Florida Keys Recreation.
Islamorada, or the island known as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World”, is the second key in the archipelago chain and part of the Village of Islands, and it’s Anglicized name in its original Spanish form means “Purple Island”.
Islamorada is also close to the mainland of Florida peninsula, being only a short drive through Key Largo, up into Miami and across to the Everglades National Park. With the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, this island is home to many outdoor and water activities.
Life on the Island of Islamorada
Weather is one of the best features. Residents here enjoy all the best the tropics have to offer. The lifestyle is very laid-back, there is no hustle and bustle like there is in the big cities. During the winter months, which are particularly mild, overnight lows dip into the low to mid sixties. Daytime highs touch the upper seventies.
Summer in Islamorada is practically a year-round phenomenon, with daytime highs reaching into the balmy nineties and overnight lows falling to the upper seventies. There’s a constant tropical breeze sweeping across the key day and night.
Sunrise and sunset are just one of many things the locals here enjoy, day after day. Both are stunning, watching the sun rise over the Atlantic and dip into the horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
Recreational Opportunities In and Around Islamorada
Islamorada has quite a bit to see and do. The beauty of Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park are two can’t miss destinations. Or, head over to the Theater of the Sea, where you can interact with the native wildlife and get up close to dolphins, sea lions, and rays.
TIB Amphitheater is also a great place to visit. Live performances are put on for the public many times during the year, ranging from plays, to dance, to concerts. And, if you want to enjoy a night on the town, where the energy is high, the supermodels and celebrities play, drive up to Miami, where you’ll also find professional sports like football, hockey, basketball, and baseball.
Other outdoor activities include golfing, tennis, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving reefs, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, and much more.
What’s great is all of this is more is available nearly every single day of the year. With so much to see and do, it’s little wonder why Flats Fishing in Islamorada - Florida Keys Flats Fishing - Jose Wejebe / Spanishflytv
Islamorada and the upper Florida Keys are known to be a world class flats fishing destination. Jose Wejebe and Rob Fordyce show just how great the fishing is...
Islamorada is an international destination.
Miles of oceanfront and Gulf front access await you in the Keys.
Recreational opportunities in the outdoors are the most important assets of the Keys.
The fishing and boating here is incredible-both in the Ocean and the back-country (the Gulf). There is something
to catch year round and our weather lets you do it. If you like the water, this is the place
• 47 Marinas
• 13 Parks,
• 3 Golf Courses
• 10 Campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks
• 13 public Tennis Courts
• 18 Boat Ramps
• To see a complete list of parks and recreational opportunities see
• the sites below
- Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
- Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge
- Everglades National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- John C. Pennekamp State Park
- Bahia Honda State Park
- Dolphin Research Center
- Florida Audubon Society
- Center for Coastal Ecosystem Health
- University of Miami: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
- Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Summerland Key)
Things to do outdoors:
• Fishing-saltwater, freshwater-Ocean, lakes and the Everglades
• Boating-Ocean, Gulf or Bay
• Bike riding
• Photography and Wildlife watching
• Kayaking—canoes-there are good rental locations and lots of places to launch.
• Air boating into the Everglades
• Windsurfing the flats Other places to visit.
• Audubon House- original Audubon engravings (not Audubon's residence)
• Conch Tour Train-
• Curry Mansion Inn - 305 294-5349 511 Caroline Street, Key West FL 33040
• Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum - 305 294-1136, 907 Whitehead St., Key West FL
• Flagler's Station Historeum®-901 Caroline St., 1-305-295-3562.
• Haitian Art Co. - 305 296-8932, 600 Francis St., Key West FL 33040
• Heritage House Museum - 305 296-3573, 410 Caroline Street, Key West FL 33040
• Historic Seaport at Key West Bight.
• Key West Aquarium - 1 Whitehead St., Mallory Market
• Key West East Martello Museum - 305 296-3913, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
• Key West Lighthouse Museum - 305 294-0012, 938 Whitehead Street
• Key West Museum of Art & History - 305 295-6616
• Custom House - 281 Front Street, Key West FL 33040
• Key West Shipwreck Historeum - 305 292-8990, 1 Whitehead Street
• Little White House Museum - 305 294-9911
• Wrecker's Museum - 322 Duval St., 294-9502. Built in 1829. This is Key West's oldest house
Diving and Snorkling facilities
All In One - All The Fun - Groggies Glassbottom Adventures
711 Eisenhower Drive, Key West, FL 33040
Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Boat Rentals Of Key West
617 Front Street (Behind Galleon Resort), Key West, FL 33040
Captain Seaweed Charters - Dolphin & Snorkel Adventure
Oceanside Marina , Key West, FL 33040
Captain Sheri & Wild About Dolphins
Key West, FL 33040
Hilton Resort, Key West, FL 33040
Dream Catcher Charters - Private Snorkeling
Oceanside Marina, Key West, FL 33040
Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson Ferry
240 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip Aboard The Sunny Days
End of Elizabeth and Greene Streets, Key West, FL 33040
Fury Water Adventures
237 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040
Innerspace Dive Center
MM 29.5 , Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center
PO Box 509 , Ramrod Key, FL 33042
Sea Camp Association, Inc.
1300 Big Pine Ave, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
US1 MM 24.5, Summerland Cove Marina, Summerland Key, FL 33042
Scuba of Key West
201 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040
Sunny Day Catamarans Snorkel, Dry Tortugas and More!
Historic Seaport, Key West, FL 33040
Sunny Days Sunset & Snorkel Trips
Corner of Greene & Elizabeth Streets, Key West, FL 33040
Marine Boatlifts and Construction
• A 2-3 hour drive to Miami:
• Florida Marlins
• 2269 Dan Marino Blvd, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL 33056 · 305-626-7400
• Miami Dolphins
• 2269 Dan Marino Blvd, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL 33056 · 305-620-2578
• Miami Heat
• 601 Biscayne Blvd, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL 33132-1801 · 786-777-432