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If the clock is nearing lunchtime and your hunger pangs are setting in, this tempting reminder of why Keys cuisine is world-renowned is certain to tickle your appetite. Whether it’s the finest seafood you’re craving, from mahi mahi and lobster to conch and Florida stone crab, or a welcoming slice of Key Lime Pie relished alongside a refreshing ice-cool cocktail, a vacation in Marathon will send you on a spectacular, taste-bud teasing, gastronomic journey that’ll always leave you wanting to come back for more.
The Original Marathon Seafood Festival
Surrounded by a crystal-clear ocean teeming with gourmet delicacies, Marathon is one of the top global destinations in the world to sample the finest seafood fresh off the boat, which is why the tropical island will be the center of attention from March 12th through 13th when thousands of visitors will head to the annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival, the second largest Florida Keys event.
It’s taking place at the Marathon Community Park MM 49 oceanside and will showcase the best seafood from the waters of the Florida Keys, with a lively party atmosphere providing the perfect backdrop for sampling the luscious island flavors. There will be bucket loads of conch served in a whole manner of different ways, from fried golden fritters and ceviche to chowder and ‘conchwurst’ sausage, all expertly prepared by local chefs creatively crafting their seafood according to Keys-based recipes.
Ten Not-to-Be-Missed Florida Keys Flavors
- Pink shrimp sautéed in scampi
- Stone crab claws
- Broiled lobster tail
- Mahi Mahi fish
- Smoked fish dip
- Florida Keys scallops
- Caribbean jerk chicken
- Golden deep-fried conch fritters
- Key lime pie
- Key lime rum blended in a tropical cocktail
After the Festival, Tempt Your Tastebuds at Butterfly Cafe
A talented team is also passionately working behind the scenes at Tranquility Bay Resort where the sourcing, preparation and serving of food and drink is taken as seriously as our welcoming Southern hospitality. This is why the resort is home to Butterfly Cafe, the number one rated restaurant in Marathon, boasting a mouth-watering menu which leaves diners feeling spoiled for choice. Here’s a sample of some of our Butterfly Cafe favorites:
The fresh, fruity samba salad is a perfect option after a sun-soaked day by the ocean. It tastes exotic with its blend of mango and avocado, and is certain to keep you longing for a main course. For seafood fans, how about tucking into the conch chowder, or perhaps you’d be tempted by some Key West pink shrimp in our shrimp cocktail.
Ocean-fresh seafood remains a favorite on the Butterfly Cafe menu, particularly the grouper complemented by a tropical coulis and selection of seasonal vegetables. Popular dishes also include the scallop risotto, coconut shrimp, mahi mahi with a mango salsa and the yellowtail snapper served with sherry brown butter. You can even help create your own unique dish featuring fish you’ve caught during the day which our team will gladly cook for you exactly how you like it. If it’s not fish you fancy, try the Cowboy which boasts a 22oz bone-in Angus ribeye or the Caribbean jerk chicken with a delicious fruity pineapple chutney.
The Butterfly Cafe award-winning Key Lime Pie will tempt any sweet-toothed diner, as will the ‘To Die For’ sticky toffee pudding and tropical cheesecake with a refreshing blend of mango and passionfruit. The friendly and welcoming restaurant staff will be on hand to recommend the perfect choice of wine to accompany your dish. If the whole family are dining together, children are catered for and the restaurant opens at 6pm to suit an early bedtime.
Shaken, Stirred and Blended to Perfection
Throughout your vacation 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 >
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.
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!
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
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
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The thought of an autumn escape to the Florida Keys in the shimmering sunshine is tempting enough to make anyone want to book some much-needed time away. To help you choose the best vacation that won’t bust your budget, we have launched our latest sale at Tranquility Bay which includes savings on garden guestroom bookings from $139 per night on select dates. For the ultimate escape, guests can also upgrade to luxury with a two-bedroom waterview beach house from $199 per night, on select dates.
Our sale is ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat during the peace and serenity of fall. Our intimate garden guestrooms are designed with luxury and comfort in mind, including conch-style architecture and lush tropical garden views that offer a sense of seclusion for couples in search of privacy. For extra romantic indulgence, or for friends traveling together, our charming two-bedroom beach houses feature two-level living with spacious porches for soaking up the wide-sweeping views of the glittering Gulf waters.
Not only does a vacation in the autumn, mean calmer islands following the busy summer season, it also means a comfortable tropical heat and balmy breeze when the rest of the northern world is gearing up for colder days in the run up to winter. With average temperatures topping 84 degrees, Marathon is perfectly positioned to enjoy a range of activities for both adventure-seekers and those looking to indulge in some rest and relaxation.
A stroll to our private 2.5 acre white-sand beach will no doubt become a daily venture for nature-lovers, sun-worshippers and watersports fans who will be spoiled for choice with a range of activities including snorkeling, diving and kayaking. Also onsite is a putting green by Nicklaus Design, and three sparkling swimming pools, with an adults-only pool for extra tranquility.
Autumn is the perfect time of year for fishing with lobster season running from August through March, and stone crab claw season starting in October through May. Tranquility Bay can arrange fishing charters at the resort for a unforgettable day trip out into the ocean.
Our spectacular sale starts July 22nd and runs through July 29th for stays after August 24th. For the best early bird savings, call 877-705-5758 or Book Online by July 29. For more inspiration on booking your vacation in Marathon during fall, visit our ten reasons to visit the Florida Keys this autumn.
Terms and conditions
This offer must be booked by July 29, 2015 and the deal is valid on stays from August 24, 2015 through January 14, 2016. The sale lead-in rates are for specific room types and other room types will be higher. Save up to 15% at Tranquility Bay Resort (sale rates from $139/night on guestrooms). Savings are limited based on availability, and some blackout dates may apply. Rates are subject to frequent change based on availability and may sell out at any given time. The sale rates do not reflect a daily resort fee of $27/night at Tranquility Bay Resort, in addition to a 12.5% applicable tax. Bookings must be made at least seven days in advance of arrival. Full payment must be made at the time of purchase and is non-refundable. Savings vary based on availability and special event dates. All dates are final. The sale rates are available for SELECT months and room types only. Find the best rates on Sundays through Thursdays.
Calling all lobster lovers! If you’re planning a vacation in the Florida Keys at the end of July, you’ll be in for a treat when mini lobster season hits the waters around Marathon.
Lasting for two days on July 29th and 30th, mini lobster season brings together a host of lobster hunters, all clawing their way through the coastal waters surrounding the Keys to catch the first fresh lobster of the season. It’s a long-awaited time of year when the ocean is teeming with the popular crustacean because lobsters just love to live in warmer temperatures. So, if you’re after the freshest and tastiest lobster or you’ve yet to sample this culinary delight in the Keys, your taste buds will be tingling come the end of July.
Florida Keys lobsters, known as spiny lobsters, don’t have claws and their meat has a slightly chewy sweetness. The most popular way to enjoy lobster in the Keys is to order it grilled with melted butter or steamed and served with Cuban black beans and yellow rice. For the ultimate lobster indulgence, savor it while watching the beautiful Marathon sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand.
To make the most of your time in Marathon during mini lobster season this July, check out our latest special offers or call +1 (877) 250-8843 to speak to a member of the Tranquility Bay team to help you plan your vacation.
Tranquility Bay Resort will provide one of the best viewing points for the much-anticipated Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix Race on Friday July 3rd through Sunday July 5th. The actual race day is July 5th with other festivities taking place throughout the 4th of July weekend in Marathon. Book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort for prime viewing of the race. Non-guests are not permitted at the resort to watch the races. View the Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix Schedule. Please view spectator rules below.
Call 844-365-8506 or Book Online
Racing fans, Florida Keys visitors and residents can watch and cheer as powerful boats race at high speeds parallel to the Marathon shoreline near the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge during the exciting Grand Prix. Fans can meet drivers and crews from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Race Village dry pits at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, mile marker (MM) 51 bayside, and admission is free.
Saturday, July 4th, families can enjoy a full day of activities during the annual Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show, featuring one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays. Revelers will gather for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside), to Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration of food, drink, kids’ crafts and entertainment is capped off after dark with fireworks.
Video of the 2014 Super Boat International Key West World Championships
Race day is Sunday, July 5th, with the first race scheduled for 11 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. Tranquility Bay Resort is a prime viewing location for the race which can be enjoyed from our Tiki Bar or beach, for paying, overnight guests only. Teams are to race in seven classes including Superboat, Superboat Unlimited, Superboat Extreme, Superboat Vee, Superboat Stock and Production 3 and 4 classes. The Gulf of Mexico race course runs parallel to the shoreline from Tranquility Bay Resort at MM 48.5 to the landmark Seven Mile Bridge.
“We have so many fans excited about offshore racing who follow the teams,” said race producer John Carbonell. “With boats from 28 feet up to 52 feet competing in the waters off the famous Seven Mile Bridge, it’s an event that anyone who loves racing just can’t miss.”
There is no charge for general race viewing at Marathon’s Sunset Park, MM 47, which is a prime spectator location at the base of the Seven Mile Bridge on the western side of Knight’s Key. Private boats are to have a designated bayside viewing area as well.
Race schedules and information: www.superboat.com
Call 844-365-8506 or Book Online
Spectator Viewing Rules:
- Only overnight guests, staying at the resort can watch the Super Boat Grand Prix from Tranquility Bay Resort.
- Seats are first come, first serve and spectator viewing can take place on the beach area and at TJ’s Tiki Bar.
- No coolers are allowed on property, however, food and drinks will be available for purchase at the tiki bar.
- Drunken and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated.
2) Butterfly Café, serving Keys-style cuisine throughout the day, has been rated Marathon’s number one restaurant by TripAdvisor, and TJ’s Tiki Bar is the perfect oceanside retreat for cocktails and snacks. The resort is also home to a Nicklaus-designed putting green, three pools, and a variety of water-based activities.
To help you decide which month suits you best to visit Marathon and make the most of our sale, take a look at our planning guide with tips and advice on everything from island events and offers, to average temperatures per month.