Marathon Cottages and RV Park

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Location

Installation
Marathon Coast Guard Station, FL
GPS Coordinates
24.7102, -81.106
Location Information
Matathon, FL

Directions

Directions
In the Florida Keys on US-1. Exit mile marker 48 at Marathon. On base.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(305) 535-4565
Fax Number
(305)535-4566
Mailing Address
USCG Commanding Officer (fm), 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5101

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, GS/NAF personnel.
Season
All year
Reservations
Accepted for RV sites, required for Cottages. Reservation policy is complicated, so download and read the appropriate reservation application.
Internet Access
Verizon Broadband works.
Pet Information
No pets in cottages. Pets must be walked OUTSIDE of the station perimeter. Usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
Cottage rental rates depends on rank (see application). 12 day limit on cottages. 14 day limit on RV spaces.
Facilities
BBQ Grills, Volleyball, Water Sports, Diving.
Amenities
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Swimming

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Paved
4
W/20,30,50A/S
$30
N/A
N/A
Cottages
4
Full
$50 - $85
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

A nice vacation spot in the Florida Keys. A busy place, so be sure to follow the instructions and get early reservations.

Photos

Idle rental boats in front of the cottages
One of the RV pads

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4.0  (21)
Rick from MWR called in the AM to make sure we were arriving then greeted us at the gate. He gave us the internet code, rules, showed us the laundry and told us about Sombrero Beach 2 miles away, white sand and picnic tables. Good launching point for kayaks. We were in site #1, had a nice view of the water. Very quiet here except for the construction next door 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. We talked to some of the guardsmen but for the most part did not see them much. Only saw the dog from a distance, never by the RV sites. Only RV 4 of the 7 days we were here so using the free laundry was no problem. Internet is OK most of the time, no TV with the antenna. The rate is now $30 per day, a bit high for military, but the location is great if you want to explore the "Keys". The Mile Marker 48 sign is just past the gate - but look for the red & green markers at the gate -easy to spot.
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4.6
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pinklady Reviewed by pinklady November 21, 2013
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November 15-21, 2013

Rick from MWR called in the AM to make sure we were arriving then greeted us at the gate. He gave us the internet code, rules, showed us the laundry and told us about Sombrero Beach 2 miles away, white sand and picnic tables. Good launching point for kayaks. We were in site #1, had a nice view of the water. Very quiet here except for the construction next door 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. We talked to some of the guardsmen but for the most part did not see them much. Only saw the dog from a distance, never by the RV sites. Only RV 4 of the 7 days we were here so using the free laundry was no problem. Internet is OK most of the time, no TV with the antenna. The rate is now $30 per day, a bit high for military, but the location is great if you want to explore the "Keys". The Mile Marker 48 sign is just past the gate - but look for the red & green markers at the gate -easy to spot.

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I initially did a review when we arrived on 6 Feb concerning issues with renting the boats. After staying 2 weeks at Marathon, I am posting some updates. When we arrived, we were greeted by one of the MWR folks and given a letter from 2005 that explained the rules; many of them were currently out of date. We hardly ever saw someone from MWR again, unless we hunted them down to ask a question. About half the campers received the internet codes when they arrived and half did not. We had to get it from another camper and passed it on to at least one other camper. I learned from reading reviews on this site about the free laundry, but another camper went into town and paid $4 a load because they didn’t know. The facility has one large-capacity washer and dryer near the cottages and I never had to wait the two times I used them. The washer and dryer each take about 45 minutes to run through their cycles. The best thing we found about this campsite is the location. We towed a trailer, so it was easy for us to get around in our truck. We loved the close location to several State parks, especially Bahia Honda. For those who don’t have a seperate vehicle to get around, it isn’t a great place to stay since there isn’t any recreation available on the station. Our neighbors rode their bikes around, and said when they got tired the local taxi company would haul them and their bicycles back from anywhere in Marathon for $5.00. Yes, the dog Roscoe was allowed to roam. He’s friendly and I’m an animal lover, so I didn’t mind. When I saw him “dumping” in the camping area, I simply let one of the coastguardsmen know and asked them to please have someone police the area. As far as renting one of the boats, we never saw them leave the station. Here is an update we received on current rental policy in an email from Casey Malloy, the regional MWR director: “Required documentation: up until Dec 12, the only requirement to rent a boat was a specified online boat safety class. However, after the inspection the requirement is to attend a AUX (8 hour) boat safety class in person. This is the process we are currently addressing. As to the specific documentation, completion of the class should be signed by the local flotilla training POC. Again, we know that is a strain for our customers and that is why we are going forward to request a change to that requirement based on Florida Law and the lack of available classes. In addition, our plan (nothing is completed) to waive the Auxiliary course to anyone with a qual letter from their OINC certifying them as coxswains for small boats. For cutter men they have to present a Deck Watch Officer or coxswain certification. For both they have to be either assigned and/or no more than 3 years from their last underway assignment.” If you want to rent a boat, I suggest you contact them for the current rental information. Give yourself plenty of time because most of the Coast Guard Auxilary courses are taught over a month-long period. Also, I don’t know if “the local training POC” in this case means the course has to be taught in the Florida Keys so you need to get clarification on this before wasting your time. If anyone has the answer, it would be much appreciated if you posted an update.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
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4.0
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4.0
Carol202 Reviewed by Carol202 March 17, 2013
Last updated: March 17, 2013
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6 - 20 Feb 2013

I initially did a review when we arrived on 6 Feb concerning issues with renting the boats. After staying 2 weeks at Marathon, I am posting some updates. When we arrived, we were greeted by one of the MWR folks and given a letter from 2005 that explained the rules; many of them were currently out of date. We hardly ever saw someone from MWR again, unless we hunted them down to ask a question. About half the campers received the internet codes when they arrived and half did not. We had to get it from another camper and passed it on to at least one other camper. I learned from reading reviews on this site about the free laundry, but another camper went into town and paid $4 a load because they didn’t know. The facility has one large-capacity washer and dryer near the cottages and I never had to wait the two times I used them. The washer and dryer each take about 45 minutes to run through their cycles. The best thing we found about this campsite is the location. We towed a trailer, so it was easy for us to get around in our truck. We loved the close location to several State parks, especially Bahia Honda. For those who don’t have a seperate vehicle to get around, it isn’t a great place to stay since there isn’t any recreation available on the station. Our neighbors rode their bikes around, and said when they got tired the local taxi company would haul them and their bicycles back from anywhere in Marathon for $5.00. Yes, the dog Roscoe was allowed to roam. He’s friendly and I’m an animal lover, so I didn’t mind. When I saw him “dumping” in the camping area, I simply let one of the coastguardsmen know and asked them to please have someone police the area. As far as renting one of the boats, we never saw them leave the station. Here is an update we received on current rental policy in an email from Casey Malloy, the regional MWR director: “Required documentation: up until Dec 12, the only requirement to rent a boat was a specified online boat safety class. However, after the inspection the requirement is to attend a AUX (8 hour) boat safety class in person. This is the process we are currently addressing. As to the specific documentation, completion of the class should be signed by the local flotilla training POC. Again, we know that is a strain for our customers and that is why we are going forward to request a change to that requirement based on Florida Law and the lack of available classes. In addition, our plan (nothing is completed) to waive the Auxiliary course to anyone with a qual letter from their OINC certifying them as coxswains for small boats. For cutter men they have to present a Deck Watch Officer or coxswain certification. For both they have to be either assigned and/or no more than 3 years from their last underway assignment.” If you want to rent a boat, I suggest you contact them for the current rental information. Give yourself plenty of time because most of the Coast Guard Auxilary courses are taught over a month-long period. Also, I don’t know if “the local training POC” in this case means the course has to be taught in the Florida Keys so you need to get clarification on this before wasting your time. If anyone has the answer, it would be much appreciated if you posted an update.

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Idle rental boats in front of the cottages
One of the RV pads
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OK location. Limited in walking area. Surrounding area primarily non-retail, non-tourist business in our opinion. No real amenities or facilities. Small RV site is all there is. NO access to any facilities (gym, bldg restrooms). No water access of any kind or boat, kayak, canoe launching. MWR rep greets on arrival; that is extent of involvement. Access in/out not a problem. With only 4 RV sites on one side of base and 4 cottages on other there isn't much activity. The young CoastGuardsmen were all polite. Really only negative is the Base not adhering to the published pet leash policy. Their station dog, Roscoe, was always loose without leash and peeing on RV wheels and dumping all over. Despite repeated comments to the young men outside and to #3 in charge maintenance chief, there was no interest, concern, or call to attention about the problem. Response was the master chief oic made base policy. Unsure of real meaning of that. I believe in everyone following all the rules.
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2.9
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elysium3 Reviewed by elysium3 March 12, 2013
Last updated: March 12, 2013
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Mar 2013

OK location. Limited in walking area. Surrounding area primarily non-retail, non-tourist business in our opinion. No real amenities or facilities. Small RV site is all there is. NO access to any facilities (gym, bldg restrooms). No water access of any kind or boat, kayak, canoe launching. MWR rep greets on arrival; that is extent of involvement. Access in/out not a problem. With only 4 RV sites on one side of base and 4 cottages on other there isn't much activity. The young CoastGuardsmen were all polite. Really only negative is the Base not adhering to the published pet leash policy. Their station dog, Roscoe, was always loose without leash and peeing on RV wheels and dumping all over. Despite repeated comments to the young men outside and to #3 in charge maintenance chief, there was no interest, concern, or call to attention about the problem. Response was the master chief oic made base policy. Unsure of real meaning of that. I believe in everyone following all the rules.

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This is our first day at this facility, and I hope to write more later, after we get a better feel for the place. But I just had to write about our experience with the boat rentals. One of the reasons we came here was the easy and relatvely inexpensive access to boat rental. For a year, my husband and I have looked forward to leisurley days out on the water hunting for lobsters and doing underwater photography. I was aware the cottages got first dibs on the boats, but I figured there would be some days available to us during our two-week stay. Right after checking in, I asked who we should talk to about renting a boat. I was immediately asked if I had sat through the 9.5 hour Coast Guard Class. No, I spent a couple of days doing the online Boat U.S. course which I was told was required--I had my card and a certificate. Well, the rules had "just" changed and now you needed to take a 9.5-hour course in a classroom, that was offered nowhere in the Keys. It's not the fault of the MWR folks here--they are frustrated that their boats are now sitting at the docks. Here is the real irony. My husband is a licensed boat captain able to pilot 100-ton vessels. His license is issued by the COAST GUARD, yet he is not allowed to rent a recreational boat here at the Marathon COAST GUARD station. He spent 96 hours in a classroom and a minimum of 500 days at sea to get this license. When I made our reservation, I was told this license could be used in lieu of the Boat U.S. course which I took. Carol Cox, CMSgt Retired, USAF
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3.5
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3.0
Carol202 Reviewed by Carol202 February 06, 2013
Last updated: February 07, 2013
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6 Feb 2013

This is our first day at this facility, and I hope to write more later, after we get a better feel for the place. But I just had to write about our experience with the boat rentals. One of the reasons we came here was the easy and relatvely inexpensive access to boat rental. For a year, my husband and I have looked forward to leisurley days out on the water hunting for lobsters and doing underwater photography. I was aware the cottages got first dibs on the boats, but I figured there would be some days available to us during our two-week stay. Right after checking in, I asked who we should talk to about renting a boat. I was immediately asked if I had sat through the 9.5 hour Coast Guard Class. No, I spent a couple of days doing the online Boat U.S. course which I was told was required--I had my card and a certificate. Well, the rules had "just" changed and now you needed to take a 9.5-hour course in a classroom, that was offered nowhere in the Keys. It's not the fault of the MWR folks here--they are frustrated that their boats are now sitting at the docks. Here is the real irony. My husband is a licensed boat captain able to pilot 100-ton vessels. His license is issued by the COAST GUARD, yet he is not allowed to rent a recreational boat here at the Marathon COAST GUARD station. He spent 96 hours in a classroom and a minimum of 500 days at sea to get this license. When I made our reservation, I was told this license could be used in lieu of the Boat U.S. course which I took. Carol Cox, CMSgt Retired, USAF

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We are located here as I write this review. Reservations were easy. Download the pdf form and fill it out on your computer and send it in via email with you credit card information or you can fax. The reservation clerk is very good and will send you a receipt and confirmation when all is complete. This is a great location midway out on the Keys. It is nothing fancy but worth the price as everything else around is $100 a day plus. We have a reasonable space but may be a little tight for some. The concrete patios are cracked and need repair. The 30 and 50 amp power is stable and good. Water quality great and free wifi is the best I have found across the USA as very fast speed and easy to get on. The free laundry is a plus. The front gate is not manned but you have to a call box which rings the command center office and you tell them who you are and they open the gate. You also need to unhook your toad/car before getting here as the turn and gate entry is short and narrow. Getting out all you need to do is pull up to the gate and it will open. They have a great deal on renting boats for the day for $98 from 8AM to 5PM for about $95 for the day plus what fuel you use. You will need to prove you have taken and passed a Coast Guard Aux. training course before they let you have it. This is not a resort but beautiful view of the bay and quiet. RV1 space is closest and faces water on passenger’s side of rig. RV2 space is OK. RV3 space has a tree in the rear that limits backing up all the way. RV4 space is OK. RV5 space is OK. RV6 space is OK and has no one on drivers side but lots of grass. Lots of grass to walk dogs on leash. Local restaurants are plentiful within a few miles for all meals. Gas and diesel are same price as southern Florida but I still topped off coming out here in Homestead FL.
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USAF68 Reviewed by USAF68 February 04, 2013
Last updated: February 04, 2013
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February 2 - 6 2013

We are located here as I write this review. Reservations were easy. Download the pdf form and fill it out on your computer and send it in via email with you credit card information or you can fax. The reservation clerk is very good and will send you a receipt and confirmation when all is complete. This is a great location midway out on the Keys. It is nothing fancy but worth the price as everything else around is $100 a day plus. We have a reasonable space but may be a little tight for some. The concrete patios are cracked and need repair. The 30 and 50 amp power is stable and good. Water quality great and free wifi is the best I have found across the USA as very fast speed and easy to get on. The free laundry is a plus. The front gate is not manned but you have to a call box which rings the command center office and you tell them who you are and they open the gate. You also need to unhook your toad/car before getting here as the turn and gate entry is short and narrow. Getting out all you need to do is pull up to the gate and it will open. They have a great deal on renting boats for the day for $98 from 8AM to 5PM for about $95 for the day plus what fuel you use. You will need to prove you have taken and passed a Coast Guard Aux. training course before they let you have it. This is not a resort but beautiful view of the bay and quiet. RV1 space is closest and faces water on passenger’s side of rig. RV2 space is OK. RV3 space has a tree in the rear that limits backing up all the way. RV4 space is OK. RV5 space is OK. RV6 space is OK and has no one on drivers side but lots of grass. Lots of grass to walk dogs on leash. Local restaurants are plentiful within a few miles for all meals. Gas and diesel are same price as southern Florida but I still topped off coming out here in Homestead FL.

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J.B. left this review using the Directory software: - This is a great place to stay for a base camp! No frills but is secure, quiet, and convenient to explore Keys. We stayed 4 nights and very happy with location. Didn't look to do any rentals but were told of availability. No store but KMart close and other grocery stores.
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy July 15, 2012
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April 2012

J.B. left this review using the Directory software: - This is a great place to stay for a base camp! No frills but is secure, quiet, and convenient to explore Keys. We stayed 4 nights and very happy with location. Didn't look to do any rentals but were told of availability. No store but KMart close and other grocery stores.

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Great for visit to Keys. Very quiet and secure. Used as base camp and was able to leave and come back and not worry about rv. Must be totally self contained due to no bathrooms, showers etc. Very nice and received prompt replies to emails and reservation.
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3.7
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Gramps1949 Reviewed by Gramps1949 July 08, 2012
Last updated: July 08, 2012
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April 28th-April 30th, 2012

Great for visit to Keys. Very quiet and secure. Used as base camp and was able to leave and come back and not worry about rv. Must be totally self contained due to no bathrooms, showers etc. Very nice and received prompt replies to emails and reservation.

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This is just the right spot to explore the Florida Keys. Simple full hook up for your RV and a great base camp. If you want an RV Resort, then look else where. It is a secure site with a gated entrance so you have no worries leaving your rig there while you are out and about in the Keys. I found all the personal I came into contact with to be outstanding. My Grandson and I loved watching the Coast Guardsmen load up and take out their Patrol Boats each Morning. There is a small facility for rental of some equipment, but I did not check it out as I was there to explore, future trips may include activities such as fishing or boating, then this may become important to me. I was given a tour of one of the cabins available for Rent and was very pleased with what I saw. Again this is not a RESORT, it is a simple base of operations on a small "Law Enforcement" facility. This site is use by several "Law Enforcement" groups and that activity comes first, but I found it to be no problem in any manner and will return here again and again (if available).
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5.0
Mochisme Reviewed by Mochisme April 29, 2012
Last updated: April 29, 2012
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Apr 22 - 25, 2012

This is just the right spot to explore the Florida Keys. Simple full hook up for your RV and a great base camp. If you want an RV Resort, then look else where. It is a secure site with a gated entrance so you have no worries leaving your rig there while you are out and about in the Keys. I found all the personal I came into contact with to be outstanding. My Grandson and I loved watching the Coast Guardsmen load up and take out their Patrol Boats each Morning. There is a small facility for rental of some equipment, but I did not check it out as I was there to explore, future trips may include activities such as fishing or boating, then this may become important to me. I was given a tour of one of the cabins available for Rent and was very pleased with what I saw. Again this is not a RESORT, it is a simple base of operations on a small "Law Enforcement" facility. This site is use by several "Law Enforcement" groups and that activity comes first, but I found it to be no problem in any manner and will return here again and again (if available).

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Okay, hold onto your hat, this may take a while. For those looking for the "campground" experience; campfires, yucking it up with your neighbors, walking to the cantina for things, this isn't your place. The MWR "shack" is just that, a tool shed size bldg that you can reserve one of three 21-22', center control, outboard powered boats for $80/day plus gas. We had a great time renting one. Be prepared to show FL boating course and take a 20 question test before renting a boat. There is no ticket sales, and only the smallest of supplies, e.g. a few bottles of sunscreen, some t-shirts, but thats it. This station is 100 yds wide by 300 yds deep. Thats it. For those looking for a base of operations, this place is the heat! As a family of four, we had a blast traveling up and down the Keys from this Marathon location. Two miles from this station there is a Publix and Winn Dixie for groceries and a K-Mart, all in the same parking lot/across the street from each other. In the K-Mart parking lot there is also a Tom Thumb with the cheapest diesel in the area. A turtle rescue center is 1/2 mile from here. A dolphin research center is at MM 57 and is wonderful for the whole family. 7 Mile bridge is only one mile from here via a bike path (which parallels the complete US1) and it a great ride. Bahia Honda SP is just west of the 7 Mile bridge and is the spot for beach activities. There are also public beaches east and west along US1. Utilities are 50 and 30 amp and provide unwavering power. Water was a constant pressure and sewer provided no problem. As stated, there are only 4 sites and being a small station, not that much space to maneuver and back in rigs. The USCG personnel are wonderful and stay to themselves. They are friendly to talk to and did answer questions about the local sites and activities.
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Hawkeye 84 Reviewed by Hawkeye 84 June 27, 2011
Last updated: June 28, 2011
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12-25 June 2011

Okay, hold onto your hat, this may take a while. For those looking for the "campground" experience; campfires, yucking it up with your neighbors, walking to the cantina for things, this isn't your place. The MWR "shack" is just that, a tool shed size bldg that you can reserve one of three 21-22', center control, outboard powered boats for $80/day plus gas. We had a great time renting one. Be prepared to show FL boating course and take a 20 question test before renting a boat. There is no ticket sales, and only the smallest of supplies, e.g. a few bottles of sunscreen, some t-shirts, but thats it. This station is 100 yds wide by 300 yds deep. Thats it. For those looking for a base of operations, this place is the heat! As a family of four, we had a blast traveling up and down the Keys from this Marathon location. Two miles from this station there is a Publix and Winn Dixie for groceries and a K-Mart, all in the same parking lot/across the street from each other. In the K-Mart parking lot there is also a Tom Thumb with the cheapest diesel in the area. A turtle rescue center is 1/2 mile from here. A dolphin research center is at MM 57 and is wonderful for the whole family. 7 Mile bridge is only one mile from here via a bike path (which parallels the complete US1) and it a great ride. Bahia Honda SP is just west of the 7 Mile bridge and is the spot for beach activities. There are also public beaches east and west along US1. Utilities are 50 and 30 amp and provide unwavering power. Water was a constant pressure and sewer provided no problem. As stated, there are only 4 sites and being a small station, not that much space to maneuver and back in rigs. The USCG personnel are wonderful and stay to themselves. They are friendly to talk to and did answer questions about the local sites and activities.

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Don't go here! Especially the cottages, you have to clean the cottage after you leave, I'm not talking just pick-up, I'm talking mopping the floors and scrubbing the bathroom. You better bring your own towels, the ones provided are about 100 years old and totally worn. You cannot move around the very small complex, everything is off limits. This was just a bad experience.
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1.5
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1.0
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1.0
louoddo Reviewed by louoddo August 24, 2010
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August 10th 2010

Don't go here! Especially the cottages, you have to clean the cottage after you leave, I'm not talking just pick-up, I'm talking mopping the floors and scrubbing the bathroom. You better bring your own towels, the ones provided are about 100 years old and totally worn. You cannot move around the very small complex, everything is off limits. This was just a bad experience.

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Great Location, halfway to Key West. No bath house, but full hookups. No real facilities for use, a small store, but it's mostly for buying fishing gear. For $25 a night, it's a steal. Looked at other campgrounds in the keys, but this provides the peace and quiet we like. The reservation process seemed a bit complicated, but it's worth the trouble.
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billgila Reviewed by billgila April 28, 2010
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23-25 April 2010

Great Location, halfway to Key West. No bath house, but full hookups. No real facilities for use, a small store, but it's mostly for buying fishing gear. For $25 a night, it's a steal. Looked at other campgrounds in the keys, but this provides the peace and quiet we like. The reservation process seemed a bit complicated, but it's worth the trouble.

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Sure the reservation process is not user friendly, but it is manageable. The location makes it easy to get to Key West and other areas of interest. There are two 30Amp and two 50Amp sites. Site three is tight against site two, but for the most part sites are very deep and spacious. Gate cards are a thing of the past. Gate combo is now in use. Rick and Randy do a good job of managing the sites. After a trip to look at Sigsby and how tight those spaces are, I am glad we stayed where we did. We would go back again. $25.00 a day in the Keys in November is a good deal.
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5.0
revadeux Reviewed by revadeux November 16, 2009
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3 - 10 November 2009

Sure the reservation process is not user friendly, but it is manageable. The location makes it easy to get to Key West and other areas of interest. There are two 30Amp and two 50Amp sites. Site three is tight against site two, but for the most part sites are very deep and spacious. Gate cards are a thing of the past. Gate combo is now in use. Rick and Randy do a good job of managing the sites. After a trip to look at Sigsby and how tight those spaces are, I am glad we stayed where we did. We would go back again. $25.00 a day in the Keys in November is a good deal.

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This was our second visit to Marathon Coast Guard Station RV Park. Both times we were in site #4. Both times we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There is enough to do in Marathon that we did not miss the usual on base amenities and facilities. After 70 days at Trumbo Point with no water, sewer or electric Marathon CGS is heaven.
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4.6
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3.0
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5.0
frankiebauer Reviewed by frankiebauer April 01, 2009
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March 11-22, 2009

This was our second visit to Marathon Coast Guard Station RV Park. Both times we were in site #4. Both times we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There is enough to do in Marathon that we did not miss the usual on base amenities and facilities. After 70 days at Trumbo Point with no water, sewer or electric Marathon CGS is heaven.

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Not a place for me. Smelly sewer less than ten feet from door of slot 2 convinced me to forfeit payment for three more nights and move after one night. Pretty waterfront about 150-200 feet away was off-limits to RVers. No wi-fi or cable TV. I also got the $250.00 for lost card speech. In-brief/welcome consisted of do nots, but the guy - Rick - was pleasant. Different guy on duty the next morning was a jerk. Sometimes you feel like a second-class military person. I moved to Jolly Roger, about ten miles away near MM 59and paid $8.50 a night more with PassportAmerica. I highly recommend Jolly Roger. For sure I won't go back to the CG station.
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2.3
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4.0
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1.0
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3.0
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BudFoster Reviewed by BudFoster January 04, 2009
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Jan 3, 2009

Not a place for me. Smelly sewer less than ten feet from door of slot 2 convinced me to forfeit payment for three more nights and move after one night. Pretty waterfront about 150-200 feet away was off-limits to RVers. No wi-fi or cable TV. I also got the $250.00 for lost card speech. In-brief/welcome consisted of do nots, but the guy - Rick - was pleasant. Different guy on duty the next morning was a jerk. Sometimes you feel like a second-class military person. I moved to Jolly Roger, about ten miles away near MM 59and paid $8.50 a night more with PassportAmerica. I highly recommend Jolly Roger. For sure I won't go back to the CG station.

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We have stayed here before and enjoyed it, having learned you are basically on your own for activities. We happened on it previously and just happened to grab 5 open nights. This time we wanted to be sure, so we reserved. A rigorous procedure - you call the Miami phone number; we got a helpful guy who confirmed our dates were OK, and then took my Visa to hold it, but I had to MAIL the application, because he said the Coast Guard does NOT honor a fax'd signature. OK, fine, we abided by their regs, I took our laptop to a Kinko's, printed the application from their website, and invested $.42 and mailed it. Got a cell call from Miami confirming receipt of same and we were good to go. Got there afternoon of 8 December, got our site. Five days later we went to Key West to scope out Sigsbee since we wanted to go there next, and also did laundry and went to the Navy Exchange (NEX). Headed back to Marathon and I fumbled for my gate card to get access back to the USCG Campground, and could not find it. Punched the intercom on the gate and we got in OK. Next day we searched long and hard for the card, no luck. Being the honest soul that I am, I went over the the Camp host and told him I lost my card. He flatly said, "Hope you got your checkbook, because that will cost you $250." I had remembered being warned NOT to lose the card, but $250? Scheeez!!! Decided to go back to Sigsbee the next day and look in the laundry for the key. There IS a God because there, on the shelf above the washers, was THE card!! Some good soul had found it and just put it on the shelf, rather than throwing same away! LESSON LEARNED: Do NOT, repeat, do NOT lose your gate card! It ain't a Holiday Inn keycard!! These guys are SERIOUS about the replacement cost and they said in no uncertain terms that if you walk away with it or lose it, the US Coast Guard WILL find you and you WILL pay! You have to sign a statement to that effect, which we did, to pull into your space. Final thoughts....rules is rules is rules. Would I stay there again? Certainly. Just a bit more difficult to reserve, you're on your own, and FOLLOW THE RULES. Remember this is the 'real deal'. These guys can and do go out on missions 24/7, sometimes with the .50 cal mounted on the prow, ready for whatever they might encounter. They are serious about their mission, and expect you to seriously honor their rules.
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3.7
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
bigtom Reviewed by bigtom December 28, 2008
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8-15 December 2008

We have stayed here before and enjoyed it, having learned you are basically on your own for activities. We happened on it previously and just happened to grab 5 open nights. This time we wanted to be sure, so we reserved. A rigorous procedure - you call the Miami phone number; we got a helpful guy who confirmed our dates were OK, and then took my Visa to hold it, but I had to MAIL the application, because he said the Coast Guard does NOT honor a fax'd signature. OK, fine, we abided by their regs, I took our laptop to a Kinko's, printed the application from their website, and invested $.42 and mailed it. Got a cell call from Miami confirming receipt of same and we were good to go. Got there afternoon of 8 December, got our site. Five days later we went to Key West to scope out Sigsbee since we wanted to go there next, and also did laundry and went to the Navy Exchange (NEX). Headed back to Marathon and I fumbled for my gate card to get access back to the USCG Campground, and could not find it. Punched the intercom on the gate and we got in OK. Next day we searched long and hard for the card, no luck. Being the honest soul that I am, I went over the the Camp host and told him I lost my card. He flatly said, "Hope you got your checkbook, because that will cost you $250." I had remembered being warned NOT to lose the card, but $250? Scheeez!!! Decided to go back to Sigsbee the next day and look in the laundry for the key. There IS a God because there, on the shelf above the washers, was THE card!! Some good soul had found it and just put it on the shelf, rather than throwing same away! LESSON LEARNED: Do NOT, repeat, do NOT lose your gate card! It ain't a Holiday Inn keycard!! These guys are SERIOUS about the replacement cost and they said in no uncertain terms that if you walk away with it or lose it, the US Coast Guard WILL find you and you WILL pay! You have to sign a statement to that effect, which we did, to pull into your space. Final thoughts....rules is rules is rules. Would I stay there again? Certainly. Just a bit more difficult to reserve, you're on your own, and FOLLOW THE RULES. Remember this is the 'real deal'. These guys can and do go out on missions 24/7, sometimes with the .50 cal mounted on the prow, ready for whatever they might encounter. They are serious about their mission, and expect you to seriously honor their rules.

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The facilities for $25 in the keys is a deal. The staff was GREAT...... We had a site and a cabin and the site was great and the cabin had everything you would need. Had a full kitchen and was well kept. To rent a boat was $80 for a full day.. You can't find that in the keys. The gas was a little high $5.00 but great boats. Thanks for the great time. R&R
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4.6
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4.0
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rdouyard Reviewed by rdouyard December 24, 2008
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20-23 Dec 08

The facilities for $25 in the keys is a deal. The staff was GREAT...... We had a site and a cabin and the site was great and the cabin had everything you would need. Had a full kitchen and was well kept. To rent a boat was $80 for a full day.. You can't find that in the keys. The gas was a little high $5.00 but great boats. Thanks for the great time. R&R

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Easy access at well marked gate. Four RV sites with electrical (30 & 50A), water and sewer. No cable or antenna TV reception. Very clean, friendly staff. This is a working high security base, be prepared for the restrictions. You are limited to the campsites and/or cabin areas only. At $25 per night, it is reasonable. No laundry, restrooms or showers. No exchange facilities. It is a place to stay while you do other things. We will camp here again in the future.
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3.7
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
fgalend Reviewed by fgalend December 16, 2008
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Dec 16, 2008

Easy access at well marked gate. Four RV sites with electrical (30 & 50A), water and sewer. No cable or antenna TV reception. Very clean, friendly staff. This is a working high security base, be prepared for the restrictions. You are limited to the campsites and/or cabin areas only. At $25 per night, it is reasonable. No laundry, restrooms or showers. No exchange facilities. It is a place to stay while you do other things. We will camp here again in the future.

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I would not recommend this place to anyone. It is obvious that they grudgingly tolerate you but it is even more obvious that they don't really WANT you there. There is NO one to ask questions of, if the caretaker isn't there. EVERYTHING is off limits. There is a beautiful waterfront area just feet from the 4 camping spaces but it is strictly off limits due to liability issues. When I looked around one day wanting to ask a question, every door was locked and no admittance signs were everywhere. When I finally found a coastguardsman to talk to, he had his hand on his pistol at his side as I approached him. I am a middle aged woman and I wouldn't say that I look like a terrorist! He was definately NOT friendly, either, even when I explained that I just wanted to ask a question regarding the RV park. We had a difficult time finding the place as it is not labeled well and is right on Hwy 1, so overshot the entrance and had to find a place to turn around, which is tough w/a 5th wheel. There was very limited TV reception. Some days we got a channel or two for a couple of hours but most of the days we got NO TV reception. I didn't get that at all. It is certainly too much money for what you get. They had recently raised the rates to $25 a day. I realize that it's THE KEYS, but there is nothing to do there and no facilities of any kind on the tiny base and Key West is 50 miles away. The reservation process is difficult. You cannot make reservations over the phone, instead you have to fax or mail the reservation in which is not an easy process if you're a full timer and yet when we were there, we were the only ones in the RV park a lot of the days. We're not normally hard to please, nor are we complainers, and have never had a similar experience at any other military RV park. We would never go back, which probably would make them very happy to hear. I don't know why they just don't close the RV "park" down. Mail forwarded there is not permitted but you can have mail forwarded to you general delivery at the U.S. Post Office just up the street.
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CathyJ1952 Reviewed by CathyJ1952 May 16, 2008
Last updated: May 18, 2008
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27 MAR - 7 APR 2008

I would not recommend this place to anyone. It is obvious that they grudgingly tolerate you but it is even more obvious that they don't really WANT you there. There is NO one to ask questions of, if the caretaker isn't there. EVERYTHING is off limits. There is a beautiful waterfront area just feet from the 4 camping spaces but it is strictly off limits due to liability issues. When I looked around one day wanting to ask a question, every door was locked and no admittance signs were everywhere. When I finally found a coastguardsman to talk to, he had his hand on his pistol at his side as I approached him. I am a middle aged woman and I wouldn't say that I look like a terrorist! He was definately NOT friendly, either, even when I explained that I just wanted to ask a question regarding the RV park. We had a difficult time finding the place as it is not labeled well and is right on Hwy 1, so overshot the entrance and had to find a place to turn around, which is tough w/a 5th wheel. There was very limited TV reception. Some days we got a channel or two for a couple of hours but most of the days we got NO TV reception. I didn't get that at all. It is certainly too much money for what you get. They had recently raised the rates to $25 a day. I realize that it's THE KEYS, but there is nothing to do there and no facilities of any kind on the tiny base and Key West is 50 miles away. The reservation process is difficult. You cannot make reservations over the phone, instead you have to fax or mail the reservation in which is not an easy process if you're a full timer and yet when we were there, we were the only ones in the RV park a lot of the days. We're not normally hard to please, nor are we complainers, and have never had a similar experience at any other military RV park. We would never go back, which probably would make them very happy to hear. I don't know why they just don't close the RV "park" down. Mail forwarded there is not permitted but you can have mail forwarded to you general delivery at the U.S. Post Office just up the street.

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Like everyone else the enterance is tuff, driving a 40 foot motorhome with a toad is BAD, blocks traffic. We came with a friend and they were just behind us and we blocked traffic for a while, our friend had to move to the motel to turn around and then enter the CG Station. Parking is a little tuff also since there isn't much room to turn around and the big tree in front of spot 4, they finally fiwed the metal plates in front of spot 1, they don't slip around anymore so you can drive over them with out worry. Over all the stay was great. This is the 3rd time we have stayed here and would do it again. We would prefer Sigsbee but then you can't be sure of a spot there since it's first come first served. The main support is at the NAS and Sigsbee and that's a drive for washing/drying. The price has been raised to 25.00 and that's a little pricey for what you get, but it's the KEYS. The MWR staff is just GREAT.
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4.6
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5.0
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3.0
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habu978 Reviewed by habu978 March 30, 2008
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Mar 28, 2008

Like everyone else the enterance is tuff, driving a 40 foot motorhome with a toad is BAD, blocks traffic. We came with a friend and they were just behind us and we blocked traffic for a while, our friend had to move to the motel to turn around and then enter the CG Station. Parking is a little tuff also since there isn't much room to turn around and the big tree in front of spot 4, they finally fiwed the metal plates in front of spot 1, they don't slip around anymore so you can drive over them with out worry. Over all the stay was great. This is the 3rd time we have stayed here and would do it again. We would prefer Sigsbee but then you can't be sure of a spot there since it's first come first served. The main support is at the NAS and Sigsbee and that's a drive for washing/drying. The price has been raised to 25.00 and that's a little pricey for what you get, but it's the KEYS. The MWR staff is just GREAT.

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We were in the park for the week of April 16 -23, 2007. First of all let us say that if your are looking for a RV site with secure, full hook-up, slightly over priced ($20.00 per night, with thoughts of an increase to $25/30), no amities (no internet, no washer, with the nearest full military support at the Key West Naval Air Station, 40 miles away) then we can highly recommend the Coast Guard Marathon RV Park. There are a few cautions. The location and getting into the park is more than just tricky, it can be almost impossible. The entrance gate is located just a few feet off of US-1. The gate is TV monitored, unmanned and electronic controlled from the headquarters building. There is a push to talk communications box located too low to reach from the drivers window of any class 'C' or class 'A' motor home. The first caution is that if you are towing a 5th wheel or a motor home with a tow vehicle, most of you vehicle will still be stuck well out into US-1 while you communicate with the duty security officer. Caution number two; don't try to gain entry before the published check-in time of 2:00. We arrived at 12:30, for our week stay, and were advised that the park manager was out to lunch and we were denied entry until the check-in time of 2:00 (What ever happen to delegation of authority?). We explained that we had a logistic problem in as much as the front of our rig was inches away from the gate and our tow vehicle was still blocking south bound traffic on U.S. 1. We further advised that we could not back up. Only then were we allowed to enter, but only to turn our rig around to exit and to return after 2:00. We notice that our reserved RV site number 4 was empty at that time we were turning around.
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3.6
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macfeggan Reviewed by macfeggan June 20, 2007
Last updated: June 23, 2007
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April 16-23, 2007

We were in the park for the week of April 16 -23, 2007. First of all let us say that if your are looking for a RV site with secure, full hook-up, slightly over priced ($20.00 per night, with thoughts of an increase to $25/30), no amities (no internet, no washer, with the nearest full military support at the Key West Naval Air Station, 40 miles away) then we can highly recommend the Coast Guard Marathon RV Park. There are a few cautions. The location and getting into the park is more than just tricky, it can be almost impossible. The entrance gate is located just a few feet off of US-1. The gate is TV monitored, unmanned and electronic controlled from the headquarters building. There is a push to talk communications box located too low to reach from the drivers window of any class 'C' or class 'A' motor home. The first caution is that if you are towing a 5th wheel or a motor home with a tow vehicle, most of you vehicle will still be stuck well out into US-1 while you communicate with the duty security officer. Caution number two; don't try to gain entry before the published check-in time of 2:00. We arrived at 12:30, for our week stay, and were advised that the park manager was out to lunch and we were denied entry until the check-in time of 2:00 (What ever happen to delegation of authority?). We explained that we had a logistic problem in as much as the front of our rig was inches away from the gate and our tow vehicle was still blocking south bound traffic on U.S. 1. We further advised that we could not back up. Only then were we allowed to enter, but only to turn our rig around to exit and to return after 2:00. We notice that our reserved RV site number 4 was empty at that time we were turning around.

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