Local Spots

tarpon

One of the many cool Local Spots near the Keys Rental House

Local Spots

Pictured left is a hungry tarpon being hand fed at the famous Robbie’s of Islamorada. This is one of many great local spots you will find here in the upper Florida Keys.

While fishing is a huge part of this area’s history, snorkeling and diving is also a really big draw. There are countless reefs and wrecks to explore all throughout the Keys with many of them being in the upper Keys. We’re not really divers but here is a site we found offered by Key Dives out of Bud n’ Mary’s at MM 78.2 ocean side.

There are very few actual beaches in the Keys and that’s what makes Founders Park in Islamorada such a find. Located less than 1 mile from the house, this park offers many amenities including a private white sand beach on the bay, a marina, an Olympic size pool and much more (certain fees may apply). There are also many great events held here such as concerts, a boat show, festivals, etc.

Spending so much time in the Keys over the last fifteen or so years, we have visited many of the local attractions and also sampled a lot of the local food. There is a lot to see and do no matter what your interests.

We’ve taken the time to list some of our favorite restaurants and attractions. With most of these spots, we’ve had very good experiences over the years.

Local Restaurants in Islamorada & the Keys

  • Mangrove Mike’s at MM-82.2 bayside – Let’s start off with breakfast, and at Mangrove Mike’s, you will get a great breakfast! Huge, delicious pancakes would be our pick.
  • Green Turtle Inn at MM-81.2 ocean side has the best breakfast we’ve experienced in the Keys so far. In addition to the regular menu items they have a great pecan sticky bun. Coffee is great too. While they serve lunch and dinner we have not tried it.
  • Lazy days at MM-79.9 ocean side (one of our top picks for lunch) – excellent ocean views and fantastic food in a very casual atmosphere. Gets super crowded for dinner, not bad for lunch though. Our favorite is any fresh fish “Lazy Days” style.
  • Ziggy & Mad Dogs MM 83 bay side (305) 664-8400 (our #1 pick for dinner) classic New York style steak house here in Islamorada. Food is outstanding, service is great and the have a great wine selection. Love the lobster mac & cheese!
  • Lorelei Cabana Restaurant, MM-82 bayside – Popular place to watch the sunset. Raw bar, seafood, burgers & more.
  • Islamorada Fish Company, MM-81.5 bayside – Located in the Wide World Sportsman, great view but the food is inconsistent.
  • Old Tavernier Restaurant at MM90.1 ocean side – excellent food Italian style with some Greek thrown in. Very clean and consistent quality. One of our favorites for dinner almost every time we’re in the Keys.
  • Island Grill, MM-85.5 ocean side  – on the ocean right at Snake Creek, accessible by boat.
  • Jersey Boardwalk Pizza (305)-853-3800, corner or High Point Rd. and Overseas Highway bayside. Good pizza and other Italian foods delivered.
  • Catering by Mangrove Mike – (305) 664-6747 – Mike Forester can cater your Keys event with style.

Note: To see a list of local Islamorada resources such as grocery stores, gas stations, bait & tackle shops etc., please go to our Resources page.

Local Attractions & Activities in Islamorada & the Keys

  • Theater of the Sea, MM-84.5 ocean side – A great place to bring family, friends and especially the kids.
  • Robbie’s of Islamorada, MM-77.5 bayside – Hand feed hundreds of hungry huge Tarpons! An Islamorada landmark since 1976.
  • Founders Park, MM87 bayside – great fun for everyone featuring a private beach, pool and more all only 1 mile from the house.
  • World Wide Sportsman, MM81.5 bayside – really cool store with two restaurants, a huge fish tank full of local species, plus all the fishing gear and clothes you would ever need.
  • Anne’s Beach, MM-80 ocean side – The only public beach in Islamorada. Great views. Bathrooms and picnic tables.
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, MM-85.5 bayside – Henry Flagler’s railroad workers quarried limestone here in the early 1900′s.

Note: To see a list of local Islamorada resources such as grocery stores, gas stations, bait & tackle shops etc., please go to our Resources page.