About a 5-10min drive to Marathon and probably same to Islamorada & 1hr from Key West makes it an ideal location. Stayed in one of the smaller suite rooms, parking right up front. Small porch area to sit. It could use some upkeep (add back floorboards), housekeeping didn't clean coffee splashes on wall or fingerprints on door going in...easy things I did myself, however considering how hard it must be to upkeep all the sand and wet bathing suits people trudge into the room it was ok. You get hair dryer, iron, mini fridge, etc. Would suggest bringing your own shampoo/conditioners, theirs is kinda watery and you take quite a bit of showers. You can fish in the boat ramp area and catch grunts, there is a sink to wash. You can snorkel off the boat ramp area I saw yellow/purple fish, horned fish, black and white dotted fish...be wary of the current it can carry you out quickly when the tide is going out.
Suggest you bring: dry bags (if you go to kayak), underwater camera, water shoes (the boat ramp is VERY slippery and if you decide to launch kayak there note that. Also note that the beachy area has solid ground but if you wade out past the mangroves or get out your kayak you will sink in white "muck" as I would term it. The sand is more like silt-it looks deceivingly like sand. Would also pick up more substantial breakfast items. They have lots of oranges and carbs - if you need protein bring your own. Wish the staff would put all the yogurts on ice in the AM more than the water because warm yogurt (ones lying out of ice) just didn't taste kosher.
The place was full when I was there but honestly I thought I was on a private island. It was dead quiet, no cell phones, 2 or 3 people on beach area, 2 or 3 people kayaking. I had to go to a chain hotel for a day after here and I was in shock at all the noise and people on cell phones in the pool-wished I was back at the Cottages.
Kayaking notes: The lagoon has dark brown water and really no outlet unless you can limbo under a very low bridge but wouldn't try it. Kayaking off the beach or boat ramp into the ocean- make sure you know tide schedule. Google map the property and you can see the channel between the island and Hawk Key. I saw sea turtles and tarpon in it. If you kayak over to Hawk Key you can kinda see their activities but be wary of the winds as you may drift to the other side of the island. If you kayak to the point near the houses there is a strong current around the rocks there and the wind picks up much heavier. In that little strip of mangroves right there though there is a small wooden stilt shack.
Overall: Would stay again!
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- Come stay and renew your spirit with the tranquility and charm of this tropical island paradise. Choose from one of the large, luxurious waterfront vacation villas, lovingly maintained historical cottages or nicely appointed and beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites. Experience the pleasure of the Florida Keys slower paced lifestyle and discover the perfect island escape for relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conch Key Cottages Hotel Walker`s Island
- Little Conch Key FL - Florida Keys