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“Absolutely heavenly” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Bay Resort

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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersSilver level
Minneapolis, MN
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Absolutely heavenly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

My husband and I had a relaxing 5-day stay here. It is wonderfully quiet and peaceful. The individual houses were so cute and had all the little thoughtful touches inside and out to make it the perfect place to stay. The cooler to use when you went to the beach and beach towels to use as needed were especially thoughtful. The kitchenette had essentials, which was great. We didn't end up going kayaking, but they had kayaks for guest use if interested, and snorkeling equipment as well. Carol and Mike were very helpful and friendly. We made good use of their recommendations of local places to eat and booked a nice snorkeling tour on their recommendation. All in all, it was amazing if peace and quiet and a pretty little keys beach is what you are looking for.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank bain0039
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

The resort is very peaceful and helped us relax very well. It is very unlike the big hotels and we loved our experience. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

The owners, Carol and Mike, have thought of everything for a splendid vacation. The individual houses are charming, complete and a few steps from the beach. It is a perfect spot to relax, enjoy nature or jump into your car to explore the keys.

Room Tip: Their website has photos of each little house. When I booked the reservation, Carol suggested #3 and...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

My wife and I stayed here for five nights. The owners, Mike and Carol, have created a wonderful little world here with ten cottages tucked away in a private oasis. As we turned in the driveway, we were suddenly in a charming Caribbean island getaway. There are ten little cottages, a beautiful private sandy beach with a dock, a Tiki hut, beach chairs and a beautiful view of the water. Each night, we would sit on a beach chair and watch the sunset.

Our cottage was beautifully appointed with photographs taken by the owners. The windows and a lovely ceiling fan provided a cooling breeze and we did not even need to turn on the AC. The bed and pillows were so comfortable and the room was so quiet that we slept very well. There was a tiny kitchenette with a stove, microwave, fridge and sink.The bathroom had a nicely tiled shower with plenty of hot water.

The property was ideally located for us. There are restaurants and a convenience store within walking distance, a shopping center a few minutes away by car, and a wonderful bird sanctuary a mile north. Aside from a one day drive out to Key West, we spent most of our trip within an hour of the hotel and had plenty to do. Numerous snorkel and scuba operators are within a short drive. We also found interesting places to hike and explore in the area. Whenever we needed advice on places to go and things to do and places to eat, Carol and Mike had a lot of helpful suggestions.

Room Tip: Definitely get Room 1 - Key West if it is available. It has a private deck facing the beach and is...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank KayakUSA
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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Island Bay Resort for 2 nights in mid-Jan. It is a really nice resort - very, very clean and well cared for - with it's own beautiful little beach. The beach area was the best part - several little gatherings of beach chairs and loungers (with their own cushions, umbrellas and tables, a bean bag toss game area, tables and chairs to play cards/games, several fabulous hammocks... The properties around them had their own beach area also but this beach was much better. You can tell they really take pride in their resort and keep everything top notch. The cottages have good space (not massive but totally all that you need) including a small kitchenette, table/chairs, personal outdoor patio with deck chairs and a grill. Tavarnier is a small, quiet area so it is best to have a car to get around. But really, with a trip to the grocery store, a good book (or whatever works for you) - you wouldn't have to leave for several days.

Room Tip: Only one of the cottages is really on the water but even the farthest away is about a 30 second walk...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Island Bay Resort
Address: 92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2758
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo > Tavernier
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island Bay Resort provides you with a complete "Florida Keys experience." Our hotel is centrally located between Key Largo and Islamorada and just two hours from Key West and Miami. Enjoying your Florida vacation is easy. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, boating and sunbathing can all be enjoyed from our resort's beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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