Stretched over 13 islands in the Florida Keys, Marathon is famous for the magnificent sandy beaches, superb diving on the thriving barrier reef, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing, playing with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, and touching stingrays at Aquarium Encounters. Visitors can watch loggerhead turtles nesting at Sombrero Beach and Coco Plum Beach, explore mangroves at the Curry Hammock State Park, and watch the birds at the Crane Point. Unspoiled nature and rich wildlife thrives in the area.
Where to Stay in Marathon, Florida Keys
Marathon offers wonderful hotels, inns, villas, and B&Bs where visitors can rest and relax after a day of exploring.
★★★ Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys, Marathon, USA
Courtyard by Marriott is a modern, relaxed beachfront hotel just off the Overseas Highway, on the Gulf of Mexico, four miles from Sombrero Beach where the loggerhead turtle nest and three miles from the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters.
The rooms are bright and spacious with modern decor, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, microwaves, desks, private bathrooms, and mini-fridges. Some rooms also have sofa beds, views of the ocean, and/or lovely balconies. Suites have separate, comfortably furnished living rooms.
Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast, a bar and grill, a gym, a heated outdoor pool with a hot tub, free parking, and a coin-operated laundromat.
The hotel restaurant, The Bistro, offers breakfast and dinner. Alcoholic drinks, as well as Starbucks® coffee specialty drinks, are available in the evening.
Couples as well as families like the location and amenities of this low-key spot.
★★★★★ Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa - Florida Keys, Marathon, USA
Isla Bella Beach Resort and Spa is a luxury resort on a private beach, sprawled on 24 acres of manicured grounds. It is located a mile from sea life at the Turtle Hospital, 6.2 mi from Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, 3.7 mi from Seven Mile Bridge, 6.2 mi from Captain Hook's Marina Dove Center, 6.8 miles from Deep Blue Dove Center, and just off Highway 1.
Opulent, beautifully decorated rooms have lovely terraces overlooking the ocean, free Wi-Fi, safes, smart TVs, mini-fridges, private bathrooms with rainfall showers, and coffeemakers. Rooms are interconnecting and can sleep up to six guests. Suites also have kitchenettes and separate living rooms.
The guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast with the full menu, the use of loaner bikes and kayaks, a cozy Italian restaurant and bar with a patio, a relaxed poolside eatery, a small market, a beachfront bar with regular live music, five outdoor pools, a spa, a gym, and a private dock. There is also a business center with a fax machine and a photocopier and an ATM machine.
This resort is equally popular with families with kids and with couples looking for an adventure.
Key Breeze Hideaway LLC, Marathon, USA
Key Breeze Hideaway LLC is a three-bedroom villa surrounded by a lush tropical garden. The villa is about 1.9 mi from Conch-Air Florida Keys Scenic Flights and 1.9 mi from Sombrero Beach.
The villa has its own private beach and offers guests all modern amenities. It has free WiFi, private parking, a flat-screen TV with hundreds of cable channels, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a fridge, and a washing machine. The villa has two luxury bathrooms with showers and a lovely terrace.
★★★ Grassy Flats Resort & Beach Club, Marathon, USA
Grassy Flats Resort and Beach Club is a luxury resort with its own private sandy beach near Dolphin Research Center and 5.6 mi from Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters.
All 15 opulent rooms have air-conditioning, free WiFi, furnished patios or balconies, flat-screen TVs with hundreds of cable channels, high-quality bedding, coffee makers, and luxurious bathrooms that include shower and tub, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Resort guests will enjoy a private beach, an outdoor pool, free parking, a bar, a sun terrace, and a lush garden.
★★★★ Tranquility Bay Resort, Marathon, USA
Tranquility Bay Resort is a traditional beachfront resort located about 1.2 miles from Marathon Community Park, 8.3 miles from Curry Hammock State Park, a short drive from the Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, and a 13-minute drive to the Curry Hammock State Park with swamps, beaches, and hiking trails.
The rooms are spacious, brightly decorated, and equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. The two and three-bedroom beach houses have full kitchens, living rooms with comfortable couches, private porches overlooking the Gulf, and private laundry facilities.
Resort guests will enjoy three pools, including a heated pool for kids, a gym, a putting green, a grilling area, free parking, and the use of kayaks and paddleboards.
Their Butterfly Café offers fresh seafood for dinner, indoor and outdoor. T.J.’s Tiki Bar serves paninis, salads, selected appetizers, and cocktails.
This is a wonderful place for families with children.
★★★ Hampton Inn Marathon - Florida Keys, Marathon, USA
Hampton Inn is a relaxed hotel on the ocean on US-1, about 6 miles from Sombrero Beach, 5 miles from shows at the Dolphin Research Center, 0.9 mi from Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, 2.4 mi from Conch-Air Florida Keys Scenic Flights, and 0.6 mi from Captain Hook's Marina Dove Center.
The rooms are modern and low-key and have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, safes, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee equipment. Some rooms have sofa beds, wet bars, terraces, or balconies, a seating area, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower.
The guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast in a hotel dining area in the lobby. There is an outdoor pool with ocean views and a poolside bar and a hot tub. Parking is free. There is also a business center, a Laundromat, and a meeting room.
Coco Plum Beach & Tennis Club & Marina, Marathon, USA
Coco Plum Beach and Tennis Club and Marina is a beachside resort on Grassy Key, about 6 miles from the Dolphin Research Center and 55 miles from Key West. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is 1.4 mi from the resort.
The resort consists of small, quirky, air-conditioned villas with two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, several TVs, free Wi-Fi, screened-in patios, and private washer/dryers. Some villas have wonderful ocean views.
All guests enjoy a private beach, a heated pool, a tennis court, a terrace, a hot tub, and barbecue grills surrounded by a lush tropical garden along with free parking. Boat docking is also available.
Coco Plum Beach Villas are perfect for families, but also provide enough privacy and amenities for couples.
★★ Sea Dell Motel - Marathon, Marathon, USA
Sea Dell Motel is a small, colorful, unpretentious motel in the heart of Marathon right off the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, 9.3 miles from the Dolphin Research Center, and about 2.3 miles from Sombrero Beach. The motel's bright rooms have colorful tropical decor, free wifi, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Some rooms also have pull-out sofas. The studio has a kitchenette and its own BBQ.
Motel guests will enjoy an outdoor pool and a lovely picnic area with seating and barbecue grills.
This budget accommodation is perfect for families with kids, offering all amenities and proximity to Marathon’s entertainment and activities.