Long known as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World,” the Village of Islamorada spreads across the beautiful, tropical isles of Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe, Lower Matecumbe, and Teatable Key, starting at Mile Marker 90.9 in the Upper Florida Keys. Pastel-painted shops and restaurants greet you as you roll into town on the Overseas Highway. Whether visitors come to fish for bonefish on the flats, snook in the backcountry, or mackerel out in the Gulf, the fishing is certainly world class. But Islamorada’s charms don’t end once you’re back on land. In fact, some of the Florida Keys’ most entertaining road-side attractions and best museums can be found in this small Florida village, population 6,600.
You can start the morning off right at Robbie’s Marina, a local institution on the bayside. At Robbie’s restaurant, the Hungry Tarpon, enjoy breakfast with a view, while you ponder which of the activities most appeals.
Tourists love feeding the silvery tarpon from the dock, while others browse the stands of hand-crafts and souvenirs. Maybe you’ll want to head out on a snorkeling trip or fishing charter. One of the most intriguing expeditions will necessitate renting a kayak from Robbie’s and taking a comfortable 20-minute paddle.
Written by Authentic Florida Guest Blogger/Author Laura Albritton, her latest book is Hidden History of the Florida Keys