Key Largo Key West Islamorada Marathon Tavernier
"Sport fishing Capital of The World"
Drop your fly and expose yourself to the wondrous waters of Islamorada: the sport fishing Capital of the World. Surrounded by emerald green and purple blue waters on both sides of the street, you'll soon find out why former President George Bush is just one of the thousands of anglers who return year after year to Islamorada. It's a great place to live, fish and play. You'll see why more IGFA world records have been established in the waters off Islamorada. In Islamorada's ocean side you'll discover waters teeming with game fish such as Tuna, Sailfish, and Dolphin (aka Mahi-Mahi or Dorado not Flipper). Islamorada's inside flat shorelines are just a castaway offering Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit all willing to do battle with you. Islamorada is the luckiest fishing village that will provide a mouthful of fish stories and a mind full of memories that need never be released. Every morning and every evening you'll be given the fishing report on the radio. You'll hear from fishing legends like Skippy of the Blue Chip II give his daily scoop on all the fishing from Tavernier, Whale Harbor, Bud and Mary's, Holiday Isle, and down to Caloosa Cove Marina. It's no coincidence that locals never say good-bye, they just say "catch you later".
Spanish explorers named these Keys "Isla Moradas" meaning "purple
isles", perhaps because of the purple-shelled snails found on the
beaches or perhaps for the prolific orchid trees and bougainvilleas
coalescing the shoreline. Either way Islamorada's' lure is sport
fishing but besides fishing, there are water sports for everyone,
including snorkeling, SNUBA and SCUBA diving. From about MM 90
on the north down to MM67 the villages of Islamorada include parts
of Tavernier Key, Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe,
Indian Key, Lignumvitae Key, Lower Matecumbe, Siesta Key, Long
Key and Layton where you can swim and splash in the clean-clear
waters! Fun and active water sports like wake boarding, wind surfing,
waterskiing, kite boarding, paddle boarding and jet skiing can
be found just off the shoreline at the beaches like Anne's Beach
at MM73 where you can watch these acrobats take flight from the
ocean up into the air or if you are daring you can try it yourself.
For those who prefer their sea experience on dry land you can visit Robbie's Marina at MM 77.5 bayside and feed the tarpons a bucket of fish, shop at the bead shack, or grab a bite to eat at The Hungry Tarpon while you watch all the activities and enjoy all the scenery. You will be tempted to rent a kayak at the Kayak Shack and drift over to nearby Indian Key Historical Site which was once the home of the Dade County Seat and wreckers' village that was burned down by the Seminole Indians in 1840. Land lubbers can also visit the Lignumvitae State Botanical Site which is the highest spot in the Keys at 18 feet above sea level. This site is named for one of the hardest woods in the world, "the tree of life" its home to a coral rock house built in 1919. In Islamorada there are so many opportunities for fun adventures you can visit the Dive Museum (MM83), Hurricane Memorial and Monument (MM81), Fossil Reef State Geological Preserve (MM85) Holiday Isle, The Wyland Gallery at the famous Green Turtle Restaurant, Treasure Village Artists Colony (MM86.5), Founders Park (MM 86) home to Islamorada's Olympic Pool, tennis courts with a view of the bay, yacht harbor, boat launch, skate park, baseball fields, batting cages, basketball facility, soccer fields, beach and doggy park. Islamorada has it all including camping along Long Key State Park to world class resorts like Cheeca Lodge and Resort (MM 81) Chesapeake Beach Resort (MM83) to fine dining at Marker 88, Morada Bay (MM81.5) known for their full moon parties every month, Pierre's (MM81.6), The Lorelei (MM82) known for nightly sunset celebrations, and other great dinning establishment like Lazy Days (MM79) on the ocean where they will even prepare and cook your catch if you bring to them. This is what makes Islamorada such an active and fun place to vacation or if you're lucky to call it home. Catch you later!
Islamorada Key West Big Pine Marathon Tavernier
Email: Pat Ketchum at Pat4KDM@aol.com
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