Islamorada is known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World" and rumor has it that we also host a larger fishing fleet per square mile than anywhere else in the world. This perfect family vacation destination offers something to do in, under, above or near the water 24 hours a day. The aqua blue waters surrounding our village of islands provide fantastic views from every bridge and waterfront resort, restaurant and home.
The name Islamorada is frequently translated from Spanish as "purple isles."
However, history recounts that as Henry Flagler built the railroad through the Keys, the train would only stop in named towns. To justify a station, William J. Krome is said to have christened our village "Islamorada" after the "Island Home" schooner owned by the pioneering Pinder family.
In 1908, the new Islamorada train station and Islamorada post office opened for business.
The most devastating occurrence in Islamorada's recent history is the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.
The storm packed winds exceeding 200 miles per hour and created turbulent seas that sent a 17-foot tidal wave across Islamorada, killing hundreds of veterans and local residents. Two years later, after the railroad ties and other debris were removed, a Hurricane monument was erected at Mile Marker 81 in Islamorada.
The monument is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the tragedy. Today, hurricane-tracking technology, evacuation programs and mass media make it safe to enjoy Islamorada year-round.
In addition to fishing, the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay offer adventures in diving, snorkeling, parasailing, wind-surfing, kayaking, boat racing and a variety of nature excursions like hand-feeding giant silver tarpon. Ever since the days of famous authors and sportsmen like Ernest Hemmingway and Zane Grey, our area has attracted outdoor competitors -- and every month offers a wide range of fishing tournaments, races and other sporting challenges.
The four islands of Islamorada also offer numerous tranquil spots to relax under the sun's glorious golden rays. Enjoy a beachfront cocktail, sunset cruise or spend the day shopping at one of the areas unique shops or galleries. Once you are relaxed, the finest in dining awaits to satisfy the tastes of every member of your family.
With an area history spanning more than 3,000 years and an active chamber with over 300 memberships, Islamorada is the premier location for inquisitive visitors and commerce to merge.