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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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Turtle Hospital

We at Tranquility Bay Hotel are huge fans of Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, which works tirelessly to rehabilitate injured sea turtles while educating the public through outreach programs and tours of the rescue facility. Recently, The Turtle Hospital was fortunate to receive a pregnant Hawksbill sea turtle who was found severely injured in St. Croix, USVI. The staff worked tirelessly to save “Good Harbor,” named for the beach on which she was found, however the turtle’s ailments proved too critical to overcome and she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday, October 2nd. However, a shining silver lining was announced: veterinarians at The Turtle Hospital were able to rescue a total of 58 eggs from Good Harbor, which have been put into incubation beneath transplanted sand from St. Croix.  With any luck, staff at The Turtle Hospital may find themselves airlifting a generation of baby Good Hopes back to their homeland of Good Hope Beach, St. Croix.  In the meantime, Marathon visitors are encouraged to stop by The Turtle Hospital, located at 2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL (MM 48.5) to take a tour of the facility and learn more about the hospital’s rescue efforts and outreach programs.

For more information, call (305) 743-2552.

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Florida Keys Birding Festival Environmental Fair and Family Day!

Bird lovers and their families will be pleased to hear that today is Marathon’s Birding Festival Environmental Fair and Family Day! Beginning at 10:00am and going until 3:00pm, families will enjoy a jam-packed day of fun, free activities including a scavenger hunt, guided beach walk, free lunch, self-guided kayak tours and more! Attendees will also be able to peruse a variety of display booths from local businesses, non profits, artists and more. Interested? Just swing by the Curry Hammock State Park,  located at 56200 Overseas Highway, near mile marker 56. Have fun!
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Fishing Report for Marathon

Fall is the slow season for most fishing charters down here in the keys, with many locals choosing to go on vacation this time of year due to the lower number of visitors, but for those who are still around there is a bounty of good fishing available.  The reduced numbers of anglers in the water means lower pressure on fish at the reefs and wrecks, with reports coming in that lots of yellowtail and mutton snapper are still available and biting well.  In blue water there are increasing bites of cobia, sailfish and kingfish, with the occasional wahoo giving anglers the fight of their lives.   Also keep in mind that the cooler water that comes with fall makes for great bonefishing, and on the higher tides keep an eye out for great permit and tarpon bites. While certainly not as busy as summer,  fall is definitely an exciting time to get out there and put some lines in the water– so what are you waiting for? Talk to one of the front desk agents at Tranquility Bay to see which charter is right for you!

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Weather Forecast for Marathon

It looks like the on-and-off rain we’ve been seeing around here is going to continue throughout the rest of the week. The forecast for the next 7 days is calling for scattered thunderstorms through Sunday, with intermittent periods of sunshine throughout the week. That means temperatures will continue to hover in the mid-80′s, a nice respite from the scorching heat we’ve been having all month!

Reasonably high winds at the beginning of the week are expected to slow a little towards the weekend, so start planning that fishing charter you’ve been thinking about. In the meantime, there’s plenty to do in Marathon when a little rain comes our way. Stop by the front desk for some family-friendly rainy day activity ideas!

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Pirate Party Tonight!

Dust off your eye patch and shoulder your parrot: Cabana Breezes is hosting a Pirate Party!

The final evening event of this year’s Conchtoberfest is going to be a    swashbuckling affair, with pirate-themed drinks, music, food and fun– all to benefit two wonderful causes, Save-a-Turtle and The Marathon Wild Bird Center.

Cabana Breezes is located at 401 Ocean Drive East, Key Colony Beach, Mile marker 54.

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Conchtoberfest Continues…

Tonight’s themed Conchtoberfest event comes courtesy of Sparky’s Landing, where St. Patrick’s Day returns for an evening of great Irish-themed fun.

Enjoy all the trappings of your favorite March holiday– but in September! Featuring green beer, Irish whiskey, corned beef & cabbage and a festive set of music, this is one Conchtoberfest evening you won’t want to miss. Proceeds to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation, a worthy cause.

Sparky’s Landing is located on Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach. Mile marker 54.

 

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Mexican Night at Lazy Days South!

As part of “Conchtoberfest,” head over to Lazy Days South tonight to enjoy a full Mexican-themed evening of fun & festivities…all to benefit a great cause!

Stop in after 6:00pm for Mexican themed decor, drinks, cuisine and music, with proceeds to benefit the Marathon Chamber Scholarship Fund.

Lazy Days South is located at 725 11th St., mile marker 47.5

 

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Check us out on AOL!

We’re giving ourselves a little pat on the back today for making AOL’s slideshow of some of the most amazing hotel balconies in the world….and if you’ve ever sat and enjoyed a sunset over the Gulf from one of our balconies, you’ll probably agree: it truly is a spectacular view. (We’re a bit partial, we know.)

Check out the full list of balconies here: http://travel.aol.co.uk/2012/08/29/best-hotel-balconies-around-the-world/#photo-6

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Fishing Report for Marathon

Here at Tranquility Bay Resort, we’re a little obsessed with lobster. Which is why we’re so excited at the results of 2012′s spiny lobster season thus far– with novices and experts alike reporting back to us that they’re getting their daily limits with ease. We love reading Best Bet Sportfishing Charter’s fishing reports, both because they’re educational (Captain Jason Long is a pro) and because they always lift our spirits when we’re trapped inside, dreaming of the open seas. Long has some great advice for those of you who are looking to get out on the water and grab some tails. Check out his words of wisdom here.

Did you know that our brilliant chefs at the Butterfly Cafe are more than happy to cook your catch for you? However you like it– grilled, blackened, baked or fried– there’s nothing as satisfying as coming back from a charter flush with fish and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor mere hours afterwards…all without the hassle of having to cook & clean up yourself! Why not try your hand at lobstering this year, and have our kitchens prepare some tasty tails for you and your family? Just speak to the front desk here at Tranquility Bay for the best charter option to fit your needs… it’s so easy, even a lobster could do it.

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