Water and Boats Resources

Listed below is a list of some of the water activity and boating resources that you can enjoy in the Keys. This list is not all inclusive, and if you would like to have your business added, please click here to tell us about your business or attraction. We will be happy to add it.


Big Time Boat Rentals
(305) 289-0199
New boat rentals with 1 week to 1 day rental prices. Located at:
11499 Over Seas Hwy
Marathon, Florida Keys 33050

Boat docking

Marathon Docking

The public ramp is located at 33rd Street Gulf (Near the Stuffed Pig) off RT 1.  This ramp will handle most boats but can get congested at times.  Consideration to tide should be considered for deeper drafting crafts.


The Key Colony Beach Pay Ramp is located on the Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach Ocean side immediately before Charter Boat Row.  A bit narrow but  can handle most craft without issue.  Attention to tide should be monitored here as well if your crafts draft is 4 plus.  The price is currently $10 in and $10 out 12/08


Large boats should start their search with Cannon marine


  • Cannon Marine, about MM 48.8 Oceanside – just N (E) of Home Depot. Launches into the Harbor. Pvt (Fee)
  • Marathon Marina, about MM 47 Oceanside – down 11th St. Launches into the Harbor. Pvt (Fee – and watch your wallets!)
  • Sombrero Resort – Oceanside -Sombrero Blvd – behind the Publix Grocery at about MM 49, at the Kayak rental signs & tennis courts. Launches into Harbor. Pvt (fee)
  • Dodge Lake, – Gulfside – about MM 50.9 behind (North) of the airport. Take Aviation Blvd at West end of airport around to Dodge Lake on NW side of airport. Look for signs. Public
  • About MM 48.3 at traffic light. All the way to end by Yacht Club. Don’t park in Yacht club’s marked parking area. Public.
  • Marie’s Yacht Harbor. Pvt (fee)Coco Plum MM 54 Coco Plum Drive
  • Little Duck Key, MM 40

Boat Trailer Parking

Key Colony Beach

Contact The City Of Key Colony Beach at 305 289-1212. For $25 a day you can reserve trailer parking in a designated lot on 8th Street.


Whalers Plaza is located at Freds Beds just North Of Key Colony Beach.  Great rates, boat ramps also!

(305) 289 5772





Middle Keys Scuba
(305) 743-2902

If you’re looking to book a dive trip or purchase equipment at any price point, they can help you out. Some can’t miss dive excursions include the following:

  • Adelaide Baker – Lying in only 25 feet of water, this is a good dive for beginner and intermediate divers.
  • Sombrero Reef – Coral canyons and archways abound this system. You’ll see a multitude of tropical fish along with Snapper, Grouper and Grunt. Possibilities also exist for Moray, Sea Turtles and Lobster. This large area is a very nice dive.
  • Coffins Patch – Most of these coral patches lie in 20 feet or less, making it a nice intermediate to advanced snorkel locale or beginners scuba spot. You will also find some very nice Brain Coral specimens with the possibility of huge resident Barracuda sightings.
  • The Thunderbolt – 188 foot ship which is the main destination of advanced Divers in our area. The Bolt sits perfectly upright in 100 feet of water and is the home of large Angelfish, Jacks, and occasional pelagics.
  • The Gulf – You can drop your anchor in many areas of the shallow Gulf waters as an ideal location for children and beginner level snorkelers. With careful searching you’ll discover shells, lobster, a variety of different species of fish and many other interesting finds!

Snorkeling with the kids


Take em’ to the shallow gulf waters where they can explore sea life and shells in less than 6 feet for hours! The variety of life that you’ll find on the Oceanside reefs will not be present but they’ll find more life and remnants than you may expect. Shells, Lobster, and a variety of fish will keep them happy and provide great memories!