The tarpon are hungry at Robbie's in the Florida Keys

Hold still while this fish doesn't eat your hand

Just off U.S. Highway 1 at the north tip of Lower Matecumbe Key in Islamorada is a little gem called Robbie's.

This popular tourist pit stop has fishing, snorkeling, shopping and dining options, but the main attraction is feeding the tarpon.

A dollar gets you to the dock, and $3 gets you a bucket of fish to feed the giant fish, which can weigh more than 100 pounds and often linger around the docks all day waiting to be fed by generous visitors.

All you have to do is hold one of the baitfish a couple of feet above the water, and the tarpon will do the rest, jumping up to grab the snack out of your hand.

The Hungry Tarpon, an on-site restaurant and bar, serves up bar food and fresh seafood. It will even cook up your fresh catch of the day.

A variety of shops and booths are also on property.

To expand your experience, rent a kayak at Robbie's and kayak the mangrove trail, a novice-level kayak trail where you can see a different side of the Florida Keys, along with some manatees and other wildlife.

If you go:

Robbie's of Islamorada

77522 Overseas Highway, Islamorada

305-664-8070

robbies.com

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