Is­land Es­cape

Keep your sum­mer ad­ven­ture go­ing in the Florida Keys

Coastal Living - - CONTENTS -

The in­domitable heart of Is­lam­orada, Florida

ORIG­I­NALLY SET­TLED BY in­trepid farm­ers, this quar­tet of coral is­lands in Florida’s Up­per Keys piv­oted away from agri­cul­ture and into tourism af­ter Henry Fla­gler com­pleted his Over­seas Rail­road through them in 1912. Step­ping off that rail­road plat­form were fish­ing-keen U.S. Pres­i­dents, writ­ers, and movie stars, who gen­er­ated a buzz around Is­lam­orada as a lux­u­ri­ous sport­ing par­adise. Af­ter dev­as­tat­ing storms— the La­bor Day Hur­ri­cane of 1935 and Hur­ri­cane Irma in 2017—sav­aged Is­lam­orada, its res­i­dents stood fast and re­built. This year, with the postIrma re­open­ing of The Moor­ings Vil­lage and now the his­toric Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Is­lam­orada calls once again with its blue wa­ters and the thrill of the catch.

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