Islamorada Eco-Tours, Dolphin Encounters, Wildlife Displays
Islamorada is a gateway to one of the most varied watery wildernesses in America, and a playground for anyone interested in the environment, wildlife, and history. Climb onto an ecotour boat and head northwest into the fabled backcountry, a world of vast sea-grass beds and shallow tidal flats. Offshore waters are shared by marine life, tropical fish, dolphins, manatees, crocodiles and roseate spoonbills.
Some tour operators offer excursions further to Flamingo, a national park outpost situated where the Everglades spill into Florida Bay in Everglades National Park. Tours, kayaks and canoe rentals are easily accessible from marinas, resorts, and parks along U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway, all available for rent or you can hire a tour guide to accompany you.
Indian Key on the Atlantic Ocean side of Islamorada is another site reachable only by private boat or tour. To walk on this island is to walk where Native Americans walked for thousands of years. In the 1830s, a Staten Island businessman set up an outpost here to salvage cargo from ships stranded on the nearby reef. Success was short lived for the settlers. In the early morning of August 7, 1840, a band of Indians attacked them. Some settlers survived by hiding in a turtle kraal, a pen used to raise sea turtles for food. Today, the island is home to Indian Key State Historic Site.
BAY AND REEF CO
THEATER OF THE SEA
BACKCOUNTRY COWBOY OUTFITTER
PADDLEFISH KAYAKING - Guided Excursions, Rentals
WINDLEY KEY FOSSIL REEF GEOLOGICAL STATE PARK
AKA DIVE CHARTERS & SUPPLIES
FLORIDA KEYS WILD BIRD CENTER
ISLAMORADA WATERSPORTS/SEVEN SPORTS - Kite, Surf, Wake, Skate
LIGNUMVITAE KEY BOTANICAL STATE PARK