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.
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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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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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Florida Keys Easter Buffet Restaurant: Butterfly Cafe at Tranquility Bay Resort

It’s time for Easter in the Florida Keys and April 5th brings a range of delicious treats to enjoy with the entire family. Our culinary team at Tranquility Bay Resort is starting to turn up the heat in the Butterfly Café kitchen with a taste bud-tempting menu created especially for the Easter holidays in Florida.


Our team will be busy behind the scenes preparing traditional treats like honey glazed ham, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and deviled eggs. But it’s our Florida Keys-inspired fare that will have your taste buds hopping this Easter with treats like baked salmon, peel and eat shrimp, lobster bisque and cranberry-strawberry jicama salad. Get ready to indulge Keys-style with Easter in Florida. View the Butterfly Cafe Easter Menu

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The Perfect Easter Setting in the Florida Keys

Thanks to our covered outdoor patio you can devour your meal outside in the warm, breezy air. There is also the sophisticated Butterfly Cafe dining room complete with a sky-high ceiling that creates an impressive atmosphere among stylish décor, perfect for savoring the flavors of our Easter dishes that will include Prime Rib Au Jus, snow crab claws and conch chowder to name a few.

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Meats will be served with a delicious selection of accompaniments, including Yukon, Mashed Sweet Potato, Seasonal Vegetables, Deviled Eggs, Crudite Platter, Fruit Platter Assorted, Cheese and Crackers, Fresh Rolls and more. Don’t forget the sweets! There will be a chef’s selection of desserts to choose from. Butterfly Café’s Easter Buffet is served from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 5th, by reservation only.


After dinner, enjoy a stroll along our private white sand beach to watch the sun dance over the sparkling Florida Gulf waters. Easter might sound a little more than perfect this year at Tranquility Bay Resort.

To make dine-in reservations, email or call 305-289-7177

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Serenity Eco Therapy brings fitness and fun to the Florida Keys

A progressive new paddleboard program has launched in the Florida Keys. Serenity Eco Therapy provides mental balance through natural balance to visitors seeking health, longevity and enlightenment.


Owner and operator Sarah Sullivan combines meditation, yoga, Pilates, cardio and paddleboards to provide visitors with a therapeutic water experience. Daily classes are held on the Atlantic Ocean waters, just a short drive from Tranquility Bay Resort at Bahia Honda State Park.

Sullivan holds degrees in psychology and environmental studies, and has worked as a rehabilitative mental health counselor in the Keys for the last several years.

For more information call 305-432-1401 or e-mail


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Flights Added to Key West International Airport, Near Marathon

Silver Airways is enhancing its flight schedule from five Florida cities.

Beginning Nov. 6, Silver is adding an additional weekday flight from Fort Lauderdale for a total of four daily flights. In addition, a second flight from Fort Myers; more flights from Tampa for a total of four daily flights and increases from Orlando for a total of three nonstop and two one-stop daily direct flights.

And Silver is introducing a daily one-stop flight from Jacksonville.

Silver is a codeshare partner with United Airlines and has interline agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, and All Nippon Airways.

In addition, according to Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton, Delta Airlines is adding two daily flights between Key West and Atlanta Dec. 20, for a total of five daily nonstop flights. And, on Dec. 27, Delta is to resume a seasonal Saturday weekly nonstop route between the Southernmost City and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.



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Celebrate the New Year in Marathon with a Tranquility Bay beachside BBQ

New Year’s Day celebrations in the Florida Keys are by no means ordinary, particularly when you’re surrounded by the luxury, peace and seclusion of your tropical hideaway. This year you can celebrate in style on New Year’s Day with a beachside BBQ at TJ’s Tiki Bar surrounded by friends and family.

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From the moment you wake up on New Year’s Day, you can relax poolside to reserve your energy for the rest of the day. Then from 12pm on January 1st, the party begins with celebrations on Tranquility Bay’s private 2.5 acre white sand beach. A BBQ buffet will be laid out all afternoon until 6pm at TJ’s Tiki Bar, with plenty of hot dogs, burgers, tropical salads and tempting seafood sizzling away. Tiki bar staff will also shake up and stir a selection of ice cold cocktails to help you celebrate the New Year. The BBQ buffet is $30.00 per person and $15.00 for children 10 and under.


Our beach is the perfect spot for daytime celebrations with its calm, sparkling ocean, pristine sand, variety of watersports and the perfect spot for relaxation. With the sub-tropical heat of the Floridian sunshine beaming down all afternoon, you’ll feel a million miles away from the cold winds, howling back home.


If you’re seeking fun on New Year’s Eve, there are a number of popular bars in Marathon with live music to add to the party atmosphere. Popular venues include Dockside Tropical Café on Sombrero Boulevard and the Tarpon Creek Bar and Grill (13205 Overseas Highway). Make sure to try Sunset Grille as well!

Should you wish to party into the early hours or relax just after midnight, you can guarantee a peaceful night’s rest and much-needed leisurely wake-up in your luxury guestroom or suite at Tranquility Bay. We wish you a happy and healthy 2015!


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Marathon celebrates the best of Celtic music in the New Year

Celtic music lovers will be in their element at the annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival, taking place in Marathon in the new year. The two-day event on Friday and Saturday (January 9 through 10), will bring together America’s best collection of Celtic musical masters including international super group RathkeltairThe Screaming Orphans and West of Galway. Book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort before rooms sell out. Call 877-582-6970 today.


The weekend festival kicks off with Irish music by Bernie and Stephen from the West of Galway band, on Thursday January 8 at Marathon Grill and Ale House (Mile Marker 53) from 8pm. The party will continue into Friday through Saturday with live performances, bagpipes and drums, and men’s and women’s Scottish Highland athletics demonstrations. There will also be plenty of Celtic merchandise, food and drink, and children’s activities.

Festival details

The party takes place at the Marathon Community Park (Mile Marker 49) on Friday January 9 (3pm – 10pm) and Saturday January 10 (9am – 9pm). Tickets can be purchased online at Children age 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

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Celebrate a Florida Keys Christmas in Paradise

Picture the scene: it’s December 25th and you’re far from feeling the pinch of winter with its cold winds and threats of icy showers. Rather than crunching through white snow in thick boots, you’re walking barefoot through powder-soft white sand. You’re no longer wrapping up warm beneath multiple layers of clothing, but bathing in a swimsuit beneath the golden rays of glorious sunshine. It’s not 35 degrees and cloudy, but 72 degrees with clear skies and balmy air. You indulge in a delectable Florida Keys-inspired Christmas buffet and it hits you: You’re not dreaming… It’s Christmas and you’re in the Florida Keys!

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If you’re now dreaming of a white sand Christmas with your loved ones, you can make it a reality with a holiday of a lifetime at Tranquility Bay Hotel and Resort in Marathon. The island is a popular destination during the holidays, so book your place in paradise early to avoid missing out on a spectacular Christmas experience.

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During the holiday season, trees, boats and houses are all decorated with magical lights and colorful displays to add festive cheer to the island. Memorable events, including boat parades and concerts, will be taking place throughout December, to heighten the holiday spirit in and around Marathon, Florida.

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Enjoy the festive spirit in style in our spacious beach houses

At Tranquility Bay Resort, our immaculate two or three-bedroom beach houses are ideal for families and friends spending Christmas together. Stylishly designed with spaciousness and luxury in mind, you can enjoy views overlooking the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico from your own private balcony. You can all unwrap gifts, play games and relax together in the exclusivity of your own beach house which comes complete with your family needs under one roof, including laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen and a super comfortable living room complete with a 42-inch plasma TV.

More intimate single-level guestrooms are also available for couples.

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Indulge in our Christmas buffet

You can rest assured that your Christmas Day dining will be taken care of to the highest level of quality at Tranquility Bay’s award-winning Butterfly Café, which will be serving a delicious Christmas buffet. Capturing the flavors of the island’s tropical cuisine, our chef and his team focus their culinary talents on local ingredients and the freshest of seafood from Marathon’s surrounding waters. View the Christmas buffet menu >

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This year is your well-deserved break from planning, preparing and cooking a festive family feast; instead, you can all sit back, relax and indulge in the ultimate Florida Keys cuisine within Butterfly Café’s impressive dining room or outdoors on the restaurant’s covered patio.


During your Christmas vacation, you can also enjoy cocktails and smoothies, afternoon snacks and laid-back lunches right on the beach at our oceanside TJ’s Tiki Bar. It’s the perfect spot for soaking up the most spectacular sunsets on the island.

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Kick back and relax under the winter sunshine

It’s not often you’re greeted by endless blue skies, white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and towering palm trees during the depths of winter. Marathon is a haven of natural beauty, adventure and fun family attractions waiting to be explored, all topped off with southern hospitality and opportunities to relax round every corner.


Just imagine waking up on Christmas Day morning to views of tropical gardens or sparkling water before taking a dip in one of our three pools, each nestled in its own garden paradise. You may be used to a particular way of spending Christmas back home, which often involves plenty of preparation and a huge clean-up after dinner. At Tranquility Bay Hotel and Resort, all you’ll need to focus on is relaxation, fun and luxury in the ultimate definition of a tropical paradise.


Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book onlineCall 305-289-7177 to book Christmas buffet reservations.

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Cyber Monday in the Florida Keys: Book your stay for 2015 and save up to 25%

If the dark and cold winter months are starting to drag and you’re craving sunshine with a balmy breeze, now is the time to plan for something to look forward to in 2015. The good news is that on Cyber Monday you can book your stay in the Florida Keys at Tranquility Bay Hotel & Resort and enjoy up to 25% off across selected dates throughout 2015. Click here to book now.

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Perhaps you’re looking to enjoy a romantic break to the Florida Keys with a loved one next February, or take the family away during Spring Break in March and April. For a peaceful retreat you can book a relaxing escape in the quieter months of May and June, or whisk the family away for some winter sunshine in Marathon. Whichever month beckons you, there will be plenty of white sand, crystal-clear ocean, fishing trips, delicious dining at Butterfly Café, and stunning sunsets awaiting your arrival.

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By booking early, not only do you make great savings from the Black Friday sale, but you will also have more time to plan your dream vacation to Marathon. You can add a heap of adventure to your break by hiring a car from Miami and road tripping down to Tranquility Bay to enjoy the breathtaking views across the Overseas Highway. You can also plan your visit to make the most of the variety of events taking place throughout the year on the island, including the Original Marathon Seafood Festival in mid-March.

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And then there’s the all important decision of choosing the best room type from our stylish accommodation options including beautifully designed Tropical Garden Guestrooms set among a lush oasis of towering palms, offering spectacular views and quick access to the hotel’s private 2.5 acre white sand beach.


The sale ends on Monday December 1st at 11:59pm so book now!

Terms: Rates and availability may be limited and are subject to change. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Rates do not reflect $27.00 per night resort fee and 12.5% applicable tax. Advertised discounts are only available on select travel dates. Rates are non-refundable. Advertised discounts include the sale mark down.


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Island Art Festival welcomes the start of the holiday season

The holiday spirit it soon set to sweep over the Florida Keys and while there will be more palm trees than Christmas trees and certainly no sign of snow, there will be a welcoming festive atmosphere for visitors and locals to embrace.


In the subtropical Lower Keys with balmy breezes and warm sunshine, the holiday season will start at the free-admission Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker 31 oceanside.

A schedule of highlights will include exhibits and booths featuring handcrafted art, jewelry, pottery and more by local artists and artisans. This family-friendly event offers visitors the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and artwork while enjoying the natural beauty surrounding the area.

There will also be live music by popular local bands and entertainers alongside delicious food and drink, making it the perfect seasonal tradition in the Lower Keys.

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