The “sport fishing capital of the world,” Islamorada (pronounced eye-lah-mor-ah-dah) is located in the Florida Keys, half-way between Key West and Miami. An ideal destination for families, Islamorada is known for its clear and calm waters, towering palm trees lining sandy beaches, beautiful orchids and bougainvillea and breathtaking sunsets. Though it has long-attracted sport fishermen, it’s an equally appealing spot for divers and snorkelers, thanks to a colorful variety of shallow coral reefs and shipwrecks – both accidental and intentional – in its surrounding warm waters.
The name “Islamorada” (purple isles) came from Spanish explorers in the early 16th century and the shade is seen prominently in local shops and restaurants. The Village of Islamorada begins on Plantation Key, followed by Windley Key (home of Pelican Cove), and runs through Upper and Lower Matecumbe Keys.