The drive from Miami to Islamorada clocks in at just around 90 minutes, making Cheeca Lodge & Spa an ideal destination for a quick and easy weekend road trip. However, we do recommend taking your time: While the luxury accommodations at Cheeca are bound to be the highlight of your trip, there are plenty of unique sights to see along the way.
If roadside attractions pique your interest, be sure to check out the mysterious Coral Castle. Built by Edward Leedskalnin from 1923 to 1951, this unusual structure was sculpted from more than 1,000 tons of sedimentary rock. Sure, it’s not really a castle, and it’s not really made of coral, but it’s still an impressive accomplishment by Leedskalnin.
Location: 28655 S Dixie Highway, Homestead, FL 33033
Fruit and Spice Park
This kid-friendly botanical garden and park features over 500 varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Founded by Mary Heinlein and funded in part by Preston B. Bird, this park offers guided tours every day at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. As a visitor, you’re welcome to taste the fallen fruit along the way—as long as you can identify it.
Location: 24801 SW 187th Ave, Homestead, FL 33031
Knaus Berry Farm
Open seasonally November through mid-April, Knaus Berry Farm is a great spot to pick up a snack during your drive. Unsurprisingly, the berries are a hot item; however, this classic farm stand and homestyle bakery also offers a tempting selection of baked goods, ice cream, and other tasty treats.
Location: 15980 SW 248th Street, Homestead, FL 33031
John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park
Located in Key Largo, this Florida State Park and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary include approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. Guided snorkeling and scuba tours are available, or you can discover the depths while taking a ride on a high-speed, glass-bottom catamaran.
Location: 102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen
This local favorite in Key Largo is the perfect place to fill up on an expansive selection of classic American and fresh seafood dishes, including cheeseburgers, fried oysters, and more. Plus, if Knaus Berry Farm wasn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, Mrs. Mac’s Famous Key Lime Pie ought to do the trick.
Location: 99336 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
In 2002, the USS Spiegel Grove Thomaston-class dock landing ship was intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef, six miles off the coast of Key Largo. Divers from around the world travel to this underwater destination for a unique experience—there’s something new to see every time at this massive, 510-foot-long shipwreck.
Location: Near Key Largo, FL
Ready for your road trip? Book your stay at Cheeca and discover these and other Florida Keys attractions before you arrive.