Have a holly jolly Christmas 2016 in the Florida Keys

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the Keys, sea is glistening! How about removing your winter boots and sinking your bare toes into white powder-soft sand this Christmas? The holiday season will soon be upon the Florida Keys and the islands are gearing up for their transformation into magical winter wonderlands. View our Christmas buffet menu >

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With its beautiful beaches and pretty palm-lined paths, Marathon will be glittering this December with its colorful displays, boat parades, illuminated tropical trees and festive cheer. 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.

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Tuck into a traditional festive feast with a tropical twist

A Christmas vacation means a well-deserved break from the usual planning and preparing for the family festive feast. At Tranquility Bay Resort, a Christmas buffet at our award-winning Butterfly Cafe will be the ultimate treat. With a focus on capturing the flavors of the island’s tropical cuisine, our talented team of chefs will bring together local ingredients and serve up their delicious delights within Butterfly Café’s impressive dining room or outdoors on the restaurant’s covered patio. View the Christmas Buffet Menu >

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Oceanside Christmas cocktails

There’s no need for any winter warmers in the Florida Keys. Here, we aim to keep you cool and refreshed with a range of frozen cocktails and fresh fruit-filled smoothies, all expertly blended, shaken and stirred at our oceanside TJ’s Tiki Bar where you can also find 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 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 ages entertained

Marathon is a haven of natural beauty, adventure and fun family attractions waiting to be explored. Start your Christmas morning soaking up the beautiful views of tropical gardens or sparkling water before taking a dip in one of our three pools, each nestled in its own garden paradise. There’s no need for a routine here. At Tranquility Bay Resort, all you’ll need to focus on is relaxation, fun and luxury as you bring the family together for Christmas 2016 in style.

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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2017 Spring Break Family Vacations: Visit the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offer an array of family activity during the spring break period so it’s no wonder why guests flock to Tranquility Bay Resort in March and April. Marathon, Florida is not a “party town,” but a quiet seaside escape, so families can rest easy knowing that Tranquility Bay is an excellent spring break destination for families in March and April, 2017.

Spring Break 2017 Offers:

View our top tips for families

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

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

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

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

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


View our Spacious Two and Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

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

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

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


Spring Break Family Vacation Ideas: Onsite Activities at Tranquility Bay

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

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Family Attractions in Marathon, Florida

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

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Head to paradise for Thanksgiving Day 2016 celebrations

Thanksgiving Day (November 24) is around the corner, creating the perfect opportunity to plan a long weekend break away with family and friends. While the rest of the country will be wrapping up against the winter chills, the Florida Keys will be enjoying a sub-tropical warmth with average highs of 80°F, making an idyllic backdrop for a Thanksgiving Day to remember. View our Thanksgiving menu and Thanksgiving take out menu at Butterfly Cafe.

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Florida Keys Thanksgiving Buffet

At Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, our talented team of chefs are busy behind the scenes preparing a Thanksgiving Day menu to relish. When you and your family dine in our award-winning Butterfly Café, you can expect to indulge on all your traditional favorites with a Keys-style tropical twist, including oven-roasted turkey with white hunter gravy, honey glazed ham with pineapple chutney, coconut pumpkin soup, oysters and Key West pink shrimp. View our spectacular Thanksgiving menu at Butterfly Cafe!

  • Date: Thanksgiving Day (November 24, 2016)
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Reservations Required: Call 305-289-7177
  • Pricing: $49 per adult; $20 per child (10 and under)
    18% service charge and 7.5% tax will be added to all checks
    20% service charge and 7.5% tax will be added to parties of six or more

Rated one of Marathon’s top restaurants according to TripAdvisor, Butterfly Café sets the scene perfectly for a Thanksgiving feast fit for the whole family. Featuring a covered patio, you can choose to dine outside in the warm, balmy air or toast your celebratory meal inside where our sophisticated dining room creates a welcoming atmosphere.

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Unwind and give thanks

Celebrating Thanksgiving at Tranquility Bay not only means treating yourself to Butterfly Café’s finest food, but also finding every opportunity to relax and unwind in our warm, calm haven while the rest of the country is wrapping up against the winter chills. With its own private beach, Tranquility Bay offers 2.5 acres of powder-soft white sand with a range of popular water sports on offer, from kayaking to parasailing. When it’s time to refresh, our friendly staff at beachside TJ’s Tiki Bar will quench your thirst with a frozen cocktail while you enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Luxury boutique hotel rooms and beach houses

Families and groups of friends need plenty of space to celebrate Thanksgiving Day on vacation. Our two or three-bedroom beach houses, each look out on spectacular views and are just minutes from our private beach. And then there’s the Thanksgiving Day sunset – head out onto your private balcony for one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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
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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.

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