Florida Keys Fishing: Vacation Checklist


Florida Keys fishing is awesome.

So we know why you vacation here. And we totally get that. In fact, check out our fishing charters for the Best of Marathon Fishing.

But while you’re here, take some time to relax and enjoy the laid back Keys’ culture, attractions, restaurants and marinas. Here are some of our favorites.



The Turtle Hospital

The Turtle Hospital is ranked as the #1 attraction in Marathon, FL, according to TripAdvisor.com.Come see the world’s only licensed veterinary hospital dedicated to the treatment of sea turtles. This one is a must-see for adults and kiddos alike.

Dolphin Research Center

Winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2014 award! Swimming with dolphins is the quintessential vacation thrill, and it should be a requirement for every trip to the Keys! The Dolphin Research Center has received great reviews for its “friendly and informative staff” and the overall experience. If you visit before December 19th come by and take some Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center. It’s a great place to learn about this fascinating mammal of the sea.

Key Largo Coral Reef

Scuba Diving

Ready to learn how to scuba dive? The United States’ only living coral barrier reef lies a few miles offshore. See  Delta Shoals, Coffin Patch and Sombrero Reef teem with life and gorgeous coral formations. It’s an easy dive and the scenery is unique.

Another fascinating dive is the Thunderbolt wreck. The ship was intentionally sunk in the Florida Straits in 1986. It now flourishes with life as it becomes part of the underwater landscape.

Spa and Salon

Calm Waters

Calm Waters Spa at Hawks Cay Resort in Marathon is among the region’s leading health spas and resorts. Enjoy the salt air and tropical fruits as the spa pampers you with massages, body treatments, facials, and fine salon care. They even have specials for teenagers!

Bait shops and Marinas

No matter what, we know you’ll be fishing, right? So be sure to stop by The Tackle Box in Marathon for (as they put it) “…the right fishing tackle plus advice from locals who fish these waters everyday.”

Keys Fisheries Market and Marina
Get the best in local seafood here, like the excellent Lobster Reuben or Stone Crab Chowder. They are also a full-service marina and local store for that last minute shopping!

Need help planning it all?

We’re here to help. Wherever you go in Marathon, we’re certain your trip will be worth it. It’s a beautiful place to live, work and play all year round. So get out of the rat race, and come enjoy the Marathon we know and love. Click here to plan your trip.

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