USCG Station Marathon
1800 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050
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.
Cost of Living
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.
Getting to Know the Area
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.