The Florida Keys offer a subtropical climate with an average high of 75° F (24° C) to 79° F (26° C) between January and March.
Located in the upper Florida Keys, Islamorada is a cluster of 6 islands: Windley Key, Plantation Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lignumvitae Key, and Indian.
With its extensive reef network, Islamorada will delight the scuba divers and snorkelers in your party. Other watersports include paddleboarding, kayaking, and kiteboarding. Swimming with dolphins is also available.
Islamorada is a favorite destination for fishing enthusiasts. Sustainable "catch and release" fishing is available at Everglades National Park.
Kingfish, swordfish, cod, and snapper are abundant. Mahi mahi and tuna are available seasonally. As a result, "fresh from the dock" local fish and seafood is available at dining establishments such as Atlantic's Edge at Cheeca, Marker 88, and SALT Fusion Cuisine with an international flair. At Lazy Days Restaurant and Guy's Beachside Bar & Grille at the Islander, they'll even cook your catch for you. That's as fresh as it gets!
Islamorada and Key West team up in January for the annual 10-day Uncorked Food & Wine Festival.
On land, Theater of the Sea provides close-up views of dolphins, sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park provides the opportunity to explore coral reefs on land in a area where the water has receded.
Islamorada has a thriving arts scene with regular concerts at ICE Amphitheater. Galleries and studios showcase local artists (e.g. BJ Royster Ocean Gallery, Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, Derrick Crossland, and The Gallery at Ocean Sotheby's International Realty. Third Thursday Art Walk takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Places to Stay
Corporate groups can find accommodation at Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost (with 144 rooms and 4 meeting venues), La Siesta Resort (with 54 guest rooms and 1,000 square feet of meeting space), The Moorings Village and Spa, a secluded 18-cottage hideaway, and the new Amara Key Resort which will be opening in March 2015 (formerly the Islamorada Resort).
Photo Credit: Timothy Valentine