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Islamorada, "Village of Islands," includes, from west to east, Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key, and Plantation Key. It is incorporated and is governed by an elected Council.
Long ago, violet sea snails called Janthina colored the shores deep lavender. When Spanish explorers discovered this strange sight, they named the Islands "islas moradas," or purple isles. Islamorada came into general use as a place name in 1907.
Located just 75 miles from Miami Airport and 80 miles from Key West, Islamorada is where Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico vistas begin to surround the traveler making their way down The Keys. As of 2012, Islamorada 's population is 6,119 people.
The average year-round temperature is 80 degrees and 78 degrees for the water.
As is the case throughout The Keys, water-based activities are a major focus. As National Geographic recently reported, "There's so much wildlife here, it really feels like the sportfishing capital of the world," says Captain Eric Bass (yep, his real name). But while Bass's boat is one of a hundred-plus angling for tourists, competition gives way to camaraderie in the tight-knit community.
Back on dry land, neighbors congregate at 40-acre Founders Park, a former resort that now hosts kayak socials and float-in movies . The latest object of locals' devotion is kiteboarding, made friendlier by offshore sandbars, grass flats, and 15- to 25-knot winds." Islamorada has the largest fishing fleet per square mile anywhere in the world. There are other ways to enjoy our pristine waters. Take advantage of parasailing, wind surfing, kayaking, or a back county ecotour.
You can just lay back and take advantage of the lush tropical surroundings, or visit our artisan villages, shop boutiques or mix a colorful sunset celebration with a range of dining tastes.
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Islamorada: Visit Us
Visit our office In Islamorada at MM 86 to learn more about life in the Upper Keys.