Tarpon Feeding in Islamorada, Florida

When I heard about tarpon feeding in Islamorada, I had no idea what it was! What was a tarpon?

Oh yes, it’s that cute, large aggressive fish right here, just watch!

Tarpons are fish that can grow up to 8 feet long and love to eat smaller fish. Friends I had met at a hotel told me I had to go to Robbie’s, especially since visiting Islmorada was part of the plan already! I went, I saw, and I participated. It was all the fun and if you’re going on a road trip, or just want to get away from Miami, take the ride down. It’s only about 1.5 hours south of Miami!

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Robbie’s offers tarpon feeding right of its many docks. The waters are filled with them! You have to be careful and cannot put your hand in the water or they can bite you. They seemed to be all over each other though and focused on getting their fish!

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Entrance is easy, you pay $1 entrance fee and $3 per bucket of fish. One bucket held about 10 fish which was plenty. Hang your hand high to get the tarpons ready and do tease them!

If you’re not really into handling fish (they’re fish, they smell), then hang out at the restaurant bar to watch the others. The cocktails are hand-crafted and it’s an open air establishment. There is also a private beach where you can lounge, kayak, or rent jet skis for additional fees.

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If you want shopping, there are numerous outdoor shops, stands, souvenirs, and art galleries set up in the same area. I saw some of the best island art there and if I ever buy a condo in Florida (I plan to do so), I will need to return to this area for home goods and decors!

Would you feed the tarpon?