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The fishing pier at Cheeca Lodge

The fishing pier at Cheeca Lodge

© Charlyn Keating Chisholm

What's Special About Cheeca Lodge:


Opened in 1946 and known for years as a luxurious fishing retreat, Cheeca Lodge also has plenty to appeal to families, spa lovers and recreation seekers. The lodge, located on Islamorada ("The fishing capital of the world"), is still popular with sportsmen, including regular guests George Bush and Jack Nicklaus. Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the resort is the wooden pier that stretches from the resort's sandy beach 525 feet into the Atlantic. Besides offering a spot for catch-and-release fishing, it's also a romantic walk with a postcard-perfect view of the Lodge and pool area.

Revisiting Cheeca Lodge:

A little over five years ago, I stopped in at Cheeca Lodge & Spa on my way down to Key West. I was charmed on that brief visit by the quiet, laid-back atmosphere of Islamorada that drew serious fishermen and vacation-seeking families alike. I returned this summer, this time to linger for a few days and bring my family along. We discovered quite a bit more than fishing at the resort...read more

Guest Rooms at Cheeca Lodge:


199 guest rooms and suites in British Colonial style. The main lodge offers ocean and resort view rooms, some with balconies. My resort view room had a view of the roof and the a/c; if a view is important to you, upgrade. Beachfront bungalows, popular with honeymooners, have screened-in porches and spiral staircases down to a small private beach patio. Resort view rooms and suites in outlying buildings, some condo-style with kitchens, are popular with families. Rooms have flat screen TVs, wireless Internet, coffeemakers, and radio/CD players. Daily resort fee is $39.
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Dining at Cheeca Lodge:


Dining options at Cheeca Lodge include the upscale, oceanview Atlantic's Edge, open seasonally; it offers fine dining with freshly caught local seafood. The Ocean Terrace Grill is indoor/outdoor dining overlooking the pool and ocean. Curt Gowdy Lounge also overlooks the beach for casual dining. You can also order food by the pool.

Activities at Cheeca Lodge:


27 landscaped acres with 1,100 feet of private white-sand beach, six tennis courts, a pitch-and-putt golf course, and water sports equipment (windsurfers, Hobie cats and kayaks). Three swimming pools include a salt water pool stocked with local varieties of fish. Four outdoor whirlpools are located on the grounds. The on-site dive center has instruction, gear rental, and day and night trips leaving from the pier. Guided full- and half-day back country and deep sea fishing expeditions are available.

Spa at Cheeca Lodge:


The 5,000 square foot spa offers massages, facials and exercise equipment. In the spa, Francine gave me just about the best facial I've ever had, complete with paraffin treatments for my hands and feet. Treatments can also be given in the poolside cabanas or alongsid.e the beach. Wellness classes including mat Pilates, stretching, toning, water aerobics and yoga are complimentary. The spa's lap pool is for adults only, and you can order lunch poolside.

Kid-Friendly Cheeca Lodge:


Camp Cheeca, a supervised children's program, is designed for ages 5-12. Kids participate in arts and crafts in an air conditioned clubhouse with an outdoor playground, fish off the pier, and snorkel in the saltwater pool. Camp Cheeca is offered Tuesday through Saturday all year. The program, which runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, costs $40 and includes lunch. Firday and Saturday nights are Kids' Night Out with pizza and a movie.

Meeting Space at Cheeca Lodge:


Cheeca Lodge has 4,200 square feet of meeting space designed for up to 200 people. Options include a oceanfront boardroom which seats twelve.

Contact Cheeca Lodge:


Located in the Florida Keys, about an hour and a half drive from Miami International Airport. Compare Flights
81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, Florida Keys 33036
Phone: (305) 664-4651, (800) 327-2888
Web site: Cheeca Lodge and Spa
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