Islamorada is surrounded by bright, warm, inviting waters, so it’s no surprise that any stay here revolves around the sea. Of course, we recommend that you try all the inviting aquatic activities and exciting watersports on offer. Read on to learn about the most popular ways to enjoy those beautiful Gulf waters.
The Florida Reef is one of the largest in the world, averaging four miles across and stretching over 150 miles from end to end. As the only living coral barrier reef in the US, it’s definitely worth exploring, and a scuba-diving session is the best way to do it. Get face to face with colorful marine life and explore enchanting shipwrecks up close.
If you don’t want to bother with all the scuba gear, snorkeling is a great alternative. Keep things light, with just a mask and fins, and enjoy a glimpse into the vibrant underwater world. You’ll still be able to explore the reef and many of its most popular sites.
Hobie Cat Sailing
Hobie Cats are small sailboats that are easy to learn and operate. The design features two plastic hulls with a trampoline-style deck stretched between them, making the boat unsinkable. Unlike a traditional sailboat, there’s no boom, meaning Hobie Cats are also safer for beginners.
Parasailing is an exhilarating — yet perfectly safe — way to take in your scenic surroundings. Enjoy spectacular views from about 500 feet above the water as a boat tows you around the island. You might even catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the surf!
If that sounds like a bit too much adrenaline for you, opt for a soothing sunset cruise. Islamorada is known for its gorgeous sunsets, and trust us — they look even better from the deck of a sailboat. Enjoy being one with the water and not having to worry about a thing, and toast a glass of wine as the sun dips behind the waves.
If you prefer to be in the driving seat, then rent a jet ski and cruise the waves on your own or with a tour group. Feel the sea breeze and the wind in your hair as you race across the water, and get an up-close look at Florida’s wildlife in its natural habitat.
So which exciting water sport or soothing aquatic activity suits your style? If you’re planning a visit to Islamorada, book a stay at Cheeca Lodge, which offers all the above on property. Check out the resort’s activity page for pricing and availability.