Marathon, Florida Keys, United States of America
At a Glance
Relaxed informal self catering half way along the Florida Keys
Delightful two and three Bedroom Cottages, some on the beach front
Excellent swimming and snorkeling nearby as well as water sports on site
Some of the best sport fishing in the world close by
Just two and a half hours drive from Miami
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Florida is a year-round destination with balmy winters, but summers can be hot and humid. The best time to visit Florida is between March and May and in December when it is warm and sunny, before the weather begins to get too hot. Hurricanes and other less serious tropical storms can strike Florida any time in the summer up to the end of November, however the risk is greatest between August and October.
To start planning your vacation to Tranquility Bay
A laid back and relaxed all cottage property on Vaca Cay, close to Marathon, Tranquility Bay offers white washed cottages set in lovely gardens leading down to a beach front with wonderful ocean views and a large choice of water sports.
A pretty group of white washed clapboard houses lining up along lush gardens down to the beach front, Tranquility Bay certainly lives up to its name as a laid back relaxed vacation getaway home from home.
Set on Vaca Key, not far from Marathon in the heart of the Florida Keys, these self contained one, two and three bedroom cottages make for an ideal base for exploring this very pretty area of southern Florida. This isn’t a full service 5 star resort, however, it does offer all the facilities that you will need for a more independent family vacation.
Each cottage is beautifully presented and is reminiscent of a seaside hideaway. With comfortable high beds, verandahs overlooking the gardens and ocean, and whimsical furniture, they are a piece of island life. Choose from a cottage in the gardens or one right on the beach front overlooking the ocean.
The beach is as most other Keys beaches, man-made with no sloping edge to walk into the sea, however, step ladders are available to take the plunge in for a refreshing dip. From the beach front you will find a large array of fun water sports to get you out on to the water, and diving and fishing charters are also available close by.
This area of Florida is famed for its fine fishing with opportunities to catch grouper, snapper and yellowtail close in to shore and then heading further out there is some of the best sport fishing in the world with swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Amberjack, Wahoo, Permit, Snook and King Fish all possibilities. Back country fishing is also much desired with Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit all waiting.
Back on shore, head to TJ’s Tiki Bar for sunset cocktails and smoothies or a lunchtime light bite and in the evenings, the Butterfly Café offers a sumptuous fusion of Caribbean and Florida tastes, taking advantage of the fine catch of the day that is the freshest it can be.
Beyond the hotel, the Keys Turtle Hospital is right next to Tranquility Bay and is a must see when staying to learn all about the turtles in the area and meet some of the injured animals who are being nursed back to health. Key West is just over an hour's drive away and Miami is only two and a half hours away.
Tranquility Bay has two and three 3 bedroom Garden or Beachfront Cottages offering a laid back seaside feel.
Each cottage features a full kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine, two bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom, lounge / dining room, TV and DVD player, upstairs and downstairs balconies, complimentary WiFi, daily made service and in room dining.
Families are welcome at Tranquility Bay and the cottages are ideal for family vacations. There are no specific facilities at the property although babysitting can be arranged on request
Only couple of minutes drive away, the Deep Blue Dive Center offers the Deep Blue’s Crew kids snorkeling and diving lessons for children aged 5 – 15 years at the pool. Minimum 2 children required and charges apply. Classes vary depending on children’s age and ability.
Family pool with sun decks, tranquillity pool for adults only, fitness center, in cottage spa services, putting green.
Two on site restaurants, TJ’s Tiki Bar for lunch and daytime snacks and the Butterfly Café for dinner each evening.
Turtle Island Adventures Water sports center offering ocean kayaks, paddle boards, hobie cat sailboats and wave runners. Daily boat rentals, kayak and waverunner tours also available (additional charge for all water sports)
Yoga and paddle fit classes are available morning and evening (minimum 2 people) as additional charge
On site you have the Turtle Island Adventures Water sports center offering ocean kayaks, paddle boards, hobie cat sailboats and wave runners. Daily boat rentals, kayak and waverunner tours also available (additional charge for all water sports)
Yoga and paddle fit classes are available morning and evening (minimum 2 people) at additional charge
Close by, the Deep Blue Dive Center close by offers half and full day dive trips and scuba diving courses from “dive in one day2 through to Nitrox Speciality Diver
Private boat charters can be arranged and half and full day fishing charters are available.
Charlotte Austin (Staff)
Tranquility Bay is right off Ocean Highway in Florida Keys in a town called Marathon; there isn't a huge amount going on in Marathon but this resort is still just lovely for families. There are a choice of 2 or 3 bedroom villas which are two storey so offer so much space for a family or multi-generational trips. The restaurant on-site is the best in the area for dinner and showcases the locally caught seafood.
Bahia Honda State Park
Although not known for having beaches, the Florida Keys have one hidden little gem. Set at mile marker 37, about 15 minutes from Marathon, is Bahia Honda State Park, an award winning beach and one of the few natural beaches in the Keys.
Fishing in the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are the sport fishing capital of the world. From Key Largo and Islamorada, through to Marathon and into Key West. Florida Keys' fishing is fantastic because the waters surrounding the islands teem with fish for 12 months of the year!
Location & directions
Marathon, Florida Keys, United States of America
Tranquility Bay is ideally located in Marathon Key, just 90 miles south of Miami and 45 miles north of historic Key West.
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