Shrimp tacos. SAMANTHA DELLILO/Keys Weekly

By Samantha Dellilo

Did you know the Islamorada Resort Collection not only welcomes locals to eat and drink on their property, but the resort also provides local discounts? The Islamorada Resort Collection is made up of Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina (locals know it as Holiday Isle), Amara Cay Resort, La Siesta Resort Villas and Pelican Cove Resort & Marina. All you have to do is request a local Conch card from your server or bartender. It is a hard plastic card the size of a room key. You get to keep it and simply present the card before ordering each visit. It provides you 15% off food and beverage. 

We all know resort food and drinks can be a little pricey, so this discount definitely makes a difference. I chose to eat at the upstairs Raw Bar at Postcard Inn and the view was out of this world. Looking out to the ocean while eating my shrimp tacos and sipping my rum runner, I thought I hope this lunch isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw 15% knocked off not only my food but my alcoholic beverage as well. That alone will keep me coming back time and time again. 

Most of the prime property here in the Keys is owned by various resorts. It’s nice to be able to live here and get a peek at the ocean once in a while without buying a night’s stay. Don’t feel out of the loop if you haven’t gotten a  Conch card yet. They’re new as of this month and just started being distributed upon request. If carrying a whole extra card in your wallet isn’t for you, the conch card isn’t required for the 15% discount. Feel free to use your Monroe County driver’s license in its place. 

If you, family or friends are planning on a room stay in the future, don’t stress about which resort in the collection you pick. Another Islamorada Resort Collection perk for overnight guests is access to all four of their properties. They even provide transportation among the four hotels. This access means you get to enjoy the amenities, dining and events all four resorts offer while staying at one. As someone who struggles to make decisions, this takes the stress and guesswork out of where to stay. Great job, Islamorada Collection; I’ll speak on behalf of the locals and say thank you.