Pelican Cove Resort & Marina
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- This is one of the few spots in the Keys with a sandy beach
- Every room has a spacious balcony and primo water views
- The breezy tropical vibe of the alfresco Wild & Lime bar and café
- There’s a freshwater heated swimming pool and a floating dive platform
What To Know
- The hotel was recently renovated
- The on-site marina allows guests to arrive by boat
- A $20 per night resort fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Channel Papa Hemingway when you check into this 63-room charmer, located at Mile Marker 84 in the Florida Keys, with its retro vibe and air of laid-back breeziness. The newly revamped property evokes the classic style of Islamorada and other Keys communities with simple whitewashed architecture, tropical shutters and sea-facing balconies. The guestrooms are kitted out in soothing neutral tones using organic, natural materials punctuated with the occasional reclaimed object, along with splashes of tropical color in the form of tangerine cushions and whimsical local artworks. A stretch of private white sand beach fringed by palm trees completes the perfect sand-between-the-toes picture. If having the ocean just steps away doesn’t tempt you, the heated freshwater pool is bound to do the trick. Hungry or thirsty? The poolside bar and café sports jaunty sunshine-yellow chairs in the shade of beach umbrellas where guests can sip piña coladas while nibbling on light snacks. The hotel offers a host of other diversions, too, from macrame beading classes to yoga sessions, tennis and standup paddleboarding.
In the Area
Chasing big game fish? Seeking sunken treasure? Keen to feel the wind in your hair? Whatever your scene, you’ll want to hit the water when you’re in the Keys. Islamorada in particular is known for its stellar sportfishing, diving and other aquatic pursuits, such as kitesurfing, and Islamorada Watersports Company can set you up with all the gear you’ll need for a day on (or under) the water. If you’d rather have an expert take the helm, sign up for a trip with one of the area’s local fishing legends, like Captain Jeff at Dockside Charters or Captain Paul at Reef Runner Charters; they’ll steer you to where the sailfish and marlin are running. Refuel after your big day out at one of the town’s many top-notch dining spots, from the shoes-optional casual seafood diner the Hungry Tarpon, which dishes up tasty shrimp tacos and Cuban pressed sandwiches (they’ll also cook up your own catch), to the slightly more fancy Squid Row, a popular, romantically lit spot for couples to savor old-school favorites such as lobster thermidor and bouillabaisse.
How to Get There
I’m from chicago and we went to great lengths to be here so this is hugely disappointing for me. The hotel is literally on the highway and I can hear the cars whizzing by our room all night long. When walking to the other areas of the resort you see and hear the highway with all the cars. Basically, you’re on a highway...which you can hear in the pool, on the beach...and basically everywhere else. There is one area where you can get away from it. There is construction going on as well...so basically, I feel like I’m right at home on the beach with lake shore drive behind me. We had hoped this would be the beach/island vibe experience but it is dusty, loud...and is exactly what I was trying to get away from. Pretty bummed.
Great small resort. Only drawback was the bar hours were not great at all. Resort was clean and I liked the small atmosphere. Pool is small but nice.
You can use the amenities at the neighboring resort so that was nice.
From the highway or parking lot, you can't see much. But once inside your ocean front room or on the beach, you find you are in paradise. Palm trees, lounge chairs and sand (a pool and bar if you like) you can relax, enjoy the view, watch the pelicans dance in the water and dream away. At night, real torches light up the surrounding areas. The grounds are well maintained and the staff is very friendly. The rooms are not exquisite, but more than adequate...the bathroom was tight...but the ocean views make up for that.
Property itself was nice and the access to the sister property helped. Gayle at the bar was great. We stayed 2 nights and breakfast was included but wasn't worth it. Got billed for drinks to our room that we hadn't ordered but staff were great are correcting the bill. Balcony was great to have but furniture so uncomfortable that we never used the balcony.
This is a smaller scale property but has great amenities and customer service. The views are beautiful and it’s close to everything. Hotel provides a shuttle to the sister properties and rest and attractions south of the resort but not north. Two mornings a week a local fisherman has two hours of fishing instruction in the cove. The property is very clean and well maintained. We had a cove view king room which was fine but the bathroom is tiny and slightly awkwardly arranged, but not a problem. Linens were great and the bed comfy. The balcony would have been much more usable if they put a couple of chairs that were relaxing-they just have straight backs with no armrests so the balcony did not get used. We really enjoyed the bar and bartenders; Gayle, Duke and Tamara were great. Gayle and Tamara gave lots of good tips on places that locals enjoy. We will return but reserve a gulf front suite next time to take full advantage and be more comfortable hanging out in the room. Thanks to all the staff for a relaxing trip!