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What a beautiful week to be in Marathon!

We just got a look at the forecast for this week here in Marathon, Florida and it looks too good to be true! With minimal humidity, easy winds, temperatures in the low 80′s and sunshine forecasted for the rest of the week it is truly a great time to be in paradise.

Though Friday might show us a few intermittent cooling rain spells, today through Thursday is the perfect time to explore all that our beautiful Marathon hotel has to offer– whether it’s water sports, beach activities, fishing charters or just hanging out by the pool, we know that you and your family are bound to have a fantastic time this week.

Be sure to ask our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay to recommend some activities that would best suit you and your family’s needs. We’re here to help!

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What a smile…

One of our employees here at Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort wanted to share this photo of a toothy barracuda that he caught (and released!) recently.

We spoke to you yesterday about what a fun fight these guys put up in the water, but we also love staring into their terrifying mouths after we’ve reeled them in — look at those teeth!

We hope you get to take advantage of the beautiful warm weather on this weekend’s forecast. Whether you’re out battling your own barracuda, helping your kids build a sandcastle down by the ocean or simply lazing by the pools here at Tranquility Bay, we wish you a relaxing, happy weekend!

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Fishing Update from Marathon

We want to urge all our guests to get out on the water NOW while the fishing is truly excellent. Calm seas, warm temperatures and exciting hauls make this the perfect time to get your lines in the water and bring back something exciting for our chefs at the Butterfly Cafe to cook up for you and your family.

All our charter friends have been busy ferrying their customers in and out with some of the nicest yellowtail, kingfish and mackerel that have been seen all season. There are plenty of local companies to choose from when picking a charter, with a variety of price points to fit whatever your needs.

Fishermen who are thus far inexperienced with catching barracuda should be extra sure to get out onto the flats and fish for these beautiful creatures, who put up a truly wonderful fight and are being seen in huge numbers right now. Nothing compares to the first time you come face to face with one of these toothy beauties!

Great bite being given by mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna and mangrove snapper means that you’re almost guaranteed an exciting day (and a full cooler)…so what are you waiting for? Get out there!

Ask our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay Resort to set you up with everything you need– from charter bookings to bait shops, they’ve got you covered.

 

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Fishing Report for Marathon

The water might be getting colder here in Marathon but the fishing is heating up by the day!

We’re loving the high numbers of sailfish being pulled in by offshore charters recently…those mighty fish really do pack an incredible fight. Equally impressive are the large kingfish being hooked, as well as some big sharks (always a terrifying battle!) and even the occasional blackfin tuna, that elusive prize. While the recent high winds have made it tricky to find a perfect day to get out on the water, we’re hopeful that this week will be calmer than last.

Reef & flats fishing is, as always, excellent in November– you’d be hard pressed to find an area without an abundance of snapper species ready to bite.

Our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay are always happy to help you select the fishing charter that best fits your needs. Whether it’s a full day out on the water with your family or a last minute shared seat on someone else’s boat, let our Marathon hotel employees lend their expertise. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Fishing Report for Marathon

November is truly a fantastic time to fish here in the Keys. The arrival of cooler water temperatures signifies a really exciting time for flats, patch reef and deep sea fishing, with some excellent species showing up almost dockside. You can practically walk into the water and catch something fantastic with your own two hands.

As swarms of baitfish push out onto the patch reef areas, pulled by the cooler water, they’re followed by some magnificent mangrove snapper, grouper, mackerel, yellowtails and more. You don’t have to go far out to catch these beauties! And a day of reef fishing is one of the more relaxing and enjoyable activities we can think of.

Farther out, the deep sea fishing takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of blackfin tuna, whose numbers really swell beginning this month. Great numbers of sailfish, wahoo and cobia also abound, so an afternoon of trolling can definitely result in some nice hauls this time of year.

Whatever your fancy, whatever fillet you plan on bringing home– just get out there! Speak to one of our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay; they’ll be more than happy to help you find your way out onto the water.

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January Sale Prices Are Up!

Everyone here at Tranquility Bay loves January– that perfect period of calm and quiet after the craziness of December has ended. The weather is sunny and warm (but not boiling), the streets are calm (but not deserted), and the fishing is excellent (but not crowded). In short, it’s the perfect time for a vacation to the Florida Keys…especially for those of you who need a quiet break from all the previous month’s hectic holiday activities.

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years is over, why not shove the tinsel and wrapping paper aside and take a relaxing, tropical vacation to our beautiful beachfront property? Believe us when we say that nothing cures a case of the “holiday hangovers” like a day in paradise.

January is one of the best months for fishing here in Marathon– with mild temperatures, low winds and an astonishing range of species, it’s truly a wonderful time to be out on the water battling some of your favorites. (We’re especially partial to the excellent Sailfish bite that begins in early January.)

If you’re thinking about taking a vacation to the Florida Keys this winter, look no further: we’ve just published our January sale rates, and boy, do they look good.

Interested? Check them out here.

 

 

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Pack your beach bag: the forecast is in, and it sure looks good…

We love posting the weekend forecast a few days early here at Tranquility Bay…somehow looking at Saturday’s projected sunny skies seems to draw it a little bit closer to us here on a Wednesday afternoon.

And boy, is that forecast a good one.

This week’s clear, sunny weather is expected to improve (if that’s even possible!) to near-perfect conditions, with temperatures rising from the mid-70′s to hover in the low 80′s, humidity expected to remain minimal, and winds peaking at a breezy 10mph.

This is the quintessential beach weather we look forward to all year– a relief from the scorching temperatures we braved all summer, and the perfect chance to get out on the water or relax by the ocean.

Pack a beach bag, throw on your flip flops and meet us down by the pool. This weekend we encourage you to try all the things you’ve dreamed of trying on vacation. Maybe go jet-skiing, or sailing, or have one of our front desk agents arrange a fishing charter for you and your family.. or maybe just continue your quest to try every drink at TJ’s Tikki Bar.

It’s important to have goals, even on vacation.

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Stone Crab Contest just a few days away…

With Stone Crab Season officially under way, we’re really looking forward to this Saturday’s 2nd Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest, a celebration of that special delicacy that we all hold so dear. You’ve only got a few days left to register for this “tasty test of crab-consuming capacity,” sponsored by the Keys Fisheries Market & Marina. Just a short ride away from our Marathon, Florida hotel, this contest is worth leaving the room for.

Entrants must be 18 years or older (with apologies to your crab-loving toddler) and pay a $25.00 entrance fee, a small price for all the succulent claw meat you can consume.

The contest starts promptly at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 20th– so don’t wait until the last minute! Register now by emailing keys.fisheries@comcast.net or calling 305-743-4353.

 

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Fishing Report for Marathon

Fall fishing continues to be great here in the Florida keys, with almost every charter coming back with a diverse group of species.  There are lots of redfish, snook and cobia in the flats (great for the fly fishermen!) as well as a good number of fish in the back country.  Kingfish have been giving excellent bite out on the reefs and wrecks, along with their little cousin the cero mackerel.   Daytime swordfishing and black fin tuna have been quite productive, with charters reporting large numbers of football-sized tuna and the occasional big one on every trip.  The low number of boats out on the water makes this time of year an especially great time to get out there and put some lines in the water– you’re practically guaranteed to find a high yield spot without anyone to share it with!

Our Marathon hotel is wonderfully situated near some of the best fishing charters around (if we do say so ourselves!) so don’t hesitate to ask our front desk agents to set you up with a half day, full day or shared charter. And remember, our kitchen is always happy to cook your catch just the way you like it! What more can you ask for?

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Countdown to Stone Crab Season opener

 

Well, it’s official: our favorite fall activity is now just one week away. We’re talking, of course, about Stone Crab Season– officially open on October 15th — that beautiful time of year when experts and novices alike can take to the waters to search for the beautiful (and sustainable!) crabs whose tender, sweet claw meat is considered one of the great delicacies of the Florida Keys. This year’s opening week will also include a Claw Eating Contest, so interested parties are encouraged to start their training now (crab cakes for breakfast, anyone?) Registration for the contest can be completed at: http://www.keysfisheries.com/events/

Mark your calendars, the countdown has begun!

 

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