Islamorada, Florida is a 17 mile stretch of pure paradise in the beautiful Florida Keys. Located between Mile Marker 91 and Mile Marker 74, Islamorada is situated halfway between Miami and Key West along Florida’s scenic Route 1.
Neighboring Key Largo may have been immortalized in a song by The Beach Boys, but Islamorada has grown famous in it’s own right as “The Sport Fishing Capital of the World”. Avid anglers come from all over the world to experience world-class flat fishing, backcountry fishing and offshore fishing for tarpon, mahi, permit, swordfish, grouper, snapper, hogfish (a local delicacy), lobster and more.
Fishing isn’t the only attraction bringing tourists to the area. Islamorada is surrounded by the best coral reefs and shipwrecks in the United States, making it an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving. Water sports of all kinds including kayaking, paddle boarding, kite boarding, and sailing give adventure-loving travelers many options to enjoy being out on the water.
Despite all the sports and activity, Islamorada is known for its laid-back vibes and island pace of living. There are multiple parks and beaches where the tranquil blue water and tropical weather offer a peaceful and serene setting to unwind. Named by early Spanish explorers, Islamorada literally translates to “purple isles” – a nod to the colors one might see during one of Islamorada’s legendary sunsets. The beautiful views at sundown are unmatched by anywhere on the East Coast.
Catching one of Islamorada’s famous sunsets at one of many waterfront restaurants is a must-do when visiting the island. In addition to unbelievable atmosphere, the food at all of the local restaurants is phenomenal. Fresh catch and locally sourced seafood are the specialty (obviously!) but with everything from breakfast, to bar fare, to fine dining and sushi – local eateries in Islamorada offer the best of it all.
On the (very) off-chance that the weather is less than marvelous, Islamorada boasts a wide variety of art galleries, boutiques, museums, resorts and attractions to keep island-goers busy.
Islamorada, Florida will satisfy beach bums, thrill seekers, fishermen, foodies, with many options to enjoy the tropical weather and island way of life is what makes this little slice of paradise one of the best vacation destinations in America.
Photo submitted by Scott Kerrigan