Off The Bucket List: My Lifelong Dream, “Swimming” with Dolphins

Off The Bucket List: My Lifelong Dream, “Swimming” with Dolphins

One bucket list item that I couldn’t wait to check off was swimming with the Dolphins. On my last trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, I did just that. I took it upon myself to fulfill a lifelong dream: to swim with dolphins. The driver was gracious enough to take me to Dolphin Discovery Riviera Maya – Puerto Aventuras. Undeniably, I really had to get out of my comfort zone. Wait, that’s an understatement. I can’t swim, so I was seriously scared. However, I had my little life vest, so I was somewhat confident.


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Swim with dolphins


When I initially walked in, I was pretty scared, but after the guys spoke to me for a while, and told me how safe it was, I chose the Royal Swim which includes the famous “foot push” with two dolphins, (in my case Amaya and Jupiter) lift me by the soles of my feet above the surface. After that, I grabbed their dorsal fins as they sped me through the water, giving me an exhilarating and fun ride. I have to say I had a blast conquering my fear! My new buddies, Amaya and Jupiter, were especially cute: they gave me a kiss, a hug, a handshake and then we danced together.


Full joy 2 with dolphins


with two dolphins


kissy in the lips - dolphins


I really had the experience of a lifetime as I got up close and personal with these beautiful, amazing animals! Take risks and conquer your fears! Like Marilyn Monroe said:  “We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”


Kiss in the cheek - dolphin




By | 2017-02-17T13:29:34+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Destinations, Musings, North America|4 Comments

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  1. […] I couldn’t wait to check off was swimming with the Dolphins. Ironically, on my last trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, I did just that.  But, as I always say, some adventures warrant repeating! Dolphin Cove is a […]

  2. Tyro's Boat Plans August 22, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    This was a super awesome experience with this Dolphin. I have never swam with Dolphins, but I absolutely love Dolphins and I love anything that has to do with Oceans. Love this article and it made me happy to see people experiencing such joy

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels August 29, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment. Dolphins are so so sweet <3

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels October 11, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Thank you so much. I also love dolphins. Glad to hear that you enjoyed my article!

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