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Vacationing in Marathon and Key Colony Beach, Florida Keys

The place to be for family!

Marathon is one of the favorite islands in the Florida Keys. A short trip over the Overseas Highway takes you away to another world filled with swaying palm trees and perfect weather.

Marathon is a great place to go for boating, fishing, or some family island fun. Charter boats leave our many marinas throughout the day to bring you out so you can enjoy the ocean, and land the big catch you have been seeing in your dreams.

The islands of Marathon are also home to many rare and endangered species of sea turtles. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of a some out in the beautiful island waters. The Turtle Hospital, dedicated to rehabilitating injured sea turtles, offers guided educational tours of its facilities and rehabilitation area.
Dolphins are also sited playing in the waves behind the boat! The Dolphin Research Center is dedicated to helping with rescues and rehabs as well as ongoing research in using their sonar abilities.

 

Where to Dine

Dining in the Middle Florida Keys is an experience not to miss! Places to eat in Marathon vary widely in food selection and offer a vast expanse of styles. From restaurants overlooking the water to fun family style restaurants to more elegant style fine dining, Marathon and the Middle Keys offer it for your enjoyment!

You will not be surprised to learn that the fishing capital of the world offers seafood so fresh it practically swims to your table and just about every establishment in town. Many restaurants will even prepare your catch for you in one of their excellent dishes, or you can hit one of the seafood markets for treats to go!

Be sure to sample the bounty of our local waters; the catch of the day will usually include: Florida Spiny Lobsters, stone crab claws, dolphin (mahi mahi – not the mammal!), snapper, grouper, or tuna! .

7 MILE GRILL
1240 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-4481

ALL KEYS HOODS, LLC
All Keys, FL
Tel: 305-731-8466

BATTER UP! CUPCAKERY
305 Sadowski Causeway
Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
Tel: 305-692-0250

BRASS MONKEY LOUNGE
234 55th St Ocean
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-4028

BRUTUS SEAFOOD
6950 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-9181

BURDINE’S WATERFRONT
1200 Oceanview Ave.
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-5317

CASTAWAY RESTAURANT
1406 Oceanview Ave
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-6247

CAUSEWAY PIZZA
301 Sadowski Causeway
Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
Tel: 305-735-4116

CRACKED CONCH CAFE
4999 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-2233

CURLYS COFFEE COMPANY & MARINA
11601 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-942-3728

DRIFTWOOD PIZZA & SUBS
10875 Overseas Hwy #140
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 1-305-743-8770

FARO BLANCO RESORT & YACHT CLUB
1996 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-9018

FISH TALES FISH MARKET AND EATERY
11711 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-9196

FLORIDA KEYS BREWING CO.
200 Morada Way
Islamorada, FL 33036
Tel: 305-916-5206

FLORIDA KEYS STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
3660 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, Florida 33050
Tel: 305-743-5516

LIGHTHOUSE GRILL
1994 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-434-9039

MANGROVE MIKE’S CAFE & CATERING
82200 Overseas Hwy.
Islamorada, FL 33036
Tel: 305-664-8022

MARATHON BAGEL CO.
11090 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-517-6393

MARATHON GRILL & ALE HOUSE
5800 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, Florida 33050
Tel: 305-743-5888

MARATHON LIQUOR & DELI
5101 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-6350

MARATHON YACHT CLUB
825 33rd St. Gulf
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-6739

MARKER 88 RESTAURANT
88000 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33070
Tel: 1-305-852-9315

MILAGRO RESTAURANT & BAR
31044 Avenue B
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Tel: 305-440-3534

OVERSEAS PUB & GRILL
3574 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-290-4666

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA
5105 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 1-305-743-3232

PORKY’S BAYSIDE RESTAURANT AND MARINA
1410 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, Florida 33050
Tel: 305-289-2065

REEL BURGER
80001 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036
Tel: 305-664-0073

SCHOONER WHARF BAR
202 William Street
Key West, FL 33040
Tel: 305-292-3302

SPARKY’S LANDING
13201 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-7445

STUFFED PIG
3520 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 1-305-743-4059

SUNSET GRILLE & RAW BAR
7 Knights Key Blvd
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 1-305-396-7235

SWEET SAVANNAHS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS
8919 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-3131

TRITON SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
11399 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-998-4392

Where to Play

There is no end to the list of things to do in Marathon and the Middle Florida Keys. You’ll find activities here in the Heart of the Florida Keys for family members of all ages and energy levels! The history of Marathon is firmly anchored to its fishing heritage, so naturally you’ll find the waters surrounding Marathon offer internationally acclaimed action! You’ll find yourself in the center of it all; whether offshore sport fishing, intense battles in reef fishing, or the challenge of backcountry and flats fishing. Book a full or half day fishing charter with one of the local, knowledgeable, talented captains.

Want to get out on the water (or better yet UNDER the water), but not interested in fishing? Check out the kayak tours, paddle-boarding, kite-boarding, wake-boarding or other board sports by utilizing one of our amazing local guides who will provide you with top-notch instructions, tours, and quality rentals right here in Marathon! Our winds, shallow waters, and natural environment make for some of the best board sports in the world!

Are you more interested in staying on land and checking out the local attractions? Visit the Turtle Hospital, historic little Pigeon Key island and museum, the Crane Point Hammock Nature Preserve and History Museum, or the world renowned Dolphin Research Center where you can get up close and personal (even swim with) Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins!

While Marathon may be best known for being a boating and family destination here are more exciting excursions to try:

Where to Shop

While you’re visiting Marathon rest assured that there is no shortage of places to shop! The Middle Keys are home to dozens of cute little shops for just about anything you’d need! The range of items is endless and eclectic from tackle shops to gift shops to furniture all the way to fine jewelry!

Browse through the racks of islands style clothing for bathing suits, sundresses, or just general knocking around gear! Hit one of our large gift shops for family and friends souvenirs! Visit Marathon’s largest humidor for a great selection of cigars! Whatever you need you’re sure to find it here!

FLORIDA SALT SCRUBS
Keys Wide, FL
Tel: 754-214-9379

BEALLS OUTLET
10950 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-0869

WINN-DIXIE
5585 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-3636

KMART
5561 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-9434

US FOODS
Florida Keys, FL
Tel: 704-467-5131

KEYS BOAT FURNITURE
30313 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine, FL 33042
Tel: 305-849-7760

DK’S GIFT HUT
305 Sadowski Causeway
Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
Tel: 305-922-2493

ONELIFE CBD
Keys Wide, FL
Tel: 719-429-5448

PFG – PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP
Keys Wide, FL
Tel: 305-923-0417

RINGS AND THINGS
Middle Keys, Fl
Tel: 305-731-4109

STOCK ISLAND MARINA VILLAGE
7005 Shrimp Rd
Key West, FL 33040
Tel: 305-249-2288

THE TACKLE BOX
1901 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-0540

TENDBAR.US
Marathon to, Key West FL
Tel: 908-797-9430

GFS–GORDON FOOD SERVICE
Keys Wide, FL
Tel: 305-975-0257

SEASHELL DESIGNS BY DOROTHY MCQUEEN
5701 Overseas Hwy Ste #3
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-393-1838

THE ANGLER’S CLOSET
2920 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-4383

FORMULA FREEDIVING
2940 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 386-235-2713

CASA CASA INTERIORS
5190 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-922-2033

SHADY PALM ART GALLERY & PHOTOGRAPHY
2888 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-998-4165

KEYS HOMEOPATHICS
11400 Overseas Hwy Suite 209
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305.853.7264

FLORIDA KEYS ISLAND SALTS
Keyswide
Key Largo-Key West, FL
Tel: 954-559-5633

TOM THUMB FOOD STORES
2565 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: (305)743-4592

FORGOTTEN FELINES
PO Box 504426
Marathon, Florida 33050
Tel: 305-743-2520

DK’S BEACH BOUTIQUE
303 Sadowski Causeway
Key Colony Beach, Florida 33051
Tel: 305-440-2738

ALO JEWELRY
5175 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-9383

BAYSHORE CLOTHING
8911 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-8430

BIRKENSTOCK OF OLD TOWN II
8915 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-9999

CASH FLOW JEWELRY AND PAWN
11400 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-4603

CRANE POINT HAMMOCK
5550 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-9100

D’ASIGN SOURCE
11500 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-7130

DION C STORES, LLC
Various Locations
FL 33040
Tel: 305-296-2000

DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER
58901 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-1121

UNIQUES BY KENNEDY STUDIOS
8903 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-2040

MARATHON LIQUOR & DELI
5101 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-6350

PIGEON KEY FOUNDATION, INC
2010 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-5999

PUBLIX SUPER MARKET #575
5407 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-2920

ROYAL FURNITURE
6001 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-4397

SANDAL FACTORY, INC.
5195 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-5778

TROPICAL ISLAND OUTLET
11528 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-289-0250

TURTLE HOSPITAL
2390 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-2552

WHALTON’S PET SHOP
5800 Overseas Hwy (Gulfside Village)
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 305-743-3318

Things to discover in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys always has something going on, from Key Largo to Key West. Marathon is home to lots of great fishing and water sports for the whole family to try their hand at. With tons of beaches all around, there’s always a perfect place to kick back and watch the ocean waves.Kiteboarding and paddleboarding have become huge in a big way in Marathon. Hop on a board yourself to see what all the buzz is about! Several local businesses offer rentals and instruction to get you started.Fishing is also very popular here. Charter boats leave from various marinas at all times of the day. Several charter companies bring you to the best fishing spots. If you’d rather just enjoy the catch, rather than catch it yourself, the annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival happens every March!Marathon and the Keys have plenty of hot shopping spots as well. Little beach boutiques carry unique gifts and jewelry, and local fish shops ensure you’ll have all you need for your excursions. A wide variety of dining options are also available in the area. They are sure to satisfy even picky eaters. Make sure to have some great seafood or Cuban inspired dishes while you’re here!

Area Attractions:

Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305)289-1121
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
11710 Overseas Hwy
Marathon. FL 33050
(305) 407-3262
Crane Point
5550 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305)743-3900
Turtle Hospital
2396 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, fl. 33050
(305)743-2552
Pigeon Key
1 Knights Key Blvd
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305)743-5999
Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, Fl. 33043
(305)872-3210
Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Hwy,
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305)289-2690
7 Mile Bridge
MM 47  Friends of Old 7
5409 Overseas Hwy Suite 271
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305)903-8303
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