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Islamorada is located on Upper Matacumbe Key. It's more a city than a Key itself, and it marks the end of the Upper Keys and the beginning of the Middle.  A little bit of trivia - Islamorada also means "purple islands". 

This is a quieter Key, compared to Key Largo to the north and Marathon to the south.  But that doesn't mean there aren't things to do!  Just that most of them involve the outdoors.

There is one attraction here that you really do need to visit & made a day of it -- Theater of the Sea.

The Florida Keys & Islamorada

Florida Keys Islamorada Bayside BeachOnce only fishermen came to stalk their trophies here. But wait - the Florida Keys, Islamorada, now has more things to see and do these days on your vacation! 

However, this is the Keys, so all things watery (boating, fishing, diving, snorkeling) are emphasized in this jewel of a town.  In particular, Islamorada boasts that it is the "Fishing Capital of the World"!

But fisherman aren't the only people out on the water -- scuba diving and snorkeling is dynamite, too (see the section below).

Getting Here

There aren't any airports close by, so your only option is to drive here.  Going south on US1 from the Florida Mainland, or north on US1 from Marathon, you really cannot miss Islamorada.

Yes, you will need a car to get around town.  While you can walk and bike some, a car is really your best bet, especially if you plan to scuba or fish. Not to mention shop!

Islamorada Florida Hotels

From mom and pop motels to Florida Keys resorts, you can find them all in Islamorada. But surprisingly, there aren't as many to choose from as you might think.

Check out a list of Islamorada, Florida hotels.

Places to Eat in Islamorada

It's almost dinner (or breakfast or lunch) time, so where to eat?  Take a look at a list of  places to eat.

Calling all fisherman and divers -- find out where you can get something to eat when you have an early boat to catch!

Places to Shop

Shopping in Islamorada is more challenging...but who doesn't love a challenge? Check out a list of places to shop.Florida Keys Islamorada Fishing

Fishing in Islamorada, Florida

Islamorada Florida fishing is a fantastic experience. But even if you didn't bring a boat of your own, there are options.

You can charter a boat, join in a charter or book a spot on a party boat.

Here's more information about Islamorada, Florida fishing.  

Islamorada Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

As always, dive and snorkel trips abound -- no trouble here in finding a good tour! Remember, the coral reef is close by.

Tours are readily available at the various dive shops, and even at the marinas.  Bring your own equipment or rent it for the charter.

Islamorada scuba diving has shallow dives, deeper and also wreck diving.

Crater reef is one of the cool sites, at 60 to 100 feet.  If you'd like something a bit shallower, try Blue Parrot (named for the fish that ply the waters here) at between 35 and 50 feet.

Into wreck diving?  Check out the Eagle, rated as one of the top wreck dives in the world.  It lies in 80 to 110 feet of crystal clear water.

For those who come to Islamorada for snorkeling, try a trip to Pickles reef, in just 5 to 30 feet of water!

What Else to Do?

I have to admit, my favorite attraction is Islamorada is Theater of the Sea. I really do recommend that you stop and spend some time here.  All kinds of shows go on during the day, and you just have to take the bottomless (you read that right) boat tour. Why? You'll just have to go and find out.

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