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What to Pack For Your Trip to the Florida Keys

When packing for the Florida Keys, you want to make sure you have the absolute essentials. Flip Flops, a bathing suit, and sunscreen are all the basics required for a trip to paradise. But for the few items you may not remember to grab, we put together a list of what to pack for your trip to the Keys.

A Sense of Adventure

Pack your sense of adventure and take part in thrilling activities including jet skiing, parasailing, sport fishing, scuba diving, and more at Cheeca Lodge. Islamorada is full of action-packed activities to get you out of your comfort zone with new, exciting adventures.

The Urge to Learn

Islamorada has a rich history that goes way back to 1513 when the Spanish first discovered the Florida town. Satisfy your urge to learn about Florida history at numerous Islamorada museums during your visit to the Florida Keys. Stop by the Keys History and Discovery Center and the History of Diving Museum, both located near Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.

An Empty Stomach

No matter what your taste buds crave, Islamorada offers flavorful dishes just waiting to be discovered. Bring your appetite and try authentic coastal cuisine at numerous restaurants across the Florida Keys. Our favorite restaurants in Islamorada include: Atlantic’s Edge, Mia Cucina, and Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant.

The Entire Family

Round up the entire family and travel to the Keys for your next vacation. With activities for both kids and adults alike, everyone is sure to enjoy their time in Florida. Drop the kids off at Camp Cheeca, where they’ll be entertained and educated, so you can enjoy some time to relax and unwind in Islamorada.

Leave Behind: Your Worries

Leave your worries behind when you travel to the Keys. Relax your mind, explore paradise, and enjoy yourself in Florida. Above all, Cheeca Lodge offers a tropical retreat for those looking to escape. Setting the standard for luxury amongst Islamorada hotels, we’re the ideal destination for a worry-free getaway.

Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Islamorada

The summer is in full swing, and family vacation season has arrived. If swaying palm trees, warm weather, and turquoise waters sounds like your idea of paradise, look no further than the Florida Keys. Cheeca Lodge and Spa, located in Islamorada, is ready to be your guide, offering a wide range of activities, oceanfront accommodations, luxurious amenities, and more. With so many activities to choose from, you’ll have no problem filling up your itinerary. Check out our favorites below.

Discover a New World

Disappear into the clear blue waters of the Florida Keys while snorkeling off the coast of Islamorada. Cheeca Lodge offers daily snorkeling trips, allowing visitors to take in the beauty of the ocean and discover the second largest living coral reef in the world. Get face to face with Florida’s colorful marine life, such as grouper, snapper, and maybe even a lobster. Our two-hour guided tour includes snorkeling gear, wetsuits, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Test Your Balance on the Water

Soak up the calming atmosphere of being out in the middle of the ocean by going on a paddleboarding excursion. Cheeca Lodge and Spa offers complimentary paddleboard rentals, making this activity even easier to enjoy. Test your balance while navigating through the warm waters off the coast, and glimpse the vibrant sea life below the surface.

Enjoy Maximum Oceanside Relaxation 

Set up camp for the day on Cheeca Lodge’s luxurious 1,100-foot private beach, where you’ll enjoy sun, sand, and warm waters. This is a great spot for the whole family, whether you’re relaxing under the palm trees, cooling off in the water, or playing games on the sand.

Discover Islamorada on Two Wheels

Explore the Keys by taking advantage of the complimentary beach cruiser rentals at Cheeca Lodge and Spa. Cruise around the town of Islamorada and see everything the area has to offer, all without spending a dime! The hotel offers bikes in a range of sizes for both children and adults.

Swim With Dolphins

Interact with friendly sea creatures, discover new worlds, enjoy personal shows, and learn about fascinating marine life at Theater of the Sea, in Islamorada. Swim with dolphins at this Florida Keys facility while learning interesting facts about these gentle creatures. Spend your morning observing the animals at the park, including dolphins, sea lions, parrots, reptiles, and various species of fish. Once you’ve finished exploring the park, relax next to the lagoon on the private beach and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing.

Fourth of July Beach Bash & Fireworks Extravaganza

If you’re headed to the Florida Keys to celebrate the Fourth of July, look no further than Islamorada to host your holiday plans. Located at the southern end of the Upper Keys, this stretch of five islands sums up everything the region is famous for, with colorful reefs, swaying palms, and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Of course, we all know that Independence Day is best celebrated with food, fireworks, friends, and family fun, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here on Fourth of July weekend.

Celebrate the cornerstone of the summer at Cheeca Lodge and Spa, located right in the middle of Upper Matacombe Key. This waterfront oasis puts on a spectacular Fourth of July party that’ll help you honor America’s birthday in style. From 6 to 9 p.m. on July 4th, the inviting property is offering all-you-can-eat food, entertainment, and a special fireworks extravaganza to close out the night. It’s a classic, all-American Fourth of July bash — on a tropical island. Tickets are available online and are open to Cheeca Lodge guests and the public.

This year, celebrate Independence Day island style, with friends, family, and gorgeous ocean views. To make the most out of your Fourth of July weekend, retreat to Cheeca Lodge and Spa to experience casual elegance in our luxury accommodations.

Three Reasons to Bring the Kids to Cheeca Lodge

Grab the kids and head to Florida! Cheeca Lodge is proud to be one of the top family friendly resorts in Islamorada. With an entire on-site camp for kids, our Florida Keys resort is full of fun activities for kids to enjoy

Camp Cheeca is Cheeca Lodge’s on-site kids’ camp, offering daily activities to educate children on the wildlife found in the Florida Keys. Leave the kids with us for a day of arts and crafts, exploration, outdoor activities, and more.

Fishing

The kids will enjoy learning to fish off of Cheeca Lodge’s famous pier. Camp Cheeca provides bait, tackle, and fishing poles for a day of fun along the water.

Environmental Learning

Our knowledgeable counselors create interactive games to teach about the surrounding environment. We explore the beach looking for creatures and discover the importance of protecting our planet.

Sports

From coconut bowling and basketball to pickleball, tennis, and golf lessons, Camp Cheeca offers a bunch of ways for your kids to enjoy their day in Islamorada. If they love to ride bikes, our counselors are happy to go along for a guided ride with them.

Find the full list of Camp Cheeca activities and program details here.

The Best Father’s Day Activities in the Florida Keys

Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, celebrate dad with a relaxing trip to the Florida Keys. Treat him to the best activities the Florida Keys have to offer. Whether you prefer a fishing trip, a round of golf on the coast or a day of scuba diving, Cheeca Lodge offers outdoor activities that every dad is sure to enjoy.

Fishing Trips

Experience the excitement of the sportfishing capital of the world, right here in Islamorada. Fishing excursion options are endless at Cheeca Lodge. From backcountry fishing to open-reef or offshore excursions, each of our experiences makes for a perfect Father’s Day itinerary.

Golf

Perfect your golf game at our Florida Keys golf course. Our 9-hole, par-3 course is situated seaside and provides the ideal backdrop to a relaxing day with dad. Whether you’re a golf veteran or a relative newbie, the Cheeca Lodge golf facilities are enjoyable for golfers of any skill level. Stop by the course and set up your tee time today.

Water Activities

Spend your day with Dad on the water. Choose from a variety of water activities available from Cheeca Lodge’s inviting waterfront setting. Explore the clear waters of the Florida Keys with a snorkel trip, or book a scuba-diving session and discover the fascinating sea creatures below. Rather stay above water? Race jet skis with dad or test your skills at Hobie Cat sailing. Soar to new heights while parasailing behind a speedboat, or end the day with a picturesque sunset cruise and watch the sun disappear below the water.

Celebrate Father’s Week at Cheeca Lodge

We think Dad deserves more than just a day, so we’re dedicating an entire week to our favorite guy this summer. Book your stay with us week of June 10-16 and experience special Dad-approved features and amenities all week!

Best Brunch Spots in Islamorada

A wise person once said, “Brunch without alcohol is just a sad breakfast”. We couldn’t agree more! Toast to the weekend at the best brunch spots in Islamorada. From your favorite breakfast items to refreshing mimosas and beautiful views, Islamorada is full of brunch spots that won’t soon be forgotten.

Marker 88

Offering beachside dining with fresh seafood, Marker 88 is an easy choice for brunch. Choose from classic selections with a coastal twist, like the lobster benedict, seafood omelette, and Hawaiian French toast. Pop some bubbly and enjoy endless mimosas, or try the Southern Bloody Mary for an extra kick!

Hungry Tarpon

Head down to the Hungry Tarpon for Caribbean cuisine in the Florida Keys. Here, brunch is offered every day of the week. Indulge in southern favorites, breakfast burritos, and champagne cocktails.

Chef Michael’s

Known for their dock-to-dish fish specialties, Chef Michael’s is a must-try Florida Keys experience. Conveniently located just around the corner from Cheeca Lodge, this spot’s  brunch offering includes Napoleon French toast, a lobster and asparagus omelet, and sauteed shrimp and grits. Be sure to try the hogfish, which is a local specialty. Pair any dish with a refreshing Island Sangria or a Good Morning Mary, made with TK.

Lorelei’s Restaurant

Have breakfast on the bay at Lorelei’s Restaurant. Their  Sunday School Specials include $3 bloody marys, screwdrivers, and mimosas. With traditional breakfast options and a laid-back local feel, Lorelei’s makes for the perfect way to start your day.

Our Favorite Treatments at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge

Relax and unwind this spring by with therapeutic massages, radiant facials, and other tranquil services at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge. Our Florida Keys spa features opulent amenities including a heated pool with butler service, a wet room with Vichy Shower, a fully-equipped fitness center, and more. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite treatments.

Signature Hot Lava Shell Massage

Discover a whole new level of relaxation with our Signature Hot Lava Shell Massage. Enjoy the warmth provided by tiger clam shells and embrace the invigorating energy flow for deep relaxation. For an even better experience, request this massage outdoors, at one of our oceanfront tiki huts.

Warm Mud Body Treatment

Detoxify the body, mind, and soul with our Warm Mud Body Treatment. Self-healing, mineral-rich mud exfoliates, stimulates the body, and releases toxins. Wrap up the treatment with an application of ultra-hydrating cream to soothe skin and enhance moisture.

Detox Algae Wrap

Rejuvenation is the goal of our signature Detox Algae Wrap. An organic bio-scrub blend of seaweed, pumice, acai, and guarana purifies pores and polishes skin. Following the scrub, the algae wrap detoxifies and hydrates skin for a truly remarkable glow.

Cheeca’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial

Our signature treatment, Cheeca’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial is formulated to minimize the signs of aging and works to prevent future damage. With ultrasonic sound waves, the Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial leaves skin deeply cleansed and hydrated. Custom hydration provides skin with a luxurious glow, leaving you nourished and revitalized.

Enjoy some quality time with mom this Mother’s Day by pampering her with a day at the spa! Discover all of our treatments & services at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge.