Giant lobster marks the entrance to Rain Barrel Village in the Florida Keys

The 30-foot-tall, 40-foot-long lobster that greets visitors to Rain Barrel Artisan Village in Islamorada is known as Betsy, according to She’s a replica of a Florida Keys spiny lobster.

The 12-legged crustacean was crafted in the 1980s by an area artist named Richard Blaze, and was a much-photographed icon in another Upper Keys location before relocating to Rain Barrel in 2009.

Rain Barrel Village, located at Mile Marker 86.7, has been a presence in the Keys for three decades. It’s a complex of shops, many of which feature local artists and craftsmen. producing items with a tropical theme. (For sure, there are also made-in-China souvenirs too.)

(Lobster photo by David Blasco)

Find more interesting stops in our handy Florida Keys mile-marker guide.”

This video gives you a glimpse of more shops.