THINGS TO DO IN ISLAMORADA

SPORT FISHING, WATER SPORTS, SHOPPING & MORE

The name “Islamorada” (purple isles) came from Spanish explorers in the early 16th century and the iconic 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.

ADVENTURE IS INCLUDED AT PELICAN COVE

Living up to its name as the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World," Islamorada offers legendary charter and boat tours, as well as numerous shopping and outdoor recreational opportunities. Pelican Cove's on-site marina is ideal for boating in the Florida Keys, and the Postcard Inn Marina right next door is home to a fleet of Florida Keys fishing charters ready for a day of angling adventure. In addition to boating and fishing, guests can also enjoy a myriad of fun things to do included with your stay such as paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, or simply relaxing on a private beach in the Florida Keys.

EXPLORE LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Venture off property and explore nearby local attractions. From museums and galleries to state parks and ocean adventures, Islamorada fun abounds at every corner. Take the complimentary resort shuttle between our sister properties and attractions within a four-mile radius of the resort. Explore our top picks below and plan your Islamorada beach getaway today!

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Ocean Golf

Practice your best drive on Pelican Cove's beach with our driving range. Our eco-friendly golf balls double as fish food - a must-do experience for the avid or beginner golfer. Visit our Beach Services team at Pelican Cove.

Pool & Saltwater Lagoon

Cool off in the crystal pool and let your troubles melt away with the lush tropical surroundings. For a fun spin on your beach day, bounce on the water trampoline in the saltwater lagoon – it's sure to make you smile!

Kayaks & Paddle Boards

Experience the calm waters and stunning vistas of Islamorada from a new perspective. Set off on a scenic kayak ride right from our docks or get a full-body workout exploring your tropical surroundings on a stand up paddle board.

Paddleboarding in the Florida Keys

Jumbo Lawn Games

From ping pong and corn hole to jumbo chess, game night is included at Pelican Cove. Challenge your friends playing your favorite games by our private beach in Islamorada.

Florida Keys Fishing

Discover reel connections fishing at Pelican Cove. Celebrated as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World,” Islamorada is a haven for both advanced and beginner anglers. The tropical paradise’s waters teem with tarpon, tuna, snapper, cobia, grouper, wahoo, mahi mahi and much more, depending on the season—ensuring there’s an epic roster of catches to pursue year-round. Rod rentals are available at the resort, and guests are encouraged to fish on-property. Better yet, those casting a line for the first time can learn the ropes and gain advice from experts during Fish-Like-A-Local lessons every Thursday and Saturday.

Fishing for dolphin in the Florida Keys

Nature & Parks

Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park — A fantastic place to stroll on shady paths and admire native Florida vegetation. Features a well-marked geology trail for those eager to learn more about the area (watch out for tree roots though).

Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park — This 280-acre island earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to its virgin tropical hardwood forest and 1919 home of William Matheson, a well-to-do Miami chemist. Accessible only by boat, it’s open for tours Friday through Sunday.

Theater of the Sea — With up-close encounters with dolphins, turtle feedings and sea lion shows make this marine-mammal center (the second-oldest in the world) a popular all-day destination for families. There’s also a grill, gift shop and private beach for swimming and sunning.

Water Sports

Alligator Reef Lighthouse — Established in 1873, this lighthouse is a local favorite for snorkeling and scuba diving. Flashing rainbow schools of fish swarm the reef and are easily visible from the surface, thanks to the clear azure water.

Boat Charters — Islamorada hosts a staggering number of boat tour providers. Whether you want a fishing charter, an eco-tour of the Keys, a day of snorkeling, or more intense water sports like para-gliding or skiing, we can connect you with the perfect boat tour company. Call our Marina to book. (305) 433-9942.

Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary) — Protected for nearly 40 years, this reef displays the diversity of Keys marine life: parrotfish, surgeonfish, grunts, angelfish, barracuda, and even an occasional nurse shark. Prepare to be stunned!

Shopping

Bass Pro Shops — This location isn’t as massive as other locations in the chain. Grab all the last-minute supplies you need for your charter fishing trip, and spare a few minutes to check out the Pilar (sister ship to Hemingway’s famous boat) inside.

Hooked on Books — A great little bookstore featuring local authors and books set in and around the Florida Keys. Excellent place to pick up a title to keep you entertained on the beach. Not sure what you want? Friendly staff can steer you right.

Ocean Gardens — This is the kind of place that is unique to the Florida Keys. A curated selection of nautical antiques you won’t find anywhere else, including items for our home and unique jewelry.

Shopping in the Florida Keys

Museums

History of Diving Museum — Four thousand years of diving history is captured in 13 interactive galleries. Highlights include a glimpse at some of the earliest scuba gear. Don’t miss the helium bar on your way out.

Florida Keys History & Discovery Center — Offers intriguing exhibits on the first people who settled the Florida Keys, regional pirates (including Captain Ben Baker, the King of the Florida Wreckers and a pineapple farmer!), and the Spanish treasure fleet decimated by a September hurricane in 1733.

Vintage diving equipment

Art Galleries

Old Road Gallery — The gallery’s sculpture garden, tucked away in a hidden sanctuary of native hardwoods and winding paths, showcases a variety of bronze and copper sculptures in a range of varieties, from the traditional to the bizarre and whimsical.

Rain Barrel Village — A series of galleries displays the best of local arts, including glass, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry. Makes for a fantastic afternoon of leisurely browsing and engaging conversations with local artists.

Lobster Trap Art Gallery — Displays hundreds of affordable original works from Florida Keys artists. The on-site frame shop crafts unique frames made from authentic, weathered wood salvaged from lobster traps.

Nautical storefront with hanging baubles

Resort Shuttle

Looking for even more adventure? Our complimentary shuttle will transport guests to attractions within a four-mile radius of the resort, as well as our sister properties in Islamorada. Their resort amenities are also open to Pelican Cove guests, so you can explore four resorts with Pelican Cove as your home base during your stay.

Feed the Locals

Feeding the tarpon fish is an essential must-do in The Keys! Grab your bait from Postcard Inn’s Ship Store 84 and enjoy feeding the tarpon from the dock at the Postcard Inn Marina.

Breweries

If you’re looking to get a flavor of the Keys, don’t miss the tasting room and garden area at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery, and Florida Keys Brewing, near Pelican Cove Resort & Marina. With complimentary shuttle service from the resort, you’ll have roundtrip transportation to these two locally owned and operated breweries and distilleries.

stay & explore all 4

When you stay at one of the resorts in the Islamorada Resort Collection, you'll have access to explore the unique amenities, events, and restaurants of four resorts. Guests enjoy free shuttle service between each resort as well as nearby attractions.

Amara Cay Resort  La Siesta Resort & Villas  Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina