Islamorada is known as the sport fishing capital of the world. This island holds world class fishing tournaments year round. It is made up of six islands; Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. You can visit Robbie’s Marina and hand feed the tarpon and walk through the local craft booths outside the marina. There’s also plenty of kayaking, paddleboarding and national parks to explore for those nature lovers. There’s something for everyone to enjoy on this beautiful island.
Islamorada boasts it’s beautiful waterfront resorts and amenities that appeal to both anglers and relaxers alike. Most of the accommodations you’ll find on the island are resorts. There are however a few cost effective motels that you can find on the island as well.
Fresh fish and seafood are the main fare on the island and you can get it almost anyway you like. You can even bring in your fresh catch and they’ll be happy to serve it up for you. From casual nights at Hog Heaven to romantic evenings at Pierre’s, you’ll be sure to find what you’re craving here.
Islamorada Beer Company
Islamorada is fairly large so it might make it a little more difficult to get around if you don’t have a car. A lot of locals get around by either walking or biking around town. There isn’t much of a public transit system in the city except a few of the local taxi companies. There are buses that run from Islamorada to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale areas. A lot of travelers rent cars since they’re traveling between islands. Backcountry Cowboy offers daily bike rentals for $20.00 or weekly rentals for $80.00. You can also rent paddle boards and kayaks from then too!
The wreck of the Eagle is well known dive site throughout the Keys. The Eagle is 269 feet in length and lies in about 110 feet of water. The freighter was intentionally sunk back in December of 1985. In 1988, Hurricane George split her hull in two. Goliath groupers among other large fish are commonly found at this wreck. Davis Reef is home to all kinds of fish and known for it’s small Buddha statue found within the reef. Many divers like to rub Buddha’s belly for good luck.
Being the sport fishing capital of the world, you can find a plethora of charters throughout the island. Depending on what kind of fishing you’re wanting to do, you can find both party boats as well as hire a private charter.
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When to Go
The best time to dive and fish are during the summer months; May through August are the best months for conditions on the water. September through March are typically when we get higher winds and rougher conditions. If you’re looking to go when it’s a little more cost effective, I’d recommend going during the off season June through December. Those months are also the most cost effective for travelers.