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Cheeca Lodge & Spa resort….where paradise is not lost, just hidden!

Written by Nazarina on January 27th, 2010


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My heart and prayers go out to the Haitian people. Thank you to all that donated their tents and canopies for this noble cause. Let us do it again!

Cheeca lodge & Spa, Islamorada en route to the  Florida Keys    ……where paradise is not really lost, just hidden well!

Travel diary December, 2009.

Whether you are a nefarious one-eyed pirate or just a lazy beach bum, the Cheeca Lodge & Spa resort will make you weep and rethink your “dark side” and make you want to repent.This tropical treasure with its turquoise sea and laid- back, unhurried island atmosphere is the perfect setting to get your groove back on baby!

Sorry “Rasta Steve,” I know that you are highly regarded for your water rituals and healing powers down there in Jamaica ” mon” but I think that you have met your match here with all the folks working the spa! They may not have that infectious gift of gab that comes so naturally to you, but they sure do make up for it with their lavish spa accoutrements.  R & R are branded in their DNA and they will see to it that you get it even if they have to ram it down your throat! Heh! I’m not complaining!

Massages, facials, and aromatherapy are but a few that are in store for you…….and don’t even get me started with that cabana boy who is always ready to indulge you with some ” banana boat” action! O mg!  I suddenly have this weird notion of  Barry Manilow serenading me with “Copacabana,” Euuuuuw! What would probably be worse than hearing him sing this song, is him wearing a speedo and gyrating!  Euuuw!  Sorry Barry man!!!!

Ahhhh! this is the life, I tell ya, this is where I could close my eyes and open wide……open up my mouth that is, and eat all the conch fritters that I could possibly eat, afterall, this  place is conch central. The freshly prepared seafood is part of the allure that the  Cheeca has to offer, and trust me, ( if you know the types of dishes I prepare), then you know mystery meat ain’t going to cut it here either!

So people, if ever you have the opportunity to go down to Islamorada, go and visit the Cheeca, you will be transformed into someone beautiful!

BTW, it was terribly chilly for the Floridians here that is why nobody is in the water!









Thank you so much C for inviting us to the Cheeca! It was spectacular!

Her fiance’ is the owner of this magical resort, ( the gal that is driving),  and both of them work hard to make this destination memorable!


Many couples say their “I do’s” here.

Is this entrance to the lagoon not romantic? I could feel myself slipping into a trance because of all the imaginary drums!

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I love how the torches are reflected in the water. Simply magical! Even at night, the water in the lagoon still has a  shimmering turquoise color!


This is one of the older buildings. These old portraits are displayed in the lobby.


President Bush with his grandson, Jeb jr.,  participated in a Bonefish tournament at the old Cheeca years ago.


The day that  we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, it started raining so hard causing massive floods! This picture was taken in the parking lot of a supermarket in North Miami Beach.


Thank you for your interest in my travel diary,



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13 Comments so far ↓

  1. zurinNo Gravatar says:

    what beautiful photos! so glad u had a good fun time! :))

  2. dawnNo Gravatar says:

    I love your travel photos sooo much. Lucky you sweetie. It’s really cold where I am and the wind chill is minus something. yikes!

  3. SomaNo Gravatar says:

    how gorgeous!

  4. Jo A. T.B,No Gravatar says:

    Gorgeous photos of your Florida trip Nazarina! Looks like a romantic getaway resort! The night photos were so pretty! I’m sure you want to venture back there, with all the winter weather we’ve been having lately! I’m sure you’re keeping busy, stay warm! Love, Jo ~

  5. ochikeronNo Gravatar says:

    What a super gorgeous resort!!! Nice blue skies!!! You are like a celebrity 😀

    I think I need to enjoy my life like you!!! You draw the line, which I need to learn from you!!!

  6. This looks like such a lovely resort! Love the photos! Looks like you’re having a great time there!

  7. OMG Nazarina. Islamorada is one of my favorite places and I have been there quite a few times. I must check this place out next time I go down there. It looks beautiful!

  8. What beautiful pics u have here….

    Que Magnifigue este…bravo!!!!

  9. Bob says:

    What a nice resort! Great photos, Nazarina. You have have captured the beauty of the place.

    I have a question about the trees lining up the entrance to the lagoon: are those real trees but bent to resemble swords? Must have taken years for them to graft the trunks that way.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Phil says:

    Awesome pictures! It seems that you really enjoyed the place. I’m planning to go here but considering my very busy work, I think that would be next year. lol

  11. jason says:

    Certainly, I agree with everybody else’s comments. The photos are enough evidence at how beautiful and exotic the cheeca lodge and spa resort is. More tourists should come and check it out. Maybe it’s not yet known because it’s hidden as the post implies.

  12. Lilia says:

    The place really looks like a paradise. This kind of place must be promoted so that people will discover and appreciate its beauty.

  13. Deborah says:

    Islamorada looks really beautiful. I’ll have to visit that place soon.

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