Islamorada

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.


Local Accommodation

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.

Resorts
Cheeca Lodge
Postcard Inn
Pelican Cove
Smuggler’s Cove
Amara Cay
Islander Resort
La Siesta Resort
Lookout Lodge
Coconut Cove
Bud n’ Mary’s Marina

Motels
Key Lantern
Conch On Inn
Islamorada Motel
Harbor Lights

Local Cuisine

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.

Eateries
Marker 88
Mangrove Mike’s Cafe
Morada Bay
Pierre’s
Lorelei Restaurant
Island Grill
Wahoo’s Bar and Grill
Islamorada Fish Company
Hog Heaven
Smuggler’s Cove

Breweries
Islamorada Beer Company

Getting Around

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!

Scuba Diving

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.

Dive Shops
Islamorada Dive Center
Florida Keys Dive Center
Key Dives
Conch Republic

Fishing

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.

Fishing Charters
Skins and Fins Charters
Gold Reserve Charters
Early Bird Fishing Charters
Islamorada Fishing Charters

Points of Interest

Parks
Founder’s Park
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
Lignumvitae Key Botantical State Park

Attractions
Robbie’s Marina
Theater of the Sea
History of Diving Museum
Lobster Trap Art Gallery
The Rain Barrel
Anne’s Beach
Paddle!

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.

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