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Spooky Happenings Around Marathon…

Boo!

We’re always up for a good scare here at Tranquility Bay. And while some other Marathon hotels like to raise their prices around Halloween (now that’s scary!) we prefer  haunted trails to price hikes. So we’ll be sure to swing by The Haunted Hammock at Crane Point Nature Conservatory, a fun-filled Halloween treat that is not to be missed. Children 12-and-under are sure to have a spooky good time– check out our blog post highlighting this special Halloween treat here.

This Wednesday, October 31st,  ghosts and ghouls of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at Gulfside Village, a shopping plaza located at 5800 Overseas Highway. This annual Halloween party is free to all from 5:30 to 7:30 and includes refreshments, candy and a great all-ages atmosphere. Don your best costume and bring the whole family– we’ll see you there!

 

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Weather Forecast

Before now, “Sandy” was just our favorite lovable dog from the Broadway show Annie. (Cue the lights; begin the high-pitched singing of “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.) But right now, the Sandy we’re dealing with isn’t a lovable mutt; it’s a tropical storm. Luckily, we hardly ever get totally clobbered by hurricanes here in the Keys– our friends in the Bahamas are rarely as lucky– so the most we’re looking at over the next few days is some rain and gusty winds. That means that today is a great day to grab the kids and get out on the water or beach, soak up a little sunshine and maybe pick up a board game or two (just in case) for the weekend.

The forecast over the next three days calls for sporadic rain, winds in the high 20′s and low 30′s, and temperatures in the mid-80 degree range, with skies clearing up by Sunday and sunny skies forecasted for the following week.

If you need recommendations for great places to take the kids on a rainy day, don’t hesitate to ask our front desk agents here at Tranquility Bay! They’d be happy to recommend a variety of places that are only a short drive from our Marathon hotel.

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Haunted Hammock at Crane Point

Like most Marathon Hotels, we pride ourselves on offering our visitors a well-rounded experience during their time here in the Middle Keys. Love to fish? Let us arrange a charter for you and your friends. Need a day at the spa? We’d be happy to take care of everything. Think heaven is hanging out with the kids on the beach? We’ve got a patch of sand with your family’s name on it.

Love scary outdoor trails arranged to spook and delight the youngsters in your life? We’ve got just the place to send you and the kids.

Presenting the Haunted Hammock at Crane Point, the perfect pre-Halloween stroll for you and your young ones, opening soon (October 26th to be precise, so mark those calendars accordingly.)

This Friday you’re going to want to gather up the kids, head over to the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock museum and nature center and get ready for some freaky (but not TOO freaky) fun, perfect for the 12-and-unders in your pack. With ghosts, ghouls, spooky trails, haunted hayrides and more, this public event is only $5 with kids under 6 admitted for free!

Crane Point Hammock is located at mile marker 50.5 bayside in Marathon, Florida– just a quick ride from our own Marathon Hotel! Ask one of our front agents for directions.

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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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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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Forecast Update for This Week in Marathon

In most places, the end of summer signifies a deep depression coupled with the arrival of worse weather. Here in the Keys, however, we love when fall is near; not only does it mean hurricane season is almost at an end, but it signifies the opening of a season of drier, less heartbreakingly-humid days and the return of all our tourist friends! Summer can be a bit of a lull around here, and we’re excited to get back to swingin’ fall and all its glory.

The transitional period can be a bit tricky, however, with the weather doing its best to keep us guessing. Rain clouds are scheduled to stick around this week, with intermittent sunshine throughout. Today and tomorrow look especially wet, with scheduled thunderstorms looking to come to a head by Tuesday afternoon and clear off for a bit of sun on Wednesday. Temperatures should hover in the manageable mid-80′s (we can’t say we’re sorry to see those 92-degree days go away!) and seas are expected to maintain a bit of a chop, with winds coming in between 8 and 12mph all week.

Have fun out there, be safe, and we’ll see you at the Tiki Bar!

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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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Forecast for Marathon

It’s shaping up to be a typically tropical week here in Marathon, with temperatures hovering around the high 80′s and low 90′s and the humidity staying high through Sunday. There’s a good chance we’ll see some rain on Thursday, with the chance of precipitation coming down to a reasonable 30% for the rest of the week/end. Tomorrow’s seas look a little rougher than what’s been forecasted for the weekend– though it’s going to be worth braving the choppy waves to get a little respite from this hot & humid weather!

As always, try to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s harshest rays by wearing a high SFP, reapplying often, and- whenever possible- staying out of direct sun between the hours of 10am and 2pm. We hate to see a set of crispy shoulders ruin someone’s vacation!

 

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