Escaping the Key crowds in Marathon, Florida
Nestled halfway between Key West and Key Largo, Marathon shares the laidback maritime atmosphere found throughout the Florida Keys. Whether you want to splash around in the clear turquoise water or get in a few rounds of golf, you'll find Marathon has all the amenities of a resort town. Enjoy sailing, seafood and swimming in equal measure before retiring to your choice of dozens of hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Things to see and do
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Marathon's attractions directly involve the ocean. Many of the hotels and resorts are found in the eastern half of the city, and you can find a number of public beaches south of the Overseas Highway, which spans the entire length of the Keys. The western end of the city is dominated by homes, restaurants, stores, more hotels and more shoreline.
Like the rest of the Florida Keys, Marathon has miles and miles of public beaches. Most hotels have beachfront access. If you want to explore a part of the island away from your home base, driving is an easy way to do so; finding public parking won't be an issue. Both Sombrero Beach in the west and Curry Hammock State Park in the east are popular picks. For a more natural beach, try Coco Plum Beach, which offers a pavilion, parking and restrooms but little else that would detract from the stunning seaside scenery.
If gazing at the peaceful waters isn't enough, Marathon has several public boat ramps for travelers looking to fish or sail. Parking is ample, and you'll also be able to stock up on supplies at the boating stores scattered across the city. If you don't own your own watercraft, charter a boat and take a tour to explore the Keys.
Although Marathon is fairly long, it isn't wide, so most of the parks have access to a beach. Curry Hammock is a fairly popular camping destination with approximately 24 parking spaces for RVs and campers.
Aquatic Life and Activities
Vacations should be relaxing, but that doesn't mean they can't also be educational. Take the kids to The Turtle Hospital and Dolphin Research Center to learn about some of the wildlife native to the waters around Marathon. At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, you can even swim with sharks and other saltwater fish!
For a little more adventure, you can sign up for kiteboarding, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. Professional lessons and equipment rentals round out Marathon's excellent selection of aquatic activities.
Your standard American fare of burgers, steaks and pizza are never hard to find, but Marathon is best known for its always-fresh seafood and Caribbean cuisine. Most eateries are located on the western side of Marathon. Though the town is smaller than Key West and Key Largo, Marathon teems with delicious seafood freshly prepared.
While Marathon is home to a small airport, most travelers arrive at Key West International Airport (EYW), approximately one hour away. The Overseas Highway connects the entire island chain, and it takes about two hours to drive from Key West to Miami. All of Marathon's hotels are easily accessible from this major roadway. If you don't have a car of your own, you can use the bus service, which also runs the length of the Keys.
Hotel price ranges
Marathon hotels start at around $90 per night, while some of the nicer resorts cost closer to $300 per night. If you stay in the western half of the city, you can walk to a variety of restaurants. Hotels in the eastern half of the city are a five-minute drive from nightlife and shopping, but you might enjoy the quieter atmosphere these accommodations offer.
Best time to stay
Because it's surrounded by ocean on all sides, Marathon enjoys a comfortable climate year-round. The average high ranges from 77 to 91 degrees, so the city itself never grows too hot or cold. Unlike some of the coastal cities to the north, the Keys always have temperate waters. If at all possible, make your hotel reservations for any month between September and May to take advantage of ideal weather and smaller crowds. Whatever beachside activity appeals to you, Marathon undoubtedly offers it. This calmer alternative to Key West serves up endless tropical fun.
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Recently booked Marathon hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Casa Del Sol Beach Resort||1 hour ago||$149|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARATHON||4 hours ago||$129|
|Kingsail Resort||1 day ago||$67|
|Siesta Motel||6 days ago||$70|
|Captain Pips Marina & Hideaway||7 days ago||$79|
|Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort||8 days ago||$230|
|Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys||8 days ago||$179|
|Hawks Cay Resort||14 days ago||$178|
|Coconut Cay Resort and Marina||25 days ago||$109|
Recently Rated Marathon Hotels
|Hawks Cay Resort||
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|Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort||
4.0 / 523 reviews
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARATHON||
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|Duck Key Villas at Hawks Cay||
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|Casa Del Sol Beach Resort||
3.4 / 520 reviews
|Coconut Cay Resort and Marina||
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Located in the heart of the Florida Keys, in the city of Marathon, the hotel offers basic rooms, efficiencies and one-bedroom apartments. Enjoy your free morning coffee dockside, swim or laze at... More
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... More
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Seaside beach cottages with posh resort amenities Sea grass sways in the beachfront breeze at Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort, a private 12-acre enclave in the Florida Keys. Family or friends... More
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Experience Marathon from Hotel's Waterfront Property A fun-filled tropical vacation awaits you in the Middle Keys at the Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Marathon . This pet friendly hotel's location... More
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With a bayside location, Hammocks, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, is perfectly situated to give you views of nature and wildlife you've never seen before. Whether it's the waterfront pool, tiki... More
Clean- comfortable accommodations in the Heart of the Florida Keys. Pool- ramp- boat dockage and rentals. Rooms- efficiencies and Kitchenettes. Free to use Bikes Kayaks Paddleboats BBQs... More
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Welcome to the Tropical Cottages in the Florida Keys. We are a family owned cottage style motel at Mile Marker 50.5 in Marathon Florida. Conveniently located in the heart of the Florida Keys... More
Small beach resort with apartment-style suites on the ocean in MarathonLocated just outside Marathon, the Casa Del Sol Beach Resort sits at the middle of the Florida Keys chain, overlooking the... More
Ultimate resort/ marina located in the heart of the Florida keys. Boaters paradise with 10-minute access to the atlantic and gulf of Mexico. Beautiful 2 & 3 bedroom villas all with water... More
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Spacious well-equipped vacation villas perfect for families and groupsDuck Key Villas at Hawks Cay makes up part of the Hawks Cay Resort -- located on Duck Key, near Marathon. This sprawling,... More
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Bonefish Resort is a quaint oceanfront motel nestled in a tropical setting among coconut and banana palms, hibiscus flowers and lush indigenous plants. Rooms are decorated with an old Florida Keys... More