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It may be the shortest month of the year, but February welcomes one of the best long weekends in the American calendar and basks in average highs of 75 degrees.
With Valentine’s Day at the heart of the month, swiftly followed by President’s Day which marks the birthday of America’s first president George Washington on the 16th, a trip to the Florida Keys in February not only guarantees a welcome burst of winter sunshine, but a perfect reason to treat your loved one to a romantic retreat in subtropical paradise.
Lazy days in luxury
Tranquility Bay Resort is the ideal hideaway to whisk yourselves away for a mini break over the long weekend and warm up from the winter winds. With three sparkling swimming pools, including an adults-only pool, and a private 2.5 acre white-sand beach, Valentine’s Day can be spent soaking up the sunshine, relaxing in serenity and enjoying a variety of water based activities.
To add to your sense of romance and luxury, you can choose to stay in an intimate guestroom surrounded by towering palms and lush gardens. Or if it’s an ocean view you’re after, there are spacious beach houses offering a home away from home experience, with fully-equipped kitchens.
A setting sun, balmy evening and 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 the breezy patio. Our Key Lime Pie is particularly good for sharing with your sweetheart!
For the young at heart, couples looking for fun-filled romance can take their pick from a whole host of activities and attractions in Marathon, including a swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, visiting rescued sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital, paddle boarding around the crystal-clear ocean, or dipping deeper into the blue with a scuba dive in the magical underwater world of tropical fish and brightly colored coral.
Sunsets in style
A setting sun is one of the most spectacular symbols of a romantic evening, and many guests choose to enjoy Florida’s finest natural beauty from our private beach at TJ’s Tiki Bar or the Seven Mile Bridge.
You can find more ways to spend the most romantic break in Marathon here.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A progressive new paddleboard program has launched in the Florida Keys. Serenity Eco Therapy provides mental balance through natural balance to visitors seeking health, longevity and enlightenment.
Owner and operator Sarah Sullivan combines meditation, yoga, Pilates, cardio and paddleboards to provide visitors with a therapeutic water experience. Daily classes are held on the Atlantic Ocean waters, just a short drive from Tranquility Bay Resort at Bahia Honda State Park.
Sullivan holds degrees in psychology and environmental studies, and has worked as a rehabilitative mental health counselor in the Keys for the last several years.
For more information call 305-432-1401 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silver Airways is enhancing its flight schedule from five Florida cities.
Beginning Nov. 6, Silver is adding an additional weekday flight from Fort Lauderdale for a total of four daily flights. In addition, a second flight from Fort Myers; more flights from Tampa for a total of four daily flights and increases from Orlando for a total of three nonstop and two one-stop daily direct flights.
And Silver is introducing a daily one-stop flight from Jacksonville.
Silver is a codeshare partner with United Airlines and has interline agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, and All Nippon Airways.
In addition, according to Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton, Delta Airlines is adding two daily flights between Key West and Atlanta Dec. 20, for a total of five daily nonstop flights. And, on Dec. 27, Delta is to resume a seasonal Saturday weekly nonstop route between the Southernmost City and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.
Online: Silverairways.com Delta.com
New Year’s Day celebrations in the Florida Keys are by no means ordinary, particularly when you’re surrounded by the luxury, peace and seclusion of your tropical hideaway. This year you can celebrate in style on New Year’s Day with a beachside BBQ at TJ’s Tiki Bar surrounded by friends and family.
From the moment you wake up on New Year’s Day, you can relax poolside to reserve your energy for the rest of the day. Then from 12pm on January 1st, the party begins with celebrations on Tranquility Bay’s private 2.5 acre white sand beach. A BBQ buffet will be laid out all afternoon until 6pm at TJ’s Tiki Bar, with plenty of hot dogs, burgers, tropical salads and tempting seafood sizzling away. Tiki bar staff will also shake up and stir a selection of ice cold cocktails to help you celebrate the New Year. The BBQ buffet is $30.00 per person and $15.00 for children 10 and under.
Our beach is the perfect spot for daytime celebrations with its calm, sparkling ocean, pristine sand, variety of watersports and the perfect spot for relaxation. With the sub-tropical heat of the Floridian sunshine beaming down all afternoon, you’ll feel a million miles away from the cold winds, howling back home.
If you’re seeking fun on New Year’s Eve, there are a number of popular bars in Marathon with live music to add to the party atmosphere. Popular venues include Dockside Tropical Café on Sombrero Boulevard and the Tarpon Creek Bar and Grill (13205 Overseas Highway). Make sure to try Sunset Grille as well!
Should you wish to party into the early hours or relax just after midnight, you can guarantee a peaceful night’s rest and much-needed leisurely wake-up in your luxury guestroom or suite at Tranquility Bay. We wish you a happy and healthy 2015!
Celtic music lovers will be in their element at the annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival, taking place in Marathon in the new year. The two-day event on Friday and Saturday (January 9 through 10), will bring together America’s best collection of Celtic musical masters including international super group Rathkeltair, The Screaming Orphans and West of Galway. Book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort before rooms sell out. Call 877-582-6970 today.
The weekend festival kicks off with Irish music by Bernie and Stephen from the West of Galway band, on Thursday January 8 at Marathon Grill and Ale House (Mile Marker 53) from 8pm. The party will continue into Friday through Saturday with live performances, bagpipes and drums, and men’s and women’s Scottish Highland athletics demonstrations. There will also be plenty of Celtic merchandise, food and drink, and children’s activities.
The party takes place at the Marathon Community Park (Mile Marker 49) on Friday January 9 (3pm – 10pm) and Saturday January 10 (9am – 9pm). Tickets can be purchased online at www.celticheritageproductions.com/keys Children age 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
Picture the scene: it’s December 25th and you’re far from feeling the pinch of winter with its cold winds and threats of icy showers. Rather than crunching through white snow in thick boots, you’re walking barefoot through powder-soft white sand. You’re no longer wrapping up warm beneath multiple layers of clothing, but bathing in a swimsuit beneath the golden rays of glorious sunshine. It’s not 35 degrees and cloudy, but 72 degrees with clear skies and balmy air. You indulge in a delectable Florida Keys-inspired Christmas buffet and it hits you: You’re not dreaming… It’s Christmas and you’re in the Florida Keys!
If you’re now dreaming of a white sand Christmas with your loved ones, you can make it a reality with a holiday of a lifetime at Tranquility Bay Hotel and Resort in Marathon. 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.
During the holiday season, trees, boats and houses are all decorated with magical lights and colorful displays to add festive cheer to the island. Memorable events, including boat parades and concerts, will be taking place throughout December, to heighten the holiday spirit in and around Marathon, Florida.
Enjoy the festive spirit in style in our spacious beach houses
At Tranquility Bay Resort, our immaculate two or three-bedroom beach houses are ideal for families and friends spending Christmas together. Stylishly designed with spaciousness and luxury in mind, you can enjoy views overlooking the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico from your own private balcony. You can all unwrap gifts, play games and relax together in the exclusivity of your own beach house which comes complete with your family needs under one roof, including laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen and a super comfortable living room complete with a 42-inch plasma TV.
More intimate single-level guestrooms are also available for couples.
Indulge in our Christmas buffet
You can rest assured that your Christmas Day dining will be taken care of to the highest level of quality at Tranquility Bay’s award-winning Butterfly Café, which will be serving a delicious Christmas buffet. Capturing the flavors of the island’s tropical cuisine, our chef and his team focus their culinary talents on local ingredients and the freshest of seafood from Marathon’s surrounding waters. View the Christmas buffet menu >
This year is your well-deserved break from planning, preparing and cooking a festive family feast; instead, you can all sit back, relax and indulge in the ultimate Florida Keys cuisine within Butterfly Café’s impressive dining room or outdoors on the restaurant’s covered patio.
During your Christmas vacation, you can also enjoy cocktails and smoothies, afternoon snacks and laid-back lunches right on the beach at our oceanside TJ’s Tiki Bar. It’s the perfect spot for soaking up the most spectacular sunsets on the island.
Kick back and relax under the winter sunshine
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 Hotel and Resort, all you’ll need to focus on is relaxation, fun and luxury in the ultimate definition of a tropical paradise.
Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online. Call 305-289-7177 to book Christmas buffet reservations.
If the dark and cold winter months are starting to drag and you’re craving sunshine with a balmy breeze, now is the time to plan for something to look forward to in 2015. The good news is that on Cyber Monday you can book your stay in the Florida Keys at Tranquility Bay Hotel & Resort and enjoy up to 25% off across selected dates throughout 2015. Click here to book now.
Perhaps you’re looking to enjoy a romantic break to the Florida Keys with a loved one next February, or take the family away during Spring Break in March and April. For a peaceful retreat you can book a relaxing escape in the quieter months of May and June, or whisk the family away for some winter sunshine in Marathon. Whichever month beckons you, there will be plenty of white sand, crystal-clear ocean, fishing trips, delicious dining at Butterfly Café, and stunning sunsets awaiting your arrival.
By booking early, not only do you make great savings from the Black Friday sale, but you will also have more time to plan your dream vacation to Marathon. You can add a heap of adventure to your break by hiring a car from Miami and road tripping down to Tranquility Bay to enjoy the breathtaking views across the Overseas Highway. You can also plan your visit to make the most of the variety of events taking place throughout the year on the island, including the Original Marathon Seafood Festival in mid-March.
And then there’s the all important decision of choosing the best room type from our stylish accommodation options including beautifully designed Tropical Garden Guestrooms set among a lush oasis of towering palms, offering spectacular views and quick access to the hotel’s private 2.5 acre white sand beach.
The sale ends on Monday December 1st at 11:59pm so book now!
Terms: Rates and availability may be limited and are subject to change. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Rates do not reflect $27.00 per night resort fee and 12.5% applicable tax. Advertised discounts are only available on select travel dates. Rates are non-refundable. Advertised discounts include the sale mark down.
The holiday spirit it soon set to sweep over the Florida Keys and while there will be more palm trees than Christmas trees and certainly no sign of snow, there will be a welcoming festive atmosphere for visitors and locals to embrace.
In the subtropical Lower Keys with balmy breezes and warm sunshine, the holiday season will start at the free-admission Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker 31 oceanside.
A schedule of highlights will include exhibits and booths featuring handcrafted art, jewelry, pottery and more by local artists and artisans. This family-friendly event offers visitors the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and artwork while enjoying the natural beauty surrounding the area.
There will also be live music by popular local bands and entertainers alongside delicious food and drink, making it the perfect seasonal tradition in the Lower Keys.
Jumpstarting the annual seven-month stone crab season is a much-anticipated munch-a-thon, the fourth annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest for amateur eaters, set for Saturday, Oct. 18.
Staged at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina, located at 35th Street gulfside in Marathon, the lively consumption competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Entrants must register and be present by 12 p.m. the day of the event.
Individual entry fee is $50, and two-person teams can register for $100. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age. Interested eaters are encouraged to register early for their bib-wearing spot at the table.
Contestants must crack, clean and eat 25 stone crab claws in the fastest time. Although they are provided with shell crackers, alternatively, entrants can gently smack the shell with the back of a large spoon — an effective method employed by many Keys locals.
In the event of a tie, those competitors must face off in a 10-claw competition to determine the top winner. Prizes are to be awarded to the top three finishers.
Stone crab season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15 and hundreds of thousands of pounds of stone crab claws are steamed, cracked and served at local markets, restaurants and transported around the nation. The Keys are Florida’s top supplier of the succulent crustacean, considered a renewable resource because of the crabs’ ability to re-grow harvested claws.
Event information and registration: www.keysfisheries.com
Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner at Tranquility Bay Resort or book online.