The Cheeca Guide to a Kid-Friendly Florida Keys Vacation

School’s out in Florida, meaning it’s officially time to start enjoying the summer as a family. If you haven’t yet made plans for the season, we recommend planning a fun and kid-friendly Florida Keys vacation at Cheeca.

Spacious Accommodations

The spacious rooms and suites at Cheeca are perfect for a family vacation. Featuring classic West Indies style decor, these accommodations offer a quintessential island experience. Kids and adults alike can relax, unwind, and take advantage of an abundance of luxurious in-room amenities.

Family-Friendly Dining

With a variety of on-site dining concepts, there’s truly something for everyone at Cheeca. Delight in the tropically-inspired cuisine at our flagship restaurant, Atlantic’s Edge; transport your family to Naples, Italy at Mia Cucina; sample sushi in an oceanfront setting at the new Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant; or keep it casual at our welcoming Tiki Bar.

Camp Cheeca

As one of the more unique resort offerings in the Florida Keys, Camp Cheeca features entertaining and educational programming. Available Monday through Saturday, in full or half-day sessions, the camp includes a number of activities for ages 5-12. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, lagoon swimming, beach exploration, and much more.

On-Site Activities for All Ages

In addition to Camp Cheeca, there are a number of on-site activities that appeal to all ages, like saltwater fishing, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard. Meanwhile, our full-service watersports facility offers snorkel trips, parasailing, guided jet ski tours, and more. Rentals and lessons are available daily.

Book your stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa today and treat your family to an unforgettable, kid-friendly Florida Keys vacation.

Live the Legend: The Evolution of Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Since reopening on March 30, 2018, Cheeca Lodge & Spa has been busy welcoming guests to our renovated resort—and it feels great to be back! Since 1946, we’ve been committed to providing the best tropical retreat in Islamorada. Now, with the last remnants of the hurricane cleared away and our vibrant island community once again thriving, we believe the best Cheeca experiences are yet to come.

We’re excited to share a few recent images of our recently reimagined property, from our inviting lobby to our famous 525-foot pier:

Guests entering the redesigned lobby.

Made in the shade: Our impeccably manicured grounds.

There’s plenty of room by the pool!

The Cheeca pier, illuminated at sundown.

Naturally, our stunning views remain the same.

Of course, there are plenty of changes that can’t be easily captured in a photograph, including several new on-site services and amenities. From updated water sports offerings to refreshed meetings and event space—plus an upcoming oceanfront pool planned for later this year—there’s so much to be discovered at our Islamorada resort.

The best way to experience Cheeca is by booking a stay in our luxury accommodations. We hope to welcome you to the Florida Keys soon!

Earth Day (and Every Day) at Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Earth Day always inspires us to reflect on our own environmental efforts at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. We believe travelers are more interested than ever in planning eco-friendly vacations and seeking out businesses that support sustainable tourism. In fact, according to a recent article by the South Florida Reporter, responsible tourism is on the rise and will continue to be a top travel trend for 2018.

At Cheeca, we are dedicated to becoming the most eco-friendly resort in the Florida Keys. Our property is located in one of the most pristine and environmentally sensitive regions in the world—hence its perennial appeal as a top travel destination. As a steward of our environment, we have launched a number of programs to promote green travel and minimize our carbon footprint:

  • Cardboard: Cheeca recycles 100% of its cardboard, which has reduced garbage disposal costs. According to our recycling company, Cheeca produces and recycles the most cardboard in Islamorada.
  • Glass: Cheeca also recycles its glass.
  • Water: Cheeca’s wastewater treatment plant recycles 31,000 gallons of water each day through a water reuse plant. This grey water is used for irrigation of the gardens and golf course. When the new lodge was built, water cisterns were added under the lodge to collect rain water from the main lodge tower roof and the air-conditioning drain lines. This water is pumped into the irrigation lake.
  • Scrap Materials. Scrap metal, wood pallets, golf cart and car batteries are recycled. Fluorescent light bulbs, small batteries, old paint and chemicals are taken to the Monroe County Landfill for recycling.
  • Cheeca Lodge does not allow jet-skis and other thrill craft in the waters surrounding the resort. They destroy sea grasses and endanger marine life. They are also a source of noise pollution.
  • Cards in rooms encourage guests to save water and detergent by giving them the option of how often they would like their sheets changed and their towels replaced.
  • Our Camp Cheeca Environmental Awareness Program for children ages 5-12 teaches campers about the fragile Florida Keys environment with a wide variety of entertaining and engaging activities.
  • A sign at the end of the resort’s trademark fishing pier encourages “catch and release” fishing, discourages discarding fishing line and garbage into the water, explains proper fishing etiquette, and offers instructions on who to call if an injured bird or other sea life is spotted.
  • Cheeca uses biodegradable and low-phosphate cleaning products whenever possible.
  • Our restaurants limit the use of disposable items like Styrofoam cups and plastic utensils whenever possible.
  • Cheeca Lodge supports numerous local, regional and national environmental conservation groups like the Turtle Hospital and the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, among others.
  • The resort dims and limits the use of outside lights on the beach during turtle nesting season.
  • Cheeca is changing all lighting throughout the property to LED which consumes up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs.

We strive for sustainability every day, and we encourage our guests to enjoy a green travel experience with minimal impact on the surrounding island landscape. This ensures that generations of future travelers can continue to discover our piece of paradise for years to come.

Book your stay today at one of the most eco-friendly resorts in the Florida Keys.

Plan the Perfect Florida Keys Vacation

Discover a tropical paradise without ever leaving the United States: The islands of the Florida Keys are all situated within easy reach of the mainland. Home to some of the most picturesque beach towns in the world, the Keys offer a truly unique vacationing experience that rivals the Caribbean. Spanning a stretch of around 115 miles and connected by a series of impressive bridges, this vast archipelago is best explored via car over the course of several days.

After a brief period of rebuilding, the Keys are now officially up and running with all remnants of last year’s hurricane cleared away. There has never been a better time to immerse yourself in the breezy beach town mindset of these island communities. Use this guide for inspiration while you plan your visit.

First Stop: Key Largo

The most well-known of the northern Keys is Key Largo. Found just about an hour and a half outside of Miami, Key Largo is known for housing North America’s only barrier reef, which happens to be one of the largest in the world. Explore the breathtaking reef during your stay in Key Largo while snorkeling or scuba diving at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Animal lovers will delight in the variety of marine life found in the reef.

Second Stop: Islamorada

Next on your journey down the Keys should be Islamorada. Found in the middle Keys, Islamorada offers a one-of-a-kind island experience enveloped in a distinct island vibe. From relaxing on the amazing and secluded beaches, feeding massive tarpons at Robbie’s Marina, or sampling the best local brews at the Florida Keys Brewing Co., there is something for adventure-seekers of all kinds.

With so much to do in Islamorada, you’re guaranteed to want to stay more than just one night. For a relaxing home in the Keys, Cheeca offers casually elegant accommodations and calming amenities right along the water. End the day watching an unforgettable sunset in Morada Bay, less than 10 minutes walking from Cheeca. For more information, or to book a stay at Cheeca, visit or call (866) 853-9338.


Next Up: Marathon

Continue your Florida Keys road trip, making sure to stop in Marathon Key. About an hour from Islamorada, Marathon offers its own special take on life in the Keys. One of the top attractions in Marathon is the famed Turtle Hospital, sure to be a heartwarming stop on your journey through the Keys. Marathon also offers visitors countless beaches to relax and explore, including the historic Pigeon Key.

Last Stop: Key West

After making it across the Seven Mile Bridge—the longest bridge in the Keys—you aren’t far from the farthest and final Key: Key West. Outdoor adventure, great eats, and beachside relaxation await visitors of Key West. Scuba dive 100 feet below the ocean’s surface while you explore the Vanderberg Shipwreck, the second largest in the world, or dine at a local classic, Banana Café, known for their sweet and savory crepes.

Whether you plan to visit for a couple days or want to explore the islands for a week or more, we recommend hopping in your car—or flying into MIA and picking up a rental—to uncover the best of the Keys.


Plan a Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaway

The official start of summer isn’t until June 21—but we all know the season really ramps up on Memorial Day. Observed on May 28, 2018, this federal holiday first and foremost honors the sacrifice of our fallen servicemen and women. It also caps off three days packed with celebration, relaxation, and ideally, lots of sunshine. If you’ve yet to make plans, don’t worry: Cheeca Lodge & Spa is the perfect choice for a last-minute Memorial Day getaway in the Keys.

Cheeca features an abundance of on-site services and amenities that make it easy for everyone to enjoy quintessential summer fun. From snorkeling and fishing to parasailing and guided Jet Ski tours, there are plenty of aquatic activities in store at our full-service watersports facility. Group tours, private excursions, equipment rentals, and lessons are available on a daily basis. We also offer land-based sporting facilities, including six tennis courts and a renewed 9-hole, par-3 golf course.

While we love staying active at Cheeca, we also recommend taking time to unwind and soak up our beautiful island surroundings. Welcome the season while lounging alongside one of our two heated swimming pools or the saltwater lagoon; elevate your holiday experience with a cabana reservation. Our robust wellness and fitness offerings are another way to indulge your senses over the three-day weekend. Wake up with an enlightening sunrise yoga session, or treat yourself to a Detox Algae Wrap at the spa.

Of course, the best part of a Memorial Day getaway at Cheeca is our luxury accommodations. At the end of the day, you can sink into the comfort of our spacious rooms and suites, which are equipped with premium amenities and feature a soothing island-inspired atmosphere. There’s really no better way embrace the unofficial start to summer than with Cheeca—check availability and plan your escape today.

The Legend is Back: Cheeca Lodge & Spa to Reopen on March 30, 2018

Mark your calendars: It’s almost time to Live the Legend. Cheeca Lodge & Spa is set to reopen on March 30, 2018, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back to our iconic—and completely renovated—Florida Keys resort. Months of hard work by General Manager Bob LaCasse and the entire Cheeca team have resulted in a completely reimagined experience, albeit one that delivers the same thoughtful service that generations of visitors have grown to love.

Our resort has come a long way since September:

The upcoming March reopening will reveal a number of exciting property renovations, from a lobby redesign to refreshed meeting and event spaces. Guests are encouraged to check out our new bistro dining concept, Mia Cucina; renewed Jack Niklaus-designed golf course; upgraded water sports and fitness offerings; and more. In addition to our many facility enhancements, we’ll also be introducing new services and amenities that can be enjoyed throughout the resort.

Alongside these changes, and perhaps one of the more symbolic representations of our #KeysStrong spirit, our beloved 525-foot wooden fishing pier (the longest in the Florida Keys) will be completely rebuilt.

Feeling inspired? Fortunately, you can still book our limited-time reopening offer through March 7. This exclusive deal includes up to 20% off your stay in Islamorada, plus a credit to help you enjoy everything our updated resort has in store!

Whether you are a loyal guest or plan to visit Cheeca for the first time, we invite you to experience the best of the Florida Keys at our legendary resort.

Cheeca Lodge Donates to Guides Trust Foundation

Fish the 2017 Hurricane Cup and Help our Florida Keys Guides

Hurricane Irma significantly impacted the entire Florida Keys. Our island community has proven to be the resilient, and we are grateful for all of the help and support we have received from so many.

Cheeca’s 6th Annual All-American Backcountry Fishing Tournament was cancelled this year due to Irma. Typically held over Veterans Day weekend, the tournament was set to host two war heroes, with proceeds benefitting the Guides Trust Foundation (GTF), a locally-based nonprofit supporting Florida Keys fishing guides in need. Since the tournament cancellation further affected local fishing guides, Cheeca and its owners, Northwood investors, are donating $10,000 to the Guides Trust Foundation to help Florida Keys guides and their families who were most impacted by Hurricane Irma.

We are excited to report that several tournament sponsors have also pledged to donate to the GTF. More information on the GTF, including the ability to make your own donation to help Florida Keys guides in need, can be found at We encourage people to give whatever they can. Another way to show your support is to fish the 2017 Hurricane Cup on October 28 from 7am-3pm. All proceeds from this tournament will go to the GTF. See the tournament Facebook page more details.

We look forward to continuing the rebuilding process. It has been remarkable to see the island spirit at work, and we know we will come back stronger than ever thanks to the kindness of others.