Many guests ask if you can you swim with dolphins Marathon Fl? Unfortunately no, you need to drive a little bit to Islamorada, about a 45 minute car drive each way. Not too far considering, Key West to Islamorada is about 2 hours car ride each way. Marathon is great place to have a vacation. It is centrally located in the Florida, 1 hour to Key West, 1 hour to Key Largo.
Marathon has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay on the other. It is on somewhat of a long narrow island. You will find all of the amenities of a small town including an excellent hospital, shopping and small airport. The waters are warm, clear and inviting. If you are visiting the Florida Keys, Marathon is a great choice to make your base. Marathon has more of a permanent population than some of the other Keys and a good base of services.
So if you are staying at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, Captain Pip’s Marina & Hideaway, or Bluegreen Vacations Hammocks in Marathon, just jump into your rental car and make your way over to Islamorada and get some real dolphin action, the marine mammal kind not the fish.
Here are some of the famous local attractions…
The Turtle Hospital– Located at 2396 Overseas highway, this attraction provides educational tours through the facility letting each of its participants learn about the life of turtles in Florida. Open daily at 10AM, 1PM, and 4PM. Reservations required, call 305-743-2552.
Crane Point Museum– Here you can learn about the native key inhabitants as well as native animals. There is also a simulated coral reef cave that everyone will be able to enjoy. Children of all ages can enjoy a touch-me-tank that houses different aquatic life. Located at 5550 Overseas Highway Mile Marker 50.5, Bayside. Open M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM.
Seven Mile Bridge Located on the Overseas Highway, just south of Marathon, it is one of the longest segmental bridges in the world and spans the shallow channel between Key Vaca and Little Duck Key. The area around the bridge is one of the most popular Tarpon fishing areas in the United States. Portions of the old rail/road bridge are open to the public to allow fishing.
Now all this said and you want to swim with the dolphins in the Florida Keys, you definitely make that drive to Islamorada and do your dolphin swim. The Dolphin Swim is 30 minutes in deep water with the dolphins where you get to pet play and swim with them in deep water, at least 10 – 15 feet of water. You will love the free time and snorkel with the dolphin too!
Remember, the Keys are super busy, so make your plans early!