Need to know
11am, but can by pushed to 1pm with advance notice. Earliest check- in, 3pm, though guests are welcome to arrive early and use the pool.
Double rooms from $239.25, excluding tax at 12.5 per cent.
Rates include Continental breakfast, minibar snacks, yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and use of bikes, kayaks and paddle boards.
Get the ball rolling with a game of bocce on the hotel’s court. There is also free yoga offered Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 9am (private sessions can be arranged for US$125).
At the hotel
CD/DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, Malin & Goetz toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Every suite is simply decorated with Mexican antiques, but only Sea View Suites have picture-perfect views of the bay, and a private terrace that is perfect for watching the spectacular sunsets. Opt for the Iguana, the largest suite, which overlooks the bay and includes a private outdoor deck and a Jacuzzi. The Manatee also overlooks the Florida Bay, and has an especially large tub with a rain showerhead in the bathroom.
Set apart from the hotel by a footbridge, the heated freshwater pool is carved into a small sandy island in the bay, alongside a snack cabana, gazebo and hammocks.
Bring a waterproof camera to snap the manatees as they float by. And fret not about forgetting sunscreen and bug spray: the hotel has a small supply for sale by reception.
Dogs are welcome; you'll be charged a non-refundable $75 deposit. The hotel can provide dog beds, bowls, treats and a list of pet-friendly restaurants. See more pet-friendly hotels in Florida Keys.
Leave them at home: Casa Morada only accepts young adults 16 and older.