Islamorada is a 17-mile stretch of pure paradise located in the Florida Keys. It sits between Mile Marker 91 and Mile Marker 74 – about halfway between Miami and Key West along Florida’s scenic Route 1. Many of the Florida Keys have something unique and special about them. For example, a neighbor of Islamorada, Key Largo, was immortalized in the song “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys. However, Islamorada has a few things that make it pretty special. For one, Islamorada has the honor of being The Sport Fishing Capital of the World. But Islamorada is also known for its large Banyan tree and the garden oasis that exists around it. So, let’s unpack The Islamorada Key and The Banyan Tree.
Islamorada Key is a Paradise
Avid fishermen travel to Islamorada from all over the world to engage in world-class fishing for tarpon, mahi, swordfish, permit, grouper, snapper, hogfish, lobster and more. But fishing is not all that draws tourists to the key.
Islamorada is surrounded by some of the best coral reefs and shipwrecks in the United States. It’s subsequently an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are also all sorts of other options such as kayaking, paddle boarding, kite boarding, and sailing for those in search of seagoing adventure.
But Islamorada isn’t just about sports. It’s a destination known for its mellow vibes and slow island pace. There are several parks and, obviously, plenty of beaches featuring azure water and wonderful tropical weather that make for a peaceful and serene setting.
Islamorada was named by Spanish explorers and the name translates to “purple isles” which references the stunning colors one can see during one of the Key’s stunning sunsets. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful view anywhere else on the East Coast.
Things to Do in Islamorada, Florida
When in Islamorada, you’ll want to catch one of the Key’s famous sunsets from one of the many waterfront eateries. Not only is the atmosphere incredible but the food at these local restaurants is out-of-this-world.
Fresh and locally sourced seafood is standard fare at these spots (naturally!), but they also offer great breakfast vittles at the Bitton Bistro Cafe, bar fare at The Tiki Bar, as well as fine dining at Atlantic’s Edge Restaurant and sushi at Kaiyo Grill & Sushi. And when the weather is not up to par, Islamorada boasts a wide variety of boutiques, art galleries, museums and attractions it keeps visitors busy.
Islamorada has something for everyone from the beach bum to the thrill seekers, foodies, retirees, families or everyone in between. The tropical weather and the laid-back island way of life is what makes this one of the nation’s best vacation spots.
Visitors can take a guided kayak tour through the mangroves, or a day tour in a glass bottomed boat. You can also visit the History of Diving Museum or take a private three-hour sailboat tour. One thing is certain, you’ll not soon run out of things to do in this island paradise.
Islamorada’s Banyan Tree and the Hidden Oasis That Surrounds It
There is a hidden oasis found in Islamorada called The Banyon Tree. It’s a stunningly beautiful and serene utopia that surrounds a large Banyan Tree. A banyan also spelled “banian” is an Indian fig tree that develops accessory trunks from serendipitous prop roots that allow the tree to spread outward indefinitely.
This hidden oasis is a beautiful utopia that features gardens overflowing with orchids and rare tropical plants. There is also a boutique on site where you can look for nature-inspired gifts such as blissfully scented candles, hand-crafted painter’s cups, and women’s clothing. There is also an art studio offering workshops and art classes.
Where to Stay in Islamorada Key, Florida
When visiting Islamorada, we suggest you hang your hat at the Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina. It’s just a short walk from the Theater of the Sea Marine Mammal Park. Bright, nautically inspired rooms feature flat screen TVs, ocean views and other amenities like a private beach, a pool, and a marina with boat slips and rentals. These rooms start at $170 a night.
The Islander Resort is equally special. It’s a mile from the History of Diving Museum and features bright, breezy rooms with screened porches, BBQ facilities, and sitting areas with sofas. Some rooms feature amazing Atlantic Ocean views as well as kitchens, balconies and living rooms. These guest rooms start at $161 a night.
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