5 Things to Do in Islamorada for a Fun Family Getaway

Islamorada is widely known as the “Sportfishing capital of the world,” but it’s also one of the most family-friendly vacation spots in the country. From one-of-a-kind parks and museums to secluded beaches, it offers something for everyone and embodies the unique, laid-back spirit of the Florida Keys.

Below are five of our favorite local attractions sure to please kids of all ages:

  • At Robbie’s Marina, you can purchase buckets of bait and feed tarpon (be prepared—they’re big!) right from the dock. State park tours or fishing and snorkeling excursions can be booked at this Islamorada institution as well, including trips to Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, accessible only by boat.
  • A trip to Theater of the Sea promises fun for the whole family. One of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world, its lagoons and tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds. Twelve million gallons of ocean water are pumped in daily to supply water to the three-acre natural salt-water lagoons. You can choose from a variety of animal interaction activities, including swimming with dolphins, painting sea lions, or a parrot show.
  • Who doesn’t love a day at the park? Islamorada Founders Park offers forty acres of family-friendly activities with a distinct Florida flavor, including an Olympic-size pool, shallow water beach, water sports rentals, fishing jetty, a new shaded outdoor fitness park, and a new pickleball court.
  • Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a favorite local pastime at the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum, where you’ll view one of the world’s largest collections of historic dive equipment, including dive helmets from 25 countries.
  • Often voted one of the prettiest beaches in the Keys, Anne’s Beach is a relaxing place to while away an afternoon in the sun with a picnic lunch. Lined with mangroves, the beach has picnic tables, bathroom facilities, and best of all, warm, shallow, calm waters all year round that are perfect for young children.

There’s no better place from which to explore all that Islamorada has in store than Cheeca Lodge & Spa—and our new Family Fun Package is yet another reason to come visit! Book this special offer and receive a free Children’s menu entrée with the purchase of an Adult entrée at the same meal, along with buy-one-get-one-free admission to Camp Cheeca, where kids ages 5-12 will learn about the unique natural environment of the Keys while enjoying activities including scavenger hunts and fishing off the resort’s iconic pier. We look forward to welcoming you to our island paradise soon!

Ladies, Take a Look: Your #GirlfriendGetaway Has Arrived

It’s a busy world, and busy women have precious little time to spend with even their closest girlfriends. Maybe that’s why more and more of us are finding opportunities to gather our nearest and dearest on group getaways. From family to colleagues to that old college roommates you love like a sister (even if she did spill wine on your favorite pair of jeans), you deserve to spend some quality time reconnecting and having fun with your favorite ladies.

Which is exactly why we’ve created the Cheeca’s Chicas Girlfriend Getaway, a package specially designed for women who want to hit the Florida Keys with their BFFs. We know that traveling in groups can be tough. (We’ve been to some pretty tragic bachelorette parties. Not cute.) But between our pristine beach, soothing massages at our premiere spa, fabulous dining options and array of exciting watersports, Cheeca offers something for everyone in your squad of favorite females.

(Yes, even her. We know, we know. She’s difficult, but you love her anyway.)

Here’s how it works: Gather your girls and book 3 or more nights in your choice of Golf, Resort, or Lagoon View rooms. You’ll receive a suite of special amenities just for your crew, including a “Survival Kit” stocked with wine and snacks, a private mixology lesson where you’ll learn how to whip up your own fabulous and fruity tropical cocktails, a $200 spa credit, $150 watersports credit — and even Girlfriend Getaway t-shirts that’ll serve as a great souvenir of your group vacay. (Plus they’ll help you spot one another at each morning’s full breakfast buffet on our oceanfront terrace #CantSeeBeforeCaffeine.)

Oh, and for those nights after dinner when you want a good, old-fashioned slumber party? You’ll even have access to a special library of Cheeca’s favorite “Chick Flicks” for your in-room viewing pleasure — because every girl’s-only vacation is better with 100% more Julia Roberts.

So go ahead. Eat. Pray. Love.

Better yet, let’s just hit the beach.

Ready to book? Head here.