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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“They've thought of everything!”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

We can't say enough about the Island Bay Resort. It exceeded our expectations and beyond.
It's so quiet, private, picturesque and comfortable. Also centrally located for restaurants and activities. The small beach is great, plenty of seating with umbrellas and shady spots. We took the kayak out one day, and snorkeled every day. Calm, shallow and warm waters - not a lot of fish, but we saw needlefish, and a few colorful species.
Carol and Mike are the ultimate hosts, and Candace is great, as well. We came to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and hope it's not another 25 until we return...LOVED Island Bay Resort.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newington, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed for two nights on the way down to Key West. It was the perfect way to start the de-stressing process:). The owners, the grounds, the peacefulness was exactly what I had envisioned after reading other reviews and exploring their website.

There are so many little touches that just make it easy to relax and enjoy. We stayed at the Boats and Birds cottage. Was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The beach area is inviting and comfortable with lounge chairs and hammocks, snorkeling gear and sea kayaks for the guests to use, a bocce court and quiet.

Highly recommend!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Marquette, Michigan
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Very relaxing place to stay. Owners are very friendly and make your stay special. Very clean units. A lot of attention is given to every unit. The owners really want you to have an excellent stay in the area. They even left candy on the deck table on Easter Morning - or maybe it was the Easter Bunny.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

My inclination is to trash the Island Bay Resort in the upper Keys. That way no one will go there and we can stop in any time and know there will be plenty of accommodations. Much like the Tween Waters Inn in the 70's Sanibel, this little slice of Keys heaven is head and shoulders above any "resort" we have found on the Overseas Highway.
It is small; it is private; it is clean; it is fun; it is family; it is couples; it is retirees; it is honeymooners.....the proprietors apparently only deal in "perfect" and it's ez to see why they have a significant repeat customer base.
The individual cottages are all keys themed...but each differently. For instance we stayed in Sunset and the entire cottage had whimsical, yet appropriate SUN accessories and art. Our cottage had a full kitchen (some do not) and a lovely sitting area with full sized LED digital tv, and a sizable bedroom with plentiful closet space. Cars are parked directly across from each cottage.
There are three elderly cats on the property, each with quite a different personality.....all fit the landscape perfectly at Island Bay

Families intent on diving or couples intent on unwinding....there's plenty of space. Out the front door on the patio are comfy deck chairs under an umbrella, a weber grill, and plenty of places to hang swim suits and towels to dry in the sun.

The private beach is a short walk down the row of cottages. Hammocks are perfectly located under giant Malayan Palms along the shore. Chickee huts with sofas and lounge chairs accommodate those who aren't full time sun worshipers. The lounge chairs facing Florida Bay are easy to move and generally fallasleepable. The dock leads out to accommodate any mid size boats or sloops. The several days we were there, the proprietor, Mike and friends boated into the Bay for fish---which are plentiful in that area. We saw two dive boats come in to drop off Island Bay guests as well. The beach is pristine sand and the water not deep out to the end of the dock.

Island Bay is perfectly located for restaurant options and Florida Upper Keys recreation and sight seeing. Mike and Carol know the area top to bottom and can direct newbies or veterans to their desired food/activity.
There are supermarkets nearby.....movie theaters, and drug stores.
But at the resort you'd never know it. It's a little like Brigadoon in its charm. As you reluctantly drive out to US 1 and return to civilization...when you look back......it might just vanish into the Keys ether. If you go, and find it as wonderful as we did.......please don't tell anyone.....

Room Tip: If you plan to do your own cooking......be sure and ask if one of the cottages with full kitchen is...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

This was my second year in a row at Island Bay and the resort was as pleasant as could be hoped for. I can't imagine a more relaxing place to spend my vacation than this charming place. Not for those looking for loud parties, this resort is monitored pleasantly by its owners who are always available to answer any questions. Rooms are clean and well appointed with kitchen and utensils. The grounds are spotless. A nearby store provides all food and drink needs and there's even a Dairy Queen across the street for ice cream. The lounge chairs are quite comfortable with excellent sunset views each night. I look forward to my next stay with great anticipation! Thanks Mike and Carol!!

  • Stayed February 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

From the moment we turned into the stone drive we knew this place was different. Every inch of this resort shows the attention to detail and loving care that Mike and Carol have put into it. Starting with our greeter 'Wahoo' the crooked tail cat, to the flowers, music and soft lighting in our room, to the perfectly arranged beach furniture, and beautifully manicured grounds. We were blown away, our only regret is not staying on the resort very much as we had so much planned in the Keys. We will be back to enjoy 'just the resort'. Mike and Carol had great suggestions for all requests including a wonderful masseuse that came to me on there private beach. Cudos to Mike and Carol..great job!!!!

Room Tip: Lower numbered rooms closer to water
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cool, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We booked our honeymoon stay based on the reviews here on TripAdvisor. Our goal was to visit the Keys from one end to the other, which we did. But always, every night, we wished we could be watching the sunset at the pier at Island Bay Resort. As others have said, Mike and Carol have created a slice of paradise that leaves you feeling relaxed, content, and grateful to have found such a wonderful spot. There are other guests staying there, but you feel it is your special bungalow in beautiful south Florida. You could say it was the cleanliness, the friendliness, the ambiance, the simplicity,; and it is all of that- but more. The resort is an expression of love by the owners, and it shows. They offer the amenities for you to have your own getaway, from the decor to the wonderful beach area. Just fantastic!

Room Tip: plan to watch the sunset from the beach- it is wonderful
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank gary p
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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 Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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