Boating in Islamorada
Marinas pop up every mile or so in the Islamorada area, so finding a rental or tour is no problem. Robbie's Marina is a prime example of a salty spot where you can find it all—from fishing charters and kayaking rentals to lunch and tarpon feeding.
Bump & Jump. You can rent both fishing and deck boats here (from 15 to 29 feet) by the day or the the week. There's free local delivery those those without trailers. MM 81.2 OS, 81197 Overseas Hwy., Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/664–9404 or 877/453–9463. www.keysboatrental.com. Rentals from $145 per day.
Houseboat Vacations of the Florida Keys. See the islands from the comfort of your own boat (captain's cap optional). The company maintains a fleet of 44- to 55-foot boats that accommodate up to 10 people and come outfitted with everything you need besides food. (You may provision yourself at a nearby grocery store.) There's a three-day minimum; weekly rates are available. Kayaks and paddleboards suitable for bayside use are also available. MM 85.9 BS, 85944 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/664–4009. www.baysidetikiboats.com. From $1,150.
Nauti-Limo. Captain Joe Fox has converted the design of a 1983 pink Caddy stretch limo into a less-than-luxurious but certainly curious watercraft. The seaworthy hybrid—complete with wheels—can sail with the top down if you're in the mood. Only in the Keys! One-hour and longer tours are available. Lorelei Restaurant & Yacht Club, MM 82 BS, 96 Madeira Rd., Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/942–3793. www.nautilimo.com. From $60.
Robbie's Boat Rentals & Charters. This full-service company will even give you a crash course on how not to crash your boat. The rental fleet includes an 18-foot skiff with a 90-horsepower outboard to a 21-foot deck boat with a 130-horsepower engine. Robbie's also rents snorkeling gear (there's good snorkeling nearby) and sells bait, drinks and snacks. Want to hire a guide who knows the local waters and where the fish lurk? Robbie's offers offshore-fishing trips, patch-reef trips, and party-boat fishing. Backcountry flats trips are a specialty. MM 77.5 BS, 77522 Overseas Hwy., Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/664–9814 or 877/664–8498. www.robbies.com. From $185 per day.
Treasure Harbor Marine. The Anderson family will provide everything you need for a bareboat sailing vacation at sea. They also give excellent advice on where to find the best anchorages, snorkeling spots, or lobstering sites. Vessels range from a 23.5-foot Hunter to a 41-foot Morgan Out Island. Boats can be rented by the day or week. Marina facilities include water, electric, ice machine, laundry, picnic tables, and restrooms with showers. Transient and longterm dockage available. A store sells snacks, beverages, and sundries. MM 86.5 OS, 200 Treasure Harbor Dr., Plantation Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/852–2458 or 800/352–2628. www.treasureharbor.com. From $160 per day.
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