quaint communities with great restaurants and shopping with boutiques for local arts and crafts. The Keys Fisheries Bar has an upstairs deck where you can dine overlooking the marina. Fishing, boating and kayaking are popular activities. The Dolphin Research Center is located at Marathon Key and offers day-long experiences and swimming with Bottlenose Dolphins.
The Best Offshore Fishing in the Country
You have numerous opportunities for fishing as Marathon is 80 miles out to sea between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Right from the shore, you will find black fin tuna, marlin and amberjack. The staff at your Marathon timeshare can help you charter a boat for full or half day and enjoy some of the best deep sea fishing in the Keys. Marathon is also famous for its ‘catch and release’ ethic to stop overfishing and killing fish for no purpose. If you have your own boat, you will find several docking options at Marathon City Marina.
Marathon has about 40 excellent reefs, wrecks and other places for scuba diving and snorkeling. With coral canyons, natural coral bridges and myriad marine life to see, it is one of the best places for diving in Florida.
Amazing Nature Preserves
Along with fishing, other eco-friendly programs are in effect that maintain both the underwater and land-based animals. You can visit the National Key Deer Refuge, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the National Marine Sanctuary and the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. The Crane Point Museum of Natural History provides interactive displays where visitors learn about the local wildlife and marine life with dramatic exhibits and dioramas. You may take a hike on the 15-mile trail and view wildlife, flora and fauna and see spectacular scenery and views of Florida Bay. If hiking is not your thing, ask about the trolley tours.
Kids and adults enjoy water sports such as wakeboarding, paddle boarding, jet skiing and kiteboarding and lessons are available. There is no end to the outdoor adventure and the best way to enjoy it is by owning a Marathon timeshare. The winter months may be the high season for visitors and the prices may be higher for accommodation, but as a timeshare owner, this is not your problem.