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With palm trees lining the roads and pastel-painted houses peppering the landscape, Key West is a mixture of island life and old fashion charm. The ocean views and vibrant local culture has inspired artists, musicians, and writers for decades, from Ernest Hemingway to Jimmy Buffett. To the north, Marathon sprawls over several islands, including popular beaches and barrier reefs. It is known for close encounter opportunities with protected wildlife through educational and recreational tours.

Key West & Marathon Hotels

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Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spaimage
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Ocean Key Resort & Spaimage
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The entire Keys area is highly renowned for scuba diving (shipwrecks abound), snorkeling, fishing and all manner of water-related activities. Key West is arguably the most famous of the numerous islands. Author Ernest Hemingway was so taken with the tropical town that he made his home there in the 1930s. It is the southernmost point of the continental U.S. Marathon Key and is situated in the Middle Florida Keys. With a strong fishing heritage, half-day and full-day boat charters are available to help you live your fishing dreams!

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as an enhanced driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
  • December through February: 77° to 76° (Winter)
  • March through May: 78° to 85° (Spring)
  • June through August: 88° to 91° (Summer)
  • September through November: 89° to 79° (Autumn)

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Eastern Time

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.

Top Experiences

  • Hemingway House Museum : The former residence of author Ernest Hemingway, located in Key West. Now run by descendants of his cat, Snow White.

  • Turtle Hospital : Located on Marathon, this turtle hospital is a small non-profit organization that helps to rehabilitate endangered sea turtles. Take a tour and help feed the turtles.

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