So you and your entourage aren’t quite the summertime jet-setters you fancied yourselves over craft beers and hand crafted cocktails this spring. That’s okay. Because just an hour and a half south of Miami is a place so resplendent that even your friends in the Hamptons, Vineyards, Capes, and assorted sceney summer standbys would be jealous. That place, Morada Bay in Islamorada, happens to also host one of the best full moon parties you’ll experience in this particular orbit. After you sort out whether you’ll hire a driver, hail a taxi, or book a beachy keen cottage at Morada Bay’s stunning sister property, The Moorings Village, take your well-heeled pals to the sand and snag a table, an Adirondack chair, or a bar stool for a moonlit evening to remember.
Start with a round of cocktails and some shareable snacks including zesty shishito peppers or Bluepoint oysters. Before long, the infectious rhythm of the live reggae band smack in the middle of Islamorada’s most magnificent beach will get into your bones. Dance like nobody’s watching–even though they totally are, and taking video–as the moon slowly rises into the star-filled sky. It’s the perfect way to get loose and relaxed before checking out the DJ scene in the Beach Cafe and across the sand in the stately yet casual Green Flash Lounge at Pierre’s.
Wherever you wind up, keep your eyes peeled for unusual occurrences. Because this is a full moon party, you’ll encounter distractions such as fire dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers–you know, a virtual sandy circus whose big top are the stars and that monstrous moon. All that plus Brazilian Capoeira dancers, a Bahamian Junkanoo parade, fireworks, bonfires, and, yeah, a stylish, laid-back crowd to match. No need to ask why this scene is straight out of a Fellini flick, just look up and there’s your answer.
The next party will be held August 8. For details, check the schedule.