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“Superb! Have no fear!”
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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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Melbourne, Florida
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2 reviews
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“Superb! Have no fear!”
Reviewed 31 July 2011

This quaint little resort was just what the doctor ordered. It is very much so set up for couples. The cottages are individually themed and very comfortable. Each has a little webber BBQ and a kitchen. So you can cook in, or dine out. The owners are very, very friendly and helpful. We even changed our snorkeling reservations upon their recommendations and were very happy we did. They even have r a romance package - which includes fresh flowers a bottle of champagne and local chocolates.They have kayaks you can borrow to go cruise around the bay as well as other games you can play to spend the evenings. When we go back, we will stay here again. Not only will we stay here again, I have continued to tell friends and family about Island Bay - they really were that great!

Room Tip: book early to get the room you want - then call them!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

We read wonderful reviews and while it was a nice place, we felt it was overpriced for what we received. I would have at the very least expected to find coffee in the room. There was a coffee maker but no cups and no coffee which was strange since it has a kitchen. The owners were nice but didn't really go out of their way for us in any way. The place was cute but small and dated. The "living room" only had only one chair which faced the TV so we couldn't both watch TV together. The walk down to the beach and the beach area were very nice. It was fine but I wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2011

A private beach that is kept pristine. Kayaks waiting for a trip around the lagoon. Utterly darling cottage-type rooms with stocked kitchenettes. Perfect sunsets. Surprisingly quiet (though just off the main route through the Keys). Pristinely kept. Super cool owners. Spots to grill and chill. Snorkeling just off the beach. Our second trip there won't be our last.

Room Tip: The end unit is in high demand but has an awesome view!
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

You have three options in the Keys. High priced luxury hotels, dingy motels, and the more rare, boutique cottages run by caring inn-keepers. The last is tough to find! My new wife and I tried many and finally found Island Bay Resort in Tavernier. It is an extremely clean, modern and well kept property that extends from the immaculate bay-side beach to the modern bathrooms and kitchens in each cottage. My wife and I felt so much more comfortable here than at the soul-less big hotels. You can tell a lot about an establishment by how they spend their time and money on maintenance. Everything felt clean and modern. We saved a lot of money making our own drinks and then walking just a few steps to the beach. We loved watching the sunset from the lounge chairs on the dock, playing Bocci ball, Cornhole, kayaking and snorkeling in the bay. The nearby Tavernier creek provides easy access to the Atlantic side and fantastic reefs (This can't be overstated. If you rent a boat but stay on the bay-side, you'll want to be close to access point to the atlantic side, or you'll spend all day driving thorough channels just to get to the open ocean). We stayed in Key Largo and Key West at decent places, but we're only coming back to the Island Bay Resort.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ashand
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

I don't usually do reviews, this is actually my first one but we loved Island Bay so much that I wanted to let people know. It's a great place to stay, very clean, great beach and the owners are so friendly. It's a private beach so there aren't a lot of people on it. They have snorkeling gear you can use there at the resort for free as well as kayaks. They have chairs on the beach and hammocks. It feels more like you are staying at someone's house rather than a hotel or resort. This is THE place to stay if you are thinking about a trip to the Keys!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

This place is really great! Very clean cottages and an awesome little private beach for the guests. Mike really keeps the place very tidy. The grounds have all kind of lounge chairs, hammocks and also some games you can play. We would definately return again!!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

I wanted to take my mother to the Keys for Memorial Day weekend and after reading all the reviews on Trip Advisor I had to check it out. I booked us for 3 nights at IBR and I must say my high expectations were EXCEEDED. Everything you read on trip advisor about this resort is 100% true. The setting is quaint, the cottages are VERY clean and have neat details that make each one unique. Being on the gulf side is a plus since the water is so flat you can comfortably lay on a raft, which they provide, or take a kayak out in the bay, which they also provide.
Mike and Carol are very helpful on restaurant options and definatly ask them for recomendations for snorkle/dive tours. They know all the ins and outs and led me to the right company which made for the best snorkling trip ever!!!
I will be back again to watch the beautiful sunsets right from the private beach at IBR. A true GEM!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Island Bay Resort

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 
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Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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