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Marathon Lodging, the Florida Keys

So, what is your pleasure regarding Marathon lodging? Do you prefer a familiar chain hotel? Or maybe one of the ultra-exclusive Florida Keys resorts? Then again, maybe your budget is more the "no frills" type. You're in luck, as you can find it all in Marathon, Florida!

One reason to stay in Marathon is to escape the high prices of Key West.  Marathon is about an hour away from "Margaritaville" so it's an easy trip. 

Marathon Lodging, Relaxing SunsetIn addition, Bahia Honda State Park is close by, which has one of the best beaches in the Florida Keys.  Actually, one of the best beaches in Florida, period!  Oh and by the way, you can rent a cabin by the beach at Bahia Honda, too.

Some places to stay in Marathon, Florida arrange for boat rentals for you -- something to think about if you like outdoors activities.

Make That Marathon Lodging Reservation...Well Ahead of Time

There are time of the year where you will want to make your hotel/motel/resort reservation well in advance. These times include the lobster mini-season, held on the last Wednesday and Thursday in July, and any national holiday.

December through about April also tends to be a crowded time to stay in Marathon, and generally rather expensive.

From May through November the Marathon hotels and resorts cost less, and also have fewer crowds.

So keep all this in mind when it comes to making reservations for your Marathon lodging.  The further in advance you can plan, the better luck you'll have getting exactly what you want.

Hotels. Motels and Resorts -- Where to Stay

The way everyone find things in the Florida Keys is by mile marker (MM).  For the Marathon lodging, I'll list the shopping in MM order, starting in the north and going south. And instead of saying the hotel, motel or resort is on the left or right, I'll refer to Bayside or Oceanside.

The Marathon lodging (hotels, motels, resorts, etc.) are rated according to this general scale for price (one room, double occupancy):

$ less than $100 per night
$$ from $100 to $150 per night
$$$ from $151 to $250 per night
$$$$ more than $250 per night

Before I forget to mention it, there is a bed/resort tax in addition to your standard room rates. The tax is currently 11.5%. Please keep that at the back of your mind when planning your budget. The room rates listed below do not include the bed/resort tax!

  • Conch Key Cottages, MM 62.3 Oceanside -- Conch Key Cottages are actually located on Walker's Island, reached by a narrow causeway. Accommodations range from efficiencies to two-bedroom oceanview cottages. This is a private island, so it's quiet and relaxed. There is a small swimming pool, but really, who needs a pool when the beach is available? Well, maybe in the winter -- the pool is kept heated at 86 degrees Fahrenheit all year long -- wouldn't that feel good on a cool winter night! There is boat dockage available, for $1.25 per foot per day. No boat of your own? Each unit comes with its own complimentary kayak for your paddling pleasure. $$ to $$$$  Find best deals

  • Hawk's Cay Resort, MM 61 Oceanside -- If you are looking for a resort where you need not set foot outside the grounds for anything, Hawk's Cay is right up your alley. It's also quite naturally pricy -- but those who have stayed say it's worth it. Lodging ranges from hotel-style rooms to a two-bedroom villa, complete with a small swimming pool! The Hawk's Cay resort covers 60 acres, so there are loads of amenities, including a spa, marina, several restaurants and bars, tennis courts and a fitness room. You can book fishing charters, sailing instructions or participate in a dolphin discovery program. Loads of options. $$$ to $$$$  Find best deals

  • White Sands Inn, MM 57.6 Oceanside -- Accommodations at White Sands Inn range from a simple motel room to the "Tree Tops Terrace", a 2-bedroom suite with a private deck. Rates can be surprisingly low during the off-season. A pier stretches out into the ocean, and at its end you'll find kayaks and paddleboats available, free of charge for guests. Quiet and laid-back, the ambiance is casual and friendly. $ to $$$  Find best deals

  • Continental Inn, MM 54 Oceanside -- If you'd like a little room to spread out, Continental Inn offers efficiencies and two bedroom units. The big draw to this condominium resort is the snorkeling at the rocky edge of the beach. Speaking of the beach, the view from it is breathtaking! A large heated swimming pool is also available. $$ to $$$  Find best deals

  • Key Colony Beach Motel, MM 54 Oceanside -- plain and simple, as well as being a great place if you are on a budget, Key Colony Beach Motel is a modest structure. It has a lovely sand beach and a heated swimming pool.  It's older and a bit dated, but has probably some of the best prices you will find if you're on a budget. $  Find best deals

  • Banana Bay Resort and Marina, MM 49.5 Bayside -- Banana Bay has a Caribbean flavor. Located on 10 acres in Marathon, both the grounds and the rooms are very tropical-feeling. And if you decide you want to get away from it all, ask about "Pretty Joe Rock" -- a private island with a two-bedroom, 2-bath cottage (rented by the week only). A swimming pool and hot tub are available, as well; take a sunset champagne cruise, book a fishing charter, rent personal watercraft, sign up for a snorkeling tour. Something to be aware of, though -- this resort gets somewhat mixed reviews.  Some people love it, others don't.  Still, the rates are good, and there is a lot to do. $$ to $$$$  Find best deals

  • Marathon Key Beach Club, MM 49.5 Bayside -- This is actually a timeshare condominium, but wait -- it's people owning the timeshare who are renting out their units. And because it's a timeshare, it has lots and lots of amenities. The rental units come with pretty much everything (even a blender!), and the grounds include a pool, hot tub, barbeque grills, tennis court and more! There is a boat ramp at a nearby marina, and boat dockage at the condo is available for a fee. $$$  Find best deals

  • The Blackfin Resort, MM 49.5 Bayside -- A cross between a motel and a resort, Blackfin offers motel-type rooms, a few efficiencies and one 2-bedroom apartment. There are only 35 units available, on 4.5 acres of grounds, so there is room to roam. The Blackfin offers some resort-style amenities, including a 600-foot white sand beach, a marina, barbecue grills, a pool, kayak and personal watercraft rentals and even a miniature lighthouse! At just 2 miles east of the Seven Mile Bridge, it's close enough to take your boat out through the channel and into the Atlantic. In addition, there is a restaurant and bar on the grounds. $ to $$$  Find best deals

  • The Hammocks at Marathon, MM 47.5 Bayside -- A nice place to stay, especially if you are looking for decently priced, but still having lots of amenities.  The Hammocks was built in 2000, so it's newer than a lot of the other resorts.  There are 58 rooms, so it's not particularly big or small -- rather, just about right!  Pool, hot tub, fitness room and a tiki bar.  No restaurant, but there are several within a few minute's drive.  Oh, you can also rent a boat right on the property (a nice plus if you are so inclined). $ to $$$  Find best deals

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