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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.


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

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

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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Valentines Day 2016 in the Florida Keys: Celebrate a long weekend of romance

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 (and taking place on a Saturday in 2016), swiftly followed by President’s Day on February 15th, 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.

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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.

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Romantic dining

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!

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Fun-loving couples

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.

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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.

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Savor the Flavors of the Florida Keys in March 2016

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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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!



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!



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.


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!



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, though when she does, it’s easy to spot her around units 25-34.


The heat can often be too much for Emmy, which is why she loves shady spots including indoor areas and cool porches.



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.


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.


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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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.


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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“Sale” away to the Florida Keys this autumn

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.


Romantic retreat

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.

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Tropical heat

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.

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Autumn activities

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.

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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.

Autumn Fall in the Florida Keys

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

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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. 

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Marathon gets set for Florida Keys mini lobster season this July

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.


Lobster fact!

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.

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Fast Boats, Fireworks and Family Fun Highlight Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix Race Weekend July 3-5

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.

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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.

Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

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.

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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:


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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.
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SALE EXTENDED: Enjoy our biggest discounts of the year!

Our spring sale has been extended and through April 13th, Tranquility Bay Resort is inviting guests to enjoy a little treat from us to celebrate the start of spring in the Florida Keys. We’re rewarding guests for booking early and you can enjoy rates from $199/night on select dates in our biggest sale of the year when you book your place in paradise on select offpeak travel months from April 12th through December 18th. Make the most of your savings by browsing our rates and travel months but you must book now to enjoy these savings for your 2015 vacation. Call (877) 705-5758 or Book Online Now!
May and early June are ideal months for visiting Marathon before the busy summer season kicks in. With a varied range of water sports to discover from our private white sand beach, you can truly unwind in your lush, spacious surroundings while sipping a tropical cocktail from our beachside TJ’s Tiki Bar. Seafood lovers will be in their element in Marathon during lobster season starting in August when the ocean will be teeming with the freshest, most delicious catch. Late August is a quieter (and less expensive) time to visit the island after schools resume.
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From September onwards, couples looking for a romantic retreat will love the Florida Keys during autumn. The island is peaceful and beautifully warm, offering an ideal contrast to the northern hemisphere as the colder weather soon takes its grip. Take your time to indulge in island cuisine on the balmy patio of our award-winning Butterfly Café which is renowned for its delicious shrimp cocktails, tropical crab cakes, Florida grouper and of course the Keys’ most famous dessert – Key Lime Pie.
Florida Keys Summer Vacation
Top reasons to book your Tranquility Bay vacation during our spring sale:
1)   From the moment you wake in your spacious and bright accommodations, you will soak up the scenery of breathtaking views whether you choose to overlook the calm ocean or lush tropical gardens. There are guestrooms as well as two-bedroom and three-bedroom beach houses, all surrounded by the natural beauty of the Florida Keys.

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.

3) Marathon has a rich fishing heritage, old-Keys lifestyle, year-round events and a spectacular natural environment that will beckon you to explore above and below the crystal-clear water.

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.

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 Call (877) 705-5758 or Book Online Now!
TERMS: This offer must be booked by April 13, 2015 and the deal is valid on stays from April 12, 2015 through December 18, 2015. The sale lead-in rates are for garden guestrooms and other room types will be higher. Save up to 15% at Tranquility Bay Resort (sale rates from $199/night). 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 advertised rates on Sundays through Thursdays. 
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