Queen Of Marathon’s Shipwreck Fleet To Turn 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you book directly through Tranquility Bay, you are guaranteed the best deal so call 855-606-4502 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable package.

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tranquility Bay Culinary Escape package includes:

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

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

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Call 844-365-8506 or Book Online

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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There is no charge for general race viewing at Marathon’s Sunset Park, MM 47, which is a prime spectator location at the base of the Seven Mile Bridge on the western side of Knight’s Key. Private boats are to have a designated bayside viewing area as well.

Race schedules and information: www.superboat.com

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Call 844-365-8506 or Book Online

Spectator Viewing Rules:

  • Only overnight guests, staying at the resort can watch the Super Boat Grand Prix from Tranquility Bay Resort.
  • Seats are first come, first serve and spectator viewing can take place on the beach area and at TJ’s Tiki Bar.
  • No coolers are allowed on property, however, food and drinks will be available for purchase at the tiki bar.
  • Drunken and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated.
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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!
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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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 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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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.

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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.

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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 rrivers@tranquilitybay.com 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.

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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 sarahsnorkels@gmail.com.

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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.

Online: Silverairways.com Delta.com

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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.

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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.

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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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