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The sunny island of Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize in Central America, is famous for its great weather, beautiful beaches, and incredible barrier reef system—the largest in the Northern Hemisphere—offering some of the best diving, snorkeling, and fishing in the world.

Though not a large island (at just 25 miles long), it is Belize’s most popular island, with guests coming from around the world to experience its idyllic blend of laid-back beach lifestyle, outdoor adventuring on land and water, and upscale, modern amenities. 

Home to lush mangrove lagoons, underwater parks, as well as the galleries, shops, and restaurants of the friendly main town of San Pedro, there’s plenty to see and do on Ambergris Caye—all set against a backdrop of stunning turquoise water and dramatic natural vistas, just a short flight or scenic ferry ride from the mainland.  

We recently asked our Destination Manager for our Ambergris Caye home to come up with her ideal itinerary for three perfect days in this island paradise. Fun, food, and exciting adventures await!  

DAY 1: Fun and Sun 

Start your day with an early breakfast prepared by your private chef we arranged at the villa. You’ll love the Belize staple fry jacks, delicious golden and crumbly fried dough very similar to the New Orleans beignet, served with savory accompaniments like beans, bacon, and eggs. With the menu selection made ahead of time and a kitchen fully stocked with your favorite foods, you’ll enjoy a leisurely wake up, knowing everything is taken care of. Have your meal in the spacious, light-filled dining room or make it extra special by dining outdoors on the home’s covered terrace, with views of palm trees, the pool, and the vast blue-green sea below. 

A visit to Ambergris Caye means time in or on the water, so after breakfast, you’ll head out with an experienced guide for an exciting day of flats fishing in the clear blue shallows around the island. Often a bucket-list excursion for fishermen, you’ll explore the near-endless turtle grass flats in search of tarpon, bonefish, and the elusive permit fish while soaking up the fresh air and enjoying a packed lunch of juicy chicken sandwiches and chips while you’re out. 

Of course, if fishing isn’t your thing, you may opt for a private custom catamaran cruise instead. Sail out on a luxury catamaran yacht to Cay Caulker, snorkel alongside the amazing fish and marine life at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, chill on board, or cruise to party-friendly Secret Beach for guided snorkeling, watersports, and lunch at the popular Pirates “Not so Secret” Beach Bar & Grill where the garlic ginger butter grilled lobster tail, sweet chili shrimp skewers and coconut husk smoked pork chops are perfect for sharing. These sailing trips are fully customizable based on your interests, so you kick off your first day in Belize exactly the way you want. 

After your day out, spend the late afternoon relaxing by the pool or walking along the shore before having dinner and drinks at the open-air Stella’s Sunset restaurant. The lobster grilled cheese and ceviche are not to be missed. Enjoy, live music, and views of the sun setting pink and orange over the water. 

DAY 2: Mainland Exploration

Grab a quick coffee and light breakfast of pastries and fresh fruit at the Flight Café in San Pedro before heading over to the mainland for a day of fun and exploration. Your local host will arrange your transportation by water taxi or small plane to Belize City, where you’ll be met by a knowledgeable guide who will take you on a thrilling full-day journey through the rich history, culture, and jungle landscape of the Mayan world. 

Tour the ancient Mayan temple ruins of Altun Ha, where you can climb to the top of the grassy mounds and structures for views of the surrounding forest, see the large jade carving of “Kinich Ahau” (Belize’s most prized historic artifact), and hear interesting tales about the people that once called this place home. Afterwards, hike deeper into the jungle to go tubing along a peaceful river and through several caves. Then, wrap up your excursion with an exhilarating zipline experience high above the canopy. If you’re looking for a unique outdoor adventure during your vacation, this is one Belize daytrip that’s not-to-be-missed! 

Back at the villa, take a late afternoon siesta in one of the hammocks or go for a refreshing swim in the pool before taking the golf cart out for the night.  Enjoy San Pedro for the evening with a fantastic dinner of local seafood and seasonal Central American and Mexican-inspired cuisine at the lovely Elvi’s Kitchen. Try the conch fritters or coconut shrimp appetizers, the Mayan fish entrée (perfectly spiced and steamed in a banana leaf) or Chef Jennie’s signature curry, but make sure to save room for dessert or one of their frozen specialty cocktails. 

DAY 3: Food & Adventure

Wrap up your stay in Ambergris Caye, Belize with more fresh, fabulous food and another day of unforgettable adventure. 

Start your morning with a once-in-a-lifetime private helicopter flight over the island, enjoying amazing panoramic views of the sights, including Mayan ruins, waterfalls, and the barrier reef. Or see the reef up close with a dive or snorkeling tour at the famed Great Blue Hole, a large underwater limestone sinkhole formed during the last ice age.  

Snorkelers may explore the reefs around the hole, teeming with color and a diverse variety of fish and other marine life, while divers will descend along the wall of the hole to a depth of about 130 feet. There you’ll find large stalactites, formed from dripping water when the cave was above sea level, as well as plant life, sharks, and more. Whichever you choose—seeing the reef and Great Blue Hole from the air or in the water—it’s sure to be an adventure you’ll never forget. 

In the afternoon, see more of San Pedro and do some refueling with a guided, walking food tour. Eat like a local and sample a variety of traditional dishes—adobo chicken tacos, chilmole with egg, fresh fruit peletas, and sweet cane juice—at some of the best off-the-beaten path, mom and pop eateries on the island. Learn more about the food from your guide and local chefs while enjoying a rum tasting.

Spend the rest of your day and evening on the quiet beach at the residence, followed by a special, private chef prepared dinner on the home’s terrace. Ocean views, gentle sea breezes, and a final night of island luxury is the perfect way to cap off an incredible Belize adventure vacation. 

At Home in Belize with Equity Estates 

Your luxurious Belize residence is a classic oceanfront stunner, featuring a private 100-foot pier, beach hammocks, sparkling pool, and lush tropical landscaping, all set on more than an acre of land. With five spacious bedrooms and baths, an open, airy floorplan, and plenty of indoor and outdoor living spaces, this well-equipped villa is the ideal home for your next island adventure. 

Your concierge will work with you to plan your itinerary before you arrive and make sure your stay is effortless by arranging reservations for activities, transportation, and dining. Leave the details to us, and arrive to a fully stocked kitchen and bar with groceries of your choice from the local market. With Equity Estates, comfort and luxury are yours. 

Travel with Equity Estates for a unique and memorable experience. If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call. Your incredible Belize getaway awaits! 

Dave and Barb Singer are seasoned travelers and worldly excursionists who love making memories together on adventures around the globe. They’ve been Equity Estates investors since 2017 and haven’t wasted any time getting to know the residence portfolio with 165 nights completed and five future trips scheduled.  

After an accomplished career leading one of the country’s largest snack food companies, Dave retired from his executive post, and he now enjoys vacationing with his wife Barb, their close network of travel companions, and two sons (along with their growing families).   

Dave and Barb have always splurged on milestone vacations, knowing time away as a family is a priceless commodity when balancing a demanding career and raising children. The coastal South Carolina based investors earmark over a month each year to travel to Equity Estates destinations with those they love.  

The Vacation Experience is in the Details 

When asked what makes the Equity Estates homes different from others, Dave and Barb concur it’s the consistently superior quality of the residences, including spacious and private master suites, daily housekeeping, a stocked fridge, and luxurious furnishings and amenities.   

The Singers also find their Personal Travel Concierge to be essential, appreciating the same person who knows their travel habits (and favorite wines) takes care of all their planning. “I love when Katie starts gently nudging us months before the trip,” said Barb. “Arriving to a house full of our favorite groceries, dinner reservations made, activities booked, and a friendly local host to help with everything we need is just amazing.”  

As avid beach goers, the Singers travel log is packed with many cherished trips to the white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, both residences in Turks and Caicos, and multiple Florida homes. Dave also looks forward to his annual ski trip (or two) with the guys. “The Equity Estates ski homes in Snowmass and Park City are so convenient to the lifts, restaurants, and shopping. They’re perfect.”   

Appreciating the “Certainty of Luxury”

Dave and Barb first learned about Equity Estates when a friend invested, and they valued the flexibility of inviting multiple guests along without additional charges, unlike any other models. The Singers feel they get more than their money’s worth from their investment while finding comfort in the “certainty of luxury” in each home.   

After becoming enamored with the London apartment’s sophisticated feel and convenient location, these savvy globetrotters mastered planning European excursions through Equity Estates affiliate partnerships, with upcoming trips planned to Sotogrande, Rome and Provence. 

More than a Vacation 

This adventurous couple not only loves beach and ski getaways but also trekked to Italy for The Five Senses of Tuscany expedition in 2017, and in 2022 checked the bucket list for South African safari with their son and daughter-in-law from Madrid. “We absolutely love the Equity Estates excursions,” said Barb. “Everything is so well put together, and we travel with an amazing group of like-minded people. They far exceeded our expectations.”  

When asked how they would describe their investment to peers, Dave said, “I consider this an investment in time together. It’s a great deal and it forces you to stop and take the time to plan meaningful time together in beautiful places.”  

California’s wine country is home to over 400 wineries, 120 restaurants, quaint main streets, and miles of unspoiled vineyards under clear blue skies with nearly picture-perfect weather year-round. The region is known for its rich heritage, rural beauty, and world-class wines.

The Equity Estates team knew our investors would love vacationing in this sought-after region prime for relaxing while indulging in flavorful food and robust wine. When this impressive estate was hitting a competitive market, we worked tirelessly to ensure this trophy property joined our portfolio.

In this residence highlight, we shed some light on how we negotiated the purchase of this entertainer’s dream estate in a competitive market.

From ski destinations to beachfront villas, Equity Estates works to curate diverse luxury residence portfolios for the enjoyment of our investors. For more information on Fund VI, please click here to schedule time with a member of our Investor Relations team. 

Nestled on the popular coastline of South Carolina is one of the most idyllic beach towns you might imagine. Isle of Palms sits just 12 miles from historic Charleston. This pristine barrier island is home to six miles of white, sandy beaches, oceanfront eateries, golf, and spas. As the name suggests, palm trees pepper this spritely family-friendly beach town which attracts cyclists, surfers, kayakers, and boaters. The island is extremely pedestrian and golf cart friendly, and there are plenty of festivals, live music, and outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the year.

We interviewed our Destination Manager to see how she would suggest spending three perfect days in one of Condé Nast’s Top 10 North American Islands. 

Day 1: Beach Day!

Start your day off with a hearty breakfast at the Sea Biscuit Café where a homemade biscuit and their house specialty tomato pie are always winners. Bask on the street-side deck while you take in morning action on the island.  

There’s no better place to kick off your Isle of Palms vacation than the beach. And with six miles of it, there’s plenty of space to spread out in the sunshine. A quick stroll leads you to the beach directly across from your Equity Estates residence, or drive down to Front Beach where oceanfront restaurants and frequent open-air events attract many beachgoers. 

If you or the kids want to try your hand at surfing, Carolina Salt offers lessons from a locally known pro. If the waves aren’t cooperating for a day of surfing, let us rent you paddleboards, boogie boards, golf carts, and bikes to complement the perfect day at the beach. 

For lunch, your Local Host made reservations at his favorite restaurant – Long Island Café. This hot spot is walking distance from the house and serves delicious cuisine they describe as, “A modest, inventive hybrid of French classism with South Carolina taste.” Don’t skip the She Crab Soup, as theirs is the best around. Freshly baked bread and off the boat seafood dishes are a must too. 

After the beach, unwind with a cocktail or sweet tea on your spacious deck overlooking the action on Palm Avenue or cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool. For dinner, you’ll take a quick scenic drive to quaint Sullivan’s Island where you’ll enjoy Southern cuisine on the deck at the Obstinate Daughter. Fueled by local farms and fishermen, this Lowcountry favorite is well known for its great ambiance and eclectic menu. The Pecan Bourbon Crème Brulee is a perfect way to end your meal.

Day 2: Tour Historic Downtown Charleston

On your way to Charleston is The Refuge, where the macchiato is as flavorful as it is aromatic. The breakfast menu is packed with a variety of tasty options, but locals say their chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits can’t be beat. 

Historic Charleston is a pedestrian’s dream with endless blocks of cobblestone leading to some of the most scenic historic sites in the Lowcountry. The musts on your list include a walk down iconic King Street, The Markets, and The Battery, all of which are outside. For true Southern History, visit Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in the Charleston Harbor. A quick ferry ride will take you to Fort Sumpter National Monument. See where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and learn about the fort’s role, plus enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor, city, and the impressive Ravenel Bridge. If you’d like a more structured tour of downtown, Sweetgrass Tours and Charters offers the best walking tours in Charleston.

In the heart of Charleston are dozens of trendy venues with amazing menus. Your Local Host insists you try one of Charleston’s oldest establishments, Poogans Porch. This beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect southern spot for brunch. You can expect masterfully prepared plates of traditional Southern dishes, served with a modern twist. We suggest their pimento cheese fritters to start.

If you’re traveling with children or lovers of marine life, the South Carolina Aquarium never disappoints. From giant sea turtles to snakes to alligators, the exhibits are impressive and enjoyed by visitors of all ages. 

For dinner, may we suggest at Coda del Pesce with a front row seat to the ocean. The Italian inspired menu is creative and bright. Start your feast with the Snapper Crudo, followed by the Ricotta Gnudi and the Potato Crusted Wreckfish. You may have to be rolled back home, but it’s well worth the calories!

Day 3: Tee Time & Shem Creek

This morning, spend the day enjoying the many amenities of the Wild Dunes Resort. For breakfast, Woody’s Eatery is a perfect spot for a quick bite before enjoying the activities at the resort.

Whether it’s a tee time on one of their two courses, tennis on one of their seventeen courts, or a day at the spa, this beachfront resort offers something for everyone. With views of the ocean, lagoons, salt marshes, and the Intracoastal Waterway, the diverse golf courses will challenge all aspects of your game. There are over a dozen restaurants at the resort, so if you’re craving pizza, seafood, or Caribbean food and live music, you’ll find it.  

If you’re more of a nature lover, we recommend checking out Shem Creek. First, grab lunch at Tavern & Table, a local’s favorite. Try their Grapefruit Rosemary Collins or Blood Orange Paloma to balance the richness of their delicious Burnt End Mac and Cheese.

Now begin to explore Shem Creek where we arranged paddleboards and kayaks. Discover the secrets of Shem Creek, Bayview Creek, and Crab Bank Island while paddling. Herons and egrets will buzz about searching for remnants on the many oyster beds while dolphins and manatees often frolic through the water.  

Whether you spend the day swinging a club or paddling a kayak, you’ll be ready for dinner at home. No trip to Charleston is complete without a southern barbeque, and tonight you’ll swing into Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island where your dinner order awaits. Mouthwatering pulled pork, chopped brisket tacos, and banana pudding are calling. There’s no better way to spend your final night than poolside with a cold drink and southern food as you recap your unforgettable beach vacation with loved ones. 

At Home in Isle of Palms with Equity Estates 

Equity Estates’ custom-built, six-bedroom vacation home places you in the exclusive Isle of Palms enclave. With ample outdoor living space including a place to sun next to your private pool and a prime location just steps from the sand, you may never want to leave. Additional features include newly refinished pine flooring, custom woodwork throughout, gourmet kitchen, elevator, multiple porches, beach access across the street, and ocean views.  This residence is the perfect location for family and friends to gather for a memorable beach vacation.  

Your Destination Manager will plan your itinerary before you arrive and make sure your stay is effortless by arranging reservations for activities, transportation, and dining. Leave the details to us, and arrive to a fully stocked kitchen and bar with groceries of your choice from the local market. With Equity Estates, comfort and luxury prevail. 

Travel with Equity Estates for a unique and memorable experience. If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or  click  to schedule a call. Your beach friendly Isle of Palms getaway awaits! 

One of the many benefits of being an Equity Estates investor is having access to affiliate vacation properties in beautiful locations around the world.  

Whether you’re looking to get away to the countryside, explore the coast, or see the sights in a historic city, we’ve got dozens of luxurious partner homes in over 15 countries ready and waiting to make your vacation dream a reality. We’ve partnered with other luxury vacation home providers in Europe to bring you access to even more homes through our affiliate portfolio.

With the help of Brittany, our experienced Destination Manager, we’ve put together a list of five of our investors’ favorite reciprocal residences in Europe — highlighting the destinations, luxe amenities, and unique features that make each one extra special.  

Paris, France

Romantic Paris is all about rich history, deliciously rich food, and exquisite culture. From the iconic, cloud-piercing Eiffel Tower and Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral to the wide boulevards, quaint cobblestone side streets, and classic 19th century buildings, the charm of the city draws you in as soon as you arrive. And our chic Parisian partner residence puts you in the heart of it all. 

 Superbly located next to the glamorous avenue des Champs-Élysées and a short three-minute walk from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Metro Station, this classic Parisian vacation apartment features a spacious floorplan, two bedrooms with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, high ceilings, and fantastic natural light. Our investors particularly love the mix of elegant French details and modern amenities, as well as the gourmet kitchen and convenience to some of the best cultural, dining, and shopping hot spots in the city. 

While here, you can spend cozy days wrapped in the comfort of the home. Enjoy the wonders of the City of Lights (and love) by strolling the boulevards along the River Seine. Take in long, wine-paired lunches or late dinners at any of the breathtaking sidewalk cafes or Michelin-starred restaurants that Paris is known for. Explore the city’s local shops and high-end designer boutiques. Or tour the galleries of some of the world’s top museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, and the Museum of Modern Art. 

However, you choose to spend your vacation, this elegant French-chic apartment is an idyllic home-away-from home for any Parisian getaway. 

Something extra: Many of our investors love to pair their stay in Paris with a few extra vacation days in London at the beautiful Equity Estates home there. 

Barcelona, Spain 

Barcelona has long earned its status as a cultural hub, a culinary heaven, and one of the finest beach cities in Europe. Located on the beautiful northeastern shores of the Iberian Peninsula and best known for its storied architecture, magnificent historical landmarks, art museums, and world-class cuisine, it’s a cosmopolitan seaside destination with friendly, walkable neighborhoods, near-endless culture, and much to see and do. 

Our chic Barcelona partner residence is a centrally located uptown vacation apartment on the third floor of a grand, historic apartment block, making it easy for guests to get out and explore the city, while offering all the luxuries and comfort of home.  

At over 2,200-square-feet, the residence features two en-suite double bedrooms, a separate children’s room, a large living room with city views, a modern gourmet kitchen, and more. Comfortable and cozy, with European details and elegant touches throughout, the apartment is also fully air-conditioned and centrally heated, making it an ideal year-round vacation home in whichever season you choose to visit. 

While in Barcelona, be sure to visit the stunning Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, a towering church constructed in the late 1800s and designed by famed artist/architect Antoni Gaudi. And enjoy the gorgeous Spanish Gothic architecture of the Barcelona Cathedral; famed monuments such as Gaudi’s Art Nouveau Casa Batlló; and fabled artwork at the Picasso Museum or the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. But don’t overlook the city’s simple pleasures — cobbled city streets, stretches of golden sand along clear, blue sea, and cozy eateries serving everything from traditional tapas and paella to creative Michelin-starred dishes.  

From historical sites to Barcelona’s fabulous food and drink, and a beautiful urban apartment to call home while you’re here, you’ll love vacationing in this vibrant coastal city.  

Something extra: Our investors love getting out and exploring the city on foot, and no trip to Barcelona is complete without sipping sangria along Las Ramblas while marveling at street performers or wandering from café to café trying every tapa in the city. 

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a stunning city, a place where traditional European beauty, classical art and architecture, and modern culture meet. Once home to Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, and the Habsburg dynasty, today’s Vienna wows visitors with grand imperial palaces, stunning parks and gardens, and a thriving café culture. It’s a city of music and museums, greenspace and cozy neighborhoods, modern attractions and a thriving food scene. 

The elegant and spacious Vienna apartment, situated on the first floor of a historic mansion block, puts you close to the action, right in the heart of the city. Nestled on a quiet street near Mariahilfer Strasse — Vienna’s famous mile-long, car-free shopping street — the home features two double en-suite bedrooms, an impressive living room with historical wooden detailing, large windows, a gourmet kitchen, and a sophisticated dining room — all with high ceilings, antique plaster moldings, and other fine details. It’s an amazing residence that combines convenience and privacy within a charming neighborhood that’s perfect for walking.   

If you can, explore Vienna on foot, taking in the stunning architecture and immersing yourself in the rich culture of this beautiful city. Visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace while you’re here for a glimpse of what noble life would have been like in the 18th century. Stroll through the rose-filled, French Baroque-style Volksgarten. Ride Vienna’s famed Giant Ferris Wheel for unforgettable views. And enjoy an authentic Viennese coffeehouse experience at any of the cozy cafes around the city. 

Romantic, gorgeous and serene, Vienna is one vacation destination you will want to visit again and again. 

Something extra: Or Equity Estate investors love to visit the famous Vienna Opera House or see the Lipizzaners (the renowned dancing white horses of Vienna) at the Spanish Riding School when they’re here. 

Venice, Italy

The magical city of Venice is the perfect place to indulge your senses, marvel at ancient art and architecture, and fall in love. Made up of over 100 small islands connected by a series of canals and bridges, with ornate stone palaces, historic squares, outdoor markets, and neighborhoods filled with narrow alleyways, it’s a stunning, one-of-a-kind destination, unlike anyplace else in the world. 

Here, you can walk through narrow streets and over small bridges to visit local shops selling everything from designer clothes and Italian leather to Venetian masks and Murano glass; enjoy a traditional Italian lunch at one of the canal-side restaurants overlooking the famed Rialto Bridge; visit the city’s restored Gothic-style buildings and renowned art museums that seem to rise out of the water; and return home by gondola along small canals, silent but for the gentle sounds of the gondolier’s rèmo. 

Our fantastic Venice partner residence is a charming vacation apartment, located on the “piano nobile” (or main floor) of an exceptional palazzo in the Dorsoduro district. Just a short walk from the Grand Canal, it’s convenient to the most alluring sights of the city, yet provides a comforting refuge away from the busy tourist trail. Decorated in true Venetian style, with elegant touches throughout, the home features a spacious floorplan and two master suites — making it an ideal getaway for couples or families. And, with a separate media room, study with additional bedding options, modern gourmet kitchen, and large living and dining area, it’s the perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. 

There are few experiences that compare with a vacation in Venice. Romantic, unique, and brimming with history, the memories you make in this exceptional city will stay with you for years to come. 

Something extra: Our investors often love to pair their Venice vacations with time in Florence, enjoying a stay at the beautiful Equity Estates residence there. 

Prague, Czech Republic

With the perfect blend of bohemian allure, stunning architecture, and fairy-tale-like features, the romantic city of Prague is truly one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Rich in culture and history, with fantastic food, lively beer gardens, and unique shops and attractions, it’s easy to see why people come from all over the world to visit and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of this classic European city. 

Our luxury partner residence in Prague is a beautifully furnished and completely renovated vacation apartment on the first floor of a grand apartment block, centrally located on the banks of the Vltava River and walking distance to many of Prague’s top attractions. With two large, en-suite bedrooms, a modern gourmet kitchen, a large living/dining room with high ceilings and breathtaking views over the river, and luxurious touches throughout, it’s a spacious, yet cozy, home that’s perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a day out exploring the city. 

When in Prague, be sure to visit the famed Old Town Square and Baroque Church of St. Nicholas; stroll along narrow, cobblestoned streets and across the historic Charles Bridge for fantastic views of Prague’s gorgeous architecture (the bridge is especially stunning at night when the castle is illuminated); try authentic Czech cuisine at popular neighborhood cafés and restaurants; and check out the many galleries, museums, and fun art installations located throughout the city.  

Consistently named one of the most beautiful places in Europe as well as one of the world’s best travel destinations, the charming city of Prague is one you will definitely want to visit more than once. 

Something extra: Our investors love the classic European details of the Prague apartment as well as the included maid service.  

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With all of the luxurious, high-end features and comfort you expect from an Equity Estates residence, along with excellent service from our experienced Personal Travel Concierges and on-site local hosts, these affiliate vacation homes give you the opportunity to explore premiere international destinations at your leisure and create vacation memories to last a lifetime. 

If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or  click  to schedule a call. Your incredible European getaways await! 

Islamorada is a village of six islands on mile marker 88 of the Florida Keys just ninety miles from both Miami and Key West. This island paradise is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World and offers visitors an up-scale yet small-town atmosphere, scenic views in every direction, fishing, fresh seafood, and an abundance of quaint shops and art galleries.  

This popular Keys destination may just be the only place on Earth where you can catch a sailfish offshore then snag a tasty catch in the waters of the backcountry in the same day. With 24 miles of canals throughout the islands, there’s ample opportunities to explore the mangroves as sea life frolics around you.   

There’s no shortage of delicious seafood straight off the boat, tasty frozen drinks, live music, sandy beaches and crystal clear water perfect for snorkeling, paddle boarding and swimming.  

We interviewed our Destination Manager Chelsea to learn how she would spend five perfect days in this pristine village of Islands.

DAY 1: Road Trip to Key West

A stunning drive south down the Overseas Highway, also known as Route 1, will lead you through 90 miles of sea and sun to mile marker 0 where a fun day awaits in festive Key West. Before you hit the road, pop into the Midway Café (just .3 miles from the residence) for a freshly baked pastry, homemade quiche or refreshing breakfast smoothie.   

In under two hours you’ll find yourself in Key West where endless activities fill your roster. Start your day relaxing on Smathers Beach where you can bask in the white sand and take a dip in the turquoise water. When the sun works up your thirst, cool off with a delicious daiquiri at the Flying Monkeys Salon.  

For lunch you’ll love Key West’s favorite tapas restaurant, Santiago’s Bodega, where the laid-back ambience is enhanced with custom artwork. Located just off Duval Street, it’s in the thick of the best people watching and serves mouthwatering tenderloin alongside a variety of “small plates” guaranteed to fulfill.  

After lunch, the Hemingway House tour is a must. Then savor the flavor of Duval Street either by foot or rent a bike or scooter. Art galleries, live music, unique vendors, and colorful people pepper the popular corridor. End your Duval Street tour at Mallory Square for a front row seat to an amazing sunset and evening entertainers.  

For dinner, you’ll enjoy a fresh grouper sandwich and a live band at Schooner’s Wharf. This “last little piece of Old Key West” is at the foot of the historic harbor walk where you’ll embrace the true meaning of Conch life while checking out the boats.  

DAY 2: Fish On!

Café Moka is an upbeat local coffee shop in Islamorada and a delicious way to start the day with French pastries, sandwiches & coffee or espresso before heading to Bud & Mary’s Marina where we’ve booked your offshore or inshore (backcountry fishing) charter. Offshore catches include sailfish, marlin, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin (mahi-mahi) and tuna. Backcountry hooks yield tarpon and bonefish.  

Captain Larry brought our investors huge success in reeling in dinner over the years, and we are happy to book your charter with him. The world-famous World Wide Sportsman Store is minutes from the house where you can get outfitted with everything necessary for your fishing adventure. 

If your charter is in the morning, enjoy lunch at The Islamorada Fish Company. Their fresh ahi tuna salad is delicious, and you’ll love dining outdoors in the soft bay breeze as you overlook the Florida Gulf Coast.  

Back at the Islamorada residence, take an afternoon dip or sip a cocktail by the pool. For dinner, grill your fresh catch of the day at the cabanas and enjoy the sunset, hot tub and company of your friends and family.  

DAY 3: Kayak, Paddle Board and Enjoy Wildlife

Enjoy coffee on the deck overlooking the serene sunrise over the Atlantic. Your local host stocked the home with all your favorite foods prior to your arrival, so whip up a delicious breakfast before you head out for the day.   

This morning you’ll head to Back Country Cowboy where we’ve arranged a kayak or paddle board tour of the intricate mangroves. Dolphins, birds, turtles, sting ray, manatees and sharks are ready and waiting for you to observe on your journey. If you’d rather hit the pavement, they also rent bikes and can suggest some amazing rides nearby.  

For lunch, the Square Grouper is calling with its fresh seafood, craft cocktails and unbeatable location overlooking the bay. Their fresh mahi is delicious and the patio offers prime views of the Gulf and all its action.   

Back at home, the pool is calling for you to relax before heading to Morada Bay for a fabulous sunset and cocktails. This festive beach bar offers signature drinks and bay breezes guaranteed to please. Your Local Host made reservations next door at Pierre’s Restaurant, the iconic white mansion on the bay, for dinner. At dusk the beach offers a romantic backdrop to the most mouth-watering French fusion cuisine. With your feet in the sand and perfectly paired wine in hand, this will be one of your most memorable meals on the island.

DAY 4: Snorkeling, Sandbars, Singing & Seafood

Rise and shine and make your way over to the hip, iconic Green Turtle Inn – just a two-minute drive or ten-minute walk from the house – for their famous breakfast burritos and lobster benedict.   

We’ve made reservations at Aqua Blue Adventures where you’ll hop aboard a five-star charter boat to the Islamorada Sandbar, a snorkel adventure, or sightseeing excursions to Alligator Lighthouse (don’t worry – there aren’t any alligators). You can opt to stop by Publix and stock up on “Pub subs” and BYOB cocktails on the charter, or choose from dockside lunch menus for an all-inclusive experience. If you’re heading out in the afternoon, Wahoo’s Bar & Grill is a great choice for lunch before you board the charter.  

This afternoon we’ve made reservations for you to be pampered in paradise at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. After a relaxing massage or facial, you’ll appreciate a cold drink at the tiki bar while snacking on their fresh smoked fish dip and watching another award-winning sunset.  

For dinner, reservations at the waterfront Atlantic Edge Restaurant at the Cheeca Lodge will impress as you savor their blue crab stuffed yellowtail perfectly paired with the sommelier’s favorite wine. If you’ve got a craving for sushi, your local host will gladly reserve your table at Nikai Sushi Bar, also in the Cheeca Lodge. You can expect nothing short of delectably fresh sushi in the sportfishing capital of the world!  

DAY 5: Swim with the Dolphins & Feed the Tarpon at Robbie’s Marina

Today there are a number of activities you can choose from to round out your perfect Keys vacation. Back at the Midway Café, your coffee and breakfast sandwiches are hot and fresh. If it’s an active day you seek, try your hand at a round of Tennis back at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa.   

Calling all animal lovers at heart, the Theater of the Sea is a spectacular tribute to the sea life of Islamorada. Natural lagoons and tropical gardens are home to dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, and birds. The dolphins are playful in their indigenous habitat, and you have the rare opportunity to meet, swim and paint with them. For the history buffs, the History of Diving Museum is a homage to the fascinating story of the brave pursuit to explore the depths of the sea.  

An afternoon at Robbie’s Marina is akin to a waterfront amusement park with a tropical open-air market, parasailing, party boat fishing, restaurants and shopping. A trailer trash Bloody Mary from the Hungry Tarpon is a must-have on your visit. You can feed the tarpon, rent a paddleboard, or try your skills on a jet ski.  

If you’ve worked up an appetite, the Florida Keys Brewing Company not only has a fun tasting room but also serves amazing fresh fish tacos. If you’re seeking live music on your last night out, ask your Local Host to see who’s playing at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.   

Indulge in an afternoon siesta back at the house where the refreshing pool and hot tub await. Your Local Host saved the best for last with reservations at the renowned Chef Michaels where if locals are catching or growing it, their chefs are cooking it. Start off with fresh conch fritters but make sure to save room for your entrée, either the tuna tataki or “off the boat” seafood with pasta. The menu will change based on available fresh catches, so be sure to ask your server for suggestions.   

No trip to the Keys is complete without key lime pie, and for a real treat stop by Midway Café for their frozen key lime pie on a stick.  

At Home in Islamorada with Equity Estates 

This modern 3-bedroom, 3-bath luxury oceanfront penthouse is located within an exclusive, gated community. The home features panoramic views of the Atlantic from every room, as well as an array of amenities including a dock, pool, hot tub, cabanas and hammocks to make your stay special.  

The light-filled, end unit home has been recently renovated, and boasts a spacious open kitchen with top-of-the-line Bosch appliances. For your convenience, there’s covered parking and an elevator that takes you up to an open veranda and right to your front door.  

Just outside, you’ll find a resort-style community pool, hot tub, cabanas with outdoor grills and inviting hammocks. Click here to view the Islamorada residence.

About Sargassum 

Please note that during summer months there is an influx of sargassum on the beaches of Islamorada. Sargassum is a marine alga, commonly known as seaweed. It grows in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.  

While the community works vigilantly to clean up the seaweed it can often limit the ocean access immediately behind the residence. Sargassum season begins in late May or June through hurricane season, which ends November 30th.