The insiders guide to Marathon Florida

Marathon is home to the Keys Original Seafood Festival held every March. Great seafood restaurants, beautiful beaches, awesome snorkeling and fishing make Marathon a popular Florida vacation destination.

Marathon has approximately 11,000 residents and spreads across numerous islands starting at Mile Marker 58.5 on Grassy Key and ending at Mile Marker 47 over Pigeon Key where the Seven Mile Bridge begins.

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Marathon Marina - Boot Key Harbor

Boot Key Harbor City Marina in Marathon is located behind Boot Key and surrounded by water on three sides which protects it from bad weather. That makes it a perfect place to moor a boat and explore the keys.

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Knights Key Park Campground and Marina

The oceanside Knights Key RV Resorts and Marina is located in the Middle Keys at Mile Marker 47 in Marathon Florida.  The Knights Keys Campground offers it guests clean, grassy sites among mature banyan and gumbo limbo trees.  Campers can swim on their beach or relax by tiki huts.

Marathon Hotels

A key decision when visiting anywhere in the Florida Keys is where to stay. Marathon hotels are mostly in the form of rental homes, condos, and smaller hotels.  Large luxury hotels are scarce in Marathon and in the rest of the Florida Keys with the exception of Key West.

Marathon Community Park

Sports, picnics, playground, and performances at the amphitheater makes Marathon Community Park a great place to have fun.  Monroe County Parks and Recreation oversees the team sports and events year round at the Marathon Community Park. 

Fishermens Hospital

A community based hospital in the Middle Keys, Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon calls itself “The Hospital of Choice for the Florida Keys.” 

The Keys is a small community where everyone knows everyone and that’s exactly who Fishermen’s Hospital serves - neighbors, children, and friends.

Sombrero Beach

Sombrero Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys. The beach is great for picnics because it has plenty of shade, pavilions, barbecue pits, playground, showers, restrooms, and free parking.

Marathon Marina - Boot Key Harbor

Boot Key Harbor City Marina in Marathon is located behind Boot Key and surrounded by water on three sides which protects it from bad weather. That makes it a perfect place to moor a boat and explore the keys.

Curry Hammock State Park

Curry Hammock State Park is located on Grassy Key (the middle keys) about 1 mile north of the City of Marathon.  It’s a great state park for camping, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking and has a white sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean.