Cliktrips likes the beach, palm trees, mountain hikes, desertscapes, forest walks, the jungle, tropical islands, swimming pools, lake swims, rocky seaside cliffs, sunsets, soundbaths, hot tubs, the occasional cold plunge, bicycle rides, road trips, spritzes of all kinds, lots of snacks and the colors pink and green. Cliktrips also enjoys late night techno parties, balearic rooftop hangs, weird weekenders, tropical sounds, trippy disco, and dancing ‘til dawn.

 

Islamorada in The Florida Keys

Islamorada in The Florida Keys

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Originally published August 2010 

A few weeks ago we were headed for a fun filled week in St. Kitts & Nevis, when some airline tomfoolery and inefficiency led to us getting stuck in Miami for a night. Instead of crying into our Cuban coffee, we rented a car and drove an hour and a half south to the town of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. 

We had never been there, but it looked pleasant enough, so we pulled off the road for a few happy hour drinks and watched the sunset over the Atlantic.

After we returned home, we did a little research and it turns out Islamorada is known as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” It’s made up of four islands and it’s surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks which make it very popular for diving and snorkeling. You should plan on getting on a boat if you’re here for more than a day as the marinas are filled with yachts and charter fishing boats.  If road trips are your thing, check out a recent article called “A Low Key Drive” on BudgetTravel.com for more tips about the area.

Normally we wouldn’t recommend somewhere so “busy,” but we’re writing about Islamorada because it’s perfect for a day trip or quick weekend getaway from the hectic, expensive streets of Miami.

We also found a few charming hotels that are quiet, stylish and not too pricey.

Casa Morado - room rates from $199/night. Tablet recommended.

Drop Anchor Resort and Marina - room rates from $129/night.

The Moorings Village - houses and cottages available for weekly or nightly rentals.

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