Made up of 6 Islands, Islamorada is often referred to as the ‘Village of Islands’, and is home to beautiful beaches, rich diving spots and diving history, and a vast array of boating and fishing opportunities.
AT A GLANCE
If Key Largo is the self-proclaimed ‘Diving capital of the world’, then for some, Islamorada is the ‘Fishing and boating capital of the world’. Home to a significant population of sporting fishers and boat captains, Islamorada is the perfect place to be if you’re a Hemingway fan and want to engage in some of your own macho fishing escapades.
WHAT TO SEE
For those more in search of relaxation, then Anne’s Beach or Sea Oats beach are definitely spots to visit. Islamorada beaches however, tend to be smaller and harder to find than the beaches located on the other Keys; don’t let this put you off though, as they are entirely charming in their own way, and the work you might have to put in to find them will be worth it when you discover these hidden gems.
For a little bit of culture and history (that you’ll find particularly appealing if you love spending lots of time underwater) then head to the History of Diving museum. With one of the largest collections of artefacts, equipment and pieces of undersea history, this museum is a great way to learn more about the evolution of diving in the keys, and to experience (yet again) snippets of the harmonious relationship that locals share with the local wildlife and sea life.
Whatever you decide to do, you can top off your day of education or relaxation, with some elegant dining at Pierre’s, a jewel in the already impressive culinary crown of Islamorada. This immaculately decorated French fusion style restaurant offers amazing dishes and amazing views of the sunset.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The village of islands offers something for everyone – relaxation, cultural immersion, historical lessons and sites – it truly allows travellers the freedom to construct their perfect day in the ‘American-Caribbean’ paradise of the Florida Keys.