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Top 5 Activities Around Islamorada

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As cold weather settles in for the long haul around much of the country, Florida is still enjoying shorts-and-t-shirt weather. If you are craving some fun in the sun, then pack your flip-flops, your bathing suit, and your reef-friendly sunblock and start planning your next Islamorada vacation, and check out our top activities around Islamorada.

The Top Five Activities Around Islamorada

1. Fishing

Islamorada is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. It attracts anglers from around the globe and across the country, and the fishing season does not end simply because the seasons change. Here, you can fish year-round for all kinds of exciting species, including barracuda, grouper, mackerel, sailfish, and more! Whether you have your boat or prefer to book a charter with an experienced captain, Islamorada is sure to yield a fishing harvest that you cannot even begin to imagine.

2. Snorkeling and diving

The fun doesn’t have to stay onshore or on a boat. Even in the “coldest” winter months here in the Keys, the water is fine! Check out the underwater beauty at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, or check out the Herrera Wreck, a sunken Spanish galleon, that is now home to living treasure: sponges, anemones, jellyfish, banded coral shrimp, lobsters, sea urchins, moray eels, crabs, and fire coral. Best of all, the Herrera Wreck is just 20-feet below the surface in waters that are typically crystal clear.

If you would rather stick closer to the surface, snorkeling is another great option, and you don’t have to go far from the beach to indulge. Simply slip on your snorkel, and discover something extraordinary hiding just beneath the surface.

3. Eco Tours

The Florida Keys are ecologically unique and are home to diverse habitats for both land and marine creatures. From flats and coral reefs to seagrass beds and mangrove forests, the Keys offer protection, food, and pleasure to its inhabitants, both permanent and temporary. An eco-tour is the perfect way to not only learn about this uniquely diverse region but also experience the raw splendor of the Keys. You can explore hardwood hammock islands, traverse turtle grass beds, and spot the awesome wildlife that makes the Keys so special.

4. Water sports

The rest of the country might be shivering under thick sweaters and waterproof boots, but you are in Florida with warmth and sunshine to spare! Take advantage of that sunshine and have some fun with Islamorada activities in the water. Choose from adventures suited to any experience level and age, including jet ski tours, paddleboarding, or relaxing on a kayak.

5. Sunsets

The fresh air and salty sea are enlivening, but sometimes, you need a moment of peace to take it all in. Islamorada is the perfect place to do that. Spanish adventurers first happened upon the Florida Keys in 1513, and they christened them “Los Martires,” or the Martyrs. Islamorada, which comes from the words “Isla” and “Morada,” was so named for the vivid purple of her sunsets. Five centuries later, these sunsets can still take your breath away, and there is no better place to enjoy them than the top deck of your houseboat. Here at Mangrove Marina, our luxury houseboat rentals have everything you need to enjoy your sunny Florida vacation and can serve as the ideal home base between your many Islamorada activities and adventures.

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