Islamorada

Florida
Village of Islands

Located between the Florida Strait and the saltwater Everglades National Park is one of the many eclectic towns that make up the Florida Keys. Islamorada has a population of around 7,000 but is filled with people from across the world who come to visit each year.

What does Islamorada mean? “Purple island” is the answer. Why the early Spanish explorers named this cayo purple has been lost to history. Today, Islamorada is also known as the Village of Islands and actually encompasses six isles, from Plantation Key in the north to Lower Matecumbe Key in the south.

Islamorada is also the Sportfishing Capital of the World and was made famous by President George H.W. Bush, then a frequent visitor and avid fisherman. Whether your angling leans toward bonefish, tarpon or sailfish, you can have it all here. However, if your interest in sea life is more up close and personal, visit Theater of the Sea to swim and interact with dolphins, sea lions, sharks and stingrays.

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Theater of the Sea
Theater of the Sea - Theater of the Sea is family owned and operated since 1946 and one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The lagoons and lush, tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds. It is a popular destination for swimming with dolphins, snorkeling & dolphin shows in lush setting. Theater of the Sea also hosts Swim With The Sea Lions, Swim With Sting Rays, and a Dolphin Wade for very young kids, but the dolphins are the stars here.
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History of Diving Museum
If you're a diver or just love ocean exploration, you can’t miss the diving museum. It’s the building with the enormous mural of whale sharks on the side located on Route 1. The journey into the undersea covers 4000 years, with fascinating pieces like the 1797 Klingert's copper kettle, a whimsical room devoted to Jules Verne's Captain Nemo, massive deep diving suits and an exquisite display of diving helmets from around the world.
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Fishing
The Neuse River, Pamlico Sound & their tributaries come together to create a world class fishery for both salt & fresh water species. Numerous talented & respected guides make their living guiding the waters around Oriental.
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Founders Park
A 45 acre park offering sports programs, recreational programs and facilities, sports coaching and training and facilities for aquatics, golf, soccer, baseball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, and basketball.
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Scuba Diving & Snorkling
Whether you are diving or snorkeling, Islamorada offers a wide variety of shallow coral reefs, mini walls, shipwrecks, and even an underwater habitat for scientific research, the Aquarius for you to explore. There are several shops located along Route 1, as well as at the marinas and hotels.
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Ciao Hound
84001 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-5300
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Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar
81924 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2692
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M.E.A.T. Eatery And Taproom
88005 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33036
305-852-3833
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Morada Bay Beach Café
81600 Overseas Hwy Morada Bay Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-0604
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Ziggie & Mad Dog’s
83000 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-3391
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Nearest Airport
Miami International Airport
Coordinates
24.9243, -80.6278
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