through the Keys.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Restaurant across street From king sail Resort was excellent for breakfast.

3/5 - Okay

JLitz

Mar 21, 2020

Didn't stay long enough to explore. We went right to Key West

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Nice and clean, comfortable. Convenient to US-1.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

Nice and peaceful beach area. Didn’t get a chance to see much since our stay was short.

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