Episode 12: Marathon in the Middle of the Florida Keys

For many the Florida Keys equates to Key West. When I often tell people I relocated to the Florida Keys, they start telling me stories about Key West even if they drove through the Florida Keys, the 100 plus miles of the Florida Keys, they mention Key West. Well, there is much more to the Florida Keys, and in episode 12, I discuss the Marathon in the middle, the middle Florida Keys.

Where is Marathon, Florida?


The View from atop the Faro Blanco Lighthouse

Simply defined – Marathon is located in mile marker 50s and high 40s. Marathon is the big town just before you take the seven mile bridge. Yes, that famous long bridge all of us need to drive across if we road trip to the end of the road and mile marker 0 in Key West. That’s Marathon.

This stretch of the Florida Keys, still often described as still the “Old Keys” or the “Heart of the Keys” offers much of the original charm of the Florida Keys from the storybook days and has quite a few impressive attractions to visit. I discovered it is certainly not just a drive-thru, but a place to stay for a holiday. A place for the fisherman, families, and more.

Marathon in the Middle

the Marathon Florida Keys in Photos

In this episode I explore places to stay and eat, attractions to visit, discuss the restoration of Faro Blanco Lighthouse and its award winning marina. I walk out on old seven for a sunset and taste a few of the regions better known restaurants.  Listen in and learn (the episode is long, well it is Marathon after all ;-).


Podcast Show Notes and Links

Hyatt Place – Faro Blanco Resort
Holiday Inn Express Marathon
Lighthouse Grill
Tarpon Creek Bar and Grill
Dolphin Research Center
Turtle Hospital
Friends of Old Seven (Mile Bridge)

Stay Adventurous Posts

Sunset on Old Seven
Going Solo – Joys of Solo Travel (from NY Times Travel Show)
Marathon in the Middle Video (on StayAdventuorus YouTube Channel)
#StayMarathon – Instagram Images

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  • Maryann

    I really enjoyed this podcast and article. Many times I drove through Marathon on my way to Key West and never knew there is so much to see. I am looking forward to spend time in Marathon in the near future.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed the podcast… it is the perfect podcast for driving through the keys too…. gets you excited for what’s there and also gives some recommendations for stops in the middle keys. Stay listening, Craig

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