Make the most of your time in Islamorada with our insider's guide to navigating the neighborhood. From lively dive bars to local dive shops, we’ll let you in on our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.
Turn your October into a month-long celebration. There are always...read more
Turn your October into a month-long celebration. There are always tons of exciting events going on in Islamorada, but this month we get a little more festive. Check out some of our favorites, listed below.
Leave your bathing suit and pack your lederhosen, it’s time for Oktoberfest in Islamorada. Brush up on your German, because there will be beer chuggin’, pretzel eatin’, and Oompa singin’. This completely free event is family-friendly and a great way to spend your afternoon.
Calling all nightcrawlers! Join the gang on the third Saturday of this month in your best zombie attire for the 5th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl. There will be a costume contest and tons of “boos” to go around.
Pack your pups so you can raise your cups on the last weekend in October for Barktoberfest! Join Islamorada for a pet-friendly Halloween celebration, and be sure to pick out a clever costume for your furry friends because the best-dressed pet leaves with barking rights and a great prize!
Did you know that the main road that connects the...read more
Did you know that the main road that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland of the United States, Highway US-1, goes all the way from here to Maine? This highway is one of the longest in the entire country, stretching 2,369 miles from the north to the south.
This very long and important road connects most major cities on the East Coast, and makes its final stop right here in the Florida Keys. The "Mile 0" sign in Key West happens to be one of the most photographed highway signs in the whole state of Florida. Although some might say that Fort Kent, Maine, and Key West, Florida are the most important stops on Highway 1, we actually think the only one you have to remember is Mile Marker 85.5 — right here at the Postcard Inn!
Have you stopped by our famous pool bar? Kokomo is...read more
Have you stopped by our famous pool bar? Kokomo is the ultimate hangout spot at the Postcard Inn.
This pool area has some of the most spectacular views of the ocean without getting you all salty from the sea. It’s the best of both worlds. Kick it pool- and beachside with the gang and a Piña Colada in hand. Sway your hips at the pool bar to the sounds of Islamorada, whether it be our cool local bands or great radio jams.
The Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle has been known for our tropical cocktails, local food, and tiki bar-style for decades—it’s what we do best. Grab a float and a floater and meet us at the Kokomo Poolside Bar, we know the Beach Boys would be proud.
Scuba diving is a popular activity around Islamorada and the...read more
Scuba diving is a popular activity around Islamorada and the Postcard Inn. Every July at the Islamorada Dive Center on-site, we like to celebrate all the women who take part in this environmentally important practice. We invite you to participate in Women's Dive Day anually in July. The typical day's events include starting your morning off at the History of Diving Museum to see and celebrate women in diving. Then, cap the afternoon off with a local dive or with Sailfish Scuba to learn even more about environmentally friendly diving practices. July is meant for women exploring the water— so here's to you ladies!
Everyone flocks to the Florida Keys for the hypnotizing water...read more
Everyone flocks to the Florida Keys for the hypnotizing water with a splash of the laid-back lifestyle. There are not many places in the world that replicate the feeling of being in Islamorada.
One of our favorite things to do is take the boat, kayak, or jet ski out to meet everyone at the Islamorada Sandbar for Islamorada’s best ocean parties. The sandbar is located less than a mile offshore from the Postcard Inn and once the crowds start gathering, it can be seen for miles and miles. Hundreds of boats and people become one with this unique geographical phenomenon that is right in our backyard. Lather on the sunscreen, pack up the snacks and booze, blow up the floaties, and hitch a ride to Islamorada’s most popular parties on the sandbar.
The Florida Keys is a sacred destination for locals and...read more
The Florida Keys is a sacred destination for locals and tourists alike. One of the things that makes our sweet home so special is that it inhabits a true island lifestyle.
The Caribbean water makes up much of what we know to be our home, and it wouldn’t be possible to keep our keys connected without an elaborate series of bridges. One of the most iconic structures in the Keys is the 7-Mile Bridge. This particular bridge was built to connect the middle keys, but unlike a traditional overpass, it had to stretch for seven miles without any true anchor but the sea. A fun way to celebrate this incredible feat is by cheering on the runners of the 7 Mile Bridge Run. Each April marks the Annual Bridge Run, which began when the new bridge first opened. It's the only run that is completely surrounded by water from start to finish and it's a great way to spend your Saturday morning in the Florida Keys!
Did someone say lionfish? It seems like this spiky, striped...read more
Did someone say lionfish? It seems like this spiky, striped fish has struck up quite the conversation among those living in the warmer waters of the Caribbean in the past few years.
This particular species has been labeled as an invasive fish that is growing quickly in numbers in our local waters. Who knew that the solution would be to eat them? The lion-fish has become the latest delicacy and apparently has a lot to offer in the taste-buds department.
One of the ways to limit their growth is by literally removing them from the sea and eating them for dinner. A fun way to get involved is by fishing or feasting at this year's Winter Lion Fish Derby. Come try your hand at lionfish farming or just try a piece for a good cause at our annual event with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).
There is nothing better than the Florida Keys in February....read more
There is nothing better than the Florida Keys in February. The weather is just right, the island is bustling with people from all over the world, and there is so much to do! We wanted to give you the inside scoop here first.
Up first on the list is the Big Kahuna Corn Hole Tournament benefitting the Good Health Clinic where you can try your hand at a corn-hole-in-one while raising money for a good cause.
Next up is a little more involved. The Whale Harbor Bridge Run is a very short half-mile run, meant to bring out fun and support the local community. The proceeds that are made during this run go to scholarships for students at Coral Shore High School.
Last but not least, one of our favorite things to do is drink beer, and our second favorite is to support our local brewery. Islamorada Beer Company is celebrating their anniversary each February. Join in all the birthday party fun!
If you’re planning a trip to Islamorada in January, you...read more
If you’re planning a trip to Islamorada in January, you are required to pack your taste buds in your carry-on.
January is already a great month in the Florida Keys because of the delicious weather and clear blue waters, but on top of everything that makes these islands great, it's the Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival that makes it even better. For ten whole days of the month, the Upper Key’s will be “Uncorked” and scattered with delicious bites and booze all over the place. There are over 35 different events taking place starting the second week of January and there is an option for every palate and budget throughout the festival. And the best part is that Grand Tasting will be taking place right here at The Postcard Inn. What a great way to start off the new year!
Be sure to make time for the Annual Islamorada Holiday Fest...read more
Be sure to make time for the Annual Islamorada Holiday Fest to celebrate another great holiday season at Founders Park. There is nothing quite like a lot of snow on a very sandy beach. Bring your kids, bring your family, and bring your friends for this Florida winter celebration. The Parade kickoff and Holiday Gift Bazaar will begin the first weekend in December. Don’t miss out on Santa’s Sweet Shop, with all the delectable goodies that will be offered throughout the entire evening — and if you’re interested in a little healthy competition, be sure to check out the annual Ornament Competition by 50 local artists, all competing for the best ornament design on the island. Holiday Season is here and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate it here in our hometown!
Calling all adrenaline junkies, it's time to get your feet...read more
Calling all adrenaline junkies, it's time to get your feet wet and feel the wind in your hair by hopping on one of the Florida Key’s favorite past times, jet skiing!
A jet ski is like a motorcycle on the water, but instead of streets, you can glide across the open blue ocean. This fun activity is a more affordable way to get your ocean fix than renting a larger boat. You are still able to skip over waves, explore intimate passageways of the mangroves, follow the tide pattern, ride from island to island and race around the Atlantic Ocean all by yourself or with a few close pals. Guided island-hopping tours are available for those who would like to see all parts of the Florida Keys and not just from a hammock. Pick your favorite Waverunner to try out this fun, action-packed ocean activity today.
Every year, the end of July signals that it's Mini Season...read more
Every year, the end of July signals that it's Mini Season around Islamorada. If you’re not familiar with Mini Season, let us explain:
It is the most anticipated two days of the entire lobster season — it just happens to fall a few days before the regular lobster season opens from August to March. These two days are always on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in the month of July, just in time to get your fresh lobster fix. People from all over the country flock to the Florida Key waters to try their hand at lobster catching. Mini Season is typically the most plentiful time to grab your lobsters, as the crustaceans have had a few months of R&R. All you need to participate in this two-day event is a valid recreational saltwater fishing license and lobster permit, your tickle stick, a lobster bag, a few pals and a little bit of butter for the after party!
If you have ever visited the Florida Keys, you would...read more
If you have ever visited the Florida Keys, you would know already that it's a place like no other.
But did you know we act under our own name as the Conch Republic? Yes, it's true — we are just a bunch of conchs! On April 23, 1982, the Conch Republic was established in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade that had been set up on highway U.S.1 between the Florida Keys and the mainland. Local residents and officials of Key West were so astonished that they later marched to Federal court in Miami and declared on television that they would be seceding from the Union. The secession only lasted for one minute before the Mayor surrendered, however, this became the revolution of the ‘conchs’ that now extends throughout the entire Florida Keys. No matter where you are on April 23rd, please help us celebrate our independence with a cocktail in hand and a little Jimmy Buffet on the stereo!
Grab your rods and reels, and wade through the open...read more
Grab your rods and reels, and wade through the open waters, it's time for the Islamorada Fishing Clubs Annual Sailfish Tournament.
The kick-off for this competition is January each year, and the competition will be fierce. Grab your best angling friend and try your hand at some good old catch and release of these giant beauties. Sailfish are the fastest fish in the ocean and mostly enjoy swimming in the colder waters that fall upon the islands in January. They are notorious for their large bills and always put up a tough fight for the person on the other end of the rod; this attribute makes them great competition and a pretty awesome trophy fish. You can put your lines in the water right at 8:00 am, but be sure to have them out by 5:30 pm. Do you think you have what it takes to fight your way to the top?
Take the essence of the Florida Keys back home with...read more
Take the essence of the Florida Keys back home with you any time of year!
Especially when the weather begins to turn up north, it's impossible not to dream about the turquoise waters and breezy afternoons of Islamorada, wishing with every bone in your body that you were sitting at the Postcard Inn’s Tiki Bar. Trust us, we know its tough — but to help you through those tough days, we have compiled a list,—recipes included—of our top three favorite local cocktails that will bring you right back to island time! Try your hand at making the Goombay Smash, Rum Runner and Hurricane — all mixed with rum, all tropical, and all extremely satisfying. These cocktails are sure to warm you up like the South Florida sun, but be sure to sip slowly because a rum punch like this will sneak up on you in all the right places!
Calling all adrenaline junkies — this month is all about...read more
Calling all adrenaline junkies — this month is all about you! Come on over to The Postcard Inn and experience the Annual Islamorada Grand Prix of the Sea, put on by our very own hotel and P1 Aqua X in August.
Let your heart thump while listening to the powerboats race up and down the crystal clear waters of the Florida Keys. This year marks the first ever P1 races, and we feel so honored to be included in this Florida & Pro Series event. P1 Aqua X is proud to bring their world-renowned racing community to our home front — this completely free event is perfect for people of all ages! If you love a good thrill and want to be part of something new to Islamorada, be sure to claim a spot early right outside your hotel door, or stop by our famous tiki bar for a rum runner and burger while you wait for P1 to START THEIR ENGINES!
What's the best way to get out and enjoy the sapphire blue...read more
What's the best way to get out and enjoy the sapphire blue waters of Islamorada? Grab a board and a paddle right here in Holiday Isle. The smooth island seas are perfect for gliding on the surface, perfecting your tan, and getting an up-close sneak peek at the sea life below. Overnight guests can visit us on the beach and we will get you set up with your complimentary paddle board. If you are looking for a bit more adventure we can set you up with our favorite team from Aquaholics for a half-day morning or afternoon expedition exploring the coastal waters. Take your tour to the next level and try a guided evening tour on our glowing paddle boards. The coolest way to unwind and get up close and personal with our most-loved island.
The Florida Keys are known for the spectacular reefs and...read more
The Florida Keys are known for the spectacular reefs and aquatic life underneath the ocean surface. Overnight guests can come talk to a concierge to plan your snorkeling adventure. No matter which reef you choose, you are bound to see a plethora of colorful fish, gorgeous coral, and the occasional sea turtle. A two-hour adventure out on the water will either include Chicken and Hen’s reef or Cheeca Rock Reef, any reef you end up at — even if it is just offshore of the hotel — will be incredible. Snacks, drinks and beer are all available for purchase, to cool off before or after your salty excursion.
The moon is one of the most important elements on –...read more
The moon is one of the most important elements on – or should we say around – the planet.
It brings the tides in and out, it dances daily with the sun and it gives us a bright dewy glow every single month. Therefore we only think it is right to celebrate. When all the sun lovers go away for the evening, the moon worshippers will come out to play — we are celebrating with a Full Moon Party each May! After the summer sun sets, que the full moon for the party to begin. This evening festival will be headlined with live music, delicious food, and crafty cocktails. Take your evening slow and enjoy dinner and drinks in an Adirondack chair by the sea or party the night away with the Junkanoo band dancing in the moonlight. End the evening with a spectacular firework show and be sure to send your salutations to our beloved moon.
Lobster, sunshine and live music — have you ever heard...read more
Lobster, sunshine and live music — have you ever heard three words more important to The Florida Keys?
The second largest event held in the Keys is The Original Marathon Seafood Festival held each March. For more than fourty years running this festival has taken on an identity of its own. The Seafood Festival started as a local event for the fishing community to spend time with their loved ones while enjoying the outcome of their hard work. Slowly it turned into an island sensation and everyone wanted an invite. The Organized Fisherman of Florida still take part in putting on this tasty event and are always sure to give back to the community by sharing part of the proceeds that are gained. Pull up a seat, shuck an oyster and grab a cold one — now this is what The Florida Keys are all about!
Spring may not mean as much in the Florida Keys,...read more
Spring may not mean as much in the Florida Keys, where the weather’s always sunny and warm, but it does mean that it’s time for Islamorada’s fun-packed Annual Island Fest!
Located less than ten minutes from our Islamorada beachfront resort, visitors can enjoy live music from a variety of genres, gourmet cuisine from local restaurants, arts and crafts booth from both local and national artists, and even fun sand castle building competitions. There’s also a classic car show planned with free entry and unique, hand-crafted coconut awards for a range fun and goofy categories like "Keys-y Rider!" Fun for the whole family, Island Fest is a not-to-be-missed event that celebrates everything that makes the Keys and Islamorada such a great place to be! Plan to not miss this annual Spring event in late March or ealy April.
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