Florida Keys Family Frolic at Cheeca

Cheeca Resort and Spa Florida KeysIf you’re interested in a tropical family vacation within the continental US, with easy access from Miami/Fort Lauderdale airport, the luxurious Cheeca Lodge & Spa ( on the quaint island of Islamorada, in the Florida Keys is worth checking out. This beachfront resort has beautifully manicured grounds, villa style rooms with private balconies, with a good blend of amenities that a high-end resort has to offer, as well as facilities and activities that the whole family can enjoy.

You can dine outside on the beach or indoors at one of the three fine restaurants, sit under the shaded cabanas near the heated pool, pamper yourself at the spa, enjoy a game of tennis or squeeze in a nine hole 3-par golf game, work out in the state of the art fitness center, soak up the sun while lying out along the 1,100 foot palm-lined private beach, take a leisurely bike ride around the property or splash in the ocean.

Cheeca has hosted generations of families, Hollywood celebrities, Washington elite, and several United States Presidents over its 60 years. The ambience is casual and intimate, with attentive but never intrusive service. Sprinkled throughout 27 acres of lush gardens winding through shimmering pools and cascading waterfalls, the spacious West-Indies-style rooms, suites, and bungalows offer stunning ocean, island or golf course views. Rooms are beautiful and appointed with every luxury – from fine linens, extravagant marble bathrooms, and screened-in porches to wireless Internet access and sleek plasma screen televisions.

To add to the family friendly aspects of this hotel we love that all the Villa Suites have the option of interconnecting with a 2 queen room and have a fully equipped kitchen, accommodating up to 8 people. Babysitting is available and the resorts kids club, Camp Cheeca provides  loads of fun and supervised entertainment for children 5-12 years. Activities include fishing off the pier; arts and crafts; scavenger hunts; lagoon swimming/snorkeling; group games and beach exploration. The Florida Keys are home to North America’s only living coral barrier reef- the 3rd largest reef in the world. Home to more than 500 species of fish and nearly 50 varieties of living coral. Older kids can experience kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and windsurfing and they have so many places to hang out and explore.

We were recently at Cheeca for a wedding, “sans enfant”, and can’t wait to get back there with the whole family. It’s a gem.