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2015 Special Events

Special events are not as prevalent in this region of the Keys but they do support their charitable events and some other fun off-the-wall ones along the way. Check for more details at Keys News.

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Weather-wise, almost any time of year is perfect for a visit but, if fishing is your top priority, check with the fishing captains as to the best month to hook your dream catch.

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MARATHON/ MIDDLE KEYS

Heart of the Florida Keys

7 mile bridgeMarathon, located in the middle of the Keys chain, is a quaint tropical community that maintains a simple, family-centric old-keys lifestyle while staying close to its seafaring heritage. Among the islands found within its city limits are Boot Key, Knight Key, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl Key, Little Crawl Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key, Fat Deer Key, Long Point Key, and Grassy Key, all of them surrounded by the warm, blue waters of either Florida Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.


Marathon’s name originally came about from a phrase uttered by a Flagler railroad worker, who after working at a hard pace day in and day out to complete the railway complained that “this project is getting to be a real marathon” and so the railroad station was dubbed Marathon and it seems to have stuck.


marathon resortThese islands offer all types of accommodations from luxury resorts like Hawk’s Cay to seaside cottages, small resorts with fantastic views of the sunsets, villas and private homes for rent and even your own island complete with beach house and boat.


marathon fla fishingThere are a multitude of activities available for visitors, from a variety of water sports to those for nature lovers and history buffs and most of them are family-friendly.  In fact, just recently, the New York Times recognized this island as the “Family Destination of the Year”. King of the water sports is most definitely fishing. Enjoy the surrounding waters with spectacular offshore and backcountry fishing for sailfish, blackfin tuna and dolphin or thrill to reeling in a 100 pound tarpon just for the sport of it. Or take to the water to explore the colorful, shallow reefs that make Marathon a diving and snorkeling paradise. The area is teeming with sea life and interesting coral growths as well as being a world class wreck diving sites.  


sea turtleFamily activities are focused on the Keys unique history and the locals’ love of life and preservation of resources.  Visit The Turtle Hospital, one of only a few in the United States, that rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles, interact and swim with dolphins, explore what the keys were like many years ago at Crane Point and Pigeon Key or step out on your own with just a kayak and explore nearby small islands and mangrove forests and paddle your way to discovery.

key lime pieWhen it is time to renew your energy, food aficionados will find fresh local seafood prepared every which way and in a variety of settings. Dine in casual waterfront establishments, on covered patios or sandy decks, on the bay with ringside seats for the spectacular sunsets, high-end gourmet dining at area resorts or in markets that double as restaurants. And don't leave the islands without trying the dessert they are famous for - key lime pie.


After a day of fun in the sun you will be ready to relax. Here in Marathon you will find the locals are friendly and laidback marathon fla keys sunsetand like to share their island vibe with friends and visitors alike. Take a seat on a deck or at the tiki bar and enjoy the tropical breezes off the water and unparalleled views of the sunset, or at a marina and watch local fishermen come in with the day’s catch, or grab a lounger by a pool, take a dip and enjoy the live entertainment. And for all those night owls, head to one of the local joints to hang out and join in some late night rockin’.


Visit the “heart of the keys” and see what the keys lifestyle is all about. Kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the warm waters and friendly hospitality of this tropical city.