We were looking for a place to hide from the weather, provision, dive, and just explore. We found it all right at the Marathon City Marina.
We rented a mooring ball for a week while we had some super strong north winds blowing. Being on a mooring definitely helps us sleep sounder at night because we do not have to worry about the anchor dragging. There are over 200 moorings at the Marathon City Marina mooring field. We have heard that they sell out but we were lucky to get a spot to hide out the weather.
We were super impressed with the marina’s amenities. They have a LARGE dinghy dock, multiple clean bathrooms with hot showers, laundry room, a community room with wifi, books, and television, a workroom that can be rented for projects, a community organic garden, bicycles to borrow, and multiple grills.
If that wasn’t good enough there is a community park right next door with basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, skate park, heart trail (which we used to workout every night) and an amphitheater (which holds festivals throughout the year).
The Marathon City Marina is also in close proximity to many delicious restaurants. We loved the Keys News and Coffee for coffee, The Stuffed Pig for breakfast, Keys Fisheries for lunch, and The Overseas Pup and Grill for dinner. Hurricane Bar and Grill had great live music and drinks for the latter part of the evening.
Publix and Kmart are about a mile walk to the north and West Marine about a mile south. The island is about seven miles total and there are a few different taxi companies that will take you anywhere on the island for the same flat rate of $5.
If it is too windy to dive off the Sombrero Lighthouse or one of the other beautiful reefs close by you can spend the day at the Keys Aquarium Encounter, The Turtle Hospital, the Dolphin Research Center, or the movie theater.
For a weekly rate of $115 we were protected from the storm, met so many new friends, restocked our refrigerator, and took many long hot showers.
If you are ever cruising by I highly suggest making a stop at the Marathon City Marina.