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“lovely, quiet cottage style accommodation, charming hosts.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Island Bay Resort

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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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“lovely, quiet cottage style accommodation, charming hosts.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

we came her to dive the wrecks on the keys, which are worth doing. however, the water was colder than we thought so had to by some extra neoprene. island Bay is charming, almost quaint. cottages are comfortable with necessary amenities, the beach are is quiet and relaxing with plenty of shaded areas. location is fine, two very good restaurants within a couple of miles: Snappers and Marker 88. supermarket is a mile south and has all one needs. we used Conch Divers, which is also one mile south, very friendly and efficient dive operation, but not guided unless required.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    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 7 April 2014

Each cottage has it's own unique interior decorations....we stayed in the Conch unit which featured shells and wall mounted pix of Conch Key. Each room has a TV and the desk space in the bedroom was an added bonus ....
Our hosts couldn't have been more helpful....on arrival they provided us with a sheet of recommended restaurants, etc. that were "spot on".
The kitchen is completely furnished with everything you could possibly need right down to skewers and matches for the Weber grill outside..
The evening sunsets were enjoyed in the Adirondak style chairs near the dock for a perfect, unobstructed view...can't wait untill we return in the future...

Green Features: Noticed was a fan/light in the shower that turned off automatically via a motion sensor and recycle cans are available for glass, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

A hidden gem in the Keys, a boutique motel (cottages) that gives you the perfect blend of seclusion, tranquility and beauty. We stayed in two different cottages during our stay. The suite (Cottage 9) was very nice and comfy. We also stayed in a smaller cottage (3) that was very charming. First thing you will notice when you enter this small resort is how spotlessly clean it is. The second thing is the beautiful landscaping, very tropical. I asked Carol if she could to my home up North and decorate! The resort is so charming, and the decorations are really nicely done on the outside and inside. Carol and Mike are the best hosts! My wife and I had a chance to really decompress and relax here.

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Green Features: The cottages and the resort are environmentally friendly, with on premises recycling, and tips on how to to minimize the impact on the fragile Keys.
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

This Cottage community of 10 cottages is located just off Route one on the sunset side of the key. Cottages are like little boat cabins .. very clean and very well put together with kitchenettes. Because the cabins are close to the road make sure to get a cabin with a low number such as one or two which away from the road and close to the beach

  • Stayed April 2014
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Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Very private cabins that reminiscent of small ships cabins. Very well equipped. They are close to route 1 so ask for low numbered. cabin or keep the air conditioning on. Beach is lovely and quiet and sunsets fabulous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

This was our first visit and it will not be our last ! Mike and Carol are simply lovely hosts and they have a really special place. We stayed in room 7 Conch and had the best sleep of our entire two week keys trip. The beauty is that you never feel crowded - I think most of the domestic US guests tend to go out for the day, so we would walk down to the beach and have it all to ourselves !
We loved sitting out on the dock chatting to other guests at sundown with a drink and then round to chads for a pizza . This is a tranquil , peaceful retreat from the outside world - we will be back !

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lowell, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

in describing IBR. If you are seeking a relaxing georgeous place to stay there is no other!
I am late in posting this, as we stayed here in Dec 2013. This was TA's fault because I could not seem to be able to post a comment when we first returned home fro paradise.
I can only add to all other reviews that we will return till death do us part.
Relax and reload your juices here and you will not regret it
THANK YOU Mike & Carol for what you have done to make IBR what it is!!!

Green Features: They are striving to be the greenest resort not only in the Keys, but the whole country
  • Stayed December 2013, 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 
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Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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