Islamorada, Florida: Not Hemingway's Boat

It sure looks like a boat that belonged to the author of "The Old Man And The Sea," and that's just the way its exhibitors want it.
81576 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, FL
South of the giant lobster. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Overseas Hwy.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Not Hemingway's Boat

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Not Hemingway's Boat

Look for a beautified metal two story former boat warehouse on the west side of Rt. 1 in Key Largo. It's now a high priced retail sporting goods store, along with a restaurant and bar. The interior of the place is dominated by a large gloriously restored wooden fishing boat reeking of Hemingway ambience. The deck has Hemingway's sitting place where he landed "the big ones". An old manual typewriter down below shows where Hemingway sat while he wrote.

Except it's not Hemingway's boat. The fine print says that, as best they can figure it out, it sort of looks like Hemingway's boat and may have been built in the same town and around the time his boat was built.

While you're inside, go to the southeast corner of the ground floor of the building and enjoy the large salt water aquarium.

[K. Ward, 10/14/2000]

Dec. 2004 - Tracy corrects that "Not Hemingway's Boat" is Not in Key Largo. It's in Islamorada.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Wrong Way Hurricane MonumentWrong Way Hurricane Monument, Islamorada, FL - < 1 mi.
Theater of the SeaTheater of the Sea, Islamorada, FL - 3 mi.
Robbie's Tarpon FeedRobbie's Tarpon Feed, Islamorada, FL - 4 mi.
In the region:
World's Largest Queen Angel Fish, Marathon, FL - 31 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the US and Canada are our special obsession. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

March 31, 2015

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Florida Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Wentworth Museum: Petrified Cat, Pensacola, Florida (Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Islamorada, Florida

Nightly rates found:

Book Online Now