The Florida Keys and the Highway that goes to the Sea
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Monroe County is the southernmost county in Florida and the United States. It is made up of the Florida Keys and portions of the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve in the upper keys. Monroe County is made up of 3,737 square miles, mostly of water (73%).
Marathon is located in the Middle Keys and one of the largest island in the Florida Keys. Marathon contains approximately 6 square miles and has a population of about 8,500 full time residents. During season the population can increase to over 30,000 since the majority of our residents are short term visitors and/or second home owners.
Public Schools include Elementary, Middle School, High School and a 2 year college.
There are several shopping centers, banks and churches throughout Marathon.
The overseas highway also known as US 1 runs from Key Largo (entrance to the Florida Keys) to Key West (the southernmost end). The road has been under renovation for years and now boasts a new and improved highway.
Most of the commercial properties can be found on the Overseas Hwy with some of the marine industry and restaurants located on the ocean or gulf.
The residential properties are located throughout the Islands both on water and off. Prices range from $100,000 to well over $2,000,000 for luxury homes. Motels and mobile home parks are popular short terms stays for visitors along with many of the residential properties.
Marathon is an incorporated city on one of the largest Keys in the chain which extends 125 miles north from Key West to the entrance to the Florida Keys in Homestead.