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Day 7 - The Great Escape PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 09, 2019 at 07:08 AM

Day 7 - We enjoyed another sunrise in Islamorada and knew our vacation was nearing its end, so we headed out for some gift shopping. Bass Pro Shop, Latitude 25 Clothing and Ocean Gardens Gift Shop had great finds! We enjoyed some time at the pool in the afternoon. At Checca you can also enjoy jet ski tours, parasailing and snorkeling, and massages to name a few other fun things. https://www.cheeca.com/experience/watersports You will want to check out The Theater of the Seas seeing dolphins, parrots, sea turtles and more! We had a relaxing stay in the Keys and now we cannot wait until summer at the Jersey Shore!!

PS. If you are planning a trip to Checca Lodge this spring, you will want to check when they will be finishing the new pool they are installing down by the beach. There was not work when we were there but it is supposed to be done by May so make sure they are not working on it when you are there. The Checca Lodge sustained extensive damage after Hurricane Irma in Sept 2017. The hotel lobby had 4 feet of water and sand in it. And the docks were damaged as well as much of the property. They have done a miraculous job restoring this place. Check them out at mile marker 82!!

Last Updated ( Apr 09, 2019 at 07:13 AM )
Day 6 The Great Escape to the Florida Keys PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 05, 2019 at 01:56 PM

The Great Escape to the Florida Key

Day 6 - We went for a little bike ride around the area. (The bikes were definitely rusty but free!) Then played golf on their 9 hole golf course. (free as well) It was a lot of fun especially when we spotted a large iguana on the 8th hole! We had awesome grilled hamburgers for lunch poolside along with refreshing fruit drinks! For dinner we went a short distance to Chef Michael's https://foodtotalkabout.com/ another one of the top rated restaurants on Islamorada . Another must! I Started with conch chowder with a nice kick and my husband had outstanding steamed clams with bread for dipping! He really enjoyed his dinner of macadamia nut encrusted hog fish (mild white fish) with a delicious mango sauce and coconut rice! I had another absolutely remarkable pasta and seafood dish with scallops, shrimp and lobster! The best!!

 

Day 5 The Great Escape to the Florida Keys PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 04, 2019 at 08:20 AM

 

Day 5 - We saw the forecast today was going to be chilly, 60 degrees, so we made plans to drive to Key West. We have been to Key West before so we were content to hop on the Trolley Tour and listen to the history of Key West & see the sights and sounds. We then headed to Hemingway's hangout "Sloppy Joes" for some sloppy joes! It was a nice outing for the day. After some walking around we headed back home! (If you ever go make sure you visit The Hemingway House, Truman's Little White House and Mel Fischer's Museum of deep sea treasures)

 

 

 

Day 4 - Another relaxing day at the Checca Lodge adult pool and then we had fun taking out paddle boards (free)! The temps were around 80 all week!  Another calm day. At the recommendation of our Captain we went to Ziggie & Mad Dogs for dinner. Always best to make reservations a day ahead! We like to eat early! From the outside I doubt if you were ever go to this restaurant but inside was classy and you would think you were in a NYC restaurant! Quaint bar, linen tablecloths, friendly staff ad exquisite food! The orig owner Ziggie was back in the Al Capone era. Later his partner was "Mad Dog" a Miami Dolphins NFL football player. Both are now deceased & the restaurant is run by Randy who was Mad Dog's partner. I enjoyed a fun cosmo with an orchid! We started with an exceptional chopped blue cheese wedge salad. I devoured the fresh "Shrimp Islamorada", jumbo shrimp with a buerre blanc sauce and parmesan spinach.  To die for! My husband had one of the best grilled steaks ever! Along with truffle mac & cheese! http://www.ziggieandmaddogs.com/

 

Last Updated ( Apr 05, 2019 at 01:24 PM )
Day 3 The Great Escape to the Florida Keys PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 03, 2019 at 06:53 AM

 

Day 3 - Since Islamorada is the "Sportfishing Capital of the World", we rose early for a morning of fishing with Captain Greg Poland, recommended by the staff. http://www.gregpoland.com/ Greg was a great guide who explained a lot about the area and the fish we might catch. He picked us up at the hotel dock and we headed out to the lighthouse for some early barracuda fishing. It was a lot of fun reeling in the barracuda as they give you a real fight. After pictures, we threw it back. Then we headed out for some deep sea fishing as it was a calm day. We were given the option to head to the back bays where we were guaranteed catching fish or taking a chance going further out since it was a calm day. The Capt was very knowledgeable and helpful. I got one good bite which may have been a tuna but he got away. It was an enjoyable morning. We packed hoagies for the trip but ate them when we got back to our room.

 

 

That afternoon we headed over to Morada Bay Restaurant for dinner, delicious conch fritters and fish tacos.  It was a fun place to sit out on the beach and watch the boats go by. Next door is Pierre's French Restaurant. We hope to go there next time. Here are the local roosters greeting me! https://moradabay.com/

 

Last Updated ( Apr 04, 2019 at 08:30 AM )
Day 2 The Great Escape to the Florida Keys PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 01, 2019 at 08:09 AM

 

The Great Escape to the Florida Keys by Jennifer Palermo

Day 2 - We had a great brunch at the Checca Lodge's 'Atlantic's Edge' Restaurant including made to order omelets and pancakes. We enjoyed a day at the pool and went for a kayak ride (free of charge.) We signed up for the Sunset Cruise and enjoyed being out on the water and watching the sun go down. The Captain talked about the area and life in the Keys.

We recently had a wonderful vacation to Islamorada (which means purple island) in the Florida Keys. We stayed at the wonderful Checca Lodge! https://www.cheeca.com/

 

Day 1 - An early flight on Spirit from AC to Ft Lauderdale got us in early by 9:30 am. We got our rental car and were off to the Keys. It's always exciting driving through the Keys seeing all the palm trees and turquoise water and feeling the warm air!

  

We knew the second we got to the Checca Lodge that we were in for a treat! The hotel lobby opens up to sandy beaches and the ocean!

 

     

 

 Our suite was perfect and we had a kitchen with refrig & stove, a small living room, comfortable king bed, soaking tub and shower and a lanai overlooking the lagoon waters & the ocean beyond.

 

 

 

 

We headed to Publix to get some things for the room- Eggs & Bacon, OJ, Chef's salad, Chicken Caesar salad and munchies.

 

      

 

We had dinner at the Tiki Hut. We ordered a tasty pizza from Mia Cucina on property. It was very relaxing and fun meeting friendly people. There are so many beautiful flowers and plants on the property! The grounds were well kept and the housekeeping was excellent.

Last Updated ( Apr 03, 2019 at 06:32 AM )
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