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“Great place to stay” 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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Uijeongbu, South Korea
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

My parents, who were flying in from Germany, and I stayed at the IBR in January 2013. Since they escaped the European winter I wanted to show them the keys and provide them with enough sun and beach time. We had a great time and wonderful weather! The resort is small but a true gem. Mike and Carol take such good care of their property. The beach is marvelous and exclusive to resort guests. Although the cottage was small, we had everything we needed: kitchenette, bathroom, a sleeper couch and a separate bed room. Carol and Mike helped us out with great recommendations for what to do in the area and we ended up visiting the Everglades, taking a back country boat tour (during which we even saw a baby manatee in the wild), visiting the turtle hospital and much much more. I warmly recommend the IBR to everyone. Thank you Carol & Mike. My parents will definitely come back to escape German winter once again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 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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English first
Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at this resort in early March. It is absolutely charming and relaxing. The gardens and grounds are beautiful as is the beach. Mike and Carol are tremendously helpful and are always on the property to answer questions about the local area. They also leave a list in your cottage of their favorite nearby restaurants etc. We went to three of them and were not disappointed. My two kids also loved this property. The cottage has everything you need except your clothing and swimsuit and a few groceries. Chad's restaurant is within walking distance and it is also great and the grocery store is a couple of miles down the street. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation away from the noise and the crowds this is the place. All of the guests are very friendly and in the evenings people sit outside and grill and chat. Reminds you of what a vacation used to be like before high rises etc.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are wonderful and each has its own theme. This is a very quiet property so you don...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Colchester
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed at Island Bay for only a few days but it was well worth it. Mike and Carol who run the resort are the perfect hosts. They welcomed us like we were old friends - not just guests. They are always available to help and advise on what to do and when - thanks Mike for the tip on which day to go snorkeling. The rooms are great and everything you need for a relaxing stay. The beach area is brilliant a place to really relax and soak up the Florida sun. Would we stay here again - you bet! When - as soon as we get the chance. Great place!!!!!!

Room Tip: Any would be fine but one is right on the beach - get it if you can
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Boy did we need a get a way! This is exactly what we found at island bay resort! Mike and Carol have made every detail count...thats what makes it stand apart from other places. My husband and i thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definately recommend others to come and experience island bay resort! Thank you...we hope to return again!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Fairmont, West Virginia, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Lived loved this little resort. We started at South Beach then to Keywest, this was our last stop...next time we will come straight to Island Bay Resort!!! The waterfront efficiency was awesome as well as the beach and amenities. We loved it.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Rock Hall, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My husband and I went to Tavernier Florida on vacation and stayed at this hotel. This was our fourth trip to the Keys and by far the best. One reason it was so nice is because we stayed here. This hotel was a really great place to stay. The room was very nice, right on the beach. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, this is the place for you. The owners are very knowledgeable about the area and were very accommodating. We'll definitely be going back.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

I spent 5 fabulous nights in cabin 7 and never wanted to leave. I felt genuine sympathy for the people staying on either side of our resort for not being at ours. It was everything tripadvisor reviews said it would be. So peaceful and relaxing with only 10 cabins which are thoughtfully appointed. A full store is very close to make use of the kitchen. There are plenty of first class beach chairs with kayaks and snorkeling gear. The beach is a bit weedy and to some might be a slight letdown but its quite functional. The sunsets were beautiful and everywhere you felt comfortable at this small, relaxing and charming place. The owners are helpful and kind with a pleasant cleaning staff. Thank you for a great stay!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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Additional Information about Island Bay Resort

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): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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

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