Two weeks ago, the Iguana Man & I snuck out of town for a few days….and headed down to the fabulous Florida Keys, where we stayed at the very adequate La Siesta Resort in Islamorada. On the whole, I’d give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. The views were beautiful, the facility, while old, was fresh and tidy (the marina rocked, wish I’d known about this place when I had a boat), the staff was just fine, but for the money (hint: $18 Daily Resort Fee), they SHOULD have provided coffee filters, dish soap & a kitchen sponge, a working telephone, and a nicer “complimentary breakfast” than stale grocery donuts.
I can’t complain about the view, however (Atlantic side):
The grounds were all meticulously manicured, and the staff “chained” the sand every day. There was an odd little black bird who was nesting in the sawed off palm trunk on the right side of the hammock (obviously recent hurricane damage), we had a great time watching her antics.
The pool is quite spectacular…and huge! A perfect pool for families…it’s a large “Figure 8″, divided by a volleyball net, and has a basketball net at the far (deep) left end. The right end is shallow, a huge walk-in (shallowest water is about 6″) expanse of water, suitable for waders of many varieties.
We basically just hung out, caught some rays, read some books…and occasionally ventured out for a meal. We drove down to Marathon to the Cracked Conch Cafe, which has been there for 30+ years. I had the conch sampler (must have their conch fingers, best ever)….and we also got two orders of take-out red conch chowder to bring home for Blonde Mom. Highly recommend (although it is not in the least bit fancy if you’re interested in “Le Dining”).
Alas, it was raining cats and dogs the morning of our last day, so we pulled up stakes early and headed north. We were hoping for one final morning like this one:
We’ll be sure to return soon…..some days one just needs to kick back and watch the water to recharge the old batteries.
~ Blonde Gator