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“Great day trip!”

Indian Key State Historic Site
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Eco-Adventure and Snorkel Cruise
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We rented Kayaks from the Kayak Shack from Robbies Marina and It was a 30 minute self-guided tour. The island is very nice and great snorkeling off the back side. We saw a stingray and lobster! Definitely a must do when you are down there!

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

What a gem! We rented double kayaks from Robbie's Kayak shop and rowed over the channel to this island. We felt like we had the island to ourselves. Brought a cooler with sandwiches and drinks and ate at the large covered pavilion by the dock. It was perfect! I would recommend doing that. There is a spot to put some donation money in. Historic plaques everywhere about life there back in the day. You can hike the island in about 40 min. Well groomed paths. The is an observation tower with a great view. We were told where to go snorkeling- walk out the back side along the rocks and it was amazing. Very rocky to get in- make sure your kids have water shoes on. It didn't bother ours because they did. My husband and I went in the water with our flip flops so we didn't cut our feet. Once in- it's great. Maybe 3-4' deep for a ways out then about 7-9'. Saw some great fish, some coral in spots. We were so glad we did the trip. With eating and snorkeling, was about 3 hours round trip. Caught some wind against us on the ride back which was exhausting, but still well worth the trip!

2  Thank CWjupiter
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We rented a kayak in Islamorada at the Kayak Shack and paddled to Indian Key. Check my review of the Kayak Shack for more information on the rental.

This was easily the best place we visited in the Keys. The snorkeling was quite good. We saw some smaller tropical fish and a small nurse shark. Another couple showed up while we were there, but for the most part it felt like we had the island to ourselves. You can see US 1 off in the distance but the sound of the traffic doesn't carry to the island. The "beach" where you get in the water is little more than a bench and an opening in the mangroves.

Walking around the island feels a bit like being in a ghost town. Interesting to read the signs pointing out where various buildings were located. According to one of the signs, John James Audubon spent time at the hotel on Indian Key during his travels. Didn't see a lot of bird life on the island, but there were hundreds of Great Southern White butterflies flitting about. The observation tower gives a good overview of the surroundings.

Cannot recommend this trip highly enough for outdoors/nature-types and people looking to get away from it all. When I think of the Keys, this is the place I'll be thinking of from now on.

1  Thank Feisty_Coral
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Honestly, this place is totally NOT worth the detour, the mosquitos and the heat. I can think about 10 better things to do in Islamorada

1  Thank miamifrog
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Most people have no idea of the amazing history of this little island less then a mile from the bridge they drive over. Now a historic State Park, the island is accessible only by boat, kayak or ferry from Robbie's Marina. Purchased by John Houseman in 1831 after he was thrown out of Key West for unscrupulous wrecking practices (!) he created a thriving wrecking business on the island & built his own small empire to include a hotel, warehouse, store and homes for the 40-50 men, women & children. In 1840, a band of 100 Indians attacked the island, killing several people. The park service has cleared the original town "streets", built an observation tower and cleared the gravestone of John Houseman, but only cisterns and rock outlines of dwellings remain.

5  Thank Savvytravelertoo
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