Bahia Honda State Park – these beaches (on the ocean and bay side) are ranked among the top ten most beautiful beaches in the U.S. – crystal clear waters, soft sand and a remote location at the western point of the Seven Mile Bridge – are well worth a visit.
Crane Point Hammock – 60 acres of tropical hardwood hammock exist as it did 300 years ago. The hammock is similar in many ways to the tropical rainforest – a variety of species call the hammock home. This non-profit Nature Center has touch tanks, interactive exhibits, a historic Bahamian house and a Wild Bird Rescue Center to occupy the minds of both young and old.
Diving & Snorkeling – dive into the waters off Marathon and you’ll see the underwater equivalent of the tropical rainforest. Four miles offshore, Sombrero Reef Light tower – a marine sanctuary — straddles dramatic coral formations that are home to parrotfish, angelfish, sergeant majors, yellowtail, lobster, crabs, and hundreds of other species. The Spirit snorkeling catamaran docks at Captain Pip’s Marina and offers daily trips to the reef. Photo courtesy of Spirit Snorkeling.
Dolphin Research Center – “Dolphin Encounter”, a half-day program focuses on dolphin communication and includes a hands-on session that gives you the opportunity to talk to and swim with the dolphins. And the Dolphin Splash, half-hour program lets you swim with the dolphins.
Fishing – the variety is the best in the Florida Keys. The hottest ticket in town is Marathon’s explosive sailfish, mahi mahi, and tarpon fishing. Offshore, reef, bay, flats, backcountry, charter, and bridge fishing offer plenty of action, as well – all minutes from our dock. Some of the best charter fishing captains in the Florida Keys claim Captain Pip’s Marina as their home port. Our charter boat row includes Johnny Maddox Fishing Charters, Catch ‘Em All and the Spirit Snorkelin catamaran.
Old Seven Mile Bridge – a great place for a walk or bike ride and the sunsets are among the best in the Keys. Schools of big tarpon as well as other game and tropical fish seek the shade of the bridge during the day – look over the railing and see for yourself.
Pigeon Key – Henry Flagler used this island in the middle of the Seven Mile Bridge as base camp when his overseas railroad was built. Today some of the original structures remain and visitors are welcome to explore the island at their leisure. Captain Pip’s boats are welcome at the Pigeon Key dock and our guests say it’s a great place for a picnic.