The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
The Turtle Hospital (Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
10211 11th St., Marathon, Florida
725 11th Street Ocean, Marathon Florida
Z Flight Watersports
Open 7 Days a Week!
Z Flight Watersports has been providing water sports adventures in Marathon since 2016 parasailing above the Gulf of Mexico.
Nestled in a sheltered cove at Marathon Marina right by the restaurant Lazy Days, our boats provide the opportunity to enjoy water activities in nearly all weather conditions. Daily or Weekly Jet Ski rentals as well as Guided Eco Tours provided an up close view of the beautiful Florida coastline. Top choice for coporate gatherings as well as vacationing families and locals, guests can expect to be treated to a personal, informative, and exciting experience.
11833 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL
Marathon and Big Pine Key
Since the 1950s, Captain Hook’s Marina & Dive Center has been the place to get everything you need for a day on the water. Chartersfor fishing, diving, snorkeling, dive instruction and certification; bait and tackle; scuba equipment and air tanks; boat rentals; snacks and beverages—we have all the supplies you’ll need to enjoy an area celebrated for world-class fishing, diving and all water sports. We are conveniently located oceanside on the Overseas Highway at the Vaca Cut bridge (MM53), which puts us just minutes from Marathon’s incredible reef and prime fishing waters.
Mile Marker 54
Dolphin Bay Watersports
13351 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL
Dolphin Bay Watersports
7 Days a Week - 10 am. - 5 pm.
What to Expect on Your Florida Keys Jet Ski Adventure
Looking for some great action-packed summer fun for the whole family? We are Marathon’s premier waverunner/jetski rental company. Riding with us is the perfect way to beat the heat, quench your need for speed, and have a blast with family and friends.
Jump the waves on your own personal watercraft as you power effortlessly across the ocean. Experience the thrill of flying across the water at speeds up to 50 + mph with your safe and stable Yamaha WaveRunner rental. Each jet ski seats up to 3, which makes for a fun and affordable vacation activity.
Marathon Jet Ski Rental Tours
Jump aboard a WaveRunner and join us on a guided tour of Marathon. Your experienced tour guide will show you the marine wildlife that makes the Florida Keys a tropical paradise.
The Best Keys Snorkeling The Middle Keys Are Amazing!
Snorkeling Florida Keys
The best keys snorkeling in Florida is actually not where most people think (it surprised us). While Key Largo and Key West are the most popular spots, by far the best snorkeling is to be found between these two keys.
There are a bunch of snorkel locations that are simply stunning, some of the best we have ever seen anywhere. They are located in the waters off Islamorada (Matecumbe Key), Marathon (Vaca Key), and Big Pine Key.
We call all of these lesser known snorkeling grounds the Middle Keys, because, well, they are in the middle.
All of these reefs are reached by boat tours, and we normally prefer destinations that have more beach access. But we don't let that stop us, because the health of the reefs at these locations make the Florida Keys one of the best places to snorkel.
We will go into detail below about each of the Middle Keys snorkel spots below. You can also explore our main page for snorkeling the Florida Keys.
Having fresh Caribbean Spiny Lobster while dining in the Florida Keys is a treat for anyone. But saying you caught your Lobster dinner is even better. During the months of August, September, and October thousands of people flock to the water in Florida to do just that.
When: August 6 – March 31 (Best Months are August, September, and October)
Equipment Used: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Gloves, Tickle Stick, Net. Equipment can be rented at Capt. Hook’s Marina in Marathon, FL.
Trip Options: 1-6 Customers, 4, 6, or 8 hour trips.
5891 Overseas Highway Grassy Key
Dolphin Research Center
Experience Dolphins and Sea Lions Up Close in an All Natural Setting!
Instead of a scripted "show", we offer narrated behavior sessions with the different social groups of dolphins on a variety of topics.
From fun facts to playtime, research to husbandry training, there's always something fun and interesting to see!
Dolphin Research Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed on Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.)
Bring your family to meet our family of dolphins and sea lions, all of whom live in natural, seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a couple of hours or all day, experiencing their personalities in fun-filled, narrated behavior sessions. In between, watch educational presentations, visit the tropical birds, play in the Sprayground or simply enjoy the beautiful, outdoor Florida Keys setting.
The heart of our mission is the welfare of every animal in our family. Whether they are born here, or come from rescue/rehabilitation centers or other facilities, each receives the finest possible care and a safe, healthy, enriching home for life.
what an amazing, breathtaking, beautiful view. the day we were there the weather also happened to be great. it was unforgettable.
Contact: Old City Helicopters, LLC
Helicopter Flight Over Florida Keys by: Old City Helicopters, LLC
Old City Helicopters, LLC
Experience the beauty of the Florida Keys from the air on this guided Key West helicopter tour. The “see everything” tour covers all of the region’s islands and clear blue waters—from the city of Marathon to the famous Seven Mile Bridge on the way to Pigeon Key, the historic Sombrero Key Light, and more. On the sunset tour, take in the stunning colors of a beautiful Florida Keys sunset as you soar over blue waters and small islands. It’s an unforgettable, bird’s-eye view of everything in the Florida Keys
9850 Overseas Hwy., Marathon FL
What to Expect on Your Marathon Paddleboard Adventure
Stand up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the Florida Keys. It’s easy and a lot of fun. Most people can jump on a board without any lessons. Couples, individuals, and families with kids will enjoy exploring our beautiful marine environment.
Marathon’s clear waters are perfect for your paddleboarding experience. You’ll be able to enjoy your board standing, sitting, or laying down. It’s an inexpensive and healthy way to experience the outdoors. Cruise along independently and discover colorful fish, beautiful corals and more!
What’s Unique about Paddleboarding in Marathon & the Florida Keys
Our convenient Middle Keys location means you’ll be paddling in no time. Compared to paddleboarding in Key West or Key Largo, your experience here will be more peaceful and secluded.
Discover Florida Keys Wildlife
Our warm waters provide unique wildlife viewing opportunities. It’s not unusual to see endangered manatees or dolphins passing by, which will make for an unforgettable adventure!
While paddling along the shoreline, watch for tropical fish in the roots of our mangrove trees. In shallow areas, look for rays, lobster, nurse sharks, and sea turtles.
Standing on your paddleboard gives you a birds-eye view into the clear water. As you paddle quietly, you can blend with your marine environment without scaring wildlife away.
Florida Keys Kiteboarding and Stand Up Paddleboarding provides kiteboarding lessons, rider trips, spectator trips, down winders, boat rides to riding areas, gear rentals, gear sales new and used, and local advise.
Our slogan is, “If it’s blowin, we’re goin!”, so if there is wind, we will be out there teaching or riding! Come on down and enjoy learning one of the fastest growing sports in the world in one of the best places to learn in the USA, Kiteboarding in The Florida Keys.
Everybody can enjoy kiteboarding, it is for the young, the old, and everybody in between. It also makes a great family sport. Most people think that you need huge upper body strength in order to kiteboard but that is not true, you wear a harness that takes most of the force and you can control a kiteboarding kite with one finger.
Florida Keys Kiteboarding is based in The Middle Keys and has 360 degrees of rideable wind accessible by beach and very short boat rides. Florida Keys Kiteboarding is one of the only businesses in the Florida Keys that offers a launch from both sides of US1.
Florida Keys Kiteboarding and Watersports has one of the largest selections of spearfishing gear in The Florida Keys! Spearguns, pole spears, Hawaiian slings, Lobster gear, parts, spear tips, spear gun bands, polespear bands, GoPro cameras, and dive gear.
Bandito Spearguns, OMER Spearguns, Rob Allen Spearguns, Hammerhead Spearguns, used spearguns, and rental spearguns are some of the spearguns that we carry. That list is growing to be the widest selection of speargun brands in the Florida Keys.
We can do speargun repairs, rigging, and make the freshest speargun bands in the world for you.
We also have a growing selection of freediving and scuba diving gear including low volume dive masks and a large selection of freediving fins.
You can purchase over the phone or online and we can ship anywhere if you can’t make it into our shop in The Florida Keys.
Ask us about our recommended spearfishing and charter fishing guides to take you to the hot spots for any kind of fishing and spearfishing you want.
Contact: Aaron Osters
Marathon & Key West
Glass Bottom Boat Trips
Glassbottom Boat Tours
Marathon & Key West
The Snorkel Center at Duck Key, just a few miles north of the larger Marathon island, includes several boating activities, including sailing and a leisurely ride out to the coral reefs on their glass bottom boat, The Osprey. Trips depart from the Hawk's Cay marina.
If you want to take a private tour, you can charter a glass bottom boat with Marathon Charters, owned by a local who takes private groups out on his small boat. You can customize your trip to include snorkeling and scuba diving.
In Key West, head to the dock at the end of historic Duval Street to get on the massive Fury catamaran, a glass bottom boat with a huge sundeck and air-conditioned viewing room where you can sit and enjoy the view below your feet. The two-hour tour takes guests out to the coral reefs that are part of the greater Florida Keys Reef tract. At the Key West Bight docks, Ocean Vue Adventures offers glass bottom, snorkel and dolphin experiences all rolled into one. Unlike most other glass bottom boats, theirs is a high-speed hydrofoil boat that takes passengers on a thrilling and fast ride out to the reefs. Enjoy the views from their gigantic, curved glass bottom window or jump in and snorkel. After the reef, the boat heads to the Dolphin Playground, where wild dolphins tend to flock and play.
Florida Keys fishing tournaments round out the year by having something for everyone. Take time out and enroll in one of these top FLorida fishing competitions. You'll help a local charity, have the time of your life, and maybe even come home with that big IGFA record breaking prize you've always dreamed about!
Anglers of all ages and abilities can target more than 40 species of fish in the Marathon Fishing Tournaments, a free-entry multidivision challenge that takes place. The tournaments features divisions for men, women, junior anglers ages 10 to 15 and Pee Wees under 10 years old — making it ideal for extended families and multigenerational groups who want to share the angling experience.
Florida Keys Shallow Water Sight Fishing For Sharks – CATCH & RELEASE
The Florida Keys and all of South Florida is home to some really fun Shark fishing opportunities. Fishing for Sharks is probably one of the coolest species we have here all year long. There are many different species of Sharks found here in the Florida Keys and South Florida. Blacktip, Lemon, Hammerhead, Bonnet Head, and Bull Sharks are just to name a few. These fish can be targeted by just about any skill level of fisherman on light tackle spin and even fly rods. If you want to catch a really big fish that bites back the Shark is the one for you!
How We Catch Sharks: We like to target sharks by chumming them up to the boat in 3 feet of water. Usually, our first couple sharks start to show up in 5 minutes of chumming and within 30 minutes we can have dozens of 4-10 foot long sharks circling around the boat. It’s really exciting to pick out the Shark you want to catch.
These toothy critters are a lot of fun to fight because of their long screaming runs and violent head shakes. Sometimes they will even jump out of the water. It’s a great way to hone your fish fighting skills and have a great story to tell when you get back to the dock. Our style of Shark fishing is great for all ages and skill levels.
Shark Fishing Trips Details: Shark fishing trips usually last 4 – 6 hours. Most of the time we will start our trip catching Barracuda’s or Jacks with artificial lures. They are a lot of fun on light tackle spin because they fight hard. Once we have several in the boat we will head to another spot to use them as chum to bring in the Sharks.