The Islamorada Area

Islamorada is known as “The Fishing Capital of the World” but there is more than just fishing here!

Here a couple videos from the Chamber of Commerce to give you an overview of Islamorada:

You’ll find information about things like:
Theater of the Seais about a half mile south, where the kids can “swim with the dolphins” and see a show. There is also the Diving Museum and World Wide Sportsman’s large aquarium of local sportfish —both a few miles south gulf side. Founders Park is a mile north gulf side with a sandy beach, community pool, playground, tennis and basketball courts, and more. It often hosts concerts and other functions also.

There is also lots of shopping in and around Islamorada:
Groceries – A new Publix just opened less than a mile south, gulf side. CVS and the Trading Post, both a few miles south gulf side, offer basic groceries, beer and wine. For other full grocery shopping, there is Winn Dixie is about 8 miles north gulf side and a larger Publix a few miles further north Oceanside.

Gifts/souveniers— Many places, but try Mangrove Mike’s and Latitude 24 both south gulf side. CVS has Islamorada hats 2/$10.

Clothing— Latitude 24 and Worldwide Sportsman, both south gulf side, and also Anthony’s on the median in Key Largo.

The dining is great as well:
Pierre’s — next to Worldwide Sportsman, overlooking the bay, is one of the best (and classiest) restaurants in the Keys.  (No jacket or tie required, of course, but a place you could get a little dressed up for if you wished to.) Morada Bay Beach Café is associated with Pierre’s and right next to it – we prefer it – similarly excellent food but in a very casual “barefoot in the sand” ambiance. Both bayside and south. Here is an aerial video of the two restaurants.

There is a “Keys-y” waterfront restaurant and nightspot/sports bar a short walk north called Hog Heaven which has well-priced lunch and dinners and a Happy Hour for drinks and bar food (good wings and ribs!) plus weekend live entertainment (toss a french fry into the lagoon out back and watch ravenous mangrove snappers swarm it!). Other restaurants we like include the Green Turtle and Lazy Days, both a few miles south oceanside, and Marker 88 a few miles north bayside. Many other restaurants are also nearby.

If you happen to charter with Captain Freddie (see our Fishing section), he can make reservations for you at the world famous Islamorada Fishing Club — our favorite dining spot, with great service, food, bar — and no lines!

For more complete and detailed info on these and other attractions, restaurants, etc in Islamorada, checkout the Visitor’s Guide from at the Chamber of Commerce site.