FLORIDA KEYS PARADISE: Islamorada
We found ourselves back again this year at Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina in Islamorada, near the middle of the Florida Keys. We love the close proximity to Islamorada, only a few miles from the campground. Known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, Islamorada is a lovely little town with an island vibe and full of great restaurants, shops, entertainment, and loads of fishing.
See our video from Islamorada HERE.
One of our friends from Montana is a fishing guide in Islamorada during the winter. The boys all love playing golf with Perry when he's in Montana during the summer, so they were thrilled to go fishing with "Captain Perry," on his boat in the keys. They had an amazing day on the water, and reeled in a massive snook, several jack crevalle, a bonnet head shark, and grouper.
While the boys were out fishing that day, Harper and I stopped by the beautiful Islamorada Bass Pro Shop to watch Santa be chauffeured to the dock via the Coast Guard elves. Right in the middle of the Islamorada Bass Pro Shop is a replica of Ernest Hemingway's sailboat, and this is where Santa perched himself to visit with children. It was classic Florida Keys, and we loved visiting Santa here.
The sunsets in Islamorada are absolutely breathtaking. None of them are exactly the same, but they are all exquisite. We always wander to sunset point at the campground (or one of the fishing spots where the boys are keeping watch over their lines) to see the sun go down with other campers. I love this simple yet joyous celebration of the day's end! As the sun disappears into the sea, we all applaud for another day spent in the Florida Keys.
While we were out and about in Islamorada, we also got to see someone bring an authentic Atocha silver bar - real sunken treasure! (The Atocha was a Spanish treasure ship that went down in the waters off of the keys in 1622, and eventually discovered by famed Mel Fisher.) It was incredible to get to see this silver treasure up close and even get to touch it!
A few other treasures that we spotted around town (yet, slightly less valuable) were a Christmas tree made of lobster pots and a giant lobster!