Local Attractions

Diving
We are located less than a mile from Tilden’s Dive Center – www.tildensscubacenter.com – who can help you plan a fantastic day on, or under, the water.

Fishing
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The fishing opportunies are limitless from backcountry, bay, offshore and party boat. There are numerous bridges nearby to fish from including the 7 Mile Bridge at the south end of the City of Marathon, and bridges at MM 60.5 (Duck Key Bridge), MM 61.5 (Tom’s Cut Bridge) and MM 63 (Long Key Bridge). For offshore fishing, the Captain Kevin Johnsen – www.mainattraction.org is our recommendation. Kevin Johnsen is a licensed USGC Master Captain, avid diver and 30 year resident of Marathon and the middle Keys.  Growing up on the unspoiled beaches and waters of the Florida Keys, he developed the attraction and life long bond to the ocean.

Boating
There are a number of boat rental options in Marathon. Call us for suggestions.

Restaurants
Many great specialty seafood and other ethnic restaurants can be found in Marathon, some within walking distance of the motel. Stop by the front desk for tips, or check out our local restaurant guide.

Old Seven Mile Bridge
Located at the south end of Marathon, this 2.2 section of the Flagler Overseas Railway is open for walking or biking over open water to Pigeon Key.

Dolphin Research Center
Just 8 miles north of the Sea Dell, this working research center has tours and lots of educational fun for children and adults. You can book a session for a dolphin swim.

The Turtle Hospital
The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.

Curry Hammock State Park
This park is made up of a group of islands in the Middle Keys, with public access to swimming, a playground, picnic tables, grills, and showers on the ocean side of Little Crawl Key.MM 56 OCEANSIDE – Marathon

Crane Point Museum
This large park is just a few blocks from the motel, find a museum of local Keys history and an educational Nature Walk. The Wild Bird Center is also located here – the center rescues and rehabilitates injured birds found in the Keys.

Pigeon Key
Stop at the train car gift shop on the ocean side just before the 7 Mile Bridge to purchase a ticket. Enjoy a ferry ride to historic Pigeon Key. Lovingly preserved from the early days as a work camp for the Flagler Railroad, the Key has a guided tour and a Flagler Museum. Bring a picnic, or snorkel from the dock.

Sombrero Beach
Located just 1.5 miles from our motel, Sombrero is the jewel in the Marathon Community Park system. Just finished with construction in late 2003, the park has an excellent beach and swimming area and full facilities, with new shower buildings, picnic shelters and more.
Pet-friendly, too.

Bahia Honda State Park
One of the top parks in Florida – well known for the great beaches and scenic vistas. Also has snorkeling and diving charters-several beaches and play areas, snack bar. Located at MM37, only 13 miles from the Sea Dell.

Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis
In addition to the city golf course and tennis courts, the city offers a variety of other recreational facilities. Some of these include a basketball court, bocci ball court, horseshoe area, public restroom.MM 53.5 OCEANSIDE – Key Colony Beach, 8th Street

Boot Key Harbor
Boot Key Harbor – Best protected anchorage Boot Key Harbor is the best protected anchorage in all of the Keys, plus plenty of Marina’s, Restaurants and Business to reprovision. This is the best place to wait out the weather for crossing to Cuba.MM 50 OCEANSIDE – Marathon, Sombrero Boulevard

The Marathon Chamber of Commerce website offers an up-to-date listing of activities, restaurants, diving and snorkeling services, fishing, shopping, watersports and a calendar of local events. Their video about Marathon can be viewed here.

MARATHON is the midway point of the FLORIDA KEYS resting between Key West and Key Largo. The Middle Keys include Conch Key, Duck Key, Grassy Key, the Crawl keys, Key Colony Beach, Key Vaca, Fat Deer Key, Knight’s Key and Pigeon Key.

MARATHON has a commercial airport. Miami International Airport is approximately 2.5 hour away drive and Key West International Airport is one-hour drive from MARATHON.

Settlements in the Middle Keys can be traced back to the early 1800s, when Bahamians established tropical-fruit farms and fishermen from New England settled in the region. In the early 1900’s, Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway reached Key Vaca, home to the village of Marathon and headquarters of the railroad’s final Key West extension.

An abundance of water sports activities await visitors. WORLD-CLASS SPORT FISHING is available offshore, on the natural reef, or in Florida Bay. Excursions are available to world famous snorkeling and scuba diving destinations. In addition, the Middle Keys offer environmental attractions, opportunities to swim with dolphins, explore a hardwood hammock, and natural beaches.