Sumptuous Accommodations with Private Views of Purple Isle
Since it debuted in the 1940s as the Olney Inn, Cheeca Lodge & Spa has played host to presidents, performers, athletes, and other luminaries. The opulent resort occupies 27 acres on Florida’s Upper Matecumbe Key and has a nine-hole golf course and a private beach dotted with cabanas and palm trees. Each room or suite has a private balcony with a view of the ocean, lagoon, or resort.
Whether you're on a family vacation or a couples getaway, the resort offers a wide variety of activities to choose from. You can cast a fishing line off of Cheeca's 525-foot pier or take a snorkeling trip or sunset cruise. There's a tucked-away spa where you can enjoy relaxing treatments, and the kids can try their hand at arts and crafts and scavenger hunts at Camp Cheeca.
The Florida Keys: Maritime Escape on the Overseas Highway
Islamorada is located in the upper portion of the Florida Keys, southwest of Key Largo. It's a quiet, laid-back place that exemplifies the Keys lifestyle; many people visit just to bask in the sun. You can also go from snorkeling with dolphins at one marina to kayaking with paddle-wielding manatees at the next. Most restaurants offer beach or patio seating for a nice view of the sunset.
The historic Overseas Highway was once a railroad connecting the Keys; after it was hit by a hurricane in 1935, it became a thoroughfare for motorists to drive right along the water. At Bahia Honda State Park, there's a bridge that commemorates the old railway.