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That perfect (or near-perfect) fall weather we’ve been patiently waiting for has seemingly arrived here in Marathon, bringing sunny days, calm winds and cooler nights– the perfect weather for spending the day at the pool and a night on the porch, enjoying the breeze. We’re setting up water adventures left and right…from jet-skiing to parasailing, now is the best time of the year to get out on the water for some sun & fun. Stop by the front desk here at Tranquility Bay Hotel & Resort and have one of our friendly front desk agents help you arrange the perfect outdoor activity! We know you come to our beautiful Marathon hotel to have fun, relax and really unwind, so now’s your chance to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vacation with us.
This week’s temperatures look to be holding at about 85 degrees, with nighttime temperatures cooling off to a pleasant 75 degrees or so. The chance of rain is forecasted to hover at about 20% this week (a nice respite from this summer’s near constant threat of thunderstorms!) and we’re celebrating with a nice tropical drink down at TJ’s Tikki Bar.
Anyone want to join us?
With Stone Crab Season officially under way, we’re really looking forward to this Saturday’s 2nd Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest, a celebration of that special delicacy that we all hold so dear. You’ve only got a few days left to register for this “tasty test of crab-consuming capacity,” sponsored by the Keys Fisheries Market & Marina. Just a short ride away from our Marathon, Florida hotel, this contest is worth leaving the room for.
Entrants must be 18 years or older (with apologies to your crab-loving toddler) and pay a $25.00 entrance fee, a small price for all the succulent claw meat you can consume.
The contest starts promptly at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 20th– so don’t wait until the last minute! Register now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 305-743-4353.
Fall fishing continues to be great here in the Florida keys, with almost every charter coming back with a diverse group of species. There are lots of redfish, snook and cobia in the flats (great for the fly fishermen!) as well as a good number of fish in the back country. Kingfish have been giving excellent bite out on the reefs and wrecks, along with their little cousin the cero mackerel. Daytime swordfishing and black fin tuna have been quite productive, with charters reporting large numbers of football-sized tuna and the occasional big one on every trip. The low number of boats out on the water makes this time of year an especially great time to get out there and put some lines in the water– you’re practically guaranteed to find a high yield spot without anyone to share it with!
Our Marathon hotel is wonderfully situated near some of the best fishing charters around (if we do say so ourselves!) so don’t hesitate to ask our front desk agents to set you up with a half day, full day or shared charter. And remember, our kitchen is always happy to cook your catch just the way you like it! What more can you ask for?
We at Tranquility Bay Hotel are huge fans of Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, which works tirelessly to rehabilitate injured sea turtles while educating the public through outreach programs and tours of the rescue facility. Recently, The Turtle Hospital was fortunate to receive a pregnant Hawksbill sea turtle who was found severely injured in St. Croix, USVI. The staff worked tirelessly to save “Good Harbor,” named for the beach on which she was found, however the turtle’s ailments proved too critical to overcome and she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday, October 2nd. However, a shining silver lining was announced: veterinarians at The Turtle Hospital were able to rescue a total of 58 eggs from Good Harbor, which have been put into incubation beneath transplanted sand from St. Croix. With any luck, staff at The Turtle Hospital may find themselves airlifting a generation of baby Good Hopes back to their homeland of Good Hope Beach, St. Croix. In the meantime, Marathon visitors are encouraged to stop by The Turtle Hospital, located at 2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL (MM 48.5) to take a tour of the facility and learn more about the hospital’s rescue efforts and outreach programs.
For more information, call (305) 743-2552.
Fall is the slow season for most fishing charters down here in the keys, with many locals choosing to go on vacation this time of year due to the lower number of visitors, but for those who are still around there is a bounty of good fishing available. The reduced numbers of anglers in the water means lower pressure on fish at the reefs and wrecks, with reports coming in that lots of yellowtail and mutton snapper are still available and biting well. In blue water there are increasing bites of cobia, sailfish and kingfish, with the occasional wahoo giving anglers the fight of their lives. Also keep in mind that the cooler water that comes with fall makes for great bonefishing, and on the higher tides keep an eye out for great permit and tarpon bites. While certainly not as busy as summer, fall is definitely an exciting time to get out there and put some lines in the water– so what are you waiting for? Talk to one of the front desk agents at Tranquility Bay to see which charter is right for you!
It looks like the on-and-off rain we’ve been seeing around here is going to continue throughout the rest of the week. The forecast for the next 7 days is calling for scattered thunderstorms through Sunday, with intermittent periods of sunshine throughout the week. That means temperatures will continue to hover in the mid-80′s, a nice respite from the scorching heat we’ve been having all month!
Reasonably high winds at the beginning of the week are expected to slow a little towards the weekend, so start planning that fishing charter you’ve been thinking about. In the meantime, there’s plenty to do in Marathon when a little rain comes our way. Stop by the front desk for some family-friendly rainy day activity ideas!
Dust off your eye patch and shoulder your parrot: Cabana Breezes is hosting a Pirate Party!
The final evening event of this year’s Conchtoberfest is going to be a swashbuckling affair, with pirate-themed drinks, music, food and fun– all to benefit two wonderful causes, Save-a-Turtle and The Marathon Wild Bird Center.
Cabana Breezes is located at 401 Ocean Drive East, Key Colony Beach, Mile marker 54.
It’s shaping up to be a typically tropical week here in Marathon, with temperatures hovering around the high 80′s and low 90′s and the humidity staying high through Sunday. There’s a good chance we’ll see some rain on Thursday, with the chance of precipitation coming down to a reasonable 30% for the rest of the week/end. Tomorrow’s seas look a little rougher than what’s been forecasted for the weekend– though it’s going to be worth braving the choppy waves to get a little respite from this hot & humid weather!
As always, try to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s harshest rays by wearing a high SFP, reapplying often, and- whenever possible- staying out of direct sun between the hours of 10am and 2pm. We hate to see a set of crispy shoulders ruin someone’s vacation!
We’re giving ourselves a little pat on the back today for making AOL’s slideshow of some of the most amazing hotel balconies in the world….and if you’ve ever sat and enjoyed a sunset over the Gulf from one of our balconies, you’ll probably agree: it truly is a spectacular view. (We’re a bit partial, we know.)
Check out the full list of balconies here: http://travel.aol.co.uk/2012/08/29/best-hotel-balconies-around-the-world/#photo-6
Here at Tranquility Bay Resort, we’re a little obsessed with lobster. Which is why we’re so excited at the results of 2012′s spiny lobster season thus far– with novices and experts alike reporting back to us that they’re getting their daily limits with ease. We love reading Best Bet Sportfishing Charter’s fishing reports, both because they’re educational (Captain Jason Long is a pro) and because they always lift our spirits when we’re trapped inside, dreaming of the open seas. Long has some great advice for those of you who are looking to get out on the water and grab some tails. Check out his words of wisdom here.
Did you know that our brilliant chefs at the Butterfly Cafe are more than happy to cook your catch for you? However you like it– grilled, blackened, baked or fried– there’s nothing as satisfying as coming back from a charter flush with fish and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor mere hours afterwards…all without the hassle of having to cook & clean up yourself! Why not try your hand at lobstering this year, and have our kitchens prepare some tasty tails for you and your family? Just speak to the front desk here at Tranquility Bay for the best charter option to fit your needs… it’s so easy, even a lobster could do it.