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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.

Beaches

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.

Sailing

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.

Parks

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.

Seafood

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.

Travel information

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.

 

Recently booked Marathon hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARATHON 19 hours ago 3 stars $123
Siesta Motel 1 day ago 3 stars $80
Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort 5 days ago 4 stars $156
Blackfin Resort 8 days ago 2 stars $94
Hawks Cay Resort 9 days ago 4 stars $178
Casa Del Sol Beach Resort 16 days ago 3 stars $149

Recently Rated Marathon Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARATHON
4.1 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $123
Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
4.0 / 5
22 reviews
4 stars $156
Siesta Motel
2.7 / 5
26 reviews
3 stars $80
Kingsail Resort
3.3 / 5
49 reviews
3 stars $90
Hawks Cay Resort
4.1 / 5
92 reviews
4 stars $178
Duck Key Villas at Hawks Cay
4.2 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars $298
Blackfin Resort
3.6 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $94
Casa Del Sol Beach Resort
3.4 / 5
20 reviews
3 stars $149
Coconut Cay Resort and Marina
2.4 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $89
Yellowtail Inn
2.0 / 5
20 reviews
3 stars Choose dates

Marathon hotels

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Featured Marathon Hotels

From $156

1 Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 22 reviews

2600 Overseas Hwy Map

Limited Time Offer - Save 10% on your stay

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

Relaxing getaway
This property is beautiful! However the beach is not a nice area. We had the three bedroom villa and it was perfect the only thing I would change is I would put a television in the third bedroom?...
May 16, 2014
From $123

2 Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARATHON

3 stars
4.1 / 5 59 reviews

13201 Overseas Highway Map

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

Expect a little get a lot.... exceed expectations ....3.5 stars
We're back next time... if you're not in need of a full resort experience, this works.
Sep 8, 2014
From $94

3 Blackfin Resort

2 stars
3.6 / 5 23 reviews

4650 Overseas Highway Map

This old-style keys resort is located on the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Marathon Key. Surrounded by tropical foliage and fragrant flowers, you can relax in our refreshing swimming pool, regain... More

Great getaway
Agreat place to stay! Close to everything you need.
Mar 29, 2014
From $90

4 Kingsail Resort

3 stars
3.3 / 5 49 reviews

7050 Overseas Highway Map

Save 20%

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

Awesome quick getaway
Our experience was very positive. I was pleasantly surprised since the rate was one of the cheapest ones I found. Room was roomy, clean, and very comfortable. Location was wonderful!! Close to...
Jul 15, 2014
From $71

5 Captain Pips Marina & Hideaway

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

1410 Overseas Highway Map

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

6 Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

1996 Overseas Highway Map

The Hyatt Place Marathon/Florida Keys is situated gulfside at the site of the historic Faro Blanco Lighthouse and nearby famous Seven Mile Bridge. Complimented by a state of the art full-service 72... More

From $159

7 Bluegreen Vacations Hammocks at Marathon, an Ascend Resort

2 stars
3.7 / 5 12 reviews

1688 Overseas Highway Mile Marker 48 Map

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

From $178

8 Hawks Cay Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 92 reviews

61 Hawks Cay Blvd Map

Feature- and activity-rich resort on private lagoon near MarathonHawks Cay Resort -- on Duck Key near Marathon -- sits on a private lagoon surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.... More

One night family getaway
Great hotel! Kids loved the pools and the lagoon. Although it does cost extra$ to do activities such as kayaking or paddle boarding. I feel those two activities should be included in their $30...
Aug 13, 2014
From $80

9 Siesta Motel

3 stars
2.7 / 5 26 reviews

7425 Overseas Highway Map

Known for having the cleanest rooms in paradise and affordable prices year round. We feature refrigerators coffee makers and cable television in every room plus we have several larger rooms with... More

not good
Other than the hard beds, ants everywhere, and no wifi. Although wifi was included I didnt get it. I had to stand about 25 feet away from my room to even get one bar. Now I have data charges. I...
Aug 25, 2014
From $149

10 Casa Del Sol Beach Resort

3 stars
3.4 / 5 20 reviews

58182 Overseas Highway Map

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

Awful
Booked the room for 6 and got a pull out couch that was not sleep able for the third couple. The mattress had springs coming through it and the support was busted on the frame. The dining room...
Mar 1, 2014
From $89

11 Coconut Cay Resort and Marina

3 stars
2.4 / 5 9 reviews

7196 Overseas Highway Map

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

wouldn't stay there again
I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend and I won't stay there again. Looks ok on the outside but the rooms need some maintenance. Very uncomfortable bed, room was not clean, staff was not at...
Jan 2, 2014

12 Tropical Cottages

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

243 61st Street Gulf Map

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

13 Coral Lagoon Resort & Marina

4 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

12399 Overseas Hwy Map

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

14 Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina by KeysCaribbean

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

11600 1st Avenue Gulf Map

COMPLIMENTARY BOAT SLIP INCLUDED FOR up to 30' BOAT. Indigo Reef Resort, a haven in the celebrated Florida Keys. Experience an incomparable Florida Keys vacation rental in one of our unique... More

From $298

15 Duck Key Villas at Hawks Cay

3 stars
4.2 / 5 14 reviews

51 Hawks Cay Blvd Map

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

Needs better amenities, restaurants are expensive and not good
Our villa was too close to the pool and very noisy, kids were screeming all day long until late at night. The villa was comfortable, but the bathrooms are too small and there is no space to put...
May 27, 2014

16 Yellowtail Inn

3 stars
2.0 / 5 20 reviews

58162 Overseas Highway Map

Right on Atlantic Ocean in the heart of the Florida Keys. Yellowtail Inn is located on the island of Marathon, Florida, in the middle of fabulous Florida Keys. Our small lodging beach resort hotel... More

Horrible!
Don't stay here. It will filled with bug excrement and housekeeping only made the bed the next day, they did not clean the bathroom at all. No lights in the bedroom worked, no pillowcases on the...
Dec 29, 2013

17 Bonefish Resort

2 stars
2.1 / 5 16 reviews

58070 Overseas Highway Map

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

sad
The room was clean and smelled clean when we arrived. The room was small (about 10 x 10'). The next day, when we returned the room had not been touched. That night, we were joined by many medium...
Aug 12, 2013