The pool at Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada, FL
Cheeca Lodge accommodates both families and couples looking for a quiet getaway. There is a private pool area just for adults next to The Spa at Cheeca. There is also Camp Cheeca for children ages 5 to 12 where they have fun fishing, swimming, playing flashlight tag, and doing fun activities with Cheeca’s staff.
A daily resort fee is automatically charged to your room rate so there are no additional fees when you want to use various resort amenities. The resort fee is as low as $39 and goes higher depending on size of suite. The resort fee includes usage of tennis and tennis equipment, golf and golf clubs, fishing rods (pay extra for bait), kayaks, bicycles, shade cabanas, fitness room, spa classes, DVD movie rentals, wireless Internet connection, daily newspaper, valet parking, and more.
Directions to Cheeca
Cheeca Lodge and Spa is located at 81801 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida 33036.
Phone: 305-664-4651. Reservations: 800-327-2888. Mile Marker 82 (oceanside.)
Insider Tips - Room Rate Discounts:
Discount Room Rates - you can enjoy Cheeca Lodge at a lower room rate during off season which is from the end of June to October. The room rates are typically $100 lower each night during off season.
Traditional Rooms - if you ask for a “traditional” room or suite you’ll get a nicely furnished suite at the lowest rate. You can also ask about special packages or special promotional discounts that are offered from time to time. The suites are available in 2 queen bed suite, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom suites. Some options are ocean view and full kitchen. During off season (end of June through October) the traditional room rates start at $199 and up. During season (November through beginning of June) the traditional room rates start at $299.
Deluxe Rooms - the newly renovated and nicely decorated rooms are about $100 more a night than the traditional rooms. From the end of June through October during off season, the deluxe room rates start at $299. During season of November through beginning of June the deluxe room rates start at $399.
Insider Tip - Favorite Restaurant
The favorite casual restaurant close to Cheeca is Morada Bay on the bayside for fun outdoor eating, live music, and awesome sunsets.
Morada Bay is a great place to take kids for dinner as there is a large beach area with palm tress for the kids to climb.
Snorkeling and Diving
The beautiful coral reefs are a few miles offshore. You can take a snorkeling trip excursion, bring your own boat, or go with a private captain on his boat.
The popular coral reef dive spots closest to Cheeca are Alligator Reef with its 136 foot lighthouse built in 1873, Cheeca Rocks with 12 to 15 feet depths, and Hens and Chickens where you’ll see plenty of corals and sponges.
Insider Tips - Favorite Dive Spot
The favorite snorkeling spot closest to Cheeca is Alligator Reef where the 1873 lighthouse stands. If the water is rough, snorkeling can be a bit strenuous. But if the water is flat, it’s a great snorkeling spot.
Fishing and Boating
The fishing pier and dock at Cheeca Lodge is great for inshore fishing. You can sign out fishing poles for the week at the Water Sports Tiki Hut near the dock. They also sell bait. Nighttime fishing is also fun. Just walk out onto the fishing pier with your pole and bait, and you’ll meet other guests fishing along side you.
Insider Tip - Dock Your Boat
You can dock your boat on the Cheeca Dock on a first come first serve basis. Visitors are expected to dock on the North Side of the dock as the south side is reserved for fishing guides, the Cheeca snorkeling boat, and other Cheeca boats.
Approaching the Dock
To approach the dock line yourself up with the cell tower behind the resort and come straight in. The water can be very shallow - about 2 feet at low tide - so do not attempt to bring in a boat that draws more than a few feet.
You can rent a boat or hire a licensed captain to take you fishing in the backcountry, inshore, or offshore. The captains are expert fishermen and you won’t be disappointed. You can also sign up for a snorkeling or scuba dive excursions that leave Cheeca twice daily to see beautiful live coral reefs and tropical fish and sea turtles. In deeper waters, there are some wreck dives.
Swimming Pools and Salt Water Lagoon
Cheeca has a great family pool right near the ocean’s edge. Right across the path from the swimming pool you can enjoy their salt water lagoon full of marine life while you snorkel or swim.
Set back between the newly renovated suites is a private adult pool surrounded by pool side cabanas where adults can relax reading a book, getting a massage, watching TV, or sipping on a cocktail.
The beach at Cheeca Lodge (facing south), Islamorada, FL
If you need a break from the water, Cheeca’s daily resort fee gives you access to bikes, volleyball court, a 9 hole golf course, and lighted tennis courts that’s included in your resort fee.
Kids Night Out (or Parents Night Out)
For an extra fee, your kids can join Camp Cheeca for ages 5 to 12 to have some fun around the property. Camp Cheeca is available daily from 9am to 1pm or Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.
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