Florida Keys – Islamorada attractions, food and resorts

 Florida Keys - Islamorada attractions, food and resorts

Florida Keys – Islamorada attractions, food and resorts

Islamorada Key is definitely coming up in the world with trendy new restaurants, hotels and recreational activities that cater to wide variety of prices from affordable to ultra luxurious options. With a relatively short drive from Miami, a quick getaway to Islamorada Key takes under two hours and you have a plethora of choices to relaxed and enjoy a variety of activities, food and hotel accommodations. For those looking for water recreation and other sports activities, the various islands of Islamorada offer a plenty choices to explore and enjoy the clear blue waters and coastline of the Florida Keys.

Florida Keys - Islamorada recreation and sport fishing

 

Fun activities and attractions at Islamorada

With so many sports and recreational activities to choose from at Islamorada you can be as busy as you like or just relax and enjoy some beach or pool time.  Robbie’s on Islamorada is one of those busy hubs where you can choose from a large choice of water activities from private boat charters, party fishing boats, snorkeling adventures to DIY kayaking or SUP ( Stand up Paddle board). There’s a lot to explore along the scenic coastal waters just past the harbor area or further out into the ocean for more serious deep sea fishing or scuba diving excursions.

 

Water recreation at Robbies in Islamorada, Florida Keys

 

Here’s a quick fishing video in Islamorada

 

Fishing is one of the biggest draws to the area and you also have a variety of options from private charters to larger party boat fishing tours. Robbie’s marina offers many options for fishing from offshore fishing, back country fishing to lobster and fishing. For more affordable fishing, you can book a cruise on the Captain Michael which is a 65 foot deep sea fishing vessel. These half day tours sails out about 5 miles to a variety of fishing spots and they even help you with baiting, assisting in casting and netting your fish. At the end of the tour, the crew also cleans and filets all the fish you caught to take home or bring next door to be cooked.

You can check out details to Captain Michael’s fishing tours here for hours and cost.

 

Captain Michael fishing at Robbies, Islamorada Key, Florida

 

First catch of the day on Captain Michael’s fishing tour

 

Captain Michael fishing at Robbies, Islamorada Key, Florida

 

At the end of the tour, they even will filet or make steaks from your catch, a fantastic option. For visitors, you can take your catch next door to the Hungry Tarpon and have it grilled or prepared in many ways so you can enjoy your catch immediately and savor fresh fish varieties from the local waters.

 

Separating and fileting fish at Capt Michael's fishing charter

Enjoying our freshly caught catch prepared at the Hungry Tarpon restaurant

You can bring over your freshly caught seafood next door to the Hungry Tarpon where they will prepare it several ways to your liking from simple grilling, breaded to blackened and spicy fish. Make sure you grab a spot along the water’s edge to enjoy the views or if you are interested in something more funky head to the covered bar with hundreds of dollar bills and you can mix with the locals and their pets.

 

Fantastic fish at the Hungry Tarpon, Islamorada Key

 

Renting a private boat and exploring the coastlines at Islamorada

 

Boating along the Islamorada coastline, Florida Keys

 

Trying out the Jet Pack at Islamorada

For adventure seekers looking for a real thrill then you should check out the Jet Pack water experience at the Postcard Inn Beach resort on Islamorada. Combining the thrill of flying and water jet skiing, this water experience is one of a kind with an expert guide that trains you at each step of the way and quickly shows you how to take advantage of this water sport. It is a guided experience but also allows you to push your own personal limit to how fast and high you want to thrust yourself out of the water.

 

Jetpack water sport at Islamorada, Florid

 

You will quickly learn how to navigate and start flying!

 

Jetpack water sport at Postcard Inn, Islamorada, Florid

Here’s a video highlight of the Jet Pack Experience

Dining options at Islamorada Key

There are plenty of casual to fine dining options at Islamorada which has been elevated with wonderful new restaurants to explore and enjoy. Here are some delicious bites to visit and have a fantastic eating/drinking experience. Oltremare, the Italian seafood restaurant at the Amara Cay resort is modern with an inventive Italian inspired menu. You can choose from a variety of wonderful seafood specialties, and there are also delicious meat entrees like the short ribs or rack of lamb that is so tender and delicious.

 

 

A delicious meatball appetizer at Oltremare

 

Delicious giant meat balls at Oltremare at Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada

 

 

Delicious selection of mixed fritto misto at Oltremare

 

 

Fritto Misto at Oltremare in the Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada

 

Dinner entrée rack of lamb at Oltremare

 

Dinner special occasion at Oltremare, Islamorada

Why not have three kinds of dessert

 

Dessert sampler at Oltremare in Amara Cay Resort

 

Chef Michael’s at Islamorada

For a special only in Islamorada occasion, check out Chef Michael’s restaurant which also features seafood and other fine dining choices. You can’t go wrong with any choice from Chef Michael’s menu, everything is that delicious from the appetizers, entrees to the amazing desserts.  The must try dishes worth ordering definitely are the fresh fish entrees which are served in a variety of styles grilled, blackened or sautéed with delicious sauces. If you can’t make up your mind, Chef Michael offers a fantastic three types of fish and sauces in one dish which gives you a nice sampling of a regular entrée.

Coconut milk ceviche appetizer

 

Coconut ceviche at Chef Michaels in Islamorada

 

Fish three ways at Chef Michael’s

Fish is a very popular option with your choice of grilling, saute, fried or breaded along with a variety of sauces. For those that cannot choose, you can try the fish done three ways which is a great way to sample the different types of fish and sauces and they are all excellent choices.

 

Fish three ways at Chef Michael's, Islamorada, Florida

 

A traditional and oh so good Key Lime pie for dessert

 

 

Key lime pie at Chef Michael's, Islamorada, Florida

 

 

 

 

Amara Cay resort on Islamorada, Florida Keys

A stay at Amara Cay resort

Touted as an uber chic modern design hotel with eco/green sensibility, a stay at the Amara Cay resort is perfect for Islamorada. Upon entering the resort, you encounter some swinging bamboo chairs in the lobby – drawing out your inner child to try them to see how far they can actually swing. The rest of the lobby space is a comfortable blend of large, contemporary seating arrangements and chic/comfortable signature restaurant called Oltremare.

 

 

Cool lobby area of the Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada

 

Modern design chic at the lobby of Amara Cay Resort

 

Oceanside at Amara Cay resort on Islamorada, Florida Keys

 

The pool/beach scene at Amara Cay Resort

The pool is nice and a great way to unwind at the end of the day with bar services close by, or you can choose to hang out at the white sandy beach with nice coastal views of the Islamorada. It’s also a perfect spot to get out early and have the entire beach to yourself for sunrise, if you can wake up that early!

 

The beach at Amara Cay resort, Islamorada, Florida

 

 

 

Bedroom suite at Amara Cay resort on Islamorada, Florida Keys

 

Modern and comfortable beds and seating areas in the bedroom

 

 

Simple and modern bathrooms at Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada

 

Exploring Islamorada Key and being on the water is always a must on the islands and when you combine it with recreation or exercise then you definitely are maxing out on the fun and outdoor enjoyment. Staying overnight at the Amara Cay resort allows you to have more time to explore and enjoy these outdoor activities and wonderful dining venues. Even if you doing nothing but enjoying the sunrise over the coastline, you’ll be savoring every wonderful moment because it is all special and memorable at Islamorada.

 

Sunrise at Islamorada, Florida Keys

 

Thanks for visiting today and checking out this post on Florida Keys – Islamorada attractions, food and resorts, hopefully you will be able to see and experience this attractive and fun island in the Florida Keys. If you enjoyed the images and post, could you please share it with any of the social media buttons located around the post.

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Disclosure – thanks for hosting me at Islamorada and the Florida Keys, including all the sporting activities. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Responses to Florida Keys – Islamorada attractions, food and resorts

  1. Janna July 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    I’ve never been to Florida Keys yet. I love the modern look of the hotel room and bathroom at the Amara Cay resort and I would love to try the fishing tour as well. Looks so much fun!

  2. anto July 25, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    The jet pack looks like a lot of fun, although you do look a bit scary. I’m not a big fan of water but would love to try it out one day, anything for a new adrenaline shot 🙂

  3. Anita Hendrieka July 25, 2016 at 3:01 am #

    Oh that shot of the beach with the hammocks has got me dreaming of a tropical paradise! Great post and lovely pictures 🙂

  4. Mar Pages July 24, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    The best part of fishing is getting to eat the super fresh fish afterward! It looks delicious, can’t get any fresher than that. The Coconut milk ceviche looks wonderfully refreshing too.

  5. Evan Kristine July 24, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    That jetpack looks like a helluva of an experience! Wonderful things to do in Flora Keys, plus the food looks amazing!

  6. Cristina July 24, 2016 at 5:06 am #

    Loving the sunset pictures. Actually, I love all the pictures :). I hope I get to visit this place once…
    Cristina

  7. Drew July 24, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    what a fun looking spot! The jetpack looks especially fun, though I’m sure until you get a grip on how to maneuver, there is a lot of crashing into the water!

  8. Rob July 23, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Great article Noel with great photos. We have been to Miami several time but have never made it down to the keys. It is something that I would love to do. Islamorada Key sounds like a fun area to spend some time. Next time we are in Florida I think we will have to visit. My son is old enough now that I think he would enjoy something like a Captain Michael fishing tour.

  9. Marlene Marques July 23, 2016 at 4:46 am #

    Sounds like a really cool place. The coconut milk ceviche appetizer got me salivating… 😉

  10. Danik the Explorer July 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    Loving the look of the fish on the photos and that jet pack looks great. 🙂

  11. Bola July 22, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    These views are stunning and I really admire the serenity. What a great escape!

  12. Sue Reddel July 21, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    I’ve been all over Florida but have never stayed in Islamorada. Looks like a lovely place to visit. Loved the fishing expedition that can turn into a fish fry. That jet pack experience looks really fun too. Have to check it out!

  13. The GypsyNesters July 20, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    Wow, love the photo at the top of the page, and after seeing that video we have to try the jet pack! But I think I want to go higher.

  14. the cape on the corner July 18, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    how fabulous! that jet pack looks so fun and hilarious. i would never get on that, but it’s super fun to watch.
    b

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