Road Trip: Islamorada, The Village of Islands

¬†¬† It may be called the Sportfishing Capital of the World, but this string of islands in the Florida Keys offers much more than epic Hemmingway-esque battles of man vs. fish. Islamorada, a chain of six islands‚ÄĒPlantation, Windley, Upper and Lower Matecumbe and Indian and Lignumvitae Keys‚ÄĒis the ideal spot for a weekend getaway for the waterman and woman.

   Also dubbed the Village of Islands, Islamorada is banked to the north by the Florida Bay, the Everglades’ southern watershed, with the Florida Straits taking up the southern tract of water. Like the two sides of a coin, each direction is diverse and different, having a range of opportunities for getaways, be it by boat, reel, snorkel or paddle.

   Luckily, we here on the Paradise Coast live a mere three hours or so from this thin slice of paradise. It’s close enough for a weekend getaway yet far enough to feel like you really got away. Here, we offer up a few things to do, places to stay and spots to grab a bite on your weekend trip to the Village of Islands.

Snorkeling in Islamorada

 

Go Snorkeling!

Take the plunge on a chartered snorkel trip and explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Morada Bay Beach Cafe & Bar - beacside dining in Islamorada

 

Morada Bay Beach Café & Bar

Intimate and tropical, Morada Bay Beach Café and Bar is one of the best eats in Islamorada.

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Robbie's of Islamorada

 

Visit Robbie’s

For a ‚Äúscale-raising‚ÄĚ experience, head to Robbie‚Äôs of Islamorada to hand-feed giant tarpon.

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Explore Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

 

Explore Lignumvitae Key

Explore Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, a protected tropical hardwood hammock and marine sanctuary.

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Flats fishing

 

Fish the Backcountry & Flats

Islamorada is known for the backcountry, where fights with bonefish and tarpon have taken on mythical proportions. Get the goods on fly-fishing these legendary waters.

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Original Rum Runner from Tiki Bar at Holiday Isle - Islamorada

 

Tiki Sips

For a tropical sip with a history, head to the Tiki Bar at Postcard Inn, the purported home of the rum runner.

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The Moorings Village & Spa

 

Stay in Style

Treat yourself at The Moorings Village and Spa‚ÄĒhow Islamorada does luxury.

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Green Turtle Inn - Islamorada

 

The Green Turtle Inn

An Islamorada original, the Green Turtle Inn specializes in old Florida plates with a twist.

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Offshore and Reef Fishing in Islamorada

 

Head Offshore and Fish the Reef

For big game, head offshore and to the reefs on a fishing charter and see why Islamorada is called the Sportsfishing Capital of the World.

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Fresh Fish Markets - Islamorada

 

Eat Local from a Dockside Fish Market

No luck on the water? No worries, these fresh fish markets have all the local seafood bases covered.

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Indian Key Historic State Park

 

Explore Indian Key

Explore Indian Key, the smallest of the Village of Islands, a historical link to the Florida Keys’ tumultuous past.

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Kayaking in Islamorada

 

Go Kayaking!

Stay fit while exploring the tranquil waters of Islamorada with a kayak.

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