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2015 Special Events

Special events are year round in Islamorada. You may want to check out happenings which might influence room availabilities and rates or book early to secure rooms for your favorite big fishing challenge. Check for more details at Keys News.

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Weather-wise, almost any time of year is perfect for a visit but, if fishing is your top priority, check with the fishing captains as to the best month to hook your dream catch.

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Sportfishing Capital of the World

islamorada the purple islesTravel 1-1/2 hours south from Miami and you will enter Islamorada, or the “purple isles”, rumored to be named after either the purple shelled snail that used to be common in the area or the masses of bougainvillea and orchids found on the islands. Islamorada is not just one island, but a “village of islands” comprised of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Keys, Windley Key and Plantation Key and located between the crystal blue waters of the Florida Bay and the deeper blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Around these islands can be found some of the best fishing in the world and has been aptly named as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World”. In fact, Lorelei Restaurant, a popular sunset-viewing spot, has a t-shirt that says it all – Islamorada is “a quaint little drinking village with a serious fishing problem”.

Islamorada SceneryBlessed with beautiful tropical weather all year long as well as water temperatures that average 79 degrees, it is the ideal vacation spot for those that love watersports or just want to soak up the sun. The atmosphere is casual and laidback and will have you feeling miles away from the daily grind in no time.

When it comes to lodging, there is always a wide variety of options, from casual family resorts, small old-style keys motels, cottages, villas & private vacation rental homes on the water to upscale boutique resorts like Cheeca Lodge & Casa Morada. Many of the lodgings offer kitchens/kitchenettes and barbecue grills for those that like to cook up their own catch or to stretch out those vacation dollars. Whatever experience you are looking for you will find it here.

When it comes time to dine, Islamorada has its share of restaurants. And the main draw is always the fresh seafood. What else would you expect from the sportfishing capital of the world? Choose from waterside cafes and tiki bars to gourmet beachfront restaurants like Pierre’s or Atlantic’s Edge. You can eat at an old fish camp like MAs, at a popular sports bar like Hog Heaven or in one of the original restaurants on the island, Green Turtle Inn, that has been serving the locals since 1947. And whatever you do, don’t go home without trying a slice of Key Lime Pie. Oh, and make sure it is yellow as that is the real deal.

islamorada fishingDuring the day there is a myriad of things to do, mostly involving the nearby azure waters. Fishing, whether it be a charter, party boat or an hourly rental, is the number one activity that draws people to the area. And there are plenty of options as they can boast to having the largest fleet in all of the keys. Choose offshore fishing and try for sailfish, marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and sharks, wreck fishing for giant groupers and amberjacks or backcountry fishing, only minutes from the dock, for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, redfish and trout.

islamorada fishing Fishing isn’t the only activity, although most would probably disagree with you, you can also snorkel or dive the third largest living reef in the world that is simply overflowing with marine life, swim with the dolphins at Theater of the Sea, kayak to Indian Key, the site of a once lucrative salvaging business from the shipwrecks off the coast, or paddle through the azure waters that meander through the mangrove tunnels, take a ride in a floating Cadillac with Nautilimo or sail into the sunset on a beautiful catamaran.

islamorada fishingAt the end of a perfect day in the sun, it is time for a little relaxation and partying. Enjoy the casual and laid back atmosphere of Loreleis at their daily sunset celebration, visit Smugglers Cove on the marina for some local flavor or stop by the sandbar near Holiday Isle (reached by boat only) where you don’t even have to leave the water. One of the best parts about the keys is that entertainment can be found at almost all establishments and you can enjoy it while sitting outside under the stars.

So sit back, put your feet up, sip a cocktail and swap stories of your day in paradise.