Marathon, FL

The

History of

Marathon

Being about 1 hour from Key West and Key Largo, Marathon is the Heart of the Florida Keys.

 

These islands are steeped with the rich Florida history of Henry Flagler’s railroad days. The name Marathon came about by the railroad workers who were working night and day to complete the railway. Due to the unrelenting pace and struggle to complete the project, the popular exclamation, “This is getting to be a real Marathon”, is how the name originated. Vaca Key and Knights Key were actual railroad stations for the Overseas Railroad, as was the now named Marathon.

Before the railroad, the settlers here were farmers, wreckers and fishermen. To this day, Marathon maintains its claim to some of the best fishing in the world. Great fishing, along with beautiful beaches, warm weather and residents proud to call Marathon home are some of the reasons many visitors from all over the world choose to spend time in Marathon, the Heart of the Florida Keys.

Attractions

Beaches

Sombrero Beach

(9 min drive from house)

Parks

Jesse Hobbs Park

(6 min drive from house)

Oceanfront Park

(9 min drive from house)

Events & Activities

Restaurants

Accessible by Boat

Porky's Bayside

It's good food and friendly atmosphere have been enjoyed by notable patrons such as Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Hoffa, and Elizabeth Taylor. 

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Marathon Bagel Co.

A great breakfast menu focused on bagels, pastries, & American fare in a casual space with outdoor tables.

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Burdines Waterfront

Top deck bar, great sandwich platters, live entertainment, great place to hang out. 

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Overseas Pub and Grill

Old-school, landmark spot for drinks & pub classics like prime rib, plus live music & ice cream. 

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Frank's Grill

Great mom-and-pop Italian restaurant serving build-your-own pasta, baked entrees & sweet finales like tiramisu.

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Lazy Days South

Beachfront seafood eatery with nautical accents, deck seating, views & a cook-your-catch option.

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Lighthouse Grill

Chic bayside restaurant & bar at Faro Blanco Resort offering seafood, happy hour & lighthouse views.

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Sparky's Landing

Seafood eats & tropical drinks are whipped up at this chill waterside hangout with live music.

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Rentals

Boat Rentals

Cocos boat Rentals

50 Coco Plum Dr, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 432-7021

13 min drive from house

All Aboard Boat Rentals

129 Ave A, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 849-5567

14 min drive from house

Marathon Boat Rentals Inc.

12240 Overseas Hwy b, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 743-8877

13 min drive from house

Vacation Boat Rentals

4681 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

(866) 420-1515

7 min drive from house

Kayak Rentals

Keys Kayak

10499 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 743-8880

9 min drive from house

Wheels-2-GO!

5994 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 289-4279

6 min drive from house

Islander Bike & Kayak Rental

2244 Overseas Hwy a, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 304-9946

8 min drive from house

Bike Rental

Wheels-2-Go!

5994 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 289-4279

6 min drive from house

Islander Bike and Kayak Rental

2244 Overseas Hwy a, Marathon, FL 33050

(305) 304-9946

8 min drive from house