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Best of Both Worlds
Ranked #9 of 11 Islamorada B&B and Inns
Venice, Florida
2 reviews
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“amazing view with hospitality to match”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

This has become our new favorite place to stay. We were guests for 2 weeks and the managers Kevin and Dana were two of the nicest people. They made our stay even more than we could have hoped for. We tried out two different units and both were quite accommodating. Truly the management was the icing on an amazing vacation. We will be going back soon. Cant wait to stay and enjoy our new friends.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Salt of the earth people run the place. They will accommodate every need and really care about your time spent there! Kevin and Dana are the best. If your looking for a place to get away and feel welcomed, you have found the best of both worlds! Say hi to Buddy!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My wife, son and I stayed for 3 days during April in one of the apartments. Clean and cool with a great patio overlooking the back yard and the bay. Was a great place to have breakfast and sit out in late afternoon. Kevin and Dana are great...felt like staying with friends. When we brought home a coconut, Kevin got his drill and sawzall to help us and then proceeded to harvest more coconuts from their palms. He then pointed to the papaya tree and showed my son and I how to position ourselves as "catchers" with a recycled lawn chair cushion. Papayas were freshest we ever had and enjoyed them as part of our breakfasts. The access to the bay from the back dock is an easy step down and a great place to do some light snorkeling.

We really liked the location too...it was easy to travel to the more populated area of Islamorada to the north so good access to restaurants and such, and good access to Marathon where we went to Dolphin Research Center.

Kevin and Dana are quite knowledgeable about the area and especially sealife...they both used to raise and care for dolphins at well known aquariums and sea parks.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Marmora, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

The cottage we stayed in was perfect!We were looking for a private lovers wknd, to get away and we found it with BOBW. Our room was cozy, the grounds were well kept & all of the amenities were included; very refreshing not to be nickle & dimed with every extra.We took out a kayak and did some fishing. Dana provided us with bait and we caught fish right out back. Great spot to chill out and relax.

  • Stayed May 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Exactly as described by the owners and the other reviewers: unit with everything you need to spend a great holiday, fantastic location on the bay, very kid friendly and great hosts who do everything to make your vacation even better The boat trip where my daughter could steer herself was 'the best part of the entire vacation'. So thanks Kevin for the highlight of Zia's holiday. We'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Best of Both Worlds is nestled in this perfect little spot along the Overseas Highway. Very close to the beach park and a bunch of really great restaurants and other marine attractions. There was kayaking, sailing, bikes, snorkeling gear- all available on premises- and a very cozy Mom and Pop feel to the whole experience.
Kevin and Dana, the innkeepers, made me feel so welcome from the moment I arrived, they are incredibly warm and friendly people, and were happy to accommodate all of my requests during my stay.
I will definitely be back to Best of Both Worlds because I loved the cozy feel of the property and it was close to everything I wanted to do.
A five star personal experience in paradise!!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Best of Both Worlds. We'd give Best of Both Worlds 10 stars if we could. Let's see, would it be for the Resort itself, or for the hosts, Kevin and Dana? Hmmm.... both! We loved our cottage which looked right onto the bay. We had kayaks and bicycles available for our use at any time. We had resident parrot fish, other random fish, lobster, pelican, osprey, a bald eagle, and dolphin! Yes, dolphin - we had our own wild dolphin encounter when kayaking in the bay.
The cottage itself was perfect, the bed comfortable and the kitchen large enough to cook in. There were special touches in the cottage that let us know Dana and Kevin wanted us to feel special and comfortable. The location made getting to Key Largo AND Key West possible.
We both felt honored to be in the presence of Kevin and Dana. Kevin (see bio) rescued/trained animals and dolphins for 38 years. Wow. You'll want to have lots of conversations with both of them. And make sure to have Kevin take you out for a sunset sail. That was frosting on the cake.
Thank you Kevin and Dana, we are still smiling when we think of you and Best of Both Worlds!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Best of Both Worlds
Address: 75700 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-4003
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a quarter mile off the highway, this 1.75 Acres of private waterfront property is quiet, secluded, and lush with coconut palms and papaya trees. A slice of Old Keys-style paradise, there are only three units on the property, all of which have beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the many mangrove islands in the distance. Three of the units on the property are efficiency units and come with everything you need. Two are perfect for couples, and one is great for larger groups. The old conch-house style units are very clean and comfortable, with just a hint of the old quirky, "Keys-ee" decor. Have you ever wanted to try sleeping on a boat? We have one of sailboats waiting for you. Need room to spread out? Consider staying at the townhouse on the property next door. Only steps away from the water, you will not find accommodations that offer more peace, quiet, privacy, and amenities. Experience the beautiful sunsets every night, and take advantage of our complimentary bicycles, kayaks and snorkeling gear. Have your own boat? We've got plenty of room to dock it during your stay at no extra charge. Maybe you'd like to try sailing? We also have sailboats on the property available to rent. When you are not out sailing, snorkeling or kayaking, there is always plenty to see and do at the Best of Both Worlds, Islamorada. ... more   less 
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