Islamorada, Florida

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Islamorada or Village of Island

 

Islamorada, also known as the "Village of Islands," is located in Monroe County in Florida. Spanish explorers gave the island its name, which means "purple island". It is made up of six islands: Windley Key, Plantation Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Lignumvitae Key and Indian Key.


Prior to November 4, 1997, when the village was incorporated, Islamorada was just considered an

island belonging to the Upper Matecumbe Key.


Islamorada, which is often referred to as the "Fishing Capital of the World", is between the Everglades National Park and the Florida Straits, which is home to the only coral barrier reef in North America.

The waters surrounding the island abound with sailfish, permit, bonefish, tarpon, redfish and snook.
Aside from fishing, popular activities in Islamorada include diving and snorkeling. In 2006, the Diving Museum opened and received rave reviews. The island also boasts of the TIB Amphitheater and of the Coral Shoes Performing Arts Center where people who prefer to stay dry and out of the water can

enjoy world-class shows and productions.


Other hotspots in Islamorada include Robbie's Marina, the Theater of the Sea Marine Mammal Park, the Long Key State Park, the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, the Indian Key Historic State Park and the Lignumviate Key Botanical State Park.

 
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