You can have a great time on the way down, just pick a few spots to stop and enjoy the local show. One of the picks is down at the tail end of Islamorada. It is on the right as you cross over the Lower Matecumbe Bridge (mile marker 79). Robbie's is such a fun place to visit, a marina, but has lots of other things going on like Kayaking. We like to feed the tarpon, you pay a dollar for that. Oh, and they have a neat little restaurant that you can sit outside called the Hungry Tarpon. That is good for seafood and they have cheap budwieser beer. We like Waterfront Restaurants for Seafood.