Roughly situated in the middle of the Florida Keys Island Chain, Marathon boasts pristine beaches, the marine life and diving scene that you’d expect from a tropical island, festivals and attractions that collate the very best of the Keys’ multifaceted culture.
AT A GLANCE
Marathon is one of many islands in the Florida Keys that is proud yet protective of the natural beauty and wildlife that exists both onshore and off. This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t ample ways for you to experience and interact with this beauty.
Its many Caribbean-like paradisiacal beaches and bays are always there for those of us who need a break from all of that exploration, discovery and surprise. You can get back to basics on the sand, on the lounger, or in the azure tropical waters that surround you.
WHAT TO SEE
Crane point is a museum and nature centre that boasts acres of trails to wander through. See first-hand the lush vegetation (especially the hammock tries) and the hundreds of different plants, trees, animals, and insects that inhabit this protected land. Crane point also has a rich history with regards to its founding (which can be read about at the museum), and offers travellers the chance to catch a breath-taking view of the Florida Bay from just beyond ‘The Point’.Read more
Sombrero Beach and Coco Plum Beach are slices of paradise that you’d expect to find on far flung Caribbean islands; what’s more, as enjoyable as they are for humans, it’s equally important to Turtles who often use the beaches (in the later months of the year) as nesting beaches. This serves as another example of the harmony that is to be found between island residents and the precious and unique marine life and related ecosystems that are spread around the Keys.
When you’re ready to get back into the thick of it, The Thunderbolt wreck is another standout artificial reef that exists in the Florida Keys, and one that you should definitely explore. This massive ship is over 180ft, and now serves as a home for angelfish, a plethora of pelagic creatures, and other colourful and vibrant oceanic organisms that will wow you.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We exist in a world that is littered with sites of wonder and beauty; sometimes they’re hard to find (which, of course, is where we come in), but undoubtedly they exist. The nature parks, beaches, and marine life of Marathon are undeniably examples of this beauty, but perhaps what is even more beautiful is what the various institutions and organisations involved with them reveal about the Island; they reveal an island and a community that is sincerely invested in the protection and promotion of the varied natural wonders on offer – an increasingly rare wonder in itself in the modern age.