The Keys a la Board Sports



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Go Kiteboarding through the Florida Keys, a great sport that even beginners can learn. Surfers and water lovers are guaranteed to have fun. Local guides and services are provided from Kiteboarding rental shops from Islamorada and Key West, these two regions are where the sport is growing the most.
If the wind's low, take a long & wide board to go paddlesurfing through the natural mangroves.

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Author: Julie


Day 1 - Islamorada


Holiday Isle is the heartbeat of Islamorada, and fast-paced fun. Down the road find Whale Harbor Marina, where Seven Sports has their course set up to tackle the winds. Take lessons, or flaunt your stuff, but a day out on the sandbar kiting cannot be beat. Whale Harbor is the site of the annual Kiteboarding Invitational held in March, around spring break. Tonight, grab a down-under steak and enjoy a few drinks out back of the Outback under the tiki.


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Holiday Isle Resort

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Location:

84001 Overseas Hwy
U.S. 1 at MM 84
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 2711
fax: 305/664-2703
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Outback Steakhouse

Location:

80000 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: ( 305 ) 664 3344
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Tiki Bar

Location:

Mile Marker 84
Islamorada, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: 305 664 2321
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Day 2 - Islamorada


When the winds are too much (or simply nonexistent) for kiteboarding, standup paddling is a perfect stand-in sport for fun and a core physical workout. It's possible to use the board for surfing, traversing on a "downwinder" (riding the board backed by tradewinds to cover long distances), as a fishing or diving platform, or just quietly enjoying secluded eco-tours through the backcountry flats in an environmentally friendly way. Seven Sports or Otherside Boardsports in Islamorada can each hook you up.


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The Hungry Tarpon

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Location:

77522 Overseas Highway
Lower Matecumbe
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 0535
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Day 3 - Key West


If you're kiting with Kitehouse (they rock), owner and pro kiteboarder Paul Menta has partnered with British-trained chef Charlie Wilson to open Help Yourself Foods in Key West, presenting a veritable smorgasbord of healthy foods. The restaurant opened in October to rave reviews and features an ever-evolving menu. Check it out!


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The Wicker Guest House

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Location:

913 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

fax: 305-294-7240
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Green Parrot Bar

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Location:

601 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: 305 294 6133
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Mallory Square

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Location:

300 Duval St
(at Front St)
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 305 296 4557
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Day 4 - Key West, Big Pine Key


Today, feel the winds at your back and the sun on your face. Sandspur is another of Key West's sandy gems, and later grab a happy hour at Schooner Wharf for high octane fun, and late night frozen deal-ios at Fat Tuesday's - Shark Bites are a-list.


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Schooner Wharf Bar

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Location:

202 William Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 305 292 3302
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Fat Tuesday

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Location:

305 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: 305 296 9373
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Sandspur Beach

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Location:

36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Contact:

tel: 305-872-2353
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Day 5 - Key West


Only if the winds don't cooperate, do you want to abandon kiteboarding today ... here are some alternatives that are sure to please sand, sun and surf-seekers.


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Smathers Beach

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Location:

West end of S Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040


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Mosquito Coast Outfitters

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Location:

310 Duval Street
Mile Marker 4.2
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 305 294 7178
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Turtle Kraals Waterfront Restaurant and Bar

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Location:

231 Margaret Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: 305 294 2640
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Sloppy Joe's

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Location:

201 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: 305 294 5717
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