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
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Newly spiffed-up Islamorada classic, with a private beach, oceanfront/poolside bar and café, and easy access to the many attractions of the Keys
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.
Pelican Cove Resort & Marina
84457 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, Florida 33037
How to Get There
Flights are available to Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from MIA, about 80 miles away, are approximately $200 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the party. Taxis to/from MIA and FLL are approximately $215 and $300, respectively, each way.