Pigeon Key Snorkeling

The 40th most popular snorkel dive spot in the Florida Keys.

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Just west of Marathon Key, the small Pigeon Key offers two good snorkeling dive spots. The best snorkeling is found off the north side of the island around the dock, and also around the south side of the island around the saltwater pool. There are plenty of colorful reef fish, and you may even see some underwater remnants of the old railroad construction.

In the past, many of the visitors paid a small fee to walk the long way across the Old Seven Mile Bridge out to Pigeon Key from the western end of Marathon Key. However, the ramp onto the old highway is closed for repairs so you cannot get to the island. They only way to access Pigeon Key is by a ferry boat from the Pigeon Key Visitor Center located at 1 Knights Key Boulevard in Marathon near mile marker 47. The ferry boat runs three times daily. Note: the Old Seven Mile Bridge was scheduled to reopen in late 2016, but has not reopened as of November 2016.

After a long morning of snorkeling, try grabbing a cold drink at Porkys.

To reach the snorkeling in the Florida Keys by air, there are several options. The most popular option is to fly into Miami International Airport (MIA), which is served by all major US and international airlines. Also nearby, a potentially lower cost option is to fly into Ft Lauderdale airport (FLL). From either of these airports, you can rent a car to drive south on the Florida Turnpike a couple hours to reach the Florida Keys (watch out for automated cash-less toll highways along the way). Alternately, you can fly into Key West International Airport (EYW) which is served by several airlines including United/Silver Airways, Delta, USAir and Southwest. If you don’t mind coming into Key West, there is also the regular Key West Express ferry service (4 hours) that runs from Ft Myers.

Overall, Pigeon Key is the 40th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 40 snorkeling dives in the Florida Keys. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Pigeon Key including Sombrero Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Sombrero Reef, Coffins Patch, Newfound Harbor Reefs and Delta ShoalsSamanthas Reef.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Pigeon Key Visitor Center and Ferry Boat (305) 743-5999; Marathon Chamber Of Commerce (305) 743-5417; Florida Keys Tourism (305) 461-3300; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (305) 292-0311.

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling The Florida Keys" from Brad Bertelli

Recommended Map:  "Florida Keys Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Mar. - Sep.

Luxury Loding:  Hawks Cay Resort (305) 743-7000

Reference Source:  click here http://pigeonkey.net/

GPS:  24.705254, -81.155645

Date Published:  10/18/2016

Date Updated:  10/20/2017

ID:  25017

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