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While the town of Islamorada means “Island Home,” it is more often referred to by anglers as “the Sportfishing Capital of the World.” Fishermen come from all over the world to test the waters of Islamorada. Both backcountry sportfishing and saltwater fly fishing were both pioneered here. Charter a sportfishing boat for the opportunity catch redfish, snook, tarpon, permit, and bonefish. You can choose from full-service charters that will provide all equipment and a guide, or rent an angler boat and go on your own.
There are hundreds of boat rentals in Islamorada. In addition to fishing, there are many other wonderful water activities you can enjoy in Islamorada. Scuba charters are a popular water activity for visitors to Islamorada. International divers come to explore the beautiful island reefs. You can book a diving expedition to see these incredible natural formations for yourself. If you've never tried Scuba before, there are certification courses you can take while in Islamorada.
For sporty travelers hoping to explore a bit more, embark on an island-hopping adventure. You can explore via a powerboat or sailboat, or even try out a kayak or paddleboard. Renting a kayak or a paddleboard is a great way to get some exercise done on your travels and explore the coves and mangroves of the coastline.
There are many boating and nautical events that take over Islamorada throughout the year. Boating and fishing tournaments bring a friendly, competitive atmosphere to the island. Anglers, sailors, and boat owners spend time out on the water competing during the day and enjoy live entertainment in the evenings. There are sailing regattas put on by different yacht clubs throughout the year. The focus of fishing competitions includes Sailfish, Tarpon, and Kingfish tournaments, to name a few.
A great place to visit while in Islamorada is Bahia Honda, State Park. It’s a beautiful nature reserve about an hour outside of Islamorada. Here you can rent kayaks or boats, swim on the beach, go camping for a night or two and spend some time away from vacation crowds and connect with nature.
Anne’s Beach is a beautiful beach in Islamorada, perfect for kitesurfing and other watersports. It’s a fun place to visit for a day with your family or travel mates. Be on the lookout for iguanas on the boardwalk!
A few of the top marinas in Islamorada include Bud’N’Mary’s Marina, Coral Bay Marina, and the Islamorada Marina. All these establishments provide a friendly level of service, full-service amenities for boaters. Some marinas in Islamorada are connected to resorts. They are a great sleeping accommodation option for travelers hoping to spend a majority of their time boating. There are restaurants and bars on site. The marinas of Islamorada are a beautiful place to stay or visit if you’re hoping to get a nice view of the sunset and the boats in their berths.
Islamorada, Florida is known as a “Village of Islands”— a unique town that stretches out over five scenic islands in the Florida Keys. Boaters from all over the globe love visiting Islamorada. Its location stretches between the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and Florida Bay. This makes Islamorada a perfect place to rent a boat. It has world class sport fishing opportunities. The abundance of marine life makes it a popular destination for divers and families looking to spend time snorkeling. It’s also recently become famous due to being the scene for the Netflix series Bloodline.
Its tropical climate makes Islamorada a popular destination to spend time on the water year-round. To avoid the high summer temperatures, plan your visit during the autumn or winter months. The spring is the busiest and most expensive tourist season, due to many people flocking to the Keys for spring break. The summer is also the rainy season, and you run the risk of a hurricane ruining your vacation.
To get to Islamorada, the easiest way is to fly to Miami and then rent a car. Driving is the only way to access the keys, and the drive from Miami takes about 2 ½ hours. You can stop in cities in the Keys on your way!
Prices for boat rentals in Islamorada start around $100/hour for a modest fishing boat and can cost up to over $1000/day for private charters. The cost for a boat rental in Islamorada will depend on the type of boat and boating experience.
The way to reach the Islamorada sandbar is by boat or some form of watercraft. The sandbar is less than a mile off the coast of Islamorada, on the Atlantic Ocean side. It sits just off the coast of Mile Marker 84.
Kayaking off any beach in Islamorada is a great choice, but you can choose from the open Atlantic Ocean side, or on the Florida Bay side. Explore mangroves, check out the state parks, or hidden beaches when kayaking in Islamorada.
Islamorada is known for fishing charters and deep sea fishing excursions, boating, and all activities beach and outdoors.
Captain Jeff took us out and it was by far the best day we had in the Keys! Jeff took us to a wide variety of gorgeous snorkeling locations. The boat was perfect for a family of 4. They think of everything including floats, gear, snacks and drinks. Thanks for a great day!!
Great trip, was flexible in doing what we were interested in doing. Our boat was different than picture. Did not end up being a big deal, boat we had was great.
Great crew, nice time on board. Enough fish to eat for the whole family...merci and à bientôt!
We had a wonderful time! The team was great and our kids had a blast!
Excellent trip with great captain. Can highly recommend!!
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