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“A true oasis” 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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“A true oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2006

We decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Florida Keys, and chose the Island Bay Resort based on the good reviews we found at TripAdvisor. We were not dissapointed. From the "mood music" playing in our room when we walked in, to the beautifully landscaped grounds it's obvious that the owners, Mike and Carol take a lot of pride in making their guests feel welcome. The room we stayed in was full of little touches like books and photographs to make us feel at home.
The natural beauty of the Keys was all around, and Mike and Carol were happy to share some of their favorite places with their guests. The sunsets from the beach on the property were awesome. All in all, this is a great place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the atmosphere and the many activities available in the area. We'll be back!

Rob & Judi

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2006

We have recently returned from our second year staying at the Island Bay Resort. The first
year we stayed in Islamorada cottage which was very comfortable. Just only a week ago we have been home now and I miss it all so. This year we stayed in the Key West cottage.
Very comfortable and private. Loved the easy access to the beach and water. We loved
just relaxing on the beach(which was never crowded). Mike and Carol are exceptional
hosts and we would gladly recommend this resort to everyone!I It is very clean, comfortable and just an overall great place to stay.

Stayed April 2006
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2006

I only found this property by the reviews from Tripadvisor and I was not disappointed. We stayed there for two nights on 18th March and had to stay in two different cottages. Each was as nice as each other. Great location at the waters edge and lovely owners who couldn't do enough for you. A great little find and we would definitely go back. You can't fault this property at all. The sunsets are wonderful

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lyndhurst, ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2006

My partner and I honeymooned at the Island Bay Resort based on all the positive reviews we read on Trip Advisor. We couldn't have been any more pleased with the accomodations. The ambiance was magnificent! We had a spacious and very clean cottage, beautiful sunsets, and wonderful hosts. Mike and Carol gave us some information regarding their favorite restaurants and activities in the area and we were more than satisfied with every one of their suggestions. It was very nice to have a private and quiet beach to retire to in the evening and the visits from their cats only reminded us how much we missed our own furry children back home in Ohio. Our only regret is that we didn't stay at the Island Bay Resort for a longer period of time. We found Key West to be a bit too noisy and rowdy for our tastes. We truly hope to visit again in the future.

Thanks Mike and Carol....Lisa and Beth

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2006

My fiance and I stayed here thanks to the great reviews we read on trip advisor. We stayed for a weekend in room 10, which had a more private "terrace" than the others. We did not hear any noise from the "adjoining" room (#9).

The rooms were very clean, with tile floors. Kitchenette had plates, glasses and a pitcher. There was a decent sized fridge and bathroom. Sheets and towels were provided, and laundry machines were available on site. Off-street parking is also available.

This is the place to stay if you want a small, local, private place to stay. It would be great for families or couples, and offers the advantage that you can cook your own meals if you like. I would go back and stay for a longer stretch if I return to the Keys.

We borrowed the kayak one day for a paddle around the bay, which was nice. The sunset was amazing from the beach on their property, but the water was rather weedy. It is possible to get a snorkel tour from a dock nearby, but we opted to go on the one through the Theater of the Sea Marine Park. The park was cheesy but fun (better with kids, I bet)

Their website has a number of local attractions listed and we did feed the Tarpon which was (again) cheesy, but fun. The island community is very interconnected and most of the locals know each other - so we were able to get recommendations for food and activities just by stopping to ask local storeowners.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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 14, 2006

My husband and I sent three nights at the Island Bay Resort on our trek up the Keys. It was immaculately clean, comfortable, and the hospitality was great. Our cottage (#3) was within view of the gulf and our deck served as the perfect place for a romantic,moonlit dinner. Sunset at Island Bay is beautiful!! Carol and Mike (the owners) do all they can to make your stay funa dn interesting. A great stay!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2006

Has to be one of the best places to stay in the Keys!

After cancelling a reservation at a nearby property because of negative user-reviews, we booked our stay in this wonderful place and were so happy we made the change.

You can't beat this property for its location, cleanliness, easy access to a very private, absolutely clean beach, outstanding detail to even the smallest details in the individualized cottages.

An overall great experience and at a relatively very reasonable price. The pride of ownership by its on-premise owners is plainly visible.

One of the most comfortable beaches we've ever experienced....great for camping out to catch one of those famous Keys sunsets, weather permitting.

No food service, but there's a good number of great restaurants nearby. In addition, the very clean, functional little kitchenette has everything you need to whip up some meals on your own; or, the private Weber grill & deck add to the convenience and feeling at home while on vacation.

Hope we can return in the future!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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 ( WiFi ) 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 complete "Florida Keys experience." Our hotel is centrally located between Key Largo and Islamorada and just two hours from Key West and Miami. Enjoying your Florida vacation is easy. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, boating and sunbathing can all be enjoyed from our resort's beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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