Set in the always-beautiful Florida Keys, halfway between Key West and Miami, Islamorada is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Its calm, clear waters, colorful coral reefs, variety of shops and restaurants, and endless potential for outdoor fun make the village of Islamorada an ideal destination for families and adventure-seekers alike.
Once home to Cuchiyada Indians and said to be the oldest inhabited place in all of the Keys, the village (pronounced eye-lah-mor-ah-dah) was named by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century. Legend has it that they were so taken with the shades of purple in the sunset that they called it “islas moradas” (purple isles).
77200 Overseas Hwy | (305) 664-2540
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
Thanks to its virgin tropical hardwood forest and 1919 home of William Matheson, a well-to-do Miami chemist, this 280-acre island (accessible only by boat) earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.VISIT WEBSITE
80001 Overseas Hwy | (888) 317-0889
Amara Cay Marina
Bring your boat to Amara Cay and dock at one of our 12 boat slips at $3.50/foot, which includes electricity and water. Reservations must be made directly with Amara Cay Resort and maximum boat length must not exceed 24 feet.
84721 Overseas Hwy | (305) 664-2431
Theater of the Sea
Up-close encounters with dolphins, turtle feedings and sea lion shows make this marine-mammal center (the second-oldest in the world) a popular all-day destination for families. There’s also a grill, gift shop and private beach for swimming and sunning.VISIT WEBSITE
80001 Overseas Hwy | (305) 664-0095
Island Trendz Boutique
Selling the most stylish resort wear, sundries, and souvenirs, Island Trendz also boasts specialty items such as dive watches, organic soy candles, jewelry, sun hats, and handbags.