Nestled alongside historic Overseas Highway, the Sandpiper Motel offers travelers the 'old-style' Florida Keys experience without the high prices. Just east of the famous Seven Mile Bridge, Sandpiper Motel is centrally located to all of Marathon Key's tourist attractions and provides easy access to Key West. Located at Mile Marker 48.5 (ocean-side), you will enjoy a comfortable and cozy stay in our old-style lodge while saving your vacation dollars for your holiday adventure. Swim with the dolphins, discover the marvelous world of the Florida Turtle, snorkle with Manta Rays, enjoy the nightlife and more! You will love our staff, our story and the comfortable and clean rooms which we offer. Enjoy your stay in your 'slice of paradise at the right price!'™
Each of our recently re-decorated rooms include the following amenities:
There are many things to do and see in the Central Florida Keys and Marathon area where we are located. We have some of the best diving and sport fishing in the World and depending on the time of year offer Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Kingfish, Wahoo, Marlin and Sailfish to name just a few. There are also all types of boat rentals including sailboats and jet skis in the immediate vicinity!
Dolphin Research Center is just 15 minutes away and offers narrated dolphin and sea lion behavior sessions every half an hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week. Sessions may include training of new behaviors, research trials, dolphin playtime, fun facts and much more! Admission prices: $17.50 for adults, $14.50 for seniors (55 and older), $11.50 for children 4-12 years old. Children under 4 admitted free with adult. Discount tickets are available from the Sandpiper Motel. Dolphin Encounter (swim program) and DolphinSplash (wade-in program) are available by reservation. Call 305-289-0002. Meet the Dolphin, Paint with the Dolphin and other programs are available on a walk-in basis. For more information about DRC's programs, visit www.dolphins.org. DOLPHINLAB - Dolphinlab is a college-accredited program which allows participants to spend a week immersed in the world of dolphins.
The Crane Point Hammock is located right next door to us at mile marker 50.5 and offers a museum of natural history and 63 acres of natural landscape with nature trails. At the Hammock you can also see a such things as a restored Bahamian conch house and makeshift rafts used to escape the clutches of Cuba's dictator, Fidel Castro. You can also get close to nature with the Hammock's sea life "touch" tanks. Admission is $7.50 per adult, children under are 6 free, seniors are $6.00. For more information call (305)743-9100. Discount tickets are available at the Sandpiper Motel.
Tours to this unique island adventure leave from the Pidgeon Key Visitor's Center. The Center is a short distance from the Sandpiper Motel at mile marker 47. The Pidgeon Key tour trolley leaves every hour from 10:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M.. This family adventure is an excellent experience in enjoying the natural environment of the Keys. The restored 1990's buildings are home to many interesting details of the construction of the original Seven Mile Bridge. There is a gift and book shop on the island. See the museum, relax at the dock and enjoy the adjacent open-water picnic area. You may call them at 305-743-5999. Discount tickets are available at the Sandpiper Motel.
Before enjoying a dinner in one of Marathon's fine restaurants, you may want to
park your car at the entrance to the expansive Seven Mile Bridge and
take a leisurely stroll on it, enjoying unobstructed views of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
The delightful breezes and the colors of the setting sun from this vantage point are s wonderful & FREE experience.
Due to the rehabiliation project, please visit Friends Of Old Seven for any current bridge closures.
Key West is only 40 minutes away by car (see map) and offers visitors a variety of shopping, activities, restaurants and night life not available in the upper Keys. Visit the coral reefs, Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, the Ernest Hemingway House or simply knock back a few at the world famous Sloppy Joe's or Hogg's Breath Saloons. Key West is, however, expensive and that is why increasing numbers of visitors to the Keys have been opting for the more reasonably priced lodging and more laid back lifestyle of the middle and upper Keys. Day trips from Marathon to Key West will make your stay in the Keys more economical.
Some seventy odd miles from Key West lie a little known group of islands known as the Dry Tortugas. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area. The entrance fee for Dry Tortugas National Park is $10.00 per person and is good for 7 consecutive days. Visitors under 16 years old do not pay for the entrance fee. If you hold a valid National Park Pass and are travelling either via ferry or seaplane, show your pass at check-in and the entrance fee will be deducted from your transportation cost.
Each of our recently re-decorated rooms
include the following amenities:
Private Bath, Complete Kitchen, Air Conditioning, Twin Double Beds Overhead Ceiling Fans, HDTV Flat Panel TV, Porch Seating, Clean, Light & Airy Rooms Desk & Dining Table, Customer WiFi, Lots Of Storage Space, And More!
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