islamorada Neighborhood Guide
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All About Islamorada
Islamorada stretches across 17 miles of the beautiful Florida Keys. Located between Mile Marker 91 and Mile Marker 74, Islamorada is a beautiful place to live and lies halfway between Miami and Key West along Florida’s scenic Route 1.
Known as the “Fishing Capital of The World”, Islamorada has avid fishing fans from all over the world coming to experience flat-fishing, backcountry fishing, and off-shore fishing. Some of the best local catches Islamorada is known for are tarpon, mahi, permit, swordfish, grouper, snapper, hogfish (a local delicacy), lobster, and more.
Islamorada has some of the best coral reefs and shipwrecks perfect for tourists, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Also watersports such as sailing, kayaking, and paddling boarding are very popular options for friends and family when out on the water to enjoy your day.
Although known for being famous for fishing and water sports, Islamorada is the best place to live. It has a calm and peaceful island feel to it, which is perfect for you and your family. There are large spacious homes that offer oceanfront, bayfront, or canalfront living options. Islamorada also has a vast selection of restaurants and local establishments. With only the best locally sourced fish and seafood combined with stunning waterfront dining views, they are perfect for any occasion.
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BEST BEACHES IN ISLAMORADA
Best Beaches in Islamorada
Warm and sunny weather, as well as great beaches, go hand-in-hand when it comes to talking about Florida.
Islamorada offers quite a few options when it comes to beaches that you will love. From the clearest of blue waters to boardwalks with stunning views, you and your family will have no issues spending a relaxing day there.
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Located at mile marker 73.5 at the southern end of Upper Matecumbe Key, Anne’s Beach is a rare thing in the Florida Keys – a natural sandy beach.
Anne’s Beach consists of a 1,300 foot boardwalk that winds through the mangroves. There are vast areas for picnicking with incredible scenic views. Although Anne’s Beach has little to no wave action, it’s ideal for windsurfing and has shallow swimming areas for children and dogs.
Dog are permitted but are required to be leashed at all times.
Islamorada Library Beach and Park
Located at mile marker 81 bayside, Library Beach is a perfect family park with a great little beach area. Although the beach area does not sit directly on the bay, it does run through the mangroves.
Library Beach is rarely ever crowded, so it is very calm and relaxing for any occasion. The park also has a playground for the kids, has a covered bbq area, and a very well-maintained green area that leads up to the beach.
Best Restaurants in Islamorada
Islamorada is known for its vast selection of restaurants. Restaurants in Islamorada are able to take advantage of only the freshest and locally sourced fish and seafood, so you know you will be getting your money’s worth.
You can choose from a variety of options that can accommodate any occasion. Great environments and views coupled with great food, what more could you ask for?
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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ISLAMORADA
The Square Grouper-Islamorada is Located at MM 80.4 Bay-side in the Islamorada Marina. For the past 15 years, Square Grouper has been one of the most popular dining destinations in the Florida Keys, thanks to its unforgettable fresh & local seafood, craft cocktails, and fantastic wine range. Mix in top-notch service and great views from the outdoor terrace, you won’t be disappointed.
Relax while dining on exquisite Keys-style dishes while overlooking the ocean. Fresh fish, seafood pastas, vegetarian pastas, burgers, certified Angus steaks, and chicken are all available at Lazy Days. It has won numerous local awards and has been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Man’s Greatest Food in “The 15 Best Seafood Dishes In The Country”
The Green Turtle Inn has been an Islamorada landmark since 1947. Known for its fine cuisine and generous hospitality, this iconic bar and restaurant has captured the attention of travelers, locals, and critics for decades. It is one of the very few Islamorada restaurants opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are known for their famous turtle chowder, as well as salads, steak, and seafood.
THINGS TO DO IN ISLAMORADA
Best Things To Do In Islamorada
There is an assortment of things to do in Islamorada for you, your family, and your friends. Flanked by water, there is always action. Whether it’s fishing, boating, or waterports, it’s always a great time being outdoors and enjoying the warm weather and sun.
When not enjoying the water, there are many local establishments such as restaurants, marine life activities, museums, and more that are tailored for everyone to enjoy.
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A premier marine animal park and botanical garden located in Islamorada at mile marker 84.5. Theater of The Sea is open 365 days a year, and home to dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, fish, sharks, stingrays, and more.
They have all types of marine life activities such as interactions with dolphins or sea lions, meeting turtles or alligators, and even swimming with sharks! After exploring the shows and programs, take time to visit the gift shop, or if you are hungry, dine at Papa’s Grill. They also have a private lagoon-side beach ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling, or just relaxing.
This museum is located at mile marker 83 and is a not-for-profit organization that has dedicated its life work to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting books, photographs, and artifacts in reference to the history of diving.
The History of Diving Museum is a staple of Islamorada and it is a great place to view and learn about the history of sea diving, as well as understanding the critical role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played. The museum offers activities geared toward kids of all ages, tours and education programs, and the museum store.
The only distillery and brewery in the Florida Keys that is locally owned and operated. Located in Islamorada at mile marker 82.9, it has a can’t miss yellow and teal roof that will certainly catch your eye.
At the Islamorada Beer Company, you can try the locally crafted and produced beers, spirits, and cocktails. What’s even better is you can pair your favorite drink with local island foods served daily in the taproom and beer garden provided by Spanky’s Kitchen food truck. It is definitely a local establishment that you definitely won’t miss out on.
Islamorada Guide For Fishing
Islamorada is known as the Sports Fishing Capital of The World where backcountry and saltwater fishing became what it is today. Many fishing legends such as Ted Williams, Jimmy Albright, and Cecil Keith perfected their craft in these very waters in Islamorada.
There are many different ways to fish within Islamorada, whether it be a charter boat, party boat, kayak, or bridge fishing. Whichever you choose, there are many species of fish to catch, such as tarpon, permit, snook, snapper, mahi-mahi, sailfish, and more.
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BEST FISHING IN ISLAMORADA
Best Fishing in Islamorada
Channel #2 Bridge: Located at mile marker 73, this famous fishing bridge is slightly west of Islamorada. At this location, you can catch Mangrove, Yellowtail Snapper, Gag Grouper, Barracuda, Snook, Tarpon, and more. The location gets very busy, so it’s recommended you fish either early or later at night.
Long Key Bridge: Located at mile marker 65, this bridge is over two miles long, so it definitely less crowded than some of the other fishing locations. It’s slightly more west but is still very easy to access by bike or car. You will be able to catch plenty of Snapper, small Grouper, Snook, and Tarpon at this location.
Florida Bay: A dream spot for kayaks and flats boats. Snook, Redfish, and Trout hunt among the mangroves, while Tarpon hold along the banks and Tripletail and Cobia patrol deeper structure. This is part of the Everglades, so you need a special pass to have clearance to fish at this location.
Pickles Reef: Most of the reefs around Islamorada are Sanctuary Preservation Areas where fishing is restricted. Pickles Reef is one of the very few that does not have such restrictions. At Pickles Reef you will be able to catch Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and Hogfish. Additionall there are many Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even Sailfish towards the outside edge.
Islamorada Hump: This arge seamount around 15 miles offshore, rises several hundred feet above the surrounding water. It will draw in Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin. On top of those, you will be able to catch Snowy Grouper, Yelloweye Snapper, and much more.
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