Islamorada Key is comprised of six small islands in the Florida Keys, located between the saltwater wilderness, barrier reefs and Everglades National Park. The islands are popular with fisherman and it has been named the sport-fishing capital of the world. Visit Islamorada and enjoy everything from ocean adventures – diving, fishing and swimming – to great shopping and entertainment. If you visit Islamorada, you’ll also be treated to a selection of fine dining and some of the best seafood you have ever had. Our Islamorada Vacations guide will help you start your adventure. View the beautiful beaches of Key Largo and the Florida Keys here.
Islamorada Weather – When to Visit
The month of April is a great month to visit Islamorda when temperatures are hot but hotels are cheaper. Average temperatures are in the low 80’s. Most vacation to Islamorada in March. This is the busiest time so make sure to book your accommodation early. The Christmas week (December 23rd to January 6th), February 17th – 25th (President’s Week) as well as the Easter week (March 31st to April 8th) are also busy times that you should avoid if you don’t like crowds.
History of Diving Museum
Enjoy a day with the family at The History of Diving Museum! like Captain Nemo and his crew as you navigate through the maze of exhibits and relive the international story spanning over 4,000 years of “man’s quest to explore under the sea”. Experience the thrill of discovery as you lift a silver bar from a sunken Spanish galleon in the treasure room! Marvel at the vast breakthroughs in development and ingenuity throughout the ages, as well as the contributions from pioneer women divers. Learn how diving technology has contributed to marine science, underwater photography and treasure hunting.
Theater of the Sea
At Theater of the Sea watch up close and personal dolphin shows, sea lion shows, parrot shows, and much more! A pioneer in animal interactive programs, at Theater of the Sea you can swim with a dolphin, swim with a sea lion, swim with the rays, swim with the sharks, meet the sea turtles or wade, meet and paint with a dolphin or sea lion. Theater of the Sea is family owned and operated since 1946 and one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The lagoons and lush, tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds.
Indian Key State Historic Site
In 1836, Indian Key became the first county seat for Dade County. At that time, this tiny island was the site of a lucrative business-salvaging cargo from shipwrecks in the Florida Keys. Accessible only by canoe or kayak, visitors go to swim, sunbathe, hike and to go fishing. Boat and kayak rentals are available from Robbie’s Marina at (305) 664-9814.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
Visitors can walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation- an important part of Florida’s 20th century history. Samples of the quarry machinery have been preserved at the park. Enjoy the natural attributes of this island while strolling five short, self-guided trails. Picnic tables are available. The Visitor Center, open Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., features educational exhibits about the history of this site.
Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery
Michelle’s art has a tropical theme as she hopes to share her love of the Caribbean through her paintings. Michelle paints marine life of every kind- turtles, fish, pelicans, herons, osprey, coral, lobster! She is inspired by many scuba diving excursions and snorkeling in Islamorada, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and anywhere there are reefs.
Things to Do in Islamorada
A Family Fun Boat Tour Company
They offer Islamorada Snorkeling, Sandbar, Eco tours & Sightseeing, and Sunset Cruises. If you are looking for a “kid friendly” boating adventure for your children, their Islamorada boat tours are private, guided boat trips that give you exclusive access to the Upper Florida Keys most incredible places to visit. Rated one of the best Islamorada activities for children. For information call 305-896-2915 Web: A Family Fun Boat Tour Company.
KAY K IV Sport Fishing Charters
They will catch you fish and treat you, your family with respect no matter your fishing experience is. They offer reef, offshore, and deep dropping in the fishing capital of the world. They provide half, 3/4 and full day fishing charters, or even a 3 hour evening shark and tarpon trip. Telephone: 305-393-0398 Web: Kay K IV Sport Fishing Charters.
Key Largo Adventures
Capt. Charlie Filpes offers a sensational private, All-Inclusive boating adventure in the Upper Keys. They offer an impressive variety of amenities aboard the “TIKI TIKI” which will thrill even the biggest of water sports enthusiasts. They offer snorkeling, paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking, BBQ lunch on the sand bar, kayaking, shark encounters and Eco education. Telephone: 305-975-4885 Web: Key Largo Adventures.
A1A Watersports are dedicated to providing excursions and experiences of a lifetime to you and your family. They offer the largest variety of activities and services available on Islamorada including daily 2 HR Jet Ski Island Tours, Wave Runner Freedom Rides, Boat Rentals, Keys Fishing, Diving or Snorkeling, Kayak Rentals, Snorkel Gear Rentals, and much more. Telephone: 305-664-8182 Web: A1A Watersports.
Bay & Reef
Join the Bay and Reef Company to fish, snorkel, tour, and explore the Everglades on your custom boat tour in the Florida Keys. They specialize in creating custom charters for you and your family. Create a custom trip including fishing, snorkeling, eco-touring in the Everglades National Park, picnicking, sunning, or swimming. Telephone: 305-393-1779/0994 Web: Bay & Reef
Best Islamorada Restaurants
Chef Michaels $31 – 60
Dock To Dish! Their fresh catch selection changes daily, and they strive to keep hogfish, their specialty, on the list. Chef Michael’s menu is full of creatively inspired local Florida Keys cuisine. Not just a seafood restaurant, their dinner offerings include mouth-watering preparations of prime meats and game, because, in the sport fishing capital of the world, sometimes you just get fished out! A quaint and special place, one of the few restaurants in the Florida Keys operated by its very own chef, and locals know from experience that an evening at Chef Michael’s is one to remember…Go to Chef Michael’s in Islamorada, FL…enjoy the peace, love, & hogfish! Telephone: 305-664-0640 Web: Chef Michaels.
Lazy Days Restaurant $11 – 30
Join hosts Chef Lupe & Michelle Ledesma at Lazy Days Restaurant. Enjoy laid back, oceanfront dining and Keys-style dishes. Lazy Days offers seafood, seafood pastas, vegetarian pastas, sandwiches, certified angus steaks and chicken at reasonable prices. Chef Lupe will also cook your catch! Fabulous desserts, kids menu and full service bar available. Enjoy beach dining with spectacular views from tables nestled in the sand, dine on the patio overlooking the beautiful waters of the Atlantic, or dine in their porch dining or inside their cozy, yet spacious atmosphere. Telephone: 305-664-5256 Web: Lazy Days Restaurant.
M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom $11 – 30
House ground and cased Sausages, house made Bacon and smoked Pork, hand patted Angus beef burgers, Kobe Beef Hotdogs, 12 Tap Craft Beers and domestic favorites, Homemade Ice Cream and Milkshakes Homemade Ketchup and Mustard. Telephone: 305-852-3833 Web: M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom.
Islamorada Shrimp Shack $11 – 30
The Islamorada Shrimp Shack is a family owned business that opened its doors in December of 2011. Since then, they have been serving delicious food to their customers and have become a staple for the Islamorada locals. Run by the mother daughter team of Jill and Morgan, the homemade family recipes have made it out of otheir kitchen and on to your plate. They have a wide variety of seafood. They have chicken, steak, and ribs for our land lovers. They have local fish daily and of course local shrimp. Telephone: 305-664-8433 Web: Islamorada Shrimp Shack.
Morada Bay Beach Cafe $11 – 30
Located in the heart of Islamorada at mile marker 81.6, the Morada Bay Beach Café & Bar is an outdoor Mediterranean bistro café set in the sand. Situated amidst a glorious, palm-lined beach overlooking blue waters, with walking paths thru tropical flowers, The Café offers a more laid back and relaxed atmosphere than it’s sister property, Pierre’s, which is located on the same beach. You’ll find inside and outside bars and dining areas, live unique entertainment, spectacular sunsets, and a large child-friendly beach with cozy Adirondack chairs. The Café’s menu is a blend of Caribbean and American cuisine. Showcasing the freshest in local seafood and produce, the fare is both innovative and eclectic. The Café’s bar and wine offerings are equally noteworthy. Telephone: 305-664-3225 Web: Morada Bay Beach Café.
Best Islamorada Bars & Nightlife
Florida Keys Brewing Company
Florida Keys Brewing Co is the Upper Keys first microbrewery, located in the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District. They always have a great selection of their favorite beers, as well as seasonal and barrel aged beers. There is plenty for everyone to enjoy here. Take a tour of the brewery, enjoy a flight of their beers, check out all the artwork, play some games, or just relax and listen to some music. They have all sorts of events so check out their schedule to see what’s coming up soon. Telephone: 305-916-5206 Web: Florida Keys Brewing Company.
The OceanView Pub & Sports Bar
The OceanView Pub & Sports Bar is a favorite eatery, sports bar and watering hole for both tourists and locals alike. Head to the sports pub and restaurant and enjoy their outdoor patio serving classic American fare and late-night bites. What locals like: friendly and attentive staff, consistently great food, over the top burgers, blackened dolphin sandwich and wings, low-key relaxed flip flop atmosphere with a beautiful view of the water. Telephone: 305-664-8052 Web: The OceanView Pub & Sports Bar.
Bumby’s is located in the heart of Islamorada. Bumby’s Raw Bar & Local Libations’ purpose is to serve the healthiest, freshest, and finest quality of food and beverage with knowledge, graciousness, and integrity; so that their guests and employees will feel pride, fulfillment, and happiness. Telephone: 305-509-7561 Web: Bumby’s.
Lorelei Cabana Bar & Restaurant
The Lorelei Cabana Bar and Marina features some of the best seafood in the Florida Keys… the perfect place to sit back, order a tall, cool drink and let yourself be enchanted. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Islamorada famous sunsets. They have sunset celebrations nightly. Telephone: 305-664-2692 Web: Lorelei Cabana Bar & Restaurant.
Hog Heaven Sports Bar & Grill
Happy hour that can’t be beat here with 21 flat-screen televisions. Hog Heaven has both indoor and outdoor waterfront bars and dining. And once the sun goes down, Hog Heaven transforms into the hottest party destination in almost 100 miles. With a live DJ spinning every weekend and countless bands from across the globe, Hog Heaven is sure to put a little life back into your Florida Keys vacation. Telephone: 305-664-9669 Web: Hog Heaven Sports Bar & Grill.
Top Islamorada Hotels
Islander Bayside a Guy Harvey Outpost
Located on the waters of the Florida Bay, the Islander Bayside Resort is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. This resort features a kitchen in every townhouse and an outdoor pool.
Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Their rooms and suites exude elegance and a casual ease that welcome any traveler. Discover a relaxed atmosphere honed over decades of glamorous guests and generations of family retreats. The 214 rooms and suites are an oasis of relaxation and comfort for unforgettable Islamorada lodging.
This privately-owned boutique hotel contains 16 suites. Caribbean inspired decor can be found throughout the property. Casa Morada is 1,950 feet from Upper Matecumbe Key. Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, guests can enjoy the on-site bar, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-board. Complimentary private parking is available on site.
The Moorings Village
The Moorings is home to an 18-acre beachfront oasis in Islamorada. Tropical, tranquil and untouched, the former coconut plantation boasts over 800 palms, swimming pool, fitness center and spa.
Each room is individually designed with a tropical flair befitting the unique island spirit of the fabulous Florida Keys. They offer just 18 fresh, updated rooms with charming amenities and comfort is one of their top priorities. Enjoy the beautiful pool and private beach surrounded by tropical flora, with relaxing sitting areas and hammocks under tall palms. There is also an Oceanside dock and private boat ramp for guests.