If you love fishing and the outdoors in general, a stop at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada will be a highlight of any vacation to the Florida Keys. This amazing Bass Pro Shops emporium is a virtual paradise for outdoors enthusiasts. It contains an outdoor library, reel counter, rod and reel repair, separate saltwater and freshwater fishing departments, marine department, apparel, a Zane Grey lounge and an art gallery.
It’s hard to know where to begin, as everyone in your group could well be drawn to different directions, so put your phones in your pockets before you head inside. Upon entering, the first thing you’ll notice is the amazing size of the place. Two story interiors allow for all sorts of eye-popping surprises, from full size boats to prize-winning gamefish and murals.
Kids will go love it, but frankly, so will Dad, and probably Mom, too. It’s hard to keep your jaw from dropping in World Wide Sportsman, part of the Bass Pro Shops line of stores. An Everglades aquarium is but one wonder awaiting you inside this amazing destination.
Anglers in your group will disappear for hours. The amount of fisherman’s apparel, gear and accessories on hand for them to discover is mind-boggling. And the staff is knowledgeable, particularly about local fish. Whether you’re looking for a new lure, a special rod, polarized glasses, Columbia apparel, or something cool for your boat, you’re going to find it here.
You can even arrive by boat if you choose—there’s a dock right out back. And if you’re shy on marine electronics, that’s not a problem. You can get a new depth finder, a GPS, weather tracker… and not to mention a boat to put it all in, if the moment moves you.
Campers will feel right at home in the section of the store designed to fuel their fantasies. Coleman, Camp Chef, Jetboil and Coghlans products will have nature lovers ready to gear up and go. Fashionistas will love the artfully displayed clothing selection at World Wide Sportsman, where brands include Marquesas, Infinity Angler, Guy Harvey and many other big names.
The Zane Grey art gallery is just as beautiful. Guy Harvey, collected around the world, is represented here. You’ll find sculptures, prints, paintings, decoys—all kinds of beautiful objets d’art for your home.
World Wide Sportsman has gifts for everyone on your list. Watches, wallets, luggage, NASCAR clothing—the list goes on and on. And if your visit lingers to mealtime, head to the Islamorada Fish Company. No one should shop on an empty stomach!
Incidentally, you can feel really good about supporting this company. World Wide Sportsman was designated as a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary on September 22, 1998 and has practiced environmental stewardship for many years.