Located in the Florida Keys, Marathon is known for its beautiful beaches and consistently good weather. It’s not hard to find a hotel on the beach in this little city, but it can be tricky figuring out which is the best.
To help you out, TravelMag has compared hotels in Marathon based on price, amenities, customer reviews, and location. There’s really no off season in Marathon (thanks to its great climate), but you can still find great seaside accommodation without breaking the bank if you know where to look.
RAINBOW BEND RESORT
From $119/ night
It’s not the Ritz, but Rainbow Bend is a great little seaside spot for a quiet getaway. The hotel is located on its own private beach and offers guests complimentary half-day use of its motorboats. Once you’ve satisfied your need for speed on the high seas, you can lounge by the oceanfront pool or make use of the free barbecues. The Hideaway Cafe is an on-site dining option, and the hotel is happy to arrange fishing, snorkeling, or diving activities nearby. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, a full American breakfast, and kitchenettes (in select rooms). Pet-friendly.
GLUNZ OCEAN BEACH HOTEL & RESORT
From $239/ night
This hotel is situated on a stretch of private beach, ensuring that you get the exclusive Gulf treatment. Amenities include two swimming pools, a spa, free Wi-Fi, a launderette, a library, and on-site fishing. Kayaks, bikes, and long boards are available to rent, and guests can eat lunch or dinner at Havana Jack’s Oceanside Restaurant which serves fresh seafood and offers outdoor seating. The concierge will arrange day trips on request, including scuba, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. Complimentary shuttle rides up and down the beach are available courtesy of the resort’s 8-person golf cart. Guests also have access to beach yoga classes and free use of the hotel’s gas grills.
TRANQUILITY BAY RESORT
From $249/ night
Tranquility is a beachfront resort that offers guests several ways to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico. Stay in a guestroom and you’ll enjoy the “typical” hotel experience—private bathroom, refrigerator, and coffeemaker. Or rent a “beach home,” which have multiple bedrooms, en-suite kitchens, and private laundry facilities. The hotel offers in-room spa services, a fitness center, paddleboard and kayak rentals, and plenty of swimming options. You can take a dip in the ocean, of course, or you can swim in one of the resort’s three pools. (One of those is adult-only.) Two on-site dining options are available: TJ’s Tiki Bar serves paninis and cocktails, while the Butterfly Cafe is a seafood restaurant that offers both indoor and outdoor seating.