Islamorada, Florida, United States of America
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Florida is a year-round destination with balmy winters, but summers can be hot and humid. The best time to visit Florida is between March and May and in December when it is warm and sunny, before the weather begins to get too hot. Hurricanes and other less serious tropical storms can strike Florida any time in the summer up to the end of November, however the risk is greatest between August and October.
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Nestled on over 27 acres on the edge of the ocean, Cheeca Lodge is a gem amidst the Florida Keys. A fantastic choice for both couples and families and just 2 hours from Miami, Cheeca is an ideal spot for either a self drive or one stop vacation to Florida
Cheeca Lodge is hidden away from Highway 1 as you make your way down into the Florida Keys. On the island of Islamorada it is the perfect jumping off point when exploring this beautiful area of Florida or simply as an extended stay to relax and settle into an unhurried beach vacation.
Just arriving at the lodge along the winding driveway starts a relaxing journey into unhurried beach life. The lodge welcome is friendly and warm and encouraging for you to start your vacation now.
Stepping out on to the beach is the first step, with over 1200 feet of private beach front there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the ocean air. There are no natural beaches in the Florida Keys so the white sands are imported. The beach front is an ocean wall with occasional spots to climb in to swim, there is also a 525 feet long jetty which guests can use as a jumping off point to swim or there are two small areas where guests can paddle directly in to the sea from a gently sloping beach. The waters directly in front of the lodge aren’t ideal for snorkeling in so the lodge has a special salt water enclosed snorkeling pool fed directly from the ocean which is safe and a big hit with the children. The family pool is set just behind the beach and snorkeling pool as well.
From the beach there are a wide selection of water sports available as well as plenty of water based tours to keep everyone happy. These can be tailor made to suit your needs.
Back on dry land, the lodge grounds are peppered with tranquillity swimming pools, perfect for an evening dip, the par 3 pitch and putt golf course and plenty of pretty tropical gardens. The Spa offers an array of relaxing treatments and a lap pool to enjoy, there are bicycles for guest use and the Cheeca Lodge offers programs for the children.
Everything about Cheeca Lodge offers a fine 5 star experience. With fine food, fantastic facilities, beach front location and numerous activities on offer you may wish to stay just here for a fantastic vacation experience.
Although set on over 27 acres, Cheeca Lodge only offers 217 rooms and suites in total scattered around the grounds in blocks of suites, in bungalows on the beach or in suites in the main lodge building. The one and two bedroom suites offer fantastic space for families with the added benefit of a kitchen whilst the beachfront bungalows and oceanfront suites are wonderfully romantic for couples.
Cheeca Lodge has 214 guest rooms and suites set throughout the gardens and also along the oceanfront.
Garden accommodations offer one or two bedroom suites with kitchens, lounge and a separate bedroom. Balconies look over the gardens or tranquillity pools.
There are nine beach bungalows offer one beautiful bedroom with balcony and a spiral staircase down to a private garden that spills straight on to the beach.
Rooms in the main lodge offer very spacious accommodation, each having a corner sofa and King bed as well as a huge bathroom with walk in shower. The large balcony contains a circular bathtub with privacy curtains. Half of these rooms overlook the ocean.
All rooms feature TV and DVD player, coffee maker, mini fridge, telephone, safe, cosy bathrobes and complimentary WiFi.
Club Cheeca has its own clubhouse in the grounds and offers a varied program for children aged 5 – 12 years from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and also two evenings per week. The program changes regularly and is eco focused making the most of the natural environment that surrounds the keys. The club opens for a minimum 2 children and must be pre booked the night before at latest. Charge applies.
Babysitting also available on request.
Cheeca Lodge has two restaurants, The Atlantic’s Edge for fresh local seafood and prime steaks is also open for breakfast and lunch each day. Limoncello for Italian fare and Nikai Sushi Bar are open for dinner only. The Tiki Bar is open all day for drinks and snacks. In room dining also available.
Family swimming pool, salt water snorkeling lagoon, Jacuzzis, Cheeca Spa and Fitness center with lap pool (adults only) and classes (additional charge), 1200 ft private beach, boutiques, Par 3 Pitch and Put 9 hole golf course, 6 tennis courts, hobie cat sailboats, kayaks, bicycles, snorkeling, windsurfers, Camp Cheeca.
The following facilities are complimentary: WiFi, valet parking, tennis court times, racquets and balls, golf green fees and equipment, DVD in room movies, sea kayaks, fishing rods, shade cabanas for beach chairs, in room water and coffee, daily newspapers and local phonecalls as well as local transportation within 2 miles of the property.
There are many local activities that can be arranged including environmental tours, family fishing trips, private boat excursions to Cape Sable, scuba diving, flamingo and Everglades National Park, deep sea fishing and back country fishing.
Ben Peters (Staff)
The Cheeca Lodge just celebrated its 75th year and prides itself on a consistent level of high service which has built its repeat and recommended guest loyalty. The reef at the front of hotel is brilliant for diving / snorkeling and Islamorada in general is known for its Watersport activities and exciting fishing adventures. There is also a Jack Nicklaus designed pitch and put 9-hole golf course and a 6 flood lit tennis courts available from sunrise to sunset. Being a 127-mile archipelago, beaches on the keys are very rare. With this in mind Cheeca Lodge has created its own man made beach which is very impressive and works well amongst many palm trees.
Bahia Honda State Park
Although not known for having beaches, the Florida Keys have one hidden little gem. Set at mile marker 37, about 15 minutes from Marathon, is Bahia Honda State Park, an award winning beach and one of the few natural beaches in the Keys.
Fishing in the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are the sport fishing capital of the world. From Key Largo and Islamorada, through to Marathon and into Key West. Florida Keys' fishing is fantastic because the waters surrounding the islands teem with fish for 12 months of the year!
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Islamorada, Florida, United States of America
Located on Islamorada in the Northern Keys of Florida