Islamorada SandbarThe Florida Keys
The Islamorada sandbar is one of the most famous sandbars in the country and is constantly busy with boaters year-round.
The Islamorada sandbar is located on the northern, ocean side of Whaler Harbor Channel in the town of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. It’s easily accessible from both the bayside or Oceanside and is an amazingly busy place throughout almost every weekend of the year.
The appeal of the sandbar is the clear, warm water, the white sandy bottom and a party-like atmosphere all wrapped-up in a tropical location. It’s also appealing because of the easy access for both gulf side and ocean side boaters. It’s also popular with tourists because they can easily reach the sandbar using rental boats or shuttles.
The conditions are normally calm and the currents aren’t usually bad however, the tide can cause trouble for those who don’t pay attention. In my opinion, this is the perfect place for the boater who wants to party and mingle with others. It’s a super-fun place to visit but with the loud music coming from every boat it’s not the place to take a nap and kick back.
Most of the boats try to anchor with the bow facing the channel and use both a bow and stern anchor (or powerpole). As the day goes on more and more boaters arrive and tend to fill in the gaps. As the sandbar get crowded it’s easy to be boxed in if you’re not thinking ahead. It also is why you want to use both anchors to keep the boat from swinging with the tide or wind. In addition, it’s best to anchor just off the shallowest part of the sandbar. That way when the tide goes out your boat is still floating in plenty of water. A few years ago, so many boats found themselves high and dry
Clean, Hard-Packed Sand
BEST SPOT TO ANCHOR/BEACH:
Along the Northern Side of the Channel
Sometimes (Depending on Tide)
Calm but Can Have Wind Chop
Wahoo’s Bar & Grill, Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar, Islamorada Fish Company
NEARBY VACATION HOMES WITH BOAT DOCKS:
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