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“September holiday” 5 of 5 stars
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99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037   |  
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Spring Lake, MI
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“September holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We went there for our honeymoon last September (wedding was in May, 2011, but we didn't get to go away until September). We had a great time. We really liked the cottages. It was so different .... I might describe it as eclectic! Most other places are so cold and the same old same old - no personality! Also, the staff you have there is also so nice and helpful. All in all we had a great time! Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Austin, Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

This was just the thing for a sailing man and his tag-along wife. Our cottage was great, and having a kitchen meant we could have lazy breakfasts in our pajamas, then we made sandwiches for lunch out on the water, and we could go out for a nice meal for dinner. The staff was as helpful as you wanted; amazing balance between being there when you needed them without being intrusive. If you don't sail, and you want a luxury resort, this might not be for you. For us, the price and the comfort was perfect. There are many good seafood places in the area and you can walk to the closest one(s). We took a day trip and drove down to Key West and back; we were glad to be at Key Largo to stay.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brunswick, ME
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

My husband and I have just returned from our week at KLSC. We wanted to sail, and thought this was a good possibility, and affordable. We of course read some of the criticisms on this website, and decided we'd book the trip and make the best of whatever came our way.

Well, we couldn't have been happier with our experience. Now, I agree -- this place is not for everyone. If you want a boutique hotel with fancy soaps, manicured grounds, and a concierge, stay somewhere else. But I don't get it -- people go down to the Keys for a "Buffet" experience -- and this place is so Buffet he's probably written a song about it! So think about what kind of experience you want before you book your trip.

Here's what we got: We stayed in the Mermaid, which is set back from the water. It has just the basics, including a small fridge, stove, all the utensils you'd need, a queen size bed, bunk beds, a tiny bathroom, bath and beach towels, a cooler for picnics (or keeping your coldies down by the water), and a nice outdoor area that is sheltered from the wind. We had a grill and outdoor table, and outfitted the area with little candles that made it so wonderful! We also got an amazing mural (of a mermaid of course) in the room. The place was very clean, and or lock worked fine (though we didn't worry about it too much).

We also are sailors and were assigned one of the Catalina 22s. Some of the Catalinas were newer, some older; all were acceptable for sailing. We saw some that looked very new; most had hank-on jibs but some had roller-furling. We got an older version and although were it our boat we'd spiff it up and add a radio etc, it had a clean bottom and everything was in working order. We had all the safety equipment we needed, although a radio would have added some measure to our comfort. One couple brought their hand-held GPS and we'll do the same next time. No one complained about the boats when we were there. Two couples signed up for sailing lessons from Capt. Joe and had the time of their life. They sailed with him 3 days (1/2 day sessions) and thereafter were comfortable on their own. Buttonwood Bay is well protected and a fun place to sail. We sailed around the Bay 2 days, up to the mangrove tunnels one day (amazing, a must-do, take a kayak and marvel at them), and most of the way to the mud bath another day. Our boat was on a mooring, but some were on the docks. The mooring is frankly easier to put the boat on so we were happy. The engines on all the boats were newer Tohatsu 4 strokes, on very nice mounts (even I could manage to raise the engine, which on our own boat is impossible). All the engines we saw worked great. In addition to the Catalinas, there were 2 Sunfish which we took out one day (wow what fun). One was quite new and the other older but perfectly serviceable. There are a wide variety of kayaks, some nicer some less so, this also being true for the paddles. We took a double kayak up to the mangrove tunnels, towed behind our sailboat and taken out after anchoring. We also took other single kayaks out to explore the shore. Kids had these out in the more protected areas around the docks and seemed to be having a great time. There is a small trimaran we didn't get to use but it looked fun. Also fishing poles (great for the kids), snorkel equipment, water shoes, etc. Very good for families who'd have to buy this stuff and travel with it otherwise. A bunch of the kids used the fishing rods off the docks and had good luck with mangrove snappers. They were obviously having a blast. We also went out with Paul for a sunset cruise and had a blast. He is obviously a real sailor as he insisted on sailing onto the dock -- considering the big cat is a "pig" it was impressive.

Meals: You are about 2 miles from a nice Publix supermarket. There is also a fish store within walking distance, and for minor stuff you can walk to Walgreens, CVS, or a big convenience store. We had a good coffee pot, microwave, and toaster. Our freezer was small but big enough for a bag of ice and some ice cream (which was pretty melty but who cares?). We made very simple breakfasts (bagels, fruit salad, microwavable sausages). We also made all our lunches and took our cooler with us. We grilled almost every night. There was a grill at our room and a nice stainless steel one down in the tiki hut. We saved tons of money making our own food. However, it is nice to eat out, which we did a few times. We enjoyed Denny's Cuban Cafe (I love Cuban food and we were the only people speaking English in the place). You can walk to 5-6 restaurants; Mrs Macs (we didn't go but everyone had good things to say), a seafood place on the ocean side, Bayside Grill (OK but not that exciting, but a good view), Ice Cream, Burger King and Wendys (if you must), and a few others. There is also liquor within walking distance. We got good wireless at the Tiki but not in our room (although if you held the computer up high the signal came in). This was fine as really, why would you want to be on a computer when you're in the Keys?

One of the things that really made our time great was the other guests. There is a common area down by the water with lounge chairs, tables, and hammocks, and everyone gathers there for sunset. We had our "Painkillers" every night while discussing the day with our neighbors. The staff often comes down and chats but we never saw them drinking. By the end we knew most of the folks by name and really enjoyed our time with them. They were "good people".

We loved our week and really enjoyed KLSC. We know this is not the place for everyone. If you decide to come, you'll get a very affordable sailing vacation, in a great location. Be open minded. If you're high maintenance, go elsewhere -- you will be miserable. If you're ready to roll with the punches, you'll love this place.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hawaii
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

Great cottages, ours was facing the Florida Bay and the sail boats. It was awesome! I have some great photos from our free sunset sail with Captain Paul. Our cottage was large with a jacuzzi tub and kitchenette. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. We met several wonderful people there and shared a barbeque grilled dinner with them by candlelight. Then, the next day they took us sailing and a short sail lesson. We had such a great wonderful time, we plan to return next year and stay 7 nights and get certified sailing lessons. They allow you to take out one of their many boats on your own if you are certified. What a great place and we love you all, Paul, Rob, Theresa and all the staff. Such great times under the tiki hut talking and singing songs. Thank you Paui, for the wonderful free sunset sail. We saw the sunset from one side of the boat, then minutes later, turned around and saw the full moon rising from the other side of the boat. Thank you so much!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

This was my second trip to KLSC and as usual it meant all my expecatations. The captains quarters were clean & fine and the sailing was good. The weather was better than earlier this month which helped. The weather earlier was a freak of nature. Anyone from the north should not complain about 70 degree weather. Our boat was ready and nicely prepared and we really enjoyed our sailing experiences. Paul, the owners susnset sails were great and realaxing. If you go ask him about the "pirate song". The bay was pretty and breakfast at DJ''s across the road were incredible. We have always enjoyed this place as we are not "resort" people and really enjoyed the low key (no pun intended) experience of the club. It is not for everyone, but if you like quiet and sailing it is the place to be.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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N. Delaware
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2009

Its a quaint slightly rustic place with friendly and helpful staff.
I enjoyed sailing with my sons, nearby snorkeling and so on,
The food at the little restuarant right there is awesome
THe place is fairly clean and they keep working to improve it.
It was cold and windy in the mid 70's of course back home it was about 8 degrees
If you like to sail its a really good value. They have lots of other water craft there for you to use also..We will be back for more

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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North Ayrshire, Scotland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

We toured around Florida in an RV for the first time. We decided before leaving home in Scotland that we would stay here for 4nights. The price seemed very good and we thought we might be ready to get out of the RV for a few nights. We had read the reviews and knew (as guesthouse owners ourselves) that sometimes you cannot please everyone, so only paid attention to the positive comments. There are some people who just love to complain and yes, there are ants (so what!!) and yes maybe a little more sand would look nice. However none of these trivialities will spoil your holiday. If you arrive at Key Lime Cottages in the right frame of mind and embrace the wonderful experience of staying in this little slice of paradise, you will not be dissapointed! The staff were lovely, very laid back and never in a rush. Rob took the time to snorkel with our 9year old son and show him things of interest. Dusty cooked for us several times at the tiki hut (usually supplying the ingredients himself!!) Our son caught a fish (after being shown how by a fellow guest) and Dusty very kindly cooked it for him that evening along with some delicious pork and homemade salsa he brought from home! I had never snorkelled before (usually too concerned about my hair or things getting into my ears!) but the area around the boats is amazing, just alive with fish and all the equipment is provided. The staff also showed my son how to catch bait and helped him until he got it right!......so look beyond any dust that may (or may not!) be under the beds and be glad that you managed to find a great place, full of great people to vacation with. We will, without doubt be back here again.......To sneak out to the Tiki Hut early in the morning with our pancakes and coffee before the kids wake up, to laugh and drink beer in the evenings with the other guests and staff, to experience the lovely sunset cruise and friendly hospitality.......and for a thousand other reasons!!
Thank you everyone at Key Lime Cottages for our wonderful stay!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each One Of Our Themed and Uniquely decorated Beach front & non Beach front Cottages Includes FREE, 22' Sailboat + Free Kayaks, Sail/Row/ Paddle Boats for Adults & Kids, Canoes, Snorkel/Fishing Gear, Dolphin/Manatee visits, Awesome Sunsets from our docks/Beach / Waters edge Tiki Hut & BBQ, Cool Sunset Cruise’s On a 40’ Sailing catamaran “Most of the time no motor is used We Truly Sail off the dock... “Were Easy to Reach, Hard to Forget" ... more   less 
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