We stayed at the Islander Resort in Islamorada, Florida Keys and this is our hones review of this great resort!
(from Chicago, Illinois)
wife and I are repeated guests with this great Resort of Islamorada, a
peaceful and relaxing retreat right on the beach in the Florida Keys. In total
we have made four trips to the above mentioned resort. Here are my thoughts
about our latest trip.
We flew out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with American Airlines. The flight departure on time without any delay or interruption, with a flight time of about 2 hours to the Miami’s International Airport. MIA is an easy airport to get through in spite of its size. I didn’t time it but I estimate that we were through it in about 20 minutes or so.
We rented a car at Avis Car rental for a good affordable prize. It took 3 hours of straight driving over Highway US 1 to get to the Mile Marker 82 in Islamorada where the resort is located. The final leg of the journey is an enjoyable ride over the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys. This does takes most of your first day, whereas we have travelled to other locations in the Keys before. On our last trip it took us 5 hrs to get to Key West after making a few stops along the way.
We stayed in a superior room which
is in fact the most basic choice for this resort. Near a nice swimming pool
adjacent to the open bar and water sports. Our room had access to Wi-Fi so
bring your tablets or laptops if you want to stay in touch with the rest of the
world. About a week or so before our trip, I emailed the resort with a request
for information an upgrade for an ocean front room. Our room, which was larger
than many of the junior suites we have stayed in, was situated in the main area
of the resort. It was a short and easy walk or drive to just about any location
on the island. This location is beautiful, and great for fishing.
My wife wanted to lay out on the sun and I was dying go fishing or kayaking. I am more of an action person, the sea is where the action is. Our first and second days were spent at the private beach and by the adjacent pool. On the third day we attempted a snorkeling trip from Key Largo (1 hour away from the resort) with the crew of the Pirate Island Divers, great trip, 2 excellent snorkeling locations on the reefs. We have our own gear and found snorkeling in this clear waters a bliss. We did see some of the colorful fish that you see in the Caribbean Islands such as, jacks, porgies, turtles, barracudas, snappers, parrot fish, spiny lobsters and so on. I was surprised to see several large nurse sharks as well. There are a considerable number of fish species here!
Usually my wife and I like to go out to the islands restaurants for every dinner we could. The buffets are a little repetitive as much of the same foods are served each meal. We have put ourselves on a weight loss diet and our thought was the buffets would be a better choice because of the selections available. In some restaurants the staff attempts to mix it up by having theme nights. For example one night is local seafood while the next could be typical Caribbean food. But the Florida Keys food is usually very good.
There are other places and attractions in these islands, as well as a few public beaches that includes access to some dinners and bars. Though the beaches here are not the long sandy beaches as in the rest of Florida they are enjoyable because of the activities that surround these, the water sports and all that.
So beside some minor customer service issues the resort and the entire area was great. We had a great time and we would return to this resort in the Florida keys in the future.
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