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White sandy beaches? Check. Crystal clear waters? Check. Relaxing sceneries? Check. Top-tier accommodations? Check. Fun activities? Check. Yes, all of these and a lot more are what you can expect when you visit the city of Marathon. The city sits on a string of islands right in the middle of the Keys so it’s really not surprising why the city attracts hundreds of thousands of domestic and international tourists every year!

Another great thing about Marathon is that you can actually get here by land via the Overseas Highway, an engineering wonder that connects the Keys to the mainland. So if you’re thinking of going on a road trip with friends or family, Marathon is definitely an ideal destination. If, however, you just can’t wait to relax on Marathon’s scenic beaches, you can hop on a plane and still enjoy the view from the sky while your plane is landing at the city’s international airport. Either way, the amazing views going to this tropical paradise will surely take your breath away.

Marathon, FL: An Angler’s Dream Destination

The city of Marathon is an ideal fishing destination as it’s situated right in the middle of the Keys, with the Gulf of Mexico and the mighty Atlantic flanking the islands. Moreover, there’s the Caribbean Sea just a few clicks away to the south. With all these bountiful waters surrounding the city, landing a trophy fish here is just a matter of time. So yes, Marathon is truly an angler’s paradise.

One of the best ways to enjoy the sport here is through flats fishing. If you’re not familiar with the Florida Key’s hydrography, the region actually boasts hundreds of miles of shallow water flats that are teeming with marine life. Some of the game fish that are usually caught here include tarpon, snook, permit, bonefish, redfish, and some occasional sharks. You can either choose to go fishing through the flats while sitting comfortably on a flat-bottomed boat or, if you want to get up close and personal with the underwater residents in these areas, you can just wade through the waters as some fishing areas here are less than three feet deep.

Reef fishing is another one of those must-dos if you’re looking for a fishing adventure in Marathon. That’s because just a couple of minutes away from the shores of the city’s Gulf side is a reef area where you can land different fish species including favorite angling targets like snook, redfish, tarpon, permit, bonefish, yellowtail snapper, king and Spanish mackerel, and grouper. Apex predators such as barracudas and sharks of various sizes are also known to frequent these underwater fish megacities so you would definitely have to pack your heavy fishing gears to be able to catch these tough fighters.

If, however, you’re looking for a really challenging target, you may want to head out to the middle of the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico where the real heavyweights—in every sense of the word—are at. Blue marlin, for instance, can weigh up to a thousand pounds and can grow as much as fifteen feet. Can you even imagine how thrilling the fight would be if you happen to hook one of these giants? So yeah, if you’re going for the huge ones, deep-sea fishing is certainly the best way to go!

We all know Florida is blessed with an all-year warm tropical climate—why else would it be called the Sunshine State, right? This only means that you can pretty much go fishing here any time you want. But before booking your fishing trip here in Marathon, the official Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website to check the state’s strict fishing seasonalities and regulations. Also, Florida may have warm weather for most of the year but hurricanes are known to visit the region from time to time. So make sure to check the weather bulletin before packing your fishing gear.

Fish species
Bonefish 
Bonefish  fish

Habitat: Onshore, Muddy Flats

Weight: 4 - 16 Pounds

Length: 16" - 41"

Snook 
Snook  fish

Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 12 - 29 Pounds

Length: 16" - 50"

Goliath Grouper 
Goliath Grouper  fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Reef, Backcountry, Flats, Wreck

Weight: 75 - 150 Pounds

Length: 50" - 98"

Tarpon 
Tarpon  fish

Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 25 - 63 Pounds

Length: 48" - 96"

Redfish
Redfish fish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

Bonnethead Shark
Bonnethead Shark fish

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 13 - 28 Pounds

Length: 24" - 59"

Permit 
Permit  fish

Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Offshore, Reefs, Jetties

Weight: 9 - 60 Pounds

Length: 24" - 48"

Barracuda
Barracuda fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 5 - 15 Pounds

Length: 24" - 39"

Marathon, FL Most Popular Activities

Marathon is a paradise with lots of fun and relaxing activities to do. Here’s a list of some of the favorites: 

1.Sightseeing 

White sand beaches, clear blue skies, crystal-clear waters, and a refreshing ocean breeze are just some of the things you can enjoy when you explore the islands on foot, on a bike, or while paddling on a kayak around the islands.

 

2. Scuba Diving/Free Diving/Snorkelling 

Get up close and personal with the residents of the sea.

 

3. Boating 

Enjoy the spectacular sceneries around the islands or beyond by sailing around the Keys on a catamaran. It’s also the perfect way to end your day by embarking on a two-hour private sunset cruise.

 

4. Flying 

Enjoy the best views high up in the sky via helicopter tours offered at the Marathon Airport.