Marathon Florida is the halfway point in the string of islands called the Florida Keys. It’s Mile Marker 50, with Key West at Mile Marker 0 and Key Largo more or less at Mile Marker 100. It’s home to the Seven Mile Bridge and anglers know this is the place to be in Spring for Tarpon fishing. Marathon Florida, as the heart of the Florida Keys, is an excellent home base for exploring all the Keys, if you have wide horizons and much ambition during your vaction. You can visit Long Key State Recreation Area, at Mile Marker 67.5, or even Key West for an ambitious day trip.
The fishing and snorkeling are marvelous in Marathon Florida, with its miles and miles of flats, as well as many bridges, which make excellent fishing hot spots. If you’re vacationing here without a boat, there are quite a few sneak spots under bridges in the area, where you can set up for the day from shore and see some fishing action. Charter a boat for a day, or join a budget-conscious fishing party boat for a morning. Marathon Florida is also an excellent place to view birds, who hang around on flats waters and look for meals in the washed up seaweed. From Marathon Florida you can drive the other way, back towards Key Largo, to Islamorada, which is the Sportfishing Capital of the world. Marathon Florida is also a short drive from other Middle Keys attractions such as Bahia Honda State Park, which features the best beach in the Florida Keys.
The most famous attraction in Marathon Florida is the Seven Mile Bridge, and the drive over this bridge is one of the most beautiful drives you may ever take. It spans across miles and miles of flats water, arching above the blue water in one section of the bridge, bringing some excitement after miles and miles of flat driving on the mountainless roads of Southern Florida and the Keys. The bridge was constructed during the 1908s, replacing the old bridge that had been there for decades. They preserved some of the old bridge, on the Marathon side of the span, and today you can walk out on the old one, for two miles to Pigeon Key. Pigeon Key has some lovely historical buildings left over from the old railroad-building days. You can either walk the four-mile round trip out to see them on the old bridge, or ride a trolley out. The trolley leaves from a spot just across the Overseas Highway from the beginning of the bridge on the Marathon side. On windy days, if it’s too rough to go out fihsing, the walk on the old bridge makes a nice way to get out and enjoy the weather and get some exercise while on vacation. You can look down from the bridge into the shallow water and see eagle rays and sharks!
One of the best spots in Marathon is Sombrero Beach, which is free and lies on the ocean side of Marathon. You can drive or ride your bicycle, since there are wide sidewalks that serve as good bike paths. The road isn’t so busy that you couldn’t ride in the road, anyway. The beach is clean and, for the Florida Keys, wide. There’s a roped-off area for swimming and very modern and clean facilities here.