Resort at a Glance: Coconut Cay Resort & Marina
Many travelers arrive in the Florida Keys via boat, which is why Coconut Cay Resort & Marina has docks for guests arriving by sea. But if you aren’t sailing to the oceanfront resort, you can still explore the waters here using the resort’s kayaks, paddleboards, and fishing poles. Communal outdoor barbecue grills make it easy to have a cookout, and its convenient location is close to local restaurants.
- Go for a ride to scenic Fat Deer Key, an island just 4 miles to the east, using a borrowed bicycle.
- Dive into the outdoor pool, or head to Sombrero Beach, 3 miles from the hotel, to test out the waters.
- Learn about sea turtles at The Turtle Hospital, where you can tour the facilities and see the rehab area where injured turtles are restored to health.
Marathon, Florida: A Tropical Oasis on Florida’s Seven Keys
The town of Marathon is a 10-mile-long stretch of land, but it manages to cover a lot of ground, incorporating seven of Florida’s Keys. Visitors will find abundant family-friendly activities, starting with the keys’ fishing heritage. The biggest draw may be its tarpon fishing, which gives beginners the best chance at hooking an impressive fish that can weigh up to 280 pounds. More experienced fishers can head out on the open water looking for sailfish, wahoo, and even mako sharks. The town boasts more than 2,400 wet and dry slips, and its boat-friendly atmosphere makes it even easier to explore the water’s natural reefs, which are suitable for diving and snorkeling trips.
On land, you can learn about the key’s natural wildlife and inhabitants at the 63-acre Crane Point Museum, Nature Center & Historic Site. Educational displays on Native Americans, sea turtles, and wild birds provide a picture of what the land was like before European settlers.