STAFF PICKS

Staff Picks

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 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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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. Expert weather forecaster Bill Cottrill explains what makes our sunsets so colorful. 

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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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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. Take a peek into the wild and scientific world of the Marine Science Eco Experience, which will have you interacting with live marine animals while studying educational props and earning a wealth of knowledge.

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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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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 days equals unparalleled sightseeing opportunities! When it rains its 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. Curl up with a local brew in our comfy lobby while you plan your rainy day.

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

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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. We’ve been hard at work rebuilding after Hurricane Irma and we are ready to welcome you back with Piña Coladas and Mojitos. Let’s start celebrating the winter season, Florida Keys style.

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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. We are like the world-famous Key lime, full of energy and strength restoring Amara Cay to it’s own unique flavor.

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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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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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Enjoy the last official days of summer with these engaging daytime events:

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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!

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

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

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Immerse yourself in the 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. The boat resides 134 ft off the coast of Key Largo near Dixie Shoals and divers from far and wide travel to explore this stunning manmade reef.

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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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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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Starting in the beginning of December, holiday festivals and events start taking over Islamorada.

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Fall is one of the most romantic times to visit the Florida Keys, and here are some of our favorite most romantic activities. 

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Get into the Halloween mood with these spooktacular October events!

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While staying in Islamorada, dive into the Florida Keys cuisine and try these heavenly specialities with a quick guide to dining like a local. 

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You’re on vacation, now what?! Feed the Tarpon at Robbie’s of Islamorada.

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Enjoy live performances, a crawfish boil, and tons of fun at the Key Largo Original Music Festival is just forty minutes away from our Islamorada hotel.

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There’s plenty of great places to snorkel around the Keys, and Alligator Reef is no exception! A popular dive spot, and excellent for snorkeling beginners, Alligator Reef is about three... View Details >

Make like an old-school adventurer and discover the natural wonders of Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, a park that, while only a few minutes from our Islamorada beachfront resort, is only accessible by boat, giving it the romantic feel of a private hideaway.

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It might be snow-shoveling season in most of the country, but things are still all sun and sand down in the Keys, and you can take advantage of our lovely... View Details >

Join us for a Dinner and a show...

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Visitors to our Islamorada beachfront resort can chase the post-holiday blues away at Uncorked, Islamorada and Key Largo’s Food and Wine Festival. Running from January 7th through the 16th, this... View Details >
This November, come celebrate twenty-five years of protecting the paradise that is the Keys at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Annual Family Fun Festival. Located less than five minutes... View Details >
When in the Florida Keys, we encourage you to drink local – very local. Located less than five minutes away from our beachfront Islamorada resort is Florida Keys Brewing Co.,... View Details >
No better time than now to plan your next stay with us next weekend. ... View Details >
national and local artisans represented in galleries at Morada Way...... View Details >
You may have gone on a pub crawl, but we bet you’ve never been on a reef crawl before! From August 20th to the 23rd, the Upper Keys celebrates all... View Details >
...now would be a great time to make plans to stay with us.... View Details >
Make your last summer hoorah a time of indulgence by staying with us... ... View Details >
Please be kind to our waters and follow all rules and regulations... View Details >
Make the Amara Cay Resort your home base during the hunt! ... View Details >
... we host our Grand Opening celebration this weekend...... View Details >
The ultimate getaway here at the Amara Cay Resort...... View Details >
Islamorada may be the Sport fishing Capital of the world, but we do have some pretty amazing restaurants on this island.... View Details >
Family, food, fun and fireworks are what make the 4th of July a favorite for all. ... View Details >
...summer fashions, swimwear, gifts, snacks, refreshments and sundries.... View Details >
Treat dad to Brunch or Dinner at Oltremare Ristorante or an ice cold beer at Sparrow's...... View Details >
If you prefer to relax on land you can do that also by our pool or our secluded beach.... View Details >
Want to check out some coral reef without ever getting wet? It's easy at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Just ten minutes from our Islamorada resort, this state... View Details >
...plenty of events going on from fishing tournaments to a full moon party. ... View Details >

Our DJ was playing the hits on both Saturday and Sunday at our pool, people were dancing and the drinks were flowing!

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Let your endless summer vacation begin with us! ... View Details >
Here at the Amara Cay it was fun in the sun!... View Details >
...the Amara Cay Resort wants to acknowledge and thank all the military service personnel, past and present, and their families who have sacrificed so much for our great country.... View Details >
Our Kids Koncierge program now on Saturdays at the Amara Cay Resort... View Details >
Less than ten minutes away from the Amara Cay Resort is one amazing theater, but you won't find the latest blockbuster on the big screen. At the Theater of the... View Details >
Amara Cay Resort caters to what your group needs for an amazing getaway. ... View Details >
...everyone to indulge themselves this Sunday with our new Sunday Brunch at Oltremare Ristorante from 11am-3pm... View Details >
Meatballs & Marini Mondays, 5 at 5 Tues, Wed, Thurs. and Sunday Brunch... View Details >

...make your fishing memories with us!

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...explore all the area has to offer.... View Details >
Great news for our guests! We will be debuting our new 2015 Mercedes Sprinter to shuttle our guests...... View Details >
...guests arrive we can feel them exhale as they enter the hotel and get a visual from our front door to the glistening ripples on the Atlantic through our swaying palm trees.... View Details >

The holiday weekend of indulgence is here at Amara Cay Resort. No better time than now to plan your next stay with us.

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The weather turned out to be beautiful and the day was a success!... View Details >
...time for you to join us in crafting great experiences and an ultimate getaway vacation here at Amara Cay Resort.... View Details >
So come on down to the Florida Keys and the Amara Cay Resort and restore your energy with a Paradise getaway!... View Details >
Next week, be sure to join us here at Amara Cay Resort and Oltremare Ristorante Thursday, March 26th 5-7pm, for a complimentary Wine Tasting and Hors D'oeuvres. You don't want to miss all the flavors, food, and fun. We welcome you and invite you to indulge in all we have to offer at Amara Cay Resort.... View Details >
"Best thing ever created, a day after another!" - Chef Dario... View Details >
Our mission is to craft a unique and authentic experience that remains forever engrained so come on down to Amara Cay Resort and indulge yourself.... View Details >
If you happen to be in Islamorada on October 23, you can count yourself among the lucky ones. Just minutes from our Islamorada resort, the culinary gods are working their magic in the Morada Way Arts & Culture District.... View Details >
Take your golf game off the green during the annual Islamorada Conch Scramble "On The Water" Charity Golf Tournament, a wonderful on-the-water way to sharpen your golf swing while raising money for The Upper Keys Foundation.... View Details >
The Island Heritage Tours at Robbie's Marina reveal another side of our seaside paradise that Islamorada resort visitors don't often get a chance to see. Head over to Robbie's, a local landmark in itself, and climb aboard the Happy Cat... View Details >
There's nothing quite like the simple pleasure of a summer stroll to the neighborhood ice cream parlor for an after-dinner scoop of something cool and creamy. ... View Details >

Young anglers are getting ready to put their skills to the test in the RedGhost Stalk, an annual catch-and-release tournament sponsored by the historic Islamorada Fishing Club.

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We love sailboats, motorboats and luxury yachts just as much as the next person but sometimes it's fun to set sail in something a little more offbeat.... View Details >
Our feathered friends have a friend in the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, a sanctuary devoted to rescuing, rehabbing and releasing native and migratory birds that have been harmed or displaced. ... View Details >
Move over, big box bookstore. Hooked on Books is Islamorada's beloved independent bookstore, featuring shelf-after-shelf of books about the Florida Keys and its history, fishing, diving, flora and fauna, maps and more. ... View Details >
Love a great flea market? Have a passion for all things aquatic? Then head here for one of our favorite annual events, the Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, a tremendous, two-day weekend event (Feb. 22 to 23) at Founders Park.... View Details >
Whether you're an angler or art enthusiast, you won't want to miss what's fast becoming one of Islamorada's liveliest and most anticipated events: the Third Thursday Walkabout. ... View Details >

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