http://sea-trek.blogspot.com/2008/06/boot-key-harbor-marathon-florida.html and here we are again over 4 years later. Our observations are still pretty much the same. We are impressed with how clean the harbor has become and we applaud the efforts by the City and County to make it happen. But we're still reminded that Marathon is not interested in cruising boats that would prefer not to take advantage of one of the expensive marinas or pay for a mooring. The attitudes, although friendly, are pretty much, "this is how we do things and if it is not to your liking, see ya later."
We've met some great people on this visit and the one-on-one with other cruisers is always pleasant and fun. But the overall atmosphere, in my opinion, is not a welcoming one and I don't feel like a guest, but rather a cash cow that needs to be lead around by a bridle. I'm sure others will disagree and I would very much like to hear those thoughts if you have been a recent visitor.
Marathon Boat Yard (Not to be confused with Marathon Marina and Boatyard or Marathon City Marina) for any major repairs or haul-outs and Shoreline Inflatable Boat and Outboard repairs. Also Keys Welding for the reasonably priced and fast service on our new tank. All did a fabulous job in the various repairs we needed and we feel are priced fairly by normal Keys standards. Marathon Boat Yard is inside the harbor on the canal that runs next to the old Boot Key Bridge and Shoreline is right next to the West Marine store (we don't recommend West Marine) on Overseas Highway. Our favorite restaurants are Burdines, The Island Fish Co., and both ice cream shops in town (Kandios or Sweet Savannahs).
Our stay here has been way too long due to unexpected repairs and lousy weather patterns so we look forward to heading up to Key Biscayne within the next few days to wait again for weather and stage for the Bahamas crossing.