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Our Stay at Amara Cay on Islamorada Key (The Florida Keys)


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Anchored in the laid-back style and lighthearted atmosphere of Islamorada, Amara Cay Resort blurs the line between recreation and relaxation, creating a perfect balance for your vacation. The award-winning resort rests along the Atlantic Ocean, offering a glittering seascape view of palm-peppered, white-sand beaches. I’ve never visited The Florida Keys and absolutely fell in love with the Islamorada #AmaraCayVacay way. This resort offers a great couples getaway but families will also enjoy vacationing here. Learning that there were so many different keys than just Key West, I found myself loving Islamorada and exploring the ins and outs of what makes it different than the rest! Amara Cay is the perfect vacation spot…. far from the maddening crowds of Key West. It was relaxation at it’s finest. 

Check out our #AmaraCayVacay and Resort Review

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Hotel + Rooms

Amara Cay offers an exotic and tropical water front resort inspired by nature with an organic and natural decor of light wood and rattan. As you enter the lobby, there are several rattan rope swing chairs that help you remember you’re now on island time. Adjacent is a fully equipped bar to order a wonderful concoction to further unwind before going up to your suite. I was extremely impressed with the casual elegance of the calming beach decor that really brought the Florida Keys feel into the resort. There was even a wall of keys that was perfect for an Instagram photoYou’ll also find a hotel boutique on site that offers cute swimsuits, cover ups, lotions, jewelry, and more! 

We had a magnificent ocean view from our room but you’ll find most all rooms in the 5 story resort have a view of the ocean. In their ocean front suites you can find a small kitchen with a combined dining room area, and a living room that overlooks the ocean through the glass double doors that lead to a wonderful balcony with a table for two. Perfect for that morning cup of coffee or to just read a book. The rooms are also equipped with a mini small fridge for drinks and snacks, plus a Keurig coffee maker for a great brew in the morning. 

The beds were extremely lush and so comfy. We really loved the renovated bath providing ample counter space, multiple toiletries and a great frameless shower with an adjustable rain head that was so enticing after a day of sunning by the pool. 

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Food + Drink

Amara Cay is gearing up for a brand new burger restaurant that should be opening up this week! I already know their food will be amazing because Sparrows was delicious and the F+B Manager had a restaurant that was featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives (we love DDD).  He also has an impressive and extensive background in the food and beverage industry so I can’t wait to come back and dine there!

Speaking of the on site Sparrows Rum Bar, it’s a casual outdoor dining area by the pool that overlooks the water. We ate there for a breezy poolside lunch and frozen cocktails and also stopped in for dinner.  The food was delectable and we have no complaints. My mom had fish tacos while I enjoyed blacked shrimp skewers and a fresh mahi mahi salad. We seriously couldn’t devour our dinner fast enough. It was so good! I finished every meal in The Florida Keys with a key lime pie and I suggest you do the same. It’s definitely worth the calories.

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Pool + Beach + Water Activities

Adjacent to the hotel is a marina equipped with all types of water toys, including wave runners or all sizes of boats for chartering or renting for off shore fishing.   The pool is huge and overlooks the ocean which I love. Surrounded by water is my happy place. They also have floats to play with or sun on and I made myself at home on the swan float. There is also a white, sandy beach if you prefer swimming in the ocean.  Looking for bliss and a relaxing spot? We recommend taking advantage of the resort’s private white-sand beach complete with hammocks, thatched huts for sun protection and a pier overlooking the marina. Their elevated sunning beach protected by a private seaside dock is perfect if you’re looking to soak up the Islamorada sun. If you’re interested in water activities, check out Sea Monkey’s Dive Shop right on the property!

Amenities

All the guests are able to use the complimentary shuttle service to explore nearby, marine-inspired attractions including the History of Diving Museum, Theater of the Sea, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and Robbies of Islamorada.

There’s also a fully-equipped fitness center if you want to get a workout in. All public space is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi (also available in your room) and complimentary parking is included in the resort fee.

Their courtyard has an amazing fun zone to play outdoor activities like ping pong and corn hole. You can even just enjoy the view while sitting around the various fire pits.  

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When To Visit

Islamorada enjoys tropical temperatures in the summertime and mild, cool breezes in the winter, making for tranquil days and nights year-round:

        • Spring: High of 78, Low of 58
        • Summer: High of 90, Low of 70
        • Fall: High of 89, Low of 64
        • Winter: High of 67, Low of 45

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More Information

This hidden gem and resort offers wonderful vacations. It isn’t congested with traffic and tourists coming into port from the cruise ships like in Key West. For more information, check out their website: www.amaracay.com 

Amara Cay Resort

80001 Overseas Highway Islamorada

The Florida Keys, 33036

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