Islamorada is one of the largest towns in the Florida Keys that run from Miami to Key West. This beautiful town is on a group of islands barely above sea level about midway down the Keys. There are 2 Islamorada's - Islamorada and Islamorada Village of Islands. This is a very water-centric community - almost everyone is a fisherman, boater, or beach lover. Islamorada sports some of the best and most prolific fishing in the world - Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, and Tarpon abound. Big game fishing is a short boat ride away. Average age in Islamorada is about 45, about 6 years higher than Florida average, reflecting its popularity as a retirement community. Picture of one of the few beaches on the Atlantic side of Islamorada courtesy of Wikipedia and Ex1le.
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There are many different neighborhoods on various keys to choose from - most of which are on or near the water. Average real estate prices are high, hitting almost $600,000 in 2007 before settling back to earth. Like in most of Florida, prices are off. In late 2014 City-Data reported the median selling price to be just under $350,000. However Zillow reports the median home value in late 2015, was $659,000. These prices can be deceptive and are skewed by many homes selling for millions of dollars - yet more modest dwellings do exist.
What is special about Islamorada
It never freezes in Islamorada and you are surrounded by the most brilliant blue water you could imagine. The area has sensational sport fishing and beautiful homes. Ted Williams lived here, which is about all you need to know about how good the fishing is.
What is not special about Islamorada
It's very expensive. It is very small and insular. When hurricanes come (and they do) you must evacuate up a long and slow highway.
Who will like retirement in Islamorada
People who like to be very warm in winter. FIshermen and boaters will think they have gone to heaven.
Local economy is driven by
Tourism, construction, fishing
Climate and Physical Environment
January's average temperature is about 70 degrees, and July's average is 84 degrees.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Islamorada Fish House at Mile Marker 62 is well worth a stop for great fish. There are numerous other restaurants as well where the fish is almost always assured to be fresh and local. Local culture is mostly aimed at enjoying the great out of doors.
Crime in Islamorada is lower than the national average.
Mariners Hospital is about 7 miles away.
Nearby Marathon has an airport with limited service. Miami is about 2 hours away by a beautiful but slow highway.
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