US Coast Guard Station Marathon

District Seven

1800 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050

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US Coast Guard Station Marathon is a small boat search and rescue station in the US Coast Guard’s 7th District, Sector Key West. Established in the 1800’s as a seasonal US Government outpost, the station was eventually crewed by a Coast Guard Detachment from USCG Base Miami. Station Marathon was established on June 22, 1964. A permanent station was not established until June 25, 1965 – utilizing a houseboat for accommodations and a permanent land based station was built at mile marker 48 in August of 1968.

In the beginning, the station was comprised of two utility boats. The Coast Guard detachment from Miami came to Marathon for a nine-month period usually from February through October. Operations were run out of a communications van and the crew of 14 stayed in a local motel. Coast Guard Station Marathon was established in Marathon because of the hostilities with Cuba, the influx of Cuban migrants and the ever-increasing boating population. The first officially commissioned station was nothing more than a two-story houseboat moored at the same boat basin in which our boats moor today. The 3.75 acres of land was purchased on January 6, 1966 from Mr. Bill Davis who had been leasing the land and pier space to the Coast Guard. The present station was commissioned on December 20, 1967. During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s Station Marathon’s complement increased from 14 to 32 personnel. In the spring of 1985 the Station went through rehab. The boathouse, cottages, and pier were each torn down and rebuilt, and a launch ramp was installed. In November of 2004, Station Marathon was the first unit to successfully use warning shots/disabling fire against a migrant smuggling vessel. In October 2005, storm surge from Hurricane Wilma flooded the station buildings and grounds with four feet of seawater. In 2011 and again in 2013, Station Marathon received the coveted Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award for operational readiness.


Today Station Marathon responds to 300 Search and Rescue cases and conducts 500 Law Enforcement Boardings a year and is a key partner with the Marathon Turtle Hospital. Each year the station’s crew assists the Hospital staff in releasing Sea Turtles back to the wild and also recovers injured or sick turtles reported by Mariners. Coast Guard Station Marathon conducts 20 release missions a year.



The closest major airport to Marathon, Florida is Key West International Airport (EYW / KEYW).
This airport is in Key West, Florida and is 47 miles from the center of Marathon, FL.


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Stanley Switlik Elementary School
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Florida Department of Health – Monroe County (305) 293-7500
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County serves the residents of and visitors to the Florida Keys. DOH-Monroe maintains seven sites from Key West to Key Largo, including four clinics, three community health services offices and an administrative center.


Wesley House Family Services (305) 809-5000
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Florida Keys SPCA (305) 294-4857
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Base Operator (305) 743-6778


Currently, the US Coast Guard does not offer housing at Station Marathon.
Although, the MVR facility in Marathon is open to reservations for authorized MWR patrons.
There are 4 cottages, 2 recreational boats, 4 RV pads, and a basketball court situated on Vaca Key in the heart of the Florida Keys.
The cottages and RV Pads are located at USCG Station Marathon.
The marathon cottages are open year round and have topography similar to that of islands in the eastern Caribbean.
There are beaches and excellent fishing on both the Gulf and the Atlantic sides of the Key.
The marathon cottages are 111 miles southwest of Miami, 48 miles northeast of Key West, Florida.
Near mile marker 48 (mile markers are small green signs on right side of highway).
Authorized MWR patrons can make reservations for RV pads and Cottages in Marathon online.

Military ID/Proof of eligibility are required at check-in.

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In Marathon, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, humid, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 65°F to 89°F and is rarely below 56°F or above 91°F.


The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from June 2 to October 2, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 7, with an average high of 89°F and low of 81°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 7 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 77°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 65°F and high of 74°F.


The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from May 24 to October 16, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 59% on September 16. The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from October 16 to May 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on March 20.

The average cost of living in Marathon, FL is 122 – that puts it 23% higher than the average of Florida and 22% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Marathon, FL, the price of goods and services are 3% higher than the average of Florida as well as 1% higher than the nation’s average.

Marathon offers plenty of ways to enjoy its coastal seat, including sailing, snorkeling and kayaking tours and several clean beaches. But beyond its outdoor pursuits, Key West also lays claim to some interesting artifacts. Once the choice vacation getaway for Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and President Harry S. Truman, the island is home to more than a few historical treasures. Museums are scattered throughout, but the most activity is concentrated on the island’s western half. Duval Street is a particularly lively area for souvenir shoppers, budget dining and nightlife.


For the cleanest beach and best waters in Key West, you should head for the westernmost point of the island to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. There, you can sunbathe, hike, bike, fish and get a dose of history all in one place. Recent visitors favor this shoreline over Smathers Beach (the water is clearer, making it an ideal snorkeling spot), but travelers also warn that the sand is not soft and that beach shoes are needed to traverse the rocky terrain safely. While the beach might not be as powdery soft as some other Florida beaches, it does offer some great snorkeling opportunities, according to recent visitors. Along with your snorkel gear, pack some grilling food and charcoal: This beach has plenty of barbecue grills and rental equipment.


When you’re not admiring the waters that surround Key West from the beach, enjoy them from the deck of a boat. Several companies offer sailing, snorkeling and kayaking tours, not to mention sunset cruises. Danger Charters, Classic Harbor Line and Sebago Watersports all receive favorable reviews from recent travelers. There are also several tours designed exclusively for dolphin watching (the Florida Keys are a refuge for hundreds of dolphins every year) – Wild About Dolphins and Dolphin Watch are among the most popular, according to recent travelers.


You’ll find Smathers Beach on the southern shore of the island, about a mile from central Key West. It’s close to the airport, which can be a pro if you enjoy watching the planes take off and land, or a con if you’re not a fan of the noise.

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