What to Pack For Your Trip to the Florida Keys

When packing for the Florida Keys, you want to make sure you have the absolute essentials. Flip Flops, a bathing suit, and sunscreen are all the basics required for a trip to paradise. But for the few items you may not remember to grab, we put together a list of what to pack for your trip to the Keys.

A Sense of Adventure

Pack your sense of adventure and take part in thrilling activities including jet skiing, parasailing, sport fishing, scuba diving, and more at Cheeca Lodge. Islamorada is full of action-packed activities to get you out of your comfort zone with new, exciting adventures.

The Urge to Learn

Islamorada has a rich history that goes way back to 1513 when the Spanish first discovered the Florida town. Satisfy your urge to learn about Florida history at numerous Islamorada museums during your visit to the Florida Keys. Stop by the Keys History and Discovery Center and the History of Diving Museum, both located near Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.

An Empty Stomach

No matter what your taste buds crave, Islamorada offers flavorful dishes just waiting to be discovered. Bring your appetite and try authentic coastal cuisine at numerous restaurants across the Florida Keys. Our favorite restaurants in Islamorada include: Atlantic’s Edge, Mia Cucina, and Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant.

The Entire Family

Round up the entire family and travel to the Keys for your next vacation. With activities for both kids and adults alike, everyone is sure to enjoy their time in Florida. Drop the kids off at Camp Cheeca, where they’ll be entertained and educated, so you can enjoy some time to relax and unwind in Islamorada.

Leave Behind: Your Worries

Leave your worries behind when you travel to the Keys. Relax your mind, explore paradise, and enjoy yourself in Florida. Above all, Cheeca Lodge offers a tropical retreat for those looking to escape. Setting the standard for luxury amongst Islamorada hotels, we’re the ideal destination for a worry-free getaway.

Insider’s Guide to Islamorada

Nestled toward the top of the Florida Keys lies Islamorada, a sport-fishing hotspot with a lot to offer in and out of the water. Named “purple isle” by its first inhabitants, Islamorada is undeniably captivating. A narrow spit of land surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with marine life, this key embraces the harmony between man & nature. Let us be your guide to properly embrace the island lifestyle that Islamorada has to offer.

Where to Stay

Setting the standard for luxury amongst Islamorada hotels, Cheeca Lodge offers endless relaxation and embraces the laid-back lifestyle of the surrounding area. With 27 lush tropical acres, Tahitian-style lagoon and waterfall, private 1,100-foot palm-fringed beach, 525-foot classic wooden fishing pier, beachfront Tiki bar, two pools, a 9-hole golf course, and a full line of land-based and watersports, Cheeca Lodge and Spa is the dream destination for your Islamorada vacation.

What to Do

Located in the Sportfishing Capital of the World, Cheeca Lodge is a premier destination for serious anglers. Charter a boat and find over 500 species of fish within minutes from shore. A host of other activities can be found at our Islamorada luxury resort, including snorkeling, sea kayaking, bicycling, and scuba diving.

Where to Eat Known for its upscale dining in a laid-back island setting, Chef Michael’s is a hit among the locals of Islamorada. Try Chef Michael’s delectable hogfish or the signature catch of the day. Looking for a beachfront setting to enjoy your meal? The Morada Beach Café offers light Mediterranean fare featuring an island-inspired menu of seafood and craft cocktails. Or opt for the best sushi and Japanese cuisine that Islamorada has to offer at Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant.  


We hope you packed your selfie stick. It could earn you a free stay at Cheeca.

This summer we launched #SayCheeca, an Instagram contest that encourages guests to share with the world their spectacular photos from the resort. In return, you could win a return two-night stay to build even more memories — and fill up your scrapbook (or at least your iPhone) all over again.

Here’s how it works: Post your favorite photos from your Cheeca getaway on Instagram using the hashtag #SayCheeca. (That’s, like, really important.) Each month, the Cheeca team will post one winner to receive a two-night stay. Yes, that’s it. It’s really that simple.

Want to improve your chances? There’s no hard and fast way to guarantee that your photo will be the best. We’ll simply know our favorite when we see it! But here are a few tips to keep in mind that might help you capture the most eye-catching moment.

  • Choose your filter wisely, young grasshopper. A little Lo-Fi never hurt anybody. But don’t go wild! Filters are great for accentuating the natural beauty of Cheeca and the Florida Keys, but we know we look pretty gorgeous as is. (#wokeuplikedis) Bring out our best side, but don’t turn your photo into a cartoon. That’s just goofy.
  • Show a smile! We know, we know. Sultry beach photos are a hit on Tinder, and capturing your pensive gaze at the crashing waves makes for a fantastic Facebook default. But you’re on vacation — don’t forget to smile! We want to see your pearly whites enjoying our clear blue waters.
  • Think outside the box. We’re not talking about frames. (Those are swell!) Rather, one way to stand out is to capture an aspect of the resort that others haven’t yet shown the world. Our famous dock could make for a great image, but so could something more unique and personal: a tropical cocktail you’re enjoying at the bar, a pair of flips flops placed just-so by the pool, a post-spa selfie that captures the glow of a fabulous facial. It’s your Cheeca experience – no one else’s!
  • Hashtag, you’re it. Of course, the most important hashtag to include is #SayCheeca. But feel free to include some others to show off your Insta-wit. Who knows? Maybe you’ll inadvertently invent the next viral trend. But to do that, you’ll need to get creative — #nofilter allowed.

For the full set of rules and more info on the #SayCheeca contest, head here.