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November is truly a fantastic time to fish here in the Keys. The arrival of cooler water temperatures signifies a really exciting time for flats, patch reef and deep sea fishing, with some excellent species showing up almost dockside. You can practically walk into the water and catch something fantastic with your own two hands.
As swarms of baitfish push out onto the patch reef areas, pulled by the cooler water, they’re followed by some magnificent mangrove snapper, grouper, mackerel, yellowtails and more. You don’t have to go far out to catch these beauties! And a day of reef fishing is one of the more relaxing and enjoyable activities we can think of.
Farther out, the deep sea fishing takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of blackfin tuna, whose numbers really swell beginning this month. Great numbers of sailfish, wahoo and cobia also abound, so an afternoon of trolling can definitely result in some nice hauls this time of year.
Whatever your fancy, whatever fillet you plan on bringing home– just get out there! Speak to one of our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay; they’ll be more than happy to help you find your way out onto the water.
Everyone here at Tranquility Bay loves January– that perfect period of calm and quiet after the craziness of December has ended. The weather is sunny and warm (but not boiling), the streets are calm (but not deserted), and the fishing is excellent (but not crowded). In short, it’s the perfect time for a vacation to the Florida Keys…especially for those of you who need a quiet break from all the previous month’s hectic holiday activities.
After the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years is over, why not shove the tinsel and wrapping paper aside and take a relaxing, tropical vacation to our beautiful beachfront property? Believe us when we say that nothing cures a case of the “holiday hangovers” like a day in paradise.
January is one of the best months for fishing here in Marathon– with mild temperatures, low winds and an astonishing range of species, it’s truly a wonderful time to be out on the water battling some of your favorites. (We’re especially partial to the excellent Sailfish bite that begins in early January.)
If you’re thinking about taking a vacation to the Florida Keys this winter, look no further: we’ve just published our January sale rates, and boy, do they look good.
Interested? Check them out here.
For one weekend only, Marathon Community Theatre Presents: Hats Off to Broadway, a celebration of the songs, dances and performances nominated for “Best Musical” at the Tony Awards.
With only two performances– this Friday and Saturday evenings, the 2nd and 3rd of November at 8:00pm– you’ll want to reserve your place at this special show now! Tickets are $40 and include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a cash bar after the show.
Don’t miss this limited run! Get your tickets now at http://www.marathontheater.org/
For more information, call 305-743-0994.
We love posting the weekend forecast a few days early here at Tranquility Bay…somehow looking at Saturday’s projected sunny skies seems to draw it a little bit closer to us here on a Wednesday afternoon.
And boy, is that forecast a good one.
This week’s clear, sunny weather is expected to improve (if that’s even possible!) to near-perfect conditions, with temperatures rising from the mid-70′s to hover in the low 80′s, humidity expected to remain minimal, and winds peaking at a breezy 10mph.
This is the quintessential beach weather we look forward to all year– a relief from the scorching temperatures we braved all summer, and the perfect chance to get out on the water or relax by the ocean.
Pack a beach bag, throw on your flip flops and meet us down by the pool. This weekend we encourage you to try all the things you’ve dreamed of trying on vacation. Maybe go jet-skiing, or sailing, or have one of our front desk agents arrange a fishing charter for you and your family.. or maybe just continue your quest to try every drink at TJ’s Tikki Bar.
It’s important to have goals, even on vacation.
From everyone at your favorite Marathon hotel…
We hope your holiday is a terrifyingly good time.
If you’re taking the kids out trick-or-treating tonight, please swing by the front desk here at Tranquility Bay so we can see their costumes!
Have fun out there, be safe, and remember: go for the King-size candy bars.
We’re always up for a good scare here at Tranquility Bay. And while some other Marathon hotels like to raise their prices around Halloween (now that’s scary!) we prefer haunted trails to price hikes. So we’ll be sure to swing by The Haunted Hammock at Crane Point Nature Conservatory, a fun-filled Halloween treat that is not to be missed. Children 12-and-under are sure to have a spooky good time– check out our blog post highlighting this special Halloween treat here.
This Wednesday, October 31st, ghosts and ghouls of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at Gulfside Village, a shopping plaza located at 5800 Overseas Highway. This annual Halloween party is free to all from 5:30 to 7:30 and includes refreshments, candy and a great all-ages atmosphere. Don your best costume and bring the whole family– we’ll see you there!
Before now, “Sandy” was just our favorite lovable dog from the Broadway show Annie. (Cue the lights; begin the high-pitched singing of “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.) But right now, the Sandy we’re dealing with isn’t a lovable mutt; it’s a tropical storm. Luckily, we hardly ever get totally clobbered by hurricanes here in the Keys– our friends in the Bahamas are rarely as lucky– so the most we’re looking at over the next few days is some rain and gusty winds. That means that today is a great day to grab the kids and get out on the water or beach, soak up a little sunshine and maybe pick up a board game or two (just in case) for the weekend.
The forecast over the next three days calls for sporadic rain, winds in the high 20′s and low 30′s, and temperatures in the mid-80 degree range, with skies clearing up by Sunday and sunny skies forecasted for the following week.
If you need recommendations for great places to take the kids on a rainy day, don’t hesitate to ask our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay! They’d be happy to recommend a variety of places that are only a short drive from our Marathon hotel.
Like most Marathon Hotels, we pride ourselves on offering our visitors a well-rounded experience during their time here in the Middle Keys. Love to fish? Let us arrange a charter for you and your friends. Need a day at the spa? We’d be happy to take care of everything. Think heaven is hanging out with the kids on the beach? We’ve got a patch of sand with your family’s name on it.
Love scary outdoor trails arranged to spook and delight the youngsters in your life? We’ve got just the place to send you and the kids.
Presenting the Haunted Hammock at Crane Point, the perfect pre-Halloween stroll for you and your young ones, opening soon (October 26th to be precise, so mark those calendars accordingly.)
This Friday you’re going to want to gather up the kids, head over to the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock museum and nature center and get ready for some freaky (but not TOO freaky) fun, perfect for the 12-and-unders in your pack. With ghosts, ghouls, spooky trails, haunted hayrides and more, this public event is only $5 with kids under 6 admitted for free!
Crane Point Hammock is located at mile marker 50.5 bayside in Marathon, Florida– just a quick ride from our own Marathon Hotel! Ask one of our front agents for directions.
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?