Sombrero Beach Marathon Key: Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar

Day Three in Marathon, Florida:  Stuffed Pig, Beach, Fishing and New Years Eve in The Keys

The Stuffed Pig

We packed our third day in Marathon, Florida full of fun activities and things to do. We were looking for the best breakfast in Marathon FL and we found it here!  The Stuffed Pig, how funny is that name? It is a small unassuming building, and if we were to just walk in the front door, we might not think that much of the place. We saw the gem that is The Stuffed Pig when we found out we could sit outside. Kids and dogs were welcome to the outside area which really was the best seat in the house. The servers were friendly and treated everyone like they had known them forever. We loved talking to people to hear their stories. The seating is open and people were so friendly. It is only open for breakfast and lunch.

Sombrero Beach

After our early breakfast we went to Sombrero Beach for a few hours of swimming, sun and lunch. Sombrero Reef in the Florida Keys is known for its amazing snorkeling. Snorkeling was unlikely with the amount of wind while we were there. It was a beautiful day, the sun was out, the temp was around 82 degrees and the beach was not packed but had plenty of people to make it interesting.  

We swam, dug in sand, explored the different areas of the beach, read books, and took in all the beauty that Marathon and Sombrero Beach has to offer. After lunch, which we ate in the shelter because our Wisconsin skin needed a break from the sun, we did some lizard sightseeing around the beach.  We decided lizards are like squirrels in Wisconsin, they are everywhere, but much cooler! The boys dropped me off at the hotel so I could do some blogging work.

The Tackle Box and Fishing

The boys headed to The Tackle Box in Marathon, Florida to buy some poles (yes we forgot ours), ask questions about saltwater fishing, ask about locations and buy a license. The Tackle Box owners were so nice and friendly. They helped them pick out a pole then took the time to talk with them about fishing in Marathon. We totally recommend going to The Tackle Box for all your fishing needs.  They ended up going fishing on one of the many bridges in the area and caught a few small fish. Fishing on the bridge made the boys feel like real saltwater fishermen.

Lorelei Restaurant Cabana Bar Florida Keys

We were all excited for our New Year’s Eve plans!  Everyone got cleaned up, which means they put on polos and put gel in their hair, then made the hour drive to Islamorada to Lorelei’s Restaurant and Cabana Bar. I found this place from a Facebook group I had joined a few months before the trip to help me plan.

 Lorelei’s sits on the gulf side of the island right next to the water.  When we saw the larger than life mermaid we knew we were in the right place.  As we walked up we first noticed the small bridge that led to the cabana, then all the lights and even a small quaint marina to our right. The gift shop at Lorelei’s looked fun, sadly we never made our way back to before we left, and then it was closed. Maybe they have an online shop we can get a memento from.

 The seating process is interesting as it is seat yourself, first come first serve, which probably isn’t an issue because there is a ton of seating but because it was New Year’s Eve there was many people waiting. It didn’t take long, we just stalked tables as they were eating then jumped in, I’m just kidding, but it did sort of feel that way.

New Year’s Eve

There was a magician and a band for New Years.  We ordered the conch fritters as an appetizer and it was amazing, I should have just ordered more for dinner! Make sure you order them when you go to Lorelei’s. The band was fun and everyone was up dancing. While we waited for our food the ocean water was a nice distraction.  We absolutely loved this place, the atmosphere, the food and they honestly made the BEST Pina Colada I have ever had! Lorelei’s will definitely be on our list of places to return to next year! Click here for more things to do on Marathon Key!

Click below to follow the rest of our trip:

Day One – Hotel, Sombrero Sunset

Day Two – Key West and Ice Cream

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