Vacation Wellness: Four Ways to Exercise Without Realizing It

Traveling isn’t just fun — it can be good for you, too. Getting away from it all is a great way to clear your mind and improve mental well-being. Believe it or not, travel can also be good for your physical health. Especially if you enjoy outdoor activities, you can get a great workout without even realizing it. Check out our top picks for vacation activities so fun, you won’t even realize you’re exercising.

Kayaking

If you’re coming to the Florida Keys — or any other beautiful destination with perfect weather and turquoise waters — then kayaking is an invigorating way to enjoy your surroundings. See marine life in its natural habitat, take in the sea breeze, and get a great workout while you’re at it. There’s something particularly soothing about paddling out far from shore and becoming one with the sea.

Swimming

If you enjoy being close to the water, why not just jump right in? Swimming is a great way to cool off, have fun, and stay fit. It’s also considered one of the best workouts, activating almost every muscle in your body. If you’re in Islamorada, head to Theater of the Sea, where you can swim with dolphins — how’s that for a unique workout?

Biking

Biking is known to be a great workout, but it’s also a great way to get around — making it the perfect vacation activity. Especially if you’re visiting a beautiful destination, you can take in the views as you enjoy the fresh air. You’ll also see more because you’ll be covering more ground.

Tennis

Finally, if you’re looking for a really good workout while on your travels, we recommend a round or two of tennis. Many hotels and resorts offer tennis facilities (Cheeca Lodge, for one), and it’s a great way to strengthen your heart, legs, arms, and core. And if you go somewhere tropical, you’ll get fresh air, sun, and some good exercise.

You can enjoy all these outdoor activities and more at Cheeca Lodge, in beautiful Islamorada. So what are you waiting for? Your mind and body will thank you. Visit our Wellness & Fitness page to learn more.

Our Favorite Islamorada Watersports & Aquatic Activities

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.

Scuba Diving

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.

Snorkeling

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

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!

Sunset Cruise

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.

Jet Skiing

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.

Four Must-Try Summer Activities in Key West

Summertime in the Florida Keys is perfect for a relaxing getaway, with beaches to lounge on and marine life to discover. However, there’s a lot more to Key West than just scuba diving and suntanning. From the island’s fascinating history to its quirky culture, no trip would be complete without experiencing everything this picturesque destination has to offer. Read on to learn about four of our favorite activities in Key West.

Fort Zachary Taylor

Built in 1898, Fort Zachary Taylor is one of Key West’s most impressive historical sites. And thanks to its location, next to one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, you’ll probably find yourself in the area during your stay. Tour the fort to learn about its role in the US Civil War and to see the country’s largest collection of Civil War cannons.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

One look at the tropical paradise of Key West, and it’s easy to see how Ernest Hemingway fell in love with the island. One of America’s most celebrated authors, Hemingway lived here with his wife for over ten years. Tour his exquisite colonial-style home, built in 1851, and admire the spectacular collection of furniture, art, and antiques, all carefully restored and preserved.

Duval Street and Mallory Square

When you’ve had enough history, it’s time to experience Key West’s vibrant contemporary culture. All the action is centered around Duval Street, where you’ll find lively bars, fun souvenir shops, and lovely restaurants. Enjoy an afternoon stroll along the thoroughfare, and time your walk to reach Mallory Square by sunset. Each night brings the Key West Sunset Celebration, with performers, artists, and food vendors creating a festive, party atmosphere.

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

For animal lovers, there’s more to see here than just the marine life. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a glass-enclosed sanctuary that houses over 50 butterfly species and over 20 exotic bird species. Admire these colorful creatures and find out more about them in the learning center.

If the sun, sand, and sea weren’t enough to tempt you, these can’t-miss activities might just convince you to choose Key West for your summer getaway. If you do, a stay at Cheeca Lodge will put you in prime position to enjoy the best of the island. Browse our latest offers and discover Key West for yourself.