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Marathon Things to Do

  • Fishing

    most visitors come to marathon for it's excellent salt water fishing. at the key colony marina you can book off shore and back country fishing charters. the key colony marina is located on 6th street off of US 1 at MM 54 oceanside.

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  • Seven Mile Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    the seven mile bridge is a significant feat of 20th century engineering. the original bridge was built by henry flagler for his railroad in the early 1900's. sections of the old bridge still stands today and you can walk or bike to historic pigeon key. pigeon key was a camp for workers on the seven mile bridge. see the attached website for more...

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  • Beach

    Sombrero Beach is a public beach - one of the best in the Keys. It is FREE. The park has been recently refurbished with new picnic shelters, bath houses and a playground and is in pristine condition. A very nice sandy beach and swimming area all along the waterfront. Good parking out on the street and the area is fenced so the kids can run amuck....

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  • Swim with Dolphins

    located on grassy key just east of marathon is the dolphin research center. here you can learn about and interact with these intelligent marine mamals. the dolphin research center has a more scientific approach to their programs than some of the other "swim with dolphins" attractions in the keys. like all of the swim with dolphin attractions in the...

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  • Crane Point Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    A great little museum and you can learn a lot up until you see the Crane House. How sad that someone would show a dump that someone is actually IS living in and storing an array of trashY items. There were mattresses thrown about the property and we actually thought we stumbled up a deserted foreclosed property. HOW SAD

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  • Coast and Water

    I have been vacationing in the Keys (Marathon, to be specific) a few times and when we come, it is for Scuba Diving. And when we book our diving trips, we ALWAYS dive with Captain Hook's. This year's trip was as good as always, and we brought 2 of or friends that haven't been to the Keys before and they are excited to come back in 2014. Captain...

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Marathon Restaurants

  • Keys Fisheries

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a seafood market (Bob biked out here to get shrimp to cook- a pound was $7.99), and a marina and a restaurant. You give your order in at the window, and they call you to pick it up. The quirky thing about this restaurant is they ask you a question and you are called to pick up your food by the name you give in your answer. For instance -...

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  • Wiped Out by Wilma - Property For Sale

    4 out of 5 stars

    This property was wiped out by Hurricane Wilma. The site is now for sale for $5 million. - outlined in yellow below -------------------------------------------- My daughter considered taking us to dinner by boat to this place, but she was afraid we wouldn't be able to get back around to our slip after dark. So I decided to go and check it out....

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  • The Island Tiki Bar & Resaurant

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    My husband and I came there for diner once a few weeks ago and had a great experience. We ordered the shell lovers pasta. it was DELICIOUS. SO WE WENT BACK A FEW DAYS LATER AND ORDERED THE MOST EXPENSIVE MEAL ON THE MENU WHICH WAS THE SURF N TURF FILET MIGNON AND HALF A LOBSTER TAIL, WITH MASHED POTATOES AND ANOTHER VEG. WHICH IS ON THE MENU AS I...

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  • Sparky's Landing

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    For some reason I can't find the receipt for this meal and I don't remember what we ate or exactly what it cost. However, it is important to note that any restaurants past MM 54 are on keys north of Marathon. Bob had a club sandwich with fries which was so large that he couldn't eat it all and had to bring it back to the boat. I had some kind of...

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  • Barracuda Grill

    4 out of 5 stars

    We had a memorable dining experience at the Barracuda Grill. This was the BEST restaurant that we dined at during our entire trip, and with we found it earlier in our trip. Dining in the Keys is unique. Unless you are looking for sandwiches, burgers, and fried baskets, expect to pay $15-30 for a meal at any restaurant. We ate at ten different...

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  • Seven Mile Grill

    One of our favorite restaurants when staying at Marathon Marina. For one thing it is close to walk to. The food is good and the price is right and the waitresses are friendly. We went back last night (Dec 2003) and the restaurant is under new management. Sometimes in the past it was closed depending on the season - the new owner assures me that...

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Marathon Nightlife

  • Dockside Lounge Sombrero Marina

    We've tried twice to eat here and many cruisers make this a meeting place because they have a dinghy dock for the folks anchored or moored in the harbor. The first time, they told our SIL that they didn't have room for his little boat - they were saving the dock space for a big boat. The second time, they were having chicken wings and Bob...

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  • Sunset

    A big evening activity around here is to sit in some spot where you can watch the sun set with a sundowner (a drink). Some of the people here who do this on a regular basis say they have seen the 'green flash' several times. The green flash can range from non-existant to spectacular depending on the atmosphere. In "standard" atmosphere it will be...

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  • on the water

    sparky's landing is located next to the key colony marina on key colony blvd. a fun place to eat and drink on the water. they offer live entertainment in the evenings. one of my favorite bars in marathon. casual.

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Marathon Transportation

  • Florida Scenic Highway

    The Florida Keys Scenic Highway is one incredible drive. One side you have the Atlantic Ocean and the other is the Gulf of Mexico. Driving down the highway was great. The views of the water was unbelievable. The shades of blue from deep aqua, to light turquoise to baby blue were a sight to see. Liz and I enjoyed driving this stretch of highway....

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  • Fly, swim, or drive

    Marathon heas one of the two commercial airports in the Keys. You can drive, fly or get here by boat.

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  • Bike path

    Marathon has a very nice paved bike path alongside of US 1 (bayside). Biking is a very popular way to get around the area, especially by cruisers who don't have a car. They can usually manage to stow a bike or a folding bike on the boat. Some of the bigger boats even have motor scooters. Bikes can be rented if you just want to get some exercise,...

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Marathon Shopping

  • The Shell Man Inc.

    If you are looking for any thing beachy, this is the place to come. They have several locations in the Keys, Key Largo MM 106, Tavernier MM 92 1/2 and Marathon Key MM 54. The prices are very fair and they have it all for the nautical buff. We picked up some really nice large shells at a good price. It fun just to walk and look around inside and...

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  • Fishy Food & Souvenirs

    In addition to their restaurant and marina business the Keys Fish Market has a small gift shop on site, and of course they will also ship you various actual fish or crustaceans. Mostly thinks like stone crabs, and lobster (the ones without the claws) Frozen Large Stone Crab Claws per 5lb. bagYour Price: $94.75Whole Lobster per poundYour Price:...

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  • Shop at K-mart

    Well if you have never been to the states you might not know K-mart. They sell about everything at an reasonable price so if you need Clothing, Underwear, Electronics, Drugs, Candy, Soft Drinks, Garden Supplies, Sporting Goods, Snacks and so on.... they have it all.... Prices are very reasonable...

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Marathon Local Customs

  • Murals by Wyland

    Wyland have been painting about 80 whaling walls in the Keys you can find a few of them. On this picture you see the one which has been painted on a K-mart Wall.This picture is made up from 4 seperate pictures, click on it to see the full image. I have made pictures of it before but this time i was lucky enought to have sort of a free view.The...

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  • Greeter at Burdines

    No, the clothing of this lady is not the norm for Marathon!! She is a mannequin that stands at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the Chiki Tiki deck where the bar and tables are. My grandson was interested to discovere that he could pull on a line up at the top of the stairs and the lady would wave.I took this picture on one of my first bike...

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  • Rotary Park - One of Marathon's Best...

    Not quite visible from Route 1, just up behind the trees past this sign is Rotary Park. This shady 3 acre park just off 75th Street has a 200x100 ft. playground which includes Captain Hook's ship, Thomas the Train, lookout towers, tunnels and swings. One area is reserved for toddlers and there is a climbing wall.There are also picnic tables under a...

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Marathon Warnings and Dangers

  • Dinghy Dangers

    There are three main dinghy docks in Boot Key Harbor. The one pictured is the Dockside Lounge dinghy dock is which $3/day with no contract.Another main dinghy dock is at the City Marina which charges a $50 a month long term fee tand requires that you signa three-page contract to use the dinghy dock!The other dinghy dock is at Marathon Boat Yard,...

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  • Marathon Bach an unsefe Mortal Trap

    Please, be careful at Marathon Beach (better if you do not visit it). Last year, I lost my young son-in-law in a bizarre boat "accident" caused by a drunken boat operator using an old defective boat. My now widow daughter is 28 years old, and my two now father-orphan grandchildren are 5 and 7. They were there when my son-in-law was killed. Omar (my...

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  • bug bites

    Those bites you're getting are called no-see-ums! They love to bite on you mostly at dusk and dawn. Stay out of the mangroves! The best way to keep from getting ate up is to put suntan oil on you (or baby oil). They seem to die as soon as they try to bite with the oil on.

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Marathon Off The Beaten Path

  • Pigeon Key

    We first visited Pigeon Key in 1969 when our car (a 1932 Plymouth) broke down on 7 mile bridge. My husband pushed, I steered and we drifted down onto Pigeon Key where he fixed the fault. All that was there when we were there were old boarded up wooden buildings. Now Pigeon Key (like the old 7 Mile Bridge) is on the National Register of Historic...

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  • Dolphin Research Center

    We didn't originally plan to visit the Dolphin Research Center, but a rainy afternoon found us looking for a beach alternative. The Center is a treasure. The dolphins are people friendly and very entertaining. We were fascinated by the research and training that the staff is consumed with.

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  • Seven Mile Bridge

    The original girder bridge was, of course, a railroad bridge which was built: 1908 - 1912. In 1931 the Florida East Coas Railroad went bankrupt and in 1935 the line was damaged in a hurricane and service was abandoned. The State of Florida bought the roadbed from Flagler's widow and converted the bridges into highway bridges for US. Route 1. They...

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Marathon Sports & Outdoors

  • Boating and Marinas

    The manager of this marina rents out the mooring balls, and supervises the pumpout boat. They also have a small amount of dock space long the wall. Seawall dockage is $15.00/ft/month in the winter plus $30 to $60 for electricity (higher rate for A/C) Dinghy docks, showers, restrooms and laundry. The laundry is locked after 6 pm. The marina has a...

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  • SCUBA and snorkeling

    Tilden's has a place at Hawk's Cay resort and one in Marathon. It was one of the places recommended to me by someone at the marina (one of the guys who lived on a boat said his girl friend worked there.) I never actually got to dive with them myself. OPEN 7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm Tilden’s Scuba Center is a full service dive facility. They...

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  • Camping

    There are campgrounds in Marathon. It is not necessary to go to Bahia Honda as other Marathon tips suggest. We see this campground from the stern of our boat - it looks like the campers are cheek by jowl. But my SIL had the boy scouts here, and he refused to consider it for his family. RATES (Off Season summer 2004)/(Season winter 03/04) HARBOR...

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Marathon Favorites

  • Seven Mile Bridge

    The old 7 mile bridge was quite narrow. I didn't realize how narrow it was until I saw it again. It is only possible to access the ends of the bridge from the Fleming Key end to Pigeon Key, and then there has been a piece taken out (photo 4) so that ships with taller superstructures can go through Moser Channel. Also it's probably to reduce...

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  • Islands & Ocean

    Hawk Channel is the ocean side of the Keys. A larger and deeper draft boat has to go on the Hawk Channel side away from the usually more protected and very much shallower waters of Florida Bay which is on the other side (it is NOT the Gulf of Mexico BTW). The confounded bridges that Flagler build for his railroad means that there are only about 2...

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  • Fishing

    There are various locations, usually marinas, where you can get a Florida fishing license. You will need this not only for fishing, but if you plan to collect any coral species or invertebrates. Don't be caught without it. They are sold for different periods of time ranging from a week to longer timeframes.

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