Marathon

Travel Guide
Marathon showing swimming, a sandy beach and tropical scenes
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

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
2.5 out of 5
13201 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL, 33050
The price is £139 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Marathon. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Staff was excellent."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
4 out of 5
1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL, 33050
The price is £159 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
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! (1,163 reviews)
"Attentive and friendly staff. The stay was pleasant. Exactly what it offers. We had an excellent weekend. Thank you"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 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 £270 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"The villas right on the beach were amazing! Friendly staff, attention to details and activities were amazing."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 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
The price is £126 per night from 13 Sep to 14 Sep
Stay at this 3-star cottage in Marathon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Sombrero Beach and Crane Point Museum and Nature Center ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (385 reviews)
"The bed mistress wasn't comfortable but overall was great"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Tropical Cottages
Skipjack Resort & Marina
Skipjack Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
19 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL, 33050
The price is £214 per night from 25 Aug to 26 Aug
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 their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (893 reviews)
"We were near everything, unfortunately the outside view was not appealing."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Skipjack Resort & Marina
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, 33050
The price is £128 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
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! (865 reviews)
Great spot to see all the Keys
"The check in process was a little confusing because the location was changing ownership but beyond that, it was a pleasure staying here. The rooms were clean, front and rear seating outside and the pool looked in great shape. Will definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2022

Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
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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