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Explore the Rich History of the Florida Keys at Islamorada

Published August 3rd, 2021
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Islamorada, located between Miami and Key West, is known as the Village of Islands which is made up of 6 different keys. You will find local restaurants, fishing spots, and beaches in this family-friendly vacation community. If you crave sunshine and beautiful sunsets, Islamorada is a place to be. It got its name from Spanish explorers who called it a “purple island” upon seeing the color of the sky at sunset.

Once you fly into Miami International Airport, your adventure begins just 90 minutes away. Guests can choose from a door-to-door shuttle service or a rental car. Upon arrival to Islamorada, you will be greeted at a 12-home resort-style community named The Maison Residences. The community includes a private pool, beach, hot tub, and dock for easy access to boating and water sports.

Why we added a home in Islamorada to the Equity Platinum Fund portfolio

Our East Coast investors were asking for more South Florida residences. We felt that Islamorada, a family – friendly resort community located only 90 minutes away from Miami International Airport, met our investor expectations for a luxurious and relaxing location.

The projected cap rate on this residence is 11.7%, and the development was profiled in the Robb Report in 2020. A big part of the allure is its solid construction and windows that can withstand Florida’s hurricane season.

Things to Do in Islamorada

There are plenty of areas for entertaining in the home or around the private community, such as the tiki hut and BBQ stations. Bring swimsuits because our home is just steps away from the beach and the pool.

If you want to explore the islands, we recommend taking a day trip to the local marina and then ending the day dining on the water. For world-class sport fishing, visit Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina. Once you board a boat from there, you can stop at any of the seaside restaurants and enjoy the sunset while dining.

Try Sundowners for fresh seafood and steak. This entertaining restaurant and tiki bar is also a great choice for a fun date night with live music!

Nature lovers will feel right at home in this corner of Florida. The Indian Key Historic State Park is a perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. Accessible only by kayak or boat, it’s a place to peacefully snorkel, view corrals, and learn about local ecosystems that need protection and restoration.

History of Diving Museum is another great spot to explore, especially those who are interested in the history of diving and Florida’s role in it.

If you are up for a 2-hour drive, we recommend visiting the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Located in Key West, FL, this museum attracts visitors from all over the world. Visit the home, the gardens, and meet the famous polydactyl (six-toed) cats who live on the property.

Child-friendly Activities and Entertainment

Islamorada has so many family-friendly parks and recreational activities for families with children. A must-see in the area is the Theater of The Sea where you can see a variety of aquatic life such as dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and much more!

Take a tour, relax at the beach, or swim with the dolphins.

Families can also enjoy time at the Founders Park community center where there are beaches and a pool for swim lessons.

If you are planning a longer stay, you can also get access to Summer Camp activities, so that you can enjoy some time to relax as well. Check out their event calendar and schedule online for more information.

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