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The Florida Keys: Islamorada

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on August 20, 2012

The Florida Keys:  IslamoradaIslamorada, the centerpiece of a group of islands called the “purple isles,” was named by Spanish explorers after the Spanish meaning of the word “morada” either for the violet sea snail, Janthina Janthina, found on the seashore here, or for the purple bougainvillea flowers found in the area. The Islamorada area includes Plantation, Windley and Upper and Lower Matecumbe keys and Long Key.

Today, known as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World,” Islamorada is heralded for its angling diversity and features the Keys’ largest fleet of offshore charter boats and shallow-water “backcountry” boats. However, there’s more to do in the Islamorada area than fishing.

Scuba divers and snorkelers can enjoy the intentionally scuttled 287-foot Eagle, along with Davis, Conch, Alligator and Pickles reefs, Crocker Wall, and the aquarium and fish bowl, two shallow patch reefs with abundant coral and tropical fish.

“One by land and two by sea” describes how visitors can visit three state parks in Islamorada. On land, travelers can step inside an above ground coral reef at the Windley Key Fossil Reef State Geological Site. Traveling by boat, visitors can explore Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site, home to a virgin hardwood hammock untouched by modern development; and Indian Key State Historic Site, a once-bustling town that was the seat of the Dade County government from 1836 to 1866, which was burned to the ground during the Second Seminole War in 1840.

Another state park, the Long Key State Recreation Area, offers camping, canoeing, nature trails, a small beach and picnic grounds.

The Islamorada area also features eco-tours, watersports rentals, tennis facilities, bicycle trails, historic hikes, beautiful vistas of both the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay, opportunities to swim with dolphins and stingrays and a more unusual recreational activity: feeding tarpon off the docks at Robbie’s Marina, mile marker (MM) 77.5 bayside.

Area beaches outside of the Long Key State Recreation Area include a family facility with picnic tables behind the Islamorada Public Library and Anne’s Beach, where stretches of sand are linked by a nature trail.

CAT 5 Shutters is located in Islamorada, FL. At CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters we design, manufacture and install hurricane shutters according to the Florida Building Code. We are licensed and insured (CGC # 1517869). Don’t get caught with a malfunctioning shutter during a hurricane. We are proud to introduce the most advanced Hurricane Protection System on the market. Our Hurricane Shutters are available in a wide array of designer styles, colors and will add value to your property and make it easier to secure your entire home than ever before.

We service the Upper and Middle Florida Keys including as well as the upper and middle Florida Keys in Florida including Key Largo, Islamorada, Tavernier, Long Key, Plantation Key, Windley Key, Duck Key, Conch Key, Sombrero Beach, Key Colony Key, Grassey Key, Boot Key and Marathon.

Contact us for a free estimate at (561) 333-2285 at (305) 852-2285 or

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