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Marathon Cottages and RV Pads


About MWR Facility in Marathon:

There are 4 cottages, 3 recreational boats, 4 RV pads, and a basketball court situated on Vaca Key in the heart of the Florida Keys. The cottages and RV Pads are located at USCG Station Marathon, in Marathon, Florida.

Physical Address:
Marathon Cottages and RV Pads
1800 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL

The marathon cottages are open year round and have topography similar to that of islands in the eastern Caribbean. There are beaches and excellent fishing on both the Gulf and the Atlantic sides of the Key. The marathon cottages are 111 miles southwest of Miami, 48 miles northeast of Key West, Florida. Near mile marker 48 (mile markers are small green signs on right side of highway). 

Base Miami Beach MWR Office Mailing Address
Commanding Officer (pm)
Coast Guard BASE Miami Beach
100 MacArthur Causeway
Miami Beach, FL  33139-5101

Base Miami Beach Office hours: Monday through Friday 0700 - 1500 hours
(Closed on Federal Holidays)
office phone: (305) 535 - 4565

Authorized MWR patrons can make reservations for RV pads and Cottages in Marathon online. To start the reservation process please continue reading the information on this page and the form will be at the bottom.

Online reservations are confirmed electronically by Base Miami Beach and requests are processed Tuesday through Friday.  For example; If you submit your online reservation request on Friday Night, you should expect to receive a confirmation on the following Tuesday.
Military ID/Proof of eligibility are required at check-in.

Facility Description

Activities in the area Boating, bicycling, hiking, swimming, water biking, kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and fishing (license may be required)
Recreation Equipment Available Outboard boats, bicycles, fishing gear, picnic tables, grills.
Cottage Information 4 one-bedroom cottages. Each can sleep 5 persons max: 1 double bed, 2 single sofa beds, and 1 rollaway bed. Cottages are completely furnished including air conditioning, cable TV, refrigerator, electric range, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cooking utensils, stainless steel service, pots, pans, linen, blankets, and towels. Extra towels are recommended. Pets are not allowed; smoking is prohibited.
Cottage Reservations

Reservations are accepted with full payment up to 6 months in advance.


Read the instruction below and submit your reservation request online

Marathon Cottages Instruction, Application and Rental Fees

RV Pads

4 RV pads, each with a concrete patio, picnic table, grill and standard hook ups for electric  (20, 30 & 50 amps), water and sewer.
No camping. RV's must be self-contained.
RV Pad

RV Pad Reservations
Read the instruction below and complete your reservation request online.

Reservations are accepted with full payment up to 1 year in advance.

Diagram RV

RV Pad instruction, application and Rental Fees

Scheduled day of arrival check-in is between 1400 and 1800 with the Cottage Caretaker at

1800 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL

Late arrivals check in with the Station OOD ($15 late fee charged for checking in after 1800 and must be pre arranged with the Lodge Host).  

THE HOURS OF 2200 AND 0730

Authorized MWR patrons can make reservations for RV pads and Cottages online.
Enter your desired arrival date below and number of guests to check availability and process your reservation.  Reservations are confirmed via email Tuesday through Thursday.

Valid Military ID/proof of eligibility are required at check-in. 

No check-in or check-outs are permitted on Federal Holidays, reservation requests will be cancelled if requested on these days. 

There is a curfew for all persons accessing the facility, including RV and Cottage guests.  The gates are secured from 10PM to 6AM Monday through Thursday and Midnight to 6AM Friday through Sunday.

Each cottage and RV pad are allowed 1 parking space. There are no exceptions.  No trailers or boats are allowed.

Full payment is required at time of reservation. 30 day advance notice is required to receive a refund on a cancelled reservation. If eligible for a refund, a 5% processing fee will be assessed.
Payment will be forfeited and no refund will be issued for cancellations made 29 days or less prior to reservation check in date.

Due to filters on .mil email accounts persons using those email addresses will likely not receive your confirmation notice.  Please use a personal email or call the Base Miami Beach Office (305) 535-4565 for your confirmation.  Reservations are processed Tuesday through Friday.

By agreeing to the terms presented when creating a reservation request online, all applicants affirm they have read the Privacy Act Statement and self certify to the terms in the posted Statement of Understanding.

Privacy Act Statement

In accordance with 5 United States Code (USC) 522(e)(3), the following information is cited when you are providing personal information to the U. S. Coast Guard.

Authority that authorized solicitation of the information:  14 USC 632.

Principal purpose for which information is intended to be used:  To provide the U. S. Coast Guard with sufficient information to evaluate the request for use of the recreation facilities under the auspices of Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.

The routine use that may be made of the information:  To provide a record of all applications for use of the Marathon recreation facilities controlled by Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.

Disclosure:  Voluntary; however, failure to provide the information may result in disapproval of the application.




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Last Modified 1/12/2016