Renting or chartering a boat while in Marathon is a must. Choose from motor yachts, catamaran charters, powerboat rentals, and smaller rib boats. You can rent a boat and cruise on your own or hire a captain to drive and show you the best spots. Renting a boat is one of the top things to do in Marathon and the Keys. Bring a lunch and spend an entire day exploring. Make sure to make a few stops at beautiful beaches and go for a swim and snorkel!
If you’re the adventurous type, you can visit the scuba center and take a dive in a real coral reef. A scuba diving charter will take you to the best dive sites around Marathon. Admire hundreds of species of fish and stunning corals. If you prefer to stay at the surface, you can also explore the reefs on a snorkeling expedition.
Marathon is also a popular sports fishing destination. It has boats leaving for the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean every day. Its access to amazing tropical waterways makes it a prime fishing location. Anglers will find that Marathon boat rentals allow them to experience an excellent day on the water. There are many reefs around Marathon, which brings in even more fishing and spearfishing aficionados. Rent equipment and go fishing or take a full-service fishing charter. Anglers can expect to catch huge African pompano, grouper, yellowtail, mangrove snapper, and more. You can also catch other ocean creatures such as lobster, conch, and crab.
In addition to sportfishing, there are many other fantastic watersports and activities for boaters to try. If you prefer powering your own boat, consider renting a kayak or paddleboard. You can choose a guided kayak tour or take a stand-up paddle lesson. Rent on your own and explore the coastline at your own pace.
For adrenaline rush thrill-seekers, there is a variety of watersports you can try while in Marathon. Soar out of the water when you try flyboarding, or take a kitesurfing lesson. There’s no shortage of fun activities to be had while staying here!
Those who aren’t the water type will still be right at home in Marathon; its year-round warm temps create the perfect golf and tennis hotspot. Some of the top golf courses include Key Colony Beach Club and Key West Golf Development. Marathon is a great place to be active, whether you’re on land or in the water.
The best beaches in Marathon include the Curry Hammock State Park, which is great for kayaking. Bahia Honda in Marathon is considered one of the best beaches in Florida. Sombrero Beach is a nice family beach which is quiet and more secluded than Bahia Honda.
Everyone enjoys a good restaurant, and there’s no shortage in Marathon, seafood being its most popular fare. Local restaurants serving delicious beach-themed meals are plentiful. In January, Marathon has its annual Seafood Festival, where visitors can enjoy the world’s best marine cuisine all in one place.
When the sun goes down in Marathon, the day doesn’t end. There is a vibrant nightlife on the island. Check out bars and clubs and live performances at the Marathon Community Theatre.
For nature enthusiasts, there's lots to enjoy in Marathon. Marine life isn’t the only wildlife to see. Bird watchers will be in paradise here, there are many species of stunning tropical birds flying and perching in the trees by the beach. Talk a walk and admire exotic plants, connecting with nature in the surroundings. Visit the nature center at Crane Point to learn more about the history of Marathon and the local wildlife.
There are many marinas scattered throughout Marathon. Some of the primary marinas include Marathon Marina and Boatyard, Marathon City Marina, Shelter Bay Marina, and Marlin Bay Yacht Club. Check out these marinas and admire the gorgeous boats in the berths. There are lots of restaurants and shops nearby and full-service amenities for all boaters.
The Florida Keys are home to some of the most beautiful scenes, diverse wildlife, and prime vacation spots in the United States. Athletes, boaters, foodies and explorers alike won’t want to leave after taking a trip along the Keys’ scenic highway. The southernmost tip of the continental U.S. is a must-see for anyone craving adventure. A trip to the beautiful Keys wouldn’t be complete without stopping in Marathon.
Marathon, Florida lies near the center of the Keys. Like its neighbors, it's small in size but filled with treasures for locals and tourists alike. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the most incredible marine wildlife in America. You can get up close and personal with dolphins, visit a sea turtle hospital, and if you’re lucky, spot a wild manatee.
The best time of year to visit Marathon is between March and May, where the weather is warm and the prices are reasonable. During the winter months, the Keys are the busiest and most expensive. The summer months are very hot, humid and rainy. Visiting in the summer is cheaper but it brings the risk of hurricane season ruining your vacation.
To get to Marathon, the easiest way is to take a flight to Miami or Key West airport and then drive. The Florida Keys are a beautiful scene to drive through, and it's easier to get around if you rent a car.
Super easy to book, one day before our trip! the boat was in excellent condition, the directions and tips were very helpful. we would definitely book it again.
Todd's boat was great for our lobster trip to the keys! Couldn't have asked for a better setup to accommodate everyone on board. The AC was definitely a nice feature to catch a small break from the sun as well! Thanks Todd and we'll definitely be back in touch when planning our next trip down!
Todd was very communicative and helpful with everything
Captain Jeff took us out and it was by far the best day we had in the Keys! Jeff took us to a wide variety of gorgeous snorkeling locations. The boat was perfect for a family of 4. They think of everything including floats, gear, snacks and drinks. Thanks for a great day!!
Captain Jim & Kim were awesome hosts. The boat is even better in person, truly an amazing time! Kim was so sweet and made sure we had everything we needed and the captain took us snorkeling, sandbar and watched fireworks! They also cooked for us! Thank you both so much, we truly appreciated it I would HIGHLY recommend them, it was definitely the best part of our trip!
I had an unforgettable evening with Captain Jim and Kim. I’ve been raving since I got home-gorgeous sunset, delicious food, beautiful boat and fantastic company and hospitality. They were quick to communicate and ready- to-go upon my arrival. The boat is well-maintained and very smooth. We anchored for sunset and they prepared fresh pineapple, grilled grouper, key lime pie and some delicious cocktails. J & K did a great job of making me comfortable without being on top of me. I’d go back in a heartbeat! Rebecca (New Jersey)