What’s happening in the Florida Keys? Catch up on the best things to do and discover hidden gems in and around Islamorada.
Islamorada, Florida is the perfect place for a romantic and...read more
Islamorada, Florida is the perfect place for a romantic and adventurous getaway. Whether you and your partner are looking to relax or have some fun, these are the four top places you’ll want to visit.
Florida Keys Brewing Company
Head to one of the first microbreweries in Upper Keys. It has a variety of local beers that you’ll be able to taste during the brewery tour. After you’ve found the right match, enjoy live music by local artists and leave your mark by adding your bottle cap to their wall collection.
Little Palm Spa
Everyone deserves a day of relaxation, and Little Palm Spa is exactly where you will find that peace of mind. Indulge in a wonderful, relaxed environment, with floral scents to enhance your spa experience. Disconnect from the real world and get lost in paradise.
Tiki Tiki Adventure
Key Largo Adventures offers the Tiki Tiki Tour, which is known for being the most popular one among visitors to the Florida Keys. You’ll begin at a clear water sandbar for some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Then you’ll go ashore on Mangrove Island, where you can relax by the shore and enjoy a BBQ made by the captain himself!
Voted as one of the "Best Hidden Beach of South Florida", you and your partner will have a romantic day on this hidden beach. Enjoy a picnic by the water, take a walk on the fine sand, or discover different paths that lead to the boardwalk.
Islamorada is known for its off-the-beaten-track attractions, but the sights...read more
Robbie’s Marina has quickly become the number one spot in...read more
Islamorada rocks Independence Day Keys-style. Spend the night of July...read more
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Who hasn’t had the childhood daydream of exploring an uncharted...read more
While the Florida Keys are notoriously known for blissful beaches,...read more
Deep sea diving is arguably one of the most majestic...read more
Welcome to the Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, the largest...read more
Our home is an eclectic collection of fun activities, history,...read more
We do the holidays a little differently in the Keys....read more
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.
Embrace a new tradition this holiday season and consider taking your loved ones to Theater of the Sea, Islamorada’s hit marine park and aquatic stage, not far from our hotel.
Here you’ll find exhibits and attractions to keep the whole family entertained. The park is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, with no break or alteration in their show schedule. Open your presents, have your holiday nibbles, then watch sea lions and bottlenose dolphins perform stunning acrobatics and delightful tricks. Follow the show with a trip down the lagoon on a bottomless, open-center boat, escorted by your new dolphin friends. Prefer to stay on land? The theater also has fish and reptile tours as well as parrot shows featuring varied species. It's a popular holiday attraction, so plan in advance and purchase tickets online in advance.
Just a short drive from our resort you can enjoy...read more
Autumn is our favorite time of year. While temperatures are...read more
Autumn is our favorite time of year. While temperatures are dropping around the country, it remains a sunny 85 degrees here. 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.
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Calling all divers! Head to Key Largo to show off your underwater carving skills for the chance to win a diving trip for two, plus other exciting prizes up for grabs.
Key West is a two-hour drive from Islamorada, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the parades, concerts, and Halloween-inspired festivities. Plan a day trip and then head back to Pelican Cove Inn for peace and relaxation.
The Annual Islamorada Zombie Pub Crawl
Awaken your inner Zombie while getting your bikes ready. The pub crawl begins at Moose Lodge at 5:30 pm and will tour the best watering holes, including the Florida Keys Brewing Company. Ride alongside locals and get into the spirit the Florida Keys-way.
Families, couples and groups of friends can all enjoy snorkeling...read more
Simple pleasures come in chilled pint glasses with no end...read more
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.
Try the key lime beer, Sandbar Sunday, for a refreshing zing of citrus, or gulp down the Channel Marker IPA for a nice balance of hops and brightness. Both pair well with salty air and sandy toes. The 25,000 square-foot brewery has been open since 2014 and has been gaining in popularity. It’s hard to miss the bright yellow exterior when driving down Overseas Highway, so carve out some time during your vacation to absorb the laid-back Florida Keys vibe, sip by sip.
Islamorada Beer Company, 2229 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, 305-508-9093, https://www.islamoradabeerco.com/
Imagine the windows down with the tropical Florida Keys breeze...read more
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. Hungry travelers shouldn't miss Chef Michael’s, an upscale restaurant with a laid-back vibe.
The menu features modern American dishes and freshly caught fish prepared to perfection. The chef Michael Ledwith began his career in some of New York’s finest restaurants. Drawn by his love of island life he migrated to Florida, spreading his talents through central Florida and then finally Islamorada where he is now known for his culinary-minded restaurant and is considered to be one of the best in the Upper Keys. Brunch is one of our favorite meals of the day, and Chef Michael’s features Hogfish Benedict topped with dill hollandaise sauce. Hogfish is a Florida Keys specialty and is characterized by its flaky white meat and gentle flavor. The fun twist on the traditional dish keeps foodies coming back for more.
Chef Michael’s, 81671 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Is island life calling your name? Pelican Cove Resort &...read more
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.
That’s why guests have access to beach services such as kayak rentals, snorkel gear, fishing rods, bicycles, and even paddleboards. Long summer days equal more opportunities for adventure. You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm. In this case, the worm is a full day of water sports and leisurely activities. Challenge your buddies to a paddleboarding race, or send your little ones to our water trampoline to cool off. In the Keys, we believe genuine freedom complements a laid-back attitude. Your vacation can be as restful or exciting as you want. Enjoy!
Take a break from the beach to take a walk...read more
Take a break from the beach to 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.
During the summer months, embark on a self-guided hike through the tropical trails which offer shade on the hotter days. Tip: be sure to pack extra water and bug spray. In addition to walking trails, there are ample areas to set up a picnic and take in all the natural beauty the treasured geological site has to offer. And, a variety of bird wildlife can be found (grab your binoculars). Get all of the details on park hours and best places to set up camp for the day here.
The Florida Keys are known for being a fisherman’s paradise,...read more
The Florida Keys are known for being a fisherman’s paradise, offering some of the best fishing conditions in the world. 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.
This has a significant impact on non-target fish, sea turtles, marine mammals and even sea birds. Nets are routinely left at sea, floating across miles and miles of water before washing ashore. What’s more, dolphins and sea lions are often identified as the culprits when it comes to a decrease in available and viable fish. This often leads to the capture and killing of these animals.
While it may seem like a large feat, there are many ways consumers can make conscious decisions when it comes to purchasing seafood. Check out Seafood Watch on a regular basis, they do an amazing job of identifying sustainable seafood items to purchase that support healthy fishing in our waters based on a set criteria, including the amount of environmental damage from fishing gear and activity, health and abundance of fish, a well-managed operation, and little impact on other wildlife in surrounding areas. We can all do our part to make better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.
Live music and The Keys go hand-in-hand. Most months, there...read more
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Immerse yourself in the diving history of Islamorada. Every third...read more
Whoever thought to combine art classes and shopping together had...read more
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.
The friendly staff, affordable prices, and unique finds will be all the rave when you return home from your vacation. Make you way to The Banyan Tree Boutique on a Wednesday evening and you could also join their Group Paint Class from 5:30-7:30pm. Top off your shopping by expressing yourself through art and meet the Florida Keys locals. Each week, the class presents a unique topic to spark creativity. You won’t just take home gifts for your family, but a masterpiece to cherish your trip to Islamorada – your very own work of art!
As you vacation on the grounds of Islamorada, find out...read more
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.
Learn about famous hurricanes to hit Islamorada and their casualties, and check out what’s playing in the brand new 35 seat film room. The constant introduction of new exhibits reflects the curator’s burgeoning discoveries. However its permanent exhibition First People is a must-see. With First People, Florida Keys History and Discovery Center touches on the origins of aboriginal people who first settled along the shores of Florida Keys. The History and Discovery Center is open Wednesday–Sunday 10am to 5pm. Take the entire family to browse informational exhibits built to impress.
Florida Keys History and Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 33036, floridakeysdiscover.com
If you’re visiting the Florida Keys, then a dolphin encounter...read more
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:
Theater of the Sea
(6-minute walk from Pelican Cove Resort)
84721 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Bayside (29-minute drive), 101900 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Oceanside (26-minute drive), 31 Corinne Pl, Key Largo, FL 33037
Dolphin research center
58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050