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    An Island of Many Names

    January 07

    Our home is an eclectic collection of fun activities, history, warm people, and beautiful, balmy weather, but sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between our island and the over eight hundred neighboring islands in the Florida Keys. Read on to learn more about what makes our island special.

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    Christmas at Theater of the Sea

    December 03

    We do the holidays a little differently in the Keys. Instead of hot cocoa by the fire and snowball fights throughout the season, we have beach volleyball and chilled cocktails by a glistening turquoise ocean.

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    Full Moon Party in Islamorada

    November 05

    November is a fantastic month to visit the “Purple Isle.” Our gorgeous weather becomes a bit milder, the uncertainty of hurricane season falls behind us, and the approaching holidays fill the Keys with a hungry anticipation for a good time on the water. 

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    Halloween Spirit in the Florida Keys

    October 01

    Autumn is our favorite time of year. While temperatures are dropping around the country, we remain a sunny 85 degrees. However, that doesn't mean we don't know how to celebrate Halloween. Ignite your inner spookster with these Florida Keys events happening around town.

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    Snorkel Alligator Reef Lighthouse

    September 03

    Families, couples, and groups of friends can all enjoy snorkeling the bright tropical reef below Alligator Reef Lighthouse. Explore the pristine blue waters filled with colorful fish such as yellowtail snapper, blue tangs, spotted parrotfish, and more. Spend the day taking magnificent underwater photos while admiring the panoramic display of over 500 marine species in one of the largest reefs in the Upper Keys.

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    Taste Delicious Craft Beers

    August 06

    Simple pleasures come in chilled pint glasses with no end in sight. Dive into local brews the Islamorada-way by visiting one of our favorite craft breweries. Islamorada Beer Company perfectly embodies the “Island State of Mind” by featuring a rotating menu of beers that are inspired by the Florida Keys lifestyle.

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    Culinary Spotlight: Chef Michael’s

    July 05

    Imagine the windows down with the tropical Florida Keys breeze blowing in your hair. Part of the fun is the journey, and fortunately, Islamorada is located directly in the middle, making it the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. If you are lucky enough to be staying with us in Islamorada, indulge in all of the culinary goodies throughout your stay. This month we are focusing on Chef Michael’s, an upscale restaurant with a laid-back vibe.

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    A Private Beach is a Beautiful Thing

    June 04

    Is island life calling your name? Pelican Cove Resort & Marina is the perfect place to rest, relax, and break a sweat in privacy. Our private beach lets guests enjoy the freedom of being your own navigator and selecting from fun watersports to enhance your vacation.

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    Discover a Geological Treasure

    May 07

    Take a break from the beach and take a walk in the park at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. A short car ride away from the hotel, spend the day discovering the history of the old coral reef in the area and the impact the Flagler Railroad and Overseas Highway has had on the geological makeup of the area.

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    Go for Sustainable Seafood

    April 02

    The Florida Keys are known for being a fisherman’s paradise, offering some of the best fishing conditions in the world. As Earth Day approaches later this month, we’re putting a spotlight on sustainable seafood and best practices to help preserve the waters and wildlife that calls our ecosystem home. It’s all in the technique. With the demand of fish on the rise, many purveyors have turned to mass long lining and drift netting.

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    Historical Island Trolley Tour

    March 05

    Take a trolley ride through time this month and explore the history of Islamorada through an enlightening one-hour guided tour. Explore 29 points of interest of our islands, giving you a colorful and historical look at key areas you may not otherwise notice or see on your own. Tours depart at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon on March 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st and start at the Islamorada Moose Lodge.

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    Live Music in The Keys

    February 05

    Live music and The Keys go hand-in-hand. This month, there are number of opportunities to take in local musical talent through a series of outdoor performances. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and get ready to be transported through music thanks to free, Outdoor Pops in the Park concerts. One Saturday each month, through April, the entire family is invited to listen in.

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    Explore Islamorado by Eco-Boat

    January 08

    You might not think American Bald Eagles or American Saltwater Crocodiles when you think of the Florida Keys, but venturing out on an Eco-Boat Tour will change your train of thought. Known for a vast ecosystem of wildlife, the Florida Keys are home to a number of specifies including egrets, osprey, alligators, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins and more. The best way to get up, close and personal to these indigenous creatures is by getting out on the water.

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    Monthly Immersions at the History of Diving Museum

    December 04

    Immerse yourself in the diving history of Islamorada. Every third Wednesday of the month, join the History of Diving Museum at 7 p.m. for a complimentary presentation series, “Man’s quest to explore under the sea.” The best of the best from the diving community bring informative stories to life in this casual series that celebrates the history of diving and underwater life in the Florida Keys.

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    Rebuilding After Hurricane Irma

    October 02

    In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the staff at Pelican Cove Resort & Marina and great people of Islamorada have been hard at work rebuilding our beloved property. We are pleased to announce that our foliage and flowers are in full bloom and that the sun is shining brighter than ever.

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    Court Time!

    September 05

    Want to break a sweat and train like a professional for a day while in Islamorada, Florida? Or maybe you want to take this vacation to launch your all-star tennis career? Well, Gigi Fernandez, Hall of Famer and the winner of 2 Olympic Gold Medals, is now making that possible in Islamorada, FL.

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    Boutique Finds

    August 07

    Whoever thought to combine art classes and shopping together had a brilliant idea! With a little art and a whole lot of shopping, what more could you ask for? The Banyan Tree Boutique, set in a tropical garden, is a one of a kind shop that features nature-inspired apparel, local pottery, plants and gifts.

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    Discover The Purple Isle

    July 03

    As you vacation on the grounds of Islamorada find out the history of its rich soil and discover the theories of why Spanish Explorers named the area, The Purple Isle. Florida Keys History and Discovery Center is jam packed with information that will transform your vacation into a journey through history.

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    7th Annual University of Miami Sports
    Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament

    June 05

    What better way to kick off summer in The Florida Keys than with a good ol’ Islamorada fishing tournament benefiting a wealth of organizations including Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Coral Shores Baseball Booster Club, and the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

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    Museum Expeditions Under the Sea

    May 01

    Join man’s quest to explore under the sea at the History of Diving Museum. Visit on May 17 & 18 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Spiegel Grove wreck—a ship that sank off the Florida Keys during 2015 Hurricane Dennis.

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    Friendly Fish | Swim with Dolphins

    April 03

    If you’re visiting the Florida Keys, then a dolphin encounter is a must. Whether you’re spotting them in the wild via boat or swimming with one at a rescue research center, The Keys makes it easy for you to become lifelong friends of the sea. Below are three iconic locations to interact and swim with dolphins in the Keys:

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    Fun On The Bay | Bay Jam

    March 01

    Get a taste for the Florida Keys at Bay Jam 23. This annual concert features local musicians and vendors from throughout these southern islands. Coined the Florida Key’s premier outdoor music festival, it’s a can’t miss event for music lovers.

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    Concerts in the Park: Creature Feature

    February 01

    SEAse the crisp Florida air this February by heading to Islamorada Founders Park amphitheater with blanket and lawn chairs in tow. Once a month the Keys Community Concert Bands hosts Pop-in-the-Park, a free concert featuring different musical themes.

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    5th Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival

    January 04

    What do you get when you mix Islamorada with Florida Keys Brewing Company and musical stylings of bluegrass, old time and Americana? The Baygrass Bluegrass Festival, of course! The three-day event kicks off with satellite events on Friday, January 13th in the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District.

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    Snowing in The Keys Holiday Festival

    November 22

    Islamorada knows how to kick the holiday season into full gear…with a 30-ton snow mountain, of course! On December 2nd, from 4-10pm, Islamorada's Chamber of Commerce will host its 12th Annual Holiday Festival at Founders Park.

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    4D Theater of the Sea

    November 01

    Okay, so it’s not an actual 4D theater, but Theater of the Sea is a marine mammal facility that allows you to get up close and personal with your favorite marine life. It’s a must-see while staying at the Pelican Cove Inn! 

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    Get Crackin'

    October 03

    On your mark, get set, CRACK! ... Stone Crab Claws that is.

    Florida’s Stone Crab season, which runs from October 15 through May 15, averages more than 2 million pounds of claws consumed each year - 40% of which come from the waters off the coast of the Florida Keys. And, that’s a whole lot to crab about!

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    A Brewery Micro Enough to Capture the Keys

    August 22

    School might be starting up again soon, but summer is still here. For a great way to relax and beat the heat during your stay, stop into the Florida Keys Brewing Company. Just a quick trip down the road from your cozy suite at the Pelican Cove Inn.

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    Catch some Art

    August 12

    Islamorada is home to wide variety of artists, and you can see and purchase some of their work at Lobster Trap Art Gallery. It’s an easy trip from Pelican Cove Inn, and a great way to spend an afternoon. With four different artists displayed in one location, it also means there should be something that catches your attention.

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    Bike Around the Region to Learn About Islamorada and Its History

    July 18

    If you’re in Islamorada for the first time, or you just want to see the region in a new way, consider taking one of the city’s bike tours to get a sense of both the region’s history and current offerings. While there are a lot of options to browse, the simplest and least expensive tour is the Islamorada Bike Tour, a three-hour, twelve-mile long hike along the historic highway. Your journey will begin at the Key Largo Bike Shop, which is a very reasonable distance by car from the Pelican Cove Inn.

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    Unlocking Indian Key

    June 08

    The 113-mile Overseas Highway, constructed by famed entrepreneur Henry Flagler in 1938, continues U.S. Route 1 through the Florida Keys. It includes what’s known as the Seven Mile Bridge. Native Floridians and caravans of vacationing families both make their journey to the islands this way, the Florida Bay’s vast blue being the only scenery to speak of. As you approach Islamorada, however, other small unincorporated islands come into view. Indian Key, bordered by an enormous stretch of coral barrier reef, has seen its fair share of shipwrecks. Sailors whose ships were dashed at sea at the hands of the reef or a trespassing hurricane would wash ashore this tiny island in the hopes of rescue.

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    29 Points of Interest Trolley Tour

    May 06

    Summertime in Islamorada is jam-packed with fun events throughout the island. One event that will excite the history buff or curious traveler is the "29 Points of Interest" historical trolley tour offered by the Matecumbe Historical Trust. On Saturday, May 21st, head to the Islamorada Moose Lodge, just a six-minute drive from our Islamorada beachfront resort, to begin your tour.

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    Festival of Fun

    March 29

    The spring season brings longer days for sun-filled activities. And the best way to celebrate the new season is with a little taste of good grub mixed with art and classic car shows. Every April, Islamorada hosts its Annual Island Fest.

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    Nautical Knick Knacks

    February 10

    While almost everyone has been to a flea market at some point, we’re pretty sure you’ve never been to one quite like this! The Gigantic Nautical Flea Market is, as you would assume, enormous, with over two hundred vendors in attendance, and the bargains on display run from nautical-themed art, sunglasses and fishing lures to diving gear, anchors, motors, boats and more!

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