Patriotic USA sandals on a sandy beach in the Florida Keys

Top Tips for Relaxing in the Florida Keys this Independence Day

Get ready to switch into vacation mode and make way for one of the nation’s favorite celebrations of the year. If you’re heading to the Florida Keys to relax this 4th of July, or you’re planning a last-minute family escape, here is our guide to capturing the moment and making memories in our sub-tropical paradise.

Private Beach in the Florida Keys

Check Out of Reality

Once you arrive, slow the pace and retreat to serenity as you explore the beautiful grounds of Tranquility Bay Resort. There are three sparkling swimming pools to help you ease into your vacation, including a family-friendly lagoon-style pool and one just for the grown-ups. Take a short stroll from the pool and you’ll soon find our private beach on the Gulf of Mexico, offering crystal-clear waters lapping against 2.5 acres of white sand. Be prepared to feel worlds away on your 4th of July getaway as you leave the ordinary behind.

Adventure Begins at the Water’s Edge

From the moment you sink your toes into the powder-soft sand, you have three options: Sit back and soak up the natural beauty of the Florida Keys, or head straight to the action and make a splash with a huge variety of water-based activities. Available directly from the resort, there’s something to suit everybody, from snorkeling, diving, and jet skiing, to paddle boarding and fishing. If there’s one activity not to be missed during your Independence Day travels to the Florida Keys, it’s to fully immerse yourself into our warm water wonderland.

The third option? Do both! Find adventure in the morning, then relax oceanside in the afternoon.

Kayak ready to be used in the beach in the Florida Keys

Cool Down with Seaside Celebrations

Whether it’s a Piña Colada or Blueberry Mojito, we’ll shake up your favorite thirst-quencher to help you celebrate in the Florida Keys. Pull up a seat at TJ’s Tiki Bar, drink in the views from our private beach, and stay cool with a hand-crafted cocktail. The bar also serves snacks in the sunshine to keep you refueled after an adventurous morning.

Swing into Action

Where is the most beautiful place you have ever practiced your swing? Be prepared to add our putting green by Nicklaus Design to the list with its picture perfect scenery of swaying palms against the ocean backdrop. Put your putting skills into practice and unwind in style for a relaxing 4th of July.

Putign Green at Tranquility Bay Resort

The Call of the Wild

Next door to Tranquility Bay Resort is the Turtle Hospital. Families will love watching the amazing work carried out behind the scenes at the world’s only licensed veterinary hospital specializing in sea turtles. Another popular attraction for all ages is the Dolphin Research Center which offers opportunities to swim with these adorable marine creatures while learning about their behavior and characteristics. Read here for more inspiration on family-friendly activities in the Florida Keys.

Feast on Florida Keys’ Favorites

Gather the whole family together for the taste of the Florida Keys in Butterfly Café, the #1 rated restaurant for local food in Marathon. Seafood lovers will be in their element when savoring the flavors of Grouper, Mahi Mahi, and our popular Conch Chowder. Kids will love choosing their favorites from the Little Caterpillars children’s menu, and those with a sweet tooth cannot leave the Florida Keys without indulging in a generous slice of our legendary Key Lime Pie.

Butterfly Cafe in the Florida Keys

Find Your Zen 

For the ultimate 4th of July indulgence, treat yourself to a pampering treatment from a range of in-room spa services. Our Island Spice Private Spa team offers facials, massages and body treatments to ease you into a moment of meditation in the privacy of your comfortable and spacious room. With a choice of rooms offering views of either our calm tropical gardens or the serene waterfront, you can stay rested for as long as you like in your own personal oasis after your spa experience.

Sunsets and Fireworks

One of the Florida Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays takes place in Marathon on Wednesday, July 4th. A lineup of activities will keep families smiling, starting with the Patriotic Parade from 10:30 am which makes its way from Marathon High School and finishes at Sombrero Beach. Arrive hungry – there will be delicious food and drink available alongside crafts and entertainment. Once Mother Nature creates her own dazzling display with a spectacular sunset, the celebrations heat up with an unforgettable fireworks display.
Glass of wine in front of a stunning Florida Keys sunset

Special Offers

There’s still time to book your Independence Day getaway to the Florida Keys. Take a look through our latest special offers or speak to our onsite vacation planner by contacting (855) 606-4502.