So where’s the best place on US-1 in the Florida Keys to have a chance of seeing a Manatee? Well that’s easy, it’s Manatee Creek at Mile Marker 112.8 as posted on the side of the bridge.
Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals with paddle-like flippers sometimes known as Sea Cows. They are noted for their friendly nature, their large size up to 12 ft in length with the average being 9 ft. The name manatí comes from pre-Columbian people of the Caribbean meaning “breast”.
US-1 of course is very busy so be safe and park your car close to the near by marina on Morris Road and walk to the edge of the creek NEVER crossing or getting on the busy road itself! This of course is FREE.