Lovely And Romantic: 15 Best Things To Do In Islamorada, Florida

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Voted one of the most romantic places for couples in the U.S, with the island only 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) long, Islamorada, Florida is the perfect place for tranquility and quality time together. An island full of variety, as well as relaxation, these are some of the best things to do in Islamorada, Florida.

1. Keys History & Discovery Center

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Keys History & Discovery Center, as the name suggests, is a museum and discovery centre in the heart of the island. With a series of exhibits associated with the history of Spanish Treasure Fleets, Legends of the Line, 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, Upper Keys, Indian Key, and more, your visit here is not just going to be fun but educational too. There is also a rotating exhibition space as well as a theatre that showcases movies based on the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway.

Keys History & Discovery Center

Address: 82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Website: Keys History & Discovery Center

Opening hours:Wed - Fri: 10am - 5pm (closed from Sat - Tue)

Price: 15 USD

2. History of Diving Museum

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In an attempt to understand life underwater, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer decided to build a museum that is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts related to the History of Diving. This museum boasts exhibits that don’t just allow you to travel to the deepest oceans but also showcases the contributions of 30 countries to diving history. Aside from photographs, books, and antiques, you also get to see ocean-themed artworks made by the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and local school students.

History of Diving Museum

Address: 82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Website: History of Diving Museum

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 15 USD

3. Family Fun Boat Tour Co

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Family Fun Boat Tour Co is an agency that offers fun-filled private tours. Whether you’re into sunset cruises or snorkeling, this company offers it all. Although you can customize your boat tour according to your preference, it is recommended that you opt for the sunset cruise so you and your partner can enjoy a romantic boat ride along the gorgeous blue waters. This is surely a great way to spend the evening with your better half and explore the turquoise waters of Florida.

Family Fun Boat Tour Co

Address: 85920 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Website: Family Fun Boat Tour Co

Price: From 125 USD

4. Rain Barrel Village

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Rain Barrel Village is a rather popular tourist attraction in Islamorada. This is basically an open-air complex with tropical gardens and specialty shops. The boutiques here offer everything: traditional art, resort wear, custom jewelry, handmade crafts, memorable souvenirs and so much more. One of the most prominent features of Rain Barrel Village is Betsy the Lobster, a huge sculpture that is a great backdrop for your pictures. So, spend a nice sunny day in these tropical gardens, check out the boutiques, and grab a bite at one of the many eateries here.

Rain Barrel Village

Address: 86700 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Website: Rain Barrel Village

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free

5. Library Beach Park

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Library Beach Park is a small and sandy beach park surrounded by mangroves. The sandy beach, with its calm and clear waters, entices you to go for a swim or launch a kayak. The park also has a small play area for children as well as a library in case you want to borrow a book to read on the beach. With shared tables as well as a barbeque facility, you can enjoy a romantic picnic on the beach with your partner.

Library Beach Park

Address: 84 Johnston Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Opening hours: 8am - 6:30pm (daily)

Price: Free

6. Pierre's Restaurant

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Pierre’s Restaurant is a romantic Colonial-style eatery that serves delectable dining options along with Islamorada’s breathtaking views. It is recommended that you go here in the evening because the sunset view is just amazing. Literally located by the water, you can almost hear the sound of the waves while you sip your wine and enjoy your entrée. If it’s your first time coming here, go for the grilled octopus, grilled rack of lamb, LaBelle Farm’s Foie Gras Sliced, and Curry Florida Lobster.

Pierre's Restaurant

Address: 81600 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Website: Pierre’s Restaurant

Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm (daily)

7. Otherside Boardsports

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Are you interested in kiteboarding? If so, then you should book a kiteboarding experience with Otherside Boardsports. Otherside Boardsports is a watersports rental service that is considered to be one of the best in the area. This company has some great experts who are willing to teach you how to kiteboard. After a few kiteboarding lessons with the pros, they will take you to the best secret spots so you can start indulging in Florida Bay’s clear and shallow waters.

Otherside Boardsports

Address: 82758 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States

Website: Otherside Boardsports

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

Price: From 389 USD

8. Alligator Reef Lighthouse

Alligator Reef
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Built in 1820, this site can be easily identified by the reigning 136-foot (41.5 meter) tall lighthouse tower. If you are looking for a different kind of diving experience, the site is a great place for underwater exploring, with a range of depths from a shallow 8 feet (2.4 meter), all the way down to 40 feet (12.2 meter), so is great for experienced divers or those who want to try exploring further.

Divers can make a few discoveries here, such as hard and soft coral, and a variety of tropical fish. The experience includes mooring buoys, the coral reef, the marine preserve and the wreck site, from where the reef developed.

Alligator Reef Lighthouse

Address: North, Atlantic Ave, Ocean Twp, USA

Website: Alligator Reef Lighthouse

9. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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Originally owned by the Florida East Coast railroad in the 1900’s, tourists love to walk along the 8 foot (2.4 meter) quarry walls and learn about the quarry and its importance to Florida’s 20th-century history. The island has five self-guided trails worthy of hiking, where you can see breathtaking and wondrous views, or pack a picnic and walk the nature trails. For the hiking trails, the guide book has numbered stops, with park rangers around, should you need any information. An environmental education center is on site, which features exhibits about the famous railroad and the geology of the limestone.

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Address: 84900 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA

Website: Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

10. Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea front
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Giving a wonderful home for all marine animals facing conservation issues, the Theater of the Sea focuses on a wide range of education, awareness and issues regarding endangered animals. One of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world, interactive experiences include being able to swim with dolphins, sea lions and sharks, as well as interactions with sea turtles. A great way to spend a day together, and not just your average date, there are an array of activities here, as well as parrot shows, guided tours and a bottomless boat ride.

The Theater of the Sea is home to bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions and much more! There are plenty of choices when it comes to exploring not just the theater but also booking trips with the company and the four-hour snorkel and cruise adventure is not to be missed and a sure way to make your trip extra special.

Theater of the Sea

Address: 84721 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA

Website: Theater of the Sea

11. Florida Keys Brewing Company

Try something a little bit different at the Flordia Keys Brewing Company, one of the Upper Keys first microbreweries, with a great range of selected beers, on offer. A wide range of things to do is available here, including brewery tours and tastings. The taproom has a selection of beers on tap, as well as a rotation of guest taps from other breweries. The room is decorated with thousands of bottle caps from around the world and live music from local artists provides a relaxing environment.

Florida Keys Brewing Company

Address: 200 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA

Website: Florida Keys Brewing Company

12. Little Palm Spa

Everyone deserves a little luxury and the Little Palm Spa is a place of pure indulgence, where you will be treated like an A-list celebrity. Only the best products are used to create a wonderful, relaxing environment, with flowers and spices used to enhance your spa experience. The spa is remote - phones, TVs and other technology are banned and the spa can only be reached by sea plane or boat. It is the best way to truly leave the real world and spend some time in heaven.

Little Palm Spa

Address: 28500 Overseas Hwy, Little Torch Key, FL 33042, USA

Website: Little Palm spa

13. Anne’s Beach

Anne's Beach (Soulf2) - panoramio
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The most romantic of the things to do on our list and a favorite with couples, this little beach has many secluded nooks for picnics and is easily accessible by the boardwalk, with established paths to the beach. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, the waves are calm and the water too shallow for swimming, but it is a great place for wading, kite surfing, or just taking a relaxing stroll. Lonely Planet has voted Anne’s Beach as one of the Best Hidden Beaches of South Florida. There is plenty of wildlife to see here, such as hermit crabs and jellyfish and the sand is very fine, reminiscent of a place right out of a holiday brochure.

Anne’s Beach

Address: Islamorada, FL 33036

Website: Anne’s Beach

14. Key Largo Adventures

Sunset at Key Largo
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Key Largo Adventures offers a range of different water activities to cater to every visiting tourist, however the most popular is the wonderful Tiki Tiki Adventure. Beginning in a clear water sandbar, paddle boarding and snorkeling are the two activities featured on this tour. The trip moves towards the Mangrove Islands, where you’ll have the chance to chill out on inflatables or go snorkeling. Nurse sharks are just some of the wildlife that inhabits this area.

The tour features a BBQ lunch, served on the sandbar and cooked by the captain. It is the ideal trip, catered and tailored for you to relax and indulge.

Key Largo Adventures

Address: 85500 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA

Website: Key Largo Adventures

15. Indian Key State Historic Site

Indian Key has become a site of business, where cargo from shipwrecks is salvaged and there is more than enough to see and do on this tiny island. Whether it’s camping under the stars, fishing, horseback riding or taking a boat tour, there is something here for all couples!

One of the more popular tours on the island is Robbie’s Island Heritage Tours, one of the best ways to explore the raw beauty of the state parks. The 2.5-hour boat trip is packed with activities, such as exploring the sandy town of Indian Key or climbing the observation tower. The trip includes a short trip to the Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, where you’ll have a chance to encounter dolphins and manatees! After the stop at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, the trip ends with a dinner or lunch at the glorious Hungry Tarpon Restaurant. This trip is a lovely way to spend a few hours sightseeing in this lovely and quaint park.

Indian Key State Historic Site

Address: 33036 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA

Website: Indian Key State Historic Site

Relax and unwind

Visiting Islamoroda is a decision you won’t regret. You can relax by day on the beach or take a boat trip and by night, enjoy cocktails at one of the many beach bars, while enjoying the live music. Have the holiday of a lifetime and visit Islamoroda with your special someone!

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