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.


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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retro red biplane in the sky

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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three dolphins underwater

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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green heron bird

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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aerial view of the seven mile bridge with green blue water and blue sky

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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