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Christmas in the Florida Keys: May your days be merry and bright!

Move over white snow and make room for powder-soft sand with Christmas in the Florida Keys! Rather than wrapping up warm in thick winter boots, treat your toes to bare-foot walking along beautiful beaches and palm-lined paths as you celebrate the holiday season in the Florida Keys.


Marathon is transformed in to a magical winter wonderland during Christmas, with colorful displays, boat parades, illuminated tropical trees and plenty of festive cheer, all glittering against a picture of paradise. The island is a popular destination during the holidays, so book your place in paradise early to avoid missing out on a spectacular Christmas experience.

A festive feast with a tropical twist

At Tranquility Bay Resort, a Christmas buffet at our award-winning Butterfly Cafe will be the ultimate treat to give you a well-deserved break from planning, preparing and cooking a festive family feast. Capturing the flavors of the island’s tropical cuisine, team will focus their culinary talents on local ingredients and the freshest of seafood from Marathon’s surrounding waters, all served within Butterfly Café’s impressive dining room or outdoors on the restaurant’s covered patio. Full details of our Christmas buffet will be available soon.

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Christmas cocktails and ocean breezes

Mulled wine may be your favorite winter warmer back home, but here in the Florida Keys you’ll need an ice-cold thirst-quencher to keep you cool. A refreshing range of frozen cocktails and fruit-filled smoothies are blended, shaken and stirred at our oceanside TJ’s Tiki Bar which also serves up a delicious selection of afternoon snacks and laid-back lunches right on the beach.

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Spacious beach houses for festive family fun

At Tranquility Bay Resort, our immaculate two or three-bedroom beach houses are ideal for families and friends spending Christmas together. Stylishly designed and with the luxury of ample space, there are stunning views to soak up from your private balcony, a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and a super comfortable living room complete with a 42-inch plasma TV for essential festive film viewing. Each beach house is ideal for bringing the whole family together to unwrap gifts, play games and relax in the exclusivity of your own space.

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Activities to keep all all ages entertained

It’s not often you’re greeted by endless blue skies, white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and towering palm trees during the depths of winter. Marathon is a haven of natural beauty, adventure and fun family attractions waiting to be explored, all topped off with southern hospitality and opportunities to relax round every corner.

Just imagine waking up on Christmas Day morning to views of tropical gardens or sparkling water before taking a dip in one of our three pools, each nestled in its own garden paradise. You may be used to a particular way of spending Christmas back home, which often involves plenty of preparation and a huge clean-up after dinner. At Tranquility Bay Resort, all you’ll need to focus on is relaxation, fun and luxury in the ultimate definition of a tropical paradise.

Full details on festive events in Marathon during the holiday season will be available soon via our December events page.

Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online. Call 305-289-7177 to book Christmas buffet reservations.

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A Florida Keys Thanksgiving Buffet to Remember

We all love the arrival of Thanksgiving at Tranquility Bay Resort when the air is warm and filled with the smell of Thanksgiving delights cooking in the Butterfly Cafe kitchen. Guests staying at Tranquility Bay can enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet feast with a tropical twist at Butterfly Cafe on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required so please call 305-289-7177 today. View the Thanksgiving Menu >

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A Feast Fit for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, our talented team at Tranquility Bay Resort are starting to turn the heat up in the Butterfly Café kitchen. With a taste bud-tantalizing menu created especially for the holiday, there are turkeys to roast, Key Lime Pies to prepare, and pumpkin soup to season with a tropical twist, all ready for you to indulge Keys-style to celebrate Thanksgiving 2015.

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Rated Marathon’s number one restaurant according to TripAdvisor, Butterfly Café will set the scene for a Thanksgiving dinner to remember with a covered patio if you prefer devouring your dish outside in the warm, breezy air. There is also the sophisticated dining room complete with a sky-high ceiling which creates an impressive atmosphere among stylish décor, perfect for savoring the flavors of classic Thanksgiving dishes that are fit for a Conch!


Thanksgiving Buffet Details:

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on November 26th
  • Reservations Required: Call 305-289-7177
  • Carving Stations:
    Oven Roasted Turkey with White Hunter Gravy
    Honey glazed ham with pineapple chutney
  • Entrees: Baked wild salmon over mango buerre blanc
  • Soup: Coconut Pumpkin Soup
  • Accompaniments:
    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Brioche and Mushroom Stuffing
    Ginger Spiced Cranberry relish
    Haricot Verts with Wild Mushroom Shallot Sauce
    Pecans and Marshmallow topped Sweet Potato Casserole
    Fall salad, inslata caprese salad, Caesar salad
    Crudite platter
    Oysters on the Half-Shell
    Old Bay spiced peeled and eat Key West pink shrimp
    Gourmet cheese and crackers, marcona almonds and dried fruit
    Fresh Seasonal Fruit
    Freshly Baked Rolls and Corn Muffins with Honey-Cinnamon Butter
  • Dessert: Chef’s Selection of Desserts
  • Price:
    $49 per Adult
    $20 per Child (10 and under)
    18% Service Charge and 7.5% Tax will be added to all checks
    20% Service Charge and 7.5% Tax will be added to parties of 6 or more

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Thanksgiving Dinner Take-Out

If you prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your own beach house, let us take care of the cooking for you. Just place an order in advance and pick up your meal and enjoy with family and friends.

Dinner Serves 6 to 8 People for $150 and Includes:

  • Fully cooked turkey 10-12 lbs
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Cranberry relish and stuffing
  • Green beans and sweet potato casserole
  • A choice of dinner rolls or corn muffins
  • A choice of pecan, pumpkin or key lime pie
  • A choice of  (1) bottle of house wine: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Deadline to order is midnight November 24th
  • Call 305-289-7177 to book



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Top Ten Reasons Why Families Love Tranquility Bay Resort

Wildlife adventures, spectacular sunsets, delectable dining, pristine beaches: these are just some of the reasons why Marathon, Florida is one of the most popular hot spots for an unforgettable family vacation. To help you make the most of your precious time away together, we’ve highlighted ten of the top reasons why families love Tranquility Bay Resort:

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1) Spacious Family Beach Houses
At Tranquility Bay Resort, you will never fall short on space in one of our two or three-bedroom beach houses. Designed with spaciousness and luxury in mind, each beach house boasts its own private porch and overlooks the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Offering a relaxing “home away from home” atmosphere, everything your family needs is under one roof, including laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen and a super comfortable living room complete with a 42-inch plasma TV.

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2) Three Sparkling Pools
Much of your family time in Marathon will center itself around water, whether in it, on it or lounging around it. As you stroll through the lush, landscaped gardens surrounding your beach house, you’ll soon discover one of three sparking pools, each beckoning you to take a dip and cool down. The largest of the three is a beautiful lagoon-style pool for all ages. There is also an adults-only pool and a more intimate pool near our Tropical Garden Guestroom area. Your little ones will be endlessly entertained splashing around and practicing their swimming style under the tropical skies of the Florida Keys.

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3) Private White Sand Beach
Within steps of your beach house, you’ll soon feel your toes sink into powder soft white sand on our private beach. Clean, peaceful, and safe, our Tranquility Bay Resort beach is the perfect haven for the whole family to unwind, have fun and dip in and out of the crystal clear ocean. Although the water entry access to our beach is small, you can still enjoy 2.5 acres of white sand beach overlooking the water. To help keep the beach in pristine condition, we have recently installed a seagrass fence which ensures seagrasses are kept in the ocean to continue their vital job of protecting the ecosystem, rather than mounting up on the beach.

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4) A Sunset to Remember
No trip to the Florida Keys is complete without an evening watching the sun go down, and at Tranquility Bay your family can celebrate spectacular sunsets together from our private beach by TJ’s Tiki Bar. Try a tropical drink with plenty of frozen options for the kids. It’s a perfect spot to watch the tropical orange glow sparkle on the ocean before disappearing on the horizon, ready to rise again the next morning. Sunsets in the Florida Keys are renowned worldwide and will become part of your family’s special vacation memories.

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5) Exciting Onsite Watersports
With a huge variety of water-based activities available in Marathon, there is every opportunity to make a splash and immerse the whole family into a fun, action-packed day. Onsite watersports can be arranged through our adventure concierge, from kayaking, Florida Keys fishing charters and leisurely cruises, to WaveRunner rentals and parasailing. The warm waters surrounding Marathon are teeming with tropical fish and beautiful coral waiting to be explored, making it a colorful paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers.

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6) Dining for the Family
Families will love dining together in our award-winning Butterfly Cafe which features a children’s menu and a delicious range of local delicacies. The restaurant opens at 6:00 p.m. to suit little ones needing an early bedtime. The light, airy space of Butterfly Cafe provides the perfect atmosphere for family dining, or you can dine outdoors on our breezy patio. For light bites and lunch, try TJ’s Tiki Bar right by the beach which is a family favorite for lunch, refreshing drinks, smoothies and afternoon snacks. The kids will especially love our virgin Key Lime Daiquiri or Cookies n’ Cream Smoothie.

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7) Putting Green
There is nothing quite like the peace and quiet of putting in the warm open air under the bluest of skies. At Tranquility Bay Resort, you can prepare for the golf course on our immaculate putting green designed by Nicklaus Design, and enjoy the indulgence of “me time” as you put against the stunning backdrop of palm trees and a sparkling ocean.

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8) Standalone Cottages
Our family-friendly beach houses are ideal for creating the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity so the whole family can spend time together in a home-like environment. Each cottage is set within its own beach house unit so there are no communal hallways shared by other guests which suits many families on vacation, particularly those with younger children who won’t be disturbed by any noise after their early bedtime.

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9) Nearby Family Attractions
Many families find the tranquil setting of the resort, with its private beach and swimming pools, difficult to leave. However, Marathon is home to a range of attractions to add even more fun to your family vacation, including the Dolphin Research Center  which runs a variety of programs including the Dolphin Dip, a perfect way to plunge into unforgettable fun. Families can also meet sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital, discover shells, fish tanks and pirate costumes at Crane Point Hammock, and make friends with herons, owls, pelicans and egrets at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. Don’t forget to try the new Aquarium Encounters attraction where you can hand feed sharks and get up close and personal with other exciting sea creatures!

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10) Budget rooms for families
Our new luxury single-level double queen-bed Tropical Garden Guestrooms offer seclusion and calm among a lush tropical landscape. Perfect for families looking for a budget-friendly stay, each guestroom is designed in conch style architecture, with understated luxury and graceful touches to add to the sense of serenity and relaxation.

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 Call 855-266-2703 to book your family vacation at Tranquility Bay Resort.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Florida Keys-style this November

We all love the arrival of autumn in the Florida Keys when the air is warm but a mild breeze fills the air and sunshine abounds. Not only is it the season for peaceful, romantic retreats in Marathon, it’s also time to celebrate with family and friends during Thanksgiving in the Florida Keys, which takes place this year on November 26. Tranquility Bay will even offer an amazing Thanksgiving buffet, fit for a conch!


A feast fit for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, our talented team at Tranquility Bay Resort are starting to turn the heat up in the Butterfly Café kitchen. With a taste bud-tantalizing menu created especially for the holiday, there are turkeys to roast, pumpkin pies to prepare, and cranberry sauces to season with a tropical twist, all ready for you to indulge Keys-style to celebrate Thanksgiving 2015.

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Rated Marathon’s number one restaurant according to TripAdvisor, Butterfly Café will set the scene for a Thanksgiving dinner to remember with a covered patio if you fancy devouring your dish outside in the warm, breezy air. There is also the sophisticated dining room complete with a sky-high ceiling which creates an impressive atmosphere among stylish décor, perfect for savoring the flavors of classic Thanksgiving dishes. Details of our delicious buffet are just being fine-tuned and we will share the full menu with you soon, so watch this space!


Give thanks in paradise

Celebrating Thanksgiving on vacation not only means treating yourself to Butterfly Café’s finest food, but also finding every opportunity to relax and unwind under golden sunshine when the rest of the northern hemisphere is wrapping up against the winter chills. With its own private beach, Tranquility Bay offers 2.5 acres of powder-soft white sand beach on which to sprawl out and do nothing, or find your favorite water sports including kayaking, scuba diving or parasailing. When it’s time to refresh, let our friendly staff at the beachside TJ’s Tiki Bar quench your thirst with a tropical island cocktail while you enjoy a leisurely lunch.

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Luxury boutique hotel rooms and beach houses

Families and groups of friends looking to celebrate Thanksgiving together will be treated to a choice of two or three-bedroom beach houses, each looking out on spectacular views and just minutes from our private beach. Take your living room outside onto the private terraces and balconies – perfect for celebrating the unforgettable Florida Keys sunsets during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Dial 877 250-8843 to reserve your Thanksgiving retreat at Tranquility Bay Resort or book online.

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Sun, Serenity and Spectacular Savings: 10 Reasons to Visit the Florida Keys This Autumn

As the autumn months make their arrival, the warm tropical air still surrounding the Florida Keys is blended with a sense of calm following the busy summer family season, making it a desirable destination for couples of all ages looking for a relaxing retreat, or friends traveling together.

Autumn Fall in the Florida Keys

With kids back at school, the months from mid-September to early December are filled with peace and quiet yet there is still every opportunity to find fun during autumn with a variety of water-based and nature-focused activities. As the majority of the world braces itself for the start of an inevitable cold snap, the sun is still shining its golden rays over the Florida Keys so you can escape the chilly winds and warm up in paradise.

Here are the top reasons to visit Marathon, FL this autumn:

1.) A Tranquil Breeze: With the average temperature topping a breezy 84 degrees and the ocean remaining beautifully warm, you can take time out to soak up the autumn sun and indulge in watersports activities without being surrounded by the excitable sounds of families on vacation.


2.) Love Long Weekends: With summer tucked away and Christmas looming in the distance, there is still plenty to celebrate in autumn. You can enjoy a long peaceful weekend break or week-long vacation during Columbus Day on October 12th or Veteran’s Day on November 11th. Thanksgiving Day on November 26th also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style and make the most of the extended weekend break.


3.) Nearby Autumn Events: The surrounding Florida Keys offer an array of autumn events to take advantage of during your vacation. With Key West just over an hour away, you can enjoy a day trip to see some of these exciting activities.

  • SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
  • Fantasy Fest (Key West)
  • Goombay Festival (Key West)
  • Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest
  • Key West International Latin Arts Festival
  • Key West Film Festival
  • Key West World Championship Races
  • Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
  • TRIKW Swim-Bike-Run in Paradise


4.) “Sea” Life… Without the Crowds: A quieter season means less crowds across Marathon, so you can enjoy a more relaxed experience at the island’s attractions including the Dolphin Research Center, Aquarium Encounters Florida Keys, the Turtle Hospital, and Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.


5.) The Perfect Catch: Autumn is also a calm time of year to enjoy fishing, and two popular autumn seasons include Lobster season which runs from August through March, while Stone Crab Claw season starts in October and runs through May. There are a range of other fish in season during the autumn and we can arrange fishing charters at the resort.

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6.) Savor the Flavors: Local cuisine in the Florida Keys is one of many reasons why visitors just can’t get enough of the destination, and in autumn you can savor the flavors of the season including delicious deep-fried fish caught from the surrounding waters. At Tranquility Bay Resort, you will be spoiled for choice in our award-winning Butterfly Cafe where top chefs capture the tropical flavors of the islands using local ingredients and the finest seafood. You can also enjoy casual oceanside dining at TJ’s Tiki Bar where the cocktail menu will no doubt beckon you to sample a cool autumn creation before sunset.


7.) Love is in the Air: Autumn is one of the best seasons in which to indulge in a romantic break in the Florida Keys when the island is at its most calm and relaxed following the busy summer months. You can hide away in one of our new luxury Tropical Garden Guestrooms for peace and privacy, with a central swimming pool nearby and our private 2.5 acre beach. Or try the larger adults-only relaxation pool just a short walk from our Tropical Garden Guestrooms.


8.) Space Out: If you’re traveling as a group this autumn, you can all enjoy space, luxury and comfort in our two or three-bedroom beach houses, each one boasting its own private porch which overlooks the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Offering a relaxing “home away from home” atmosphere, everything your party needs is under one roof, including laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen and a super comfortable living room complete with a 42-inch plasma TV.


9.) Autumn Color: Who says you have to travel north to see autumn color when we’ll bring the color to you. Each autumn, vibrant autumn sunsets fill the Florida Keys skies with amazing color right from our private beach.

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10.) Spectacular Savings: Autumn is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Tranquility Bay Resort, so if you’re after a budget-friendly getaway then you’ll find a variety of discount options from our specials page, along with packages including our tempting Culinary Escape Package. If you book directly through Tranquility Bay, you are guaranteed the best deal so call 855-606-4502 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable package this autumn.

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2016 Spring Break Family Vacations: Visit the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offer an array of family activity during the spring break period so it’s no wonder why guests flock to Tranquility Bay Resort in March and April. Marathon, Florida is not a “party town,” but a quiet seaside escape, so families can rest easy knowing that Tranquility Bay is an excellent spring break destination for families in March and April, 2016.

Book Online Now or Call 866-842-2512 for Rates and Availability


As one of the best family resorts in the Florida Keys, we offer spacious beach houses that are ideal for families! The beach houses include a full kitchen, living room, laundry facilities and the option of two or three bedrooms.


If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from our lagoon style tropical swimming pool and our white sand beach, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Families on a budget can enjoy our double queen guestrooms which are more intimate than our larger beach houses, but still offer much more space than a standard hotel room.


You won’t have to go far for meals with casual dining at TJ’s Tiki Bar or try our award winning restaurant, Butterfly Cafe which has a fantastic kid’s menu. If you’re up to it, you can even cook a family feast in your own gourmet kitchen at Tranquility Bay when purchasing a two or three-bedroom beach house. For your convenience a Publix grocery store is nearby to stock up on all of your family needs. We do not offer breakfast at the resort but across the street you will find a local-favorite called Juice Paradise which offers authentic Cuban breakfast and a large hot breakfast menu to choose from.


Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Florida Keys sunset, teeing up on our putting green, or enjoying an array of watersports, including: diving and snorkeling adventures, kayaking, paddle boarding, wave runners, Hobi Cat and small boat rentals and guided eco-tours. Call 866-842-2512 to speak with an on-site vacation planner about spring break family vacations in 2015.

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View our Spacious Two and Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

These charming Florida Keys accommodations feature two-level living, ideal for up to four people. The beautifully proportioned first floor features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, separate dining area for four, half bath and living room with 42-inch wall mounted plasma TV, and wireless internet.


French doors on both levels lead to spacious porches with spectacular, and unobstructed water views of the Gulf of Mexico. Laundry facilities and bedrooms are upstairs. View our Two-Bedroom Beach Houses or Three-Bedroom Beach Houses


If you’re willing to forego the kitchen and living room for a single-level guestroom, try our new Tropical Garden Guestrooms. A double queen guestroom can accommodate four guests, similar to hotel room accommodations.

Spring Break Family Vacation Ideas: Onsite Activities at Tranquility Bay

Featuring glorious weather year round and endless activities such as Florida Keys fishing, Marathon is an exciting destination for family vacations. With its exceptional setting, comprehensive facilities and knowledgeable staff, Tranquility Bay is the ideal choice for those who wish to experience all the Florida Keys have to offer, especially for those looking to the explore the awaiting adventures in our surrounding Florida Gulf waters.


Family Attractions in Marathon, Florida

  • Bahia Honda State Park: The park is celebrated for having one of the world’s top beaches and is home to many rare and unusual plants and animals.
  • Crane Point: Visitors to this 64-acre protected park may tour the Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site and Marathon Wild Bird Center, or explore the extensive nature trail system, an ideal stop on your Marathon Key vacation.
  • Pigeon Key: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pigeon Key served as a construction and maintenance camp for the Overseas Railroad during the early 1900s. The remarkable structures that remain provide a window back in time.
  • Dolphin Research Center: Fun for the entire family, the Dolphin Research Center offers nature lovers, in-water encounters with marine mammals, as well as fascinating insight into their behavior.
  • Turtle Hospital: Located next door to the resort, the Turtle Hospital is dedicated to the health and preservation of sea turtles. The Hospital offers guided, educational tours and a behind-the-scenes look at the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, something everyone in the family will appreciate on your Marathon FL vacation.
  • Seven Mile Bridge: The longest bridge in the Keys is located at the southern end of Marathon and measures 35,716 ft. Take a family walk across the bridge and enjoy a majestic Florida Keys sunset.
  • Sombrero Reef: Mile Marker 50, Oceanside. One of the most beautiful areas within the Keys’ living coral reef, Sombrero Reef is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries and is popular with eco-tourists who enjoy snorkeling and diving.
  • Sombrero Beach: This 12.6-acre beach is one of the most popular vacation spots in Marathon. Renovated in 2003, the beach offers creative landscaping, walkways, picnic areas and a roped off swimming area.
  • Coco Plum Beach: This small, natural beach is an enjoyable stop. It is a quiet, dog-friendly beach with clean-up baggies provided.


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Summer 2016: Plan Early for Florida Keys Family Vacations

With nearby family attractions, onsite watersports and a range of family activities at Tranquility Bay Resort, there are countless reasons why your family vacation in Marathon is set to sizzle this summer 2016. Book early to lock in our current rates before prices increase!



Dive into the island’s best attractions

Marathon is well-known for its laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. It’s tempting to spend your vacation days sprawled out on Tranquility Bay’s private 2.5 acre white-sand beach with its range of water-based activities available on-site, but once you venture beyond the resort you will soon discover attractions and activities to keep all family ages entertained. You can swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center and learn all about the characteristics of this majestic marine creature.

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Nature-lovers will also have fun at the Turtle Hospital which is home to rescued sea turtles and offers guided tours for kids to get behind the scenes and learn all about the rehabilitation programme. Kids will also love the Wild Bird Center which features a sanctuary and visitor center, searching for Key deer on Big Pine Key, snorkeling the crystal-clear waters during day visits to the island’s best beaches, and making a splash onsite in one of our family-friendly swimming pools.

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Beautiful beach houses

Sprawl out in style this summer in one of our spacious two or three bedroom beach houses and cool down on your own private balcony overlooking the natural beauty of the Gulf of Mexico.  With plenty of home-from-home luxuries, including flat screen TVs and DVD players in each room, your family beach house offers plenty of space for switching off and recharging after a lively day of family fun.

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Keep cool and indulge

You can stay refreshed around the resort by taking a dip in one of our sparkling pools, all surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, or stretching out on our soft-sand beach. Perfect for all the family, our beach-side TJ’s Tiki Bar will add to your moment of cool with its selection of ice-cold drinks and delicious snacks. Butterfly Café is also popular for lunch, and makes an ideal setting for evening dinner after an action-packed day of family fun.

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To book your summer vacation at Tranquility Bay, visit our reservations page.

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Mother’s Day 2016 in the Florida Keys: 5 Tips to Pamper Mom

Every mom deserves a much-needed break, and if she’s lucky enough to be spending Mother’s Day (May 8th) at Tranquility Bay Resort this year, she is sure to be pampered and indulged in style. Whether mom prefers an action-packed day soaking up the sights of Marathon, or a few restorative poolside hours to herself before sampling some of the island’s finest delicacies, there are many wonderful ways to celebrate mom this May. Call 855-597-7574 to book your Mother’s Day vacation today. Here’s our pick of the best ways to pamper mom:

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1. Swim with dolphins

Treat mom to one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime – swimming with beautiful dolphins. The nearby Dolphin Research Center runs a variety of fun programs including the Dolphin Dip, a perfect way for mom to plunge into fun with the whole family nearby. There are flipper shakes, back rubs and interactive behavior for mom to splash about and enjoy with her new-found dolphin friend, and the whole experience is captured on camera by professional photographers.

2. A tempting tiki lunch or refreshing drink

During your Mother’s Day weekend at Tranquility Bay Resort, you’re guaranteed to take time out at TJ’s Tiki Bar for a midday tropical smoothie, a bit of lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, or a pre-sunset cocktail. Imagine you’ve just stepped out of the sunshine and into the shade for a cool down. You need a long, fruit-based cocktail to go hand-in-hand with this slice of paradise, so may we suggest the Blueberry Mojito? It’s bursting with flavor and packs a punch with its well-balanced blend of Stoli Blueberry, fresh mint and lime juice. Then there’s the Key Lime Pie cocktail which is an absolute must for savoring the original flavors of the Florida Keys. Key lime rum is blended with vanilla ice cream and rimmed with a Graham cracker crust; it is the ultimate taste sensation from TJ’s Tiki Bar!


3. Time out for mom

Tranquility Bay Resort has its own private beach, so give mom the ultimate gift of relaxation with time out ocean-side to soak up the tropical Florida sunshine and escape into paradise. There are also three sparkling pools at the resort where mom can take a dip or lounge around with her favorite book in one hand and a tropical cocktail in the other. In-room spa services are also available upon request.

4. Dinner at Butterfly Cafe

Indulge mom over a leisurely lunch with the whole family at our award-winning Butterfly Cafe. The menu features the finest tropical flavors with ocean-fresh seafood among the most popular options, and our Key Lime Pie is a must-try for dessert. Expect a warm, welcoming service in light, beautiful surroundings that will make mom feel utterly spoiled.

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5. Soak up a spectacular sunset

Be sure to bring a memorable Mother’s Day to an unforgettable close by taking mom to one of Marathon’s best spots to watch the sun go down. Head to Seven Mile Bridge, the longest bridge in the Florida Keys at the southern end of Marathon, and catch one of the most magnificent sunsets you’ll ever experience. Or if you’re enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of Tranquility Bay resort, soak up the sunset right from our private beach.

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Save more mid-April through mid-June 2016 + enjoy our top tips for romance

Couples and seniors look to plan their ideal vacation with a checklist of must-haves that undoubtedly include tranquility, laid-back adventure and uninterrupted sunshine. Visiting the Florida Keys in mid-April through mid-June is therefore an ideal time for escaping family spring break and summer crowds while still enjoying the subtropical heat surrounding the islands. During this time frame, children are back in school and couples descend on the island for some much needed romantic relaxation… plus additional savings during our off peak value dates!

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With many attractions and activities to enjoy in Marathon during mid-April through mid-June, your vacation can be as lively or laid-back as you’d like it to be. In other words… do everything or nothing at all! In May, you can make sure mom is pampered on Mother’s Day (May 8th), or celebrate our heroes with a long weekend for Memorial Day (May 30th). But if you seek the ultimate in peace and tranquility, try our off peak periods for additional quiet time (and savings). Here are six other reasons that you surely won’t want to miss a little slice of tranquility, April through June.

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Six ways to make the most of your romantic Marathon escape, mid-April through mid-June:

1) Choose one of our intimate guestrooms at Tranquility Bay overlooking the towering palms of our tropical gardens, or indulge in a private two-bedroom beachfront beach house and wake up to views of the Gulf of Mexico from your balcony and porch. Either way, a romantic escape with comfort and serenity await.

Florida Keys Hotel Summer Family Fun

2) One of the most romantic excursions in Marathon is right on your doorstep at Tranquility Bay Resort! A setting sun and a balmy evening stroll through the resort’s tropical gardens will build your appetite for a romantic dinner for two at Butterfly Café, rated by TripAdvisor as Marathon’s number one restaurant. With Keys-style dining at its best, you can cuddle up together and savor the flavors of coconut shrimp, tropical salads, and Caribbean chicken on a breezy patio. Our Key Lime Pie is particularly good for sharing with your sweetheart!

3) While hand-feeding sharks may not sound very romantic, an amazing bonding experience awaits at Aquarium Encounters Florida Keys. Try the Coral Reef Excursion and you can not only hand-feed sharks and other predatory fish through a protective plexiglass barrier, but the memory (and photos) will last a lifetime!

4) Fall in love with our private beach which stretches across 2.5 acres of powder-soft sand to sink your feet into. TJ’s Tiki Bar will serve up your favorite ice-cold cocktails to keep you refreshed throughout the day. A setting sun is one of the most spectacular symbols of a romantic evening, so make sure to enjoy Florida’s finest natural beauty from our private beach.

Florida Keys Hotel Summer Family Fun

5) Swim with dolphins and learn about these incredible creatures at Marathon’s Dolphin Research Center, or get up-close to sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital which is the world’s only licensed hospital that specializes in sea turtles. It even has its own turtle ambulance.

6) Finally, explore the beautiful underwater coral as you submerge a little deeper into the warm ocean during a dive or snorkel trip. Marathon is surrounded by some of the world’s best waters for diving with mysterious shipwrecks and stunning marine life to discover, just a few minutes away from our resort.

If you’re looking for savings on your vacation in mid-April through mid-June, our latest special offers will help guide you to the best deals so you can simply focus on making the most of each day in your own piece of paradise. To book your vacation now, visit our reservations page or call 855-606-4502 to discover which dates you can save more.

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Step Inside a Florida Keys Paradise at Tranquility Bay Resort

Arriving at Tranquility Bay Hotel and Resort is a welcome invitation into paradise. Located right in the heart of the Florida Keys in Marathon, Tranquility Bay offers peace, serenity and seclusion alongside adventure, luxury and delectable dining.  From the calm, tropical gardens to the refreshing, sparkling swimming pools, everything has been created with relaxation and comfort in mind to ensure your vacation memories last a lifetime.

Florida Keys Hotel Summer Family Fun


A luxury room with a view

Tranquility Bay has accommodation options to suit every combination of bookings, whether you’re travelling on your own, with a loved one or as part of a wider group of family and friends. There are Tropical Garden Guestrooms set among a lush secluded oasis, offering spectacular views and quick access to the hotel’s private 2.5 acre white sand beach – the perfect romantic hideaway.


When extra space is needed, the luxury of staying in a two or three-bedroom beach house is simply irresistible. With stunning views across the Gulf of Mexico from your own private porch, you can soak up every sense of paradise from the balmy Florida breeze to the world-renowned golden sunsets. Just make sure you have a frozen key lime daiquiri within arm’s reach to savor the moment!

Florida Keys Hotel Summer Family Fun

Delicious Keys-style dining

The refreshing selection of cool drinks won’t be the only taste bud temptations at Tranquility Bay.  One mouthful of Keys-style cuisine expertly created by the hotel’s top culinary team at Butterfly Café, and you’ll taste exactly why TripAdvisor has rated this Marathon’s number one restaurant. Dishes are prepared with the freshest, seasonal ingredients, the ambience is perfectly balanced between sophisticated and relaxed, and the Southern hospitality is always welcoming. Be sure not to forget to sample the unrivaled Key Lime Pie.  Lunch, snacks and delicious cocktails are also served daily at our beachfront TJ’s Tiki Bar.


Relaxation or fun-packed action

There is no end to the number of ways to maximize your days on vacation at Tranquility Bay Resort. Onsite you can practice your golf skills on the Nicklaus-designed putting green before dipping into one of three swimming pools including a large lagoon-style pool. Or you may prefer to cruise through the calm ocean on board your kayak and later dive beneath the surface to explore the underwater safari. There’s deep sea fishing, flat fishing, jet skiing, and parasailing, all available to enjoy at your leisure while making sure you allow plenty of time to relax on our private beach with a good book and tropical cocktail from TJ’s Tiki Bar.

Florida Keys Hotel Summer Family Fun

It’s hard to imagine stepping beyond this exquisite oasis of calm, but when you do there is plenty to keep families entertained in Marathon with wildlife attractions and museums.

Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online.

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