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With 7.2 square miles of pure postcard-worthy views and laid-back tropical vibes, Florida’s most picturesque “village” is actually a collection of islands called Islamorada. Named by early settlers after their schooner, “Isla Morada” was translated from the Spanish “Island Home” to sound more romantic.
Broken up into 6 islands in the Florida Keys, Islamorada consists of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecume Key, Windley Key, and Plantation Key.
A luxurious island destination that is consistently referred to as one of the most beautiful areas in Florida, Islamorada is a small community of 6,000 residents living on a pristine piece of land nestled between saltwater wilderness, pristine barrier reefs, and the Everglades National Park.
Nicknamed the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World,” here you’ll find one of the world’s largest collections of professional offshore boats where sport fishing and saltwater fly fishing have been king for over 100 years.
Guides are abundant, ready to show off their trade searching for a plethora of trophy-worthy fish such as sailfish, marlin, tuna in the deepwater of the Atlantic, and bonefish, tarpon, snook, and redfish in the shallow water of the Florida bay.
Much more than just sport fishing, Islamorada is the epicenter of Florida’s most vibrant ocean activities, as diving and snorkeling enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Islamorada to explore the dynamic reef line.
The History of Diving Museum is a must-see for ocean lovers, whereas music lovers are attracted to the expansive 40-acre waterfront ICE Amphitheater for their yearly music festivals. Art aficionados can also enjoy the unique shopping scene full of quirky art galleries such as the Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery.
Considered a rite of passage, you simply cannot leave Islamorada without visiting the famous Robbie’s Marina, where they allow visitors to hand-feed hungry tarpon at the docks. There is plenty of nature in Islamorada to keep you busy for an entire year, as hikers love to adventure through the lush and tropical nature trails and kayak through the mangroves at Long Key State Park and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park.
The nearby Theater Of The Sea is a marine mammal park where you can observe dolphins and sea lions, and if you want a bit of history, visit the Indian Key Historic State Park for a glimpse of Florida’s in the early 1800s.
The Lignumvitae Botanical State Park is one of the last tropical hardwood hammock forests in Florida, known for holding the most diverse plants and trees than anywhere else in the Keys.
After you’ve exhausted all the daytime activities that Islamorada has to offer, sit back and soak in the gorgeous scenery of Florida’s pristine and unspoiled natural beauty.
A perfect getaway from the stress of everyday life, take pleasure in the simple things in life at Islamorada as you indulge in out of this world fresh-from-the-dock seafood at quaint dockside fish houses and secluded island bistros.