Marathon Cottages - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Base Miami Beach - Southeast Region

Marathon Lodge Host: (305) 743-3549
MWR Office: (305) 535-4565

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 Are there any cottage openings?

Telephone inquiries will be accepted concerning the availability of the facilities; however, reservations will not be accepted by telephone. Please use the online reservation system to check availability, it is the same system we will use if you call us.


 Can I bring my own boat or watercraft?

USCG Station Marathon policy is as follows: No trailered personal boats/watercraft are allowed to be stored on, or launched from, the Station. Canoes and kayaks that are not trailered are permitted on the property, but can not used or launched from the base.  You can put your non tailored watercraft in the water aprox 2 miles from the base at Sombero Beach and other locations as well.  Your lodge host can provide you with locations to launch your Non-Trailored watercraft.


 Can you tell me about your boat rentals?

We have two Mako 22 ft boats - Evinrude Motors 200 HP - $95.00 boat fee plus gas and oil charges for what you used, gas refilling here at the Station.

Requirements - Sponsor (ID Card Holder) only can rent the boats and 5 people to a boat max.
Sponsor MUST provide a current Florida Boating safety certificate Or Coxswain Certificate from the Coast Guard. 

A 10 question refresher quiz is given before boats go out, any more than 2 incorrect answers, renter must come back the following day for a new test. The Lodge Hosts have final say on rentals.

No boats rented during inclement weather and / or if wind speeds and gusts are 15 mph or higher. This is checked at time of rental on line with a live buoy report and can be rechecked hourly

Cottage and RV Guests have priority 0800 - 1600 (Boats are back at 1600)  


 Do you have any tips to help me get a reservation?

With our new online system, you can check availability at your convenience. 
Remember a 2 day minimum stay required and we are unable to accept requests with a check-in or check-out on a Federal Holiday.


 How do I get a Boating Safety Certificate?

For Boating Safety Courses please visit: or .  Also, if planning on fishing, you may need a license.  Visit link for more information

Other links of interest are and


 How far in advance can I request a RV pad?

There are 4 RV pads which can be booked up to a year in advance.


 I need to make travel and leave arrangements, how do I know if my application is processed?

Online reservations are processed daily, Tuesday through Friday.  If we are able to process your application you will receive a confirmation and receipt for payment by  EMAIL. Please do not use your .mil (dot mil) email accounts, you will not receive the confirmation.


 I'm an active duty military member, How far in advance can I reserve one of the cottages?

There are 4 cottages which can be reserved up to a year in advance.