Boot Key Harbor
"Marathon- the Heart of the Florida Keys"

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Boot Key Harbor Marinas - in Marathon


Boot Key Harbor - Marathon
In the Harbor

Greater Marathon Area
7 mile bridge to Duck Key

Upper Keys
North of Duck Key

Lower Keys
South of 7 mile Bridge

General Harbor Information: Anchor lights are required here. It's in international waters and can't be made a special anchorage area to eliminate this requirement. Pumpouts are available at the Florida Keys Marina (midharbor), Burdines (West end) and a "Honey Barge" is also available for pumpout at anchor.  The BKH bridge monitors Channel 09. (Click Here for a picture) You can clear approximately 25 ft with it closed - check with the bridgemaster.  There is a new (2002) gauge now at the base of the bridge. You'll have 65' of overhead clearance to the powerlines when the gauge reads 25'. Please be advised that the City of Marathon and Monroe County have proposals to make the Harbor a managed one, with anchoring regulations. Stay posted. (NOTE - 2009 - The Bridge is in the permanent OPEN position for now)

Zip code for all of Marathon, Key Colony Beach, Coco Plum and Duck Key is 33050 unless noted otherwise.

For a listing of supply and boating related services in Marathon, CLICK HERE.
Most of these Marinas in the harbor are highlighted on the Satellite Overview of Boot Key Harbor , or the Aerial Views of the Harbor

Marinas proceeding inbound from the West Harbor entrance by 7 mile bridge:

Please note that the waypoints listed here are for general reference to locate a Marina - they are NOT to be used to navigate within the Harbor. Click on the highlighted names to see pictures, where available.
Recommendations are based on the personal experiences of the webmaster

  • Marathon Marina & Boatyard. 1021 11th St Oceanside. 305-743-6575 Full Service Boat Yard. Fuel. Slips. Boat Store. Also has "rail" system for wooden boats. 24 42.248N 081 06.719W  Note that this is NOT the same as Marathon Boatyard listed below. This is the first marina as you enter the harbor from the West. It's also one of the largest facilities around Marathon.
  • 15th Street Marina at Boot Key Harbor.  890 15th St Oceanside. (305) 393-0383. We are located on the Ocean side just south of Boot Key Harbor and on 15th Street in Marathon.  Our marina consists of 28 live aboard wet slips and wharf space for private commercial fisherman.  Some of the products produced at the marina include Florida Spiny Lobster, Stone Crab, Ballyhoo, Natural Sponges, and Tropical Fish. 24 42.356N  081 06.454W
  • Pancho’s Fuel Dock & Supplies. 1280 Oceanview Ave Marathon. 305-743-2281 Fuel, Convenience Store, Full bait shop, electric & water, liveaboards, monthly & daily slips. Texaco Fuel. 7 days 7am-7pm. Hablamos Espanol
    24 42.187N 081 06.585W
  • Burdine’s Waterfront (Marina). 1200 Oceanview Ave. (off 15th Street) 305-743-5317 (Previous Pinnellas) Free Coffee & donuts from 7-10am. 50 cent hot dogs.  cable & phone ready. 30&50a elec. Between Pancho’s and Faro Blanco Oceanside. Fuel, supplies, airfills, bait, groceries, pumpout. Nice boaters' "hang-out", fuel & provisioning spot. ChikiTiki bar & grille on the balcony deck level. Good food. Live entertainment many nights. Chiki Tiki Bar & Grille open Sun-Weds 11am-9pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-10pm.  (Recommended by Capt Greg)  24 42.196N 081 06.528W .

  • Faro Blanco Oceanside. (& Gulfside too - with the famous lighthouse - gulfside has swimming pool, but not oceanside) 1996 Overseas Hwy. 305-743-9018. 24 42.203N 081 06.468W  (Still closed 2009)

  • Marathon Boatyard. 2059 Overseas Hwy, Oceanside. 305-743-6641 (Also the Location of Dinghy Dock for West Marine, off to Starboard as you enter basin at end of entrance canal). A Full Service Boat Yard, and boat and outboard sales. No slips. 24 42.286N 081 06.243W. Also provides for outboard engine repairs. (accessible by water from the Harbor - enter at Marathon Boatyard #5 ) (Note that this is NOT the same as Marathon Marina & Boatyard listed above).

  • Marathon City Marina - Marathon.  800 35th St Oceanside. 305-743-2331or 305-289-7788  Pumpout available.  They also manage the moorings. Dinghy docks, showers, restrooms and laundry. 24 42.531N 081 05.462W (Formerly Florida Keys marina, then Pat & Kelly’s)

  • Dockside Lounge & Sombrero Marina. 35 Sombrero Blvd. 305-743-7000.  Live entertainment most nights. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Sunday Jam sessions.  24 42.541N 081 04.899W

  • Sombrero Resort & Lighthouse Marina. 19 Sombrero Blvd. 305-743-2250. Upscale resort marina at far East end of Harbor. Has Marathon Pizza & Italian food located there. One of the more expensive marinas (that and Faro Blanco Gulfside). Swimming pool (only marina in harbor with a pool), tennis courts.  24 42.679N 081 04.899W

  • Harbor Marine & Boat Ramp. 305-289-0505 (small boat marina by back of HOME DEPOT, East end of Harbor) Have current (Feb02) plans to install 30+ slip "Harbor Point" Marina there.
    24 42.733N 081 04.930W

The pumpout boat is based at Marathon City Marina (305-743-2331 and covers all of the Harbor, plus all of the Marinas around Marathon - both in the Harbor, Oceanside and on the Bayside of Marathon. Please use them and don't pump poop in our water (go more than 3 miles out and pump out offshore - that's what we usually do).

There are also many other marinas in the Marathon area that are outside of Boot Key Harbor itself - SEE THE GREATER MARATHON AREA LISTED ABOVE

If you're looking for Boat Ramps, they're listed on the CRUISING WAYPOINTS pages, listed along with other cruising spots

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