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A Perfect, Laid-Back Vacation

Those in search of “Margaritaville” may possibly find it in Islamorada. The name of this tropical paradise is pronounced “eye-lah-moh-rah-da.” Let it roll off your tongue because that’s how life is there - breezy, casual and laid back. Nicknamed “the Purple Isle” by Spanish explorers, this little piece of paradise is located in the upper keys of Florida and is unhampered by typical, national chain stores. In fact, most businesses - restaurants, shops, hotels, charter fishing establishments, scuba and water sports shops - are individually owned. Some owners are local and some came down to escape the cold and live their lives on an island - not a bad idea.

Islamorada is the perfect place to de-stress. Surrounded by gorgeous, blue-green waters, swaying palm trees and tropical breezes, this is a Caribbean vacation right here in the USA. No need to spend thousands of dollars. Just head south from Miami on the turnpike and Islamorada is about one hour away. Once you arrive in the Keys, life slows down, you’ve escaped reality and 15 minutes south of Key Largo you will find “Margaritaville.”

The perfect resort for lounging in the water, or on a hammock, or in a Jacuzzi, or by the pool - you get the idea - is Chesapeake Beach Resort. The resort has been around for 50 years and offers endless ocean views, white sand beaches, tropical gardens, water sports and fishing charters. Among the swaying palm trees you can watch the tropical, exotic birds frolic around Chesapeake’s private lagoon. This is the perfect setting to have as your base while exploring Islamorada and its laid-back, waterfront restaurants, bars and shops. Deep-sea fishing charters and backwater trips into the Everglades are available. Take in a Keys sunset while you’re there and be sure to take photographs. It’s guaranteed to be a memorable experience.