Editor Picks: The Best Cheap Hotels in Marathon

by Elizabeth Penney  |  Published August 21, 2017

With its turquoise waters, white sand beaches and teeming marine life, Marathon is an ocean lover’s paradise. Surrounded by a barrier reef, the city sits upon 13 tiny islands in the Middle Keys, just an hour from Key West. But unlike its famed neighbor to the southwest, Marathon draws few party-goers; rather, visitors come here to fish, boat, dive and snorkel in the crystal waters.

With the ocean being the star attraction, it’s not surprising that the majority of lodging options in Marathon are focused on adventure. Most offer on-site water activities, such as snorkeling, diving and fishing. Some even offer boat ramps, slips and docks for visitors. Best of all, there’s no reason to spend a fortune to take advantage of everything Marathon has to offer — there are plenty of budget choices. Following are TravelMag.com’s top picks for cheap hotels in Marathon.