Where to Stay in Islamorada Florida
Looking to stay in a hotel in Islamorada Florida? Then you’re in the right place because in today’s blog post I will share where we stayed, plus a list of the best hotels you can stay at while visiting Islamorada – one of six villages of The Florida Keys.
What is Islamorada known for?
Islamorada is a beautiful destination in Florida that is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. You will find peaceful scenic views, amazing food, coral reefs, and an easygoing atmosphere in a tropical setting.
Why Visit Islamorada, Florida?
Staying in Islamorada is always a good idea! For us, January, February and March are the best months to escape New York’s snow, and enjoy Florida’s sandy beaches.
We drove down to Florida to spend time with my family during the holidays, as well as for sunshine, palm trees and bliss. My husband had never been to the Florida Keys, so we thought it’d be the perfect time to visit because of its proximity to Miami. I must add that Amara Cay Resort welcomes pets, which was important for us traveling with our dogs.
Where to Stay in Islamorada
Amara Cay Resort has 110 rooms, each with its private balcony. The resort has its own heated pool and private beach for guests to enjoy. Both my husband and I loved the hammocks under the palm trees, thatched huts and stunning ocean views.
Waking up with those sunrises was quite dreamy! If you are looking for an ocean-front property with a laid-back atmosphere, then Amara Cay Resort is the place for you.
Another reason to stay at Amara Cay Resort is the amenities the property has to offer. You can enjoy the bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards and board games on their outdoor lawn, or take a dip in their heated pool before heading to the Tiki Bar for a piña colada (I couldn’t get enough of them!).
Accommodations at Amara Cay Resort
During our recent stay at Amara Cay Resort, we stayed in an oceanfront suite on the top floor – it had a living room, a balcony, and a spacious bedroom with a King bed. The views from the rooms were spectacular, and staying there felt like a home away from home.
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Where to Eat in Islamorada
Reel Burger & Tiki Bar
Breezy poolside spot for classic American cuisine and tropical cocktails against a backdrop of swaying palm trees. Their grilled chicken cesar salad and key lime pie were both amazing!
Ciao Hound Italian Kitchen & Bar
At Ciao Hound I enjoyed some of the best appetizers I’ve ever had in my life! I highly recommend the baked spinach artichoke fonduta and their prosciutto wrapped shrimp. For dinner, my husband and I both picked the mahi-mahi, and it was excellent.
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Interactive Map of Islamorada FL
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What To Do in Islamorada
Here are four popular and fun activites to do during your visit to Islamorada!
Are 1-2 days in Islamorada worth it?
Yes! Seeing Islamorada in 1-2 days is easy because it is a small village. Make a stop in Islamorada on your way to or from Key West since you will drive through it each time. Islamorada is the perfect destination for those looking to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with tropical views, and fun outdoor activities.
How far is Islamorada?
The trip from Miami to Islamorada is around 90 miles (145 km) via I-95 and US-1. The drive usually takes 2.5 hours, with normal driving conditions. If you are visiting Islamorada after Key West, the trip is 80 miles (129 km). Those are the best ways to get to Islamorada.
Which airport is best for Islamorada?
Miami International Airport (MIA) is 79 miles (127 km) from Islamorada, a 2 hour drive.
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport (FTL) is 108 miles (174 km) from Islamorada, a 2+ hour drive.
Orlando International Airport is 311 miles (500 km) from Islamorada, a 5 hour drive.
A final note!
If you are trying to decide whether to stay in Key West or Islamorada, the answer depends on two things: the amount of driving you are comfortable doing, and whether you prefer a relaxing atmosphere or a touristy spot. Those were the two factors that made us pick Islamorada over Key West. We were seeking a peaceful atmosphere that was a relatively easy drive from Miami. The trip from Miami to Key West is around 170 miles and the drive takes 4+ hours.
Let me know if you have a question about Islamorada and I’ll get back to you!
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Where to Stay in Islamorada FL
Take a look at the following hotels located in Islamorada:
- Amara Cay Resort
- Cheeca Lodge & Spa
- Islander Resort
- Chesapeake Beach Resort
- Pines & Palms Resort
- Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
- Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina
- Pelican Cove Resort & Marina
- La Siesta Resort & Marina
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