Our second stop in the Keys was 3 nights in Marathon. We chose this Key because the reviews were fantastic and it looked stunning. It was centrally located to other things we wanted to do and we found a great hotel. There is a lot to do on Marathon. They have great beaches, great restaurants, fun things to do with the kids and it’s easy to get to neighboring Keys.
Hyatt Place Marathon
This was my first time ever staying at a Hyatt, I’m usually a Marriott person. We were very pleasantly surprised. To start with, this had more of a resort feel than just a hotel. It was also brand new and beautiful. We were checked in immediately and given a run down of how things were set up. We went to our room and were wowed. The 2 queen room was large and had upgrades you don’t normally see at a hotel at this price point. The bathroom was gorgeous and high-end. The beds were comfortable and the pullout couch was huge.
The property is really big. We actually couldn’t find the second pool, we had to ask. It’s a little tricky; you have to walk past the first pool across a large lawn, through the restaurant to arrive at the pool. We loved that it was right on the water. The pool had a very fun atmosphere. There was a guy singing, people playing, having lots of fun.
The hotel has a restaurant on property, called The Lighthouse Grill. Food looked amazing, however, we peeked at the menu. Cheapest dinner was $28, most were in the mid to high $30’s all the way up to some in the $50 range. Good for couples, but not practical for my family of 5. We opted for some appetizers and ate elsewhere on the Key.
Castaway Waterfront Restaurant and Sushi House
We found this restaurant solely because we used google maps to find somewhere to eat, so decided to try it. It’s a rather large, hidden away place in an unassuming neighborhood that we never would have known about otherwise.
The atmosphere was great. We ate there late, around 9 pm and it was still hopping. The server made excellent recommendations. We ordered the hogfish and it was to die for. Everyone loved their meals and had no room for dessert. They also have the most spectacular honey rolls that you could probably make a meal out of! We love finding these places that only the locals know about.
Our favorite thing about Marathon was how quiet and laid back the island was. It was less busy than Key Largo and Key West me had more of an island vibe. We would definitely love to stay here again when in the Keys.