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Sunset Reef house is a gorgeous house and property located in one of the most beautiful areas of Islamorada and is now available as a wedding venue. Here is some additional information:Read More
The Castaway House in Islamorada is one of our favorite venues for events here in the upper keys. The property is well suited for both a large and small event. It has a huge beachfront overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean with a white sandy walk-in beach, which as you may or may not know is a rare thing down here. It also has plenty of space for parking in the front and a shaded area on the beach for the ceremony. The house on the property is a super cute honeymoon cottage, that not only looks like a boat but actually is a boat! This property has a long history here in Islamorada making it a historic wedding venue. Here is a little bit about how this boat house came to be, a story told to me by Lisa Bradeen who is involved with the Islamorada Historical Society.
Clara Maw Downey first bought the boat and put it on her property of The Olney Inn. It then blew onto Preston Street during Hurricane Donna and Jim Gilmore (who had purchased the property already) dragged it on rollers to where it is today and used it as a winter house for his Family. Mr. Gilmore was from Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the owner of Gilmore/Foyt Racing Team, as in AJ Foyt, Indy Winner 3 times and owned Clear Channel stations and was big in the broadcasting industry. The Gilmore Family still owns the property today.
Mr. Gilmore was involved with the original World Wide Sportsman with George Hommell & The Green Turtle Inn. Doris Hommell was the caretaker of the property for many years. She bought the house that Joe & Debbie live in for $1.00 from Mr. Gilmore and turned it into a Flower/Nursery shop which was very successful in the 80's. I worked with Doris for 5 years during that time. It was a glorious time decorating all the homes & restaurants in Islamorada.
President Truman and his wife with their friend & guest, Edward R Morrow vacationed there in the late 50's. President Truman fished with Bucky Stark then. Mrs. Truman did not fish.
The property is for sale as of present for 5 million.
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We always keep an ear to the ground to keep up with the buzz in the Islamorada wedding industry. A new Islamorada wedding venue has popped up! Always exciting to find an amazing new venue! This property is unique in many ways and has some great benefits for holding an event. The La Jolla Resort located in the heart of the Islamorada Village has opened its doors to booking weddings for the coming season and for seasons to come. The Owners Cottage is located on the gorgeous property located just next door which has a huge bayfront perfect for holding your wedding or event with your toes in the sand. The resort next door has a total of 22 rooms wich can accommodate all of your guests and everyone can walk next door for the reception. Creating a personalized atmosphere for you and all of your guests since everyone can stay right on property. The owners cottage is cosy and has an amazing sunset view! It comes equipt with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and two full baths and tastefully decorated in Tommy Bahama decor. It has the use of the pool next door at the resort and dock space available. It is also walking distance from most Islamorada attractions. Check out these photos:
For more information on booking this property please contact us at Caribbean Catering or speak to one of the friendly staff members at La Jolla Resort.
Always with an ear to the ground, we have discovered an amazing new Florida Keys wedding venue. This gated, 2.5 acre property boasts a beautiful sandy beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Which means, Sunsets!!! We love a sunset wedding and there are much fewer properties available on the bayside with a sunset view, making this a gem. The property is also nestled in beautiful palm tree and hardwood hammocks dotted with bougainvillea.
The estate has three residences on the property. The best part is that you can choose to rent out just one or all three. They are flexible and have a lot of different options available. From one day or one night rentals to three day or weekly rentals. Which is a huge benefit for a lot of our out of town brides who would prefer to not rent for a full week as many other rental properties require.
The property also has parking for up to 75 vehicles, which is a huge bonus many venues have the space for a large event but no parking to match.
A property representative is available 24/7 during your stay.
The option of booking a massage, yoga and even a Wedding Etiquette course during your stay is also a nice amenity.
For more information about this venue please visit their website or contact us at Caribbean Catering.
There are so many great wedding venues available in the Florida Keys. This week I would like to spotlight a couple of our favorite venues in the Upper Keys. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing an appropriate venue for your wedding. Before we get to our Spotlight Local Wedding Venues here are some things to consider when choosing a venue: 1. Your Wedding Style: Do you dream in tuxedos and ballgowns? Then choose a venue that will reflect this style it will save you money in the long run since you won't have to spend as much in transforming the space to suit you needs.
2. Size appropriate for you anticipated guest list: Expecting 300 people? Then be sure to check with your venue on their maximum capacity.
3. Ease of accessibility: When having a destination wedding you will want to take into consideration the proximity and availability of accommodations and goods and services for your guests.
One of our favorite locations here in the upper keys is Ocean Pointe Suites. It has 60 acres of property tucked away on the Oceanside in Tavernier. It is in close proximity to shopping and restaurants and boasts 170 spacious suites. This means that in most cases all of your guests will be able to stay on property. The pool will be one big family reunion! There is also a bar and restaurant on-site and boat dockage available.
The property also has a beautiful sandy beach perfect for a ceremony or even for the reception itself. There is also a covered space near the beach where many of the receptions are catered following a beach ceremony. The property has an affordable site fee and you get a lot for your money.
1. Covered space: A commodity down here for a beach wedding. Short of springing for a tent you won't find this anywhere else.
2. Fans: This space has built in ceiling fans, so clutch on a hot day down here.
3. Lighting: Lighting is also built into this space so another way to save.
4. Tables & Chairs: Depending on how many guests you have they can accommodate dinner seating for up to 40 people.
5. They take care of the bar: For a reasonable price your full bar service is covered. No guessing if you will run out of booze or hauling it all with you.
With all of these great points for this local venue, there is still more. It has an absolutely lovely view and the staff is friendly, accommodating and a pleasure to work with.
Here are some images from recent events at Ocean Pointe Suites.
For more information about Ocean Pointe Suites contact us at Caribbean Catering 305.664.0004 or Adrian at Ocean Pointe 305 440 2365.
This new Wedding venue has popped up on our radar and it is a great spot for an outdoor keys wedding. The property is located in Key Largo making it a bit easier of a journey from the airport for guests who may be traveling from out of town. It is waterfront and very spacious. The property itself has been in the same family for 6 generations and it one of the oldest examples of 1920's Florida Keys architecture. The homes on the property are full of character and hold vintage surprised around every corner. Here is the low down on the property's history.
This unique property is an unforgettable slice of 1920's Key Largo. Because of its size and location, Historic Shadow Point is very popular for weddings, family gatherings, and other special events. They have catered to guests from all over the world, and many come back year after year. The vintage Cottages are situated on a secluded, shady peninsula surrounded by water on three sides, with clear views of mangrove islands and abundant wildlife. Built in the 1900s by a sailing ship's captain, each house represents early Keys architecture from the pioneering times of Florida. The property was acquired by the same family who still owns it to this day. They have worked very hard over the generations to keep the houses as original as possible. The homes are decorated with pieces reflecting the years of being connected to the local waters. Their ancestor, Marvin D. Adams, is responsible for constructing the canal that bisects Key Largo. Known as The Cut to locals, The Marvin D. Adams Waterway allows boaters to travel conveniently from the Atlantic Ocean side to the Gulf of Mexico in minutes. The structures on the property are likely the oldest original residential homes still intact and in use on all of Key Largo.
Guests who rent Historic Shadow Point will enjoy many extras, including the use of paddle boards, kayaks, floating tubes, life jackets and snorkel equipment located on-site. Shadow Point has a private sandy beach for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and launching kayaks into the beautiful waters of Largo Sound. Also available for use are a gas barbeque grill and equipment. There are several shady spots to have evening dinners outside or fun picnics under the Gumbo Limbos. There are two fully stocked kitchens, one in each house. There is even a full laundry facility in the Cottage.
Please visit Historic Shadow Point's Website for more detailed information on the property and booking. Watch this space, the team at Caribbean Catering is always sniffing out new venues!