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Marathon Florida Keys Information

 

On this page we give you Marathon Florida Keys Information that will be useful in planning your vacation.

Though the area has been settled for some time, Marathon is a relatively new city, incorporated in 1999. The city set its boundaries “from the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge to the west end of Tom’s Harbor Bridge”. Among the islands found within the city limits Marathon include Boot Key, Knight Key, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl Key, Little Crawl Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key, Fat Deer Key, Long Point Key, and Grassy Key.

Marathon Florida Keys Information

Airplane over the Atlantic ocean

Please check from your departing City what airlines service Marathon, Florida.  Most visitors Fly into Miami International or Key West and drive to the City of Marathon.

With the completion of the new $7-million passenger terminal building, a new era in Marathon aviation begins. Built during World War II by the Army Air Corps for bomber training, the Marathon airport also serves private aircraft. If you fly your own plane, you’ll find a full-service F.B.O. with both jet and aviation fuels, maintenance, tie down, pilot and passenger facilities.

By Car:

Marathon Florida Keys Information

7 mile bridge in the Florida Keys, Marathon

From the north, take the Florida Turnpike south along the east coast down to just below Ft. Lauderdale to Exit 4 – Homestead/Key West. This is the Turnpike Extension that meets US 1 in Florida City, which takes you to Marathon, some 90 minutes south. From the west, come across 1-75 (Alligator Alley) to the Miami exit and south to the Turnpike Extension. From Miami International Airport, take LeJeune Road south to 836 West, going to Turnpike Extension, south to US 1 and to the Keys.

Mile Markers. Often abbreviated as MM, Mile Markers are conveniently located along the Overseas Highway (US1). Appearing on the right shoulder of the road as small green signs with white numbers, the markers begin at Mile Marker 126, just one mile past Florida City on US1.

Taxi cabs – even a water taxi – can whisk you to anyplace you can reach by road or waterway.

Marathon Florida Keys Information

Overhead view of Marathon Key

  • Miami:          2 1/2 hours
  • Key Largo:      60 minutes
  • Tavernier:      40 minutes
  • Islamorada:    30 minutes
  • Duck Key: 15 minutes
  • Big Pine Key: 25 minutes
  • Lower Keys: 35 minutes
  • Key West: 45 minutes

By Boat:

Boaters can travel to Marathon either along the Intracoastal Waterways through Florida Bay or along the Atlantic Coast. The Keys are full of marinas that welcome transient visitors. Be sure to make reservations in advance.

Though the area has been settled for some time, Marathon is a relatively new city, incorporated in 1999. The city set its boundaries “from the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge to the west end of Tom’s Harbor Bridge”.

Among the islands found within the city limits Marathon include Boot Key, Knight Key, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl Key, Little Crawl Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key, Fat Deer Key, Long Point Key, and Grassy Key.

The name Marathon dates back to the origin of the Florida East Coast Railroad. The name 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, many of the workers complained that “this [the project] is getting to be a real Marathon”, and was later used to name the local station along the railroad.

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        SOMBRERO BEACH, MARATHON KEY, FLORIDA KEYS, FLORIDA

Here are some  links for more additional Marathon Florida Keys Information:

About Marathon

Marathon Dives

Marathon Beaches

Bahia Honda State Park

MM 37, Big Pine Key. Voted 2nd best beach in the US last year. Beautiful white sand beach.

Children’s Museum of the Florida Keys

MM 55, 743-9100. Come & visit this tropical natural museum designed exclusively for children. Nature trail & interactive exhibits.

Dolphin Research Center

MM59, Grassy Key, 289-0002. Swim with the Dolphins! Reservations required.

Key Colony Beach Golf Course

MM 53.5, Key Colony Beach. 289-1533. Nine hole, par three course. No tee times. Club rental available.

National Key Deer & Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge

MM 31.5, Big Pine Key, 872-2239. Home for the Tiny deer that stand 2.5′ tall & weigh less than 70 pounds.

Pigeon Key Historic Site

289-0025. Originally settled in the 1900’s by workmen from Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad project.

 

Marathon Florida Keys Information

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