Marathon Holidays 2017/2018
In the heart of the Florida Keys you'll find Marathon, a beautifully remote city compromising of the 13 islands, including Boot Key, Knight's Key and Hog Key. A completely different environment from Florida's bigger tourist destinations like Orlando and Miami, Marathon is the place to go if you want to relax on white sands, experience island life and get close to nature.
Marathon is perfect for visitors of all ages, including families with young children who are looking for something different to regular resorts. The incredible Seven Mile Bridge makes island hopping easy, stretching from Marathon right across to Little Duck Key. Driving across the bridge alone is something you'll always remember, with glorious sunsets and amazing views accompanying the journey!
Of course, there are loads of different things to do in Marathon - from snorkelling to kayaking. The food is delicious too, with many different cuisines to suit all tastes. Seafood is really popular throughout Florida Keys and is as fresh as you’d imagine too.
Take a look below to learn even more about Marathon, and get in touch with a member of the Florida4Less team if you require any more information before you book your trip!
Things to do in Marathon
Relaxing here is easy thanks to Marathon's brilliant weather and golden shores, and for those days where you just want to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, head to one of the area’s many beaches.
Sombrero Beach is spacious with shallow water that's ideal for snorkelling, and there's also a playground for children too. It's even a turtle nesting beach from April to October, so you might be lucky and spot a few baby turtles during your stay! Other beaches include Coco Plum Beach and Bahia Honda State Park – you really are spoilt for choice!
For those who love and care about wildlife, visit The Turtle Hospital and the Dolphin Research Center. The Turtle Hospital runs educational programmes multiple times a day, and you'll learn all about sea turtle rehabilitation and have an opportunity to feed turtles who are permanent residents at the facility. At the Dolphin Research Center, general admission grants you entry to all public access areas, so you can walk around and listen to informative talks, watch sea lions and dolphins learn new tricks and chat to staff. It's also possible to swim with a dolphin with a 'Dolphin Encounter' ticket!
Other must-visits in Marathon include Boot Key Harbor, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters and the historic Pigeon Key Island which can be reached by boat! You can even kayak around the mangroves - a fantastic choice for explorers!
Thanks to the great coastal highway, U.S. Route 1, it's possible to travel to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in less than three hours. The vibrant city lights are never too far away if you wish to take a trip to mainland Florida during your time in the USA.
Where to eat in Marathon
Seafood in Marathon, and all around the Florida Keys, is excellent but there's plenty of choice for hungry diners. Whether you're looking for cheap eats or an exclusive dining experience for two, the city of Marathon can provide.
Burdines Waterfront is ideal for lunch or dinner, with great prices and large portion sizes. Tuck into a tasty burger, shrimp salad or sample one of Florida's famous key lime pies! Right next to the ocean, you can enjoy a cool breeze as you dine.
A favourite among locals, Fish Tales Market and Eatery serves the freshest fish around, with all seafood sourced from the waters surrounding Florida Keys. Family-run, you'll find plenty of soups, salads, sandwiches and seafood platters on the menu!
For something a little more premium, make a stop at Butterfly Café, located inside Tranquillity Bay Beach House Resort. Award-winning and known for being one of the best restaurants in the city, dinner is served from 6pm to 9pm. It's a lovely choice for a romantic evening but there's also a children's menu for families. Another great spot is Barracuda Grill which serves up a selection of mouth-watering meat and seafood dishes.
If you've got space after lunch or dinner, or fancy a midday treat, head to Sweet Savannah's. A bakery and ice-cream café, you'll be spoilt for choice with 24 ice-cream flavours and a huge selection of cupcakes, cookies and pies!
Where to shop in Marathon
While Marathon isn't a city known for shopping, there are a collection of boutiques and gift stores to explore. It's always nice to bring a souvenir home, and Marathon certainly is filled with fun, quirky gifts.
Discover cute, seaside-themed goods like hats, t-shirts and candles at Bayshore Clothing. The store sells clothing for children and adults, alongside footwear, swimwear and jewellery.
More Florida-themed goods can be found in Marathon's Tropical Island Outlet too - brightly decorated inside and out you can find almost anything here including ornaments, soft toys and Marathon city t-shirts. Take a break from the sunshine and enjoy finding a fun gift for someone back home.
Your last stop should be DK's Beach Boutique which lies near Key Colony Beach golf course lies. Perfect for women who love fashion and beachwear, there's an endless supply of bohemian, surfer-style clothing to be found here - even better, the prices are great too!
Nightlife in Marathon
During the evening, a large selection of the restaurants in Marathon double up as bars, with many putting on late-night entertainment. Nowhere Bar and Grill, for example, offers scrumptious food, happy hour drinks from 4pm to 7pm and live jazz on a Thursday night. Fridays and Saturdays are great for couples but less family-friendly, with the bar turning into a nightclub, and karaoke runs every Sunday!
Why not pair your favourite seafood with a fruity cocktail at Sparky's Landing, which you'll find it right next to the ocean at Key Colony Beach. Watch as the sun sets with a mojito or coconut margarita in hand and listen to live music every Wednesday to Saturday evening.
If you'd like to discover more about the city, visit one of Marathon's oldest buildings. Lovingly restored by Tim and Kathy, Marathon residents for 16 years, they've spent time transforming the place into the Overseas Pub and Grill. You can learn all about their intriguing history when you visit and enjoy dinner and dessert or a refreshing beer or cocktail at the bar. It's open from 11am, and closes at midnight seven days a week.
Are you ready to explore Marathon and the Florida Keys? Book your holiday online at Florida4Less today, or get in touch with our Florida experts if you'd like to know more about the area.