In February, we stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Marathon. It is located at the half way point of the Florida Keys and had a ton of amenities and entertainment.
Each of the Florida Keys have their own pulse. Marathon has the Turtle Hospital, Curry Hammock State Park, and Sombrero Beach. It is about an hour from Key West and is low key in comparison.
We enjoyed the pool overlooking the ocean, live music, cocktails by the fire each night, movies on the big screen, and a gym with views.
This was truly a vacation and not a trip. We relaxed a lot and enjoyed the Florida Keys sunshine.
There are actually two pools overlooking the ocean and the beach with hammocks. If one gets too crowded for you, likely another will be less chaotic.
Most nights of the week there is live music at the outdoor bar/restaurant. They also had a fire dancer scheduled one night but unfortunately they had to cancel due to severe weather.
The gym overlooks the water for a great workout with a view. They have yoga next to the water a couple days a week for those who are interested.
Pour and Smoke
I found a new love of whiskey sours! Or let’s be honest, anything with sour in it. I typically only drink beer and wine, but I felt inclined to partake in the pour portion of the “pour n’ smoke” to thoroughly enjoy the fire pits.
The first night we had the place to ourselves. We talked the night away and sipped on our fancy drinks.
The following night we joined a large group of people around the firepit. They all came to the resort for a family wedding.
We learned some important lessons about life from a well travelled older couple, including traveling every chance you can. The time seemed to pass by quickly as they gave us advice on their favorite destinations.
Yesterday we made our own whiskey sours and watched fixer upper reruns. I am insanely happy we get to enjoy this time together as a family, but I miss these random unplanned interactions.
In the breezeway of the resort they have a projector and popcorn for movie nights with your kiddos.
There are two places to grab a bite in the resort. Both of them have many options and large serving sizes.