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Destination guide

Seaside relaxation at Marathon vacation home rentals

Year-round sunshine, spectacular landscapes, and idyllic white-sand beaches; it's not hard to understand why the city of Marathon sees visitors return year after year. Holidaymakers flock to this corner of the Florida Keys to swim in the tranquil teal waters, try their hand at daring watersports, and explore one of the most varied ecosystems in the country. Throw in the famously friendly locals, a host of renowned seafood restaurants, and a wide variety of Marathon vacation rentals to choose from, and you've got the perfect recipe for a sun-soaked getaway.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Marathon vacation rentals

Marathon's oceans are home to some of the most diverse marine life in the country, and there's no shortage of visitor centers in the area celebrating the wildlife that call this corner of Florida home. Families, in particular, will enjoy the chance to interact and swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, located in nearby Grassy Key. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is another must-visit institution that's just a stone's throw from most Marathon vacation rentals; here, you can feed the stingrays, get up close with the nurse sharks, and swim around a coral reef.

Activities

What to do near Marathon vacation homes

Life in Marathon is centered firmly on the ocean, so it's no surprise to learn that the range of watersports on offer here is second to none. When you're done sunbathing and swimming at the beach, you can book a Jet Ski excursion, or even try your hand at kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. For a more peaceful way to enjoy the waters, organize a fishing charter with a local provider—the Marathon area provides optimum conditions for deep-sea and reef fishing alike. After all that activity, you can get a different view of the horizon with a romantic sunset cruise along the Florida Keys coastline.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Marathon vacation homes

The Sunshine State lives up to its name in Marathon; average highs in the summer months can climb as high as 90°F, which makes it the perfect time to hit the sands. That said, Florida's climate is a tropical one and the hottest months also see slightly more rain, though the showers rarely last for long. To avoid any possibility of wet weather, travel a little later or earlier in the year, when temperatures are still pretty high and precipitation practically non-existent. Cheap Marathon vacation rentals are also generally easier to come by outside of the busy summer months.

Natural features

Marathon's marine marvels

When it comes to natural beauty and biodiversity, few other regions in the United States can compete with the Florida Keys coastline. The incredibly high level of diversity in the area around Marathon is proudly showcased in the Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, a facility boasting a natural history museum, a rescue center for birds, and various nature trails. It's also got plenty of features designed for kids and is located within easy reach of central Marathon vacation rentals, making it the ideal setting for a family day out.

Beaches

Best beaches near Marathon vacation rentals

Marathon has numerous beaches catering to different travelers. Vacation homes can be found near places like Sombrero Beach, a park and beach with picnic areas, calm waters for swimming, and loggerhead turtle nests, and Curry Hammock State Park, a beach park with campgrounds, hiking trails, wetlands, and watersports. You'll also like Sunset Park, a cozy beach with scenic views of the ocean and a tranquil atmosphere.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Marathon

Fly into Marathon, FL (MTH-Florida Keys Marathon), the closest airport, located 1.8 mi (3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Key West, FL (EYW-Key West Intl.), which is 43.9 mi (70.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Marathon vacation homes

Families with children will find no shortage of fun attractions in Marathon. Vacation home rentals can be found near places like the Turtle Hospital, a conservation center with rescued sea turtles and habitats, and Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, a complex with natural history exhibits, marine touch tanks, and a bird research center. Kids will also like Oceanfront Park, which offers dog-friendly spaces, fields, picnic areas, and opportunities for fishing and kite flying.

How many vacation rentals are available around Marathon, FL?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,179 vacation rentals around Marathon. From 770 house rentals to 64 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Marathon?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marathon:

  • Indigo Reef Marina Homes: 188 vacation rentals
  • Little Venice: 289 vacation rentals
  • Coral Lagoon: 341 vacation rentals
  • Farara Shores: 100 vacation rentals
  • White Marlin Beach: 94 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Marathon?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Marathon. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Captain Hooks Marina and Dive Center: 1,179 vacation rentals
  • Dolphin Research Center: 1,332 vacation rentals
  • Pigeon Key Foundation: 1,295 vacation rentals
  • Florida Keys Country Club: 1,229 vacation rentals
  • The Turtle Hospital: 1,280 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marathon listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Marathon?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 770 Houses in Marathon. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Marathon include:

  • Villas: 64 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 135 rentals available
  • Cottages: 23 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Marathon?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 965 vacation rentals with pool available in Marathon. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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