Visitors of Islamorada often find themselves clamoring to pack in as many activities as possible during their stay on the island. And it’s no wonder because Islamorada is a place where the amount of activities is as abundant as the sunshine. While the Keys are famed for their turquoise waters and certainly all that can be experienced out at sea, there is a fair amount of fun to be had on land as well.
There is one special place in Islamorada that has a decades-long reputation of not only offering the best of these activities but doing it with true Keys style. By that we mean this place epitomizes that perfect blend of exceptional hospitality, feel-good vibes and a brand of charm and uniqueness that can only be found in the Florida Keys. If you haven’t guessed already we’re talking about the famous Robbie’s of Islamorada.
In addition to its rich history in the Islamorada area, Robbie’s has cemented themselves as a must-see by bringing the best of the Keys to one location. When we say you could spend the entire day just at Robbie’s and never run out of things to do, not only do we mean it – we recommend it!
Want to get a feel for what the perfect Keys day might look like? The Islamorada Times staff has planned out your entire day at Robbie’s from start to finish.
8:30am – Breakfast @ The Hungry Tarpon
Your day starts bright and early at the Hungry Tarpon – the onsite restaurant located at Robbie’s Marina. With a day full of activities ahead you’ll want to fuel up! Standard breakfast plates are a solid option and the Hungry Tarpon Specialties are a great way to add a little island flare to your meal.
9:30 am – Fishing & Boating
The perfect Keys day would not be complete without a little fishing. Here in Islamorada fishing is not just a sport or hobby, it’s a lifestyle. So to get the full Islamorada experience getting out on a boat with a rod in your hand is a must! Robbie’s offers a variety of options to provide this quintessential Keys experience. One of the most fantastic ways to get out on the water is chartering a boat with one of the expert Captains who will deliver a customized and unforgettable experience. They will take you to the best fishing spots, help you see wildlife, and share some amazing stories along the way.
Robbie’s also offers a party boat option for another affordable way to get fishing. The crew on board will help you bait hooks, bring your catch on board and ensure you have an awesome day on the water. This option is kid-friendly and great for families and large groups.
Regardless of how you choose to get out on the water, the captains and crew at Robbie’s go above and beyond to help you catch fish and make sure you have fun.
1:30pm – Lunch @ The Hungry Tarpon
After a half day of fishing it’s time to recharge. The lunch menu at the Hungry Tarpon hits the spot with a wide variety of mid-day staples such as sandwiches and burgers along with island favorites like fish tacos and conch fritters. One of the best experiences in the Keys is having the local restaurants cook your catch. If your morning was productive, the staff at Robbie’s will break down and prepare any of the fish you’ve caught for your lunch – it doesn’t get much fresher than that. As far as the regular menu items go everything is delicious but the Islamorada Times crew has a few favorites. Staff pick: the shrimp burrito is exceptional.
2:30pm – Feed the Tarpon
A trip to Islamorada, let alone a trip to Robbie’s, would be incomplete without participating in this famous and truly unique experience. First-timers who go expecting an aquarium-style fish feeding experience will be in for a treat. This up close and personal experience with the tarpon, probably the most famed fish in all the Keys, is pure fun and excitement. You won’t want to miss it.
3pm – Snorkeling
Now that you’ve been on the water, it’s time to get in the water! All aboard the Happy Cat for some snorkeling and underwater fun. There is nothing like seeing fish and other sea creatures in their natural habitat and this snorkeling trip provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. The crew will help you with your gear and assess conditions to take you to the best spots with the most to see.
5:30pm – Shopping
Before you wrap up your day at Robbie’s be sure to check out the village of shops and pick up souvenirs and gifts. With everything from clothing, to jewelry, to signage you will have plenty to browse as you find the perfect memento of your trip to the Keys. The arts in Islamorada are truly beautiful, inspired so much by the colorful scenery and island way of life. You will see a lot of this style and flare throughout the village of shops with local vendors featuring hand-crafted, one of a kind items that truly reflect the Florida Keys.
6:30pm – Cheers!
Unwind from your perfect Keys day at the Hungry Tarpon bar with a cold beer or one of Robbie’s refreshing specialty cocktails. They are famous for their Trailer Park Bloody Mary. Don’t forget to leave your mark by adding your dollar to the bar! This Robbie’s tradition not only provides fun, funky décor for the bar but also serves as an awesome visual record of those who have visited. Once you hang your dollar it becomes official – you made your mark at Robbie’s and got the full Keys experience!
Truth be told… you could schedule a couple extra days to include other activities like jetski tours, sunset cruises, kayaking and more. At the end of the day, no matter what you choose to do at Robbie’s, you can count on friendly staff, great service and a truly fun time!