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Florida Keys for Seniors: A senior moment you’ll never forget

After decades of working hard throughout your career and around the home, there has never been a better time than now to unwind, indulge and take time out in a tropical haven of calm and ease. Make the most of your senior years with a Florida Keys vacation to relax in style. The peace and serenity that surrounds Tranquility Bay Resort will send you on a journey into paradise, while the local attractions, fishing heritage and sleepy seaside lifestyle in Marathon all add a great sense of charm and character to your days on this beautiful island.

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Switch off and cool down

Taking time out to relax is just as important as filling your days with activities and tours around the island. At Tranquility Bay Resort, it is hard not to relax. Our comfortable and spacious beach houses are ideal for groups of seniors with two and three-bedroom options. Please note that all beach houses have one flight of stairs. Or if it’s just you and a friend or loved one, try our single-level Tropical Garden Guestrooms. Make sure to ask for a ground floor guestroom if anyone in your party has mobility issues. All of our accommodations offer the ultimate in comfort and style, helping you to start and end each day feeling calm and at ease.

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As you wander through the twelve acres of lush landscaping of our beautiful gardens, you will be filled with a sense of serenity which continues as you make your way to our private beach, sparkling pools or to recharge at our beachside TJ’s Tiki Bar. Spend the afternoon honing your short game on our putting green by Nicklaus Design or let us plan a day of exciting water-based activities, ending with a sunset cruise. And sometimes the best days are spent doing nothing at all while basking in the warm Florida sunshine.

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Tempt your taste buds

If it’s fresh fish you fancy, cooked exactly how you like it or Caribbean jerk chicken, you will be in your element at our award-winning Butterfly Cafe at Tranquility Bay Resort. Butterfly Cafe is the number one restaurant in Marathon with a talented team on board working creatively behind the scenes to prepare the very best local cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere.

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Discover the island’s natural beauty

There is natural beauty to admire around every corner in Marathon and the island offers so many different ways to see it. To discover the ocean’s natural wonders, pick up a snorkel, mask and pair of flippers and explore the underwater world right on your doorstep at Tranquility Bay Resort’s private beach. You can also book a variety of tours through our helpful concierge service, including sunset cruises, sailing, fishing and kayaking. If you’d rather stay on dry land, take a trip to Crane Point Museum, Nature Center & Historic Site where you can hike through an impressively preserved tropical hardwood grove before visiting the home of an early 20th-century settler family. New to the Florida Keys is Aquarium Encounters, offering unique encounters with Florida Keys sea life.

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Take a dip with dolphins

With a reputation for having a therapeutic effect on humans, an encounter with dolphins is one of life’s greatest experiences. In Marathon, you can get up close to these beautiful, well-tempered creatures and learn about their behavior and natural habitat at the Dolphin Research Center. 

For the creative-minded

If you fancy channeling your creativity while on vacation, you can find your outlet at The Art Studio located at 12535 Overseas Highway, MM 53.6 oceanside. The workshop offers lessons in how to paint in oil, watercolors and acrylic, as well as sculpting and pottery so you can take away a special souvenir of your time in Marathon. 

For inspiration and advice on making the most of your stay in Marathon, Florida, our welcoming staff are on hand to help you find the best activities to suit your style so all you need to focus on is taking it easy and soaking up the spectacular Florida sunshine.

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

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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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Birding Vacations in the Florida Keys: A Paradise For Birders

Famous for extraordinary underwater beauty, the Florida Keys also are among the world’s top destinations for year-round bird watching. Avian rarities abound, and birders, outdoor enthusiasts and nature photographers can enjoy native wildlife and tours in one of Florida’s most precious ecosystems.

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Throughout the Keys, birders can pass by occasional freshwater ponds, tidal lagoons and undisturbed Florida Bay by Everglades National Park. Resident and migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers and thrushes share the habitat with white-crowned pigeons, year-round tidal waders and spring-nesting sea birds.

The 12-county, 116-site Great Florida Birding Trail opened in 2006 and was renamed the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail in 2011. The South Florida segment of the trail includes a dozen Keys native habitat stops such as the National Key Deer Refuge, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Long Key State Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote birders’ paradise located 70 miles off Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. For trail information, visit floridabirdingtrail.com/index.php/trip/trails/south/P100/.

In the Lower Keys, the National Key Deer Refuge’s 9,000-plus acres of mangrove forests, freshwater and salt marsh wetlands, pine rockland forests and tropical hardwood hammocks are an annual stopping point for thousands of migratory birds and a winter home to many North American bird species. The refuge lies off U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker (MM) 30.5 bayside on Big Pine Key.

At Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, located on Route 905 at MM 106 bayside, birders can view breeding populations of black-whiskered vireos as well as migrating species such as warblers, white-crowned pigeons, terns, noddies, boobies and other unique Keys shorebirds and songbirds. Rare sightings of the LaSagra’s Flycatcher, thick-billed vireo and Zenaida dove also have been reported.

At Long Key State Park at MM 67.5, mangrove swamp, mudflat, rockland hammock, beach and coastal berm habitats can be explored. At low tide, the Roseate Spoonbill may be spotted dipping its round-tipped bill into the shallows searching for a meal, joined by reddish and other egrets.

The Tortugas are the first dry land sighted by trans-Gulf migratory species, so migratory fallouts during late April and early May often become once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Birders have recorded 25-warbler mornings and regularly sighted an Antillean short-eared owl. Common sightings include frigate birds, peregrine falcons and the ruddy turnstone — and the Tortugas’ Bush Key is home to America’s only notable breeding colony of sooty terns.

Known for its underwater splendor, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located at MM 102.5, offers birders nearly 3,000 acres of natural mangrove swamp, hardwood hammock and rocky coast. Walking trails lead birders to gray kingbirds, short-tailed hawks and other locals such as mangrove cuckoos.

From a perch at the Middle Keys’ Curry Hammock State Park, MM 56.2 oceanside, the Florida Keys Hawkwatch team monitors the southernmost migration flights of record numbers of peregrine falcons and other raptors in the continental United States. Hawk watchers count the thousands of buteos, accipiters, raptors and eagles that fly through the Keys as well as peregrine falcons, whose annual migratory numbers are thought to surpass any other location in the U.S.

Visitors can find guided and unguided walks, boat and kayak adventures to explore some of the Keys’ wildest places by visiting www.fla-keys.com/ecotourism.

Tranquility Bay Resort offers the perfect base for a birding vacation in the Florida Keys. 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.

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Tranquility Bay guests are not the only ones “feline” pampered in paradise

Guests at Tranquility Bay are feline in touch with the resort’s wild side as they explore the landscaped paths and lush gardens of the grounds. Not only can they encounter colorful birds dancing around the palm trees, guests will also have a chance to meet Ducky, Emmy, Marilyn and Sandy. These cutely-named characters are far from being Marathon’s latest line-up of stage-show singers; they’re the majestic mix of orange, tabby and white-furred cats who have made Tranquility Bay their home since being rescued from the local Keys Animal Hospital.

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Under the loving care of local vet Dr. Dunn and our General Manager Bob, these four feline friends have become part of Tranquility Bay life, enjoying nutritious meals that are specially prepared for them during the day. When Bob is onsite, he can be spotted taking time out of his busy schedule to ensure each cat is receiving the level of nurture he or she needs. And don’t be surprised if you hear him calling out, “Marilyn” at 6:00 a.m. to feed his feline friend. We can assure you that he’s not a guest looking for his lost wife.

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We asked Bob which cat is his favorite and he replied by saying that he loves them all and is so pleased that we were able to rescue them and provide a safe home for the cats. He added that it is amazing to see how much the guests fall in love with Ducky, Emmy, Marilyn and Sandy. “We constantly receive emails from guests who want to check on their favorite cat,” Bob said. Children especially love to search for each cat during their visit with our cat finder guide.

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Dr. Dunn also makes “house” calls and visits the cats at Tranquility Bay whenever he is needed. When asked what Dr. Dunn thinks about our cats, he responded, “I would say that the Tranquility Bay cats are probably some of the luckiest felines I know. They are well cared for and have a regular staff to tend to their every need in addition to a year round rotation of welcoming visitors to share their lives with. I always look forward to coming for house calls to not only attend to their medical needs, but to also get a mini vacation while visiting them in the most beautiful resort in the Middle Keys.”

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Although they are cared for by the resort, the quartet of cats remain wild by nature and are defensive against other creatures that inhabit the Florida Keys, including snakes, possums, iguanas and raccoons. While guests can enjoy spotting Ducky, Emmy, Marilyn and Sandy sunning themselves around the grounds, it is important not to pick the cats up for a cuddle as they will feel vulnerable and could naturally try to protect themselves.

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Meet our furry friends

DUCKY: This is Ducky, the only male in the feline foursome and the oldest of the cats. Ducky has a distinguished orange tabby coat and loves to roll over to show off his tummy when guests gently pet him. He loves lazing around in the Florida sunshine, but when his paws get wet, he may become a little grumpy!

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It’s therefore harder to find Ducky out and about during a tropical downpour, as he’ll return to his favorite retreat in the hotel lobby. Ducky gets his name from Duck Key where he was found abandoned. Just don’t arrange a play date for Ducky and Marilyn as he does not seem to like her much!

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MARILYN: Meet Marilyn, the beautiful white cat peppered with a few black spots (including a little smudge on her cute nose). Marilyn’s favorite hang-out areas of Tranquility Bay are the back porches of units 16-24 where she is at her happiest lounging throughout the day.

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She likes to be vocal, so it’s easy for guests to listen to all she has to say. With lounging around as one of her favorite past-times, Marilyn is definitely not a fan of being picked up. She is also not a fan of hanging around with Ducky, so it’s very unusual to see these two prowling around in pairs!

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EMMY: Emmy is our stunning green-eyed tabby who has a yellow color running through her fur. She loves to feel pampered and prefers staying indoors than venturing out to explore the grounds.

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The heat can often be too much for Emmy, she now spends her time inside and loves finding a cool spot to relax.

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SANDY: Last but not least, here’s Sandy. She’s the smallest of the four, yet certainly not the most quiet! Sandy will make it known when she needs attention by being vocal and swatting Bob’s foot to remind him when it is time for dinner.

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Sandy loves the beach, which is why her name is so well-suited to her character. She loves the great outdoors and taking long walks along the sand, and is equally as comfortable relaxing on the back porches of units 74-78. Sandy likes to have plenty of space to herself, but the Tranquility Bay guests adore her.

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Spend some time with the kids while at Tranquility Bay, trying to find each of our furry friends. Use our handy cat finder guide, to help you along the way and you can request a copy of our cat finder from the front desk of the hotel.

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Further explore Marathon’s wild side

Beyond the grounds of the resort, Marathon has plenty of places for guests to further explore the wonderful wildlife of the Florida Keys. The Dolphin Research Center, Wild Bird Center, Nature Center of Crane Point Hammock, Aquarium Encounters, and the Turtle Hospital are all popular attractions for nature lovers. A paddle boarding trip on the water is also a fantastic way to get close up to the island’s colorful wildlife. For more inspiration on activities to enjoy and places to explore during your Florida Keys vacation, visit here.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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, 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!

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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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A Florida Keys Christmas Buffet to Remember

We all love the arrival of Christmas at Tranquility Bay Resort when the air is warm and filled with the smell of holiday delights cooking in the Butterfly Cafe kitchen. Guests staying at Tranquility Bay can enjoy a Christmas feast with a tropical twist at Butterfly Cafe on Christmas Day, December 25th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required so please call 305-289-7177 today. View the Christmas Buffet Menu >

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A Florida Keys Christmas Feast

With Christmas 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 stone crab soup to season… all with a tropical twist. Get ready to indulge Keys-style and celebrate Christmas 2015.

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Butterfly Café will set the scene for a Christmas 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 Christmas dishes that are fit for a Conch!

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Christmas Buffet Details:

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on December 25th
  • Reservations Required: Call 305-289-7177
  • Carving Stations:
    Oven Roasted Turkey with White Hunter Gravy
    Roasted Prime Rib with Au Jus and Horseradish Mayonnaise
  • Entrees: Baked Wild Salmon with a Lemon Dill Buerre Blanc
  • Soup: Key West Stone Crab Soup
  • Accompaniments:
    Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
    Brioche and Mushroom Stuffing
    Ginger Spiced Cranberry Relish
    Haricot Verts with Wild Mushroom Shallot Sauce
    Coconut Rice with Pigeon Peas
    Mixed Field Greens and Dressings
    Cherry Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad
    Snow Crab Legs with Garlic Butter Sauce
    Old Bay Spiced Peel and eat Key West Pink Shrimp
    Gourmet Cheese and Crackers, Marcona Almonds and Dried Fruit
    Tropical Fruit Salad
    Freshly Baked Rolls and Corn Muffins with Honey-Cinnamon Butter
  • Dessert: Chef’s Selection of Desserts
  • Price:
    $59 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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Christmas Dinner Take-Out

If you prefer to enjoy Christmas 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 plus tax and gratuity.
The Meal Includes:

  • Fully cooked turkey or ham 10-12 lbs (sliced)
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Cranberry relish and stuffing
  • Green bean and coconut rice with pigeon peas
  • A choice of dinner rolls or corn muffins
  • A choice of pumpkin, apple or key lime pie
  • A choice of  (1) bottle of house wine: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Deadline to order is December 23rd
  • Call 305-289-7177 to book

Cancellation Policy: 25% for cancelling 24 hours prior to pick-up; any cancellations made on Christmas Day will receive no refund.

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Queen Of Marathon’s Shipwreck Fleet To Turn 30

Divers exploring the 189-foot shipwreck Thunderbolt in the coming months can mark the 30th anniversary of the Middle Keys gem being intentionally sunk 4 miles south of Marathon and Key Colony Beach.

Considered by the diving community to be the queen of the Marathon wreck fleet, the easily navigable “T-bolt” rests in 120 feet of water, providing advanced divers as well as spear fishermen an interesting deep site populated by hundreds of reef fish and pelagic species.

Before its intentional sinking March 6, 1986, the ship was stripped of all but a few pieces of equipment. Its most prominent features are a cable-handling reel centered on the forecastle at approximately 80 feet and an observation deck at 75 feet. Aft, the rudder and propellers sit at 120 feet. The stern was cut away to expose the hull’s interior.

Originally named Major General Wallace F. Randolph, the vessel was launched June 2, 1942, one of 16 sister ships built as mine planters to guard coastal minefields for the U.S. Army. However, it was never commissioned and the Randolph’s duties were transferred to the Navy. The vessel remained idle in a Naval Reserve fleet.

In later years, Florida Power and Light Co. used the renamed Thunderbolt as a cable layer for researching electrical energy and lightning strikes, and eventually donated the vessel to the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Association.

Thunderbolt is one of nine vessels included in the “Wreck Trek Passport Program,” which rewards advanced- and wreck-certified divers who complete a series of nine Florida Keys shipwreck dives featured in an official Florida Keys Wreck Trek logbook.

Until January 1, 2016, divers who complete the nine dives in the logbook earn a collage print as well as a chance to win dive equipment and accessories or Florida Keys dive and lodging packages. For details about the Florida Keys Wreck Trek, visit fla-keys.com/diving/wrecktrek.

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.

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Culinary Escape Sale: Indulge With up to $250 for Food and Drinks

It’s no exaggeration to say that Florida Keys cuisine is amazing. There’s nothing ordinary about it, even when ingredients have been cooked simply and with minimal fuss. At Tranquility Bay Hotel and Resort, every guest can experience unforgettable dining when they choose to indulge at our elegant Butterfly Café – the number one rated restaurant in Marathon, according to TripAdvisor – or sit back for a casual bite to eat at our oceanside TJ’s Tiki Bar.

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To make your vacation dining even more memorable, we have launched the Tranquility Bay Culinary Escape Sale which offers every guest $50 per night to spend in Butterfly Café or TJ’s Tiki Bar when you book one of our spacious and stylish two or three-bedroom beach houses. That’s up to $250 (maximum 5 nights’ credit) at your disposal to sample the tropical tastes, delicious Caribbean-inspired cooking, and the most refreshing flavors that all make our delectable cuisine in the Keys so special.

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This is the ultimate package that combines the luxury, spaciousness and comfort of our spectacular two or three-bedroom beach houses, with the indulgence and elegance of dining at Tranquility Bay.  Your $50 credit per night for five nights can be spent in the evening savoring the finest flavors of the Florida Keys at our award-winning Butterfly Café where the tempting menu is particularly popular for its local seafood as well as the must-try Key Lime Pie. You can expect warm, welcoming service in light, beautiful surroundings.

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You can also spend your credit at the laid-back waterfront TJ’s Tiki Bar which is an ideal spot for unwinding over a casual lunch, afternoon snacks and a cool tropical island drink while the gentle water laps on the beach nearby. Just step outside your luxury haven overlooking the water, take a stroll through our lush landscaped gardens and be indulged by the best Southern hospitality and culinary creations you could wish to find in the Florida Keys. 

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The Tranquility Bay Culinary Escape package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a two or three bedroom beach house on select dates (this offer does not apply to guestrooms)
  • $50 per night food and beverage credit for food and drinks at Butterfly Cafe (dinner) and TJ’s Tiki Bar (lunch and snacks) up to $250 total

We’ll take care of your dining credit leaving you to make those all-important decisions about whether to dine on coconut shrimp, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Yellowtail Snapper or a whole host more. Bon appetit!

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