1. Azores

The Portuguese Azores Archipelago has the largest variety of dolphin species present at any time of the year, and pods frequenting this area are known to consist of populations up to 1,000. Since they come close to shore because of the feeding opportunities this is a great location to see wild dolphins. While up to 11 species are present at any given time, the dolphins that visitors are allowed to hop in the water with are the popular bottlenose dolphin, atlantic spotted dolphin (pictured), common dolphin, risso’s dolphin, and the striped dolphin.

dolphins azores

Photo via Flickr/Anthony Pierce

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American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.

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