Have you ever been to Marathon in the Florida Keys? I have lived in the “Heart of the Keys” since 1975 moving south from Detroit MI. Nestled in the “Middle” of the Florida Keys, we’re close to Miami, but not too close, and Key West, but not too close! The Marathon Chamber of Commerce calls us the “Boating & Family Destination in the Florida Keys.”
The Tourist Development Council (TDC) show visitors totals for Marathon grew substantially, 47% for 2010 versus 2009. More visitors are being drawn to Marathon…a sign the Middle Keys are becoming a tourism magnet. The TDC estimates 497,800 people visited Marathon in 2010, up from 337,000 in 2009.
“It’s further support for the direction Marathon and the Middle Keys are headed,” says Chamber CEO Daniel Samess.
Do you own a vacation rental property in Marathon? If so, officials say the biggest percentage jump, nearly 68%, came from vacation rentals, which increased from 23,000 to 38,600. We’ve also seen an increase in international visitors lately.
The Marathon Chamber of Commerce often states, “Come Back to the Keys.” Please do, you’ll be glad you did! I’ve been saying that for 36 years!
Warm regards from the Keys, Judy