A premiere family oriented resort in the heart of Islamorada, The Florida Keys. A new concept in family vacation planning, a place where you can actually relax and enjoy your vacation while taking advantage of all the Florida Keys has to offer. Everything you need is within easy walking distance, dining, dancing, fishing, sights, and more!
Tony Nobregas is the owner of La Jolla Resort. Keenly aware of the environment, and the obligation to the community in which he works and lives, he and the staff at LaJolla Resort strive to protect and enhance both for their children's future.
Our environment in the Keys, the overall "Keys Atmosphere", is what everyone comes here for. The Nobregas family intends to protect and preserve that "Keys Atmosphere" by active involvement in the community as a family unit. They live by the motto, "Our future is our children, and everything we do is for our children's future."
Tony has strong feelings about family and community, saying, "I want to make a difference in our village. We bought a resort which has hosted those who cared less about our community. I want our children to respect the environment and see Islamorada as it was when we moved here. Also, for our guests, it is our goal to keep the resort property as beautiful as the surrounding area. Islamorada is our home, a feeling we wish to share with our guests."
Capt. Tony is one of the most sought after backcountry guides in the Florida Keys. He is outgoing, professional and has a razor-sharp sense of humor. Excellent with children, Tony rarely returns to the dock empty handed. A member of the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association, Capt. Tony has been a charter captain since 1985.
Of course, Capt. Tony sees the resort venture through the eyes of a fisherman, ... "When any angler returns to the dock, our resort will virtually become part of an overall fishing experience. Here, fishermen can enjoy our new angler's lounge or cook their own fish on the beach front grill. Believe me, at day's end, our guests will feel a kind of peace and tranquillity which will be hard to find elsewhere. The view alone is breathtaking." Said Capt. Tony.
Since the purchase of the resort, the buildings have all been repainted, the pool has been renewed, the rooms have been completely refurbished, with cable television installed in every room. And, according to Tony, "We've even hired new people who are friendly and actually have a work ethic. What a concept!"
Staying at the La Jolla may be a slightly different experience from other resorts. Here, you are likely to make new friends, while touching the face of nature, surrounded by an environment compelling an annual return visit to La Jolla Resort, with new friends you'll never forget.
Leaving the La Jolla by water, you will enter one of the most pristine estuaries in the United states, -- Florida Bay. Here is a unique world, a living aquarium featuring countless species of tropical birds, reptiles and marine life.
Actually, the Florida Keys themselves are a barrier, separating the Straits of Florida (on their southeastern side) and Florida Bay on the North. West of Florida Bay lies the Gulf of Mexico. The boundaries of the Bay end just south of Marathon, and from there, it becomes the Gulf of Mexico, while the Straits of Florida remain separated from the Gulf by the middle and lower Keys.
In other words, if you walk across the street from La Jolla, you will be looking at the Straits of Florida, which runs through the Atlantic Ocean, but from the docks of La Jolla you will be viewing Florida Bay.
That being said, the geography becomes one of the main reasons Islamorada can claim title as Fishing capital of the World.
Drew Nobregas and
his first Sailfish
On one side of the Overseas Highway the angler may pursue sailfish, marlin, dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, yellowtail, tuna, grouper and many more species. Almost a hundred offshore charter boats are available in Islamorada, many located in the three largest marinas which are Holiday Isle, Whale Harbor and Bud â€˜n Mary's.
However, for the angler who likes calm water, fast skiffs and powerful fish, it will be Florida Bay which beckons you. There's just something about a 150-pound tarpon, erupting from mirror-like water, second only to the launch pad at NASA. We call this wonderful adversary, who shows up in April and stays through August, the Silver King.
Tony & Sandy Moret
For year-round fishing, the bonefish has also earned his own special name and reputation, a specie which has attracted anglers from all parts of the globe. Bonefish are called the Gray Ghosts of the Flats. They are spooky, elusive and very fast. Like the marlin offshore, the bonefish in the backcountry is considered the ultimate angling achievement. Like hooking a speeding bullet, the bonefish will most likely be the one fish, compelling you to a rematch.
Deeper in the backcountry, about a 45-minute run from La Jolla, is Flamingo, the headquarters for Everglades National Park. The complex is virtually isolated in the Everglades, allowing easier access by boat than car. Located on the most southern tip of Florida's mainland, Flamingo is a small oasis of civilization, featuring a small resort, marina and restaurant.
Tony & Steve Rajeff
Almost every angler who ventures into the backcountry for snook, redfish or seatrout is treated to a brief (sometimes relief) stopover at this unique outpost. Most importantly, the waters surrounding Flamingo represent some of the most productive fishing grounds in Florida, if not the entire country.
Here, it is not uncommon to see the prehistoric sawfish, an odd combination of a fish and a ray. Or, you may see crocodiles, alligators, porpoise, sharks, tarpon, permit, jewfish, drum, barracuda, jack crevalle, ladyfish, bald eagles, osprey, white pelicans, flamingos, rosette spoonbills, osprey and white, gray and blue herons, just to name a few.
Tony on the bow fighting a tarpon in a classic Maverick Boats ad.
Better than all that, you may just find the best part are the moments when you cannot see another boat, a building or a tower. Here, you are in direct contact with nature, as it is now, and as it was thousands of years ago. The trip becomes a rare and personal opportunity to be totally surrounded by the most pristine and beautiful environment Florida has to offer.
Sometimes, fishing becomes irrelevant and Florida Bay becomes a quiet place for thought, a refreshing concept in our otherwise busy world. Regardless of how you started your morning, at day's end, you will feel slightly different about the world in which you live.
One thing's for sure; it all starts at the La Jolla Resort