Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, The Lower Keys & Key West
Just south of Key Largo and Tavernier are four islands that make up the community known as the Village of Islamorada. Collectively, Plantation Key, Windly Key, Upper Matecumbe Key and Lower Matecumbe Key are called Islamorada, which means "purple isles". Before the Spanish arrived, Native Americans settled here to live because of the multitude of fish in the surrounding seas. Today, the plentiful bounty of fish still draw many to Islamorada. The island has earned the name of Sport Fishing Capital. Anglers come from all parts of the world to try their luck fishing both in the back country and Atlantic ocean waters. Former President George Bush is just one of the many anglers who make their way to the area year after year.
Islamorada offers some of the Florida Keys most interesting bits of history, both on and off shore. However, the sport fishing is what draws the most visitors to the area. It's a year round challenge in both off shore and back country fishing. Bring your boat, rent one or join a captain for a full or half day charter. You are sure to have a fish tale to take home.
Marinas, boat rentals and dive shops are dotted throughout Islamorada. Aside from fishing, a day on the water may include kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving or just cruising the island chain. Dining and shopping are also plentiful and sometimes mingled together. Art galleries are filled with the works of local artists and often you will see an original piece of art being painted while you browse.
Village of Islamorada Facts and Figures
Area / Elevation
3,374 acres - 4-12 feet
Plantation Key - 33070
Islamorada - 33036
Long Key- 33001
Florida Keys Community College (305) 852-2737
Coral Shores High School (305) 853-3222
Plantation Key School K-8 (305) 853-3281
Island Christian School K-12 (305) 664-4933
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce (305) 664-4503
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