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.

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.

The Return of a Cheeca Legend: Bruce Graham, Head of Bell Staff

Cheeca Lodge & Spa is proud to be one of the best resorts in the Florida Keys, offering unparalleled luxury experiences that keep our guests returning to Islamorada each year. In addition to premium amenities, we believe it’s the familiar faces of our dedicated team that make Cheeca beloved by generation after generation.

Recently, we sat down with our returning Head of Bell Staff, Bruce Graham, who has been part of the Cheeca family for over a decade. Read on to learn about how Bruce started his career in hospitality, his favorite part of working at Cheeca, and more.

How long have you been at Cheeca?

Eleven years. This was actually my first hospitality job—I was previously senior customer service agent for Fedex in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  

What made you return after the hurricane and your move to Chicago?

After Hurricane Irma I moved to Chicago to be near family, but the love for my Cheeca team and guests brought me home to Cheeca.

What inspired you to pursue a career in this industry?  

When I moved to South Florida from Montego Bay, Jamaica, I wanted to use my customer service background, and hospitality seemed like a great fit. Cheeca was actually presented to me by a staffing agency and I first arrived on an H2B visa. Once I obtained my US citizenship, it was a natural next step to become a permanent team member at Cheeca.

Can you explain your day-to-day responsibilities at Cheeca?  

Upon my return from Chicago, I was able to step back into the Bell Captain role. My day-to-day role entails overseeing the bell staff. My team is responsible for greeting all arriving guests and creating a first impression. During our guests’ stay, my team and I strive to provide a memorable experience which includes not only assisting with vehicles and luggage on check-in and checkout, but making recommendations and providing transportation to different area restaurants and attractions, and most importantly striking up conversations and making sure our guests are having a great time during their stay.

What kind of experience do you hope to craft for your guests, and what makes it stand out from what they experience at other resorts?

At Cheeca, we provide a luxury product, but our service is genuine and heartfelt, not stuffy. We recognize our guests by their names—this makes them feel special and welcome. Returning guests feel like they are coming home. You don’t get the same feeling at other resorts in the Keys or elsewhere.

What is your favorite part of working at Cheeca?

My favorite part of working at Cheeca is the one-on-one interaction with my guests. I have developed many friendships with returning guests over the years, have learned their personal stories, have seen their children grow—and they have gotten to know my story as well. It’s very rewarding to me.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?

Reading, swimming, and visiting my home and loved ones in Jamaica.

Get to know Bruce and the other members of our team when you stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. Book today!