We stayed for 3 nights at the Island Bay. We had cabin #7, which had a bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, and bathroom. There is a small private porch with table and sun umbrella and a BBQ. After the first night, we went to the nearby Winn Dixie grocery store (just a couple of miles away) and bought food so we didn't have to eat out. We grilled shrimp and snapper on our porch and relaxed in the evenings. Our daughter slept on the pull-out sofa in the living room.
The pluses here are many: it is relaxing, it is very quiet and peaceful. There was no noise audible from adjoining rooms. The beach area is clean, calm and inviting. The beach is man-made (no nice soft sand as in a natural beach) and has no waves. That said, you can snorkel in the lagoon: there are fish, small lizards (shy...no worries), and an iguana.
The best things are the helpfulness of the two innkeepers (ask their expert advice!) and the tranquil outdoor areas. There is no pool, so if that is important to you, consider carefully. Also, you must buy everything to stock your fridge (no coffee provided, no coals for the BBQ, no condiments). Finally, you can hear some road noise in the cabins closer to the road (7, 8, 9, 10) Still, I would very much consider staying here again on my next trip to the Keys.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
- Island Bay Tavernier
- Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier