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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Relaxation & Recreation: The Ultimate Pool Experience

Escape to the serene haven of Marlin Bay Resort and Marina in the heart of the Florida Keys. Embracing the laid-back charm of the region, this resort boasts a pool experience like no other, offering the perfect blend of relaxation and recreation.

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The Allure of The Off-Season

Marlin Bay Resort and Marina, nestled in Marathon, Florida, shines even brighter in the fall. The off-season brings a sense of tranquility to this coastal gem and the easy drive from Miami at this time of year makes it an ideal getaway.

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Exploring the Scenic Route: Driving from Miami to Marlin Bay Resort & Marina

Embarking on a road trip from vibrant Miami to the stunning Florida Keys is a journey that promises breathtaking coastal views and natural beauty. In just three hours you'll arrive at the idyllic Marlin Bay Resort & Marina. As you venture along the scenic Overseas Highway, a world of tropical wonders unfold.

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Boater's Paradise

Marlin Bay Resort & Marina is a hidden gem of the Florida Keys. Centrally located in Marathon, this stunning destination is the perfect place to unwind, relax and soak up the sun on your next vacation. But what sets Marlin Bay apart from other vacation spots is its close proximity to the marina, making it a boater's paradise.

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Inaugural 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix

The Inaugural 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix in Marathon is an exciting new addition to the APBA National Series Race schedule for 2023 and will kick off the season. The racing will take place Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30th in the Gulf of Mexico, close to shore, and will feature some of the top race boat teams from around the country. Fans will have the ultimate experience as they watch the boats navigate a new course alongside the recently renovated 7 Mile Bridge.

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Holidays in the Keys

With winter just a month away, folks across much of the country are bracing for an onslaught of ice and snow. If you’re less than thrilled by the prospect of trudging through icy sludge, consider spending the holidays in the Florida Keys, where you can enjoy the jingle of sleigh bells without ever changing out of your swimsuit.

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The 63rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat show

As longtime experts in luxury boating and aquatic adventures, we were thrilled to witness the record-breaking turnout at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest in-water exhibition of boats and boating equipment.

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Preparing for Hurricane Season

With 74 fixed concrete docks that accommodate vessels up to 72 feet and a suite of exclusive amenities and services, the marina at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina is a top choice for experienced boaters vacationing in the Keys. During hurricane season, all boat owners should plan ahead to ensure the safety of themselves and their vessels. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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Head This Way to Marlin Bay!

As a vacationer, it’s important to unplug and trust in your destination to fulfill that break from reality you’ve been longing for. You can lean on Marlin Bay Resort & Marina for a family-friendly and unforgettable stay here in the heart of the Florida Keys.

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Make Your Way to Marathon

Putting together a trip to the historic Florida Keys can be tricky, especially when considering a family vacation. Whether your preference includes lounging, fishing or diving, Marathon is your best central and less expensive bet to a fantastic and affordable Caribbean getaway.

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Marlin Bay Meets the Marketplace

Planning a family reunion doesn’t have to be overwhelming as the group keeps growing. Stay connected and close during your week in Marathon, and make yourselves at home with the help of VRBO. With the ease of a couple clicks, schedule your family’s vacation rental at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina.

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BrewBQ Bash

Move the key lime pie aside (at least momentarily) and wash down true southern style barbeque with a local craft beer; the countdown to the official Florida Keys BBQ & Craft Beer Festival inches closer to July 16th and 17th. The Florida Keys BrewBQ will be bringing locals and vacationers together, right across the street from Marlin Bay, at the Marathon Community Park.

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Central Caribbean Convenience

Traveling to the Florida Keys can spark some important questions; which key should we stay at? How far from Key West would we be? Where are the best beaches? Lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon your answer! Book your stay at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina for a perfect summer getaway. Centralized island comfort and convenience; welcome to Marathon.

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Sandbars to Enjoy in the Florida Keys

Just an hour outside of Key West lies Marlin Bay Resort & Marina, snuggled on the coast of Marathon. With prime central location, tranquil beaches, and seaside cuisine -Marathon is the place to be this Spring!

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Cast Your Line in Marathon

With the weather warming up more and more as Spring rolls in, it’s time to lather on some sunscreen and head outdoors for the day! Go on a Florida Keys adventure boating along the coast, or simply stay near the marina; wherever you decide to cast your line, it’s a great time to practice your fishing!

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Old Seven Mile Bridge is Back & Better

Everyone can agree that vacationing to Florida needs to be broken up between Central and South; if you’re going to explore the south, a trip to the Florida Keys should be on everyone’s bucket list. The drive into Key West is known across the country to include the trek over the iconic Seven Mile Bridge, a landmark on its own. 

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New Year, New Sailings

We’ve finally wrapped up 2021, and the busyness of the holidays was starting to get to you. Start the year fresh and rejuvenated, but most of all, in luxury. It’s time to rendezvous with your group and your boats; head to Marathon FL for a warm winter on the water at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina.

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A trip to the Florida Keys deserves to be a vacation you never forget. Pack your bags and escape the winter air- it’s time to plan the most relaxed and warm holiday season.

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Run Away To The Bay

With the holiday season comes holiday stress and panic; where to celebrate, what to cook, who to host. You and the family deserve to take a break from reality and escape to a calm and quiet tropical haven. Forget all your worries and reap the benefits of slow season; browse our amazing rates now as it’s time to pack your bags and give thanks this November at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina. 

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Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Research Center

Make learning fun again as you splash with Florida Keys’ famous bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Research Center nurtures a swimming environment with educational opportunities. 

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The Best Deals of the Year in the Florida Keys

Fall is right around the corner, which means kids are going back to school and pumpkin spice is slowly creeping its way into your morning coffee. This is the time of the year that avid travelers know is the best time to travel because there are fewer crowds.

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"WFH" should really be "Work From Here"

Dreamy coastlines, relaxed island vibes, and days filled with swaying palms and fresh seafood. Sounds too good to be true? Then you’ve never been to Marlin Bay. With remote work on the rise, pick your office wisely and make paradise your backdrop.

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The Most Iconic Places to Travel in the U.S.

As the summer rolls around, travel appears to be on everybody’s mind. Whether you’re dreaming of a cosmopolitan escape or unhurried coastal relaxation, you don’t need to cross country borders to find all of the above and more. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re in the right place. Here are just a few of the iconic destinations you can visit in the United States.

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Cook Your Catch of the Day at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina

There’s nothing more satisfying than catching your own fish, except maybe preparing and enjoying it too. The wind in your hair as your boat glides over the top of the water, the hunt for the perfect fishing spot, and the fight of reeling in a prized game fish off the Florida coast. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend the day!

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The Top 5 Luxury Places to Stay in The Florida Keys Beyond Key West

In recent years, the neighboring islands to Key West that make up the Florida Keys have caught the attention of an increasing number of travelers…over 5 million every year! Key West is an iconic destination and continues to draw crowds, but with Covid and distancing concerns—there are lesser-known places to drop your anchor that are incredible options for travelers looking for a unique vacation experience while still enjoying everything The Florida Keys has to offer.

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Top 5 Luxury Marinas in The Florida Keys

Due to Covid-19, more boats have been purchased in the U.S. in the last year than ever before! With the newfound flexibility of working remotely—consumers are aiming to spend more time on their recently purchased boat than commuting to the office.

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Vacation Rentals In Paradise

When most people travel, they want amenities and comforts they can’t experience at home. Extended vacation rentals are currently topping the market around the world because guests want to upgrade their accommodations without having to deal with the crowds of hotels. Marlin Bay Resort & Marina provides all the privacy and amenities you can dream of without the unwanted crowds.

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Escape to the Florida Keys

Each winter, people head to the Florida Keys for its beautiful weather, crystal clear water, incredible dining, and stunning natural beauty. However, there is also a plethora of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. 

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Winter In The Keys

Experience the Florida Keys this winter season at Marlin Bay Resort and Marina. You deserve a bit of warmth and relaxation to celebrate the end of the year. Conveniently, we place you near the fun and excitement of the Keys so you can enjoy year-round summer weather.

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Flexcation in the Florida Keys

Jump in on the latest family travel trend and take a Flexcation to the Florida Keys.

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Let The Lobster Season Begin!

Calling all seafood lovers—lobster season is almost upon us! But before jumping into the deep end, there are a few things you should know. 

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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!). 

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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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