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“Charming small vacation Cottage Resort” 5 of 5 stars
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92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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Lutz, Florida
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“Charming small vacation Cottage Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

We just returned from at week in the Keys, using the Island Bay Resort (IBR) as a base for us as we traveled up and down the Keys (worked great). This is a quiet and charming personal resort that features guest cottages that are very well appointed for comfort and convenience. The resort has a private beach that is perfect for watching fantastic sunsets. Each cottage has a kitchenette, an outside grill and a patio with table and chairs. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and carefully maintained. The cottages are kept perfectly cleaned and very well maintained. Also of note are the owner hosts, Carol & Mike. As true excellent hosts they go out of their way to make you stay comfortable and to offer advice re. sights to see and places to eat. I found all of their recommendations to be spot-on. We will absolutely be back! Great value for the vacation dollar here.

Room Tip: Cottages 1-5 are closer to the beach, although we stayed in Cottage 10 and were perfectly happy with...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

From the day we made our reservations, through check-in, our four night stay to our check-out we always felt like we were being welcomed by friends. The cottages are tiny and the kitchenettes aren't exactly meant to make large gourmet meals, but then again you're on vacation so cooking should be kept to a minimum. We got to our room much later then planned and were very surprised to hear Caribbean themed Christmas music playing when we walked in. The bed was comfy, the cottage immaculate and the decorations fit with the theme of the cottage. I loved that there were books on Keys diving and snorkeling spots in our room. It was just prior to Christmas and the property was decorated with lights and stockings. I can't say enough good things about Island Bay, we hope to return in late summer. Thank you Mike, Carol and staff for a relaxing time.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011 via mobile

This is a lovely little resort to stay in-we used it as our base for a 3 day trip to the Keys and it was perfect for chilling out between drives up and down the Keys. We could have sat all night on the chairs by the little beach and watched the storms rolling past and the sun setting. The rooms were clean and had a good little kitchenette and fridge which allowed us to do a bit of basic self-catering, and the air conditioning was particularly welcome (and suitably cold for the mid August humidity!). All in all, definitely a recommendation, particularly compared to some of the other accommodation and towns we saw when driving down the Keys.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

This was the perfect spot for a trip to Key Largo. The owners are great and very helpful with food and activities. Very clean rooms with a personal touch. The owners go out of the way to make sure your stay is perfect. This is very hard to find at many other hotels. The conch key room also had a kitchenette which was great. They have a great view of the bay that is very relaxing (chairs, hammock, tables). Keep up the good work Mike!

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

If you are looking for a quiet and relaxed few days, Island Bay Resort is a great place to go. A beautiful spot with its own little beach, nearby snorkeling and scuba diving. Mike and Carol are great hosts and have done a tremendous job transforming their little resort into a little piece of paradise. We spent several lovely days there and will be happy to go again any time.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011 via mobile

This was a backup plan when our initial accomadations was horrible. When we stepped in our room we were blown away - everything decorated to a theme, even island music on the radio! the beds and pillows were very comfy, and it was very quiet the 3 days we were there. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 hotel reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011 via mobile

My wife LOVED it so what else is there. Rooms are small but very efficient. Everything you need. It's quiet, private and peaceful. Private waterfront is great....especially the hammocks. Resident cats are like a piece of home. Although we do not plan to visit Florida or the Keys again, we may just to,stay here again. Carol and Mike were the best. Walk to restaurants, convenience store and Dairy Queen across the street.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo > Tavernier
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island Bay Resort provides you with a total "Florida Keys experience." Our hotel is centrally located between Key Largo and Islamorada and just two hours from Key West. Enjoying your Florida vacation is easy. Swimming, snorkeling, boating and beach sunbathing can all be enjoyed from our resort’s beaches. ... more   less 
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Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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