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Get to know Marathon

The city of Marathon is in the middle of the Florida Keys and claims 13 of those islands within its city limits. It comes as no surprise, then, that Marathon is a boating and fishing paradise. Private fishing boats and charters leave local marinas and slips every morning for fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, and smaller boats fish the reefs and flats. Anglers from the world over come for billfish and tuna, and tarpon and mahi-mahi are plentiful all around the islands. Easy access to water also makes Marathon an ideal base or stopover for cruisers, and complete facilities serve 1,200 wet slips and as many dry slips. Marathon City Marina is the can’t-miss mooring in the Keys. The Old Keys vibe that accompanies the boating life permeates Marathon, and every aspect of the low-key, family-friendly community is turned toward the water. It’s a city that rescues dolphins and sea turtles, and is welcoming to sea creatures of every kind — especially human ones.

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Recreation on the islands is, unsurprisingly, water-related. It offers unparalleled diving, snorkeling, and spearfishing in the surrounding wrecks and reefs, and great kayaking and paddleboarding in estuaries and bays. The beaches are Keys-perfect, and the accompanying weather is island-ideal 12 months a year. Hiking trails and parks keep nature close even when you’re not getting your feet wet. Fresh catches of fish, lobster, and stone crab are the highlight of the restaurant scene, where locals and tourists drink in the views along with their tropical cocktails. Restaurants and shops are spread out along the 10-mile archipelago, but don’t go looking for high-society shopping here; while there are plenty of fun and quirky boutiques as well as stores for the basics, most of the commerce here seems to be bait and sunscreen. Marathon is the home of Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, which accommodates charter flights and two base operations for private and corporate jets, making Marathon an easy and relaxing getaway for the jet set.