Where to Meet Manatees in The Palm Beaches

As temperatures cool in The Palm Beaches, it provides the ultimate opportunity to meet one of our most-loved local residents, the Florida manatee.


From mid-November to late March, the mesmerizing mammoths migrate from the cold ocean waters to seek refuge in warmer inland waterways. The peaceful and playful nature of manatees makes for a magical wildlife encounter, but before you go seeking sea cows, there are a few things you should know first. 

The Florida manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee. They’re a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and are also guarded under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It could pose a fine of up to $100,000 if you chase, touch, feed or harm a manatee.  

Group of manatees in the water
Manatee Lagoon


Manatee Lagoon, West Palm Beach

People observing manatees from a viewing platform
Photo courtesy of Florida Power & Light


Cato’s Bridge, Tequesta

Keylypso of The Palm Beaches Snorkel Charters, Lake Park

Two manatees underwater
Photo courtesy of Keylypso of the Palm Beaches