I couldn't resist posting a photo of "Anne's Beach" - this tree cropping out of the water is a landmark there.
The water is crystal clear, as you can see.
Islamorada is a sportfishing mecca and so if you love to catch fish or EAT fish (as I do) this is the place for you.
The waters surrounding are teeming with Sailfish, Marlin and many other species prized by serious sportfishers.
I didn't do any fishing myself, but I certainly consumed quite a bit of it. We are talking almost every meal.
My mercury levels may now be rivaling those of a thermometer....
Lazy Days is a casual eatery on the water with a beautiful view and an endless vista - you can bring in fish you caught yourself and they will prepare it for you.
My yellowtail with capers, onions and tomato was out of this world!
The place is rife with tropical wildlife, including large iguanas. Thankfully, they keep their distance.
I don't know about you, but I do not mix well with reptiles and amphibians and that goes way back to being a preschooler and the reptile/amphibian house at the zoo.
Hanging at the Cheeca Lodge
Outdoor seating is everywhere and savoring the tropical breezes and warm sunshine is an art in itself.
Speaking of fish.....this place has amazing sushi and a macadamia crusted yellowtail that will melt in your mouth
the crunchy roll is recommended.
If you share my love of shells and coral, this unassuming little joint is a place you don't want to miss.
What it lacks in refinement, it more than makes up for in stellar bargains and a super patient, unusually good-humored woman who patiently and carefully wraps your treasures to protect from breakage.
The Shell Shack will provide you with a solid dose of seaside kitsch that we all need to make a trip to the beach truly therapeutic.
So, in conclusion, when visiting Islamorada, be sure to:
soak up the sun, eat plenty of fish, relish the sight of aqua waters, boats, orchid trees, bougainvillea and come away with some great shells & coral to "beach" up your place back home.
I guarantee that you will leave with a smile on your face, as I did!