La Jolla Resort – Islamorada, Florida

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A one-size-fits-all resort in the heart of Islamorada, catering to families, groups of fishermen or single travellers looking for an island retreat. With its colourful exterior, free bikes and kayaks, 20 various units and proximity to Islamorada’s key sights, La Jolla is an institution round these parts. Spectacular sunsets almost guaranteed from the Florida Bay-facing dock.




The fishing

They don’t call Islamorada the sportfishing capital of the world for nothing – from its three marinas (Bud n Mary’s, Whale Harbor and Holiday Isle) you’ll have access to roughly 100 offshore sportfishing charters, covering deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic for species such as sailfish, marlin, dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, yellowtail, tuna, grouper and many more.

Of course, Islamorada is equally famous for its backcountry and flats fishing. Bonefish sport is strong year-round (the waters here are home to some of the world’s largest specimens), with tarpon particularly abundant during the spring/summer migration.

Deeper in the backcountry, about a 45-minute run from La Jolla, is Flamingo, the headquarters for Everglades National Park. The waters surrounding Flamingo represent some of the most productive fishing grounds in Florida, and if you’re looking for the archetypal redfish/snook hunt in the backcountry, this is the place to do it.

You’re also likely to see crocodiles, alligators, porpoises, sharks, tarpon, permit, jewfish, drum, barracuda, jack crevalle, ladyfish, bald eagles, osprey, white pelicans, flamingos, rosette spoonbills, osprey and white, gray and blue herons, just to name a few.

Lodging & facilities

Like the Florida Keys, La Jolla Resort is relaxed, informal and welcoming. It’s the perfect base for exploring the Keys, with guests enjoying free use of bikes and kayaks. The central location on the Bay-side of the Florida Keys puts you just steps from Islamorada’s fishing, shopping and eating.

The resort has 20 units in total, all with full kitchens and internet access, and there’s a private pool on site.


Low season
Units with two double beds available from $99 per night
Units sleeping 7 available from $179 per night

High season
Units with two double beds available from $169 per night
Units sleeping 7 available from $259 per night

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