Islamorada or Village of
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
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
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.