THE ISLAND TIMES

Make the most of your time in Islamorada with our insider's guide to navigating the neighborhood. From lively dive bars to local dive shops, we’ll let you in on our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

DRINK LIKE A LOCAL: ISLAMORADA'S BEST CRAFT BREWERY

Here in the Florida Keys, we like to keep things laid-back...

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DRINK LIKE A LOCAL: ISLAMORADA'S BEST CRAFT BREWERY

Here in the Florida Keys, we like to keep things laid-back and local, which includes our craft breweries. Spend a lazy afternoon getting into "An Island State of Mind" at one of our favorites spots, Islamorada Beer Company. Sample a flight of seasonally rotating beers or dive right in. Brews such as the Sandbar Sunday and Islamorada Ale both have a crisp, citrusy flavor that pairs perfectly with summertime activities. The brewery has been open since 2014 and is quickly becoming a tourist destination of its own. Ask for a tour and explore the 25,000-square-foot brewery that smells of hops and barley. Quench your thirst by picking up a 6-pack or snag a commemorative pint glass to bring a piece of the Florida Keys back home. 

Islamorada Beer Company, 2229 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, 305-508-9093

TOP REASONS YOUR BODY NEEDS A BEACH VACAY

We know life can be stressful, that’s why you deserve...

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TOP REASONS YOUR BODY NEEDS A BEACH VACAY

We know life can be stressful, that’s why you deserve a beach vacation. Spring has sprung, but not in all parts of the United States--come to where the palm trees are swaying and Jimmy Buffet is king. Check out our top three reason to reserve a room right now:

It’s Relaxing - The beach is scientifically proven to relax the body. Just being near to the ocean activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for all of those laid-back feels. So get cozy and let the lapping ocean waves do their job.

Increases Activity - Whether it’s a casual stroll on the beach or an active day of water sports and adventures--being beachside activates your body.

Replenish Your Vitamin D - The majority of Americans are Vitamin D deficient, spending time under the brilliant sun is just what the doctor ordered. Make sure to use adequate sunscreen, but let those stunning rays give you a healthy dose of sunshine and Vitamin D.

These are just three reasons to get on the ball and book your trip. We look forward to seeing you soon. For reservations, click here.

3 WAYS TO FEEL ROMANTIC IN ISLAMORADA

Treat your beloved to a relaxing vacation in the Florida...

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3 WAYS TO FEEL ROMANTIC IN ISLAMORADA

Treat your beloved to a relaxing vacation in the Florida Keys--from water sports to romantic activities, reconnecting has never been easier. Here’s three ways to spark the flame in Islamorada.

Leave Your Worries Behind: Nothing says couples bonding like walking hand-in-hand along the shoreline. Our breathtaking sunsets will leave you in awe.

Get Dirty: Spark your chemistry and let the endorphins fly by tapping into your sporty-selves and renting bikes or going for a mid-afternoon kayaking trip through the turquoise waters. Seeing your better half sweating in the Florida sun is just the ticket to attraction and connection.

Share Your Feelings on an Eco-Sunset Cruise: Hop onboard a 43’ Catamaran leaving from Robbie’s Marina, for a sunset cruise to remember. Leave the scripts behind and let the raw beauty of the Florida Keys be your guide. Enjoy two hours of touring and socializing. (Robbie’s, 77522 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036)

You don’t need an excuse to celebrate love, fan the flame all year long with these romantic adventures and excursions.

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE FLORIDA KEYS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

Have you ever been curious about the Florida Keys? Read...

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FUN FACTS ABOUT THE FLORIDA KEYS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

Have you ever been curious about the Florida Keys? Read on for cool and interesting facts about our beautiful archipelago located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

There are a whopping 800 keys.

A “key” is a small low-elevation island above a coral reef. The Florida Keys are comprised of 800 of these island, some bigger than others.

The longest key is Key Largo.

Located just north of Islamorada is Key Largo, stretching over 30 miles long and 0.5 miles wide.

Tequesta and Calusa Native Americans were the first inhabitants.

Prior to the Europeans, these two tribes lived amongst the islands.

Islamorada is a Spanish name.

Take in one spectacular sunset over the Florida Bay and you’ll understand why Spanish explorers named this slice of paradise “Islamorada,” which translates to “purple island” for it's deep "morada" hues. 

Robbie’s Marina has the largest tarpon.

A trip to Islamorada is not complete without visiting Robbie’s, the finest place to feed massive tarpon and enjoy a cool draft beer.

Now that we have peaked your interest, consider a stay at La Siesta to discover some fun facts of your own.

TOP SUMMER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ISLAMORADA

Islamorada is known as the “sports fishing capital of the...

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TOP SUMMER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ISLAMORADA

Islamorada is known as the “sports fishing capital of the world,” however that doesn’t mean we don’t have exploring-worthy spots on land. Make the most of your vacation and check out these popular tourist destinations.

Theater of the Sea

If the idea of swimming with dolphins and snorkeling sounds like your ideal summer day, head over to one of Florida’s oldest marine mammal parks. Don’t feel like getting wet? Visit the adorable rescue sea turtles or catch the witty and entertaining sea lion show. Fun for the whole family!

Theater of the Sea, 84721 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Windley Key Fossil Reef Ecological State Park

Explore fossils that date back to nearly 125,000 years ago. You are literally walking through a fossilized coral reef that was previously a quarry for the Florida East Coast Railroad. Truly one-of-a kind and sure to fascinate you. It’s one of Florida’s natural wonders that's ideal for inquisitive minds.

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, 84900 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

HOW TO STAY FIT ON YOUR VACATION

Time to burn off that delicious tropical cocktail you just...

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HOW TO STAY FIT ON YOUR VACATION

Time to burn off that delicious tropical cocktail you just had by our luxurious pool. Vacations are a time of rest and relaxation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t burn some calories at the same time. Here’s a few expert tips on how to stay fit while staying at La Siesta Resort & Marina.

Early Morning Swim

The early bird gets the worm! Pick from either a dip in the pool or a refreshing swim in the ocean. It’s the ideal way to wake up your senses and stimulate that blood flow.

Paddleboarding, Kayaking, or Paddle Boats

Water sports are the best way to get that vacation glow. Explore the surrounding waters and let the good times roll while shedding those extra pounds.

Ride Bikes

Bicycles are available to rent through the front desk. Take a low key ride or put a little pep in your step and watch the palm trees swaying in your dust.

Incorporate these activities into your holiday routine and return home with a summer smile from the inside out.

PLAN YOUR PERFECT WEDDING AT LA SIESTA RESORT & MARINA

Nestled on the coast of Islamorada is a tropical paradise...

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PLAN YOUR PERFECT WEDDING AT LA SIESTA RESORT & MARINA

Nestled on the coast of Islamorada is a tropical paradise awaiting your wedding -- and here are the top reasons you should have your destination wedding with us.

Natural Beauty

Exotic beachfront setting means a ceremony to remember. Serene beaches, waves crashing, and palm trees swaying is the ideal ambiance to commit to each other.

Intimate

The experience will inspire everlasting memories with stories amongst families and friends to last a lifetime. Destination weddings are smaller and more intimate, allowing time to truly connect.

It’s More Affordable Than You Think

It’s your momentous day, but that doesn’t mean it’s needs to cost a fortune. The quiet charm and natural beauty of the Florida Keys doesn’t require much to be magical and festive. Our hotel offers a variety of packages and options to fit your budget without compromising the luxury and class you deserve.

Romance is just a decision away. Enjoy the privileges of our stunning resort and treat yourself to memories for a lifetime. For a full list of options, click .

A FOOD LOVERS GUIDE TO THE FLORIDA KEYS

While staying at La Siesta, indulge a little by trying...

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A FOOD LOVERS GUIDE TO THE FLORIDA KEYS

While staying at La Siesta, indulge a little by trying some of our local heavenly dishes. Check out our top picks:

Florida Lobster (Spiny Lobster)

There’s no wrong way to enjoy a lobster, but when you have meat this juicy, we suggest having it sautéed in white wine butter, shallots, and scallions. Distinguished by the spines along it’s body, they are smaller than their Maine counterparts, but just as succulent and memorable.

Key West Pink Shrimp 

No trip to the Keys is complete without these wild-caught, sweet, plump, and incredibly fresh shrimp. They are ocean-to-table and usually served “peel and eat’, which compliments Islamorada’s low key vibe. Get ready for a flavor explosion.

Key Lime Pie

The most famous pie in South Florida and the quintessential flavor of vacation. Created in the 1800’s by “Aunt Sally” the cook of Bahamian-immigrant William Curry. Made from the freshest key limes, this tart and savory treat has people coming back to the Keys for more.

Look for these local dishes and ingredients on menus and taste all that we have to offer.

LOCAL ART, ECOLOGY, AND MORE

In high summer, every tropical vacationer needs a little break from the...

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LOCAL ART, ECOLOGY, AND MORE

In high summer, every tropical vacationer needs a little break from the sun. Luckily, Islamorada has much to offer in the way of activities that beat the heat. 

Every third Thursday in July, you can head to the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District in downtown Islamorada for the monthly art walk. Local artists, food vendors, and musicians will congregate to make the main street come alive all evening.

Any day of the week, you can head to the Florida Keys History & Discovery center right here in Islamorada. This is a world-class museum featuring interactive exhibits that delve into local history. The facilities include aquariums, information on the invasive lionfish, a 35-seat movie theater, and research library.

If you just want to relax and cool down, you can always head to Islamorada Brewery & Distillery or the Florida Keys Brewing Company for a tour and a tasty local brew.

GRAB A BITE AT WILD & LIME

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GRAB A BITE AT WILD & LIME

When you’re surrounded by lush tropical scenery and gorgeous blue waves, it's easy to work up an appetite--after all, vacations are for indulging. Fortunately, we know precisely how to enhance your trip. Nestled just steps from the beach under the cool shade of swaying palm trees, taste the ocean at Wild & Lime --our on property gathering spot for light bites and refreshing drinks. Indulge in savory fish tacos, fresh conch ceviche, or crisp old bay shrimp to experience Florida Keys cuisine at its finest. It’s the perfect menu to compliment a fun day in the sun. We even have a special menu for your “little minnows,” including hot dogs, pizzas, burgers and more. Treat your crew to a thoughtful and effortless meal then lounge poolside feeling satisfied. 

A FARMERS MARKET FOR EVERY SEASON

Here in the Keys, the weather is warm and the...

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A FARMERS MARKET FOR EVERY SEASON

Here in the Keys, the weather is warm and the flora flourishes year-round, which means that no matter when you visit, you can always enjoy the popular Florida Keys Farmers Market.

Just a leisurely 10-minute stroll from our resort, the Florida Keys Farmers Market is your one-stop shop every Sunday from 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. for organic produce, fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and much more. In addition to all the delicious food for purchase, brilliant murals also adorn the walls of the market, making the outdoor décor nearly as dazzling as the warm Florida sun. Visitors are in for a special treat in late October when the market hosts its Growfest celebration. At this unique annual event, you can learn fascinating tricks of the trade, from growing organic fruits and vegetables, to harvesting honey, to making yogurt, and many other skills to promote healthy living. Add to that the live musical performances by popular local bands, and this is one festival you just can’t miss.

WHAT MAKES FLORIDA KEYS SUNSETS INCREDIBLE?

The Florida Keys are known for a myriad of reasons—gorgeous...

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WHAT MAKES FLORIDA KEYS SUNSETS INCREDIBLE?

The Florida Keys are known for a myriad of reasons—gorgeous weather, tropical coral reefs, and world-class fishing to name a few. However, when visiting our stunning archipelago, there is one thing you can’t miss, which are the panoramic sunsets that sprawl out like vivid rainbows across the sky. Imagine sitting on the beach, palm trees swaying, ice-cold drink in your hand, and the most vibrant display of purples, oranges, and pinks overhead as the sun approaches the horizon.

Weather expert Bill Cottrill explains the scientific reason behind such magnificent skies—it’s our stellar combination of clouds that create these world-famous sunsets. Low cumulus clouds scattered along the horizon make pockets of colorful shadows and high cirrus clouds made primarily of ice reflect the sun’s rays, resulting in something magical. Pick a prime spot, gather your friends and family, and let mother nature’s display dazzle you.

THE SWEET TREATS OF KEY LARGO CHOCOLATES & ICE CREAM

For small plates, light lunches, and delightfully tropical cocktails, Wild...

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THE SWEET TREATS OF KEY LARGO CHOCOLATES & ICE CREAM

For small plates, light lunches, and delightfully tropical cocktails, Wild & Lime, our resort’s poolside café, can’t be beat. If you've already stopped by Wild & Lime and you’re still craving some seriously delicious desserts, consider heading over to Key Largo Chocolates & Ice Cream, just 25 minutes by car from our resort.

As their name implies, this iconic dessert restaurant specializes in that quintessential Florida Keys creation, the Key lime pie. And while Key Largo Chocolates & Ice Cream's key lime pie is one of the most heavenly you’ll ever taste, they actually serve a long list of other treats, including ice cream, cookies, candies, and even frozen Key lime pie dipped in chocolate. Drop by any day from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. to enjoy a delicious treat made fresh right here in the Keys.

Address: 100470 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

PLAY A ROUND OF LIFE-SIZE CHESS & CHECKERS

Here at La Siesta Resort, we like to do thing...

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PLAY A ROUND OF LIFE-SIZE CHESS & CHECKERS

Here at La Siesta Resort, we like to do thing bigger and better. Well, that’s not entirely true. We actually love the laid-back Islamorada way of life. However, when it comes to leisurely activities, we go big. That’s why we provide tons of attention-grabbing games that are designed to help you relax.

Take a break from our luxe pool or sandy beaches to spend the afternoon playing a game of life-size chess or checkers. The bright Florida sun and the swaying palms trees a perfect picturesque backdrop for the big competition. Challenge your friends and family to an intellectual meeting of the minds, while expertly maneuvering your massive pieces around the board. Games are a fabulous way to connect with your loved ones while having a great time. Immerse yourself in the casual elegance of La Siesta Resort, while snapping Instagram-worthy shots with your new friends, the over-sized knight and bishop. 

THE HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM

With the warm sun above and the glistening white sand beach...

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THE HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM

With the warm sun above and the glistening white sand beach at your feet, we’d understand if you wanted to spend your entire Islamorada vacation lounging by the water. If your beach time should be interrupted by a rainy day, though—or you’re just looking for a fun and informative outing to stimulate your mind—consider spending a few hours at the History of Diving Museum, located five minutes by car from our resort.

Islamorada’s History of Diving Museum boasts a carefully curated collection of diving equipment and related items from across the ages, including air pumps, diving helmets, diving suits, books, multimedia displays, and much more. The Timeline of Diving exhibit charts the history of diving over four millennia, all the way from the very earliest breath-hold divers to today. The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exhibit illuminates the immense influence of Jules Verne’s classic sci-fi novel. In the Treasure Room, you’ll examine the bounty recovered by Art “Silver Bar” McKee, a Florida Keys man widely regarded as the first modern-day treasure diver. Those are just a few of the many fascinating exhibits you’ll enjoy at the History of Diving Museum, open every day (with a few exceptions for holidays) from 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Address: 82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

TOP THREE SNORKELING SPOTS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

The warm summer waters of the Florida Keys are waiting...

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TOP THREE SNORKELING SPOTS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

The warm summer waters of the Florida Keys are waiting for exploration. Elevate your vacation by spending a day underwater. We’ve rounded up our top three favorites snorkeling spots all within an hour of La Siesta Resort & Marina.

Alligator Reef

Nestled below a historic lighthouse is one of the most vibrant and colorful snorkeling spots in the Middle Keys. Located just four nautical miles from Indian Creek thousands of fish and sea creatures congregate below the shade such as stunning yellowtail snapper, spotted parrotfish, and blue tangs.

Cheeca Rocks

Marvel at the sea turtles, beautiful corals, and tropical fish of Cheeca Rocks Sanctuary Preservation, dedicated to protecting inshore patch reefs.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Witness the Christ of the Abyss, an eight and a half foot 4000-pound bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ just 25 feet below the surface. Over 250 species of exotic fish live in this brilliant coral reef.