Welcome to Marathon Key
Marathon was only incorporated in 1999, though settled much earlier, it has become known for a warm climate, clear Caribbean waters, amazing beaches, and a barrier reef. Spread across a 10-mile-long family-oriented island community, it is conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain: Key Largo 1-hour east, and Key West 1-hour west. With a tropical savanna climate, Marathon Key is hot and wet from May through October, and warm and dry from November through April (although, hurricane season is June – November 30).
The name Marathon dates back to the origin of the Florida East Coast Railroad, a project of Stand Oil principal Henry Flagler Railroad workers (working night and day) often complained that “this is getting to be a real marathon.”
The islands of Marathon are Boot Key, Knight Keys, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl and Little Crawl Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key and Fat Deer Key, Long Pine Key, and Grassy Key.
Before the railroad, the settlers here were farmers, wreckers, and fishermen. To this day, Marathon maintains its claim to some of the best fishing in the world. Great fishing, along with beautiful beaches, warm weather, and residents proud to call Marathon home are some of the reasons many visitors from all over the world choose to spend time in Marathon, the Heart of the Florida Keys.
Marathon is an activity and nature-lovers delight, with abundant wild sea life, birds, and animals; and yes, hunting is available.
marathon is 9.76 sq miles, located 2:30 hours from Miami (by car, 3-4 hours by bus). KeyWest is an additional 1:15 hours from Marathon. Click below for travel links.