Next time you visit Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, delight your little ones with a visit to swim with mermaids.

Caribe Cruiser takes passengers aboard a dolphin cruise pontoon boat to a nearby island where mermaids wait for passengers to pull up into the shallow water just offshore.

The mermaids interact with passengers, talking, taking photos and even swimming with kids.

The captain says the encounter with the mermaids usually lasts about a half hour.

There’s even a little story that goes along with the encounter. According to the Caribe Marina’s website, “The mermaids swam right out of a fairy tale to make contact with Caribe Marina. They requested the marina’s assistance in collecting enchanted seashells to protect their home. They told the crew there was magic within every child that seashells naturally gather for protection.”

Mermaid cruises begin in May and operate at various times during summer weeks.

Book a condo at Caribe Resort and enjoy easy access to the marina, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, the beach across the street, Perdido Pass and Cobalt Restaurant.