A Village of Islands
Islamorada, A Village of Islands, is made up of a string of Islands, including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Craig Key, and Fiesta Key, famous for its crystal-blue waters, sport fishing, and laid-back atmosphere. Known as the Sports Fishing Capital of the World, seasoned anglers fish these clear, warm waters in search of world-record catches. Charter one of the many professional offshore captains or rent a boat from one of the countless local marinas and fish offshore for dinner or catch-and-release sport fish, including mahi-mahi, tuna, sailfish, swordfish, and wahoo, or experience some of the best backcountry saltwater fly fishing on the bayside in the Everglades National Park in hopes of landing a Grand Slam, which consists of catching a tarpon, a bonefish, and a permit or pursue snook and redfish in just inches of water.
Stunning coastal-inspired homes line the shores of the islands offering spectacular sunrise and sunset views. Whether you start your day taking in the sunrise on your oceanfront veranda or heading out on the water for an adventure, the Keys has something to offer everyone.
High-end resorts and waterfront eateries meet the needs of those in search of luxury, but there’s also plenty for those looking for something more casual and affordable. Morada Way, the host to the monthly Art Walk, boasts many local art galleries and boutiques, making Islamorada’s shopping scene the best in the Upper Keys.
Islamorada is home to many state parks including Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, a former quarry and two State Park Islands, accessible only by boat; Indian Key State Park, a tiny Island with 1800s ruins; and Lignumvitae Key State Park, a botanical state park located on 280 acres with a beautiful tropical forest.
Enjoy unique experiences by participating in one of the many adventures offered, including Swim with the Dolphins at Theater of the Sea, a Marine Mammal Park; and Feed the Tarpon at Robbie’s Marina. View exhibits at the History of Diving Museum, which include a 16th-century treasure chest; snorkel around Alligator Lighthouse; take an eco-tour through the backcountry’s winding creeks on a paddleboard or kayak; learn to scuba dive while observing spectacular coral heads and tropical fish, or take a sunset cruise to one of the many world-class waterfront dining establishments boasting fresh-from-the-dock seafood as well as many other chef-prepared culinary favorites.- Read less