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Islamorada, Florida, Visitors Guide

Islamorada or Village of Islands is a collection of islands that stretch about 20 miles, and, at some points, is just 150 feet wide. It was named by Spanish explorers who fell in love with the purple sky at sunset and named it “Isla Morado” = purple island. It is also the sport fishing capital of the world.

With a history dating back to Spanish exploration, Islamorada, FL, is teeming with the eclectic culture of the Florida Keys. Comprised of five islands including Plantation Key and Tea Table Key, this tropical paradise beckons extreme travelers with activities including Deep Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving, and Lobster Fishing.

If you aren't in the mood for extreme sports, you can relax and enjoy the exceptional parks and beaches built and maintained by Islamorada Public Works. Founders Park, Anne’s Beach, Plantation Hammock Preserve, and several other incredible parks offer a variety of amenities including overlooks, boardwalks, dog-friendly beaches, and even kayak launches!

Islamorada is located along the Overseas Highway, a 113-mile highway that extends through the Florida Keys. Parts of the highway were built in place of the historic Overseas Railroad, and the famous stretch of road is known worldwide for its stunning views of crystal-clear water and exotic wildlife. Stretching from Miami to Key West, the Overseas Highway is the only mode of ground transportation through the Keys with the drive lasting approximately 4 hours.


Islamorada is located in the Florida Keys and comprises five islands known as The Upper Keys: Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key, and Plantation Key. Islamorada is approximately 1.5 hours driving time south of Miami and approximately 2 hours driving time northeast of Key West.


Lower Matecumbe Beach is a neighborhood located on the southwestern half of Lower Matecumbe Key. It is close to a variety of dining, shopping, sporting, and leisure locations.
Windley Key is home to a marine mammal park, a Florida State Park Service geological site, and popular resorts.
Plantation Key Colony is located on the bay side of the island at Mile Marker 90, with shopping, restaurants, and a variety of inland and waterfront real estate with spectacular gulf views.

Top Places to Visit

Annie’s Beach

This beach is a naturally sandy-free beach located at Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida. It is dedicated to local environmentalist Anne Eaton and features a shallow swimming area, covered picnic tables, boardwalk, and bathroom facilities.

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park features a geological unit known as the Key Largo Limestone and offers a rare opportunity for visitors to compare the living corals of today with their fossilized ancestors.

The Village of Islands Founders Park

The Village of Islands Founders Park is a 45-acre park offering a swimming pool, splash pad, sports facilities, playgrounds & ocean access.


The best time to visit is between March and May when the weather is warm and mostly clear. The rainiest months are July, August, and September, and hurricane season peaks in August and September. Generally, summers are long, hot, intense, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, humid, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 64°F to 90°F.

What is Islamorada known for

Founders Park, Natural Beaches, Scenic Overlooks, Spiny Lobster Sport Season, Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina, Deep Sea Fishing, World-Class Snorkel and Scuba
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where in Florida is Islamorada?

Islamorada is located in the Florida Keys, a series of islands stemming from the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The island is accessible by road or boat. The nearest airport is in Miami (MIA).

2. What is the weather like in Islamorada, FL?

Weather is hot and humid, with average temperatures around 90 degrees in the summer, and 60 in the winter. Hurricane season is June through November, so be sure to consider this in your travel plans. Spring is the dry season, and fall is the rainy season, so pack accordingly!

3. What is the best time to visit Islamorada, FL?

As is the case with most Florida beach destinations, late spring (April - May) and fall (November - December) are the best times to visit Islamorada. The weather is mild, tourism is light, lodging cheap, and most tours and travel companies are still operating.

4. Is Islamorada in the Florida Keys?

Yes, Islamorada is part of the Florida Keys island chain, located south of Key Largo, and north of Marathon.

5. Islamorada vs Marathon, FL?

Marathon is located south of Islamorada. Marathon is better known for the beaches and wildlife, with the "Turtle Hospital" and "Dolphin Research Center" located here. Islamorada has more things to do and is slightly more upscale when it comes to dining, tours, attractions, and general exploring!

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