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Monday, March 20, 2023

Discovering Paradise: A Complete Islamorada Travel Guide for Your Next Vacation

Islamorada is the ultimate destination for those seeking to explore the Florida Keys. Centrally positioned within the chain of islands, it offers effortless access to neighboring attractions via enjoyable day trips. Compared to its bustling counterparts Key Largo and Key West, Islamorada offers a more serene and relaxed ambiance, where you can unwind and escape the crowds.

Where to stay

The Florida Keys are renowned for their high rates, but fear not! We have scoured the region and unearthed some of the best value accommodations in the lower to mid range.

 La Siesta Resort & Villas   

At the La Siesta, a range of lodging options at varying price points are available, from charming beachfront villas bursting with vibrant colors, to other alternatives. You can indulge in the beauty of the tropical landscaping, take a refreshing dip in the large pool, and relish in the overall experience of their stay.

As part of your stay, complimentary access to kayaks, paddle boards, and bicycles is provided.


Address: 80241 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Website:   https://www.lasiestaresort.com

Amara Cay Resort 

Experience modern luxury at the Amara Cay Resort, boasting a stunning white sand beach lined with cozy lounging areas and the most beautiful palm trees providing ample shade. The beach is situated above sea level with steps leading down to the crystal-clear waters below. Admire the magnificent ocean views from the resort's large pool overlooking the beach. The accommodations feature a modern design and offer spacious living areas.

Address: 80001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036


Pines and Palms Resort   

The Pines and Palms has both Ocean view and ocean front Cottages that are just the cutest with their colors and landscaping. They have a nice pool overlooking the ocean and a small white sand beach. It is a quiet and relaxing place.

Address:   80401 Old Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036


Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina  

The Postcard Inn boasts a breathtaking tropical landscape, adorned with vibrant flora and fauna, and an expansive white sand beach. With an abundance of lounging areas, multiple pools, water activities, restaurants, a tiki bar, and a marina, you are treated to an abundance of amenities and entertainment options.

Address: 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036


Where to Eat

Islamorada Fish Company     

The ambiance and the delectable fresh seafood are what we adore about this place.

Address: 81532 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Bayside Gourmet

 Renowned for their authentic preparations of both classic and contemporary cuisine, this establishment has gained widespread popularity.

Address: 82758 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036


Mangrove Mike's CafĂ©   

This is an excellent spot to enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch.

Address: 82200 Overseas Hwy MM, 82 sunset inn, Islamorada, FL 33036


Meat Eatery And Taproom   

You must try their burger and fries cooked in duck fat – they're a real treat!

Address: 88005 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Island Grill    

The food, atmosphere, and service at this popular seafood grill are a must try

Address: 85501 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036


Wahoo's Bar and Grill 

Known for their Tuna Nachos and the Grouper Sandwiches

Address: 85501 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

What to do

Robbie's of Islamorada     

A visit to Robbie's to feed the tarpon is a must-do experience! But that's not all – the site also features a restaurant, shopping booths, snorkeling excursions, and fishing tours.

Address: 77522 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Anne's Beach

What I love most about this beach is that one can walk out for what seems like forever, and the water only reaches knee-deep. Although the white, muddy sand can become slick and sticky at times, the beach is still an incredibly beautiful destination.

Address: There are 2 parking lots approximately 1/4 mile apart on US-1 at MM 73

Resort Activities

While many resorts provide paddle boards, kayaks, and other water activities, The Pines and Palms offers a range of off-site excursions, and The Postcard Inn features other activities to cater to all interests.

Additionally, day trips to other Keys are highly recommended, with two popular destinations being Bahia Honda and Key West.

Bahia Honda State Park

Situated approximately 40 miles from Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park is one of the most stunning destinations to explore in the Keys. Its white sand beaches are exceptional, even for this area.

Key West

No visit to the Keys is complete without a trip to Key West! While you're there, make sure to check out Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor. Although it's around 80 miles from Islamorada, the journey is well worth it.

Happy Travels!




Sunday, February 3, 2019

Exploring the Best of the Florida Keys: 16 Must-Visit Places

The Florida Keys are the best way to experience a tropical vacation in the Continental United States. A driving road trip down Overseas Highway 1 will take you from Key Largo to Key West. In between, you will experience amazing water views that will take your breath away and lots of interesting places to visit.

I have listed 16 places below that are worth exploring. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park 

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an undersea park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles.

It is best known for its living coral reefs. Glass bottom boat tours, diving, and snorkeling trips are available to see the reefs. There are always people snorkeling from the beach areas when we are there, but I have heard that there is not much to see close to the shore. 


102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037


Daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset office closes at 5pm


$8.00 per vehicle

Key Largo Chocolates

A cheerful place in Key Largo to get homemade ice cream and candy. I always get key lime fudge and the mango and banana truffles. They are a little expensive, but so worth it!


100470 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037


Monday - Thursday  10am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday  10am - 10pm

Rain Barrel Sculpture Gallery 

The Rain Barrel is an Artisan Village in Islamorada. It is easy to spot because of the 30-foot-tall lobster in front. Little shops with sculptures, paintings, pottery and gifts made by locals make up this village.


86700 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036


Open 9am -5pm daily



World Wide Sportsman

The World Wide Sportsman, located in Islamorada, is a great place to pick up clothing, fishing gear, snorkeling equipment and much more. The store itself is a nice place to look around.
Located behind the store is the Islamorada Fish Company restaurant. It is a nice relaxing place to get some delicious seafood.


81576 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036


 Monday through Thursday  10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday & Saturday  10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday  10:00 AM  - 7:00 PM


Did you really go to the Keys if you didn't visit Robbie's?!

Feeding the Tarpon is one of the most popular things to do in the Keys. Over 100 hungary tarpon are waiting for the chance to grab fish from your hand as you kneel on the dock. It is frightening and exciting at the same time! 

Watch a live webcam- https://robbies.com/videos.htm

Admission to the dock is $2.25 per person (once per day).

Each bucket of fish is $4.00 (5-8 fish per bucket).

Robbie's open air market is a place where you can find anything from Robbie's merchandise to art. We love visiting with the locals running the shops. They are always so friendly and offer advice on new places to visit. 

Robbie's offer so many options for getting out on the water. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards or go on one of their tours. Snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, and jet skiing are some of the tours they offer. 


77522 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL  -  Mile Marker 77.5


Open 7AM-8PM



Anne's Beach

This Lower Matecumbe Key beach is located on the oceanside, but there is almost no wave action due to the expanse of shallow water typical for Florida Keys beaches. 

There are two parking area ¼ mile apart with a boardwalk connecting the areas.


Mile Marker 73.5, Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada, FL 33036

*As of right now, the beach is still closed. The boardwalk and structures were destroyed by hurricane Irma. A grant to repair it has been approved, so hopefully it will be reopened soon.

Sombrero Beach

Sombrero Beach is beautiful white sand beach located on Marathon Key. It is located in a residential area with lots of free parking.

Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, FL 33050


7:30 a.m. until dusk



Dolphin Research Center

The Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit education and research facility located on on Grassy Key. They offer some of the best dolphin interaction options in Florida. Prices range from $30 for a brief encounter from the dock to $475 for a vip experience. This is one of our favorite place to visit in the Keys.

Watch a live webcam - https://fla-keys.com/webcams/dolphin-research-center/


58901 Overseas Hwy, Grassy Key, FL 33050


open 9am -4:30 daily


Adults: $28:00, Military/Veterans (present military ID): $25:00, Children 4-12: $23.00.  Children 3 and under free admission. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Bahia Honda State Park

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Bahia Honda State Park is our favorite place in the Florida Keys! It also has the best beaches in the Keys.

Watch a live webcam -  https://fla-keys.com/webcams/fort-zachary-taylor-beach/

Read more about it in my post here.


36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, FL 33043


8:00 a.m. until sundown, daily

Admission Fees:

$8* per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$2* Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
$4* Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.

*Some areas of the park may still be closed from hurricane damage.

Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach is the largest public beach in Key West. It has about a half mile strip of white sand and tons of palm trees. It is absolutely beautiful! Parking is along the road and runs the length of the beach.


2601 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040


7am – 11pm



Higgs Beach

Small beach with volleyball courts, play ground, and pier. It was once the site of an 1800s African slave cemetery. Nice family beach with palm trees, white sand, and clear water.


1000 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040


7am – 11pm



The Southernmost Point 

The Southernmost Point in the continental United States is marked by a concrete buoy in Key West. It is in the open and can visited at any time. Be prepared to wait in a long line for your chance at a photo with the buoy.

Watch a live webcam - http://southernmostpointwebcam.com/


Whitehead St & South Street, Key West, FL 33040

West Martello Tower

 Located at Higgs Beach in Key West, West Martello Tower is a historic tower built in 1862 during the Civil War.  It has been turned into a tropical paradise by the Key West Garden Club.   

1100 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040


9:30am - 5pm daily



Custom House

Now home to Key West Art & Historical Society, this museum was once the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. Custom House is a place to view unique art pieces and displays located inside and around the outside of the building.


281 Front Street, Key West, Florida 33040


Monday  - Saturday  9:30am - 4:40pm 


Adults: $12
Children (age 6 and up): $5
Children under 6: FREE
Students with ID: $5
Seniors (62+) and Locals with Monroe County ID: $9

Fort Zachary Taylor

Fort Zachary Taylor, located in Key West, was built to guard the harbor. The fort was used in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Spanish American War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Snorkeling along the rock at the beach area is a popular activity. The beach is mostly a coral type rock and sand. Palms and pine type trees provide tons of shade. It is a nice place to spend the day.

Watch a live webcam -  https://fla-keys.com/webcams/fort-zachary-taylor-beach/


601 Howard England Way, Key West FL 33040


8:00 a.m. until sundown, daily. Fort closes at 5 p.m.

Admission Fees:

$6.50 per vehicle

Mallory Square

Located on the waterfront in Key West, Mallory Square is lined with upscale restaurants and shops. It is popular for its nightly festivals to watch the sunset. About two hours before sunset, the crowd begins gathering to watch street performers and browse through local made crafts.

Watch a live webcam - https://www.mallorysquare.com/key-west-webcam/


400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040


Hours vary from business to business

No matter where you visit in the Florida Keys, it is sure to provide memories for a lifetime.

Happy Travels!