“Sea” You Later, Seagrass! Wave Goodbye to Seagrass at Tranquility Bay.

Do you have a friend or family member that you love with all of your heart, yet you have to take them in small doses? Well, many Marathon, Florida locals will agree that we have a love/hate relationship with seagrass on our beautiful island and we would also prefer to take it in small doses. While seagrass is a vital part of our ecosystem in the Florida Keys, it can be a bit smelly as it accumulates on our tropical beaches. To alleviate this issue, we have decided to keep our pungent pal at arm’s length with the installation of a new eco-friendly seagrass fence at Tranquility Bay.

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First, let’s not forget all of the reasons why we love seagrass. Florida has roughly 2.2 million acres of seagrasses that perform many amazing functions. For starters, they help make our waters crystal-clear by trapping fine sediments and particles with their leaves.

When the grass matures, it also releases from the ocean bed and floats above where seagrasses then form a canopy which protects smaller marine animals from larger predators. This includes shelter for fishes, crustaceans and shellfish, while the seagrasses also grow organisms that provide food for many marine animals and water birds. Some animals such as manatees, urchins and sea turtles, eat seagrass blades. Other animals get their nutrition from eating algae and small animals that live upon the seagrass leaves. Bottlenose dolphins and water birds additionally use seagrass beds as feeding grounds.

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So we obviously cannot and do not want to “do away with” seagrass, so our fence just keeps the seagrasses away from our beach in a creative way. And while this process has taken longer than we would like, it was important to implement the appropriate actions to ensure that our fence was eco-friendly and helped to sustain the nearby seagrass population. The Tranquility Bay seagrass fence works to keep seagrasses off of our beach while the grass stays in the ocean, continuing to do its many good deeds.

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You can now bask on our small, yet beautiful beach without seagrass cramping your style. So two thumbs up for seagrass, but we’ll wave from afar as we unwind on our pristine white beach at Tranquility Bay Resort.

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4th of July in the Florida Keys: Family, Fireworks, Food and Fun!

Every year in Marathon, families and friends join together on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades, beachside fun, and spectacular firework displays.

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This year will feature an entire day of fun followed by one of the largest and longest firework displays in the Florida Keys on Sombrero Beach.  Celebrations begin with a patriotic parade in the morning, starting around 10:30, from Marathon High School to Sombrero Beach where a daylong party brings together food, drink, kids’ crafts and entertainment. The fireworks will then fill the skies with color after dark and there will be hundreds of boaters lined up in front of the beach for the best view of the celebrations.

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The Americana Music Festival also takes place during the July 4th festivities. Between June 30th and July 5th, you can discover around 30 musical bands and solo performers on stage at Marathon’s popular waterfront venue, Dockside Tropical Cafe (35 Sombrero Boulevard). The free event will feature afternoon performances and headliners later in the evening, all creating a lively atmosphere to add to the Independence Day celebrations.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, head down to Key West for the day and get a taste of the Key Lime Pie Festival (July 3 – 5). There’s every excuse to indulge in Key West’s favorite flavor during this festival while enjoying a number of highlights, including a Key lime pie-eating contest, a Miss Key Lime Pageant, and the unveiling of an impressive 9 foot-wide pie which will be served up on Greene Street, just off Duval Street.

Call (855) 266-2703 to book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort this 4th of July.

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10 Summer Family Activities in and Around Marathon, Florida

With summer vacation on the horizon, it’s time to choose that perfect family destination and Tranquility Bay Resort offers a range of family-friendly activities onsite and around Marathon, Florida. Here are our top 10 recommendations for family summer fun in the Florida Keys.

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Turtle Hospital:

Located next door to Tranquility Bay, 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Coco Plum Beach:

This small, natural beach is an enjoyable stop. It is a quiet, dog-friendly beach with clean-up baggies provided.

10. Tranquility Bay Resort Onsite Activities:

From three onsite swimming pools, a putting green and private beach, to an array of watersports, Tranquility Bay Resort offers all-day fun for the whole family.

Call 855-606-4502 to book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort today.

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Sale Away Into Summer: Book by May 14th for Summer Vacation!

Getting organized early for summer can help you spend less on your family vacation so that you can get a piece of luxury at a slice of the price. It’s our way of treating you and your loved ones to a more affordable ticket to paradise following the long winter months, because you deserve to relax and have fun amid the beauty of the Florida Keys here at Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, Florida.

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Our “Sale Into Summer“ promotion offers up to 25% savings on spacious two or three-bedroom beach houses with views of the Gulf of Mexico, so you can look out on your own private paradise. Our charming two-bedroom beach houses are perfect for a family of four, offering two-level living with French doors that lead out onto spacious porches on both levels.

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We’ve created each beach house with comfort and luxury in mind, so you can indulge in style surrounded by quaintly painted furniture and enjoy the benefits of a private laundry service, flatscreen TVs, wireless internet and cable TV. The master bedroom features a king size bed and the second bedroom is perfect for siblings to share with twin size beds, all beautifully prepared with luxurious linens.

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Also available in our ‘Sale Into Summer‘ offer are the super spacious three-bedroom beach houses, ideal for larger families or groups of friends. Offering all the comfort, luxury and detail of our two-bedroom houses, you will find even more space here for up to six people with an additional bedroom offering a queen size bed. Whichever size beach house suits you and your party, every morning you can guarantee to wake up to the sight and sound of serenity before you plan your fun-filled day of family adventure.

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There couldn’t be a more ideal location for a summer family vacation than the Florida Keys. Tranquility Bay is surrounded by attractions and activities for all age groups to enjoy, including swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, meeting sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital and snorkeling to find colorful coral and tropical fish. The resort is home to its own private beach, sparkling pools and the award-winning Butterfly Cafe which offers relaxed dining and a children’s menu. There are also more water-based activities than you can even fit into your vacation, to help make the most of your long-awaited summer break. 

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It’s no surprise that our resort remains the number one hotel in Marathon on TripAdvisor, so make sure you don’t lose out on the pleasure of unwinding in style at a lower price, as our family-friendly beach houses are set to sell fast the sooner summer arrives. 

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The “Sale Into Summer” promotion launches on May 5th and is available until May 14th for bookings over the summer through September 22nd. Book now via Call 877-705-5758 or visit www.tranquilitybay.com/saleaway.

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Mother’s Day 2014 in the Florida Keys: 5 Tips to Pamper Mom

Every mom deserves a much-needed break, and if she’s lucky enough to be spending Mother’s Day (May 11th) at Tranquility Bay Resort this year, she is sure to be pampered and indulged in style. Whether mom prefers an action-packed day soaking up the sights of Marathon, or a few restorative poolside hours to herself before sampling some of the island’s finest delicacies, there are many wonderful ways to celebrate mom this May. Call 855-597-7574 to book your Mother’s Day vacation today. Here’s our pick of the best ways to pamper mom:

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1. Swim with dolphins

Treat mom to one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime – swimming with beautiful dolphins. The nearby Dolphin Research Center runs a variety of fun programs including the Dolphin Dip, a perfect way for mom to plunge into fun with the whole family nearby. There are flipper shakes, back rubs and interactive behavior for mom to splash about and enjoy with her new-found dolphin friend, and the whole experience is captured on camera by professional photographers.

2. A tempting tiki lunch or refreshing drink

During your Mother’s Day weekend 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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3. Time out for mom

Tranquility Bay Resort has its own private beach, so give mom the ultimate gift of relaxation with time out ocean-side to soak up the tropical Florida sunshine and escape into paradise. There are also three sparkling pools at the resort where mom can take a dip or lounge around with her favorite book in one hand and a tropical cocktail in the other. In-room spa services are also available upon request.

4. Dinner at Butterfly Cafe

Indulge mom over a leisurely lunch with the whole family at our award-winning Butterfly Cafe. The menu features the finest tropical flavors with ocean-fresh seafood among the most popular options, and our Key Lime Pie is a must-try for dessert. Expect a warm, welcoming service in light, beautiful surroundings that will make mom feel utterly spoiled.

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5. Soak up a spectacular sunset

Be sure to bring a memorable Mother’s Day to an unforgettable close by taking mom to one of Marathon’s best spots to watch the sun go down. Head to Seven Mile Bridge, the longest bridge in the Florida Keys at the southern end of Marathon, and catch one of the most magnificent sunsets you’ll ever experience. Or if you’re enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of Tranquility Bay resort, soak up the sunset right from our private beach.

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Spring and Summer Savings This Week Only

Let’s start the week off right with some exceptional offers from Tranquility Bay Resort. We’ve highlighted some of the best dates where you can save big bucks between now and the summer months. These offers are available as of the week of April 7th only so book now to avoid disappointment! Please note for all offers that rates do not include a daily resort fee of $27 or applicable taxes. Offers are also subject to limited availability and blackout dates. Your deposit and cancellation policy will additionally depend on the type of reservation that you have booked. Please call 855-606-4502 for details.

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SUMMER WEEKDAY SALE FROM $219/NIGHT… A 15% SAVINGS!

Relax, unwind and find serenity this summer at our Florida Keys resort. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or are in search of a romantic retreat, Tranquility Bay offers a little something for everyone and relaxation for all. Dive into rejuvenating watersports activities, swim with dolphins nearby, try beach yoga, or just enjoy some traditional family fun. You can also soak up the sun on our 2.5 acre beach or our lagoon style pool. Discover paradise from just $219/night when staying Sundays through Thursdays in a Tropical Garden Guestroom. Find this offer on select dates from June 8 – August 23, 2014.

Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online, now. 


STAY 5 NIGHTS BEACH HOUSE SPECIAL: SAVE UP TO 20% FROM $299/NIGHT

Enjoy special savings for staying at least five nights at Tranquility Bay Resort! Book a two-bedroom waterview beach house on the following dates and receive up to 20% off of our best available rates:

  • Sunday April 27 – Thursday May 1 (15% savings)
  • Sunday May 18 – Thursday May 22 (15% savings)
  • Monday May 26 – Thursday May 29 (15% savings)
  • Sunday June 1 – Thursday June 5 (10% savings)
  • Sundays through Thursdays from June 8 – 26 (20% savings)

Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online, now.


MAY ESCAPES FROM $199/NIGHT IN A TROPICAL GARDEN GUESTROOM

Discover paradise in May when staying in our new Tropical Garden Guestrooms at Tranquility Bay Resort. Call 855-606-4502 for two and three-bedroom beach house pricing. Find this offer on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 2, 2014
  • Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 9, 2014
  • Sunday, May 18 through Thursday, May 22, 2014

Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online, now.


VALUE DATES FROM $169/NIGHT DURING SELECT TRAVEL PERIODS

Book a Tropical Garden Guestroom during the following dates and enjoy rates from just $169/night. Call 855-606-4502 for two and three-bedroom beach house pricing.

  • Sunday, April 27 through Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Monday, May 26 through Thursday, May 29, 2014
  • Sunday, June 1 through Thursday, June 5, 2014
  • Sunday, August 24 through Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • Many dates in September, 2014

Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online, now.

Rates do not include daily resort fee of $27 or applicable taxes. Offers are subject to limited availability and blackout dates. Deposit and cancellation policy depend on type of reservation booked.

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Spring Into Summer: 7-Day Sale in the Florida Keys

As we wave farewell to a long winter and welcome some much-needed warmer days on the horizon, now is the time to treat yourself to a last minute spring break escape, or book early for summer vacation in the Florida Keys.

Florida Keys Summer VacationTo indulge in a slice of paradise complete with fresh seafood, relaxation, a calm ocean and unbeatable hospitality, head to the sunshine-filled Florida Keys and book a discount break at our luxury Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, during the “Spring Into Summer 7-day Sale.”

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For a limited time only, we’re offering up to 25% off stays when you book by March 17, 2014.

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You can unwind and relax in the peaceful, secluded surroundings of Tranquility Bay Resort during March or April and enjoy a 15% savings, or book a summer vacation and save up to 25% which is valid on stays through September 22.

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Whether you choose to stay in one of our spacious self-catering two and three-bedroom beach houses, or if you prefer more intimate accommodation in one of our new “Tropical Garden Guestrooms,” you will experience the ultimate in relaxation at an affordable price making Tranquility Bay Resort the ideal hideaway for families and couples.

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With great discounts on room bookings this spring and summer, you can sit back and make the most of all the resort has to offer.

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There are three sparkling pools in which to take a dip; award-winning dining at Butterfly Cafe; refreshing cocktails to sip at our beachfront  TJ’s Tiki Bar; a 2.5 acre white sand beach to lounge and relax before cooling off in the crystal-clear ocean.

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And if you’re after adventure, Marathon is home to a range of activities for all ages, from world-class fishing and golf to water sports and snorkeling.

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Book now and take advantage of our Spring Into Summer 7-day Sale for a vacation of a lifetime. Your next stay in paradise is just  few clicks away.

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Call 877-705-5758 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online now.

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Savor the Flavors of the Florida Keys in March

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 8th through 9th 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. The festival kicks off on Saturday March 8th from 10am to 9pm and continues into Sunday from 11am to 5pm. 

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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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Starter

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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Main

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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Dessert

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.

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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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Sombrero Beach Run Takes Over Marathon, Florida in March

Attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine and athletic fun, more than 700 racing circuit runners are expected to join the eighth annual Sombrero Beach Run scheduled for Saturday, March 1.

Runners and walkers from 28 U.S. states as well as international participants from Canada and Europe already have registered.

Raising Funds For a Good Cause

Proceeds for the popular “FUN-draising” event benefit Keys Area Interdenominational Resources, a Marathon-based nonprofit organization that provides food and emergency services to Keys families in need.

Event Info and Times

Co-sponsored by the Southernmost Runners Club, the 2014 weekend workout begins Friday, March 1, with a 5-6:30 p.m. registration kick-off party. Stocked with food, drinks, music and entertainment, the event is to be staged at Sombrero Beach at the end of Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50. Walkers and runners also can register on site at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 1. The 10k run starts at 8 a.m. and the 5k run/walk begins at 9:15 a.m.

Event Activities

Attractions on race day include food, beverages, raffle prizes, a fine art silent auction, music and fun in addition to a full slate of community and Keyswide events for attendees to enjoy.

Awards are to be given to the overall male and female winners, and second-place overall finishers in the 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk. Awards include Keys resort stays, cash and experiences with local eco-attractions and watersports. An awards ceremony on the beach follows the race with a barbecue, drinks, music and warm sunshine.

Registration Information

Runners also can register in a 15k challenge that includes both the 10k and 5k events and makes them eligible for awards in both categories. All 15k finishers are to receive a custom hat.

Pre-registration for the 15k event is $35 per person or $40 on race day. Students age 18 and under and U.S. military personnel can enter for $15. For 10k and 5k participants, pre-registration is $25 and the race-day cost is $30. Students age 18 and under can enter for $10. All participants can pre-register at www.active.com until 11:59 p.m. EST Feb. 27. The first 500 registered participants are to receive a custom logo T-shirt and welcome bag.

Event information: www.sombrerobeachrun.com or 305-289-9868

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Last Minute Rooms Available MLK Weekend in the Florida Keys

If your New Year’s Resolution is to be spontaneous, then a last minute trip to the Florida Keys may be just what you need. We have last minute availability during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend at Tranquility Bay Resort so pack your bags and visit our tropical beach resort this weekend!

  • Superior Tropical Garden Guestrooms From $199/Night
  • 2-Bedroom Waterview Beach Houses From $279/Night

Call 855-318-0073 today to book your stay!

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