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
The waters were so calm on this side of the island due to sand bars so it made for perfect waters to go kayaking, paddle boarding every day! We also swam with manatee hanging around the area and it was incredible. Evenings were spent watching sunsets at local restaurants on the gulf side. Took a fishing trip and had local merchants cook the fish for lunch and dinner for the family. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable time away with family!
I had my boat docked at the Pelican Cove marina and everything was excellent with nice fresh water washdown for the boat, also nice cleaning tables to fillet fish, With freshwater wash down. The local friendly staff was very nice to even show me by walking me to the area where I could store my trailer while my boat sat at the slip, I stayed there for eight days I wish I could have stayed a lot longer.
Great resort, a lil gem hidden in Islamorada. We stayed at room 314 for 5 days which i think got the best view in all the rooms. Its a baby resort compared to its sister hotel Postcard Inn next door. This in a way worked for my family of 4 with a 3 and 8 y/o as there is not as much people, vey quiet and the employees are very warm and accommodating, ALL of them from the receptionist, to housekeeping, bar and the watersports.
The pool is small but very much sufficient, the lil beach area is great, the groundskeeper cleans up the sea weeds every morning. There are beach toys as well as pool toys everywhere. There's also a giant chess board, tic tac toe and table tennisto play with. Plenty of chairs and shade..Bar is open til a out 9 to 10pm.
Included in the $35 resort fee are paddleboards, single and double kayaks, towels, water trampoline and bicycles.. there are no waves so trying these water sports for a non swimmer like me wasn't so bad at all.
The continental breakfast doesnt have that many selection, but otherwise sufficient.
Being able to use amenities on sister resorts postcard, amara cay and la siesta is a bonus, if you want variety. We did go to postcard and my husband found a good snorkel area there. Even the television had more channels to choose from, than what i was used to in a hotel. The room is on the smaller side but doable, as we were almost always out anyways. Just wished the fridge was a lil bigger, great to have a microwave and keurig tho...view is magnificent. We paid for ocenfront and that's more than likely why i felt we got one of the middle rooms.. ALL rooms have an ocean view in a way, so if budget is tight, it's okay to not get the oceanfront.
Food at the resort is what you expect in a resort, not cheap. Good portions tho, so may be shared if you're not a big eater, otherwise, publix, subway, burger king, and restaurants like ciao hound, seafood buffet, wahoo's are close by...
Maybe my only complaint was that we waited about 30 minutes from check in (got the at about 4:30 pm) as our room wasn't clean yet. No biggie as we drove, so we just parked the car and explored the beach while waiting.
Daily housekeeping usually gets to our room after lunch around 2 to 5 pm so im guessing they always do start late here or maybe there's only 2 of them working there are only 3 stories so it's not like there's a lot of rooms to clean.
There is a firepit, but it is glass and gas, so no s'mores for my kiddos.☹
Fishing like a local hosted by Abel's bait store next door is really fun.