A Wonderful Early November Get-A-Way to the Florida Keys

A week in Key Marathon...
The beachfront vista at Key Colony Beach in Marathon, Florida. (Courtesy photo)

Everyone knows the Florida Keys. Key Largo, Islamorada and, of course, Key West plus dozens of Keys in between.

Many of the Keys don't have nice sandy beaches, that's why we chose a week in Key Marathon. After renting a car at Miami International Airport we enjoyed the 2 hour drive.

Where to stay: 

Sea Isle Condos are on a 175' private, white sand ocean beach called Key Colony Beach. 

The #33 condo at Sea Isle had 2 bedrooms, 2 private baths and was beautifully decorated with 2 balconies that had ocean views from every room! 

The modern kitchen was fully equipped and very well stocked with anything you might need.   

The condo has Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs in every room.  The unit sleeps 4. This condo comes with a heated pool, tiki huts, gas grills, shuffle board and lawn chairs on the grass.

The owners, Deanna and Kevin Devlin were very helpful with the booking process, tips on arriving and where to eat.

To reserve your Sea Isle vacation at condo # 33 click on to Vacations Rentals By Owner https://www.vrbo.com/1240910


The weather is beautiful all year - even in December and January where the temperatures are in the 70's while the rest of Florida is much colder. 


What to do on Key Marathon

  • Snorkeling (within walking distance),kayaking, fishing charters, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters 
  • The Dolphin Research Center and several nearby parks and beaches  
  • Located just outside of Marathon, Florida, you can visit the World Famous Sea Turtle Hospital, Coral Reefs, Marathon 7 Mile Bridge and only 50 miles from Key West.
  • There is a par 3 golf course along with bocce and tennis courts just up the street at the Key Colony Beach Recreation Center.


Where to eat

If you don't want to cook there are a ton of restaurants nearby, offering a lot of variety.

Frank's Grill, Fish Tales Market & Eatery, Key Colony Inn, Burdines Waterfront, Sparkys Landing, Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar and Triton Seafood Restaurant to name a few.


Fish Tales Market and Eatery

We enjoyed Fish Tales Market and Eatery, 11711 Overseas Hwy., (305) 743-9196.  It's a great family restaurant, serving terrific fish, fabulous steaks plus many fine German selections. Our server Natalia was very efficient.

For an appetizer I had the seared ahi yellow fin tuna, ($12.95) and for an entree the Snapper Rockefeller platter, with slaw, topped with spinach, bacon and blue cheese cream sauce. So delicious. 

My son's appetizer was buffalo shrimp ($10.95) For an entree he ordered sauteed scallops scampi ($19.95).

Hats off to Chef Brian for a wonderful meal!

Fish Tales' pastry chef, Johnny, is famous for his peanut butter pie and key lime pie, so we couldn't resist. Highly recommended.


Burdines Waterfront

We also had a great meal at Burdines Waterfront,1200 Ocean view Ave, end of 15th St., 305-743-9204.  

We were seated on the deck just as the sun was setting. The atmosphere is part of the experience as well as the food!

We started by sharing the Hush puppies ($6.95) Fried to a golden brown and sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese. A nice starter. 

For an entree my son ordered the Angus beef Quesadilla's ($17.95) - a very nice presentation.

For an entree I enjoyed the Hawaiian Style Tuna Poke ($16.95) The heaping pile of cubed sushi grade yellow fin tuna was marinated in a spicy poke sauce with minced green & red onions, & red bell pepper.  It was served on a grilled pineapple with avocado and sprinkled with sesame seeds and a side of wonton chips. Not to be missed! 

We finished with fried key lime pie ($6.95).


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