Top Tips for Valentine’s and Galentine’s Getaways to the Florida Keys

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, and where better to whisk away a loved one than here in Marathon, the “heart of the Florida Keys?”

Not just the serene setting for a romantic retreat, it’s also a heavenly hideaway for a group of girlfriends seeking somewhere special to unwind on a long weekend getaway. Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day or “Galentine’s” getaway, here are our top tips for making memories at Tranquility Bay Resort:

Check in, then check out

Check in at Tranquility Bay, then check out of reality in an instant with perfect places to explore from the moment you arrive. Sprawl out on our private 2.5-acre swimming beach, dip into your choice of three pools including an adults-only relaxation pool and a large lagoon-style pool, and retreat to your personal hideaway with views of lush gardens or the sparkling Gulf.

Private beach in the Florida Keys

Bedside to waterside in seconds

Whether you choose an intimate tropical garden guestroom for two, or a spacious beach house for your gathering of girlfriends, your private piece of paradise is just moments from everything you need to switch off in style. Stroll along pretty palm-lined paths to reach the beach, then decide what to do first – plunge straight into adventure from our private jetty, or lie low for some laid-back lounging. Here, we invite you to do everything, or nothing at all.

Go with the flow of the Gulf

Disconnect from the fast pace of life and find fun under the winter sun with our on-site ocean activities, provided by Turtle Island Watersports. Our Adventure Concierge is also on hand to arrange excursions, including sport fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and sunset tours.

Couple snorkeling in the Florida Keys

Venture beyond tranquility

You needn’t travel far to find further adventure beyond the palms of Tranquility Bay. The Turtle Hospital is right next door where couples and groups can join educational tours of rehabilitated sea turtles, and just a short drive along the Overseas Highway is the Dolphin Research Center and Aquarium Encounters – the perfect day trip for a group of friends.

Set sail with your loved one to the Dry Tortugas, or explore Marathon’s beautiful beaches including Sombrero Beach and Coco Plum Beach.

Dine on Florida Keys favorites

A romantic escape or girlfriends’ getaway deserves delicious dining. As the locals would say, always leave room for Key lime pie, and at our award-winning Butterfly Café you will taste the finest with a gently frozen layer of white chocolate mousse to sweeten the zesty Key lime filling. Another Keys speciality is our Yellowtail Snapper, or dive into fish tacos and tropical salads at our beachfront TJ’s Tiki Bar.

Cocktails on the beach in Marathon, Florida Keys

Gaze at golden sunsets

Sunset is the hottest show in town, and on our west-facing beach you can soak up the golden glow of the sun-sinking skies from TJ’s Tiki Bar or your private porch. No sunset is the same from one evening to another, so sit back for a different explosion of colors during your stay as you catch up over cocktails and take in the moment.

Plan the perfect romantic escape or group getaway to Marathon. Our Planning Guide will help you choose the best month to visit, and discover our special offers to book your dream vacation in our tranquil oasis.