Islamorada is an island destination in the Florida Keys that offers plenty of hiking, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, marine life tours, and more. Add these five interesting activities to your vacation itinerary on this beautiful island town.
Explore Indian Key Historic State Park
Indian Key Historic State Park is an 11-acre island and one of the many excellent spots in Islamorada for a hike. You’ll have to charter or take your own boat out to explore the area. In 1836, the island served as a hub for salvaging cargo from nearby shipwrecks. Hike through the ruins of the salvage community, fish from the island’s shores, or spend a day snorkeling in the gorgeous water.
Go Hiking at Long Key State Park
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Long Key State Park is another popular hiking destination. If you’re staying on Islamorada, the park is too far away to access on foot — you’ll need to drive or take a boat out to the area. Once you arrive, you can explore one of two land-based trails. Both are incredibly scenic and not too challenging. The state park is also popular for birding, picnicking, and fishing, and you’re welcome to bring your pets with you.
Find an Adventure at Robbie’s Marina
If you want to boat out to Indian Key Historic State Park or Long Key State Park, you can find a charter to take you out from Robbie’s Marina. This marina is also a popular place to arrange snorkeling and diving trips out to the nearby reefs. People also flock to this area to feed the tarpon from the docks. It only costs $2 to visit the docks and $3 for a bucket of fish to feed the tarpon.
Since Robbie’s Marina is a good place to depart on charters and fishing trips, check out a nearby hotel room within walking distance of the pier. This way, you won’t have to worry about driving to and from your favorite fishing spots on Islamorada.
Swim With Dolphins at Theater of the Sea
Theater of the Sea is a conservation park where you can get a close and personal look at some of the local sea life. Attractions here include dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows, encounters with sea turtles and alligators, and guided marine life tours. You can even swim with dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays.
Dive at San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park
Ready to go snorkeling or diving? San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park is one of the most popular areas near Islamorada for these water sports. The water is only about 18 feet deep, so it’s a good spot for beginners. Enough sea creatures visit the area to keep swimmers and divers of any experience level entertained. Visit to take a closer look at the San Pedro — a 287-ton Dutch ship that sank here in 1733.
The island of Islamorada is full of things to do, and it’s one of the more peaceful spots along the Florida Keys. Remember to try out some of these interesting activities during your next visit.