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Islamorada Is More Than Just The Sport Fishing Capital Of The World

Stretching over 4 islands of the Upper Florida Keys, Islamorada, is called the Village of Islands.

It's sprawl encompasses Plantation, Windley, Upper Matecumbe and Lower Matecumbe Keys.

The name is Spanish, with the most common translation being Isla for isles and Morada for purple.

Yet another name it proudly holds is Sportfishing Capital of the World.

Without question Florida Keys fishing is superb here, and it doesn't matter whether you're out on the Hump or backcountry fishing, the results are usually fantastic!

Since the City is spread over 4 islands, if you arrived by any of the Florida Keys shuttle services, you'll want to either use a local taxi company or get a Florida car rental.

Islamorada Map

Islamorada Map
Source US Census Bureau and

One taxi company appropriately named after the town is at 305-664-4100. If you decide a Florida car rental will be your most convenient and economical option, compare prices between Enterprise, Budget and Thrifty.

Enterprise Rent a Car is at 305-451-3998. They're located in Key Largo at 100149 Overseas Hwy.

Budget is located at 97300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo and their phone number is 305-852-7416.

Thrifty Car Rental is at 305-842-6088, in Tavernier at 91831 Overseas Hwy.

Islamorada Visitor Center

Islamorada Visitor Center

People come in droves, from Key West FL and Key Largo, to this beautiful village of islands. They come for many reasons, the Florida weather, the fishing and the fun things to do.

In fact, if you're wanting to check the current, hazardous, or short range local Florida weather forecast, this link will provide you detailed information on the weather in this part of the Florida Keys.

Cheap Deals And Florida Keys Discounts

Islamorada Florida has a lot of different Florida Keys things to do, restaurants to eat at and a broad selection of accommodations to choose from.

All of these great things to see and do spell 'spending money'. You can't have a Florida Keys vacation without burning through a few greenbacks.

The dilemma comes when you want to do something, but you're vacation dollars are beginning to stretch thin. If you can take advantage of great Florida Keys discounts on many of the Florida attractions you'll start to get ahead of the curve and have more money to spend on other things.

Of course Florida Keys lodging and airfare also factor into your expenses. Here's one company that has discounts on airfare, car rentals, lodging and Florida Keys all inclusive vacation packages. They can save you up to 65% on all flights.

You can also check out our main lodging page for the Upper Keys. Here you'll be able to see the different types of Florida Keys accommodation choices. If you're more interested in a resort over a motel, click on resorts and you'll see all the different resorts in the Upper Keys.

Any that interest you, simply click on their name to get TripAdvisor reviews and you can use their handy widget for price checking rates with dates. If you have the flexibility to play around with your travel dates, you can often get cheaper rates.

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Since it's not that far to Key West, if you're planning on including a trip to Key West during your Florida Keys vacation, Trusted Tours highlighted in the box above, has great online deals you won't want to miss. They don't provide any Florida Keys discounts elsewhere, but what they have in Key West is terrific.

Through them you can get cheap deals on Key West tours including packages, museums, cruises including package deals to save you even more vacation money on other Key West events and attractions.

Lobster Sculpture At Rain Barrel Sculpture Gallery in Islamorada, FL

Lobster Sculpture At Rain Barrel Sculpture Gallery

Islamorada Fishing

Of course one of the biggest reasons people come to the area is for Islamorada fishing. Without question this is the top contender in terms of things to do.

So why is this area such a hot button for Florida Keys fishing? Primarily, because you have such a wide range of Florida fish to catch, places to go, and different styles and techniques to implement.

You can go out with any of the fishing charters for a half day or full day of Islamorada deep sea fishing or go out to the popular, but often crowded Islamorada Hump.

Or, if you're up to the challenge and possess the necessary skills, you'll want to go flat fishing for permit. You can also cast or go Islamorada fly fishing while poling the shallow water in the renowned Downtown flats.

Islamorada Flats Fishing

Fly Fishing in the Islamorada Flats
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You may even want to test your skill and patience sightfishing for that record size bonefish, tarpon or even shark.

What about Florida Keys backcountry fishing?

Backcountry fishing in Islamorada takes you out to the shallow recesses and channels of the Everglades National Park. This has to be one of the best fishing experiences ever.

Islamorada backcountry fishing is also something anyone can do. No matter what your skill level, even if you're traveling with children, everyone is guaranteed to have fun.

When Florida Keys backcountry fishing, you can fly fish, spin cast with bait or lures, troll or pole and sight fish - basically anything goes.

Backcountry Fishing is a Popular Florida Keys activity

Backcountry Fishing Is A Popular Florida Keys Activity

Plus expect to catch any species and size of Florida Keys fish. Islamorada tarpon fishing, is extremely popular no matter where you go, including the backcountry waters. Plus grouper, snook, mangrove snapper, and shark can be explosive catches.

You'll also find that there's an abundance of Florida Keys fish lurking in the shallow depths of the Everglades National Park backcountry waters.

If you've never gone Florida Keys fishing in this area, there are many fishing charters in Islamorada willing to guide you. This is a good idea for many reasons, with safety being paramount.

You'll also want to know where to go, and how to catch what you're after. Islamorada fishing guides know their water, and they'll show you how to catch the various Florida Keys fish that are in season.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Florida Keys

Of course Florida Keys scuba diving are major pastimes as well. The density of coral reefs, underwater ledges and offshore shipwrecks such as The Eagle, are a magnet for fish. Expect to see tropical fish, queen angelfish, shark, even green moray eels darting among the crevices, and shallow coral reefs.

Pickles Reef is especially a favorite for Florida Keys snorkeling. The shallower waters provide a spectacular opportunity to view an abundance of unusual marine life, nestled in and around the Florida Keys coral reef.

Of course, there's also the San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve just offshore one mile. You can Florida Keys dive or snorkel this historic 1733 Spanish Treasure wreck, or you can view it from above, in a glass bottom boat.

History of Diving Museum

History Of Diving Museum

If you're an avid scuba diver, don't pass up the opportunity to visit the History of Diving museum. This has the largest international collection of artifacts and diving helmets. They also provide an interesting, detailed evolution of diving history.

For that special scuba diver in your life, or if you just want to pick up something unusual for yourself, check out the History of Diving gift shop. They've got some really cool gifts - from posters, to brass Mark V key chains and pencil sharpeners.

This Florida Keys museum is at MM 83, 82990 Overseas Highway. If you have questions about hours of operation, you can call them at 305-664-9737.

Other Fun Florida Keys Things To Do

One of the fun annual Upper Florida Keys activities is Woofstock Music Fair. Usually held the second Saturday in March from 11 - 7, this event is held at Founder's Park, Mile Marker 87.

This popular event is designed to be a family pet-friendly affair where fun activities for people and their pets are held. K-9 search and rescue demonstration are common, along with pet adoptions. Doggie diving competitions are popular and the winner of this splash event receives a prize.

Founders Park

Woofstock Festival goers can visit the different booths featuring a variety of pet products and gifts. Live entertainment, food and beverages are available, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Dolphin encounters are hugely popular, and Theater of the Sea is a major Florida Keys attractions . This is where you have a chance to learn more about dolphins, sea lions, and sting rays. You can go on a glass bottom boat ride, even enjoy a parrot show.

Being able to swim with dolphins in Florida Keys is the real highlight. The dorsal pull, where you hold the dorsal fin and swim with dolphin is an all-time high you won't soon forget.

Theater Of the Sea

Theater Of The Sea

If you decide to participate in the swim with dolphin program, Theater of the Sea also guarantees you'll have hands-on experience. There are other programs in the area that do not make this guarantee. Before paying for the extra programs, always reconfirm nothing has changed. This is especially true when it comes to the hands-on swim with dolphin interaction program.

If you plan on taking in all the shows at Theater of the Sea, you can expect to spend upwards of 2.5 hours. You'll spend more time if you decide to poke around the gift shop. Plus, if it's in season and the beach is open, plan on relaxing by the water for awhile. Close your eyes and remember your amazing swim with dolphins in Florida Keys. Can it really get any better than this?

To make reservations or inquiries, call Theater of the Sea at 305-664-2431. They're located at MM 84.5 ocean side.

Voluntourism programs are other fun, worthwhile activities you can participate in while on your Florida Keys vacation.

There are also numerous eco tours to choose from. These ecotours focus on a variety of themes all designed to educate while providing a memorable, enjoyable vacation experience.

Bottlenose dolphin swimming in boat wake

Watching Dolphins Are A Big Part of Any Florida Keys Vacation

If you're a tennis enthusiast, and would like to hit a volley or two, The Islamorada Tennis Club is open to visitors and members alike.

They're at MM 77, Bayside, 76800 Overseas Highway. If you would like to make reservations or inquire about a lesson, you can call them at 305-664-5341.

Leaving Islamorada the Catch Ya Later Sign

Catch You Later!

An Islamorada vacation means something different to everyone. For some, Islamorada fishing is king, for others it's scuba diving Florida Keys. Many have said it's one of the most romantic places they've ever experienced. Some just come simply to relax and stay at one of many hotels in Islamorada FL.

So whether it's your first holiday or your twentieth to this wonderful place, you'll never grow tired of your stay in paradise.

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