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The Ultimate Florida Beach Road Trip

The beach at the Boca Grande Resort.

Photo: Paul Costello

Day Four: Miami Beach to Islamorada (80 miles)

Welcome to the easy, breezy Florida Keys—no shoes required.

Breakfast: David’s Café II
Order a café con leche from the walk-up window. Ccoffee for two $4.

Lunch: Shiver’s BBQ
Roadside pit stop specializing in ribs smoked over hickory wood and slathered with house-made sauce. 28001 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead; 305/248-2272; lunch for two $25.

Do: Holiday Isle Resort
Get out on the water by chartering a sportfishing excursion or renting a boat at this tiki-festooned marina. 84001 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada; 305/664-2321; two-hour boat rentals from $165.

Shop: Shell Shack
Candy and Mike Baker have been selling shells and curios for 40-plus years. 83005 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada; 305/664-9467.

See: History of Diving Museum
Passionately curated, with displays of vintage artifacts and underwater equipment. 82990 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada; 305/664-9737.

Stay: Casa Morada
Petite, well-styled boutique hotel with simple, whitewashed interiors. Doubles from $299.

Dinner: Lorelei Cabana Bar
Join the fishing guides for a bowl of conch chowder. 81924 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada; 305/664-2692; dinner for two $20.

Angler alert: more world-record fish have been caught in Islamorada than anywhere else on earth.

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