Hey guys, I wanted to tell you all about my recent travels to Islamorada, Florida. Islamorada is part of a village of islands situated in the Florida Keys. The name Islamorada means, “Purple Island” and it’s also the sport fishing capitol of the world. More on that later. There is a great respect for wildlife, and the food is out of this world! Here is a recap of my adventure.
My first stop was to the Coral Restoration Foundation. The CRF is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to creating offshore nurseries for threatened coral. While there, I was able to learn all about coral and reefs, and how we can best preserve them. Did you guys know that the coral is an actual living animal? The population has dramatically decreased since the 1970s. It’s so important to protect these majestic creatures because they help provide a valuable habitat for fish and invertebrate. From volunteer work to diving programs, there are many ways to get involved with this organization. Check out their website, www.coralrestoration.com for more information.
So if you decide to visit Islamorada, I highly recommend staying at the Casa Morada. It is the perfect resort destination. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel quietly tucked away on a side street. The Caribbean infused décor and setting perfectly blends luxury with the serenity of an island. You have two options to choose from. Enjoy your king size room at the Sea View House, where you’ll have constant access to ocean views, or the Garden House, where you’ll be surrounded by lush beautiful gardens. You can’t go wrong with either choice. Either way, you’ll have a great view. Besides the setting, guests can enjoy a slew of activities from snorkeling to yoga classes. The activities are endless.
Lorelei’s Restaurant Cabana Bar
A true vacation isn’t complete without noshing on some good bites. I went to Lorelei’s, better known as “the pulse of Islamorada.” Its also considered to be the best seafood in the Florida Keys. And let me tell you guys, it did not disappoint! I tried something different that I’ve never had before, peanut butter and jelly chicken wings. It sounds weird, but it’s definitely one of those things you guys have to try in person. The best part is, you’ll get to enjoy your fabulous food, right on the waterfront. The restaurant was voted as the best spot to view the sunset in the Florida Keys. Top that with awesome nightly entertainment, and you’ve got yourself the perfect restaurant.
Bitton Bistro Café
My other favorite eating spot was Bitton Bistro Café. It’s a charming French café located in the heart of Islamorada. They are open every day, and serve some of the most delicious bakery I’ve ever had. All of their baked goods are made fresh daily. The locals love to come here to relax. There’s Wi-Fi and magazines available for you to review at your leisure. But don’t forget to try the espresso before you leave. It’s legendary as well.
Upper Keys Sport Fishing
Hey sport lovers, I haven’t forgotten about you all. The Florida Keys is affectionately known as the sport fishing capital of the world. While visiting, I got to take a ride with Captain Jorge, of Upper Keys Sport Fishing. Sport Fishing Magazine recently recognized Jorge as one of the top 60 captains in the U.S. I had a great day out on the water and caught some impressive fish, if I do say myself.
Well that wraps up my recap of my Florida Keys adventure. Some other honorable mentions that are a must do in the Keys are the nightlife and snorkeling! It sure was exciting to explore and discover what makes the Florida Keys so unique and I encourage you guys to visit them yourself. See you guys at the next destination!