Islamorada, FL

Getting to Islamorada:


Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Located between Miami and Key West and what we would consider the best place in Islamorada.  While the prices per night are fairly high, you can find some off season deals.  We tend to think this is worth everything the Lodge & Spa has to offer.  The location is great.  You are walking distance to the little local grocery across Overseas Highway, which we frequent.  You are also in walking distance to one of our favorite restaurants, Chef Michael’s. You are quick driving distance to other area restaurants and attractions.  Depending on traffic, you are give or take 2 hours from Key West.  Secondly, the resort’s West Indies feel has always attracted us.  We love the well decorate, tropical, yet cozy suites, and depending on your budget you can get ocean front rooms.  You are are short walk to the main lobby, regardless.  Lastly, you don’t have to leave!  There’s the spa, water sports, pool, beach lounging, and some really great food.  We frequent Nikai sushi bar for dinners!  Other activities include a 9 hole golf course, bikes for rent, and yoga on the beach.  We ALWAYS cannot wait to get back to this lovely spot!


Bad Boy Burrito

This is fresh and easy, and conveniently located behind the little convenience store across the street from Cheeca.  Fresh ingredients make for a great lunch!  I grabbed some guacomole to go for snacking in our room.

Chef Michael’s

A nicer, yet still casual spot in walking distance from Cheeca Lodge.  This restaurants is in a little house.  The staff is wonderful and food is great.  We don’t really try new things here, because we fell in love with the fresh fish (usually Monk) served with pontchartrain sauce.  Save room for carrot cake!  It’s worth every bite.

Island Fish Company

Fried cheesecake.  I have no other words!


Located at Cheeca Lodge.  We love the sushi bar here.  The chef will try to create some of our requests.  We’ll go a few times while we are in Islmaroada.

Ziggy & Mad Dog’s

More of a steakhouse feel.  This will be one of your nicer meals!



Sunset Watching


Dry Tortugas National Park