Whether you are an active traveler on the go or a laid-back person looking to relax on a white-sand beach, our sandbar trips offer something for everyone. Florida’s sandbars offer places for swimming, snorkeling, and having fun while you make new memories.
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1) Spotting Wildlife Along The Sandbars
Getting out on the water on a sandbar hopping tour is an amazing way to watch for wildlife. As you cut through the waters between sandbars, keep your eyes peeled. A local guide experienced with Key West sandbar trips will know where dolphins are typically found and will alert you to any possible sightings.
Where one dolphin is spotted, there will be more. Dolphins always travel as a group, called a dolphin pod, of 10-30. The waters around the sandbars are teeming with dolphins, and sightings are common. The most commonly found species in this area is the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.
Turtles also love the warm waters of the Florida Keys. There is something magical about spotting a sea turtle when you are snorkeling.
Five species of sea turtles inhabit these waters, including:
- Kemp’s Ridley
- Green turtle
Many of the Florida sandbars provide the perfect habitat for birds. The Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area and Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge have established areas to protect the birds’ nesting areas.
Some of the more common birds you will see are :
- Beautiful great egret
- Small snowy egret
- White ibis
The Great White Heron can occasionally be spotted. It likes to nest on the mangrove islands in the area that surrounds the Great White Heron National Refuge. Grab your mask and snorkel for an opportunity to see the marine life that calls this area home. Ask your boat captain for suggestions on the best sandbars for snorkeling.
2) Dangle Your Feet In The Water Over Lunch
Sandbars provide the perfect opportunity to stop and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Pack a basket filled with sandwiches, drinks, and snacks to enjoy lunch on a private beach. The sandbars provide the perfect spot for a romantic meal.
Make memories by celebrating special occasions like a birthday or anniversaries. You might even plan a future anniversary with a marriage proposal!
For small groups and families, a visit to popular keys like Islamorada and Marathon Key makes an excellent spot for a barbecue. You’ll find people with their coolers and beach chairs perched on the sand and enjoying the fun party atmosphere. The sandbars are great for families, as the kids can spend an entire day swimming in the shallow water.
3) Find Your Inner Explorer In The Mud Key Mangrove Trails
Head out to Mud Keys and float slowly past the mysterious mangrove trees. Mangrove trees, with most of their roots visible above the water, love the islands of Mud Keys. Fish hide among the tangled roots, and birds perch in the branches.
With parts of the Mud Keys protected by a refuge, it is best to explore with the help of an experienced local guide. Boating in certain areas is restricted to travel only by idle speed with no-wake zones. There is also a closed site that is home to a bird sanctuary for nesting residents and migratory birds.
4) Take A Splendid Photo At The Famous Snipe Point Swing
A trip out to the sandbars of the Florida Keys will give you the perfect Instagram photo spot!
This is one of those iconic photo spots that all great Instagrammers should add to their portfolio of great selfies.
The swing hangs from a dead mangrove tree out over the turquoise blue water of the Florida Keys. Nothing fancy, just you on a swing over the water. To get there, take a boat charter or private tour headed to Snipe Point and tell the captain you want to see the famous swing.
5) Ditch Your Stress And Enjoy A Sunset Cruise
The best-known attraction for all of the Florida Keys has got to be the amazing sunsets.
After a great day exploring the sandbars, be sure to take time to appreciate the best sunsets you’ll ever see. And the best way to admire a tropical sunset is from the water, on a sunset cruise. It’s truly an unforgettable experience.
Let us take you out to one of the best spots on the water with one of our sandbar trips. You can sit back and relax. We know just where to go. Enjoy a drink, eat sumptuous seafood, and have a great time with friends. You deserve a break from the hustle of everyday life, and this is where you will find it.