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Hurricane Monument

The memories of those lost to the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane live on at this moving tribute and burial site along the Overseas Highway.

Visit the Hurricane Monument to pay your respects to the hundreds of people who lost their lives during one of the most ferocious hurricanes to reach U.S. soil. In the heart of Islamorada stands the 65-foot (19.8-meter)-tall stone keystone monument, a moving tribute to the more than 400 victims of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. Learn their stories in the plaza behind the monument or simply sit and reflect at the site of their burial.

As you approach mile marker 82 of the highway, you’ll see the structure, made from local limestone known as keystone, rising in the distance. Stop to admire the scenes of bending palm trees and enormous waves inscribed on its side. Take a seat on one of the benches nearby to gaze across the water that rose 17 feet (5.2 meters) above the shoreline on that day.

A crypt next to the monument contains the ashes of many unknown victims of the natural disaster. Most of those buried here were aboard the Florida Overseas Railroad train that was swept off the tracks during an evacuation attempt.

Explore the plaza behind the monument to find the story plaques within it. Each tells the story of the hurricane from a different perspective. With each plaque, you begin to understand more about the force of nature, the actions of the Florida Keys community and the brave efforts of those who attempted to save lives. Stop by one of the cafés and restaurants on the plaza for a cold drink and some lunch. A number of retail outlets can also be found in the area.

The Hurricane Monument is located on the Overseas Highway and can be reached on foot or by car. There is some parking just off the highway that is free of charge. The Hurricane Monument can be visited daily, free of charge.


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Cheeca Lodge & Spa £154
Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Marker 82, Islamorada, FL
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Hurricane Monument and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Theater of the Sea. Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and History of Diving Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Islander Resort £143
    Islander Resort

    Islander Resort

    82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hurricane Monument and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Theater of the Sea. Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Amara Cay Resort £176
      Amara Cay Resort

      Amara Cay Resort

      80001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bud n' Mary's Dive Center, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and Hurricane Monument. History of Diving Museum is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

        Sunset Inn £80
        Sunset Inn

        Sunset Inn

        82200 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Islamorada, this inn is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from History of Diving Museum and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Theater of the Sea. Hurricane Monument and Bud n' Mary's Dive Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Hadley House Islamorada £102
          Hadley House Islamorada

          Hadley House Islamorada

          82749 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from History of Diving Museum and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Theater of the Sea. Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Pines & Palms Resort £90
            Pines & Palms Resort

            Pines & Palms Resort

            80401 Old Hwy, Islamorada, FL
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and Hurricane Monument. Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and History of Diving Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Bayside Townhomes and Boatslips £206
              Bayside Townhomes and Boatslips

              Bayside Townhomes and Boatslips

              81450 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Islamorada, this beach condo is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hurricane Monument and within 3 miles (5 km) of Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and History of Diving Museum. Theater of the Sea and Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                The Moorings Village
                The Moorings Village

                The Moorings Village

                123 Beach Rd, Islamorada, FL
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Islamorada, this beachfront villa is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hurricane Monument, Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and History of Diving Museum. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park and Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).