Hotel at a Glance: La Siesta Resort & Marina
Frommer's calls Islamorada “the unofficial capital of [Florida’s] Upper Keys” for its upscale dining scene and world-class fishing. Set on a stretch of white-sand beach on the island, La Siesta Resort & Marina gives guests access to top watersports opportunities—there’s a boat-rental company located on the beach that offers fishing, boating, and snorkeling, and you can schedule scuba-diving excursions and sunset cruises right at the front desk.
- Bask in the sun on lounge chairs and hammocks on the beach or laze in the outdoor pool.
- Beachy suites feature full kitchens, cable TVs, and island-style decor.
- Seafood specialties such as conch fritters and Key West pink shrimp are served at waterfront restaurants and roadside shacks.
- History of Diving Museum: showcases artifacts and underwater equipment 3 miles from the hotel.
The Florida Keys: Maritime Escape on the Overseas Highway
Islamorada is located in the upper portion of the Florida Keys, southwest of Key Largo. It's a quiet, laid-back place that typifies the Keys lifestyle; many people visit just to bask in the sun. You can also go from snorkeling with dolphins at one marina to kayaking with paddle-wielding manatees at the next. Most restaurants offer beach or patio seating for a nice view of the sunset.
The historic Overseas Highway was once a railroad connecting the Keys; after it was hit by a hurricane in 1935, it became a thoroughfare for motorists to drive right along the water. At Bahia Honda State Park, there's a bridge that commemorates the old railway.
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