Sun, sand and sore


ISLAMORADA, Fla. — If you want a relaxing island vacation, head to the Florida Keys, just don't go fishing.

If you hit Islamorada and wet a line, you probably won't get much rest. It is the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, and the people there will get you into a fish fight.

Guides can put you on any kind of saltwater sport fish available in a wide area, from bonefish in the skinny waters of Florida Bay to sailfish along North America's only living coral reef, to the big boys out in the gulf stream just a few miles offshore. You can even cut across Floriday Bay and fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anglers the world over visit the area for the fabulous fishing in the Florida Keys. There are hundreds of charter boats and backcountry guides available to take you out for a fish of a lifetime. Even the confident and experienced can rent a boat.

Islamorada has full service marinas, some where the guide can pick you up from your porch/dock outside your room.

The recent stay kept this budding saltwater angler visiting the hottub of the La Siesta Resort as two huge fish, and numerous little ones, put a strain in the back, shoulders, arms and legs.

Aside from the fishing, places like the La Siesta make it a true island getaway. The resort has appropriately decorated cottages right on the beach next to its dock and rental boats and jet skis, and behind was a palm tree heavy tropical pool, complete with hot tub. Two-bedroom suites overlook the pool and have a view of the Atlantic.

Did I mention hot tub? It sure helped iron out some of the kinks after fighting a 50-pound sailfish, and then a 209-swordfish (That story to come later).

The talk after the trip was on returning forever. I'll always have Islamorada.

For more information on Islamorada, please visit www.fla-keys.com/islamorada.