Staff Picks

The Local Perspective

Vaca Key is peaceful. Charming. A welcome retreat from the craziness of the Keys. And we want you to make the most of it. Let us show you around — check out our staff picks for insider tips and recommendations.

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Day Trip to Key West

Marlin Bay offers serenity in the Florida Keys, with elegant residences in a waterfront location and a private marina. 

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Marathon to the Southernmost Point

This summer, take a road trip that ventures to the very edge—all the way to the Southernmost Point of the Continental United States (a great place for a photo!). Just about an hour away from Marathon, it’s the perfect day trip to launch from a soothing sojourn here at Marlin Bay.

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The Route to Marathon

Going for a long, scenic drive can be such a breath of fresh air. Traveling to Marlin Bay in the Florida Keys is a memorable experience you will love. We’ve put together a little itinerary for a road trip from mainland Florida to Marathon on historic US1. 

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Year-Round Fishing in Marathon

When it comes to charter fishing, the Florida Keys are exceptionally fortunate. Year-round, there is a “targeted fish” to be found in our waters—or a fish most likely to be caught at the time of year. This makes planning a future fishing trip exciting, no matter what month you select.

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Family-Friendly Fun at the Original Marathon Seafood Festival

Now in its 44th year, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival is the Keys’ premier annual gathering for fresh seafood and live musical entertainment.

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Five-Star Reviews from Guests at Marlin Bay

Since the day we opened, Marlin Bay Resort and Marina has had just one objective: to provide the very best in luxury travel accommodations and services to guests who want to enjoy all that’s made The Keys a top international vacation destination. 

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Tips and Recommendations for the Best Fishing Vacation in the Florida Keys

With 74 boat slips and a dedicated staff of seasoned pros, our private marina makes Marlin Bay Resort the Keys’ top vacation destination among elite boating and fishing enthusiasts. Here are some helpful tips on where to go in Marathon to find all the things you’ll need for a successful fishing expedition.

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The Homemade Treats of Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

If you’ve ever spent time in the small towns of the American heartland, you probably know the pleasure of savoring a scoop of handmade ice cream at the local ice cream parlor or selecting the perfect pastry made fresh that morning at the bakery on the square.

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A Bird's-Eye-View of the Keys

From kayaking to kiteboarding, from snorkeling to scuba diving, there are plenty of ways to see the Florida Keys both above water and below. But how about a bird's-eye-view?

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Help Heal the Keys’ Gentlest Underwater Residents at the Turtle Hospital of Marathon

The waters surrounding the Florida Keys constitute one of the most wondrously complex ecosystems in North America. Unfortunately, human development often troubles the delicate balance of nature, which can endanger the Keys’ vibrant sea life.

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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

If you’d like to explore the marine life of the Keys up close in a fun and informative environment, we highly recommend checking out Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters during your stay with us.

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Explore the History of Aviation at the Marathon Air Museum

When you think of the Florida Keys, you probably imagine pristine beaches, crystal clear water, and maritime adventures. And though it’s true that we do specialize in the pleasures of the sea, there’s one spot in Marathon that’s sure to lift your imagination up into the clouds.

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Swimming with the Dolphins

Since at least the 1960s, when the popular TV series Flipper debuted on NBC, Americans have been in love with dolphins. Though the show is set in Key Largo, the best spot in the Keys to learn about and play with dolphins is actually located in Grassy Key, just a short 15-minute drive from the Marlin Bay Resort & Marina.

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Kayak the Keys with AquaVentures Eco Tours

One of the nation’s most beautiful and ecologically diverse travel destinations, the Florida Keys offer seemingly endless opportunities for adventure. If you’re looking for a fun, new way to explore the natural splendor of the Keys during your stay with us, consider checking out AquaVentures Eco Tours, Marathon’s premier provider of kayaking tours for the whole family.

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Crane Point: A Natural History Oasis

The Crane Point Museum, Nature Center, and Historic Site is a 63-acre preserve nestled inside the Marathon shopping district. An absolute must-see for anyone visiting Vaca Key, Crane Point includes a Museum of Natural History, a Children’s Museum, the Marathon Wild Bird Center, and the George Adderley House.

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The Seven Mile Bridge: A Florida Icon

Head west from the Marlin Bay Yacht Club, and you’ll quickly come across a bridge. Crossing it, though, takes considerably longer; but you’ll want to take your time. The Seven Mile Bridge is as much a part of Florida as the keys which it spans. 

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