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Looking to learn more about our favorite area attractions and upcoming events? Our Staff Picks blog features the best of Islamorada so that you can plan your perfect Keys getaway with ease—or just daydream about it until then.

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    Beyond the Beaches

    April 01

    With our turquoise waters and long sunny days, sometimes it’s easy to forget that Islamorada has more to offer beyond coastal activities.

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    Live Music on the Bay

    March 01

    Rock & roll, blues, jazz, country, Americana, and reggae… enjoy your genre of choice at this year’s Bay Jam.

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    Gaze Through the Gardens

    February 01

    Discover the Florida Keys through the unique lens of its private tropical gardens. This month, a lush world opens up to the public through the Garden Club of the Upper Keys annual Garden Walk.

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    Gourmet & Goodies

    January 01

    January is a gorgeous month in the Florida Keys, with mild sunny days, a cool breeze in the evening, and minimal precipitation. It’s the perfect time for outdoor entertainment, and Islamorada has options for both foodies and art lovers.

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    Forecast: Snow at the Beach

    December 03

    You wouldn't dream of a White Christmas in the Florida Keys. But on December 7th, prepare yourself for a peculiar tropical vision: 30 tons of cold, glittering, white snow on the shores of Florida Bay. Bundle up and head to Founders Park Beach to frolic on Snow Mountain at the 14th Annual Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Holiday Fest from 4-10 pm.

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    A Well-Crafted Taco is a Beautiful Thing

    November 05

    Fish tacos. Ah. The sweet allure of fresh ocean-to-table fish delicately folded in flour tortillas and topped with delicious ingredients and slaws. In our opinion, a well-crafted taco elevates any meal from ordinary to extraordinary

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  • Fantasy Fest is Coming

    October 01

    Fantasy Fest in the Florida Keys is one of the most famous Halloween celebrations in the country. In recent years, over 100,000 people from across the globe have migrated to Key West for ten days of costumes, parades, events, and concerts. If you’ve never experienced it, it’s time to cross this one off of your bucket list. 

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  • Colorful Sunsets in Islamorada

    September 03

    The Florida Keys may be known for world-class fishing, snorkeling, and dining, but one of the greatest parts about being on this archipelago off the southern coast of Florida is the breathtaking sunsets. The gentle curve of the islands means you can basically catch a picturesque sunset from any island. Sunsets are so gorgeous in Islamorada that it feels like a special occasion every day. 

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  • Islamorada Adventures by Eco-Boat

    August 06

    The Florida Keys are a vibrant archipelago with a thriving ecosystem just waiting to be explored. You may not associate American Saltwater Crocodiles or Bald Eagles with our stunning islands, but if you are feeling adventurous, we know just the way to see a plethora of surprising wildlife. 

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  • The Wonderful Marine Science Eco Experience

    July 02

    Have you ever been curious about the fascinating features of starfish, sea urchins, and dolphins? Dip your toes into the exciting waters of marine biology. The Florida Keys is home to a surprising variety of flora and fauna above and below the surface. Join us for our monthly hands-on exploration of marine life and environmental studies on July 9th. 

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  • How to Enjoy Snorkeling Along Alligator Reef Lighthouse

    June 04

    Snorkeling is the perfect vacation activity for families, couples, and groups of friends. Imagine swimming with swarms of yellowtail snapper, spotted parrotfish, blue tangs, and great barracudas in the pristine turquoise waters of Alligator Reef. It’s part of the only living coral barrier reef in the United States, and on bright days snorkelers may experience up to 100 feet of visibility in the calm waters.

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  • The Best Craft Beer in Islamorada

    May 07

    Here in Islamorada, we like to keep things local, like real local. We enjoy simple pleasures like crisp cold beers, sunsets, and crystal clear waters. Islamorada Beer Company captures the “Island State of Mind” in each of their craft brews. Check out the seasonally rotating lineup to enhance your Keys experience.

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  • Rainy Day Ideas for Your Islamorada Vacation

    April 03

    Rainy days equals unparalleled sightseeing opportunities! When it rains it pours, but sometimes that's not a bad thing. Islamorada is beautiful all year round, but if we get a small drizzle session it becomes downright magical. Nothing beats the sound of pitter-patter and the fresh ocean breezes that follows. 

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  • Spring Break in the Florida Keys

    March 05

    Find your own piece of bliss in Islamorada this spring. From relaxed beach lounging to energetic extreme sports, we've got you covered. Spring Break is a time to rejuvenate and recover and Florida beaches are usually at the top of traveler’s list. But why not head south to a unique stretch of islands where you can truly unwind? 

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  • Romance Done Right at Amara Cay

    February 05

    Love is in the air, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate your beloved this Valentine’s Day than relaxing at Amara Cay. From romantic moonlit walks along the shore to elegant dining options, the opportunities for couple bonding are plentiful. Let us do the hard work while you enjoy spending some quality time together.

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  • Three Reasons Your Body is Demanding a Beach Vacation Right Now

    January 08

    Honor your new year’s resolutions and get a jump start on being your healthiest, happiest self yet. Here are three reasons to plan a beach vacation now.

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  • We Have Great News: Amara Cay is Reopening December 15th!

    December 01

    After months of anticipation, we can finally stop daydreaming. Amara Cay is reopening our doors. We can’t wait to welcome you back to our exclusive slice of paradise. Our hammocks are swaying and the only thing missing is you. 

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  • The Resilient Key Lime

    November 06

    Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a Key lime and a regular lime? Look no further, the difference is clear. The Key lime is stronger, the juice is more powerful, and the zest is irresistible. 

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  • The Sun is Shinning Again: Rebuilding After Hurricane Irma

    October 02

    The sun is shining, our flowers are blooming, and soon enough you’ll be lying in a hammock enjoying the sunset with a tropical drink in-hand. 

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  • Fall Tourist Attractions in Islamorada

    September 04

    We know it’s hard to pull yourself away from our luxurious poolside lounge chairs, but if you find yourself craving some Islamorada adventures, check out these fall tourist attractions.

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  • What's Going on This Month in Islamorada-August

    August 08

    Enjoy the last official days of summer with these engaging daytime events. Celebrate August and make your Islamorada vacation unforgettable!

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  • Lobster Mini-Season is Here: Make Amara Cay Your Home base

    July 03

    Between the ocean breeze and the sunshine filled days, it seems like July couldn’t get any better. However, it can. Lobster mini-season is here! For two glorious days, divers will be able to fish the open seas for Florida spiny lobster. 

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  • Plan Your Perfect Wedding at Amara Cay

    June 05

    Wedding season is in full swing and we can’t think of anything more romantic than a beach wedding. Here are the top three reasons you should consider an exotic destination wedding at our luxurious resort.

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  • A Food Lovers Dream: Weekly Dining at Amara Cay

    May 02

    Every day at Amara Cay is exceptional, however, we want you to feel supremely pampered all week long. That’s why we host three specialty events at our mouthwatering restaurant Oltremare each week.

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  • History of Diving Museum: Spiegel Grove Exhibit

    April 06

    Immerse yourself in the rich history of the USS Spiegel Grove, which was sunk in 2002, to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys. The vessel is 510 feet in length and 84 feet wide and has a history as vast as it’s surface space. 

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  • What's Happening In Islamorada This Month

    March 06

    If you love the outdoors, sunshine, and seafood--then March is a blissful month to be in Islamorada. Check out these local events for fun in the sun. 

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  • Rekindle the Romance this Month in Islamorada

    February 06

    Getting away from it all and planning a trip to paradise is a great first step! Take advantage of our ocean breeze and reconnect with your loved one while doing these fun romantic activities.

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  • Time to Get Uncorked

    January 01

    It’s the new year and while the holidays have just ended, Islamorada’s culinary scene has just stepped up! Time to celebrate Uncorked, the Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival.

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