DIVING AND SNORKELING
Dive into the waters off Marathon and you’ll see the underwater equivalent of the tropical rain forest. Four miles offshore, Sombrero Reef Light tower – a marine sanctuary — straddles dramatic coral formations that are home to parrot fish, angelfish, sergeant majors, yellow tail, lobster, crabs, and hundreds of other species. The Spirit Snorkeling catamaran docks at Captain Pip’s Marina and offers daily trips to the reef. Photos courtesy of Spirit Snorkeling.
Bahia Honda is open 7 days a week offering on-water activities for you to enjoy the beautiful clean waters of the Bahia Honda State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 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
MUSEUM & NATURE TRAIL
Crane Point Hammock is open 7 days a week! The 60 acres of tropical hardwood hammock exists as it did 300 years ago. The hammock is similar in many ways to the tropical rain forest – 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. Don't forget to try to fish pedicure!
“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. Bring your family to meet the family of dolphins and sea lions, all of whom live in natural, seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a couple of hours or all day, experiencing their personalities in fun-filled, narrated behavior sessions. In between, watch educational presentations, visit the tropical birds, play in the Spray ground or simply enjoy the beautiful, outdoor Florida Keys setting.
SPORT FISHING ADVENTURES
The variety of fishing 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 Sea Squared Charters, Island Girl Charters and the Spirit Snorkeling catamaran.
Old Seven Mile Bridge
The Old Seven Mile Bridge is 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. Pedestrians and cyclists still use the old bridge, taking advantage of the magnificent man made ocean trail. Fishing off of the old bridge is a common activity, and one of which the residents of the Keys have been enjoying since the bridge was closed off to vehicular traffic.
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. Daily historical tours run at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. The Pigeon Key Ferry leaves the Visitor’s Center located at 2010 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050 at those times. After you have taken the historical tour there is extra time to explore the island on your own or snorkel around our dock.